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The Rathskeller

Downtown Indianapolis
German, Bar, American, European, Central European
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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
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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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful lunch and excellent service made this restaurant a must return to before leaving the area. The Reuben sandwich was great and so large two of us shared it, the Wurst plate was so plentiful that it made for a extra meal from leftovers. If you like the hot German mustard the warm soft pretzels they start your meal... More 

Thank Patricia W
Indianapolis, Indiana
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rathskeller is a top notch German restaurant , but we tonight was a visit to the Biergarten only. $5 cover was well worth it. Great band. Drink lines moved quickly and offered a wide variety of options. The crowd was really having a good time.

Thank Mike M
NW Indiana
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An authentic German restaurant with the feel, atmosphere, and traditional cuisine that transported us back to Berlin. There is a wide variety of good German beers ad well as wines. The wait staff are attentive and the food, although somewhat pricey, is outstanding in this restaurant which is located in the historic Athenaeum Building. Do not miss the apple strudel... More 

Thank 0-6FAO
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98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in at the Biergarten last night. For a moment I felt like I was being ten dollars to death. Ten bucks to park, $5 cover, $10 for a beer, another $10 for a bratwurst. The bands were pretty good and the staff was well organized to handle the crowd (experience shows). Need to return and refresh my memory of... More 

Thank berni39
Chatham Il
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Returning from a trip to the Zoo, our shuttle driver passed by here on the return trip to our hotel. He mentioned live music and German food. Sure glad we listened to his recommendation! We had a meal that consisted of several sausage selections accompanied by sauerkraut and of course German potato salad. Everything was excellent. We also had a... More 

Thank travelnut
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed sitting outside, they had great live music playing, $5 entrance per person. Beer is not pricy as well. In total a very nice experience. The bad thing is their food, the restaurant claims to be German and has a section on the menu. We tried the 'Wurst Salad', a typical bavarian dish: very far away from what you... More 

Thank Thomasito123
Medina, Ohio
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here with family while in town for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. Some restaurants give you huge portions to compensate for mediocre food. Not here. The portions are huge...AND delicious! Portions are large enough for an adult and child (e.g. 8-12 years old) to split an entree, which they allow for a charge of about $10 (includes soup/salad... More 

Thank Gary M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here tonight in the bar area which is a really cool space. Lots of natural light pouring in, soaring brick walls, German beer theme flags, animal heads and the whole nine yards. Pretty atmospheric. My husband and I shared a huge stein of beer (approximately $9 and a very good value as it tasted authentically German, as it... More 

Thank Mermaid929
Birmingham, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 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 

Thank magrusso
Odenton, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

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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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
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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 46204-1643
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-636-0396

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?