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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 - 9:00 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, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 113
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    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Great Food, Great Setting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Jeffrey M
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auburn, ny, United States
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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English first
auburn, ny, United States
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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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Ludlow Falls
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Love the biergarden with outdoor live music. I filled up on appetizers and my husband got the pizza bread. The mustard is made there with fresh horseradish. It will definitely clear out your sinuses! We've ordered many of the traditional German foods there as well, but have learned if you are planning on staying awhile it's best not to eat... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great food, great beer and "some of ze most beautiful music in ze world", thanks to Polkaboy! The venue is styled traditionally, but the food is slightly Americanized. That's not a bad thing. The market for pig knuckles isn't what it used to be.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Loved their food, interesting dishes to choose from. Cannot wait to go back to the outside BeerGarden for a little live music. The interior had a real old world feel

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Indianapolis
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My wife and I visited on Saturday night. They were busy! We ordered hot pretzel (good), spinach and artichoke dip (very saucy, no artichokes, little spinach) schnitzel (paper thin and cold) green beans (cold), red cabbage (great) and vegetable soup (wonderful!) My suggestion - get the wurst plate (it's got to be hot right?), red cabbage and beer. Sorry but... More 

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We reserved a table for 5 and arrived at the restaurant at the appropriate time. We entered an attractively decorated, typical German style room filled with diners. We were then escorted upstairs to an overflow room in a separate banquet area that looked and felt like a banquet room for a cheap company dinner. I immediately asked to be seated... More 

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Berkeley, California
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136 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

There are certainly no complaints about the beer list which has many German beers which are even difficult to find in one place in Germany. The pretzel was excellent but the rouladen were not the very best I have ever eaten. The interior of the place is worth strolling around.

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Huetor Vega, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were 4 adults and a child at this restaurant last Saturday. It was highly advertised as a "German Restaurant". But, having lived in Germany for 20 years and still visiting 2-3 times a year, I was really looking forward for genuine German food in the US. We had the Jaegerschnitzel, Schweinebraten, Wienerschnitzel, and Assorted Sausages. The Schweinbraten was extremely... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

You can eat inside or outside during the summer with bands in both areas. Convenient to Old National Center(Murat Temple) for a nice meal before a show.

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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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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: Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Families with children, Doing business, Romantic, Large groups
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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