Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rickscafeboatyard.com/
  • Phone: 3172909300x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Rick's Cafe Boatyard reviews from OpenTable diners
382 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (328)great for outdoor dining (309)special occasion (202)good for groups (160)romantic (132)great for lunch (102)neighborhood gem (93)vibrant bar scene (92)hot spot (78)fit for foodies (62)great for brunch (55)kid-friendly (48)late-night find (40)notable wine list (21)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Once again a great dinner and beautiful view. Never Disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd visit was a dud
    JLR53
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were placed at a table stuffed by the door to the deck with constant flow of traffic. The service was very slow and in attentive. The food was disappointing. My entree was supposed to have udon noodles, but had ordinary spaghetti instead.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rick's 9/13/2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Saturday night we went to Rick's, it was very busy when we arrived, but we had a reservation and were seated immediately. The service was slower than a tortoise pulling a boulder. Once we were seated it was 20 minutes before any staff came to our table. Once our drink orders were in, it was another 20 minutes before we got them. The waiter said he would be right back to take our orders once he brought the drinks, but he disappeared and it took him another solid 10 minutes to return. The apps and food were outstanding and delicious and somewhat offset the annoyance of the sloooooow service. Overall I would say that I will go back, though if this kind of service is encountered again, there won't be a third return trip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neglectful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The first time I went there was during lunch with one other person, the service was a bit slow but everything else was great. I visited the other night however, with 7family members, this time, this visit was far less appealing. Had reservations yet waited 10minutes at least for our table, that's fine. However, once we were sat we didnt see our server for 10-15 minutes, she took our drink orders, it took about another 10minutes to receive the nonalcoholic drinks (15min for alcohol), by the time the drinks got there we were more than ready to order. After ordering it was 20minutes for appetizers and over an hour for entrees! We saw our server only one time once the meal was served, all the tables around seemed to have the same service. Awful
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    food was great and service is usually good....left something to be desired this night...took 20 minutes for anyone to come over, then we were told our waiter was too busy and the bar girl who had no idea what she was doing took our order. we appreciated her trying to help but was not a great experience....the food and atmosphere was great though as usual
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Issues
    jmiller6148VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Once again, we received terrible service. I think it must be the norm for this restaurant. Food was good, service horrible again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If I am in Indianapolis I try to go hear for lunch or supper. I love the food, the service, and the view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great - Service so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed the calamari and crabcake sandwich very much. The glass of wine I ordered never arrived and when I told the waitress to 86 it, she said, "oh okay, I never rang it in anyway." Well of course she didn't. Otherwise I might have actually received it. She said it as if I'd changed my mind instead of what really happened, which was she neglected to ring it and bring it. With a client so I didn't want to make a fuss.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden secret
    Matt
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I think this is the best little hidden secret in Indianapolis. Food and service was great. It feels like you are on vacation
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6 for Sat. Dinner
    nipper51
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ordered appetizers and main courses. The appetizers came out at same time as main courses. Server said he could put main courses on hot plate until we ate appetizers. That would have ruined the main courses, we want fresh food, nothing off a hot plate. Pork chop under cooked, fish over cooked. Very disappointed with this visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great scenery fair food
    Whispine2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great venue for a dinner or lunch with friends and family. The food quality was fair and service of each course comes too quickly. We had barely touched our salads when the main course came. My wife's trout was fair and my filet mignon, while ordered medium rare was very rare. Appetizers of crab cakes and shrimp cocktail were very good but overall meal was fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BburgDeb
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful, per usual! Recommend to everyone! Great outdoor dining and the food and service great also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodtime
    Table42
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great neighborhood destination. After a hard week at work or a day on the water,an aawesome place to relax and enjoy a great meal. Also fun place to drop UN for a nightcap and desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit
    MattR
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I visited once before and our experience was excellent! We went back about a month later, did the exact same thing, made a reservation, ordered the exact same food, and sat outside in the same area. Our experience was much different the second time. The food we ordered wasn't good tasting like the first time. My guess is because it was a little busier the cooks didn't pay as much attention. Our waiter didn't check on us as often (about ever 15 min). It took 1 hour to get our food, and when we asked for a box to go, our waiter threw out our food. We were very disappointed the 2nd visit, and I would recommend if you go, try to pick a time that it isn't busy, so you get more attention, faster food, and higher quality food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local find
    KAV13
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Rick's Boatyard is one of the best local resturants in the Indy area, especially Spring to Fall. The seafood selection is on par and their outdoor seating is like nothing else you'll find near the city! It can get a bit noisy on the deck, but I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner Spot
    Hoosierboy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outdoor deck was a perfect spot for am anniversary dinner. Weather was sensational, and the view of the reservoir was awesome. If the weather is warm enough, the deck is the place to be, but inside would be pleasurable if the weather was inclement. The menu had a wide range of choices, and very price competitive. Definitely a gem. Our first experience was great, we know we're coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful view from deck
    sbauch
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The menu is varied and as long as the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is the perfect place for eating and sipping on a beverage. It's really quaint place to dine, watching the sailboats out on the water. The menu is more gourmet which in turn is why it's a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    nickofsvh
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife and I had our anniversary dinner there on Labor Day. It was my first time at Rick's, my wife's second. The view is spectacular, especially as it approaches sunset! We both enjoyed well made cocktails...hard to find a Moscow Mule outside of Mass Ave, thanks! Shane gave excellent service. Our only quibble, and this may not be an issue for everyone, was the lobster tail. My wife had a half lobster tail in her order, and it was overcooked. . The result was a much firmer texture. The drawn butter became necessary, not optional. However, my scallops were cooked perfectly, and we will consider Rick's again for other special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner date
    table4two
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were seated fairly soon after arrival. The outdoor table gave us a great view of Eagle Creek Reservoir. The portions were large enough so that one appertizer and one entre was plenty for the two of us and the food was well prepared and delicious
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, iffy service
    otterladyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food, as usual, was just fine. Our server was very nice, however, he seemed very distracted and had to be reminded of items we were waiting for, even bringing us someone else's drink. We like Rick's and will definitely return, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Overall, the evening was enjoyable and the food was great. Unfortunately, the restaurant was very busy and that seemed to cause signficant delay in our service (and poor service once we were we served). The waiter said he was assigned our table and all of his other tables were on the other side of the restaurant. I believe that contributed to the poor service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place, slow service.
    campVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and atmosphere were great, however, the service was really slow. Took a half hour just to get our drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Daniel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Rick's in Indianpolis is at a great location, has great food and great view. Definitely recommend outdoor seating (weather permitting).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oscar1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice place, romantic with very good food, in same places outside too noisy. But nice to enjoy a nice moment, with music and time to enjoy the landscape.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Odd mixture
    JimNCher
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The ambiance and location of Rick's is great and unique in Indy. Oddly the non-seafood dishes were fine, while the blackened Florida grouper lost its flavor in the vast shrimp etouffee which was more like a gumbo, and the crab stuffed mushrooms just had too much going on to taste the crab. But the baked goat cheese was splendid, the key lime pie thrived despite a complicated recipe, and the cajun catfish was quite good. I am biased, having grown up on the eastern shore with simple fresh seafood. We will try Rick's again and I will order simpler seafood preparations
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Closest view to a Floridian coastal diner ....Thanks for your efforts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date night
    epimom46112
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had the goat cheese appetizer, it was a little bland, but our house salads, tilapia and shrimp dinner, and blueberry cheesecake were excellent. We had a perfect night out on the deck, no better view on the westside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find in Indy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food selection and ambiance! The service was horrific so be prepared to not be wowed. If you can handle the trade off, you'll manage to enjoy your time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Took my wife out for date night. Great experience. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful night for dining
    danditka
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We initially were seated at a table where two of us had our backs to the water. We asked the waiter if we could get a table where all could see the water and they found us a table with a great view for all. Our service was good and so was the food. it was a perfect night to dine out on the deck with a cool breeze keeping us refreshed. Everyone enjoyed their meal and are looking forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening with friends
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had not seen our friends for several months so had lots of catching up to do. Started with drinks at the outside bar, then moved to an outdoor table for dinner. Calamari was the best I've eaten. We all had seafood as entrée. Everything was delicious. Key lime pie was to die for. We sat and talked for quite a while, never feeling rushed. Our waitress gave us just enough attention. Overall, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Buzzard
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We returned to Rick's for the first time in 12 years and were happy to find the menu, food and service are still just as good as we remembered them. We dined early to avoid the crowd and noise levels. Everyone was friendly and professional, except the hostess, who evidently felt compelled to grab two menus and just start walking toward the dining room without saying a word to us. We decided to follow her just in case she assumed we would. When she reached our table, she threw the menus on it and walked away, again without uttering a word. Apparently she feels that being young, attractive and blond gives her that right. I'm surprised, as successful as Rick is, that he would not realize how detrimental to business such behavior can be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was a dinner party of four. Two had been to Rick's before. First time for myself and the other person. We all agreed that it was a great experience. The food, the view, the live music, the wait staff, the presentation; everything was just perfect. It was my 60th birthday and I had a great evening!
    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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rickytickytavy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We tried several items that we hadn't tried before, and we were very pleased with the outcome, all were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place to celebrate
    Good2Go
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Easy access - fly into Eagle Creek airpark (KEYE) and walk across road (if you don't fly, easy to get to by auto, also)... Good view of Eagle Creek Reservoir off deck - perfect spot to celebrate anniversary or other occasion. Sea scallops entre and calamari appetizer are my favorites, though have not had bad meal... It's an anniversary tradition for us...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Rick's Boatyard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We made a reservation through the web based reservation service for Saturday, Aug. 23. Our arrival coincided with a strong storm moving through Indianapolis, which Rick's Boatyard handled very well. We were especially impressed that shuttles were available to transport us to and from our car (not a great distance, but appreciated due to the heavy rainfall). We ate inside (so missed having a great view - which was understandable due to the storm). Food was good and the service was great. Since everyone was eating inside, the noise level was greater than what it otherwise would have been- but it was OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Views, Fit 4 Chicagoan
    KimChgoMtg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We visited Rick's Cafe Boatyard while brining our daughter down to Indi for college. My husband had fond memories of the restaurant from 20 years ago, however as we've grown & live in Chicago, one tends to become a "food snob"! Rick's Cafe however did not dissapoint -- we had a great goat cheese appetizer, the homemade bread & butter was outstanding & the fish entre's that we got were very good too. The ambience of the lake & dock could not be beat. Would definately go back & recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was Okay
    touristdiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Rick's was an alright restaurant for a late night, semi-romantic dinner. We were visiting from out of town and the idea of a restaurant with live jazz on a lake sounded great. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Thursday evening and our hostess seemed annoyed that we arrived for a 9 o'clock dinner, despite having reservations. 2 different waiters attempted to take drink orders and neither communicated with the other about what was going on. The food was okay - not enough seasoning, my potatoes were cold despite the plate being flaming hot. The atmosphere was strange - waiters in shorts and t-shirts with dim lighting, light music, and candles on the table. Our waiter was not particularly attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening on a cool night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rick's has been the best spot for outdoor dining this summer. Sunset last night was amazing. Only complaint ever about Rick's would be the high price of the food (appetizers are very expensive), but you probably would never be able to get a seat if it was cheaper.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming, lake view
    Indy21pal
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The experience was good all around; a nice server, excellent food and nautical atmosphere for our girl's night out. We each had something different and everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.