Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch

4.3
100 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 location's 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.

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Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 100 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AaronK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
7 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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vipBethS
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience. We went early bcz of Covid. Tables were appropriately spaced which we appreciated. Nice atmosphere. Appreciate the spacing of tables. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was nice. Would go again.

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JeanS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the food was delicious, and our server was excellent. I have not been to the Rusty Bucket in and few years, but I am not going to wait very long to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great local pub food

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TTTTTT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We made reservations for 5 and when we got to the restaurant they did not have any reservations or tables available. The hostess just said something was wrong with the internet do they aren’t getting reservations. There were 2 adults and 3 teenagers and they tried sitting us at 2 different tables around the restaurant. We ended up waiting about 15 minutes for a table for 5.
I ordered the vegan rice bowl and it tasted like pure salt. The kids all got burgers and there were about 10 French fries with the burger. Not worth the money or wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Hair in food

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mimi
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant evening out with family. I would recommend Rusty Bucket for casual dining and good food.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fan of their Juicy Burger & draft Happy Hour specials, so happy that they've reopened for dining inside!

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vipHombre
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food always great.
Wish there were more draft beer choices.

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CarolS
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food seemed to have smaller portions than normal. The salad was smaller than what I usually get. The service was good . It did seem to take a longer than usual time to get our food.

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vipJanA
Indiana
55 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people snd safe environment.

Go support our local pub.

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JohnK
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Mabel, was excellent. She was attentive without being smothering. We had missed having dinner at the Rusty Bucket. We are thankful it has reopened!

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SandyK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I really appreciate this restaurant especially in this pandemic. My Nickel Salad plus chicken was terrific. The wine was as well. My waitress had some difficulty understanding my order. Overall, a very pleasant dinner.

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BruceS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love your restaurant, its a great neighborhood restaurant.....Pub. Food and service always great. Keep up the good work, we need you!!

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Snoozin
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people! Great place to watch sports on TV.

JK
JohnK
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are thrilled Rusty Bucket has reopened. As always, it was a perfect evening with my husband, my sister, and my brother-in-law.

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vipsamy
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Salad was not cold
Too little sauce on pasta

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really missed going to Rusty Bucket. Great experience. Food delicious, service wonderful! Set up well for social distancing.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The chicken parm is always excellent. I had fish & chips which was good, but a little oily.

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vipsamy
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were no condiments on the tables
When we asked the server for some
pepper he brought it.
He indicated they were kept off the table so they could be cleaned before and after each use
Good plan
Thank you

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vipHombre
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always great.
Service fine.
Wish there were other draft beer choices.

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MaryK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Server was rushed food was lacking in quantity especially the fish and chips duaughter order a drink by the time it came she was just about done eating, must have been a shortage of water

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MichaelO
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner. Great service with great food made my family very very happy !!

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CodyA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and our server was very friendly. We will be going back soon.

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Taylor
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was awesome! We got the nachos (which are massive), and they were so delicious! Gary’s famous margarita was good too. The staff was friendly, this place is a hidden gem!

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vipHombre
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress was sweet but distracted or just unorganized.
Had to be reminded of all requests.
Seemed rushed and inexperienced.
Food was great as always

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BillJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Our table of five all had concerns about the length of time it took to get our food. A little frustrating.

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DeniseO
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food & service! Our “go to” place for family dinners, game nights & even special occasions!

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vipMimiK
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Never disappointed. Food is consistently delicious. The Rusty is one of our go to restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food

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vipHashHungry
Indiana
63 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server (Nancy) had a great attitude and was fun. Steak was excellent and cooked just right! We also had fish and chips, and Rueben. Everything was great. Loved the Nickel Salad too. Wish they had more top shelf Bourbon.

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TracyB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good nothing exceptional just good

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AnitraL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of best kept secrets in town. It’s always clean and the staff is always friendly.

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vipErikM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Family night out - have kids - food was good bar food (nachos dang good) - just a hair loud for kids and the like but well done overall!

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JawS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ok, I'll make my review at least 50 characters in length.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Portion size was small for an entree salad. Service was ok - not terrible but not remarkable either. Seated quickly with reservation. Kids enjoyed their meals. A bit pricey for quality. Bathrooms were dirty for a restaurant (on par with rest areas).

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vipRick
Indiana
58 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We usually have a wonderful meal at this restaurant but tonight the French Onion Soup was BAD.

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vipThanksgiving
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First time there since they changed the menu. $14.49 for a bowl of chili seems excessive since most of it was pasta. Server left a little to be desired; manager had to bring us refills. Louder than normal but that was because of Colts game. Most disappointing visit we have had since started going there.

FAQs

Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 566-3463.

Rusty Bucket - 86th & Ditch is rated 4.3 stars by 100 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.