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The Tamale Place

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
As featured in One Day in Indianapolis
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5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
+1 317-248-9771
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place SO much. The husband and I come here as often as possible. My kids.. not so much! They do, however, love the nachos. Today we had a recession tamale, a green chicken, and a combo with green pork tamale and hot salsa and black beans. The kids had steak nachos. *Which they tore up!! In the... More 

Thank Jeri M
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard so many positive comments about the Tamale Place, I drove all the way from Bloomington to give it a try. Really delicious tamales and rice, but the salsa is definitely heavy with cilantro. A little on the pricey side, but the tamales are soooo delicious. Would recommend to anyone in search of authentic Mexican cuisine!

1 Thank Leigh B
Zionsville, Indiana
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151 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled on this place and what a treat. The best tamales ever! The spicy chicken was spicy and tasty and wrapped in a banana leaf. The chipolte beef was tasty and my daughter inhaled her pork in green sauce. The quanities of each type of tamale are limited, so be open. I had to get out of my comfort zone... More 

1 Thank Zvillemommy
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460 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Love the nachos and the tortas. But nothing makes my freezer and me happier than a large bag of tamals to eat after work or on an evening when we don't want to cook.

1 Thank IndySig
Springfield, oh
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Not in a nice area, but just like their motto says - the good stuff is on the inside! Great tamales. Staff is surprisingly friendly.

Thank Marc M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Small restaurant and not very fancy but the tamales are to die for! You walk up to the order counter and there is a monitor on the right which will tell you what kind of tamales they have and how many of each are left. Tell the person taking your order what you want and a few minutes later prepare... More 

1 Thank bandido63
Indianapolis, Indiana
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

If you want authentic Mexican tamales this is the place, pork, chicken and beef with red or green sauce mild or spicy, but there is a lot more than tamales, the steak chicken or chorizo nachos are the absolute best you can find anywhere, and don't forget to take some fresh made daily guacamole and chips. They have tortas also... More 

Thank IndyLa
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the food here. The tacos were exceptional. Not the best tamale I have ever had but pretty darn good.

Thank Eric C
Sawyer Michigan
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283 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

great selection, delicious food all in a strip mall. Really fresh, really good and really quick. Everything was good. Great Guac.

Thank John C
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Came here as out of towners based on positive reviews on Tripadvisor and Yelp. We were very underwhelmed by the food. Very bare bones inside, all food is served in take out containers even if you are dining in - made for a lot of waste with so much Styrofoam and plastics being thrown away. They need to consider the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-248-9771

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?