About Tavern on South

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

423 W. South Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 602-3115

Website:
http://www.tavernonsouth.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Allen Shideler

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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!

Tavern on South Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Cozy (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Live Sports, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined 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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the duck wings

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 (Indiana)·Dined 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Nashville)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Got a nice reservation for dinner before the monumental marathon and it was simply outstanding. Service, food, atmosphere was great!!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Garth Brooks concert

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was slow and got our orders couple of times

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My wife and I ate here on a Friday after the sufgestion of a friend. What we found was that it was incredibly overpriced for food that is subpar. Paid ten dollars for a lousy cheeseburger and then found out they charged me two dollars more for french fries. Wife had a crab cake sandwich but only ate half becuase it was more cake than crab and had asparagus on the side which we had to pay extra for again. Nowhere does it mention that the food is a la carte. Their draught beer selection is good, and they do offer deals on certain nights. The ambiance is nice, seems family friendly, but be prepared to pay out a large amount for your family. Place seemed to be hurting for customers as we were there till almost 9 on a Friday night and they were fairly dead for a restaurant.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Filet Mignon Meatloaf was terrible. Two people at our table ordered it. It was like a soggy veggie burger consistency. There's no way it was sliced from a meatloaf. For the price of it, $21...it wasn't a good size either. It was inedible & both sent them back. The other two people filets med well. One was served med & the other med rare. The med rare was sent back. All ordered Caesar salads...they were ok. Everyone had brown pieces of romaine in theirs. No replacement meals were ordered...appetites were lost. The only meal eaten was the medium filet. Drinks were the best part. The 3 meals were comped, but nothing else.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Tavern on South is in a great location for before or after a Colts game, other than that there was nothing special about our experience, food was average.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious crab cake sndwich!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Very, very disappointed in our LAST visit to Tavern of South. We had been before and loved it, but this time...horrible. We had reservations and we sat for several minutes before our waiter greeted us. To make up for it he offered us a free app. Shrimp martini. It was nasty. The shrimp had some weird mushy texture when you bit into it, and had no taste at all. I ordered the Filet Meatloaf and my wife the Crab Cake sandwich. Hers was bland and tasted like it was a thawed out crab patty from a discount grocery store. Mine, which I had ordered before and was fantastic, this time was cold, the chili sauce was cold, and the mashed potatoes were cold it was all very gross and we were extremely disappointed. We normally would have sent it all back but we had additional commitments and did not have the time to do so. So we ate our gross $50 meal and left very disappointed.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The service was decidedly okay. The noise was kinda loud, but we chose the outside seating so I can't fault them too much. It's possible they were short staffed, but our server was not particularly attentive and kept coming back to inform us that things were not available.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great view of the city. Healthy options and great for the value.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Although the food was good, it wasn't enough to fill me and I'm a light eater. For the price we paid, the portion size was not enough. However, we did have an amazing dessert and our waiter was attentive.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I met a friend for dinner who I had not seen for a while, so we wanted a quiet spot where we could hear each other talk. We sat next to the front windows, where it was quiet for a few minutes, but within an hour there was a loud guy sitting right behind us who bellowed. The restaurant also got very loud as it filled up due to the acoustics in the main room. We arrived before 5:30 on a weeknight; I guess next time we should be earlier and get out faster!
My pasta was cooked well and was a large portion, but it was extremely bland--no seasonings at all beyond some pine nuts. I had to keep putting salt and pepper on it.
We did not stay for dessert due to the noise.
Our waiter was somewhat inattentive and detached.
I will only return when I need a convenient spot to meet friends halfway between my home and their offices.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food was OKAY. Little over priced for what seemed like food I could make at home. Had the signature meatloaf and a pasta dish. Good bar selection though. Will go back again as it seems like a good place for apps and drinks and in a great location.

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