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The Lakehouse at Geist

538 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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The Lakehouse at Geist is family owned and operated. Owners Henri & Shelley Najem take a hands-on approach to ensure the highest quality service to their customers. Everything from decor and design to the freshest, highest quality food products have been hand-picked by the Najems.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 598-9011
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Henri Najem
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Private party facilities
Private party options available
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Catering options available
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
2.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Management seems to be an issue. It could be such a great place with the location, but it falls short of just being average due to poor food and multiple things needing to be updated. Unfortunately, they will still make their money from all the boat traffic and not change a thing.

dkmz (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

We were seated upon arrival; the receptionist was very friendly. We were originally seated outside but the wind off the reservoir was a little too brisk. The wait staff was very nice and had no problems seating us inside. We were waited on very quickly by Dawn who greeted us with a smile and let us take our time in ordering. Our meal arrived in reasonable time and the salmon and mahi mahi was very good. I felt the price was reasonable for the meal we were serviced.

Dawn was very busy with a large group that came in however she make sure our meal was satisfactory and that we were taken care of. We went to the bar after dinner and were service very quickly and by a very friendly waiter. We watched the basketball games and listened to the band for a short time.

All in all we enjoyed ourselves and look forward to going back when the weather is warmer and we can sit outside.

BRADW (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

The food is excellent Definitely will go back very friendly staff

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

My wife and I went to the new Lakehouse Geist . We were very impressed with the new theme and how much cleaner everything is. The menu change away from the Italian theme was long overdue and we both loved the new menu. The service was much improved and our entrées were incredible. We were told there is a new general manager named Rachel and she has done an incredible job in a short about of time. We are looking forward to the next round of changes to the outside.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

This was our second time trying the new Lakehouse. Ordered a frozen drink from bar. The one blender in the whole place was broken so not available. Food was mediocore. Not horrible, not great. Just sad this location is excellent, but can't get management in here to supply excellent food and the ambiance together. It is convenient for us but nothing to write home about.

vipIndiana (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Food was good and service was good. Tried the pork tacos this time. They were exceptional.

vipKelly (Indiana)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The food is no better than it was at Bella Vitas. I believe it might be the same owners? So they didn't switch up the menu much, just the name. The seafood dishes are way overpriced. The pasta is always just so so. We go here occasionally because we like the view of the lake, and so I was excited to see it was a new restaurant. But don't be fooled. If you didn't care for Bella Vita's food, you probably won't care for this food.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The restaurant is nice, food was average. I put in a special request for seating and Birthday which was not acknowledged. The server seemed very rushed. We had to flag him down for silverware and to order dessert.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

We made reservations for 6:15 on Valentine's Tuesday. We arrived at 6:00 and were seated immediately, which was great! The appetizer was prompt and wonderful! Thus the two stars. Three stars were forfeited when we sat for almost an hour-and-a-half without an entree, watching people around us arrive, receive their appetizers, then their meals, and finish everything while we just sat there. The waitress told us at least three times that the meal was only a few minutes away At one point she said that a medium-well steak "takes a minute", as if it was our fault for ordering the wrong thing. When she returned to the table again, we told her, "you have two minutes and then we're walking out." She said the kitchen had assured her the meal (a medium-well ribeye and a rack of lamb) were "three minutes away". We said, "you have two minutes." I have never walked out of a restaurant before, but when two more minutes elapsed, we walked out of this one.

What's worse is that we ordered a special package, the Valentine's Day Dinner. We were willing to pay a bit of a premium for a special experience. So it appears there's a problem not only in the kitchen, but with management as well, for marketing a special package but not prioritizing customers who chose it.

Don't put something on the menu that you can't cook in a timely manner. Or, if mistakes were made, be honest about it. Tell me you screwed up my steak and have to cook another one; I'll wait. But don't keep telling me it's on the way when it's not. We will not be back.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day!

2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Food was terrible, tables are crammed together leaving no room to walk between seats and the food was horrible.

Suestew (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

We arrived and were surprised that the Lakehouse was previously Bella Vita. The interior has been updated. During the summer it would be fun to sit out on the patio for dinner and drinks. We happened to go on Valentine's Day but weren't really celebrating that.
I started with a caesar salad. It was a plentiful portion and very tasty. My main course was the Romano Chicken with alfredo pasta. It was AMAZING! The Alfredo sauce was probably the best I've ever had. My husband had the Shrimp PoBoy and enjoyed it but asked for more sauce which made it better. His side was the potato bites and they weren't anything special, just tiny potatoes supposedly deep fried but we didn't think so. My brother in law ordered the salmon and was not happy. He said it was overcooked. My sister in law had the Mahi-Mahi and also was displeased as it too was overcooked. They had started with the Ahi Tuna appetizer and enjoyed that very much.
I wish there had been some bread to sop up the sauce on my meal. My portion was so big that I brought one of the 2 chicken breasts and half the pasta home and had it for lunch the next day. It looks like they will eventually have 12 beers on tap but that wasn't ready yet. The restaurant re-opened on Feb. 1st so I'm sure there will be some more improvements to be made. They had a Valentine's menu but it was $125 for 2 which we thought was overpriced. You did get a bottle of wine, app, main, and dessert but still seemed expensive. The appetizers on the menu sounded good but also seemed expensive. I guess it would depend on the portion size if it were worth it or not.
We will probably go back in the summer to enjoy the water view. Hopefully it will be as good the 2nd time around.

KKen (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

Everything good food and drinks were okay prices have increased with new ownership but live able

Owlfeather (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

My first time at Bella Vita. Celebrated my 71st birthday with friends. All report their food choices were delicious. Beautiful view of the lake as the sun sat. Staff was friendly and professional. Quiet dining for easy conversation. Dessert choices were excellent. Overall an enjoyable evening. Looking forward to returning.

vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on October 11, 2015

We requested to sit outside and were told outside seating was unavailable but we could sit in atrium. They then sat multiple tables outside. The atrium was hot (even for a fall) and needs cleaned. There were lots of cobwebs from glass to outside deck. We elected to have brunch and since it's buffet, we did not see our server very often. The food was fair and pretty disappointing. Finally, we had to go to inside bar to request our checks.
I would try it again but perhaps for another meal instead of brunch.