About Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill

A family restaurant featuring charcoal grilled burgers, steaks, chops, and seafood. Enjoy gourmet food while watching a sporting event.

7102 Woodland Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46278
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
W. 71st. and I-465

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 295-9490

Website:
http://chefmikescharcoalgrill.com/

Entertainment:
We have a large screen TV and 4 HDTVs for your viewing pleasure. We also have a jukebox and video games.

Catering:
We offer a full catering menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of our featured items is the 5lb. Big Burger which serves 8 people and comes with 1 lb. of French fries. Orders off the catering menu must be placed 24 hours in advance.

Executive Chef:
Mike Atherton

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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3.7

value

4.2

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Business Meals (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

My date (spouses) enjoyed the half duck dinner and I went for the pork loin recommended my my date because he enjoyed it our last visit. We both loved our dinners and my husband enjoyed the half portion of the pork for lunch the next day. Really great house made food by Chef Mike and hosted by his wife, Kathy.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been there so many times but had never tried the "whole chicken dinner for 2" menu option. We really loved it and it is a great value.
This reminded us of a regular Sunday night dinner my husbands mother fixed at least once a month...she split a chicken and broiled it in the stove with fresh lemon juice.
Chef Mikes grills it, splits it before serving it along with roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad and house-made dinner rolls. Now that is a "Sunday" dinner but available any day of the week.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The server didn't come back to check on us. When he came back to pick up the check, he was on his cellphone. That was a first for me.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We always enjoy coming to Chef Mike's. The staff makes us feel like family and the food is perfect every time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Chef Mikes is a local favorite and we dine there a couple times a month. Never had an unpleasant experience at Chef Mikes.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Three meals were very good good chicken 1/2, white fish special, chicken/ribs (note ribs Re not smoked if that's what you like) special although BBQ sauce very hot if that's your thing, strip steak a house specialty was not very special while large piece it was flavorless, and tough with a lot of gristle. Vegetables very good. Desserts small selection, coco loco pie is good and a reasonable sized price. Peach tart was ok but tart dough was hard and tough.
Service was very good especially considering a very argue group showed up without reservations wait staff was scrambling.
Almost 100% of times are made in house, including breads and most desserts.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A must try is the Buffalo Brussel Spouts appetizer....and don't forget to ask for Ranch or Blue. Yeah I know....weird, but delicious. Service is always friendly and accommodating. Bar/Beer list is better than average. Simple atmosphere where finely grilled food is generously served by a wait-staff who pays attention.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was great.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 3, 2017

We had wonderful lamb burgers that were juicy and filling . Served with eggplant fries that were delicious ! We would definetly go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The charcoal grill makes ALL the difference!! Fabulous burger, cooked perfectly to my request, & the fries were even smoked and were mesmerizing. I can't say enough about my wonderful experience! Mike's is tucked away next to the Holiday Inn Express so GPS (Waze) didn't get me there, so I drove until I found it. I signed up for the rewards card & I will DEFINITELY return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Food was good, but over-priced in my opinion, especially given the setting - older bar type place in small older strip mall (can't imagine overhead is that high). 7.50 for 7 asparagus spears? - they were very good, but really? On a better note, my daughter thought the fries were fantastic :)

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 19, 2017

This was our first time here and we would probably give it a 2nd chance but were not overwhelmed. We thought it was more of a BBQ restaurant but mostly steaks and chicken and sandwiches. My wife both described it as good not great. I had the brisket which was good and she had a filet but it had a strip of fat on it which made us question whether it was really a filet or not. The sides were serviceable but not outstanding. Again we would give it another try and order something different.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Just move to the northwest side. Looking for really good restaurants it's hard to find. This is a great steak restaurants with good atmosphere. I am so impressed with the service, reasonable prices, and great food!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Chef Mike's offers good grilled food. Not fancy. Just good service and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food is so good and service was good, usually it is a very long wait but that was certainly not the case.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Seriously the best grilled chicken breast sandwich I have ever had. . Others is my party were wowed by the pecan-crusted catfish dinner.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Chef Mike's Grill seemed like a good choice. The prices were a bit steep. I think they should add more appealing appetizers and a few more dishes to their menu. The chicken Alfredo was delicious. My colleagues had a hard time ordering off the menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2016

We had a late night steak dinner before closing. The owner was cordial and a great conversationalist. Tina's service couldn't have been better and the whole staff was nice and accommodating. The bar looks like a great place to watch sporting events.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We went to Indianapolis for a nfl game on Thanksgiving day, was trying to find a place to have a nice thanksgiving dinner for my girls. This was not it! For the price we paid was ridiculous! I'm a server and have worked all different venues and this was absolutely not worth the price we paid. The food was NOT good at all!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2016

I have been to Chef Mike's on several occasions. However, this is my first time visiting for lunch. Lunch menu has a nice variety and the prices are very reasonable. I tried the Philly Cheese Steak w/fries. Fantastic!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Incredible burgers!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Just a great place to eat with unique food options,

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Healthy, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Went with family in town they loved the beer selection had some rare three floyds beer on tap. I had the hamburger which was excellent. Good kids meals especially the pizza. All items are cooked on charcoal grills by the chef. They often have a few rotating specials as well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 7, 2016

I had 4 meat with chives (light) 8 oz hamburger hard to beat this one with very good fries
She had special lightly fried crappie with veg medley and potatoes excellent
Shared a salad that was very good
Dessert special coco loco ice cream was very good light on coconut with chocolate and coffee ice creams shared as it was enough for 2
All foods prepared on site from breads and hand cut lfries to meat mixtures. All items grilled on charcoal grill.
Food is tops, service is good, prices are mid range.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Chef Mike and Cathy are both very personable and try to meet your every need.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Positives: The waitress was very nice;
Negatives: The food was cold. One of us ordered T bone and the other Fillet. The T bone was missing the fillet and it was served chopped up to the other person. The meat was leathery and poor quality. The whole experience was disappointing!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 13, 2016

The valentine's meal was amazing. My wife thought easily one of the best meals she has ever had. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Thanks for a great evening Chef Mike, his wife, and Kelcie!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Excellent food. Great service.. The Buffalo Brussel Sprouts are a must.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 23, 2016

the waitress was ok, but the timing of the food was bad. The salad didn't come out for 20 minutes, the steak was ordered well and it was very pink,had to send it back after waiting a very long time for it and the potato was not hot. It took too long for the food to be ready and it wasn't crowded at all.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Salmon cooked perfectly, as usual...not overdone. Husband's pork was slightly dry this time but flavorful. Love the freshly-grilled flavor!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2015

They just provide quality menu items at a good value. Compared to a high end steak house.

Our server was attentive and friendly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We are frequent diners at this restaurant. Everything is delicious. Our most recent visit was on New Year's Eve. I ordered off of the special 4 course menu and the filet mignon and lobster tail were cooked perfectly. The goat cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette was wonderful and the cheesecake and champagne at the end of the meal was a perfect finish to the meal. The service on this occasion was slow ( but it was NYE and the restaurant was packed). I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys a good burger AND likes gourmet food. This restaurant also offers special wine tasting menus on certain nights and I've heard those are excellent as well. Great, affordable kid menu as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 19, 2015

We never have been disappointed with the burgers. We think we'd like to try something different but we just hate not getting a burger.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 8, 2015

The service is incredibly slow. I think they need to hire more help. Quite a conundrum on whether to go back--the food is really good, but the wait is interminable.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 31, 2015

We've been to Chef Mikes numerous times and he never disappoints. The filet mignon was so tender and juicy you barely needed a knife. I highly recommend the eggplant fries, they were delicious. They always have special packages for different holidays that can't be beat. My favorite place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 4, 2015

Good place for casual dining. Good food for the price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 28, 2015

Chef Mike is a Master of the grill. We love the pork chops. I usually get the mandarin salad because Chef Mike's home made dressing is so good with the mixture of mandarin oranges, Chinese noodles, and romain lettuce. The rolls being warmed on the grill make them taste extra special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 21, 2015

We were looking for a place to have a nice Fathers Day dinner and I found Chef Mike's on Open Table. I had heard some good things about them. We were really surprised to find that we were the only customers in the restaurant the entire time we ate. The food was very good and we loved the charcoal cooking technique. The atmosphere was a little too much of a roadside bar for us though. I may go back for lunch with a group of guys but I won't be taking my family as it was TV's and bar mostly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 2, 2015

We went here when other plans fell through. Reservations meant that the tipsy hostess seated us immediately. She was very nice as were the rest of the staff. Most of our party ordered burgers and they were pretty good if not a little over priced. They seemed to take a long time to get to us as well. I would say definitely do not go here in a hurry.
If you're looking for burgers and beer in a casual atmosphere at a casual pace definitely try this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2015

We were interested because it was listed on opentable and the menu sounded good. The burger was excellent and the fries were hand cut and delicious. But the other meal was bad. The lamb came out cold and when asked to be warmed up it seems like it was popped in the microwave.

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