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“LOCAL EATERY ON THE BEAUTIFUL BROOKVILLE LAKE” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ainsley's Cafe

Ainsley's Cafe
15179 Old State Road 101, Liberty, IN 47353-9606
765-458-7474
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Liberty
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Brookville, Indiana, United States
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“LOCAL EATERY ON THE BEAUTIFUL BROOKVILLE LAKE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

For so long, I have felt Ainsley's is over-rated. It is fine for lunch, and dinners are at the most mediocre...yet all of us locals continue to go there....since there aren't many choices in this area. The food is not bad...just nothing special. The service is always good, and eating on the deck overlooking the lake is a wonderful view. It is a good choice for a get together, since there aren't really any other places comparable, but if you do want to chat- you may need to opt to eating on the deck and not inside. The acoustics are horrible, making conversations indoors difficult.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“GREAT VIEWS - GREAT FOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We’re by now familiar with certain Visa television commercials in which various attractions are cost evaluated component by component. The human interest tag line is usually designed to tug at the heart strings with the pronouncement “priceless”. To some degree that is also the thought which arises when dining at Ainsley’s Café and Harbor Bar on Brookville Lake in central eastern Liberty, Indiana. Ainsley’s Café is one of several restaurants owned by Richmond restauranteurs and a favorite dining destination by folks in the area. The vista is priceless.

Brookville Lake was created by the Corps of Army Engineers in 1974 for flood control and storm water management purposes. At one end of the lake is a towering dam. Around the expansive shoreline of this 5,260 acre lake with 25 miles of hiking trails are various marinas and boat launch sites, two State recreation areas and scenic outlooks. Ainsley’s Café sits high on a bluff overlooking a broad expanse of the lake. Diners can sit inside the restaurant or on the outside awning shaded deck. From the deck, one can see a diversity of recreational boat and fishing activity or enjoy the picturesque Sausalito Bay-like imagery of moored houseboats and other recreational motor craft below. It’s not noisy at all. In fact, outside dining is mostly quiet and serene with occasional and much appreciated onshore breezes and gusts of wind.

The menu is diverse with many meat, chicken, seafood, and salad entrée selections to choose from. Dining at Ainsley’s would typically fall into the “$$” category when describing menu price ranges. The food is delicious, however, and well worth the visit.

After or before eating, one can saunter around the area taking photographs of various portions of the lake from different vantage points or mosey along a path at marina level. Some of the paved pathways have a slight incline to them, so diners with walking disabilities would be well advised to know their physical comfort level before taking a stroll.

Ainsley’s Café and Harbor Bar is a great stop-over for lunch and dinner, strategically sited with commanding views of this huge 8.2 square mile lake, and well worth the drive to enjoy its excellent cuisine.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Lunch on the Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I go there often during the spring and summer months. The food always great and so are the drinks I will be having lunch this spring and summer as well.

Visited August 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Sailboats on the lake AND good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful Fall day so we ate on the deck. Ordered sandwiches that were huge and very good. Enjoyed watching the activity in the Marina. Everyone very friendly & service was good. New to the area, we felt it was a bit difficult to find. Once you turn on Old 101, just keep going. You can't drive past it because the road ends at the water.

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Brookville, IN
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“Food's & view are great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

But, if it's a hot day, their AC doesn't keep up with the heat. The bathrooms could use some updating too. It's the only restaurant on the lake & has beautiful views & the food is very good too.

Visited May 2012
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