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The Rathskeller

Downtown Indianapolis
German, Bar, American, European, Central European
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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Birmingham, Michigan
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure the Beir Garten out back of restaurant is a fun place to have a beer and listen to music, but the restaurant was a mediocre impersonation of German food/dining. The sauerbraten was very sweet, and way too over-seasoned with allspice, the schnitzel was not pounded thin enough and quite oddly served with lemon juice, the bread was not... More 

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Odenton, Maryland
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150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat outside on a beautiful day. I do not remember her name, but we could tell she did not want to be there and could care less about us. We came in about an hour before lunch was over, ordered 4 beers and looked at the menu. When the beers came, she said we had to order now if... More 

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Rio Grande, Ohio
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159 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined with a group and had a most enjoyable experience. The food is very tasty and well prepared. Tryed some new versions of foods. I would definitely go back when in the area. The wait staff are very helpful and attentive.

Thank Denise S
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My area doesn't have a restaurant like this, so I like to seek out German food when I travel. I've been to the Rathskeller on two different visits, and it was always good, but bland compared to options in other cities (Grunauer in Kansas City is one of my favorites). The Wurst platter was tasty but not amazing, and the... More 

Thank prairiecode
Cincinnati, Ohio
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made our 2nd visit here this past weekend. Our Indy friends love this place and we're glad because we enjoy going with them. The food is good. Don't leave without trying the great pretzels with the mustard. Guaranteed to go straight to your sinuses.

Thank Denise H
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Rathskellar offers traditional German favorites in a casual and friendly setting. Plenty of beer selections, so there is something for everyone. Entrees are predictable but well executed...and very generous! The venue has varied dining experiences...a dining room, a busy and fun bar as well as a biergarten that is perfect on a warm summer evening. Good for casual gatherings... More 

Thank Thomas E
Columbia City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Prices have seemed to increased since last visit. We started with wurst platter. Then we ordered Schnitzel, Sauer braten and Jaeger Schnitzel. Everything tasted wonderful. Portions were sizable enough that we all had take home boxes.

Thank bozyboo
Portland, Oregon
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here while visiting for the Indy 500. The food was very average - I've had much better German food elsewhere. I had the weurst sampler. The service was enthusiastic but poor - it may have been his first night. The building, on the other hand, is a must see - a classic old beer hall style. I... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Met another couple there for drinks and apps before seeing a band in the beer garden. I have stuffed mushrooms and the hubs had a chicken sandwich. I know we didn't order German food but even for american fare, it was not great at best. Mushrooms were watery and over-cheesed. You could tell that there had been no care and... More 

Thank katevannoy
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Located in a historic building within walking distance (a good walk) from the center of town, this restaurant is definitely worth it. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great. I would recommend making a reservation on weekends or holidays. They have indoor seating, bar seating and a beer garden - all of which can get very busy.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
German, Bar, American, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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