The Vanguard

4.1
200 reviews
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Farm-to-table
The Vanguard is a farm to table restaurant and bar in the heart of Broad Ripple. The Vanguard features the freshest locally sourced seasonal cuisine and fantastic craft cocktails. Also pushing the local music scene, The Vanguard features live Jazz every Sunday and many more local acts in the bar downstairs.

Specials

$10 Pasta & Half Price Wine

Join us Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings for $10 Pasta Specials & 1/2 price (*select*) wines!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 24, 2019

Ends: January 25, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 4:00PM-9:00PM

Sunday Funday Bottomless Mimosas

Enjoy $10 Bottomless Mimosas during Brunch every Sunday 11am-2pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 20, 2018

Ends: October 21, 2117

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-9:00PM
Fri-Sat 10:00AM-9:00PM

What 200 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance works synergistically. All is most excellent. Fantastic Billy😘

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brunch was ok. Wish there were more options.

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TL
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Chairs were very uncomfortable and service was slow.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Horribly unorganized. Food took way to long. Appetizer, salad, and entrees all arrived at the same time. 3 other people in the place. Took 45 minutes to get food. At least 20 for our bar order. When we got food nothing was seasoned. Food was SUPER salty (the duck specifically). Beet salad lacked salt and sweet, very acidic, very bland. Steak was ordered medium-rare, came out supper rate. Like chared on the surface then bloody uncooked there on. We like it that way, but seriously under cooked for medium rare. Service was supper slow. Waiter had no clue as to what was going on. We will not be going back again. If you want food food close to this, go to Northside social. Or even Indian palace.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very good experience and great food. Only complaint is their website promotes bottomless mimosas on Sunday but upon arrival found out they no longer are doing that. So I suggest making sure all marketing channels are updated so customers don’t find out upon arrival and become disappointed. Besides that great service and atmosphere, they do offer bottles for $15 which is only $5 more so that made up for it somewhat. I do recommend this location for brunch though!

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

On Opentable it says that they have a Bottomless Brunch on Sunday's and they do not. That needs to be edited. Other than that, the service was wonderful, everything was great. I will say that was a bit of a let-down to show up and be told they "dont think" they do that anymore.

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Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service kind but slow
Shrimp was tough
Beet salad lacked salt and there was none available to add on the table
Ample portions
Ok meal, but nothing spectacular

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I
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for a nicer dinner in Broadripple! We were promptly seated with our reservation and the service was impeccable. The decor is trendy and bright with a nice large bar area as well. I had the filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus spears. Filet was cooked exactly the way I asked with a beautiful crust on the outside. Also had a mixed greens salad that was very good. Opted for dessert as well which was a small chocolate ganache that was fantastic, smooth and rich/creamy! Had a nice glass of cabernet too. Would definitely return to try something else!

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K
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and a beautifully modern interior. Unfortunately we experienced a somewhat awkward atmosphere. I would definitely go back for the food, but some issues between the wait staff and management made our dinner a little bit uncomfortable.

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C
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, nice bottle of wine and good service. Really enjoyed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! We had the moistest crab cake we have ever tasted. The duck was savory and delicious. The beet salad was an excellent combination of greens, beets, and goat cheese.

The service was prompt and courteous. We saw another server put the bill book in the back of his pants (inside his pants), an odd choice but, since it does not come in contact with food, hardly unsanitary.

The price is average for gourmet, quality, table service food.

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JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Would recommend with reservations as we felt that our server really didn't want to be there. Almost as if we were a bother to him. Food was very good however. I will try it again unless we would get the same server.

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RM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was so excited to try this place out, and my husband and I decided Valentine’s Day was the time to do it. What a disappointment! We spent a little over $300 (the fixed priced Valentine’s menu was $100/person, so that plus wine, tip, etc. added up). Not only did the level of food and service not match that price, it’s actively insulting that they charged us so much for what we got. When we first arrived, no one was at the host stand, which is totally fine because hosts have other duties. However, the two bartenders were talking behind the bar. They turned and saw us, then immediately turned back to talking without any acknowledgement. They weren’t even making drinks at the time. They just didn’t want to deal with us. Our server was very nice but really didn’t understand the menu or some basics about food service. He asked if I wanted pepper on my salad. I said no. He went ahead to pepper it. We had a couple questions about the menu. He didn’t know the answers (not everyone knows everything, but he was consistent in lacking familiarity with the menu/bar). He brought our courses out at the wrong time. Both he and a person I assume were the house manager were very sweaty. Sweat happens, we’re human, but in the food service industry, it feels like it might be prudent not to show up dripping to a table. Not only that, but the house manager was running around the room like crazy. It’s a little tricky to kick back to a romantic meal with a damp stranger dashing around your table. Now, I get it: the restaurant industry is intense! There’s something to be said, though, for still cultivating an air of calm even while keeping everything running.

Now, most important part of a restaurant: the food. Right? I could forgive a lot if they knocked the food out of the park. Alas! Their crab cakes were weirdly mayonnaise-d. I suspect their oven roasted beets came from a can. My husband and I both ordered the sea bass. Mine was dry and overdone. His was cooked right, but still not as

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S
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant food is very good, the ambiance is fine and the service as well.
The value - I think it was expensive and I did not like to have a fixed menu for Valentine's day. The menu options per serving course were ok but far too many serving course. For example why I should pay the same if I only want salad and entre?

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K
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for valentines. Nice restaurant but the food was average and over priced. The service was similar to what you get at an inexpensive family restaurant. Servers were unfriendly seemed bothered by guests.

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were seated quickly for our reservation and handed special menus for a $100 each four-course Valentine’s menu. This was not in the restaurant notes for the reservation. The waitress did say that the regular menu was also available since we did not want that much food. We ordered an appetizer that was OK, not great. For entree, the scallops were cooked and seasoned perfectly but the associated polenta and veggies were only fair. The chicken entree came undercooked and was sent back; the chicken returned was the same chicken that had been picked through originally. This was definitely not acceptable.

The French 75 cocktail was excellent, i.e. not too sweet. The service was excellent and accommodating.

Note: this restaurant requires a credit card when making reservation. The next morning we got an email from OpenTable asking why we did not uphold our reservation. I believe OpenTable has resolved this issue so we do not get further charged.

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with the food and the service...we'll be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular, service excellent, and noise level perfect. Restaurants have gotten so loud. Loved carrying on a conversation over dinner and drinks without shouting. Perfect dinner.

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RD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and so much flavor! Portions sizes were plenty for all with the devour menu! Wait time to be seated with a reservation was a bit longer than preferred but they took care of us well once we were seated. The gumbo was to die for!! Will definitely be back and try sitting at the bar.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was very slow. Mussels were in way too much broth. Bread brought with mussels was not very good. Didn’t get soup that was ordered. Duck was very undercooked, skin rubbery. Very disappointing compared to what I’d read about the place.

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f
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were not pleased with our experience at The Vanguard. The seats were extremely uncomfortable and very close to the bar that people were hitting us as they walked by. The gumbo was very good, but the chicken entree was quite dry.

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SH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Off night. Bad weather and I think they had some call-outs. The bad: the bar was slow and my wife's first drink was off and had to be returned. My gumbo was ladled out of the top of the pot and had no substance, just broth. The good: the rest of the food was at least passable and the salad I had on the Devour menu I would class as excellent. The staff was friendly and seemed to be trying their best. However, this is a premium priced restaurant and I just have to knock off a star and I am being generous. Frankly doubt I will be back.

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M
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the chef very accommodating for my food allergies. The only minor recommendation I would make is for the bar to upscale their Cabernet and red blend wine options.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The salmon was perfectly prepared. The waiter had a fun personality but seemed a bit overextended. All of us (6) enjoyed the food a lot.

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SS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place for a date or a girls day out! We went for brunch and it was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service and food and drinks!

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DF
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our dinner and the wait staff. We will have dinner at The Vanguard again

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F
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Something clearly wasn’t flowing in the kitchen! We went at 5:30 on a Saturday. It wasn’t very busy when we were seated. We had 5 adults and a baby. We waited over an hour to get any food that came out 1-2 items at a time. We ended up asking 4 times for an item ordered that we never got. We were missing a salad as well and had to ask multiple times for a salad.... no cooking involved! After being there for 2 hours and never receiving our entrees, we got our check and left. I gave them 2 stars because the appetizers/salads/drinks we did get were good.

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ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

A friend and I dined at the Vanguard Friday night and the restaurant was having a rough night. That can happen - but they were unapologetic to the customers sitting in a smoke filled restaurant due to poor kitchen ventilation and blaring smoke alarms. They were slow and ran out of items - only to find out twenty minutes after ordering. After having guests sit through this - no comps on a drink or dessert happened. It’s a service industry, folks! Food was fine - the grilled octopus is pretty good and tuna tar tar is good but not exciting. Without even a comment about the smoke filled restaurant - I don’t see any reason to return. Management needs to step up their hospitality game so they don’t lose more customers.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I will return due to the fact that this experience I do not believe was representative of what the Vanguard really is.
They were short staffed, I was not seated until 45 minutes after my reservation, I wasn’t served until 2.5 hours after I arrived, and the fire alarm went off.... twice....

The food was wonderful and the staff was clearly under a lot of stress and Were very generous despite the fact.

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Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaron was amazing. He is a gem and an awesome host! We would recommend the restaurant to anyone. Great food, great atmosphere!

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Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to get out on a cold Friday night. We forgot that it was devour Indy time so was pleasantly surprised with the special menu

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LY
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 4 times now and enjoyed every meal. The only complaint was my daughter wishing for a bigger serving of Mac and cheese with her fried chicken. She loved the Mac. The filet is fantastic, salads wonderful, appetizers yummy and big portions. Great restaurant!

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SF
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Cocktails were also amazing. Loved it. Will be back!

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ID
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I had heard good things but ended up leaving disappointed. I had seen that they had a special New Years Eve prix fix option on their website for $100/person, but it wasn't apparent that that was going to be the only option. Since it was NYE and everyplace else was likely already booked, we decided to just go for it after being informed by the server that there wasn't anything else available. Speaking of our server, I think it was her very first time serving. While she was nice, she didn't really instill a since of confidence that this was where we should be spending our NYE with the level of awkwardness being displayed. She wasn't very attentive and I almost went with my gut feeling to just get up and go when she disappeared after leaving the menus and it took a long while before she came back for our drink orders (the table next to us got up and left during this same stage in the evening because they went with their gut feeling). The rest of the 4 courses where very slow to come out, despite the restaurant being fairly empty for such a night. The crabcake came out lukewarm at best, the lobster dish felt like the plate was hotter than the meal which makes me think that it was under a heat lamp for a while, and the soup wasn't as hot as I would imagine it should be. When it was time for the dessert course, we decided to just ask for it to go. I will admit if the food temp wasn't an issue, the meal wasn't all that bad. However, for $100/person I expected a lot more in terms of the level of service and attention to detail.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time at Vanguard last night.
The server was awesome.
Our booth was a great place to catch up with old friends while enjoying a delicious meal.
Everybody at the table equally enjoyed the meal.
There was not a speck of food or sauce left on anybody’s plate 😁

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KW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Selected the Vanguard for a holiday meal with my three grown kids. The drink menu had some delicious cocktails. The small plate appetizers were a delicious start. Our meals were all excellent in both presentation and taste.
The restaurant was fairly empty while we were there, which I do not understand. I would recommend it to others.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was spotty but nothing to do with the wait staff because they were understaffed (which seems to be an issue here very often). The bartender did a great job of waiting on tables and bartending. He was very friendly and fun. They did their best! The big disappointment is that the menu on at the restaurant did not match the menu on Open Table. The food is always good but for some reason never consistent. Our large group always arrives to find out one of our favorite dishes/drinks are off the menu.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Party and I enjoyed this place so much we went back the next night!!!! The second night was just as good!!!! Thank you!!! I enjoyed my Birthday Dinner!!!!

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JG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, attentive waitstaff. Nice selection of well prepared food too! Give it a try!

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