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“Fantastic food”
Review of The Clay Pit

The Clay Pit
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Ranked #68 of 3,871 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 16th Street
Transit: Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
Description: The Clay Pit serves contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine in a high-energy, sophisticated setting that encourages people from all walks of life to discover a love for Indian cuisine. Our nationally-acclaimed cuisine wins over newcomers and those who’ve grown up on Indian food alike with a menu of authentic and gourmet, yet accessible dishes. Find us in the heart of Downtown Austin, in a historic stone building that lends an old-world charm to our upscale, modern atmosphere. Explore our award-winning wine list and be sure to ask your waiter about our building’s haunted history.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

When you go there be sure to order plates of food to pass around family style. I've never had something bad there. You can also try an offshoot restaurant in South Austin called Tarka.

Thank Carl D
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Have a drink at the bar first! Soooo delicious! The food was amazing, and the atmosphere was great. We've been here a few times and loved everything we've ever gotten!

Thank TeeTraveler
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Visited in a Friday evening to treat my wife to a special birthday meal. We arrived about 30 minutes ahead of our reservation time, so decided to hang out at the bar while we waited for our table. The bar staff were very friendly and helpful, recommending some of the best cocktails for my wife to try. We got our drinks and soaked up the cool vibe from the diners and the really cool building. The restaurant was very busy, but not overly loud, and for such an elegant building it was very much a casual dining experience.

When it was time to eat, we were escorted to our table, where our server delivered the first "Howdy" of our week long vacation, and he was a transplant from Ohio! The vegetarian food selection is very good, and we picked out a few dishes to try. One highlight was the naan stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos, and another was the Pirate Laasi (mango lassi with Captain Morgan rum). The only downer was that after the generous main course, we were too stuffed to try desert.

When we next visit Austin, we will be heading back to the Clay Pit.

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Thank Martin C
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Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This place was humming with a packed house yet service was spot on. The unique Indian drinks were a delight. The meal was unbelievable. A sauce from ground cashews almonds and pistashios added lamb and ahhh like butter, perfection. I will be back as I want to try all their dishes. Highly recommend The Clay Pit.

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Thank USnTHEM
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I tried the Lamb Vindaloo, Hot. It was excellent as well as the Naan. It was saturday Night and the rest. was packed. We had reservations, and were seated promptly. Service was excellent and our drinks stayed full.

Thank Ken M
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