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 Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, 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

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Cozy (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 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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·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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·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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vip
 (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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·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 10, 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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·Dined on November 4, 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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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Garth Brooks concert

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was slow and got our orders couple of times

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·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 27, 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner there. The food was good as was the service. Not terribly busy for a Friday night.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The place was empty I thought it was closed, only 2 tables and service wasnt TM that great. Then had a fly around our table

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was decent but nothing out of the ordinary. Meatloaf was at room temperature. Craft beer list was ok as long as you weren't looking for an IPA. Service was really slow making us late for the Indians game.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Shrimp diablo was good but SUPER spicy!!! It was like an entire jar of red pepper flakes was on it

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We had a very nice meal seated on the patio. Background music was great. Excellent wines. Recommend the pretzel appetizer and meat loaf. Vegetables were cooked to perfection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 5, 2017

It was an excellent experience! My Fiancé and I, conducted our Civil Ceremony here. We selected the outdoor patio for the ceremony and inside for dinner. They immediately accommodated our requests! The service, wait and bar staff were very attentive! The food was delicious! So glad we picked this restaurant!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was great and the service was good. Attentive to our needs but not overwhelming with interruptions. Great location for work lunch as we celebrated a co-worker's retirement.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I met a friend for dinner at Tavern on South on a Thursday evening. The restaurant wasn't completely full but there was a group in the bar area and a family with a screaming child across from us so the noise level was very high. I had two appetizers for my meal, the yellowfin tuna and the pretzel breadsticks. Both were delicious. My friend had the filet mignon meatloaf and she felt it tasted pretty much like any other meatloaf. My friend and I were catching up over dinner so we lingered for a while. There were empty tables all around us so I don't think it was an issue. My friend was offered a drink refill. I was not offered one. Also when the waiter brought our checks I had to ask for a to go box as it was not offered.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Reservation - requested 2nd floor seating.
Did not get it. Very disappointed. Event on 2nd floor, resevation should have seen the conflict & alerted.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Grabbed a bite for lunch before a ballgame at the close-by Victory Field. Great place, and great food as always.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great place to get lunch, great food - fun environment and great value! Awesome location too

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Very nice place and super close to the Lucas Oil Stadium.
Make reservations if your going to go because they fill up fast.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great service, food & atmosphere. Sat on the deck and enjoyed the city view

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Getting reacquainted with old friends we hadn't seen for a long time. Outside dining was perfect. Emily was great and one of the reasons we will be returning in the near future.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great atmosphere! Management was very accommodating our early arrival. Diverse authentic menu with local flair. Great service and ambiance. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quick Bite, Live Sports
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Nice place, good parking. Easy to get to and out of.

Our server seemed disinterested at the beginning but warmed up later.

I ordered a Steak, medium but it was very rare. The grilled asparagus was very thin and bordered on undercooked.


The potatoes were very nice as was the sauce.

My wife's burger and sweet potato fries were very good.

She enjoyed her drink and I my coffee. (I did have to ask twice for cream).

Both our deserts were very nice.

We would return the next time we're in Indy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We've dined here 3-4 times. Each time the food and service have been excellent. Their food preparation is way above most "bar" food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice, neat and clean. Fun atmosphere. Great little setting close to Lucas Oil. Food was slightly better than average, but had salmon and filet mignon meatloaf. Have a feeling a burger or sandwich would have been better.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The asparagus was not soft enough

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