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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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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 39
    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
As good as I remembered!

Fourteen of us held a birthday dinner at the Rathskeller, and they did a fantastic job! It had been ten years or better since I had been there, and the Schnitzel was as good as I remembered-everything was. Service was excellent, which is hard to do with a party as large as ours, on a busy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Edward M
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Marion, Indiana
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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274 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Marion, Indiana
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Fourteen of us held a birthday dinner at the Rathskeller, and they did a fantastic job! It had been ten years or better since I had been there, and the Schnitzel was as good as I remembered-everything was. Service was excellent, which is hard to do with a party as large as ours, on a busy Saturday night no less.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The Rathskeller has such a rich history and so does its neighborhood. The restaurant food is a bit pricey, but it's completely worth the cost and on par for most German restaurants. They also have a fantastic adults-only outdoor concert venue with bar food and drinks. I would highly recommend visiting at any time of day!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This place drips atmosphere, so it's fun to go here just for the amazing building itself. Their beer is top notch, but this evening we were too late to order food. Our server managed to grab us the last pretzel and gave it to us free because it was broken. (I'm sure that's why it was still there.) We even... More 

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Wasilla
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81 reviews 81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

From the moment we walked in this was an immersing experience. The only things missing were the dirndl's and accents - well, our table attendant was a guy so I guess the dirndl would be a bit much. The walls are fully adorned with remnants of Olde mountain villages. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the beers and the menu.... More 

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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184 reviews 184 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

While visiting friends in Indie we like to come here. It was our second time, and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. 3 of us had the Jaegerschnichel, and one the Rouladen, and one the Mixed Wurst Plate All were excellent, The veal was very large, and not paper thin, like at some places. I was very disappointed with the German... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I have been to the Rathskeller many times. We keep going back because we love the location and the atmosphere. They have great beer and concert venues. We love hanging out with friends there for drinks and bar food. However, the dining room food has always been lackluster. We just took our boys (8 & 10) for the first time... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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162 reviews 162 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 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
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88 reviews 88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?