About Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Indianapolis

Eddie Merlot's Prime-aged Beef and Seafood starts with U.S.D.A. Prime Beef and the freshest seafood. Eddie Merlot’s has created one of the hottest concepts today; the wine bar provides more than 70 wines by the glass and a very extensive reserve wine collection by the bottle. The bar is stocked with all of the finest spirits and after dinner cordials and Cognacs. Eddie Merlot’s boasts a contemporary but stunningly elegant interior design and atmosphere—where guests can have fun, relax and enjoy listening to up-tempo music, while dressed in business or casual attire, also live music on weekends in the lounge.

3645 E. 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Keystone Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 846-8303

Website:
http://www.eddiemerlots.com/

Entertainment:
On Friday's and Saturday's we have acoustic guitar or jazz in our lounge.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking is offered 7 nights a week. Free on site parking is also available."

Executive Chef:
Michael Petruso

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Open for private lunches and during December. Please contact our Sales Manager for more information.

Private Dining

Eddie Merlot’s talented culinary team and our expert service staff are dedicated to providing you and your guests with a truly memorable dining experience. It is their goal to provide a fine dining steak house with emphasis on serving the finest U.S.D.A. Prime Aged Beef and Seafood.

Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Indianapolis Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Good for a Date (44)
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Good for Birthdays (42)
Romantic (42)
Business Meals (31)
Notable Wine List (29)
Good for Groups (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Live Music (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The overall evening was outstanding. Good food, service and atmosphere. We really enjoyed the evening celebrating our Anniversary. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined 3 days ago

EXCELLANT, Best service and dining in Indianapolis!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

We always have a wonderful experience at Eddie Merlot’s. The service is second to none and of course the food is outstanding!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Service, food, and atmosphere are all top notch. Worth every penny.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Overall, we were disappointed with our dining experience. We sat after each course with dirty dishes on our table for quite a while. Also, we had ordered a New York strip and received a fillet instead. I will say that we didn’t realize the difference until we received our check. We thought the meat looked a little strange to be a Strip steak, but thought that was just how this restaurant cut the meat. . All in all, we would give this experience a C- and do not plan on returning

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the menu changes and the live music. Not too loud and adds ambiance

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

We had, what we believe, the absolute best dining experience. Alicia is amazing and went out of her way to see that everything was taken care of. The food, the service, the experience was above and beyond all expectations. We will definitely be back and will most certainly request Alicia. She's the best!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Great! Loved the way our food was prepared for us. The dessert was delicious!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

I have dined at Eddie Merlot many times, and like it overall.
But, this last time the filet had no flavor. Though cooked to perfect temperature, and meat tender, it did not taste like a good steak or a good piece of meat. My husband had same experience

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

Let me start out by saying the food was amazing but could be better if it was a little warmer.. the service however was terrible. Almost everything we asked for either took FOREVER, or we didn’t receive it at all unless we again had to ask for it . On top of that he would be in the middle of answering a question we asked or waiting for an answer from is on our order and up to three times he just walked away in the midst of conversation... I would definetely return to give merlots a second chance but would not recommend to anyone until I have a better experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Our first experience was awesome! We had a great waiter and the food was amazingly delicious! The rum brownie and ice cream was very good. Hit every taste buds! Took wife there for valentines!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

It took over an hour and 45min to receive our entrees and the table next to us had arrived 30minutes after us and received their food before ours came to the table. I'm pretty sure they took advantage of my table because we were younger and thought we wouldn't complain. There was also no accommodation for the long wait or apology. Over-priced and overrated.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Had the valentine special bone in filet king crab Del Mar. Was really a great piece of meat and very flavorful. I have been here in the past and the only thing I would not recommend is their Sea Bass.
Oh and make sure to order the truffle tots as an app!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Nice atmosphere, French onion soup was delicious. But Bison Ribeye was average at best. More gristle than meat. Very disappointing for a $60 cut.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food as always. Enjoyed our waiter Tim. Will definitely return.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Steak was good but not great.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Eddie Merlot’s used to be one of our favorites, but it seems to be sliding. Food was just ok and service has taken a hit. Disappointing.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Took my wife there for Valentine’s Day. We were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. First impressions count and my first impression was that the server was grouchy. My idea of a professional server at an expensive restaurant is that they don’t just take orders and serve, they engage diners in pleasant conversation about the wine and food, adding tremendously to the enjoyment and value of the meal. Our server would have none of that, she wanted to take orders and get out of there. She was snappy and dismissive of my attempt to discuss the wines. She was all business and that was that. Not at all like other fine restaurants I’ve dined at. Now I’ve always wondered about their Wyralah beef that is soo expensive and should be correspondingly soo good. So I ordered the fillet and lobster tail with the three digit price tag. I mentioned to her that last time I had a tail at Eddie’s the butter was only half melted and I hoped it would be hot this time. She got somewhat defensive but I felt I should mention it so my tail wouldn’t be spoiled again by cool butter. When I received the Wyrlah fillet I was very surprised to find it over cooked, chewy and rather tough. It was like they had slipped in a piece of lower grade beef. The server sensed my dissapointment and asked half heartedly if I wanted another steak but at that point in the meal I didn’t want to wait for it and who knows if it would be any better. The server did become a bit chatty after she had delivered the check and I was contemplating the tip. There must be a word for this in the restaurant trade.
Now admittedly it was a busy evening but I don’t think a fine restaurant should lower their standards on busy occasions, they should limit the number of reservations to the number of guests they can comfortably accommodate.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful time and meal for Valentine's Day. The Bananas Foster was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very nice.. the food was excellent.. really liked the menu options given to us as well

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great evening. Wonderful staff, especially our waiter Harry. Only downside was the wait. We had a reservation at 7:45 but were seated about 30 minutes later. Busy night no doubt. Your bar was a comfort in the wait process. Thanks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service were amazing. The only complaint was that our reservation was at 7:15 and we weren’t seated until 7:45. But it was well worth the wait!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was fabulous as always. Service this evening could have been better. Two of us ordered salads that never came. Service was slow, dinner took 3 and a half hours.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great! Lots of fun and good food

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great as always

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

wonderful meal, great service, a favorite place for a special dinner

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Although we have been a regular fan of Eddie Merlot's for almost the past decade, the thrill is starting to go. The menu keeps dropping our favorite items in favor of newer higher priced selections with less overall variety. Primarily high end steaks. Little details like a manager stopping by to see how we were doing did not even occur. Coat room was closed. Had to ask for water glass to be filled. Basically the dinner/evening was on par with most standard steak
restaurants, nothing special. Overall the evening was a disappointment compared to the many great memories we previously had when dining at Eddie Merlot's.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was very good and the service was excellent- it was a little pricey, quite a bit more than we would typically spend but it was a special occasion and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Another great trip to Eddie Merlot's, service was impeccable, food was perfectly prepared, mixed drinks were excellent at well. Great location for a quite evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We enjoyed celebrating our 46th anniversary at eddie’s. We had great food and great service!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Out of all of my visits, this was the worst ever!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As we expected, the food was fantastic. My wife and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary and there is not better place for dinner then Eddie Merlot’s. We decided to make it a tradition to go back every anniversary. Harry our server and Rodney the assistant server were fantastic. Very knowledgeable and very friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 7, 2018

It was good

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was so delicious. The steak literally melted in my mouth. And the staff was great and kept us laughing!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our favorite place!!

Every time we go, everything is perfect — it may sound boring, but in fact, this kind of “boring” is great. We went during Indianapolis Restaurant Week — 2 of our party went with the price fixe menu (for the filet, del Mare style) while the rest of the party went to the “regular” menu (which is updated seasonally) which evolves gradually (the creamed corn now has a touch of bourbon, while other veg sides have harissa or jalopena notes added). The staff is always willing to modify to meet the customers’ desire and meals here really are a cooperative venture in individual cuisine, very rare these days even among great restaurants.

Also, the bar has outstanding cocktails (on the menu, a Manhattan made with a specially selected single barrel Knob Creek and burnt orange peel flamed at table) and unlisted limited editions for those who want to explore (we tasted a Four Roses single barrel, cask strength and a 21 year old Jefferson Presidential bourbon).

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We tried Eddie Merlot's during Devour Indy. The service was spectacular and so was the food. Nick, our server was very knowledgeable about selections and wine pairings. Especially good french onion soup and creamed spinach. Perfectly cooked filet. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Kim is always our waitress and she is amazing! The food is fabulous! We love Eddie Merlots.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I was solo dolo looking to relax after a stressful day at the hospital with my mother. Nickolas Williams was my very attentive server, ask for him. Aaron Tann was the manager who went from table to table welcoming guest. Great experience as always.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The service and Food is always impeccable , the 20oz lobster tail was delicious as was the Filet . Thank you for making this a great Birthday for my mom.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I came for the Devour Indy Experience. My husband and I came for the Devour Indy Experience. We always want to try places we never really heard of and see if we will come again. I had some pros and cons about this place.
Cons: Kinda crowded. The walking traffic inside was very congested. The table they put us in was very wobbly that I was worried that our plates and glasses would tip over.
Pros: Atmosphere was nice. Despite the crowds, the staff made us feel very comfortable. They were so nice and friendly. Savannah was our waitress. She was so sweet. She really tried to help us find another table unfortunately there were none available. 😕 The food was delicious. We had Crab cake for an appetizer. Filet Del Mar with shrimp and crab with potatoes for dinner. My husband had red velvet cake and I had Creme brûlée for dessert. We loved it. Definitely will come again.

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