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The Tamale Place

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Mexican, Indian, Latin, Pub
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5242 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46224
(317)248-9771
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Today
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 112
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    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fresh and delicious

This place is pretty impressive. I've never been a huge fan of tamales (too much bread for me) and while theirs are good, their tacos are great. Everything is basically a la carte which is nice when you're indecisive, so we just got a bunch of different kinds of tacos and a big thing of rice and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Cholita21
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Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place is pretty impressive. I've never been a huge fan of tamales (too much bread for me) and while theirs are good, their tacos are great. Everything is basically a la carte which is nice when you're indecisive, so we just got a bunch of different kinds of tacos and a big thing of rice and beans- it was... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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81 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

For Cinco De Mayo we checked out The Tamale Place. The portions are a large. But the popularity of the restaurant makes many menu items go 86 (sell out). So we didn't get to sample the beef. The chicken and pork were flavorful. Unfortunately the masa (corn) was overwhelming. More masa dulled out the tasty meat. The salsa was excellent.... More 

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Decatur, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Stopped in for dinner, chips and salsa were fresh, Tamale was over stuffed with meat, staff was helpful and friendly, worth the stop, don't miss it!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I love tamales, but have a terrible time finding vegetarian options. This place was great, and the crowd was evidence of their reputation. Show up early, they run out of the best choices early!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Made it here after the lunch rush so they did not have everything in stock and available for us. We felt the tamales were very good... but the Pumpkin stole the show... Which we had room for a couple more of those bad boys!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We saw this place on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Tried it for lunch and it was fantastic! We've been back on several occasions. However, get there early because they will run out off the more popular tamales.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I saw this place and heard about it through various reviews so decided to try it during a business trip in Indianapolis. It is a "dive" but it is a dive worth visiting. I am from Texas and have always loved homemade tamales. The Tamale Place has the best tamales I have ever had, Period! They come wrapped in husks... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Came across this place while searching the web for a place to eat so I gave it a try. I have spent many years in central and northern Mexico and love Tamales. The tamales here are great even if the restaurant's appearance is just so-so. My only complaint and really this isn't a negative is that the tamales were to... More 

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Hudson, IA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We had a variety of the different tamale's at our table and the chirizo (sp?) was my favorite! Get there early because if they run out of the version you wanted you'll be sorry!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

They have a wonderful selection of handmade, delicious and Interesting flavored tamales that may or may not be on the menu the next time you stop in since they are made in small batches by hand and then properly cooked. Speaking with one of the cooks, they told me It takes about two days to make a tamale (I don't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5242 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46224
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: (317)248-9771

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Indian, Latin, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?