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The Rathskeller

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Downtown Indianapolis
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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-636-0396
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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, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 119
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    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
summer breeze in bier garden

Stopped in The Rathskeller for some good German beers with a friend. The outdoor beer garden was the perfect setting for some good German beers and conversation. I love the pretzels with spicy brown mustard. Have to try these. The service was good. I would definitely go back again... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
tuesdaypoolnight
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indianapolis
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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indianapolis
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135 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Stopped in The Rathskeller for some good German beers with a friend. The outdoor beer garden was the perfect setting for some good German beers and conversation. I love the pretzels with spicy brown mustard. Have to try these. The service was good. I would definitely go back again. The prices are somewhat high for the German food. But the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The outdoor music sounded great in a little clamshell acoustically, and the environment was amazing under the stars and the skyscrapers! The outdoor beer offerings where good for my group (including wine and a cider) and I had an Irish Whisky and a cigar and it was a great night.

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Cave Creek, AZ
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This restaurant is a staple in Indianapolis. It is where the locals hang out for good food and fun times. We sat in bar area because it was lunch time and the restaurant area was closed. Wayne (at the bar) and his crew treated us like royalty! For an appetizer, we ordered the Onion Dill Bread with Herbs & Melted... More 

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New Hampshire
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food and beers were fantastic and true German food! We had enough for 2 meals! The building is historic and quite interesting!

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Boston
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The prices are exorbitant for poorly prepared food. The evening we went the food was largely inedible, Worse yet, the noise level was out of control, there were drunk and obnoxious guests that the staff could not control. We asked the staff to address the situation but they did not seem trained or able to take care of it. At... More 

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Mattoon, Illinois
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place was awesome. Good food. Kind of pricey, but we were downtown Indy. What do you expect? I had the Schnitzel Cordon Bleu. Such a large serving. No way could I eat it all. But it was very very good. Some good German dining.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We did not eat here, but only had a couple beers. The German Beer Hall area was wonderful, but the outdoor beer garden was amazing. It had a stage at which a band played after we left. It was the most impressive place we visited on this trip to Indy. Definitely worth eating there or having a drink.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Been here NUMEROUS times and this was by far one of the worst experiences. Over the past year the experience has significantly trended down. Probably our last visit here. The food was awful! Cold, lack of flavor & clearly frozen reheated in a microwave. Bit into an ice chunk! If not for meeting a large group of friends last minute,... More 

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auburn, ny, United States
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Amazing history of this site. Beautiful architecture and history. Step down into the great area with a bar and several dining areas. open and inviting to say the least. You can just stop for a drink, diner or have a reception. The food is outstanding. Brats, Worst's, Red Cabbage and spitzel. All so good, I must caution you if you... More 

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Ft. lauderdale
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Some of friends from Indianapolis suggested that we go to this restaurant for dinner. The building is historic and the architecture is really engaging and parking on the street was easy on that particular evening. I found the food to be of mediocre quality and very much overpriced. The staff was courteous and efficient and did their jobs well.

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Additional Information about The Rathskeller

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

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Doing business
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?