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The Rathskeller

401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
+1 317-636-0396
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“schnitzel” (54 reviews)
“pretzels” (78 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (26 reviews)
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German, Bar, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
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Reviewed August 1, 2015

Generous portions of German favorites in a unique setting. The food was good with plenty of German options. I'd skip the appetizer but enjoy the good selection of German beers. There are plenty of sides to choose from and pair nicely with the entrees. Choose...More

Thank hqueeniew
Reviewed July 31, 2015

Went to the Rathskellar on a Saturday and it was hopping. It's a fun place in an old German social club. The restaurant is huge with a biergarten and bad inside. They have a good selection of beers. I tried a couple different German beers...More

Thank Rowlett9105
Reviewed July 24, 2015

Stopped in The Rathskeller for some good German beers with a friend. The outdoor beer garden was the perfect setting for some good German beers and conversation. I love the pretzels with spicy brown mustard. Have to try these. The service was good. I would...More

Thank tuesdaypoolnight
Reviewed July 24, 2015

The outdoor music sounded great in a little clamshell acoustically, and the environment was amazing under the stars and the skyscrapers! The outdoor beer offerings where good for my group (including wine and a cider) and I had an Irish Whisky and a cigar and...More

Thank ChiefPontiac
Reviewed July 22, 2015

This restaurant is a staple in Indianapolis. It is where the locals hang out for good food and fun times. We sat in bar area because it was lunch time and the restaurant area was closed. Wayne (at the bar) and his crew treated us...More

Thank reschli
Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food and beers were fantastic and true German food! We had enough for 2 meals! The building is historic and quite interesting!

Thank NewHampshireSunshine
Reviewed July 16, 2015

The prices are exorbitant for poorly prepared food. The evening we went the food was largely inedible, Worse yet, the noise level was out of control, there were drunk and obnoxious guests that the staff could not control. We asked the staff to address the...More

2  Thank jtois
Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place was awesome. Good food. Kind of pricey, but we were downtown Indy. What do you expect? I had the Schnitzel Cordon Bleu. Such a large serving. No way could I eat it all. But it was very very good. Some good German dining.

1  Thank idclaire
Reviewed July 6, 2015

We did not eat here, but only had a couple beers. The German Beer Hall area was wonderful, but the outdoor beer garden was amazing. It had a stage at which a band played after we left. It was the most impressive place we visited...More

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed June 27, 2015

Amazing history of this site. Beautiful architecture and history. Step down into the great area with a bar and several dining areas. open and inviting to say the least. You can just stop for a drink, diner or have a reception. The food is outstanding....More

1  Thank Jeffrey M
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Jane W
June 20, 2015|
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Response from Kevin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay. There is a parking lot to the left of the building but I believe it is $5.00 to park there. It can be a bit dicey finding a spot in this section of town but the evening I went there I parked on the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
German, Bar, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, 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 46204-1643
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-636-0396
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The Rathskeller is located in the Historic Athenaeum. We are a multi-purpose venue with dining services, World Famous Biergarten, & special events!
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