Carolina Grill & Tap Room

4.2
139 reviews
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Casual Dining Areas & Tap Room for Business or Pleasure...the Carolina Grill & Tap Room is a great find with a scratch kitchen. Voted "Best Of" for our Rustic, favored fare. Whether your're a cozy couple, large group or Rehearsal Dinner we have just the room for you! Our unique location makes us a local favorite and a destination worth the drive, just come as you are...
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MP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. Food was excellent and not overly priced. One of the best places we have eaten in Indianapolis Very good service

WL
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lot of potential here. Just reopening after some major flooding in the basement which limited their bar service. The menu selections are wide and creative. We will come back once they have a fully operational bar. Great location.

DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Out of the way and off the main thoroughfares. Worth the trip!

SB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Carolina Grill. Food is great reasonably priced. Very kid friendly. Great specials on wine. We go there every time we visit our son in Zionsville.

DP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made the reservation and drove to the restaurant - only to find that they closed the restaurant for dinner for some reason. We then had to scramble and make another reservation at another restaurant. Because of the late timing, we had to drive a bit to find the closest restaurant with availability. We were not impressed.

G
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Our Mother's Day meal was the worst meal I have ever had. Brunch items were either unavailable, over cooked or cold. $30 a person should be rewarded with excellent food, but it was not the case. My family and I will never return and I highly recommend staying away and find another establishment that will serve food worthy of the price.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice local place but no steak on menu as we expected based on website. Also my salmon was overdone and dry. Burgers were good so we will return.

M
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This is a really cool place if you go into the basement where the tap room/bar is located. Though it’s quieter than you would like for a bar area. There is a pool table that’s free to play and a dart board but no darts and also a golden tee game.
The food was good and the beer and drinks were great! The problem was that they had 1 person in the bar area bartending and waiting tables plus having to make drinks for the entire restaurant. It took 40 minutes to get our first drinks. We got there at 6:50pm. Didn’t eat till almost 9. We felt terrible for the bartender as it wasn’t her fault. Staffing really needs to be fixed. It was a Saturday night and St Patrick’s Day weekend.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for lunch! Quiet and Quick!. We enjoyed ourselves.

S
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat downstairs in the bar area since we were without kids that evening. Food was great & Megan was our server. She did an awesome job taking care of us! Many thanks!

T
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent Valentine’s Day at Carolina Grill because it’s quiet, no TV’s blaring in the background, food is always delicious & service is fantastic!

S
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a quiet dinner. The service was excellent. We were seated at a booth and the ambience was nice for a weekday dinner. The food arrived quickly. There was only one other family dining and we could hear all of those conversation. Perhaps a little background music would of helped. Food was good.

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

There was one or two occupied tables upstairs and took about two hours to complete our meal. They gave us a bunch of money off and a gift card for a “next visit” which won’t likely happen.

NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was awful

JA
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had dinner with friends who recommend a specialty drink that my husband loved. All of us really like what we'd ordered and the quiet environment made it so easy to enjoy our conversation. We will definitely recommend California Grill to others and look forward to returning!

M
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We thought the menus was limited and not impressive.
We should have ordered a tenderloin - you can’t go wrong with that.
The pretzel was worth ordering - we would get it again.
The timing of food coming out of the kitchen was rushed.
Did not give much time to finish one course before the next came out

We did like the decor _ rustic

We will give it a second chance

MO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed on Sunday, when Open Table said it was open.

KM
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, atmosphere was ok not the most romantic, service was good.

CG
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Service was slow. 2 of the sandwiches had nothing on them. Waitress fixed it after we told her.

ML
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We’ve visited many times and are always pleased. However, on this visit our waitress was a little awkward- an older lady, maybe she was new...seemed very nervous. In any case, it’s still on our list of favorites!

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to dining room and tap room downstairs. Food, drinks and service always excellent. Dining room a bit noisy, not great for a quiet night but otherwise excellent.

B
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening and great food!

AS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and nicely priced, environment was wonderful, service was wonderful. Will be going back.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

There was something wrong or missing from each person’s dinner in our party of five. The waitress wrote down an order wrong, didn’t catch errors the kitchen staff made, interrupted our conversation multiple times, and was generally awkward. They did comp the one dinner they completely messed up. While the food we had wasn’t bad, it was an unfortunate dining experience.

MF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came across Carolina Grill when coming back from Indpls. I googled places to eat that were different and Carolina Grill came up! The food was fabulous!!! The night we were there they were serving Blue Gill - OMG! It is to die for!! Every Friday night we make this our road trip date night! I highly recommend Carolina Grill not only for the food but for the service - they are extremely friendly and get to know you! The fact that the Grill is in the middle of a neighborhood makes it even more appealing! This is very much worth the drive for us!

OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We’ve been several times. Seems to be deteriorating in excellence and quality. May not be back.

KW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

They were either too busy or under staffed. Made reservations and still waited 15 minutes to be seated, then waited another 10 minutes before a server spoke to us and took our drink order and explained that there was a buffet available for Mother’s Day. The food was fair. The chicken was extremely dry and tough. Ordered a Bloody Mary and it was warm, no big deal just ordered extra ice, but then it tasted watered down. Overall our experience was fair and not worth what we paid for. This could be an awesome place with just some reorganization!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Really accommodating. My party was over 30 mins late and were still very kind and understanding. Very nice staff and loved our experience! I recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit the Carolina Grill 1-2 times every month and am never disappointed in the quality of the food or service. Fantastic place to eat with no wait time, great service, and great food.

OB
Indiana
109 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Several dinner entrees provide hearty tasty treats, especially the fried chicken dinner and the brisket crepes. Also the bread pudding is a treat. The prices are quite reasonable for the food quality. Unfortunately, they remain understaffed and the time until being served and the likelihood of receiving something different from the order are too high for a true quality restaurant.

JM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We've been before and didn't really expect the experience we had this time. Our waitress was not friendly and seemed very inconvenienced by our request to wait to order as we were meeting friends we hadn't had dinner with for a while, so we were chatting a bit and hadn't really looked at the menu. When she came back, she was irritated when my husband, who, I admit, is a bit of a picky eater, asked that his pulled pork NOT have any veggies served with it and that no mustard come with it. She rudely let him know that it all comes on the side and he doesn't have to put it on so he just asked her to leave it all off the plate and she seemed like that was a terrible effort. Seems like it would make things easier really. She forgot our salads until dinner came out. She didn't listen when we asked about beers we hadn't had before and brought one sample and assumed that the other person ordering wanted that beer even though she was the one asking the questions so ultimately, to avoid being rude, she just settled on that beer even though she didn't like it.

When asked if we wanted dessert, we all, initially stated we would pass, then one of the husbands decided he did want dessert so as she was bringing our final bill to the table, he asked her if he could order the bread pudding and her only response was "we don't have any...". WHAT?! No, "gee, I'm sorry, we're all out. Can I get you something else? Are you sure ______ doesn't appeal to you instead?" Nope..."we don't have any".

I doubt highly we will be back.

KM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This was the second time we have been here and the service was very poor each time. We had to wait a long time to receive food. The waitress did not come back to check - we were there 2+ hours and I had no water. We asked for the check, and during that time watched 2 other tables finish their food, pay and leave and we still hadn't had our checks brought to us.

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good and a good variety, including vegetarian and gluten free choices. We had four adults and two kids and they added a 20% gratuity to the check, which was unexpected.

M
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spent Easter here with my sister and her family and it was a nice time. Everyone loved the Sunday brunch.

M
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing- service was slow (and they weren’t even busy), and very over priced.
The menu had a wide variety of options- almost too many. We got two different pasta meals, a sandwich, and the burger. The burger was the only decent thing. The mushroom appetizer was decent, and the onion rings would’ve been great if they weren’t over cooked (good batter though). The kids Mac and cheese looked no more than boxed Mac and cheese, and served cold. The beer selection is the only thing I would say was good. We didn’t get to go down to the tap room, so we can’t comment on that.

JC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Did not have our reservation in their system. No available table in dining room so sent to tap room. Tap room was fine but wonder how they did not have my confirmed reservation.

GE
Charleston
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal very much. Would definitely go back, this place is a neighborhood gem. Service and ambiance were excellent. Tip: ask to be seated downstairs if you don’t have minors in your party.
Had the North Atlantic Salmon which was nicely prepared. Tender inside with a nice flaky outer layer. The accompanying veggies were fresh and complimented the fish very well.
The wedge salad was a little bit of a let down. For me, blue cheese dressing is what makes a wedge salad great. The dressing on this one was creamy but lacked the thickness and chunkiness of a killer blue cheese dressing.

PO
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Server was very scattered. Forgot my drink (waited 35 minutes to get it)and messed up the bill twice. My drink should have been free. Food was good, so we might try it again sometime.

KK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had to wait a long time to place our order and then had another long wait before we got our food. We weren’t impressed with the portion size or quality of what we got.

N
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We came here for 1st time with another couple. We'd heard about it; seemed interesting. Two of us ordered the shrimp and grits entree. About 10 minutes after ordering, the waitress returned saying that they had none. That happens sometimes but this was 7:15p Sat. and just 3 tables were occupied when we came in. The separate tavern/bar section was closed due to a water pipe freeze and flood. Our food orders including substitutes for shrimp and grits were ok but not exceptional. Approaching 9pm, we were told that they close at 9. We'd ordered 2nd round of drinks, were just sitting, talking and may have ordered desert and more drinks but it became obvious at 9 sharp, they were anxious for us to leave. 9p closure on a Saturday night? There are many other better options in Zionsville and NW Indianapolis area.

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