Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch

4.5
139 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy.

Satisfying and familiar, the menu is classic American fare, thoughtfully prepared from scratch by each locations Executive Chef. Cocktails are considered a craft, made-to-order by highly-skilled bartenders. From barrel to glass, no short cuts are taken with the carefully selected beer list. The perfect draft is guaranteed.

Join us for lunch, grab a drink after work, bring the kids for dinner. We've got a seat for you!

Great Food. Great Drinks. Great People. The Bucket Life.

We are proud to announce our new, state-of-the-art Air Filtration and Air Purification systems have been installed in our restaurants. Our NEW iWave Air Purification system, along with MERV Filters, will eliminate 99.4% of all airborne pathogens, including viruses and COVID-19, making our indoor dining safer than ever.

Support Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 139 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LuckyGirl
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We received a text that our table was ready early, which was nice so we headed over. We were seated immediately. Very fast service, including when our food came out. The appetizer (Brussels Sprouts) was very very good. I ordered Beef STroganoff which was very bland yet also tasted off- sort of like it had blue cheese in it (which it didn't so.....). My husband order the Buffalo Chicken sandwich. That was huge and he liked it but it seemed more of a chicken patty than a piece of chicken breast. The bill totaled $50 with one beer and one cola. If I visit again, I will stick with appetizers. The main dishes we tried were underwhelming and overpriced but the appetizer was delightful.

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MalissaT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Rusty Bucket was perfect for our family date night. We all have different tastes and there was more than enough options for all of us.
Highly recommend! Levi was our server and was super friendly.

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DeliciaS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was not up to par and the food was just omay

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indylindy
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Even though I'm not a regular, I always feel welcome there. The food is fabulous.

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MimiK
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal with our sons on Saturday night. We started with the bucket of shrimp, it was amazing and plentiful for 4 people. The boys said there burgers were possibly the best burgers they have had. I always get the Double Nickel salad, it’s light and delicious. We are never disappointed. Relieved we had a reservation, they were busy!

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StephenA
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Causal business and social dining restaurant. Nice atmosphere, could use a bit more light, but the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fantastic food with a great atmosphere! Place was a little quiet but other than that great over experience.

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RichardM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good meal/time. Reservation/seated right on time, friendly bar/waiter, quality food. A regular of ours

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vipJanA
Indiana
67 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service and a fun atmosphere. Great local gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service!

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vipMymichelle78
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu. Rusty Bucket is one of my favorites

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vipBrianN
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Rusty Bucket, as we were looking for someplace that took reservations amidst the NCAA tournament craziness. I opted for the Buffalo Chicken sandwich at the suggestion of our server and honestly was SHOCKED at how good it was! I’ve had that sandwich at a hundred different places and always considered Hooters as the best.....until now! Absolutely incredible sandwich! Very crispy Panko breading that held up to the sauce, juicy chicken, sauces well but not sloppy, with blue cheese crumbles on top. Hands down the best and HUGE (like a tenderloin) to boot! My wife had the Mahi Tacos and loved those as well. Server was outstanding, and very prompt. Food was quick and very fresh. Five stars for Bar food and service for sure! We will be back without a doubt. Well done Rusty Bucket!

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visiting from St. Louis. Great place. Food and beverage selection were great. Clearly a step above "bar food." The white chicken chili was very good, so long as you like a little heat to it. Lots of room Will definitely visit again.

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Achaser2
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Rusty Bucket is convenient, food is good bar food...some better than others. A little noisy for good conversation.

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CaitlinC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious! The service so terrible. Took 10+ minutes to get ketchup. Blamed every mistake on the kitchen. Also, cussed with a child at our table.

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vipJPindy
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent! Social distancing is maintained very well too.

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Achaser2
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spur of the moment gathering for dinner. Our server was great, quick, attentive without being obtrusive. Food was very good, There was a snafu with our burger, but they fixed it in no time and the results were excellent.
It was a little noisy, but there were several games on the TV's.
We will definitely be back

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vipMimiK
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of our favorites. Great place for appetizers and a drink or meal. Food is consistently deliciously. Never disappointed with the exception of the tuna wrap no longer on menu. Excellent service.

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CandaceB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding customer service and priced nicely. Clean, inviting atmosphere

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NanciC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, we love the Rusty Bucket.Wish they had ribs more often.

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vipMimiK
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bucket is consistently outstanding! Another bonus is they take reservations. One of our favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Amazing food & service! ❤️

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PeggyC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Margaritas not very good more ice then drink and food is getting to expensive. Not enough food variety

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AprilM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice intimate spot with great food. Great place to meet up with friends or just have some good 1-1 time with your partner.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place was outstanding and very affordable. We started off with fried pickles and a beer tower. She order the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans. I ordered the beer cheese burger with fries. We both really enjoyed our meals and left full plus some. Overall great experience with great service. We will definitely visit again.

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Beckyh
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Drinks are little expensive, but otherwise a great place

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine dinner with husband and daughter and boyfriend

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu. She really took great care of me and my family and we enjoyed a great Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was great!!!

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Courtenay
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was our waiter. He is personable, efficient and fun. Good neighborhood restaurant when we ran into two sets of friends.

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vipBarryG
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food with a nice craft beer selection. My wife had the salmon which she said was outstanding. Great value and nice friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, and the food was great.

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MarcyH
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! The server was amazing - food was outstanding!! Loved it !!

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spicy chicken sandwich in town! Will definitely go again!

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vipPurdue
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Tenderloin sandwich is very good.

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vipDLrestaurant
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for what it is! Pub food. Everyone enjoyed their sandwiches

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rodc
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The buffalo chicken sandwich is simply some of the best pub food on the planet.

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Foodlover
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time to the Rusty Bucket. The food was exceptional. We had three appetizers, eight entrees, and two desserts. We were a party of seven and each dish was a must have again. The nachos, spinach dip and fried pickles for the appetizer. The meatloaf, chicken parmigiana, baked rigatoni, fish and chips, pork tenderloin, philly cheese steak, bacon burger and beef stroganoff for the entrees. The s’mores creme brûlée and snowball for the desserts. Hats off to the chef. The waitress was attentive and helpful with suggestions. The ambiance was nice but slightly dark. We enjoyed our experience and will dine there again.

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vipJanA
Indiana
67 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and a friendly atmosphere

AJ
vipAaronJ
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT, TERIFFIC, IN ALL WAYS! We went to this Restaurant, for the first time, on 11-23-20, and it was a wonderful American-Pub, dining experience! The Hostess, was pleasant, smiling and welcoming. Our Server, Nancy, was energetic, efficient, and informative! She had a great sense of humor, and bubbly personality. (FUN!) The food choices were eclectic, quality, and well-prepared. We started out with the NEW, Brussel Sprout Appetizer, and it was delicious. We tried the Hoosier-Daddy Tenderloin Sandwich with Onion Rings, and the Magnificent Gourmet Mushroom Pizza, with hand-rolled dough! This restaurant has a nice cocktail, beer, and wine, selection. The atmosphere is cozy, and casual, with low-lighting, is safe and clean, with the set-up. We look forward to going there again. A+ to all who work there!

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vipBethS
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s always a pleasant experience at Rusty Bucket. Social distancing is good, food is good, service is good and the atmosphere is good. A nice cozy neighborhood place. You know what to expect and they deliver exactly that. It’s quiet, too. We always appreciate that.

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You can order delivery directly from Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch using the Order Online button. Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 566-3463.

Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch is rated 4.5 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.myrustybucket.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.