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The Vanguard

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6319 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220-1709
+1 317-251-3138
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“bread pudding” (2 reviews)
“ribs” (2 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
6319 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220-1709
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

We tried Vanguard last evening (Saturday) for the first time. We arrived early for our reservation and went to the bar for a small libation. The bar staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The craft cocktail list is interesting. I tried the "Sometimes it Snows in...More

Thank Franklin R
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

This touch of class restaurant in the middle of the bar scene deserves to succeed!. Service was attentive and engaging. The food had welcomed innovations (a spinach salad with an accent of beets)(duck confete served as a lasagna).

Thank HoosierWisdom
Reviewed February 2, 2018

The Vanguard was very good. We had pimento cheese for appetizer. The gnocchi salad was excellent. I had the mushroom ragout. It was very tasty. We will be back. The service was a little over-enthusiastic, but that's better than being ignored.

Thank ccanderso
Reviewed January 29, 2018

This was our second experience at this place. As with our first visit, though our group wanted to love it--given the dearth of nice dining opportunities in Broad Ripple--we felt there were small and large issues. An example of a small issue: After we mentioned...More

1  Thank cokie54
Reviewed August 8, 2017

So how good could a Broad Ripple eatery REALLY be? Sure there are ample restaurants in the Village. Some might even swear by some of them. But aren't those friends just trying to make themselves feel validated for their selection half the time? "Oh you've...More

Thank jmeriksen1
Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

We just popped in here for a treat after work. Sturdy and delicious old fashioned cocktail with no modern craziness. Really amazing burrata appetizer with delicate pepper pickles and great bacon chunks. Lard on! Also had the shrimp with bacon and a johnny cake. Too...More

Thank Laurie G
Reviewed June 22, 2017

Located in the Broad Ripple area. Large bar. Limited menu full of great food. Started with the toasted bread -- delicious. Menu limited to butter-smoked, Mediterranean or fried chicken, seared salmon, ribs, pork chop or short ribs. We had the Med. and fried chicken, ribs,...More

Thank kidneymd
Reviewed June 18, 2017

My partner and I really wanted to like The Vanguard. After all, our Broad Ripple neighborhood has an abundance of bars but few really good restaurants. Based on the article in Indianapolis Monthly magazine we were encouraged. But as we walked back home our group...More

1  Thank Dan G
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed eating here! I went on a Sunday. It was quiet, yet a nice setting. I had a delicious shrimp appetizer. I chased it with a delicious cocktail. I can't remember its name, but it was good. My actual meal was recommended after several...More

Thank J_Mac20
Reviewed May 30, 2017

This place certainly has some delicious dishes to choose from on the menu. I had the Butter Smoked Chicken with the Roasted root vegetables with some Pesto, my wife had the Ribs. Real happy with our choices.

Thank Derekjfrare
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Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Address: 6319 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220-1709
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-251-3138
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