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Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick's Cafe Boatyard Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rickscafeboatyard.com
  • Phone: (317) 290-9300
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner:
    Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 11pm; bar menu until midnight
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11pm; bar menu until midnight
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Mike Hibbeln
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rick's Cafe Boatyard is a waterfront restaurant offering its guests a panoramic view of Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Rick's offers ample but intimate seating both inside and out; as well as an extensive menu of fresh hand prepared meals offered daily. Rick's Cafe Boatyard offers it's guests lunch, dinner and a complete banquet facility. Their guests dine inside a beautiful, wide-open, high-ceiling dining room, or outside with a breathtaking view of the water.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "What a great find just outside of Indy! Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We go to Ricks several times a year and our last trip we had terrible service but everything else was good"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The only fly in the ointment was being forgotten by the hostess desk, despite us being on time and standing nearby. Otherwise, great food and ambience as usual."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was our first time at Rick's but will not be our last. The service was excellent and quick. The seafood was awesome. My only complaint is that I don't live close enough to make it a more regular experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We started with a reservation (made on Open Table). When we arrived we were told 2 tables had just arrived and we would have to wait. When we were seated at our outside table the bugs were so bad we had to move insides. I enjoyed 2 of the same cocktails when the 3rd arrived it was not the same. The waitress swore it was vs getting me a new drink. The food was cold. The view cannot make up for bad service and a cold meal that we spent $175 for. As this was not our first bad experience here wmo e will not go again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I lived in Indianapolis over ten years and never went to the Eagle Creek area. I took my father here for his 65th bday dinner after a day of outdoor activities in Eagle Creek Park. I had the king crab legs were cooked to perfection-- I was able to crack through them and pull the pieces out in big chunks. My niece had the catfish fillets-- seasoned and fried to perfection. Chicken florentine soup was just okay-- nothing of note. This place has a huge outdoor dining area, so if you have a big group this would be perfect. One caveat of the outdoor area: sooooo many gnats. Don't know what can improve that situation. Maybe more fans? Otherwise, great place to go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I regret not ordering fish. The waiter was not very personable. It was my anniversary and there was a large birthday group next to our table, which was kind of loud and we almost got lost in the party. We had the same waiter. He kinda forgot to check on us after the party got there. My food was good. The waiter had no suggestions and I seen drink specials on the way out he did not tell us about.Maybe if we had a more attentive waiter it would have been a nicer experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Just a great place to meet your friends for dinner and drinks. Great food and friendly people."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have always wanted to eat at Ricks so our anniversary was a perfect occasion. We were able to make a reservation which helped us to get a spot outside. Drop ins were getting in w/out a long wait but the wait for outside was long (Friday night). Food, drinks and atmosphere were amazing! We would definitely return. Only drawback was our waiter. He seemed to become very unfriendly once he saw we had brought in drinks from the bar and were not set on ringing up a $100 meal tab! He did not stop to see us much once our food was there. Other than that, a great night at Ricks!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love this place and eat there frequently - it took me 15 minutes to park. It would be more convenience to have less vallet and more public parking. Server was a bit stretched so not to your normal standard but she did her best."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Hawaiian Mai Mai was awesome. There was plenty of shade on the deck and the service was top notch. We will definitely return to this restaurant next time we are back from Denver."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Temps on July 15 in the low 60s brought me by for some chowder. Sat on the deck and had some soup. Not very many people here tonight, likely because of the weather. But a chilly evening is the best to sit out!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The service was very good. The lakeside ambience is wonderful. Combined together, they overcome, significantly, the noise level. My guess is, though, most patrons like it that way. We'll keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have lived in Indianapolis now for 8 years, this was our first trip I can say Ricks is without a doubt the best resturaunt we have been too"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We are not from the area and were given advice to eat here. The service was ok. We sat outside and the view was beautiful. The temperature was just right. The food was excellent. I would definitely go there again if we travel to Indianapolis in the future."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I stumbled upon Rick's boatyard Cafe while looking for something close to the Colts facility. The location was perfect, got a reservation with no trouble and the view is amazing. A real hidden gem! The food was better than average but not great but the service was terrific. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My fiancé and I had a very nice experience at Ricks. The people were pleasant, the food was excellent and we didn't have to wait long for it. Yes, it's a seafood place but they have so much more to offer to those who aren't seafood fans. I can't comment on the bar because we decided not to drink. I did notice this seemed to be a great place for large groups. It's got a casual enough feel so a casual night with friends but it's nice enough for a very special occasion. I love the love music that was playing softly in the background and that it wasn't too loud. I would continue to dine here in the evening because of the beautiful view of the sunset."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My sister wanted to visit because she had only drove by. we met some friends there had a couple of drinks and good conversation and good food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Date night, and it didn't disappoint. Parking was nutty on this evening though. But they have a girl in a golf car drive around and pick people up and take them to the door."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a special place to go out for dinner on our date night. Rick's Cafe Boatyard was the perfect spot. We had a table outside with a beautiful view of Eagle Creek Reservoir. The sunset was gorgeous. The Jazz music was nice but not too loud that it stifled conversation. Food and drinks were outstanding. After dinner, we took a stroll down by the water and captured all of the ambiance of the evening. We will definitely be back and will probably bring some friends. Rick's is highly Recommended!!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have been bringing guests, both from Indy & area and out-of-towners for as long as there has been a Rick's Boatyard. Never have any of us been disappointed!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was good, service not. Several items wrong, server didn't listen to requests. Soup brought wrong time even with a request."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent ,view was outstanding, the service was very good the waiter was very attentive but not over bearing! But then stop by outdoor bar for after dinner drinks. The bartender was rude argumentative about the drinks order and served the wrong drinks his sidekick did apologized for his behavior !"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A few of us from UK on business visited one warm July evening, brilliant atmosphere and great spot. Friendly staff. Book in advance because it gets busy!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Mushroom appetizer was good. Salad was nice and green. Salmon and steak wre both cooked PERFECTLY. Creme brulee was yummy."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's 40th birthday at Ricks because that's where she wanted to go. Sat near the water and had an awesome breeze. Very relaxed atmosphere for casual or semi-formal dining. Weather permitting, go outside!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was surprised at how the menu has changed so along with such an increase in prices - $26.00 for two pork chops and a baked potato - menu was more diverse in the past"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service was super slow. We were there an hour before we even ordered! 2.5 hours total by the time we got our check. Crazy. Waitress did not seem to care"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great music on the patio, scenic view and good food."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The service and the food were very good. I have absolutely no complaints -- only good things to say."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The view was pretty on the lake. Meal was nothing to brag about. Little pricey for the quality and quantity of the food. Was not too impressed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Rick's is a great place to entertain - we had guest in from out of state who just loved the food and setting. Service was not rushed and there was a nariety of items to try. You cann't beat the location overlooking the reserviour"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The view from the indoor table was good but the sandwiches for lunch did seem a bit pricey. I think they rely a lot on name recognition and repeat customers (and partiers) to stay in business."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I arrived at 12:30a w/a dinner guest. He went in to see if it was still open, he was told yes and came back to the car to get me. When we went to the doors, they were locked! I knocked on the door and a man came up and said go around to the back; we went around to the back patio and had to seat ourselves; I saw a man sitting in a chair that looked like the manager just sitting and watching us like we were going to steal something. My dinner guest went to the bar to order. He paid for everything at the bar. We waited 15 mins for shrimp cocktail. This was the worst service I have ever received here. I guess the time of nite was bad, but that's no excuse for poor service! The man in the chair said have a good evening when we left."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food and eating outside and the scenery. All spectacular ☺️"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Wonderful crab-cakes and service Was very good. Wonderful views."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Rick's is pricey ($25-$35 entrees are common) but worth it. The combination of fresh fish (it's flown in fresh), an innovative chef, great service and an incredible view make it worthwhile."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, as is the view. We ate outside with half of our table facing the sun. Could have had some type of light filter, but we knew that when we selected the outside seating. Service was a little slow, but not to the point that I would have said anything. Had the Fisherman's platter and the Shrimp Tempura. Both were excellent. If you go here, just go with the expectation that the service is slow. Other than that, a great dining experience. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My out of state guests were duly impressed on everything about Rick's. The service, food, and atmosphere were all AAA and we love going there for special occasions as well as just for a night out. While I recommend reservations, I still saw them find seating for some walk-ins. Rick's is one of our favorite dining spots in Indy and I would recommend it to everyone."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We arrived 45 min. earlier than our reservation but were seated & served promptly and the hostess was very nice about the time mix-up."
    Dined on 6/30/2014