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“Great service. tasty food ”
Review of The Clay Pit

The Clay Pit
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Ranked #95 of 4,049 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 12 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, 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 6 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this restaurant very much. There were a variety of Indian food options (tandoori plus!), the service was prompt and attentive. Three of us shared a mussel appetizer (we opted for “medium” spice - maybe I could’ve have had spicier but it was fine for my not very spicy palate) the broth for which we sopped up with naan. (The server suggested he bring the naan with appetizer for that reason). We then shared the signature chicken dish (stuffed medallions - again medium spiced) the sauce for which was fabulous - and the lamb dish (roganjosh) which wasn’t as good but still delicious. For both dishes we ordered more naan to sop up the sauces!! The saag paneer was also great!! We did not have reservations for a Thursday eve and had to wait 30 minutes for a table.

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Bali S, Owner at The Clay Pit, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

It means a lot to hear that all your courses impressed! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing in delightful cuisine. We're glad you had a great time, and we'd love to do it again for you.

Sincerely,
The Team at The Clay Pit

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I have dined at this restaurant at least three times and have been impressed by the quality of the food each time. The sauces reflect subtlety and care in preparation and are a cut above other Indian restaurants in which I have eaten. The dining area is open with limestone walls and hardwood floors so it is somewhat noisy but not so loud one cannot carry on a conversation. The service has always been excellent. Parking is limited in that part of town but the restaurant is in walking distance from most capital area hotels. It can be busy on Friday and Saturday nights but we went on a Sunday and were seated right away. I will definitely eat here again when in Austin.

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Bali S, Owner at The Clay Pit, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Barry, we've loved having you! Thank you so much for your continued support. We appreciate your kind words and always look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,
The Team at The Clay Pit

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Aside from a great ambience, the food is perfect. Some times Indian food can be so authentic that the western pallet just can’t take it. This place achieves a nice balance between authenticity and flavor. I have eaten Indian food all over the world and I can truly say this place is comparable to the best.

Thank Lance S
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Bali S, Owner at The Clay Pit, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Lance, we're delighted to see that we've struck a great balance for you. Your words mean the world, and we can't wait to see you next time.

Sincerely,
The Team at The Clay Pit

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

The wife and I had a wonderful dinner at The Clay Pit last evening. We were a little concerned about getting to it downtown because we are unfamiliar with the area, but it was easy access from I35, and there was a slot in their lot so no parking expense. My wife had the Vegetarian Ayam and I had the Mixed Grill. Both were exceptional. We started off with garlic and basil naan and Peshwari naan. My wife is a naan nut so I picked this restaurant because they have the Peshwari naan which has nuts, raisins, and cherries folded into it. We were not disappointed. We had their award winning Mango Cheesecake and the Kheer rice pudding for dessert. The cheesecake was the best we have ever eaten and the pudding was excellent. If we had asked to have the pudding warmed I think it would have been even better. Our server Eddie was very attentive and he suggested the Ayam to my wife which turned out to be a real positive. Considering the great food, service, and atmosphere we thought the tab of less than $60 was a steal (also included 1 mixed drink). Don't miss this one when you are in the Austin area.

Thank Mike B
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Bali S, Owner at The Clay Pit, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Mike, so glad that everything was to your liking. We're delighted to hear that Eddie helped make your evening one to remember. There's nothing we love more than hearing all was to your liking. Your support means the world.

Sincerely,
The Team at The Clay Pit

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Clay Pit is always a solid choice that promises consistently delicious lunch and dinner. We did one buffet and vindaloo paneer with samosas and the hibiscus mint tea. The price of the buffet and lunch plate were excellent, especially considering the quality. Also, our server was personable and attentive. It's great to have them on Seated!

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Bali S, Owner at The Clay Pit, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Thanks for calling our food consistently delicious, Jhon. We're thrilled that you love our buffet, lunch, and dinner here. We can't wait to welcome you back.

All the best,
The Team at The Clay Pit

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