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The Rathskeller
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Ranked #35 of 2,416 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, German, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
Description: The Rathskeller is located in the Historic Athenaeum. We are a multi-purpose venue with dining services, World Famous Biergarten, & special events!
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We really only had a drink at the Biergarten here, but we loved the atmosphere and the character of the outdoor courtyard. There was a fun crowd the night we were there and great music on the stage.

Thank Cathy J
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The Rathskeller provided us with an average dining experience. A group of eight of us arrived early for our 8 PM reservations and enjoyed some appetizers in the bar. The appetizers were outstanding -- wurst plate, avocado dip, and others. All of them were great and the bar staff was helpful. We transitioned to the dining room. On a slow Tuesday night there were two large groups in a big dining room and they put us right next to each other (back of my chair directly against the back of the chair of the other party). Rest of dining room was mostly empty. This might help the wait staff but was an annoyance all night. The waitress had a rough night and dropped plates once and dirty silverware on my lap in a separate event. The food was generally average and when factoring in the price it probably won't merit a return in the near-term.

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Thank Ragefarm
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We loved the atmosphere at this place. It is truly like stepping back into old Europe. The décor is dark (lots of dark wood) and the place is adorned with many antiques and special momentos. I had the Rueben--very good, but think Culver's restaurants make a better one. Liked the pretzel basket brought to the table before you order--nice touch! BEWARE...the hot mustard will take the skin off ya! My husband who LOVES German food of course ordered a combo German meal--it was good, but certainly not the best German food he has ever had. The potato pancakes were ick! The Weinerschnitzel was fine as was the buttered noodles--but pricey for the food quality you got. For three of us we spent over $40 for lunch....nice treat, but wouldn't probably make the effort to go back--once was enough!

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Thank diamondbabydoll
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Attended a wedding reception in the lower banquet room. It was a lovely setup with a nice balance of seating space and floor space. Because the dance floor was in the middle, you could be seated a little far away from the action, but it was still very comfortable. The staff was friendly and the bartenders prompt and courteous. Dinner was served buffet-style and was very tasty! Didn't get a chance to visit the main restaurant area, but it looked really nice all around. Located in a nice part of downtown in a cool old building, great atmosphere.

Thank Simmie B
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The largest ancestry group in America, yes we are counting Irish and African, is German. Amazing, but so little is left so few who know. These great places were in every industrial city and now gone gone gone, but the Rathskeller in Indy, of all places, survived. Best beer hall this side of Munich.

I focus on the beer hall (Kellerbar) because pound for pound it is such an architectural gem. German to the hilt that keeps it so warm, but narrow in space, that helps it to avoid the cavernous beer hall effect. Eat, drink, and drink again, my friend.

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