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The Rathskeller

Downtown Indianapolis
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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-636-0396
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 104
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Atmosphere

This restaurant/bar offers a nice German Rathskeller atmosphere. Decent selection of German beer and extensive menu.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
beerstl
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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268 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • German first
  • Any
English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This restaurant/bar offers a nice German Rathskeller atmosphere. Decent selection of German beer and extensive menu.

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East Greenbush
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

On a business trip this week I stopped by the Ratheskeller in Indianapolis for some comfort food after a day of traveling in the recent cold stretch. I had been there before in the summer when the biergarten is open (Great Fun). This time it was a Monday nite and very slow so I sat in the bar area. The... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My heritage is German (a few generations ago), still, I thought The Rathskeller would be a great place to go for my recent birthday dinner. Unfortunately, it was a fairly bad experience and I wish I had picked somewhere else to celebrate my birthday. I want to start with the good parts of the experience. Parking. The sign said parking... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Worth a visit every year or so. Took some friends who had lived in Germany and they enjoyed their meals with a few minor issues such as too much sauce on the pork chop and the potato salad wasn't as traditional as they were used to, but, heck, this is Indianapolis, not Munich. Staff was helpful and although it was... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana, USA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This was a good experience. This night there were probably 400-500 restaurant patrons during the course of the evening, all served from one kitchen. Not a problem. We were served promptly and received our food in a reasonable amount of time. First, we were given a basket of bread with a large pretzel. Good, but watch out for the mustard.... More 

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Atlanta
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

What a great old building steeped in history. Love the decor. Stuffed animal heads everywhere! Wait staff went above and beyond. I like a good jäger schnitzel. They substituted spaetzle at no charge for the potato salad. Nice touch. Hot pretzel came with mustard before the meal. Delicious. The schnitzel was great although it was smothered in far too much... More 

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Indianapolis
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

There was a group of 8 of us that seen a comedy show, then went to the Rathskeller across the street after on a Saturday night. They had a celtic band playing that was awesome! We ordered Brat n' Kraut Balls, Chicken Cordon Bleu Fingers, Loaded French Fries and Hot Wurst Platte. All appetizers and great for sharing after a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My girlfriend and I met my cousin and husband for lunch Christmas week and all were pleased. I personally enjoyed the free hot pretzel with spicy mustard appetizer and a sausage platter. All agreed the German food was delicious and the atmosphere pleasant. The waitress was a hoot and the prices very reasonable. Will definitely return!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The building is beautiful and historic. I've always liked the atmosphere, but the food is blah and we never eat here anymore. If you want me to come downtown, then wow me with your food. There is no wow factor. I can't even say it is good. The building is the only good thing about this restaurant. That is a... More 

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Hammond, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I enjoyed dinner at The Rathskeller on New Year's Eve with a large group of about 15 people. We were sat in a semi-private room upstairs in the building, away from the regular seating in the restaurant. It was actually neat to be in this room. It was probably quieter than the larger restaurant area. The decorations for Christmas were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-636-0396

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, German, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 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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