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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 125
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    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
A Dining Experience that must be Made

This place nails it. The ambiance invokes old Germany and Indy's cultural past. The food here is made in-house and that is something to hang your hat on. Even the sides, I ordered the red cabbage and could tell it was made in house, typically this stuff comes from cans. So, relax and order a pork... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Swany1980
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Beecher, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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Beecher, Illinois
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place nails it. The ambiance invokes old Germany and Indy's cultural past. The food here is made in-house and that is something to hang your hat on. Even the sides, I ordered the red cabbage and could tell it was made in house, typically this stuff comes from cans. So, relax and order a pork shank and a glass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My favorite outdoor bar in the city. They have great bands, big beers, and a fantastic beer garden in the middle. The food isn't great, but you are there for the party.

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Melbourne
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I've been here before, this time with a friend of mine. We both ordered the German Wurst sampler plate, and it was more food than either of us good quickly eat. Prices are competitive, the restaurant has a lot of space, service was efficient, beer selection was quite good, and the food filling and tasty. I did find it odd... More 

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Indianapolis
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We visit the Rathskeller a lot! There are always bands playing and we love live music. Plus the beers are incomparable! This is really a place that we visit more often than any in Indianapolis. When the weather isn't good we go inside and enjoy the original architecture. It is one of the oldest buildings downtown. Really good authentic German... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Mixed review here. The ambiance of the restaurant, the bread, the sides, and the large portions were huge positives. For a schnitzel on the expensive side, I would have expected a less chewy version, so that was disappointing. I would recommend it for special occasions. Nice beer selection.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

One of my favorite restaurants in Indy. They were out of a few of the German beers I would have liked but the sun King Gen Con beer was good. The food is always good, had the brat balls really good but beware the mustard. Had scnitzle with potato pancakes and German potato salad all I would recommend!!! Place has... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was very excited to find a German restaurant in the downtown area, so I decided to give a shot. A business colleague and I sat in the bar area to grab a bite to eat. It took a few minutes for the bartender to come over and wait on us. Keep in mind the restaurant was overly busy that... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This place is awesome. I think the beer menu may be longer than the food menu. Skip the main restaurant and go straight to the bar area - my fav place to sit. They also have soft pretzels with amazing spicy mustard.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Generous portions of German favorites in a unique setting. The food was good with plenty of German options. I'd skip the appetizer but enjoy the good selection of German beers. There are plenty of sides to choose from and pair nicely with the entrees. Choose wisely since you'll be taking half your dinner home to enjoy tomorrow.

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Dallas
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Went to the Rathskellar on a Saturday and it was hopping. It's a fun place in an old German social club. The restaurant is huge with a biergarten and bad inside. They have a good selection of beers. I tried a couple different German beers that were recommended that were really good. We started with the Cajun Chicken Poppers that... 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: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Bar scene
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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