We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 2,013 Indianapolis Restaurants

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254-9741
(317) 290-9300
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #148 of 2,013 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $40 - $50
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 38th Street
Write a Review

151 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Urbana, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Wonderful atmosphere to eat in, right on the water. We always try to stop and have dinner when we are passing through town as the staff is very pleasant and helpful. The food is excellent, but maybe a little pricey so we usually split something on the menu as the meals are big enough portions to do that.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ellicott City, Maryland
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We had be taken here in the past for meals that we remembered as pretty good. The scenery is wonderful and perhaps our expectations were too high. We met a niece and her family here for brunch and left a little disappointed. I just felt that the brunch menu was catering to the high fat (cheese on everything) crowd, and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I've been to Rick's several times over the years and lately it seems to be going downhill. Went for brunch and it was not very good. The food was cold mine and my wife's and did not taste of much. The Bloody Mary was the worst I've ever had. For the prices that are charged just not worth the money.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Friends were visiting from California, and wanted to dine at Rick's. It was a nice evening, so we sat outside on the deck. OMG!! The gnats were SO AWFUL we could barely eat our food. The whole entire time, we were swatting away gnats. The food was just ok, nothing special. My fries were cold, and my friend's order was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our first visit to Rick's Cafe Boatyard we started off our meal with the calamari strips. They were great. They were so good we ordered a second plate of them before our meal. I had the Atlantic Salmon Roulades and my husband ordered the Fishermen's platter. We really enjoyed our meals. Our only negative was our waiter, we ordered coffee... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leeds, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We made a reservation before leaving England as we knew we would be eating on a Friday evening and all the reviews say this place gets busy. It was buzzing! It was a little cool to eat on the deck so we ate inside and enjoyed the live music with dinner. Tried Rico's Margarita and the Diamond Margarita whilst looking... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It's been a couple years since the last time we were at Rick's. Our last meal there was disappointing to say the least. We decided to give it another shot, and we are glad that we did. We were treated to a beautiful autumn evening on the deck over looking the lake. It is hard to find a spot more... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brownsburg, Indiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Cute place with a pretty view of the water, especially if the weather is nice. Have both indoor and outdoor seating. Food was just "ok" always felt like the menu was overpriced. We've been a few times and don't go more often due to cost.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Why is this restaurant unique in Indy?- it overlooks water ..... the EagleCreek Reservoir. Lovely setting watching the sailboats or just enjoying the beautiful scenery. In warm weather there is a popular outside deck. There is a small jazz/soul group playing in the evenings. Very nice inside bar area. Prompt service. Diverse menu - includes lots of seafood- and eveything... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I would classify this as "casual plus," a step up from the normal neighborhood pub or neighborhood pub wannabe (the ones with local athletic team paraphernalia slathered onto the walls). Often busy, but seldom a wait. If the weather is right, make sure you dine out on the large deck overlooking Eagle Creek Reservoir (mostly natural and undeveloped, so if... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Rick's Cafe Boatyard also viewed


Been to Rick's Cafe Boatyard? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Address: 4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254-9741
Phone Number: (317) 290-9300
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 40 - 50
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing