Tinker Street

4.8
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172 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Nestled in Herron-Morton Place, a historic neighborhood adjacent to the Old Northside Historic District, Tinker Street is a nod to 16th Street’s name during the dirt-road days of the 1800s. Today, it’s a seven-dollar Uber ride from downtown hotels, a pleasant stroll for neighbors, and a convenient drive from most parts of town.
The dinner menu changes seasonally to capture the flavors of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are abundant–and clearly marked on the menu. Tinker Street, which serves guests 21 and older, has array of wine offerings be it red, white, sparking and everything in between.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(317) 925-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Braedon Kellner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Jersey Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on New Jersey Street all day. Parking on either side of 16th Street is available Monday through Friday after 6pm and Saturday all day.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on all time ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect wine list and amazing for with lots of depth to their menu selections.

L
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old owners, new owners, same great variety in its menu, a hidden gem on the Indianapolis restaurant scene.

BR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was amazing. Everything we tried was perfect.

CP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my second visit and the pork belly definitely on point. Could use some bread or something on the table, some dishes are very rich and could use bread. Servers very knowledgeable and friendly. A lot of new construction in the area not a great view right now but maybe in the future. Portions could be bigger for the prices. Overall great little place.

AN
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

So Tinker was a favorite of ours since they had first opened. Using clean foods, private farms and lovely selection of wines too, the complex yet tasty menu and welcoming venue was fun!
However this experience didn’t start out well. This reservation was for a progressive birthday dinner for our very close friends and a party of 6....Side note, my husband and I did have dinner two weeks before our reservation to be sure the table we asked for was on our reservation. The road is loud and I didn’t want to be next to the sidewalk. So ...We arrived 10 minutes early, we drive an hour from Lafayette...They seated us opposite of where I had reserved, seating the 6 of us next to the road and sidewalk. That was upsetting. The overhead fan was on full speed, our hair and menus were blowing away. I had asked the Maître d’ when being seated to turn it off . She said she would but I waited meanwhile the guest of honor had to put her jacket on. Then I asked our server to turn it off, she said she would wait for the Maître d’ to do it, still didn’t happen. Then after the third time I was done and upset. My husband had to go to the hostess to ask a 4th time. Finally it’s off. My fear also was rain, sitting next to the outer part of the patio I was not good with it raining And it rained of course and became colder and windy. Food was good, but comfort is always key in a long dinner, introducing my friends to Tinker was a let down.
Didn’t feel valued at all, especially after my husband and I made sure we came earlier for dinner to arrange our next outing and it was still a disappointing. We spend $$$ on these dinners, I didn’t feel like we had in the past times there. Staff wasn’t attentive, not like it had been before they reopened.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!!

SP
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unique, tiny restaurant nestled in a cool downtown neighborhood. Love the vibe. The food is always delicious and surprising.

HK
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was good , the drinks were good, The wait staff were good. In the middle of our service our waitress informed us we were getting a different waiter. Great place.

D
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be my new favorite restaurant. The flavors and creativity of food were incredible! The menu is fabulous, wine pairings were perfect, the staff was wonderfully helpful and accommodating. It was a fantastic dining and date experience!!

JW
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

really liked the location/ambience. all the food was great but in my opinion the Korean chicken and waffles was the star. had two great cocktails. one made with wine and gin (can't remember name) and the other was a really good martini. Chef came around to tables which was nice.

KT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tinker Street is currently our favorite. The food and staff are awesome everytime

CS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant. The menu is intriguing and always has vegan selections for us. Great wines but a bit high priced. Servers are involved and interested in us as customers. This is a must visit restaurant for us - usually at least once per month. Enjoy.

LH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went to Tinker Street for the first time over Memorial Day weekend and was very impressed!! The menu was very diverse and had lots of of options for everyone. We had three different small plates that were all yummy. The agnolotti could easily satisfy someone as a main course. Standouts for mains were the shrimp and grits and pork belly. We`ll definitely be back!!

KK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant staff were kind and attentive. We went for a birthday dinner and they wished us happy birthday several times. The food was delicious and unique. The rockfish was especially good. We definitely plan to return for any special occasion.

MR
Birmingham
57 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tinker Street Restaurant is located in an eclectic urban residential neighborhood, where older traditional and newer contemporary homes sit side by side. The restaurant’s ambiance has a trendy feel that fits right in with the neighborhood. The atmosphere is energetic, and the wait staff attentive and continually on the move. My wife and I dined over the Memorial Day weekend and the Indianapolis 500 race, so expect that the restaurant was filled with visitors (like us) as well as locals. We began with an Aperol spritz, a cocktail popular in Italy. I ordered the duck breast, cooked to the suggested medium rare, that was very good, and my wife ordered rockfish that she also enjoyed. There was a glitch with our wine order that initially vexed us, but the restaurant went above and beyond what we expected to our complete satisfaction. For dessert, we split an individual banana cream pie served with bruléed bananas that we enjoyed very much.

DC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful culinary surprises like the carrot risotto. Great vibe and friendly staff

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal, food,staff, everything!

RC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was average for what we paid for. Duck and whitefish were overcooked and too salty. Felt like the kitchen was having an off night. Tables were close together and we kept being bumped by other customers. We heard good things about this restaurant and it honestly did not live up to the hype. Definitely a lot better options in Indy to try and eat upscale food. Wont be back.

OT
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Indianapolis! Staff is inviting. Food is creative and amazing. Simple elegance that is one of a kind. Thank you!

C
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening celebrating my friend's 40th bday - chicken & waffles were fresh, hot, and just the right spiciness and the hand-ground sirloin burger with homemade chips were perfect for sharing. The doughnuts were heavenly! I always feel welcome and at home at TS! Thank you, Team Tinker Street.

ME
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I thought most of the dishes were under seasoned. Finishing salt is a beautiful thing. Service was attentive. Hostess was warm and welcoming. Tables outside were way too close. I was bumped the entire meal by people passing by. That was my biggest complaint.

A
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always. Great meal. Unique & fun dishes along with impeccable service. Took a friend for the 1st time and made a new fan!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant staff. Seated on time. Pacing was good. Food excellent. Too loud as it filled up. Would definitely go back

PH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an unexpected, unique dining experience! The food is unlike any other restaurant fare. Delicious, clean and locally sourced. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Our server was the best we have ever experienced. We have eaten here three times and every time was exceptional.

YS
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Staff was friendly. Menu looked good. Best option was the salad. Mushroom bruschetta was soggy. Main meals overly “heat” spiced. Desserts were pretty but did not taste good. $11 drink was about the size of 3 shot glasses...if that.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best food I’ve had in a long time. Every single thing we ordered was amazing. It seemed like We had about 5 people checking our water and making sure we were ok. Our waitress was amazing as well. She offered great suggestions & service. I can’t wait to go back!

F
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying on 16th St for the night and I asked my sister for a recommendation as she is familiar with downtown restaurants. She said she thought we would enjoy Tinker Street so I was thrilled that I was able to make a reservation for our party of 4 online. Got an email confirmation and also a phone call. We were seated in the covered outdoor area and it was a bit cool but the gas heaters made us comfortable. We enjoyed the tater tots and caviar appetizers - yummy sauce! The shrimp and grits were also tasty and I was happy to find a Muscadet on the wine menu! I would return for more of the innovative menu selections and the attentive service.

FR
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite spot!

ME
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time to dine at Tinker Street and very much enjoyed it. We are happy that we can get reservations as we were going to the Symphony after dinner. Keep up the good work! It is a fun place to have dinner!

FW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Tinker street is by far and away my favorite place to eat out. All of the entrees have been pleasant to divine especially the shrinp and grit, skate etc. I decided to try the paella this time around. The gnocchi was relatively tastless though the small morsels of chicken were ok. Back to the standard protocol next time. All other diners in a party of five(first timers) were extremely happy with rockfish and steak trotter, and risotto.

LP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff/service was incredible. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

B
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Waitress really knew the menu. Loved it!

BE
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The Tuesday special is an unbeatable value for some the best food you will ever have!

A
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! A wonderful place to celebrate events... we went for graduation dinner.

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect choice & the oysters never cease to amaze!

SU
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food with great options for everyone. The service we had was top notch.

KE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, disappointing. Food was okay, truly nothing blew me away.

EM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Seating a little tight. But overall excellent and highly recommended

OT
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice. Unique rotating menu with good quality food options

h
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and excellent. Great advice on wine, wait staff was prompt and helpful. I would highly recommend. Fantastic experience