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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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Today
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, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 114
    Very good
  • 43
    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
Good food and beer

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
hiking-har
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Berkeley, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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292 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • German first
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English first
Indianapolis
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

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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160 reviews 160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

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 136 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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Saratoga Springs, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is a must if you like a boisterous crowd and a huge place. Also excellent German beers on tap. The noise level in the small room we were in was painful. Don't expect a gourmet meal, just hearty fare. We were there on a rainy evening so they had to move the band into the ballroom. The band... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

If you don't like drinking beer in the outdoor biergarten on a summer night with live music, I don't know what to tell you. You can go here any night, but Friday nights in the summer with music are a lot of fun. The beer is not the cheapest, but there's plenty of it and you can find German beers... More 

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Whiteland, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Great beer. Love the purple cabbage! Go with an open mind & try something new. Not absolute best food but, it's good. We have only sat in the bar area & have received good service. If you've never had authentic German beer they are helpful & will let taste before you decide. Check out the beer garden. From time to... More 

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Carbondale, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We wanted to love this place...We found it on Pinterest while planning a business trip to Indy and wanted a fun late-night meal option after our conference. I can't speak to the biergarten, because it was winter when we visited and thus the biergarten was closed. We sat in the back "bar area" which is 21+. We did peruse the... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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99 reviews 99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We stopped for a mid afternoon late lunch, but missed their lunch menu, which stopped serving at 2pm. So we ordered off the bar menu and the food was good. Spicy mustard accompanies the complementary large pretzel - spicy is an understatement. The atmosphere in this old building is REALLY neat, and worth a trip at least to the bar... 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: Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?