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The Rathskeller

401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Downtown Indianapolis)
317-636-0396
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Ranked #80 of 2,000 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, German, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Mattoon, Illinois
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285 reviews 285 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Our first stop on a recent three-day jaunt was in Indianapolis, at our lunch stop: the Rathskeller. Why this place? Well, it features German food, which we like and don’t get a chance to eat very often. But the main reason - I wanted to have a meal in the oldest restaurant in Indianapolis. The place is located in the... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I can imagine this place must be awesome when there is a crowd. As it was, we were the only people there, but the food and beers were good. A little worried about Hawaiian Chicken being served at a German restaurant, but the traditional fare was very authentic.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We always make a point of stopping in when we are in town. Whether it's for a beer and some appetizers or dinner, we have never been disappointed. The food is good and the atmosphere is so unique.

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PACIFIC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We really like good German food so this place looked like a winner. But while it was very quaint and historic, the food was only average. The schnitzel only came in pork, no veal. And while it was OK, it was nothing to write home about. The potato pancakes were more like a McDonalds hash brown and not a true... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Their beer selection was great and so was the history of the building but the prices they were asking for their entrees was a little nuts. $36 for a filet? I can pay less at Sullivan's and I'm sure theirs is much better. I just don't get it. I'm not the type of person to pay for the reputation. You... More

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

While this wasn't the best meal ever, it was right in the top 10. Four of us tried all new foods and were not disappointed. My orangy roughy flourentine was excellent and was more than I could eat. My husband really liked the 7 bean succotacsh (sp?).The German Potato Salad was hot and spicy and we all loved it. The... More

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Chatham, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Whenever we travel to Indy, we make a point of dining at this restaurant. The ambiance, service and, most importantly, the food is excellent. We love the beer selection too.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Rathskeller is my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis. I visit it every while in town for GenCon (a large convention). Every year I've received excellent service and the food is amazing. Even with a huge appetite I always have enough leftovers for another meal. The meal is definitely worth the walk from the convention center. It is also a good... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was my first time trying German food therefore I can't say whether it is authentic or not. What I can say is that everything that we tried was beyond our expectations. The waitress was very informative and took the time to explain what the dishes were and made recommendations based on our individual tastes. Great place to eat, drink,... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is very authentic, as is the original architecture. The building is an old meeting house for German immigrants who settled much of the USA's mid-west before the world wars, and still has a very heavy, Tutonic feel. I had the Jäegerschnitzel, which was pretty authentic, with the exception of some mustard that was more heavy on the horseradish... More

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