Tavern on South
Tavern on South

Tavern on South

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavernonsouth.com/
  • Phone: 3176023115
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 8:00pm (May - October)(Open at 10:00 am for 1:00 pm Colts games)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Allen Shideler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Tavern On South offers a variety of private event options for groups from 5-300 people. Offering a fantastic view of the Indianapolis Downtown skyline, it is the perfect venue for a business or social event!
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Geisler 3179564566

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Tavern On South offers complimentary parking for up to 45 cars. There is also a convenient, reasonably priced parking garage directly adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Tavern on South
Locally owned and operated, TAVERN ON SOUTH is a casual, yet sophisticated restaurant and bar located in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium and just a short walk from Victory Field as well as the Convention Center and downtown business district. Our menu is focused on seasonally inspired selections utilizing fresh, quality ingredients. Our well stocked bars feature regional craft beers on draft making TAVERN ON SOUTH a favorite spot for a refreshing beverage.

Our two-story, brick building built in 1910 features a warm, inviting interior that includes a bar and outdoor dining on both levels. The second level deck that looks out to the downtown skyline is the best seat in Indy, perfect for catching some sun over the lunch hour or dining with your friends on a beautiful Indiana evening. Plus, we have plenty of complimentary on-site parking!!! We look forward to seeing you soon!!!

Steve Geisler Owner/Operator
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Tavern on South reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (20)great for lunch (18)special occasion (15)scenic view (13)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)romantic (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • A very pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were expecting bar food. I had the Mahi and my husband had the sea bass. Both were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not close to anything
    ABitDisapointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Surprised it was part of devour downtown since it's not within walking distance of downtown. Loved that they had free parking. Food was OK. Little overpriced for what we got. Plenty of seating. Curious to how well they do without the DD option.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately, very average
    Queenie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Made reservations for 4 the last weekend of Devour Downtown. Both couples ordered the $30 items but with appetizer and drinks > $100. Sorry to say we all thought it was very average, even dessert. Crab cake appetizer was awful. The last time we were there, it was great, but a big miss this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprising Gem!
    LoveUsSomeFood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tavern on South has become our go-to special occasion and Devour Downtown locale. With its skyline view and low key atmosphere, one can dress up or dress down and still get some of the best food the city has to offer. Don't let the ample-TV'd bar throw you off, this is a gourmet destination fit for any foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went for Devour downtown and we were very disappointed. Wine selection by the glass was very poor and we did not want to invest in a bottle without knowing the wine. The food was lukewarm at best, one salad contained so little dressing that the salad was dry and my friend found a huge long hair in his potatoes that pretty much ruined all of our appetites. Not a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First bad experience here
    SupportIndyLocal2013VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have been a few times and always enjoyed. This time the fish was overlooked and rest of entree cold. I'll chalk it up to a bad night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My first time, not my last
    DanC
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I tried Tavern on South for a lunch meeting becomes it's close to downtown but has free parking available. The bonus was great service and food! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    NOYBWMNI
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the devour menu which was excellent! Will go back..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always like it
    Bryan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is always fantastic. Still think they have the best old fashion in town. Service was a little slow, but they were packed for devour downtown
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bubb
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good location, good food and drinks, good dinner date place
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tavern on South
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent service Tuesday night by our server Scott. Devour Downtown choices were great - we both had seafood dishes - salads and desserts were very good too.This would be a fun place before or after a Colts game.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    hockeycapsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant and I highly recommend it!! Great service and food!! A very nice upper deck for outdoor seating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Datenite
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The steak and the prime rib were very good. It was our first time and I have to agree with the reviews that other folks have written.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    Kaitlyn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time at Tavern on South and we had great food and service. I had the bison burger (first time having bison), and the meat was good, but the glaze that was on it was AMAZING. Kettle chips served with it were definitely homemade and delicious, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Place That I Will Recommend
    Booth4two
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was extremely impressed with my dining experience. The food, as well as the presentation, was excellent . The crab cakes were delicious! The tuna was prepared just as it should be and was quite delicious. The decor is casual and not overly elaborate, but I don't go out to dine at places because of their elegant decor; it is a warm and friendly pub type layout. The food was incredibly good. Not an extensive menu, but then, I would rather have quality than quantity. Obviously, many restaurants' foods are just too heavy and full of fat. That is what most people I know today, are trying to avoid. Maybe some background music but no big deal. The chef is very talented/
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday night date
    dsc5907
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great spot for a weekend date night. Ambiance was wonderful, was a little noisy for the first 15 minutes there due to screaming toddlers. After they left was very quiet. Food was excellent, reasonably priced and great service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indy
    EDocVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Scheduled a business mtg here and all were very impressed with service and the food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff
    Irish
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We were a group of four girls heading to a concert at The Lawn. Got dropped off by our designated driver, parking area was very convenient, easy in, easy out. Sat on the upstairs patio which was nicely laid out, plenty of room between tables. Service was fast and friendly. I had the crab cakes and Ceasar salad for my meal and it was very good. Drinks were good but I did have to send my second mojito back as it didn't taste very good - they remade it without any questions and were very apologetic. Staff was very friendly and were there when you needed them without them crowding you. I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food always great
    Matt
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This places always has a great vibe and the food to match. They also have an outstanding drink list to peruse.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suaveslav
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Tavern on South has established an excellent reputation for service and food. Our family was in from New Jersey and requested dinner reservations. A high compliment. Chicken wings were varied (teriyaki and peppery), bison burger was enough for two meals and BBBLT was a new find (beef, bacon, blue cheese on flatbread-type pizza). Though a noisy business "meet and greet" was in process, the staff were considerate about offering us alternate locations. Definitely among my top ten Indianapolis restaurants!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    SaturdayNightFever
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our first time at Tavern on South for dinner, and it didn't disappoint. Really appreciated the gluten-free menu, even though it was a little on the short side. Our server seemed new, but was very gracious and helpful. Great spot for before/after a game!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Room with a view
    Agioe
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Beautiful afternoon and evening on the upper patio with view of the skyline. Perfect combo just around the corner from Victory Field. Their own parking lot is a plus downtown! Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Love the bison burger with goat cheese!! Sweet potato fries are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 310 reviews are from the Tavern on South reviews archive.
  • Dinner
    JimmyJ
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great place. Very positive experience. Good food easy location
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Local grown food!
    OpentablefriendVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I always enjoy Tavern on South. We had a fabulous lunch, quick enough to have a delightful lunch and return to work on time! We were celebrating a birthday, so it was elegant enough to be special, but fast enough to avoid creating issues at work. Service was fabulous. My coffee was super fresh, always filled, and our food arrived at just the right time. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Experience!
    LawgoddessVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've had dinner at the Tavern dozens of times and have almost always enjoyed the experience. This time there were exceptions. The side dish served with the filet mignon - truffled potato salad - was terrible. I don't think cold potato salad works with steak and this potato salad had no flavor. I've eaten plain potatoes with more flavor. The apple strudel for dessert was mediocre. The apples were undercooked and crunchy, the pastry was tough and the whole thing was lukewarm. We were sorry we wasted the calories. The best I can say is that my husband's prime rib dinner was fine (as always). I'm sure we'll try the Tavern again but, if I order the beef filet, I'll order something else to accompany it and we'll skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    INDrob83
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent food with a great view of downtown Indy. Had amazing craft cocktails as well. Only downside was the extremely loud bar area, kind of took away from the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had tickets to a show, so we reserved a spot earlier in the evening than we normally would. It was starting to get busy, but we still could have a conversation with each other without screaming across the table. It was great you could park on site, too. Food was delicious, we were happy with everything we had. The beer list wasn't shabby, either. Something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh Stuff
    indybound
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Pleasantly surprised that waiter told us everything made was fresh...the salsa was good, but would have been better with fresh chips vs bag. The waiter was fantastic but seemed intent on removing dishes even when still eating from them! He took the bread and olive oil as he felt we no longer needed them due to entrees coming out......never had an experience like that before. Salads were fantastic with local produce, including goat cheese, asparagus and caramelized walnuts good touch. Definitely will come back as first impression was good but expecting next experience to be great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Food is consistently good, drink specials are great, and service staff are always attentive and helpful. The restaurant never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch, yes; dinner, elsewhere
    boilerbugVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We ate lunch at Tavern on South last fall. Loved it! The restaurant was quiet, the ambiance was inviting, the service was excellent and the food presentation appetizing. We went for dinner last weekend. What a difference! The host seemed indifferent-although our server was engaging. I ordered a salad and was not disappointed. However, I was astounded at the presentation of my husband's entree-bison meatloaf-a slab of meat covered with sauce (not gravy), and eight green beans. Meatloaf with no potatoes? When we asked for dinner rolls. Rolls are only served if the majority of the table order entrees. What!??! If unable to offer a nice dinner, Tavern on the South should stick to Pub Grub-what it does best. We paid $50 for mediocre at best meal
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient Surprise!
    RockyRoads
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went there for dinner out of convenience -- only a few paces from the hotel. Went back the next evening because it's a good restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally good.
    MikeB7765
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our order consisted of two steaks and a fish dish. One steak was excellent, the other a bit tough. The fish consisted of 6 pieces. Three were very good, two seemed undercooked, one very fishy. Servings were a bit small. The "potato salad" with the steaks was not a hit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Chigirl4
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Never felt rush and gave great recommendations. All the fish was great as well as the humus :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    hdjonesd
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Hostess was very nice. Had several different waitresses. Not sure who was responsible for our experience. Filet mignon was a bit gamey. Salmon glaze was way too sweet. It was wonderful last year and just not that great this year. Maybe an off night or maybe Tavern has gone downhill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    Bryan
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This place was great, amazing Wednesday wine and beer specials. The prices are a little high for what you get, but definitely worth checking out. Everything I had was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location--good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    This is a great location just west of Lucas Oil Stadium with free adjacent parking, which is hard to find this close to downtown. The food is good with a varied menu.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We felt very relaxed. It did
    Bobby
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We felt very relaxed. It did feel like a friends dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to have an option
    Convention
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It's good to have an option to go to other than the mall. In walking distance, food is always good and service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with Service
    Doc70
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had dinner and drinks with family. All 30 something's and enjoyed the service our waitress was fantastic and knew her beers well. Food was good and we enjoyed the environment
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.