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Tavern on South

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622 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Locally owned and operated, TAVERN ON SOUTH is a casual, yet sophisticated restaurant and bar located in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium and just a short walk from Victory Field as well as the Convention Center and downtown business district. Our menu is focused on seasonally inspired selections utilizing fresh, quality ingredients. Our well stocked bars feature regional craft beers on draft making TAVERN ON SOUTH a favorite spot for a refreshing beverage.



Our two-story, brick building built in 1910 features a warm, inviting interior that includes a bar and outdoor dining on both levels. The second level deck that looks out to the downtown skyline is the best seat in Indy, perfect for catching some sun over the lunch hour or dining with your friends on a beautiful Indiana evening. Plus, we have plenty of complimentary on-site parking!!!
We look forward to seeing you soon!!!



Steve Geisler
Owner/Operator
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pl, Sunday: Closed except for home Colts games(Open at 10:00 am for 1:00 pm Colts games)m - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: Closed except for home Colts games(Open at 10:00 am for 1:00 pm Colts games)
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(317) 602-3115
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Allen Shideler
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Tavern On South offers complimentary parking for up to 45 cars. There is also a convenient, reasonably priced parking garage directly adjacent to the restaurant.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

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Tavern On South offers a variety of private event options for groups from 5 to 300 people. Offering a fantastic view of the Indianapolis Downtown skyline, it is the perfect venue for a business or social event!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice way to celebrate a birthday! Thank you for the visit to Indy!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I reserved for six, but brought 8 people. It was no problem, they put another two top on our table. Food was very good, service friendly and fast. Waiter left us alone to discuss business but was attentive when we needed his presence. I would go back again

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food, friendly, nice window seat. Love locally sourced food and interesting menu that changes as local ingredients become seasonally available. Great for business lunch. Lovely professional service and back to work within an hour. I highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went before the Monster Energy Supercross race at Lucas Oil Stadium 3/24/18. We sat upstairs and we had a party of 8. The server was very slow and got the some of the orders wrong. Grilled Chicken missing on a salad. Chips were brought out with another meal instead of the fries we ordered. Then they brought out a plate of sliced grilled chicken for us to put on the salad. Not how I would have handled it. I would have taken the Salad back and added the chicken. It also took 7 minutes to complete this task. Then we got our bills and 2 of the 3 bills were wrong. The server had to go fix them which took 10 min. Then when we got them the 2nd time they were still wrong even after we pointed out the mistakes to her. Then it was another 5 minute wait to get that fixed. We paid and went to the race about 15 minutes late. Not overly impressed by the food either. The portions were rather small. The menu they have on their website is not the menu we were given. We checked the menu the day of the reservation so there should not be an excuse. We will not be going back to this restaurant and that is too bad as it is close to the stadium.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We made reservations over a month ago for March 17th, we were not celebrating St. Patrick's Day, just wanted to eat here. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were seated in the bar. None of us were wearing green, there were plenty of other tables available throughout the restaurant, we were not offered a choice of seating. We spent the entire dinner enduring drunk people screaming and spilling their beer all over. Food was ok, service was ok. Would not return and will not recommend to anyone. They probably do fine during football season as they are right by Lucas.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing bison burger! We enjoyed our meal before theatre- great service, professional and friendly. They ensured we made our theatre timeline as well. The food was both interesting and extremely tasty. I highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My husband and I went here for a lowkey date night. We had a great experience. Our service was prompt and pleasant. Our cocktails were excellent. His meatloaf was better than my ahi tuna dish, but both were good. We had the black and tan dessert-- it was great-- not oversized or overpriced.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had a great dinner before the Eagles' concert on Monday night. The service and food were both outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great food and great service.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I was disappointed with our experience - the food was mediocre, the server disappeared, and the occasion that we were there to celebrate was never acknowledged. I would recommend a friend to pick another restaurant when dining in Indianapolis.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I was disappointed with my meal. The fish, which was recommended, was quite over cooked as was that of my client's. One had a burger which he said was tasty. A lot of fish on the menu so I would have thought they were adept at cooking it.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always a good time with the best cocktails and great food. I love that it has it’s own parking and you can make reservations!!!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We dined for dinner for Savor Downtown Indy on Friday 3/2. The restaurant was fairly noisy, and the service was slow. The food was good not great.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good surf and turf special for Valentine's day. Excellent staff.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I’ve been to Tavern On South several times for lunch but do not often make it for dinner. My family went on a Saturday night before an event at Lucas Oil. Our server was very friendly and did a good job...but the wait for our food was terrible. Additionally, when my husband and I got our burgers they were basically rare. Considering their proximity to the stadium I would think they would be better equipped to handle large crowds. So - I would recommend lunch when it’s not terribly busy but won’t be going back for dinner any time soon.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was all very good. A little overpriced but really neat atmosphere

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Nice menu. Downtown but not in the midst of the busy traffic. Parking can be limited.

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was horrible. Waitress did not appear to be intrested. And the food was uninteresting at best.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I like the atmosphere, the menu and the craft beer selection. there are usually people coming over from Lucas Oil Stadium next door, so be mindful of when there are events going on. we happened to be there when there was high school event so there were several families there.
I suggest that the lights be dimmed a little, but overall it was a very good experience.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went there for Devour Indy! It was my first time there and really enjoyed it. The food was very tasty and the prices were reasonable! Great experience!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the duck wings

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1.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Very slow service, waiter rude. Ordered Medium Rare filet which came out well done and looked and tasted more like sirloin. Did redo meat but came out when others finished, no apologies. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great as usual service great management very intent on making sure customers are happy

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

At first I was disappointed we were taken upstairs, in less nice, more casual setting. It did not appear full downstairs and we had this reservation for NYE. I wanted to see outside from our table, but our waitress was very good, and it ended up being very enjoyable. Good food.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Took over 30 minutes to get our food. Steak was cold. Took another 10 minutes to get a steak knife. Mashed potato cold. Salad didn’t have all the ingredients in it that were listed on the menu

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Vegan friendly with several meal options. Prices are fair. Overall, nice experience. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice comfortable atmosphere. Great food and nice local beer selection. Our group’s go-to.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and friendly service. The staff did a great job!

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Only complaints are that parking can be a problem when busy and the 2nd floor was not accessible to me when my group was there. I was told there was no elevator access which surprised me. I had to leave.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Service was excellent, food was great, atmosphere was conducive to business discussion.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The service and location are great. It was our 3rd or 4th visit, and the food wasn't quite as good. The salmon was VERY dry and flavorless. Pizzas, meatloaf and brownie dessert were good.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

UNBEATABLE LOCATION RELATIVE TO LUCAS OIL STADIUM. PROMPT, FRIENDLY SERVICE. ACCOMMODATED OUR GROUP OF 12 NICELY.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Tavern on South never disappoints. Nothing too spectacular, but always good food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere. A large space means that the wait is never unmanageable and reservations are honored.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good but not outstanding, beverage service was quick, waiter was distracted but attended to us just enough for us to get our food, he was not overly friendly nor helpful with the drink or food menu. Host at door was rude ---- I had made a reservation via Open Table for 6:45pm Saturday. My party of 4 arrived at 6:30pm. There were about 10 patrons waiting to be seated. When I approached the host to let him know we had arrived, he stated "Oh, so you're the group that just popped up on my screen! You weren't supposed to be able to get into Open Table that quickly. I guess I'll go ahead and seat you anyway." Excuse me?! Am I to blame for Open Table software performance?? There was no 'Welcome to Tavern on South", "Glad you're here." I doubt that I will return to Tavern on South very soon. The food just didn't overwhelm me.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We were seated on the covered patio which was bitter cold. They told us they had the heat on but it was 20 degrees outside and maybe 40 inside. It took forever for someone to wait on us. We ordered food which also took an extremely long time and food was cold once we got it. They swiped the other family's bill on our credit card and viceversa. When we talked to the manager about all the issues no apology whatsoever. Never coming back!

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We were visiting from out of town. I made our reservations online. When we arrived the hostess started walking up a staircase. I told her that my mom had 3 knee surgeries and asked if we could have a table downstairs. She said they were full. I asked if there was an elevator and she said no. There was no attempt to make any accommodations. We had no choice due to time restrictions, but to stay. My mom had to struggle up the stairs. I was truly disappointed in the lack of accessibility.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We ordered the crab cakes (good, some shell pieces, but still better than too much bread,) and the bison burger (served rare as requested, nice size and delicious.) I enjoyed the house salad that had a nice vinaigrette...and not too much of it. Our waiter recommended a nice local craft brew as well. Our only problem was the waiter adamantly stating that the kitchen would not honor any substitutions on the menu. We are trying to eat low carb, and did not want the French fries or the bun that came with the bison burger. Since we were only asking for a vegetable instead of fries, this seemed absurd. He did come back and stated that they could do a side salad instead of the fries. This was at a cost of an additional $7. So just be aware what no bun and no fries will cost you!

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Slow service and wrong orders. Ordered sweet potato fries and got regular, ordered tiramisu after waitress offered and it is not on the menu and want notified until the rest of us were almost done with ours. Pricey for portion size.

Bartender was a little snubbish as well. Like we were inconveniencing her with our order.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Location close to Lucas Oil Stadium makes this a good spot to eat before or after an event. Food is good and you can come as you are. I wish the full menu was available during events at Lucas oOil Stadium, but selection is limited to Game Day menu.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Always our first choice to meet friends before heading to Lucas Oil. Great place!

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