Indianapolis, the bustling capital of Indiana, is not just known for its iconic motor speedway, but also for its vibrant food scene. The city's restaurants offer a diverse culinary landscape that caters to every palate. From farm-to-table eateries serving locally sourced dishes, to ethnic restaurants offering global flavors, and high-end dining establishments that are culinary destinations in their own right, Indianapolis has it all. Whether you're a food connoisseur, a casual diner, or someone looking for a unique gastronomic experience, the restaurants in Indianapolis promise to take you on a delightful culinary journey. This article will guide you through some of the city's best dining spots.
Trendy New American kitchen serving sharing plates & craft cocktails in a renovated 1924 warehouse.
I was really excited to check this place out as so many people have recommended it. Service was okay, our server was pretty nice but felt like she was annoyed by us being there. The atmosphere is pretty chill definitely better if you sit outside, the inside is a bit cramped. Tried some of their drinks first and it was surprisingly good. The painkiller was good and the watermelon/cucumber drink was refreshing. Started off with some chips and dips and they were okay. I had the ribeye and it was decent. The meat was well seasoned and the sauce that came with it was decent. The corn and mashed potatoes were a bit of a miss, they just kinda blended together and tasted like regular mashed potato with corn in it. We also tried the pork belly. It was completely inedible. There was literally no flavor, I don't know how they manage to make pretty fairly fatty pork belly and cook it so dry. We apologized to the waitress and had it replaced with the pasta dish but that one was also a disappointment. Overall it was a pretty underwhelming experience and it could be I just had such high expectations but for the price it's just not worth it.
2 / 5
This has to be one of my favorite restaurants in Indy! The menu is constantly revolving with new creative dishes, so there's always something new and exciting to try. The best piece of advice I could give is to TRUST the menu. Some of the dishes might sound odd, or have ingredients that you don't normally like, but the chefs at Bluebeard find ways to complement every flavor. The bar has excellent cocktails and the bartenders were kind enough to make me one of the best mocktails I'd ever had while pregnant back in February. Definitely an excellent birthday or anniversary option!
5 / 5
Came in for a late lunch on Tuesday around 2 pm. Plenty of seating and street parking at that time. Outside seating is very nice. We got charcuterie board which was really good. I got the green river ginger beer which was good. Wife got the chop salad which she thought was good. Only nit pick if your health conscious is to put dressing on the side. I got the Grinder sandwich was very good and would get again. Overall great experience.
5 / 5
Bluebeard is a culinary treasure that never fails to impress. The moment you step through its doors, you're greeted with an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere that sets the stage for an extraordinary dining experience. The menu is a culinary journey, showcasing the chef's creativity and commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients. Each dish is a work of art, beautifully plated and bursting with flavors that dance on your palate. From delicate seafood creations to perfectly cooked steaks, Bluebeard caters to all taste preferences with finesse. The impeccable service adds to the overall charm, ensuring a memorable evening that will leave you longing to return.
5 / 5
Was super nervous when I saw a small menu with most things I wasn't interested in eating. I tried the chips and dip as an app and it was amazing! Shared a small chopped salad with the house dressing. Was astonished at how good a salad could taste so good. My meal was the ribeye with potatoes, spicy corn, and sprouts. All I can say is mind-blowing! I tried the pork chop and it had to be the best I've ever tasted. For dessert, I got the cake and also tasted the peach thing I can't recall the names I do apologize. This place is a must-eat on my list when I'm in town. I suggest others give it a try.
5 / 5
New American outpost with a patio serving wines, brews & seasonal fare in a warm, upbeat setting.
First of all, service was great no problem, quick response and informative. Sadly our food was bit too salty, soup was fine tho. We were surprised to see the size of oysters, they're small and don't taste fresh, they soak it in lime juice (normally everywhere it'll be just a tiny squeeze) so it was purely taste of lime instead of oyster. Duck meat taste so salty, honestly it was too much usage of hoisin sauce for my liking. The cocktails were amazing, no problem. Definitely a bit too overpriced
3 / 5
Tinker Street in Indianapolis exceeded all expectations! The pork chops were tender and packed with flavor, perfectly cooked. The addition of peaches with seasonal vegetables added a nice sweetness to the savory dish. The warm ambiance and friendly staff made the dining experience even more enjoyable. 🍽️😍🌟
4 / 5
Went to celebrate our 18th anniversary, and do our tradition of trying something new. First off, the food was amazing and our waitress was very spot on with recommendations. However, their moto shouldn't be "make your special evening one to remember at Tinker Street" or claim "we are the perfect spot for a romantic date night", as it is certainly more corner bar meets bistro. Not my ideal spot to try and feel romantic. For the price of admission, so to speak, I would much rather have something like Union 50 or Vida. The food can certainly hold up to the cost. However I am going for the total experience, and this just wasn't it. We had: -Korean Fried Mushrooms -Cheese & Charcuterie Board -The Duck w/duck egg -Pork Belly Pastor -Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake -Matcha Cake w/espresso ice cream -Four Roses Biscof Old Fashioned -Bone Chiller
4 / 5
The service was ok. The server friendly but asked if we wanted refills instead of just topping off an empty iced tea. The fish was slightly undercooked for our taste, but was an overall nice place to dine. The new persimmon desert was terrific. I would go back for that desert again. The atmosphere was a closed in patio to keep warm. This would be much more enjoyable/festive on a warmer day.
4 / 5
Great restaurant for a special occasion! Wonderful wine and cocktail list, and a sommelier to help make decisions. Miso oysters are excellent, and many vegan/vegetarian options. Highly, highly recommend!
5 / 5
Upscale steakhouse with a notable wine selection & a contemporary spin on chops, seafood & pizza.
My husband and I were in last night celebrating my husband's birthday! There was a birthday card on the table! Marley was our server. She was an Absolute Delight! Marley was very Knowledgeable on the menu and the Specials, she totally sold my husband on the Kansas City Strip. She was super attentive our entire visit. Patrick was our server assistant and he was super friendly and very attentive as well. We started out with the Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, I warned my husband about the Sinus Searing Sauce, but the first bite was still overwhelming for him. Our meal was wonderful at every turn. Marley even brought out a Creme Brulee with a Birthday candle to finish the evening. I had the Liquid Snickers which was Amazing! I work music venues and I recommend Harry and Izzy's all the time.
5 / 5
Great place for steak and more. Was here for a business conference and came here for a happy hour, a dinner with colleagues and lunch with work partners. Needless to say, I was here three times in a 3-day span. 😅 The service was impeccable. The waiters and waitresses were super tentative and friendly. The food was excellent especially the steaks. I also ordered side Brussels sprouts salads which was delicious also. Highly recommend!
5 / 5
Excellent dining experience to say the least. Service was impeccable and quick, started with the shrimp cocktail which has amazing flavor and a strong burn from the horseradish, love it when it makes you cry. The Caeser salad was delicious and decent sized. The steak was cooked to perfection and was medium rare as requested. The mashed potatoes were creamy and full of flavor. The beer was served cold as well. Highly recommend this restaurant and the price is worth the elevated dining experience.
5 / 5
I had a great dining experience at Harry & Izzy's in Indianapolis. The food was outstanding, every dish bursting with flavor. The cocktails were equally impressive, adding the perfect touch to the meal. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, making our evening even more enjoyable.
5 / 5
Amazing steak spot in Indianapolis! 🥩 Above all, the staff who worked here were incredibly attentive and extremely professional, especially for having to have handled such a large party! The steak here was cooked perfectly to my preference, and the classic side options that went along with it were just as good! The wine menu was great and the vibes were immaculate all around. Definitely a local favorite and worth your stop if you’re in the area looking for a fine meal!
5 / 5
Modern American plates & drinks in a trendy space boasting a fireplace, bar & herb wall.
Wonderful dinner (4-course variant) Nice selection of choices within each of the four courses Preparation/execution was top-notch. Aromas vibrant and distinctive on every course. Quite generous portions Tartare was flavorful and tender Fried chicken thigh was crispy and juicy Ribeye slices were tender, wonderfully seasoned and perfectly cooked Doughnuts were light, fluffy and wonderfully sauced Bottled wine selection is extensive but pricey - hard to find bottles under $120. Wines by the glass, however, are very nice and much more affordable. The seasonal cocktail specials were outstanding Server was friendly, efficient and informed. Lovely atmosphere Overall, an outstanding experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
5 / 5
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed dining at Vida for my birthday dinner. Not a single thing we didn’t like. Our waiter, Tim, was super personable, took his time explaining the menu items to us, and even shared little stories about his life and the restaurant itself. It is a great spot for special occasions. Expect to spend a pretty penny, but the food and cocktails are to die for and the ambiance is stellar. No deafening noise or music drowning out conversations. The four course option was absolutely wonderful from start to finish. One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had.
5 / 5
Our first time dining here and it was amazing. We tried both the fixed menu with wine pairing and the 4 course menu, so we got to try just about everything. Food and service were impeccable. Highly recommend!
5 / 5
Celebrated an anniversary here and it was also my first time dining here. The detail was amazing and the service was impeccable. The cauliflower dish was so delicious and the desserts were amazing. Will visit again! Also the drinks were delicious!
5 / 5
Had a great time meeting a long time friend there for my birthday. Tim, our server, was knowledgeable, and easy going. The food was amazing to say the least. If you're willing to try the foie gras, the husk cherries are divine. In general the staff are extremely personable, and honestly, Vida would be my first suggestion for anyone looking for a nice restaurant downtown.
5 / 5
Trendy, revolving rooftop eatery at the Hyatt Regency with fine dining, local beers & skyline views.
Had a beautiful anniversary dinner with my hubby! Our server was the very best! Great sea bass, prime rib, oh the seafood soup was amazing. Presentation was on point! The creme brûlée was perfect. They made our anniversary very special.
5 / 5
An amazing restaurant with views for days. The ambiance at night makes for an even better experience but low quality pictures. The food was delicious and dessert even better. We did make reservations ahead of time, but should have planned to watched the sunset! No matter where you sit, you will get views.
5 / 5
This is a wonderful restaurant experience! The food was delicious and our drinks were great. The service was not as good as we had hoped. We were told by the waiter we would have fresh bread and never received any. We only got one of the starters we asked for, and the waiter was very unattentive.
4 / 5
This was easily one of the best dinner experiences I’ve ever had. My fiancée and I had been talking about eating here for years and finally decided to treat ourselves to a night out, and it was worth every penny. The atmosphere is perfect: the slowly rotating restaurant gives amazing views of downtown Indianapolis, complete with the golden colors of the evening sun. Our server - Renee - was incredibly friendly, kind, personable, and sweet, and offered to take photos of us when the lighting was right. And, of course, the food was DELECTABLE. We got the shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, the pork chop and sea bass for dinner, and the chocolate-hazelnut mousse cake, and every food item was even better than the last. Is it expensive? Yes, but if you’re willing to splurge on a memorable and delicious night out in Indy, it’s totally worth the money. For a fine dining experience like no other, look no further than The Eagle’s Nest.
5 / 5
We stayed at the Hyatt and wanted to check out their revolving restaurant. After we checked in, we went to the 20th floor to see the layout. The hostess was nice enough to let us walk around in our casual clothes (well before the dinner hour). She said there was a lounge, but there really isn't. After our walk around, she said they used to have a lounge, but during Covid they made it more seating. A server named Anja P. was standing at the host stand and was so friendly and nice, that we asked if she could be our server. She was fantastic! We'd had a late lunch, so basically ordered drinks and appetizers for dinner. She said if we didn't like the crab cakes (we did), she'd bring us a different appetizer. My husband had the Chopped salad, but it wasn't chopped. I had the burrata salad and it was good. Drinks were good pours, but we don't prefer the large ice cubes. The rotation takes around 1.5 hours, and we were able to see everything... including the sun set, and later the rising almost-full moon. It is a fun and unique thing to do!
5 / 5
Trendy gathering place with a patio for contemporary fare, drinks & happy-hour specials.
Atmosphere was really nice and the service was great. Went there for seafood and they were out due to cooler issue. Wanted to order the halibut and salmon. Got the chicken instead it was ok. They gave us desserts and that was nice. The deviled eggs are really good. The bread appetizer was just ok.
4 / 5
Went there with a group, and every meal served was perfectly prepared. Complements to the chef and his staff. Our service staff made sure that we were all well taken care of. I would highly recommend this place
5 / 5
I used to really love the food here. Service was great as always today. My southern mother is in town for Mother’s Day, so I made reservations for Sunday brunch (mainly for the biscuit board). On the website it said that there was a prix fixe menu available (not that was the only one available). My fault, I should have called to double check. Anyway, the first course was bland (the taste of lard/crisco could be tasted in the biscuits, the bacon was not candied, and the deviled eggs were bland). Half the table doesn’t even bacon and the other half did not eat deviled eggs which were not tasty at all. In a normal world we would have never ordered deviled eggs. The second courses (chicken and waffle, lamb shoulder, and omelette) were all good, not great, just average. The desserts (which again we would have not ordered as there were sugar conscious diners with us due to health reasons) were dry and bland for the ones that chose to try them. The strawberry shortcake was far from being considered a strawberry shortcake. It would have been nice to know there was only one menu available. Had it just been my mother and I I would have left before being seated. For the $40/pp price tag the food should have been much better. I think after my last experience plus this one my time going there is over. The 1 star is for the service.
1 / 5
Excellent food and ambiance. The mesh salad was very flavorful and the halibut was fantastic. The ribeye might have been the best dish of the night as it was super flavorful with a coffee rub char finish.
5 / 5
We came for brunch. The atmosphere was classy and elegant. Service was quick and efficient. The food was great, like at all of the Cunningham restaurants from my experience. We got deviled eggs, smoked salmon bagels (picture included) and the fried chicken & waffles. We loved everything. The portions were perfect. Will definitely come back.
5 / 5
Chain serving family-style Italian fare in a kitschy setting featuring red-&-white tablecloths.
Honestly I know it’s a chain and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.. You walked through the kitchen and service area to get to your seating area. We had to ask for utensils to eat. sadly this place was HOT!! There is something wrong when it’s 83 degrees outside and it’s cooler to sit outside then inside.. I had a nice waiter who provided my baby with a slice of mozzarella cheese that was really nice of them that’s why I gave this place 2 stars.. But for the price of the food it wasn’t worth it.. when you pay like $30 for a smaller portion of calamari that wasn’t even a lot… which everything is like a minimum of $30 a plate for everything it just wasn’t worth it.. I think the only dish we liked was the bruschetta. The heat in the place and the food just made it a horrible experience. I feel bad cause it was so bad my family didn’t want to stay for dessert they would rather go back to the hotel and get dessert then get it there.. Sadly I don’t recommend going to this place here I would consider going to another one in other locations maybe, but definitely not here… I truly hope you all fix the service, heat and also food/ presentation of food.
2 / 5
If you come to Indy and you like Italian don’t miss this place. Awesome atmosphere. The food is fabulous, we shared the apple gorgonzola salad and the cheese manicotti. Shelby was our server and she was great! Check this place out!
5 / 5
Service was great - we had a group of 8 - not too busy - the portions are huge! A small can feed a family of four maybe…tasty as well.
5 / 5
Jake from Real Estate
Came here during Gen Con and had a lot of fun! Great decor and awesome service from our waiter. You can customize a few menu items to make them vegan and our waiter even checked the ingredient list for the free table bread to make sure it was vegan, which was very nice! The bread comes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar which was super good.
5 / 5
Let me start by saying the two of us were meeting a family member at 6:30p. We arrived (reservation) on time and were seated in a booth as requested almost immediately. We were the second table of two in the dining room & starving since we spent the entire day flying & hitting the local mall. So we ordered an appetizer (stuffed mushrooms), water & a beer. By 7p we had out drinks & the family member was running late. The couple next to us ordered their dinner & we still didn’t have out stuffed mushrooms… another table of two sat down in the cozy dining room, they ordered their food & our water brought dinner to the other table of two, then brought dinner to the third table of two in addition too table of six that sat down while the third table was receiving their dinner. Drinks went to the table of six & still no stuffed mushrooms. Our waiter was running around, perspiring like crazy as it was 90 degrees outside and the rest of the dining rooms were filling up. There was a line going outside by 7:30p when our family member arrived and still no mushrooms… two more tables of two arrived & received their drinks & dinner) We ordered dinner at 7:40p and at 9p received our stuffed mushrooms, two chicken Marsala’s & salad. The food was great but the wait was a bit much. Not sure what happened hence the four stars.
4 / 5