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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;
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food and eating outside and the scenery. All spectacular ☺️"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great music on the patio, scenic view and good food."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "Wonderful crab-cakes and service Was very good. Wonderful views."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Was so disappointed withe the food, drinks and price, was over priced"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "The fish here is very fresh. Much of it is flown in. The calamari, fish and chips, crab cakes, and Mahi Mahi sandwich were fresh and delicious. The ambience is like a Florida boat house overlooking the reservoir."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Made reservations 2 weeks in advance for a table for 12 and requested seating out on the deck. When we arrived, on time, were told that no outside seating was available,and that we could wait for tables to open up.(maybe an hour) Declining that offer we were sat at a noisy indoor table near the food busing station. Drove all the way from St. Louis for a special evening and were disappointed by the lack of consideration for our request. However, the food was good and the service was very good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was good, but the gnats on the patio were horrible really deterred from our dining experience. They were swarming our table and landing in the food. Yuck! Next time we will definitely eat inside."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our table ordered Tempura Fried Calamari,Oysters, The Florida Grouper, Jumbo Diver's Sea Scallops and The Louisiana Catfish Filets. Myself The Louisiana Catfish was just ok but everyone else really enjoyed their meal. The service was great. The server was really helpful and friendly. We never had to ask for refills the waitress was very good. The window view of the lake was really great. I would recommend Rick's Café Boatyard."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a perfect evening with great service and great food!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food and service were great. Noise level inside was low because most people were sitting outside."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My server got pulled away for 45 mins without a replacement server to help! Had to help the owner at the "warehouse" how is that my problem? Told the manager and she said very matter of factly "well he had to help the owner, how was the service before he left?" Really?!?!?? I'm glad that "Rick" is more important than serving your patrons. Get it together folks I should not have to wait for my server to get done with his chores before I get my refill, dessert, or my bill. Ridiculous!! We have been there a bunch and the food is awesome it was a HUGE disappointment as to why I had to wait... Maybe next time lie and say he was ill or something. Or get someone to cover for the 45 mins he was off the premises."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Was a disaster. Have been there many times and had a great experience. This time they called sat morn and asked if we wanted to he seated in or out. I said out. I called 15 mins before reservation, to say we were in traffic a few minutes behind. They said I had just called and changed our table to inside. I DID NOT CALL. They said it would be out. Some members of our party seated them inside and said they don't reserve the outside. So, they ended up moving them out. It was a party I was throwing and it was so mixed up. We had all traveled 2 hours to get there. Also, the wood fired pizza crust tasted like plastic."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very noisy outside. Great food. Wish they had some extended awnings for when the sun begins to set."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. My wife couldn't stop raving about Rick's."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Bugs were so bad my wife couldn't even eat her food because 30 bugs landed on it right away. Let the staff know about the issue but received no resolution."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I've gone to Rick's for many years, usually for lunch, and decided to take my husband for his birthday. I had salmon, and while the portion was generous, it was floating in a lake of oil and topped with an inelegantly prepared salsa of some kind. The couscous was just ok, slopped on my plate and cold. The house salad with raspberry vinaigrette was the best part of the meal. All in all a disappointing meal for a special occasion. Maybe the kitchen was having an off night?"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "An after hours business meal enjoyed outdoors. A sailboat race occurred and one of our visiting associates was thrilled as he was a sailboat enthusiast. I chose well in picking Rick's for the end of our business meetings that day. We all enjoyed our time there."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I love that Rick's finally changed their menu. The bad thing? The prices went up considerably. I mean, Rick's was always a bit on the pricey side, but it went up about 10-15%. It's a beautiful place and I guess you pay the price for it! The staff for the most part is okay. Our waiter this time, was a friend's son, so our service was stellar. But typically? Most wait staff there are mediocre at best. A few minutes of extra time with patrons would do wonders!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Mixed drinks were watered down and waitress brought the bill way before we were ready to leave."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We sat for over an hour waiting on food. When finally came it was cold and dry. Had small children so they were crying by the time food came. Spent $280, won't be back soon."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The outdoors is quite loud when the wind is up. If you want to hear anything your party is saying, stay indoors."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, which included a variety of seafood options. For being in land locked Indianapolis, it was pleasant to sit on a deck outside overlooking the water (Eagle Creek). Also, there was live music playing on Sunday afternoon during our meal, which was a pleasant surprise. Service was good and food was tasty."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Open Table experience was good. Reservation was easy to place. However, did not enjoy this visit to Rick's Boatyard. Very underwhelmed with the food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Brought my family to Rick's for Father's Day. It was not our first time dinning there but it was our first time eating outside. We especially enjoyed the view and the food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014