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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 15
    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
Over priced

The servings were large portions. We wanted veal but the restaurant used pork instead- disappointed. We have eaten a lot better German food. Our friend that was German was very disappointed with the taste. The restaurant has a lot of history and is nice- just feel the food is over rated if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
leftout
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mt. sterling, ky
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
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282 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Carmel, Indiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We gave this place another try, ordered the sausage plate and a steak. This is NOT TRUE German food!! The sausages were boiled, no seasonings, and although there were many of them, they just weren't good. The steak was fine, just fine. This place is highly overpriced. I just don't get the appeal, frankly.

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mt. sterling, ky
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The servings were large portions. We wanted veal but the restaurant used pork instead- disappointed. We have eaten a lot better German food. Our friend that was German was very disappointed with the taste. The restaurant has a lot of history and is nice- just feel the food is over rated if you are use to German Food.

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Lake Mary, Florida
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Martini's were cold and the Jäegerschnitzel($25.50), their signature schnitzel topped with a wonderful sauce of wild mushrooms, shallots, fresh garlic, red wine and select herbs was excellent

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Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Been here years before. 1890's building is still incredible. Genuine German ambiance and decor is one of the top 5 in the USA. Great selection of drafts, 16 oz glasses or the 32 ounce steins. Schnitzels, wursts, sauerbratens as well as fish, chicken and steak Yank style. I ordered kassler ripchen. No, not the old Orioles second basemen, a hearty... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Wow! Walked in for lunch and was awestruck by the decor. Just like you'd envision a century old German restaurant would look like. Lunch was delicious...schnitzel & German potatoes were out of this world. Oh, that mustard has a bite! Would love to come back for the music and outside beer garden.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The food is excellent German fare. The vibe is very gilded age. Lots of leather and trophy heads. It's legit and that's why this works. The mustard is crazy good. Inhale when your eating it and you can feel you brain stem melting!

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Stevensville, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

While we didn't eat here, we enjoyed our evening listening to two great bands. The only thing I didn't love was that the ladies rooms are right on the side of the bandstand, so it felt a bit odd...but I did get to talk to the first band's lead guitarist and tell him how much we enjoyed the show as... More 

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Germantown, OH
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was our families second time to visit The Rathskeller. It is always a great spot to visit when in Indianapolis. The building and decor is awesome. There is a great beer garden, but too cold to partake of it on this visit. The service is always top notch here! There is a great beer selection and there are a... More 

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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

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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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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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