Clay Pit

★★★☆☆
  • 145 S Barrington Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90049

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  • 310-476-4700

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I have tried several Indian restaurants in LA and this one stands out as the best. The ambience is nice, and a pleasant change from the usual overly Indianized paintings that you wont even find in a restaurant in India. The food is done just right, with traditional dishes such as paneer prepared soft and flavoured with proper marination. And they do not hide the flavor of the food with overly hot and spicy condiments. Its definitely on the expensive side, but well worth it.

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★★★★★

I have tried several Indian restaurants in LA and this one stands out as the best. The ambience is nice, and a pleasant change from the usual overly Indianized paintings that you wont even find in a restaurant in India. The food is done just right, with traditional dishes such as paneer prepared soft and flavoured with proper marination. And they do not hide the flavor of the food with overly hot and spicy condiments. Its definitely on the expensive side, but well worth it.

Pros: Delicious food, done just right

Cons: Expensive, small servings

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I love Clay Pit. I'm craving it right now. I don't get the other users -- the food here is delicious! Yeah it's slightly pricey, but I'd pay the extra few bucks for Clay Pit over other Indian restaurants. The ambiance is great...dark and soothing which helps when you're eating the delicious but spicy lamb vindaloo. And, again, not sure what the other reviewers are talking about, but the service here is consistently very good -- and I eat out on a regular basis all over the Los Angeles area and have experienced a wide array of levels of service. The waiters here spoil you! They serve the food in a genteel and classy way, heaping the delicious entrees right onto your plate. And when my glass of water is running low they're right there to refill it. I love the chill and quiet atmosphere that allows me to fully enjoy the rich spices of the meal. I would cry if Clay Pit ever left Brentwood!

2
★★★★★

I love Clay Pit. I'm craving it right now. I don't get the other users -- the food here is delicious! Yeah it's slightly pricey, but I'd pay the extra few bucks for Clay Pit over other Indian restaurants. The ambiance is great...dark and soothing which helps when you're eating the delicious but spicy lamb vindaloo. And, again, not sure what the other reviewers are talking about, but the service here is consistently very good -- and I eat out on a regular basis all over the Los Angeles area and have experienced a wide array of levels of service. The waiters here spoil you! They serve the food in a genteel and classy way, heaping the delicious entrees right onto your plate. And when my glass of water is running low they're right there to refill it. I love the chill and quiet atmosphere that allows me to fully enjoy the rich spices of the meal. I would cry if Clay Pit ever left Brentwood!

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This restaurant is over-hyped and over-priced, not as great as it is made out to be, especially if you are a vegetarian (like me) and are used to good, spicy Indian food. I am an Indian living in Los Angeles and my husband and I were looking for a good Indian restaurant in our area since most of the Indian restaurants in LA aren't that great and serve bland food with not too many vegetarian options. So when we read about Clay Pit and the great reviews given about it by many people, we decided to go there one day for lunch with my parents.

But when we went there, we were in for a major disappointment. There were only two vegetarian items on the buffet, which was a big turn-off for our group, all of whom are vegetarians. Plus, we found that there were no appetizers and soups on the buffet and there was also no dessert on the buffet. The waiter told us that if we wanted appetizers or dessert, we have to order them from the menu, and the items on the menu were all expensive. Also, the food on the buffet was very bland and we prefer Indian food to be very spicy and filled with plenty of vegetarian items. Also, the buffet was very expensive (about $13 per person). Moreover, the service was very disappointing since they did not refill the items on the buffet on time and no one came to take our orders for beverages.

So, we decided never to go there again since it was a total rip-off. I advise you, dear friends, never to try it if you like hot and spicy Indian food, if you are a vegetarian and if you like good customer service.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is over-hyped and over-priced, not as great as it is made out to be, especially if you are a vegetarian (like me) and are used to good, spicy Indian food. I am an Indian living in Los Angeles and my husband and I were looking for a good Indian restaurant in our area since most of the Indian restaurants in LA aren't that great and serve bland food with not too many vegetarian options. So when we read about Clay Pit and the great reviews given about it by many people, we decided to go there one day for lunch with my parents.

But when we went there, we were in for a major disappointment. There were only two vegetarian items on the buffet, which was a big turn-off for our group, all of whom are vegetarians. Plus, we found that there were no appetizers and soups on the buffet and there was also no dessert on the buffet. The waiter told us that if we wanted appetizers or dessert, we have to order them from the menu, and the items on the menu were all expensive. Also, the food on the buffet was very bland and we prefer Indian food to be very spicy and filled with plenty of vegetarian items. Also, the buffet was very expensive (about $13 per person). Moreover, the service was very disappointing since they did not refill the items on the buffet on time and no one came to take our orders for beverages.

So, we decided never to go there again since it was a total rip-off. I advise you, dear friends, never to try it if you like hot and spicy Indian food, if you are a vegetarian and if you like good customer service.

Pros: Good ambience and decor

Cons: Terrible and bland food, too expensive, not too many vegetarian items in the buffet

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I am an Indian from India who's been to Clay Pit twice.

Food - it is really quite average. Nothing special. Since the restaurant considers itself an upscale Indian restaurant and charges according, I really expected a lot more.

SERVICE - The single worst service I have seen in my 15 years in the US. The waiter/s were always on edge, weren't friendly, rude and curt. Our waiter actually told me "Say please or you don't get it." And he was not kidding around. I could not believe it. The first time when I went here the food was ok, not great but ok. Later on, I had to take people to an upscale Indian place so thought I would try this again. Trust me, my guests were NOT impressed. I also spoke to the manager who listened but didn't do too much to solve the problem.

Ambience - was good for an Indian restaurant. Parking is ok in the lot behind the restaurant but they do have valet.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am an Indian from India who's been to Clay Pit twice.

Food - it is really quite average. Nothing special. Since the restaurant considers itself an upscale Indian restaurant and charges according, I really expected a lot more.

SERVICE - The single worst service I have seen in my 15 years in the US. The waiter/s were always on edge, weren't friendly, rude and curt. Our waiter actually told me "Say please or you don't get it." And he was not kidding around. I could not believe it. The first time when I went here the food was ok, not great but ok. Later on, I had to take people to an upscale Indian place so thought I would try this again. Trust me, my guests were NOT impressed. I also spoke to the manager who listened but didn't do too much to solve the problem.

Ambience - was good for an Indian restaurant. Parking is ok in the lot behind the restaurant but they do have valet.

Pros: Maybe the ambience

Cons: TERRIBLE service, mediocre food

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Good customer service and very nice ambiance. The food is not the best Indian food you'll have, but it's fresh. It lacks those secret Indian spices and sauces that define the best Indian food. Nonetheless, I left satisfied and didn't have that heavy feeling in my stomach. The place is extremely romantic, so what the cooks lack in authentic Indian cuisine is easily compensated for by the beautiful atmosphere.

2
★★★★☆

Good customer service and very nice ambiance. The food is not the best Indian food you'll have, but it's fresh. It lacks those secret Indian spices and sauces that define the best Indian food. Nonetheless, I left satisfied and didn't have that heavy feeling in my stomach. The place is extremely romantic, so what the cooks lack in authentic Indian cuisine is easily compensated for by the beautiful atmosphere.

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usually i think of the best indian food being served at hole-in-the-wall taxi stands full of scruffy indian men, so this posh spot has totally surprised me with it's excellent food!! i used to see clay pit in brentwood village and grow wary upon seeing no other indian customers, but i was wrong to judge this book by it's cover. a friend introduced me to clay pit a few months ago, and i've been back many times since. the ambience is really nice: warm, quiet, clean, classy. the servers are friendly, and the service is pretty fast (sometimes too fast when you want a leisurely meal) and very good. if you go in a couple or small group, the wait staff completely dotes on you. and last time we went in a large group, the waiter created different tabs for the different small groups that ordered dishes together - without us even asking! it was very considerate. as far as the food, it is really tasty and pretty authentic. there are a few items which i love here that keep me coming back. i love the tandoori paneer appetizer, as i've only ever had that in india (most places in america don't make it). but hands down the best thing on the menu is the saag paneer - it is the best i've ever had in my life (and i've had *tons* of saag paneer). i've brought so many friends here, and each of them have fallen in love with the saag paneer as well - even the ones who don't usually like saag! most of the time it's the only thing i even get - but the other dishes are pretty good too. i can't comment on the meat dishes, since i've only ever eaten vegetarian food here. all in all, i definitely recommend eating here, and when you do go, definitely get the saag paneer! you won't regret the trip!

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★★★★★

usually i think of the best indian food being served at hole-in-the-wall taxi stands full of scruffy indian men, so this posh spot has totally surprised me with it's excellent food!! i used to see clay pit in brentwood village and grow wary upon seeing no other indian customers, but i was wrong to judge this book by it's cover. a friend introduced me to clay pit a few months ago, and i've been back many times since. the ambience is really nice: warm, quiet, clean, classy. the servers are friendly, and the service is pretty fast (sometimes too fast when you want a leisurely meal) and very good. if you go in a couple or small group, the wait staff completely dotes on you. and last time we went in a large group, the waiter created different tabs for the different small groups that ordered dishes together - without us even asking! it was very considerate. as far as the food, it is really tasty and pretty authentic. there are a few items which i love here that keep me coming back. i love the tandoori paneer appetizer, as i've only ever had that in india (most places in america don't make it). but hands down the best thing on the menu is the saag paneer - it is the best i've ever had in my life (and i've had *tons* of saag paneer). i've brought so many friends here, and each of them have fallen in love with the saag paneer as well - even the ones who don't usually like saag! most of the time it's the only thing i even get - but the other dishes are pretty good too. i can't comment on the meat dishes, since i've only ever eaten vegetarian food here. all in all, i definitely recommend eating here, and when you do go, definitely get the saag paneer! you won't regret the trip!

Pros: saag paneer (and all the food), ambience, price

Cons: price

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buffet lunch is poor. service is good but food is stale and poor quality.There has been a change in ownership possibly leading to decline in quality.

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★★☆☆☆

buffet lunch is poor. service is good but food is stale and poor quality.There has been a change in ownership possibly leading to decline in quality.

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I went to Clay Pit for the first time last week with my friend, and what a major disappointment. As my friend is from India, we were excited to try a new Indian place, especially one so close to his house in Brentwood. It has a cool, modern design like Bombay Cafe and we were expecting that same kind of authentic-Indian/ California-inflected flavor as Bombay C., especially when we saw the prices.
There's not enough room to adequately describe how lame this dinner was - from the serving of "special bread" (yesterday's naan), the smallest orders of curry I have ever seen in my life, to the tasteless and dry tandoori chicken. Everything fell flat, we felt unfed and ripped off at the same time.
PS - What Indian waiter with half a brain would describe naan to an Indian customer as "special bread"? We got a good laugh out of that one.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Clay Pit for the first time last week with my friend, and what a major disappointment. As my friend is from India, we were excited to try a new Indian place, especially one so close to his house in Brentwood. It has a cool, modern design like Bombay Cafe and we were expecting that same kind of authentic-Indian/ California-inflected flavor as Bombay C., especially when we saw the prices.
There's not enough room to adequately describe how lame this dinner was - from the serving of "special bread" (yesterday's naan), the smallest orders of curry I have ever seen in my life, to the tasteless and dry tandoori chicken. Everything fell flat, we felt unfed and ripped off at the same time.
PS - What Indian waiter with half a brain would describe naan to an Indian customer as "special bread"? We got a good laugh out of that one.

Pros: (Scratching head...)

Cons: You name it.

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We went on a Sat. night. The waiter mentioned we could sit outside, but didn't inform us that no liquor would be served outside on the sidewalk seating area. When we ordered wine he asked that we head in. That was our share of playing the musical chairs. Inside, the fish masala I ordered was incredibly insipid. The portion was small, the fish smelled stale, and the curry was just something one could probably get from whole foods. The price was ridiculous for such a small fish portion ($18!). I have been to finer restaurants and gotten larger portions that were much more tastier and slightly cheaper (e.g., Bombay Cafe for one). The onion pakoras were ok. The wine was just some average run-of-the-mill table wine (why don't some of these indian restaurants start serving some good red wine!?). The service was dog-awful! Not once did they come to ask how we were doing, nor if we wanted anything else. The host seemed like he had a little attitude problem. All in all, the bill for 2 people (after the KCRW discount came to be about 100 bucks). That's for a salad (horrible---they calimed it was tandoori, but it wasn't and I think Denny's would make it better), a couple of red wines each for two people, onion pakora appetizer, fish masala, and a gulab jamun desert (which was quite ok). I would strongly recommend against eating here as there are better indian fares in the neighborhood (Dhaba, Bombay Cafe, Gate of India, Ambala Dhaba).

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★★☆☆☆

We went on a Sat. night. The waiter mentioned we could sit outside, but didn't inform us that no liquor would be served outside on the sidewalk seating area. When we ordered wine he asked that we head in. That was our share of playing the musical chairs. Inside, the fish masala I ordered was incredibly insipid. The portion was small, the fish smelled stale, and the curry was just something one could probably get from whole foods. The price was ridiculous for such a small fish portion ($18!). I have been to finer restaurants and gotten larger portions that were much more tastier and slightly cheaper (e.g., Bombay Cafe for one). The onion pakoras were ok. The wine was just some average run-of-the-mill table wine (why don't some of these indian restaurants start serving some good red wine!?). The service was dog-awful! Not once did they come to ask how we were doing, nor if we wanted anything else. The host seemed like he had a little attitude problem. All in all, the bill for 2 people (after the KCRW discount came to be about 100 bucks). That's for a salad (horrible---they calimed it was tandoori, but it wasn't and I think Denny's would make it better), a couple of red wines each for two people, onion pakora appetizer, fish masala, and a gulab jamun desert (which was quite ok). I would strongly recommend against eating here as there are better indian fares in the neighborhood (Dhaba, Bombay Cafe, Gate of India, Ambala Dhaba).

Pros: Inside and outside seating

Cons: everything but the ambience

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While my friend and I aren't Indian, we enjoy eating Indian food, and Clay Pit made our eggplant dish and our spinach-cheese dish very bland. I don't think I saw a single Indian face in the place, which should've tipped us off, but we were in the area and hungry for Indian food. Also, the waiter messed up our order and gave us a vegetable rice dish instead of plain rice, but we just kept the dish to try something different. It wasn't very good. We had quite a bit of leftovers, and we're cheap so we'd usually take them, but we decided that it wasn't good enough to take home. Overall, we regret eating there, because we could have had cheaper, more flavorful Indian food.

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★★☆☆☆

While my friend and I aren't Indian, we enjoy eating Indian food, and Clay Pit made our eggplant dish and our spinach-cheese dish very bland. I don't think I saw a single Indian face in the place, which should've tipped us off, but we were in the area and hungry for Indian food. Also, the waiter messed up our order and gave us a vegetable rice dish instead of plain rice, but we just kept the dish to try something different. It wasn't very good. We had quite a bit of leftovers, and we're cheap so we'd usually take them, but we decided that it wasn't good enough to take home. Overall, we regret eating there, because we could have had cheaper, more flavorful Indian food.

Pros: decor is nice

Cons: bland food, pricey for the value, dumb waiter

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I'm Indian and usually can't stand Indian restaurants because they never compare to grandma's home cooking. This place was great! The quality of food was fresh. The restaurant is small, but the food definiately makes up for it. The service was prompt, but I heard they are changing ownership so I'm not so sure the quality will remain the same for long. Totally recommended for those who can tell the difference between good and GREAT Indian food.

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★★★★☆

I'm Indian and usually can't stand Indian restaurants because they never compare to grandma's home cooking. This place was great! The quality of food was fresh. The restaurant is small, but the food definiately makes up for it. The service was prompt, but I heard they are changing ownership so I'm not so sure the quality will remain the same for long. Totally recommended for those who can tell the difference between good and GREAT Indian food.

Pros: FRESH FOOD, Prompt Service, Good beer selection

Cons: new ownership, hard to find

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We ordered the "Clay Pit" pre-fix dinners. We were not thrilled with the Tandori chicken and the Tandori lamb sausage, but the chicken masala and the eggplant was fabulous. We'll go back, but this time, we'll go straight for those two items.

2
★★★★☆

We ordered the "Clay Pit" pre-fix dinners. We were not thrilled with the Tandori chicken and the Tandori lamb sausage, but the chicken masala and the eggplant was fabulous. We'll go back, but this time, we'll go straight for those two items.

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I would not recommend dining here. The atmosphere is boring and overly casual -- not romantic -- not interesting -- just bland. The seats are uncomfortable. The service is very slow. The prices are very high for what you get. And the food is not good at all. This is one of my all time least favorite restaurants.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I would not recommend dining here. The atmosphere is boring and overly casual -- not romantic -- not interesting -- just bland. The seats are uncomfortable. The service is very slow. The prices are very high for what you get. And the food is not good at all. This is one of my all time least favorite restaurants.

Pros: none

Cons: food, atmosphere, service

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...stiff? The ambience was dimly lit and nice...but it was more tense than warm. Food was wonderful, but portions were disappointingly small for the price. Wine list was good. Service was a very leisurely (read: slow), and we had to flag down our server often. Food-wise, I'd rank it with the best. In the Westside, I think only Akbar beats it. (Note: I've not tried Bombay Cafe yet.) The price/value for the slow service and small portions, though, will probably not have me returning.

1
★★★☆☆

...stiff? The ambience was dimly lit and nice...but it was more tense than warm. Food was wonderful, but portions were disappointingly small for the price. Wine list was good. Service was a very leisurely (read: slow), and we had to flag down our server often. Food-wise, I'd rank it with the best. In the Westside, I think only Akbar beats it. (Note: I've not tried Bombay Cafe yet.) The price/value for the slow service and small portions, though, will probably not have me returning.

Pros: Good wine list, Good for dates, Delicious

Cons: Slow service, "Stiff" atmosphere, Overpriced

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Meal was very expensive for what you got. Everything was a la carte, so if you go with a group not into sharing you end up having to order several full priced dishes to make your plate. The staff was unhelpful when I asked questions but smiled. I would never go back her again.

1
★★★☆☆

Meal was very expensive for what you got. Everything was a la carte, so if you go with a group not into sharing you end up having to order several full priced dishes to make your plate. The staff was unhelpful when I asked questions but smiled. I would never go back her again.

Pros: nice ambience, not rushed

Cons: a la carte, very pricey, portions small

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These guys provide great service. The ambiance is not bad either. However, I was a bit disappointed with the food. It was good but I have have better. The tandori chicken was good, rice was lumpy, naan wzas good.

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★★★★☆

These guys provide great service. The ambiance is not bad either. However, I was a bit disappointed with the food. It was good but I have have better. The tandori chicken was good, rice was lumpy, naan wzas good.

 

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