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Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q

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Downtown Indianapolis
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50 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
+1 317-916-9600
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Traditional Texas Style Bar-B-Q conveniently located in the heart of...
Traditional Texas Style Bar-B-Q conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Seating for up to 100ppl. Small side room can be reserved for up to 20ppl. Quick Service for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Full Service 3pm-close and all weekend lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating available. TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. All meats are smoked on-site as you can smell when you walk into the restaurant.
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    Very good
  • 15
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  • 4
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food

This is a laid back informal place. Small restaurant. Friendly staff. The brisket was flavorful. It's not a bar. More of a family diniing feel. There are beer and wine selections.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Karen K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a laid back informal place. Small restaurant. Friendly staff. The brisket was flavorful. It's not a bar. More of a family diniing feel. There are beer and wine selections.

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Thank Karen K
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193 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Dick's barbecue is just okay. I've been to it three times and each time it was consistently mediocre. It's too bad because downtown needs some good barbecue.

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Thank 970alexanderp
Jason K, Owner at Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Hello 970alexanderp, We are sorry to hear that you feel our BBQ is not any better than average. While we are glad that you do not have any chief complaints, we are a bit disheartened that the meals you have been served, were not more noteworthy. Should you ever be unhappy with any part of your meal, please do not... More 

Grand Haven, MI
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

My buddies and I hit downtown Indy for the B1G Football Championship game. Since we arrived about four hours prior to kickoff, the bars and eateries in the immediate stadium area had multi-hour waits, so we strolled a few blocks north of the stadium looking for a place that would have food and beer with no real wait. We stumbled... More 

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Thank ceguruGrandHaven_MI
Wales
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35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I'm from the UK, but love American BBQ food, so was really happy to stumble across this place while looking for food in Indianapolis. The staff were very friendly and happy to give advice, the service quick, the restaurant clean, and most importantly, the food very tasty! THe mac and cheese in particular was good, as were the ribs and... More 

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Thank Welsh--reviewer
Immenstaad, Germany
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I was looking for having original american ribs in Indy, and this place was perfect. Simple, easy going and nice food. I was very hungry but has been a great challenge finishing all the ribs!! Nice beer as well.

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Thank Nicola A
Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I've been to Indianapolis many times and somehow this gem managed to escape my notice. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Downtown and I immediately noticed this little BBQ joint on the corner across from us. I'm a big fan of BBQ done right and I have a sweet/hot palette - for which I sometimes take a ribbing (pun intended).... More 

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Thank Mike L
Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I visited Dick's Bodacious Bar--B-Q on my lunch time I waited outside at their table for my order. The pager I had went off but my order was not there. A server came out with an order I said it was mine, she went back inside with the order maybe she did not hear me. 4 white gentlemen at another... More 

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Thank Sally W
Haworth, NJ
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was not Kansas City barbeque by any means, but it was close to the hotel and was decent meal. If you are a real barbeque fan, you probably will be a bit disappointed, but if you only have barbeque occasionally, it is fine. Indy is not known for its restaurants (except St. Elmo's steakhouse), so you could do worse.

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Thank Dad-With-Two-Kids
Gores Landing, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The ribs here are very good. The service matched the food. I bought some of their sauce to take home it was so good. The location is just east of Monument Circle, right across the road from where we were staying. A person we met in the elevator had an armload of food and recommended it to us.

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1 Thank GlennP836
Frankfort
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My daughter and I ate there for dinner. Should have seen the warning flags when we walked in and no one else was there. We asked if the mild bar-b-q sauce was sweet. Yes was the answer. I don't know how hot the hot sauce was but the mild was pretty hot to us. No sweetness to it! I didn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-916-9600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Traditional Texas Style Bar-B-Q conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Seating for up to 100ppl. Small side room can be reserved for up to 20ppl. Quick Service for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Full Service 3pm-close and all weekend lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating available. TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. All meats are smoked on-site as you can smell when you walk into the restaurant.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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