Ember Urban Eatery

Ember Urban Eatery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.emberurbaneatery.com/
  • Phone: 3173401868x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 11:00am-2:00pm, Tuesday - Friday 11:00am to 10:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Virgil Geon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater your special event! Whether it is a business meeting, family gathering, shower, small luncheon or dinner party. Call Shelly at
    317-340-1868 for information
  • Entertainment: Live music every Wednesday. Check our website www.emberurbaneatery.com for lineup information and updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East and South
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking in the front lot and we also have additional parking in the back. Our back door is always open to friends. There is also plenty of street parking available.
A word from Ember Urban Eatery
Hip, cool restaurant located between downtown and fountain square on the cultural trail. Outdoor seating overlooking the downtown skyline. Daily lunch specials and special weekend dinner features. 12 taps with local Indiana craft beer. Perfect for a business lunch, watching a game or sharing quite time with that perfect someone enjoyiing a glass of wine.
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Ember Urban Eatery reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • terrible food
    mllcpaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were looking forward to dining here since is was on the top 10 list for the summer. But we were forced to spend either $20 or $30 on the Devour Downtown promo. The pork chops were overcooked and the sea bass (obviously frozen) was absolutely disgusting. The wings were good, shrimp cocktail was average but the salad was downsized for the promo. Then came the dessert...on a plastic plate and miniscule. This restaurant needs to understand the DD promo is to be a good deal for the consumer to try out the menu. NOT a way to gouge. We spent $80 that was a total waste! We will never go back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor seating - poor dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was great. The outdoor patio had a great breeze, and allowed dogs. The tables are spaced far enough apart that you can't hear the conversations occurring next to you. The shrimp appetizer was good. The main course (pork) had great flavor but was overcooked making cutting process more vigorous than normal. The dessert was very bland, served on a small disposable plate, and not uniform in appearance throughout our table. They did have an eclectic and good selection of local brews on tap. Due to the great flavor combinations of the main course and outdoor/dog friendly seating, I would probably visit Ember Urban Eatery again to see if my second visit yields higher ratings than my first experience during Devour Downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location
    Reviewer
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The location and outdoor music were great. The pork chop was very dry and tough and the polenta did not seem to fit with the flavors. The steak had good flavor but a little over cooked for what it was ordered. The great outdoor seating saved this experience. Our service was great too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WORTH A LOOK AND A RETURN
    mswendi
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It is a small neighborhood eatery (with little parking). We ordered Sangria, which was excellent. The service was awesome and attentive. We ordered the shrimp cocktail which had huge shrimp and great sauce, the 6oz bass with mushroom risotto, mouthwatering, buttery and delicious. We finished with the amaretto cheesecake. The only strange thing was dessert was served on plastic disposable plates..weird, but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server & food great, hostess a twit
    ArmyWife
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation since we knew the restaurant would be busy during the Devour Downtown week. We got there and the hostess said they only had one table open. It looked like an extra table brought out from the storage room and put in the corner facing the door. We said we had a reservation and she said "well that's all we have." We said we would wait for a better table and thankfully one opened up quickly. Our server, Kandy, was fantastic and the food was great. You just have to make it by the unpleasant hostess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad!
    emingrace
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went during Devour Downtown, which might not be fair to offer a rating! But the food was decent and a great price. Our waitress seemed like she was rushing us just a little bit, but it's understandable during an event like that. The ambiance was okay and it worked well for just a casual night out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Ember Urban
    Pam7630Indy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We ate outside on the porch. They had a nice live band that add a great atmosphere to our dinner. Some of the patrons brought their dogs and that made it very homey. We had the Devour Downtown menu. Eggplant and pasta. Sea Bass and Risotto. The Sea Bass was outstanding. Risotto was also very good!!! There was nothing wrong with the Eggplant, but it could not stand up to the Sea Bass. Our server was new. But, service was good and our food came quickly. It was a good experience. We will eat their again. The location was great for us. It is away from downtown, so parking was easy. They have a parking lot and plenty of parking on the street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Ten!
    DougVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Looking for a new place to go for an anniversary dinner that was not too formal, we found Ember Urban Eatery and what a wonderful surprise! Shelley took great care of us the whole evening and the food was great! Interesting combinations, lots of flavors. I am not a risotto fan normally, but the best thing (of many great things) was the risotto!! Infused with bone marrow, it was just fantastic!! We'll go back, and back, and back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ember is a keeper
    Mark
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Ember is definitely a place we will return to. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding! We would recommend this for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rufatto
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is one of the best places to relax and just sit outside and enjoy great food! The small bar inside is cozy and very inviting. I have been there twice and brought four people and all of them raved about it. You must try it and have some of the Moscato!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful customer service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We made a reservation for 6 people and had 2 cancel at the last minute. Shortly after being shown to our table, the owner asked if I had an Open Table reservation. I told her that I did. She then proceeded to berate me in front of our group, telling me that she would be "eating the cost" of my party being smaller than my original reservation stated. She then said that I needed to sign in to my Open Table account to prevent that from happening, and that if I continued to "overbook", it would reflect poorly on my account. She then proceeded to sit 2 tables away and lit up a cigarette. I have brought smaller parties to restaurants where I've made Open Table reservations and never heard a thing about it. We won't be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • docneuf
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great patio, view of downtown, and the chicken wings may just be the best in Indy (and I consider myself a bit of a wing snob!). The staff and owner were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 7 reviews are from the Ember Urban Eatery reviews archive.
  • First visit
    LSASVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    New downtown spot. Our first visit to Ember Urban Eatery was very good. Didn't know what to expect...what we got was excellent food, simple/comfortable atmosphere and great service. Looking forward to the addition of outdoor seating. The Italian beef sandwich was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fox 59 Dining Experience
    lanecj
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I originally saw them on Fox 59 dine out. So after reading the menu I bought a couple of gift cards. Wow, what a great deal. Not only was the food great, there were so many choices that looked good, we couldn't decide. We ordered the caprese appetizer and it was great. Our waiter brought over a mushroom stuff cap appetizer that they were trying out and even my husband, who does'nt like mushrooms thought it was good. Our table had the Flat Iron steak, a burger and chicken All was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Stephanie
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I read good reviews for this place but was completely disappointed in our personal experience. We had the chicken and brisket and found both to be very dry. The chicken was overcooked and mostly not edible. The brisket should have been served with an au jus or something to provide moisture. When asked how our dinner was we expressed our disappointment but it fell on deaf ears. I don't think they knew what to do. We will not be going back
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  • Disappointed - NO MORE THAN 4!
    IndyDowntownVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Very disappointed! Dined with a group of 8 for Friday dinner. We were seated in the walkway between booths and the bar - with one end of the table practically in the entryway - guests were squeezing by all night. . Our server seemed nervous and scatterbrained. We ordered the wings for an appetizer, and enjoyed them very much. Unfortunately, the evening went downhill from there. After placing orders, we were told they were out of shrimp. Then told they were out of french fries (how do you run out of french fries!?!?!?!). After changing up orders for half the table, our food finally arrived. All food was bland and needed better seasoning. Four cheese pasta was very bland and Chicken Roma simply tasted like frying pan grease.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seating was cramped and by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Seating was cramped and by the door; so cold! Not sure what white BBQ sauce was suppose to taste like. Roma chicken was fair.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food atreasonable prices
    Mike
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Three of us tried this restaurant via Devour Downtown. Unlike many places, almost all menu items were available on the DD menu! We had the brisket, the flat iron steak and the pasta with spicy red sauce and added the optional shrimp (which involved no up-charge). All were very good, especially the vegetables with the steak and the marvelous brisket. We wished we had known of this restaurant recently when we spent $150 for tickets and more than that for dinner for 2 people downtown. As dinner menu items at Ember are $11 to $17 this will be our "go to" place for pre- or post-concert dinners from now on. One of the owners, Shelly Odendahl, inquired personally as to our satisfaction and thanked us for coming. Unusual and very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite what we expected
    AllyLane
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I expected Ember to be more of a foodie's restaurant after looking at the menu. The smoked wings were very good, probably the best thing we ate. The "gourmet" mac and cheese was nothing out of the ordinary. The brisket wasn't as good as Hard Rock Cafe's brisket. The flat iron steak wasn't quite what my husband was expecting either, after reading the menu. I also had made a reservation, had the confirmation and they wrote the reservation down as a different time in their book. That would have been fine, mistakes happen. However, they acted as though I was wrong even when I showed them the email reservation and acted as though I was putting them out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.