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The Rathskeller

401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Downtown Indianapolis)
317-636-0396
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Ranked #88 of 1,967 restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Wonderful high quality food in historic building. Pricey but generous portions of very well prepared food. Visit the "beir" garden for warm weather weekend fun till 11 pm, it is outdoors!

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Louisville, KY
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59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Dark wood paneling and a beer list for miles make this restaurant a sweet visit in Indy. As a bonus, it is around the corner from the Murat, so if you have a show to attend, this is a good pick. My husband enjoyed his dish, which was full of meat, potatoes, & kraut. I chose soup & salad. The... More

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Surprise AZ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The place is advertised as a german food restaurant. We showed up and sat in the open seating area, assured by the hostess, that we were on the same menu as the reserved table area. There was no german food on the menu, except for sauerkraut, and spetzel. Going to the restroom I observed food on other tables that obviously... More

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Dayton, OH
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

We were in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament and wanted a restaurant we could walk to in downtown Indianapolis. This was a great surprise. The building is an old German Cultural center. It is quite large and architecturally interesting. The menu has multiple German staples. My daughter had the wurst platter which had bock wurst, Kielbasa and met wurst... More

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Omaha, Ne
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very good authentic German food. We had the Wurst plate, which was some of the best wurst I have had since being in Germany. They have a good selection of German beers which was good also! Authentic German social hall, so the inside is very old and very German. I would go back again.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

As one would hope for the Rathskeller serves German food that both looks and tastes like you would remember from visiting Germany if you have had that opportunity. The decor from the bar area to the dining areas are of heavy dark wood and furniture along with what you might expect a Rathskeller to look like a few thousand miles... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

When I visit the Rathskeller, I always enjoy sitting outside in the biergarten! You can't beat an oversized German beer that pairs perfectly with a warm pretzel and the hottest mustard around. If it is cold, the Kellersaal Bar is absolutely beautiful and always buzzing. Their cheese and meat plates are a great light dinner to save room for the... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Delicious German food. We live to split an assorted plate of with a variety of German wursts in the bar, but only the dining room takes reservations if you need one. The Biergarten has a menu and entertainment in the summer. Fun and lively atmosphere. My hub and I love the authentic German décor and atmosphere.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A nice place to Eat, has history of acceptance and was a place of gathering a long time ago. In the summer has a great Beer garden, and if you need a place for a wedding reception, it has a nice room for that aswell.

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Indianapolis
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Rathskeller is great Indianapolis classic. Housed in the historic Athenaeum Building, the restaurant has a wonderful old world atmosphere. The food is always good and the restaurant is convenient to theatre and the vibrant Mass Ave. area. In the summer, the beer garden is fun as well, featuring live music. The Sauerbraten is a favorite, as is the German... More

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