Meridian

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Meridian Restaurant and Bar is located in the Meridian Street Historic District on the north side of Indianapolis. Meridian is a fine dining establishment serving innovative American cuisine. Our menu incorporates regional American and international flavors sure to please any palate and offers a selection of natural beef, fresh fish, pork, chicken, and pastas. Our curated wine list is a perfect companion for the menu, and we offer a full selection of cocktails and beer as well. The intimate setting and professional staff provide one of the most unique dining experiences in Indianapolis.
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Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hadn’t been here in years & happy the place is still around. Busy lunch crowd, but not so ridiculous we couldn’t get a table. Food is consistently good. Fish tacos were tasty, but missed the grilled fish tacos, instead of fried fish served today.

CC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great again

DR
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Meridian is an ideal spot for business lunch meetings, which was the reason for this particular meal. Service was efficient, thoughtful and pleasant; the menu always includes many tempting dishes, suitable for a wide range of appetites and preferences; and the ambiance is warm and inviting.

LY
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. It is a little pricey but the food is wonderful and the portions were reasonable. The skate was amazing. My kale salad could have used some extra massaging but the dressing was delicious. Husband's beet salad was great and so was the bulgogi sweet potato gnocchi.

LB
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at The Meridian was so good! We love the seasonal selections offered, and the service was wonderful.

d
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 4

We did not dine at the Meridian restaurant in Indianapolis. Please ignore my rating.

Meridian
Responded on October 7, 2019

You didn't eat at Meridian Restaurant and Bar; we currently are not offering any of the items you mentioned.

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals of chicken tikki masala and ribs were divine! Just as if you were esting in chef's home! The charcuterie board was thoughtful and the pairings excellent. Do not under any circumstances skip dessert!

DT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for business meetings. Servie is excellent and unobtrusive and they always honor my table choice.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What I was first impressed with was the quality of our service. Our waiter, Tobias, gave careful attention and care to almost every aspect of our experience, from excellent wine recommendations to re-folding our napkins as we left the table to wash up (not that the latter was expected). He even learned our names.

The food was well prepared and well presented in general. It's worth noting that we had a late dinner (we ordered our food around probably 9:15, 9:30 pm). We ordered appetizers, salads, entrees, and dessert. All of it was delicious and delightful to eat.

If I save my money, I would love to return. It was very expensive, but it was well worth it.

JJ
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a friends dinner and it was absolutely wonderful - they recently added “skatewing” to their Fall menu and it is amazing. My husband enjoyed the ribs—very very tender. Such a lovely venue and such wonderful service. We had a wonderful evening.

TC
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointed the server didn’t mention that water was $6.5 a bottle.

JJ
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most amazing dish “skate wing” it was such a beautiful dish. The description was hard to imagine but our wonderful server, Larry, asked the table next to us if a diner enjoyed hers - the plate was absolutely clean! Sold me. It was fabulous. Perfectly nuanced and lovely. My husband as predicted ordered and throughly enjoyed the Cervena - it was a wonderful “win-win”.

J
Indiana
53 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Marvelous server. Charming venue. One of the best in town.

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here twice for lunch during the past few months and both times were wonderful. We enjoyed our meals and the service. If you are in the area, do not hesitate trying this restaurant!

RM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was excellent

D
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional & thoughtful waiter staff... heads and above any other restaurant in Indianapolis. Great food and ambience as well. Creative chef with seasonally changing menu... Overall, the best restaurant in Indianapolis, in my opinion

DR
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Meridian never fails to impress and please. The food is expertly prepared, the menu provides a variety of options for every taste, servers are appropriately friendly (meaning, they don't try to be your best friend but they are most welcoming and knowledgeable) and the ambience both indoors and on the patio in good weather, is ideal.

B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience all around.

CU
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our lunch was very good; however, our service was slow. Extremely small serving of soup for $9 dollars. Glad we had kept our lunch reservation for a going away lunch because the food this time was good. We had dinner at Meridian two weeks prior to our lunch to celebrate our anniversary and the good was very disappointing. For an upscale restaurant - the service needs to greatly improve. Wait staff is very mediocre and they are just not very pleasant.

A
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, cozy place, friendly staff and servers. $$$

SS
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the veranda and had an enjoyable experience.

FB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Our service was very good too. The smoked corn puree is an absolute must have, and the halibut was outstanding. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

JJ
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband had the special which was the Cervena venison with cherry risotto. The first time he had it he raved about it and we checked back for weeks and months etc to see if it returned. So did it live up to his memory? Absolutely!! He loved it. And we are making arrangements to return soon. My halibut was perfect, perfect! Loved it all!

Meridian
Responded on August 27, 2019

Chef Allen Smith is probably going to put Cervena on the Fall menu, due out Friday, September 20th. Thank you for your kind words.

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MW
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Entrees were a little overdone. Appetizer was underwhelming. Dessert was nice though.

OG
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location and ambience. Classic with a unique menu.

TW
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and dining for a special occasion. Thank you

O
Indiana
253 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing great food, service, and atmosphere. I highly recommend for elegant birthday

E
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine meals, exceptional service. Exceptional perfect Manhattan. Noise control using pleasant background music non-existent. The ambiance failed to support the enjoyment of good food and drink and pleasant company. It’s a common problem and it is a most unfortunate oversight, as is failing to observe the ambiance of the entry experience into the restaurant. When the diningroom sounds like the kitchen and the entry looks like it might be the employee entrance, someone is failing to identify with the client’s experience.

M
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It feels like one is dining in a good friend’s home. It is very comfortable . The service was quick but not rushed and the food was very good. There seems to be a vegetarian option at all times. Favorite place to go.

MS
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice experience overall. Excellent food (we had the duck as an entree), attentive and pleasant service from Christian and the meal service was well-paced. it's a bit on the expensive side, but not too bad considering the food and service.

OT
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Outdoor seating with great weather. Fantastic food and service. Wine Wednesday (half price bottles) was an unexpected bonus.

ST
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food and the service was first rate. Ambiance only average. It was not crowded but if it were it may have been very noisy. Be careful ordering a cocktail that isn’t on the menu. I ordered a sidecar, what came was no more than 1 1/2 oz and it was $18. If they were going over the top shelf they should have mentioned the options. I had 2 not realizing the price. Yikes! A bit high for a mixed drink if you ask me.

LW
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, consistently excellent service and well-prepared original food. Their patio is the best on a nice diner evening.

SM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS always, great service, fabulous and unique food choices, and lovely ambience.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambience was great (4 *s). Food was great ( 4*s). Service was excellent (5*). Location was great (including parking) (4*s). Drink menu was elaborate. Food menu was very limited. If you're a vegetarian don't go there. So, menu (4.5*s). On the whole 4.3*s.

d
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service in a quiet, comfortable environment. Fried oysters were a nice starter. Duck was exceptional. Loved the coconut cream pie for dessert.

CR
Indiana
53 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Server was Excellent. Very friendly staff.

JE
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome wine and above extraordinary service. Larry was our waiter and he was top notch. The manager that night was very attentive to all the guests. Even the valet thanked us on the way out. Outstanding experience

IS
Indiana
42 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had heard only very little about Meridian before deciding to try something new in the Butler/Meridian area and this was easy to get into on short notice. The interior is very cozy, the menu is short but meaningful, the service was commensurate with what one might expect for this level of dining. We will be back for special occasions, the price point is just a bit high for it to be a more regular destination for us. Overall very good.

BR
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a group of seven. Our seating was immediate. We have a great server, Sarah, and the food was excellent. We would recommend Meridian for another group dinner or for a more intimate dinner.

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