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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Indianapolis

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Indianapolis? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (712)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Noblesville
About the restaurant
Neighborhood Bistro offering a diverse menu inspired by seasonal and local ingredients, our small dining room of just nine tables and four bar seats boasts exposed brick & original hardwood floors. Chef Samir & his wife Rachel welcome diners into this intimate space in the heart of Old Town Noblesville.

With a menu that changes every one to two months, a full bar with an eclectic wine list, craft cocktails & mocktails and local beers on tap, we encourage you to try something new at every visit.

Our concept is globally-inspired Bistro fare - we draw inspiration from our own world travels and places on our bucket list to create dishes that will nourish your body and soul. We care deeply about food and where it comes from. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever it is practical, and make nearly everything from scratch. We love sharing our food and hospitality with the Noblesville community!

Top review
DianeH
Dined 4 days ago
A wonderful evening! Really appreciated the enthusiastic and knowledgeable sommelier. We have dined here multiple times and have never been disappointed. Very personal feel and a great menu!
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4.8
4.8 (223)
$30 and under
International
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Come join us at Courses Restaurant at Ivy Tech Community College, offering a unique experience where guests dine in a gorgeous Mahogany restaurant that looks out on the beautiful Indianapolis skyline. Guests are served and have the opportunity to support Hospitality Program students while enjoying their dining experience. Our menu selections are centered around course of study for 1st 8 Wks - Specialized Cuisine and 2nd 8-Wks Classical French Cuisine. Menus items may change due to product availability/course objectives.

Due to course schedule Courses Restaurant is open Spring 20234 1st 8 Weeks for lunch (seating 11am-12noon) at $20.00 per person. 2nd 8 Weeks for lunch (seating 11am-12noon). Accepting reservations 90 days prior to dining date.
Reservations Dates Available for Fall 2024 Thursdays Dinner: 8/29; 9/5; 9/12; 9/19; 9/26; 10/3.
**If you are not finding availability in Open Table, please contact Indianapolis-Hospitality-Events@ivytech.edu.

Top review
Irishchick91vip
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Had an absolutely lovely lunch yesterday. For $20 you get a three course meal, and if you want, for a little extra, beer, wine or a cocktail. The dining room is on the top floor in the old home of Stouffers restaurant at 28th and Meridian with gorgeous views of the city on three sides. Staff was warm and accommodating and is happy to please. Seems to be every Thursday for lunch and dinner. I encourage EVERYONE to support this Culinary School at Ivy Tech!
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4.9
4.9 (1912)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Vida provides an unparalleled dining experience with fresh, innovative Modern American cuisine, carefully crafted cocktails, a diverse wine collection and professional fine dining service, all in a warm, approachable environment.
Top review
PatrickC
Dined 2 days ago
We dined at Vida on 5/24/24. From the time we walked in until the time we left, we were treated to an outstanding dining experience. We arrived early and both had a fantastic cocktail at the bar. We were seated in an area off of the main dining room near the wine cellar, it was a fantastic intimate corner table. In the diagonal corner was another couple. The space is fantastic, well appointed and comfortable. We chose the four course menu and each course was absolute perfection. The tune and octopus first courses were perfect. The fois gras and fried chicken were delicious. The venison and scallops were amazing and the ricotta doughnuts and banana panna cotta were a wonderful way to round off an exceptional meal. If Vida were in Europe it would easily be a Michielin Star restaurant. I cannot say enough about how fantastic the staff were and how absolutely delicious and perfect the dishes were. If you are in Indy, give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
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4.9
4.9 (1108)
$31 to $50
American
Fishers / Geist
About the restaurant
DEPENDING ON PARTY SIZE, GUESTS WILL BE GIVEN 1 1/2-2 HRS TO DINE FOR EACH RESERVATION!

Parties arriving late (exceeding 15 minute grace period)  will void their reservation. Please call the restaurant if you may be arriving later than scheduled reservation.

Any parties that arrive with more people that the reservation was confirmed for, accommodations at our restaurant may not be guaranteed.  

Parties will receive a confirmation text prior to reservation.

Guests may tailgate prior to their reservation. Please check-in with the hostess by coming to the front porch entrance to let us know you have arrived for the evening.

Picnic tables and chairs in the "Beer Garden" are available at first come first serve basis!

Tailgating is for individuals 21+. Individuals at the minimum age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our first experience at Bonge’s was fantastic! Wonderful food that was a pleasure to enjoy with every bite. Our server Addison was very attentive and jolly on the spot with service. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. The food was at a reasonable price for the quality, especially in the moment we find ourselves in where a Big Mac cost 10 dollars. Overall it was a great experience and there will be many great meals to come from Bonge’s in the future I am sure.
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4.8
4.8 (3796)
$31 to $50
Organic
NW Indy / Zionsville
About the restaurant
Indiana's only organic farmstead restaurant! Serving Lunch, Dinner, and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.


Our menus feature our award winning cheeses, 100% Grassfed beef, locally raised pork, chicken and of course, our ice creams that are made right here on the farm. We proudly serve produce from local growers and artisans and our culinary team serves hand-picked herbs and vegetables from our own garden that you can stroll through on your way into the restaurant.


Reservations of 15+ people fall under our Private Events. These events will be accommodated in The Roost, our private event room overlooking our farm OR The Red Barn, a 19th century Bank Style Barn that was relocated here from another farm in Indiana in the early 2000's.


The Farm Store is open 7 days a week here on the farm. Offering a variety of organic grocery needs. We have everything from our own dairy products to special Vegan snacks that you can take while walking our Farm Trail.


*Reservations recommended

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It’s my favorite place. The halibut is fresh. The cheese is incredible.
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5.0
5 (1442)
$30 and under
American
Bargersville
About the restaurant
Our Table brings the food, service, and atmosphere to the south side that you have been craving. Chef Joe Miller and his team source the best ingredients and make all their offerings from scratch. They showcase their fresh ingredients using preparations that are simple, yet refined. Come to Our Table to experience fresh seafood flown in daily; delicious hand-made artisan flatbreads; signature beef tenderloin sliders; or a sizzling steak.
Top review
AlanW
Dined 4 days ago
We dined here with friends on 5/22/24. We enjoyed superb food, service and hospitality!
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4.9
4.9 (77)
$50 and over
Italian
Lawrence
About the restaurant
Portofino is a revered destination for those who appreciate authentic and approachable Italian-inspired cuisine. Our goal is to guide your dining experience to an evening in Italy. Award-winning Chef Daniel Stackpoole brings his 25-plus years of culinary expertise to Geist. It's a hidden gem of the Indianapolis area, but once you know...you know.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
We had a fantastic Meal at Portofino's for our Anniversary. The Steamed Mussels were perfectly done! We also had Caeser Salads - very well done. We split a Primi Pasta with Wild Boar, portobella mushrooms and a nice Sauce. I could eat just it next time it was that good. My Wife had The Wild Boar over Risotto in a Mushroom Sauce and I had the Osso Busco over Risotto, both were outstanding! Service was friendly and prompt without hovering. The Chef (Owner) stopped by the table and several other tables. The entire Meal was a wonderful experience, and we will return.
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4.8
4.8 (181)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Muncie
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ron Lahody's Trust Your Butcher Steakhouse, we look forward to serving you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (4493)
$50 and over
American
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Join us for a true upscale dining experience at Indiana’s only revolving restaurant. Enjoy outstanding food with wine or craft cocktails while taking in the 360 degree view of Indianapolis. We take pride in our excellent service in a sophisticated, ambience. Whether you are having a relaxing dinner with friends, celebrating an anniversary, a special birthday, make The Eagle’s Nest your destination in downtown Indianapolis.

For the comfort of our guests, we do request business casual attire.

Cancellation of reservations with credit card guarantee must be received 24 hours prior to scheduled reservation. Otherwise a $25 fee will be charged.

For parties of 6 or more, please call the restaurant and ask to speak with a manager.

For parties of 6 or more, gratuity of 20% will be included. If you plan to split the bill, we can split up to 3 payments.

Top review
ShellyAvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great appetizers to choose from!! Good meal, and atmosphere. Next time I will make a later reservation so it will be dark and the lights of the city will be seen
A photo of The Cake Bake Shop - Carmel City Center restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5146)
$31 to $50
American
Carmel / Westfield
About the restaurant
Thank you for your interest in dining with us! Please note, for Afternoon Tea reservations, please contact our Events team. Any additional guests may not be added to your reservation nor do we honor multiple reservations intended to create a larger party. Thank you for understanding!

Transport yourself into a magical fairytale and prepare for an unforgettable experience. For our savory menu, we offer a lunch and dinner featuring some traditional dishes as well as our signature quiche and chicken salade. Our menu changes seasonally and everything on our menu is house made from scratch daily with our commitment to the highest quality and ingredients. Our full bar offers signature cocktails, Champagne and beer. Delicious three-layer cakes, as well as cheesecakes, pies, cookies, and other desserts fill our elegantly designed display case and are served daily. Gwendolyn's Cake Bake Shop's have become the destination of Indianapolis for celebrating all life's special occasions.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Beautiful little spot for a fun event. I came during Christmas and wanted to return with my 24yr old daughter to share it with her. Delicious food, but the fairyland ambiance is why I come. As soon as you step inside it feels like you’ve been transported to a magical world. The desserts are a sight to be seen. Bring your mom, sister, daughter, best friend here. They’ll love it!
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