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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” (65 reviews)
“tikka masala” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 14:30All hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
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1 - 10 of 426 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Many, many Indian restaurants do not serve beef, but this one does. We had vegetable samosas, chicken tikka masala, chicken korma and naan: it was all delicious! Our waitress, Gretchen, was very friendly and helpfu,l and she got us in and out quickly when we...More

Thank Lacy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place had so many good review and a large selection of vegetarian options, we came. It smells great from outside and has fun Indian music playing. The vegetarian samosas were small but tasty. We also got the bariyan rice and tikkia masala. Both were...More

Thank ramnu01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There were different rooms and my family sat in a quieter room which was great. The food was good and the staff was kind.

Thank Erin V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I recently enjoyed lunch here and it left us both impressed! The bread was tasty, the appetizers were hot and well-made, and the main dishes were fantastic! We ordered two different curry sauces with shrimp and chicken (both delicious), and we especially...More

Thank Ashley G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered garlic naan and curried mussels as starters. Chicken Tikebar and Khutoos E Tursh. All are pretty mild. But one of mussels was really NOT fresh at all. Considering it is their signature dish, we were not impressed. Probably will not return to this...More

Thank leo88copper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us went here for dinner. It was packed. Very helpful staff. The place was immaculate. In the center of town. The food included all your favorites with manageable heat. Paired with some chilled Sonoma Cutrer it was the perfect evening👌

Thank craiggh2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the original location of this Indian restaurant and is well liked by the locals. The setting is unusual with the appearance of a restaurant in a hallway. The food is simple and delicious served by an attractive and attentive staff. Great wine selections...More

Thank Charvaka D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I know that sounds silly to be just ok and keep coming back. It's the location and decor that wins but the food is very average. The cut of chicken for the vindaloo was largely dark thigh meat and the service poor. They depend on...More

Thank Barbara-Jane P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on a recent visit to Austin, we tried The Clay Pit for dinner as it was the closest restaurant to our hotel. We were so glad we did! We did not have reservations and did have to wait a little while for a table....More

Thank FLGal86
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was amazing! I had lamb vindaloo and my husband had seafood. Both were delicious and the naan was excellent as well. The service was great and the atmosphere was very nice too. I would definitely recommend it.

Thank Emily H
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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
Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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