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  • St. Elmo's Steak House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Restaurants

    St. Elmo's is an Indy tradition. Been there for over 100 years. Known for great steaks & furnace hot shrimp sauce. We had not been there for years, but had visiting relatives from New England and wanted to show them a famous place. First thing that wasn't "right" was when the entrees were served, the 2 men in the party were served first!!!!!!! This...

  • Rathskeller

    4 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Restaurants

    This restaurant is famous for its German food but if you come from Germany or Austria and want to eat "Wiener Schnitzel" better leave it. The american Schnitzels aren't as good as the ones you know from restaurants in Europe. I thought they tasted a bit sweet and they do not have the special taste of Schnitzel. To be fair I have to say that I have...

  • Buca di Beppo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Indianapolis Restaurants

    Buca di Beppo is a chain restaurant with good Italian food. All dining is meant to be done family style with huge portions. Small portions serve 2-3 people and large portions serve 4-6. This is a good place if you are going out with a big group of people. The dining rooms are festive and decorated with all kinds of interesting photos and Italian...

  • Brew Pub

    Indianapolis Restaurants

    The brewpub fad has grown a bit tiresome now that anyone with a make-your-own beer kit thinks they can run run one, but this is one of the good one, and defintely worth stopping by if you're in Naptown. Great vibe in the bar and an excellent beer selection. Only one (small) TV so get your mates and enjoy good craic I didn't eat here but my friends...

  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro

    Indianapolis Restaurants

    The dining hall is rather large with the bar at the center (also the source of cigarrett smokes). A huge mural of a Tang Dynasty life style high above on the wall, where at the bar, a terra cotta horse style yet modern sculpture was displayed; together with some comtemprary style deco. Apparently it is a rather popular place. I was not...

  • Café Django

    Named after the late legendary Belgian jazz guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt, Café Django bills itself as Bloomington's premier jazz cafe. The restaurant frequently hosts jazz sessions by local and nationally renowned musicians in an intimate atmosphere.Café Django offers an eclectic mix of cuisines, including Tibetan, Thai, Indian, Peruvian, and...

  • Shelbi Street Cafe---Great View,...

    The Shelbi Street Cafe boasts a wonderful rooftop garden on top of the old Fountain Square Theatre Building. The highlight of this place is the nice view of the Indianapolis skyline and all the charm and history of the area. Unfortunately I'd recommend stopping here for a few rounds of drinks and skipping dinner as the food is horrible! Perhaps...

  • The Oceanaire--The City's Freshest...

    Swanky and sophisticated this upscale seafood chain is nothing less than amazing. Fresh cuts of fish are flown in daily and the menus are printed only 30 minutes before they open to reflect the catch of the day. The Oceanaire is known just as much for its stainless steel oyster bar, where people come to sample over 12 different kinds of oysters....

  • SI Lounge-----New & Improved

    The restaurant has a great modern ambience with all new decor (this used to be the Scholar's Inn, but was revamped and reopened as the lovely SI lounge). They offer a lot of healthy selections, but the food tastes spectacular. There are lots of options from the duck breast that my date tried to the infamous meatloaf, all of their dishes are...

  • Janko's Little Zagreb Restaurant

    Janko's Little Zagreb Restaurant was established in 1979 by John "Janko" Pouch. Although the restaurant offers Yugoslavian and Eastern European dishes, as well as Saint Louis-style barbeque ribs, it has become known for the quality, tenderness, and tastiness of its steaks. The restaurant claims to have the best steaks in the Midwest. The steaks and...

  • Zing! ---Innovative Small Portions To...

    Zing offers small plate portions of American innovative dishes that are meant to be shared in a chic and modern environment. When one of its dishes graced the cover of Indianapolis Monthly magazine I knew I had to get there! As far as ambience Zing has lots of halo and glass blown pendant lighting, a small, but trendy bar area, and in warmer...

  • Harry & Izzy's---Steaks & Seafood...

    Harry & Izzy's shares the same owners as Indy's infamous St. Elmo's, offers the same St. Elmo's Fire for all of the fiery shrimp cocktail lovers, and has an ultra-cool round bar that completely steals the show! I've been here again and again, because in addition to steak and seafood they also have a variety of appetizers and a bar menu that are...

  • Santorini's--The Best Greek in Indy!

    This place is consistently listed amongst the Best of Indy restaurants in Indianapolis Monthly. The low key Greek decor, complete with murals straight from the iconic images of the real Greek Isle will transport you right across the pond. Belly dancers entertain in the evenings and add to the atmosphere. The real attraction here is the food. The...

  • Home cookin'

    Amish Acres is a great place to visit with families. In the summer there are a lot of things to do, buggy rides & historic tours, as well as a huge Arts & Crafts fair. I recently had the opportunity to eat at the restaurant, named "Restaurant Barn". The lunch is great because there are 2 options: $12-14 per person with a huge buffet that is brought...

  • An Old Fashioned Restaurant For NOW...

    How sad to report that just this month, Phil Smidt's closed down for good. We were able to eat their three days before they closed their doors forever.From the time I met my husband Allan, all I heard was how much I would love going to Phil Smidt's in Hammond, Indiana. Fish is not my favorite food so I was quite reluctant. When I finally was able...

  • Strongbow Inn--Valparaiso, IN

    This cafeteria/banquet facility started out many years ago as a small turkey stand. Although the facilities have expanded greatly, the main attraction here is still the delicious turkey, which keeps the gray haired folks flocking to this northern Indiana locale for fabulous home cooking. The Inn like many Indiana cafeterias also has a bakery that...

  • Athens on 86th---You'll Leave Saying...

    Everything Greek in a neighborhood type restaurant, from the flaming saganaki to baklava...the atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but gives a cheesy take on Greece with white columns and watercolor paintings...the one major plus it has is outdoor dining, although you'll be staring at a parking lot. The restaurant specializes in authentic...

  • Ambrosia--Basic Broadripple Italian

    Enjoy authentic Italian in the casual comforts of this busy Broad Ripple eatery. This family-owned-and-operated restaurant has been dishing out secret family recipes for more than 25 years. House specialties include ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese and tender beef tenderloin drenched in creamy portobello-chianti sauce. Seating is plentiful...

  • Cafe Patachou--Best Breakfast in INDY!

    ONE OF MY TOP 10 FAVORITE INDY ORIGINAL RESTAURANTS!Café Patachou, now entering it's thirteenth year of operation in the Indianapolis area, has been honored in the 2002 Bon Appetit Magazine Neighborhood Restaurants issue. Named in the "Ten Favorite Places to Eat Breakfast" story, the magazine raves about the Café's breakfast specials -- omlettes,...

  • The Aristocrat Pub---Notable Sunday...

    Part of a pub empire that also includes Union Jack's, the Aristocrat is both a spacious restaurant and a bar with live music. Jazz, acoustic and authentic Celtic performers are all regulars. Service is warm and personable. Tall stained-glass fixtures and beautiful finished wood are some of the pub's best features, and the intimate, private booths...


    I kept hearing how great El Rodeo's food is, in fact it was nominated as one of Indianapolis' best Mexican restaurants by AOL city guide, so I thought I'd try it. The ambience was nice, except for the uncomfortable wicker chairs, but my server was speedy and served a knock your socks off strong margarita so I was pretty impressed. Everyone shared a...

  • Matteo's Ristorante---A Reason To Escape...

    Matteo's is a great escape from the hustle of the city. The ristorante is located in the heart of downtown Noblesville amongst many trendy shops and cafes that surround the stunning Hamilton County Courthouse. Enter into Matteo's and the charm doesn't stop the walls are painted a comforting shade of pumpkin and classic Dean Martin music creates a...

  • Great Eating in a Lovely Environment

    Many times we have eaten at Teibel's Restaurant in Schererville, Indiana. We have never been disappointed with the service or with the quality of the food.Teibel's is a family-owned restaurant that has been around for many years. Allan and I have eaten here as far back as the early 1960's!Teibel's is famous for fried chicken, frog legs, and Lake...

  • Claddagh Irish Pub

    The goal of Claddagh Irish Pub is to create the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub by offering traditional Irish dishes, as well as pub sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, and desserts. Of course, a wide array of beverages, including the most well-known drink of Ireland, Guinness Stout, is also available and makes Claddagh Irish Pub a popular night...

  • St. Elmo Steakhouse---The Indy Original

    St. Elmo Steak House has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902. It is the oldest Indianapolis steakhouse in its original location, and has earned a national reputation for its excellent steaks, seafood, chops and professional service.Founded by Joe Stahr, the restaurant was named after the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo. Starting...

  • Shapiro's---The Best of Jewish...

    Opened by Louis and Rebecca Shapiro in 1905 as a small grocery store, Shapiro’s became a restaurant in the 1930s. Today it is a full-service kosher-style deli where you can buy smoked fish and cold cuts by the pound; and it is also a huge cafeteria serving three meals a day.

  • Ruth's Chris---Steak Perfected

    A chain restaurant with an original feel, this long time Indianapolis steakhouse now has two locations in the city. Using only the finest aged USDA prime beef, Ruth's Chris serves up more than a half-dozen sizzling steaks that are big enough to share. The appetizers will please seafood fans, while soups and salads dominate the rest of the starter...

  • Rock Bottom--Eclectic Chain Brewery

    Rock Bottom is first and foremost a chain brewery that accomodates hundreds of diners on two levels keeping them entertained with video games, pool, or sports on the big screen. The food here is somewhat eclectic although uninspiring and somewhat bland and definitely not worth the price. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all. It is the same...

  • Palomino---Dining For the Who's Who in...

    Given its coveted Circle Centre location and close proximity to the State House, Palomino's swanky downtown digs are often filled with Indy's titans of business and government. These daily lunchtime wheelings and dealings over rigatoni Bolognese give way to elegant, quiet, romantic evenings and weekends. Palomino's power-red interior, which works...

  • Old Spaghetti Factory---Just for Kids!

    The Old Spaghetti Factory is a popular chain Italian restaurant that kids tend to love. The food is mediocre at best, but if you're dining with children then this is a great place to go. Whimsical antiques and decorative items--velvet armchairs, vintage-looking fringed lamps and booths made from iron bedsteads--fill the dining room. The OSF...

  • McCormick & Schmick's---Upscale Seafood...

    cCormick & Schmick's is a decent newcomer to the Indy seafood scene. I personally prefer the nearby Oceanaire, but this place is runner up for the freshest fish downtown. The fish is flown in fresh daily and they offer 30 varieties each day depending on what is caught. The decor is perfect for entertaining business associates and the dark wood and...

  • The L.S. Ayres Tea Room--Fun For The...

    The L.S. Ayres Tea Room served soup, salad, and sandwiches to white gloved ladies for 85 years before the company's flagship store closed downtown in 1990. In 2002, the Indiana State Musuem reproduced the carpet and chandeliers and reopened the tearoom to an eager crowd. The formal decor, but laid back menu allows the business casual crowd to blend...

  • Iaria's---Indy's BEST Italian!

    When Pete & Antonia Iaria moved to Indy in 1913, Italian immigrant families dominated the neighborhoods just south of downtown. The couple opened Iaria's in 1933 and the family has operated the restaurant for 3 generations whipping up the same memorable recipes that made it such a hit so many years ago. The unassuming cinder block exterior hides...

  • Hoaglin To Go--Gourmet Goodness

    Hoaglin To Go offers innovative breakfasts and healthy, well portioned lunches in a chic storefront cafe. The restaurant is bright and colorful and quite conscience of its trendiness. It also boasts a small marketplace where you can grab lunch to inspire office envy or better yet stock up for that gourmet picnic you've been planning. Stopped in...

  • Hard Rock Cafe---Another Crappy Chain

    Another chain by fame existence restaurant where I would only recommend a visit if you are in the market for one of those silly "Hard Rock Cafe---(Insert Destination Here)" t-shirts. The rock themed memorabilia is fun for kids, but I would highly recommend checking out some of the other exciting dining options in town. I've been to the Hard Rock...

  • Decadent By Design Cafe---Deliciously...

    Decadent By Design is a unique casual restaurant with Cuban & "Floribbean" food prepared by up and coming Indy chef Kathy Jones. Most of the dishes here incude seafood and the bright, cheery walls add to the fun Cuban feel. This is the perfect lunch spot with the food being innovative, delicious, and incredibly inexpensive. The Fountain Square...

  • Buffalo Wild Wings--Great Sports Bar!

    Buffalo Wild Wing's is a GREAT place to catch a game, enjoy delicious wings, and knock back a few beers with a table full of friends. There is quite a diverse age group of 20-40 somethings who gather to cheer enthusiastically for the Colts or their favorite teams. This is a family friendly place so bring the kids along for the big game. I'm not a...

  • Buca Di Beppo---Bland Chain Italian

    Buca's is what I consider crappy chain Italian at its worst, but it thrives as many chains do for its convenience and kid friendly atmosphere. The restaurant itself boasts an over the top tacky little Italy decor with the one cool feature being the large round Pope's table, which has a replica of the Pope's head in the center (you can say you dined...

  • Acapulco Joe's--Cheap, Greasy Mexican

    I can already sense the cringing of my friends who read this as so many people love this restasurant, but I couldn't get over the amount of grease that saturates this mexican eatery. It is a popular kid friendly place where families and the midweek business lunch crowd vie for a table. Can't remember what i had as I ate there once and never...

  • 14 West--Something Different in High End...

    14 West is a nice change of pace from the usual date night Indy dining scene. First and foremost it occupies the former Malibu on Maryland location and boasts the same chef, Tony Hanslits, that kept Malibu on everyone's mental maps (he's the food stylist for Dine Magazine). 14 West offers Asian, French, and Italian cuisine perfect for a mid week...

  • Bazbeaux-Indy's Gourmet Pizza!

    See my travelogue on this one! A great place to dine and unique to Indiana! What's not to like here? I really enjoy the innovative pizzas like Firenze with charred pesto and shrimp, but for the more traditional pizza lover the Colossus is to die for!

  • Passionate About Food? So is R Bistro!

    WOW! Chef Regina George just outdoes herself with her incredibly creative and delicious fare. She has a very heavy European influence in her cooking which are manifestations of her time studying in Ireland, England, and Wales. Even the portions are European sized, which is refreshing considering the gargantuan portions most places serve. I've...

  • Good food, nice atmosphere

    We ate dinner at this restaurant in downtown historic Corydon. The prices are pretty reasonable and the food was very good. The restaurant is very small, but we didn't have to wait for a table. The service was prompt and polite. Overall it was a nice dining experience. I had the linguine with chicken in alfredo sauce and my husband had the...

  • Wonderful view, great food

    We enjoyed a delightful breakfast at the Overlook. The restaurant is located right on the Ohio River with lovely views all around. The service was great, the people were friendly, and the food was fantastic. The pancakes were especially good. The prices are very reasonable. I have heard that their speciality is fried chicken, so if you stop for...

  • Now "That's Italian"

    Avery classic Italian restaurant with panelled walls, family photos,and Italian opera music in the background. One has the feeling that the "Familia" is at the next table. Maybe the Corleones? I had the Oso Bucco, and it was to"die" for.


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