Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Rick's Cafe Boatyard reviews from OpenTable diners
273 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (224)great for outdoor dining (213)special occasion (154)good for groups (122)romantic (98)neighborhood gem (83)great for lunch (76)vibrant bar scene (59)fit for foodies (59)hot spot (57)great for brunch (39)kid-friendly (33)late-night find (29)notable wine list (15)Show More
  • My daughter's 18th birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The seven of us celebrated my daughter's 18th birthday at Rick's and we had a fabulous time! I brought an ice cream cake and the waitress was so cool and put it away until we were ready for it. The food was delicious, the staff was fantastic, and the ambience was warm and enchanting. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view of Eagle Creek
    Opentablefriend
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    LOVE Sunday Brunch at Rick's! We had a table overlooking the Eagle Creek, the beautiful tree-line, birds, and nature right out the window. Our food was exceptional. The Sunday brunch is truly wonderful! We start off by sharing a giant cinnamon roll, then order our meal. The omlets are delicious, and I like adding an order of toast to go with the fruit and omlet... Service is fabulous. Endless coffee, refilled promptly with a smile. Can't say enough good things. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goldie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We all ordered different dishes (3 seafood and 1 pasta) and they were all fantastic. Oysters on the half shell very large in size and fresh. The chocolate cake was a huge serving (enought for 3-4 people) and was superb. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great except for the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The waiter was not very attentive, and our table felt ignored. We had to "flag" him down on several occasions....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LetsdoRicks
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Worth the drive! We drive over from Terre Haute. We like the food, atmosphere, and music! Even when its too cold to dine out, the atmosphere is still waterfront. Wait staff patient and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick's at sunset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Ricks has a wonderful location. We were there at sunset and viewed it over the lake. It is crowded and was busy even at 5:30 on Saturday evening. The menu is varied. Food tends to be overspiced for my taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    Kimberly
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We love to meet our family and out of town guests here. Often the stop we make on the way to the airport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Tradition
    ChristinaCatLvr
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We started our annual "Halloween at Rick's in Costume" last year and had a blast. Once again it was cold and raining which makes traveling around in elaborate costumes somewhat difficult, but the staff at Rick's also dress up and we had another great time. The service was flawless, the food was great and we just had a thoroughly great adult's only Halloween night. Thanks Ricks'....we shall return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like being in the Florida Keys
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Interesting place, capturing a Caribbean or Gulf Coast feel while on an inland fresh-water lake. Sailboats entertain diners and the food is great with more than ample portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Great View
    LoveEagleCreek
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was good with a great view. The service was off possible for the experience of the server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring Some Catsup/ Ketchup!
    Ezollars
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Overall Great! Just had to ask 3x for condiment. Haha! Out waitress was Good! The 2 gentlemen that brought the drinks and food -- just never brought it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LynnC
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very much enjoyed sitting outside. It was quite, enjoyable, and romantic. Service was very good, food was exceptional. Will definitely return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend
    Travelalot
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went on a Sunday night and after ordering we were told they were out of one of our entries (catfish). Then after ordering desert were were also told they were out of the chocolate cake. That in combination with undercooked fillett added up to the manager comping one of our meals and a desert. Food was very very good as was the service. Would go back knowing if its on a Sunday we should be flexible since they may be out of things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of fall leaves
    Opentablefriend
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We even took photos. So beautiful looking across the deck. The food and service were primo! Can't say enough good things. We love brunch at ricks on Sunday's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overpriced - not worth it. Nice setting and good atmosphere, but doesn't make the price or taste worth it
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fish not in season
    EatOut2Much
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Not heard of many seafood restaurants not having tuna available. Said it wasn't in season. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was Excellent. Perfectly done and the timing of service was great. We never felt rushed and the waiter was well prepared to answer questions and make suggestions. Unfortunately, the noise level was very high. Between the patrons and the music, it made it very difficult to hear your own conversation. Too cold for any outdoor dining the night we were there, but the views were great prior to the sun going down. I don't live in the area, but it was a great suggestion from a friend who does live in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    weso
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food and service, priced on the high side but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience!
    JimC
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We attended on a Monday night for my wife's birthday. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, more than courteous, and everything we could have asked for. The food was very, very good. It was a perfect selection for a special occasion dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rick's Cafe
    djindianajones
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I haven't been to Rick's in over 10 years. I don't get out to eat on the westside as much as I used to and I have to say that I didn't have high expectations. I'm not much of a sea food buff and was only making this reservation because of my father's bday and he requested it. I feel much better about the restaurant after re visiting it this past week. Our reservation was properly sat, the service was really good, but not overbearing. this went from the hostess to the bussers as well as our server. It was at 5pm and the place wasn't busy but I don't think that would have made much of a difference. The ambiance and decor was clean and made me want to get to an island right away, but the best part was the food, my filet was perfectly cooked
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stan was here
    StanPlanner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food, great service along with fun company....a fantastic evening for all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food and service were all good! They had drink specials on Saturday night. View was great!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    boilerpete
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was very good particularly the oysters Rockefeller. Had the porterhouse pork chop which was grilled to perfection. My wife had the shrimp tempura which also was great (and the shrimp were very large)
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • robocop
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a good time....food came out somewhat cold.....had a busboy tell me someone else would come clear the plates when I asked him to please take the appetizer plates, kinda ticked me off. However, as I mentioned in my request, it was for my in-laws and they loved the place so all is good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Experience
    grammy1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We arrived @ 5:30 & were seated & served promptly. Everything went well & we considered it a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best time ever At Rick's
    Colter
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Beautiful weather and a spectacular sunset made this the best time there ever and I have been there hundreds of times. Wish there was a Rick's on the North West side I / we would be there several times a week. Teresa, was fabulous and she was extremely busy. Great personality, great service and took the extra care to displayed genuine kindness towards my 2 dinner partners who needed extra assistance due to age and medical issues. Thank you and Thank you Teresa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Dewey
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I go to Ricks a lot. Wonderful restaurant. I like sitting on the deck overlooking Eagle Creek. Very peaceful! They have a very good lunch menu with fair pricing. Great in the evening as well. Beautiful atmosphere!! Service is always great. Pricing is fair and the food very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Expected More
    Haydub
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our second year anniversary and were excited to try Rick's for the first time. We made a reservation and were seated right away. We chose to sit outside and it took over 20 minutes for our waiter to arrive to take our drink orders. Not sure if our waiter was having a bad day, but quality service was definitely lacking. We ordered our drinks, appetizer, and our main courses at the same time. He didn't get our drinks correct, appetizer came lukewarm, and my wife's pork chop was undercooked. The highlight of our experience there, was being able to watch the sunset as we ate dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large party- table location
    20birthday
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Previous visits led me to reserve a table for 8 for my sons 20th birthday. I asked for the open and wider side of patio with nice view, i even called the day before to confirm the details. Our group was sqeezed into a narrow passage of tables, it took about 10 min to assist 2 elderly grandparents to their chairs that were narrowly placed between the wall and table. As for yhe view, 4 out of 8 of had a view of the wall. Also as added customer service it would have been nice for hostess and or waitress to acknowledge the birthday person.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful deck; servers annoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When the questionable service starts at the door, you assume the very pregnant hostess is having a rough morning...when it continues to every single member of the serving staff, you have to believe it is a company cultural issue. Otherwise, gorgeous views.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dave
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were a party of four. Everyone really liked their food and note the crab cake were best ever. Trout appetizer was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaturdaynighDatenight
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is awesome! Food, service and surroundings.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night at the boatyard!
    CPgroupies
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had last minute gathering of former neighbors for dinner at the boatyard. We had 8 adults in our party and were easily accommodated. Service was great and the food awesome. Highly recommend this west side venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    Bare1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first visit. We were very surprised by the service and quality of our meals, both being excellent. Overall, we had a very enjoyable evening eating as the Sun settled over the water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time at Rick's.
    pescatarian24
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Both hostesses Friday evening were extremely rude & unhelpful. As a restaurant general manager, I was appalled by their service. My boyfriend and I watched them wait hand over foot for a patron without a reservation, but afterwards they denied the special request on our reservation, seated us at a dirty table, and failed to send us a server. After re-approaching the hostesses three times, we were given a server, but it was very obvious that we were not in his section and we were a burden on him, despite being a 2-top table that shelled out $200 on food. The food that I did order was prepared correctly and the quality of the ingredients were outstanding but the preparation paled in comparison to same dishes that I ordered only a month ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Fantastic, a must try!
    Dave
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything from the service to the food was outstanding. Zero complaints! I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    As always Rick's was a great experience. Not a 'stuffy' environment - but outdoors and vibrant. Great view of the lake and its wildlife. The food is 'California cousin' and the band is always trendy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice view, Good Food, Good Wine
    LoveEagleCreek
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Menu is good, view is good. Our server was Theresa S. Very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good
    Horse4light
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This place is so good we're going back on Thursday and taking friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning Sunday
    Doodlelover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Several friends met for Sunday brunch. We found the food simple, generous and tasty with very fresh ingredients. The person who suggested Rick's has been there several times for dinner and said their seafood prep is exceptional. The view of the water was stunning. The only drawback was the live music. It was so loud that we couldn't talk at times. Since we gathered to spend time together the loudness was disheartening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.