Burger Study

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Burger Study is a premium, full-service burger bar and restaurant intending to elevate and expand the perception of a burger’s true potential. This Indiana original restaurant sets itself apart by preparing and serving premium burgers crafted from the highest quality Midwest USDA Prime-aged beef. The ambiance at Burger Study embodies true casual sophistication. Comfortable and stylish seating surrounds a lively cocktail bar, featuring rich wood while walls are adorned with lighthearted and classic scenes from universities and burger stands. Open for lunch and dinner daily with extended hours on Saturday and Sunday. Burger Study is in downtown Indianapolis near both of its companion restaurants St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzy’s.
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4.5based on recent ratings
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Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and value. Would definitely eat here again. Seated immediately on time for our reservation, even during peak dinner hours on a busy convention weekend.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing!!

BJ
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great burger and St Elmo's cocktail sauce.

Burger Study
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are so delighted you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional peer holiday celebrate

F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious as usual. Server was really slow and instead of getting our appetizers first, everything was brought at once.

We were there over 90 minutes and almost were late to the pacer game

Burger Study
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for leaving your review! We're so glad to hear that the food was delicious, but we're disappointed that your service was lacking in some ways. We're always striving for perfection in all aspects of our restaurant, and your feedback allows us to do that; we'll follow up with our service management team. We hope to see you again, as we're confident we can improve upon your experience. Thanks again. Cheers!

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BL
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome burgers and tots. Helped cure my hangover after the Big Ten Championship game.

Burger Study
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for leaving your review, and we're glad we could help! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again soon.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time at Burger Study. The food and the atmosphere are excellent! Great for a date night or to take the whole family.

Burger Study
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for leaving a review, Steve! We're so glad to hear that everything was just as wonderful the second time around; thanks for coming back in! We look forward to serving you again.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food...service was great. We made several last minute requests and they were accommodated with ease and friendliness. We were there on a NCAA championship game night so it was busy and noisy.
Didn't seem to impact there service. Will go back!

Burger Study
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review, Terry. We're so glad to hear that the staff was so accommodating to your needs! We'll see you next time!

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RS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first visit and it was tremendous! Burgers were amazing and the potato salad the best ever! Our server was fantastic helpful courteous and obviously loved her job! Wish we had this restaurant in Cincinnat!

Burger Study
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks, Rick! We love to hear that you had such an amazing experience and that all the food was excellent. We hope you stop back in next time you're in Indy!

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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We dined prior to the Big 10 Championship and made reservations for 5:15 figuring that we would be able to enjoy dinner before the game. The restaurant allowed to many people into the bar area, it was a zoo. While sitting at our table, we had people standing behind us at the bar with drinks and food resting on the divider. My juicy Lucy burger which was the special, did not have any cheese between the burgers. I would go back as the food, drinks and prices were decent, but I would never go there on a game day.

PG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience2

I made a reservation (for 8) 2 weeks in advance. Unfortunately, they were NOT prepared for the level of business and the y seated us into 2 different tables that were NOT close to each other. Very disappointing, especially since I was entertaining an important customer.

our server Liz did an outstanding job. She was very attentive.

SO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place and location to get a bite to eat and have some drinks prior to the BigTen championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Great food. Just needed some more tv’s.

Burger Study
Responded 5 days ago

Scott, we're so glad to hear that you had such a great experience and that we could provide a convenient meal for you during Big10! We hope to serve you again.

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SE
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for the Big10 Championship game and while they were swamped we had great service and food was excellent- really good food for the money

Burger Study
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review, Susan! We're so pleased that you had such a pleasant experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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AJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, lots of good burger choices. Food allergy sensitivity was on point. So much food!!!

Burger Study
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear that you had such a great experience and that our staff took such great care of your party and your allergies! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon, and thanks again.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience5

The food was marginal at best. The atmosphere was lively and fun.

Burger Study
Responded 6 days ago

Jeff, we're sorry to hear that we may have missed the mark in some aspects for you. We're always striving to be the best, and we couldn't do that without feedback such as yours. We'll be sure to follow up with our kitchen management team, and we hope that you come back so we can give you the experience you deserve. Thanks for your feedback.

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DJ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Preconcert Dinner

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there in a Sunday evening after a Colts loss and during Thanksgiving weekend, so hardly anyone else was in there. Staff was really nice and service was good. Food was good, but the only item I can rave about was the Homecoming burger. It was delicious. Not any better than Burgerhaus by me.

Burger Study
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review! We're always striving to be the best, so we're disappointed that we may have missed that mark for you, though we're glad that you had a good overall experience and that you loved the Homecoming. We hope to see you again to improve upon your experience.

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JP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Maybe the best burgers you'll ever eat. They can be a bit messy, but there's always a knife and fork! Our last visit was right before a Colts game which I think had an effect on the speed of service (particularly from the bar). Outstanding Bloody Mary! The Beer Cheese tots are really good, too.

Burger Study
Responded 6 days ago

John, thanks so much for your review! There are many great dining options in Indianapolis, and we're honored to be considered the best burgers for you! It sounds like you had an excellent experience, and we're so pleased to hear that. We hope that you come in again so that we can make your next experience even more special. Thanks again. Cheers!

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated immediately, but it took about 10 minutes before we were asked if we had been helped. From that point on, we had the best evening imaginable.

Food was amazing. Started with the zucchini straws, which were beautiful and perfectly crisp. The aioli which accompanied was so addicting good. This was a poor choice for me to make, but only because I filled up before my meal arrived. I could not stop eating them. The Southern Classic was cooked to perfection, the pimento cheese was to die for. These people also understand the importance of a good bun. French fries were hot, crisp, perfectly salted. Our server Kyle was so polite. He checked in on us frequently and at conveniently good times.

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Can’t wait to come back.

Burger Study
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review! We're so glad to hear that you had such an amazing experience and that Kyle took such great care of you! We'll be sure to pass along your kind words. Thanks again, and we look forward to serving you again!

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TG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went in without reservation, was told no walk-in seating despite LOTS of empty tables. Walked outside, made reservation on OpenTable and walked back in 10 min later and was seated. Despite the fake attempt at creating a crowd, everything else was great.

Burger Study
Responded 6 days ago

Tim, we're glad to hear that you had a great experience despite any inconvenience. We hear your concerns, and we'll be sure to follow up with our service management team to improve upon your next experience. Thanks for leaving your feedback, and we hope to see you next time.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Just ok. Waiter was great!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious burgers. Best I’ve had in a long time

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed our meal. The food was wonderful. Ambience was nice and relaxing. Quiet atmosphere and seating was perfect, not too crowded.

Burger Study
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks for your review! We're so glad to hear that you had wonderful food and that you enjoyed the ambiance. We do our best to provide a welcoming environment for all of our guests. Thanks again. Cheers!

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JI
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best burgers anywhere, brother in law drives in from Rochester, MN & son in law from Nashville, TN and Burger Study is a "must visit" for every trip

Burger Study
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for your review—we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! And we are humbled to be considered a “must visit.” Cheers!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-Colts game.

B
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food!

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service, while friendly, was relatively slow. Burgers were ok, but nothing special. Not a fan of shoestring fries, in general.

JJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was quite busy and very cold. Even the staff commented on the temperature in the restaurant.
Service was just ok, had to continue to remind our server to bring lemon slices for the slightly chilled water served with no ice in the water glasses.

The pricing for burgers was slightly higher than expected compared to other gourmet burger restaurants.

Overall the experience was good and we would more than likely revisit.

BP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed with a 10 top and missed a few requests, but overall she did very well and deserved 20-25% tip. Food was timely and tasted great. Please make a spicy beer cheese sauce too. See you soon.

Burger Study
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thanks for your review, Brian! We're glad to hear that your food was prompt and delicious and that your service was overall good, though we're always striving for great. We look forward to exceeding your expectations next time!

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O
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy football Sunday - food and service were excellent

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for coming in.

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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Only problem was we had a reservation for 2:15 and didn’t get our table until 2:35. The whole point of the reservation is to get a table at the time that we reserved.
And their waiting area is way too small!!!

N
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our third time dining here, all before heading to a Colt's game. They were very busy, as they always seem to be. Our waiter was very attentive. We did wait a good while for our food, but he acknowledged it, and they discounted our bill. Overall, the service was good, everyone was happy with their food, and we will definitely return.

Burger Study
Responded on November 18, 2019

Nichelle, thanks for your review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and that your server took such great care of you. However, we're always working to be the best, so we look forward to improving upon your next visit. Thanks again!

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GG
Glasgow
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kind of burger joint you would expect from St. Elmo's and Harry & Izzy's. Elegant atmosphere with leather upholstery and wood. Burgers are tasty with top of the line beef. Sides are excellent. And a good beer and wine list. I had the Homecoming burger and it was easily in my all-time top-five burgers. My wife had the Greek burger made with lamb and she thinks it is the best burger she'd ever had. It is just a burger joint but, oh my, what a burger joint.

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent visit with us, and that your Homecoming and Going Greek burgers were so excellent! We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review, and we hope to serve you again soon. Thank you!

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TV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress! Service can make or break the experience...ours made it!

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

We're so glad to hear that you received incredible service, Tim! Thanks for leaving your review, and we look forward to serving you again.

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EJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I would the food was pretty good. I would say it was an above average hamburger and experience. Not great but not bad either.

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

Everett, thank you for your feedback. We’re glad you had a good experience but we always strive for great. We look forward to improving upon your experience with us at your next visit.

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TZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday night with a reservation, place was relatively loud and crowded. Burgers were fantastic and service was terrific.

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for your review, Thomas! We are so delighted that your food and service were fantastic. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon. Cheers!

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LC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to Burger Study. Service is excellent, their staff is so knowledgable and friendly. It's a good spot to go for business lunches, as well as social events. Had their wagyu burger, and the blueberry jam pairing was out of this world. They don't advertise this but they treat gluten sensitivities very seriously. A manager handles the order specifically and they have dedicated fryers which my mom in law appreciated so much.

Burger Study
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks so much for your review! We're thrilled to hear that your experience is always so wonderful, and that our staff took such great care of your mother-in-law. We look forward to next time!

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service coupled with unbelievably delicious food. We will certainly be returning and will be telling our friends and family.
Cheers and regards,
Scott

Burger Study
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for your review, Scott! We're so glad that your service and food were incredible, and we're looking forward to serving you again. Cheers!

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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service at the bar from everyone. Lamb burger was great.

Burger Study
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially Going Greek burger. We hope to see you again soon—cheers!

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G
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and great waitstaff, but the noise level was incredibly high. Second time I’ve been there, so if you want conversation, it’s not the best place to go.

Burger Study
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Sorry about the noise--our restaurants are very high volume, but we try our best to provide an intimate experience while accommodating all of our guests.

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