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The Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
+1 512-322-5131
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“naans” (68 reviews)
“tikka masala” (19 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered a variety of dishes from tikki masala to Tandorri chicken and everything was delicious. Loved the naan and samosas

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love the food at this restaurant which is why we brave the consistently bad service to order out and eat in regularly. There is no comparable Indian food in Austin so they have you between a rock and a hard spot. The take out...More

Thank Sonja S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here several times and the food is consistently excellent, with many vegetarian options. It's one of my favorite places in downtown Austin! Yesterday when I was there I nearly passed out from the terribly strong air freshener in the bathroom. It was horrible--making...More

Thank StacyAlaimo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A big group went from work, at the last minute. They gave us a beautiful private room, an extremely competent waitress handled separate checks. The food was great. Parking was kind of weird.

1  Thank Frontierfan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clay Pit's food is absolutely fantastic, but I think this restaurant may have gotten more popular than they can handle. I go out of my way to make reservations in advance but half the time there are no open table reservations available. Calling the...More

1  Thank Ltravels505
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Ordered the chicken tikka masala and cashew almond chicken dish on their specials (can't remember exactly). But both were so amazing and creamy deliciousness! Also got the cream cheese jalapeño naan and that did NOT disappoint!

1  Thank Emily S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We love the Clay Pit! Excellent food and great service everytime (this was our 4th time)! Great/reasonable pricing on the entire menu! We enjoy trying a variety of items on the menu and sharing! They even accommodated our large group for my daughters UT graduation...More

1  Thank duboisfly
Reviewed 5 August 2017

I think the people were nice, great service, i thought the food was very good. My son wanted to try it and it was very close to the Hampton Inn. It was nicely decorated as well.

1  Thank Iowa411
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Did not know if we would like Indian food. Friends recommended it. We went and it was fabulous. Can vary the degree of seasoning (we got mild) and slect from different sauces. Not being familiar with the menu we let the server pick and he...More

1  Thank paulwilj
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Definite 3+, definitely not a 5. Slow to greet at the front, and slow to get me water on a hot day. Water service was uneven...sometimes had ice, other times no. The restaurant was not busy, so no excuse. Food service was also uneven. I...More

Thank Stan L
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23 February 2017|
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Response from krisp38 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They do. It is kinds limited though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
    (16th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-322-5131
Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine is a nationally acclaimed, high energy restaurant located in the historical Bertrams building in beautiful downtown Austin. Clay Pit has been voted best Indian restaurant in Austin and is recognized for a warm and inviting ambience, a dedication to service and for exceeding expectations. At Clay Pit we offer fresh, innovative Indian cuisine at moderate prices, along with an extensive selection of mixed drinks, beers and a wine list recognized with the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence. Clay Pit offers the traditionally favorite Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer, alongside unique selections like our Curried Mussels appetizer featuring fresh mussels simmered in a garlic & red wine curry sauce; signature dishes such as Khuroos-E-Tursh, a stuffed chicken breast in a casher-almond cream sauce and sumptuous desserts like Chai Spiced Creme Brulee and Mango Cheesecake, which has been featured in Bon Appetit.
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