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Rathskeller Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1629 Reviews
$30 and under
German
*Please note that reservations are strictly for Main Dining Room dining ONLY. We do not take reservations for the Biergarten at this time. Call with any questions!

Bavarian Flair in Downtown Indy! Set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. We feature traditional German entrees and a full range of salads, pasta, seafood, beef, pork and chicken entrees. If you can't find your time slot for your reservation, please call the restaurant at 317-636-0396.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Beer Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (317) 636-0396

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We are the onsite caterer for the building. We also offer offsite catering for any size party. All catering menus are able to be customized by the clients. We have a full range of options from German to American cuisine. Contact the Special Events team at 317-636-0396 for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Dan McMichael, Brooke Morrison, Kim Weaver: (317) 636-0396

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Indy

  • Cross street

    New Jersey & Massachusetts

  • Parking details

    There are meters all the way around the building that you can pay up to 4 hours with a credit card. There are pay lots to the east and south of the building that charge $5-$10 per car.

  • Entertainment

    May-October we have live music in our outdoor Biergarten Thursday-Saturday nights. It is 21+ area and does allow smoking. November-April we have live music inside in our ballroom and it is all ages unless otherwise specified. There is no smoking inside. Bands range from local cover bands to national rock and country.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,629 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Indiana

    Good for groups

  • Indianapolis

    Good for groups

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  1. HD

    HaroldD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Rathskeller and do not get down there as often as we would like. The German food is outstanding and the Warsteiner Beer on tap is my favorite. Love the Wurst Platte.
  2. MT

    MarciaT

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The pork chop was excellent. The spaetzle was not hot enough. The bread pudding was a little disappointing, too thin.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food and make sure you bring your appetite for the very lLARGE portions! Excellent Service and expansive beer menu!
  4. JM

    JMG13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was an experience and the beer flight was perfect!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first experience at the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. The restaurant is festive for the holidays, the service was top notch, and the variety of offerings on the menu had something for everyone. The food was great as well.
  6. C

    Chuck

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our waitress, Jennifer, was outstanding! It was a wonderful experience.
  7. JD

    JessicaD

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, our waitress was the BEST! If you're in Indy, don't pass it up!
  8. BY

    BrianY

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Always the best German food in Indy. There were four of us celebrating birthdays and made reservations at 5:15 on a Sunday but, it was not busy at all that day. The Wursts are always fantastic and the Schnitzel is great. I recommend the seven bean succotash and my wife loves the creamed spinach. Their beer selection is pretty awesome too.
  9. TY

    TaylorY

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Nice restaurant but the food was just terrible. Very expensive for such low quality meals.
  10. ML

    MikeL

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Stick with the sausages.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great & Mike was our waiter… he provided us with wonderful service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Rathskeller is always great. The Yeagerschnitzel paired with their Oktoberfest is magical.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here and it did not disappoint! Service was amazing and friendly and even let us taste test the Saurbraten to make sure we’d like it before ordering!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This place advertises itself as Bavarian cuisine, so I was pretty excited going in. The Rathskeller was a huge disappointment. They neglect a lot of traditional Bavarian offerings for standard pub grub and the stuff that is actually Bavarian is just plain bad. Dry Brezeln, dry Spätzle, and dry, bland Jägerschnitzel. I almost cried. My waitress seemed sweet, but she was busy taking care of the large party on the other side of the room. It took forever for her to realize I was done eating and waiting for my check.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cool experience. Drinks were good. German fare was as expected. Great room to dine in. A little quiet at night after Colts game on a Sunday but could see it being popular on Saturday night. Wait staff knew it’s stuff.
  16. JB

    JuliaB

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Charcuterie board was very good. Entrees were lacking flavor and served cold.
  17. TH

    TravisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great introduction to German food. I should have arrived earlier to tour the building. I had a great time. The staff were attentive without being overbearing.
  18. JR

    JamesR

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my retirement party on Saturday and we had a great waitress. The food was incredibil.
  19. NH

    NateH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I've been to The Rathskellar on several occasions. Excluding this most recent visit, I would've described the restaurant as a good place to have an authentic German cuisine experience. In this most recent visit I came to the conclusion that I won't return to this restaurant. Upon arrival I waited at the host stand while two employees stood idly looking at each other and back at me for what seemed like an eternity then one of them made themselves busy and started cleaning a table while the other stood and awkwardly looked around. After about 3 minutes of this a third employee came out and greeted me and got my party seated. The atmosphere was dead and cold you could tell the employees were miserable. We ordered a few appetizers, stuffed mushrooms, brie plate, loaded fries, and chicken cordon bleu fingers. None of them were worth finishing or taking home except the brie plate but we didn't bother sending anything back. Based on what we observed in employee morale it didn't seem like it would improve. After the appetizers I was the only one willing to try an entree. I had the Schlacht Platte which was no different from the appetizers in that it was not worth eating. Our waitress was kind and did her job to an acceptable degree (put in orders correctly, checks were accurate, and checked in periodically). That being said, for the price point, service from start to finish was lacking. Worst dining experience I've had in Indianapolis to date. Sadly I can no longer recommend this restaurant.
  20. AK

    AbbeyK

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food. Always good to have consistency when coming here!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town to see a musical and decided to try it out! It was a very enjoyable experience!
  22. SB

    SharonB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday with granddaughter
  23. JP

    JessicaP

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Indy staple, very popular. Great place for beer & appetizers. Frequently has live music. For dinner, it's pricey but portions are very large. There's a high fee to split a meal, though they do provide extra sides.
  24. s

    susang

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Robin and staff were great!
  25. NM

    NewMealChoice

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time, will be back! stuffed mushrooms were amazing along with the Kielbasa!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were celebrating her birthday. We both had the schnitzel, which was excellent. The restaurant was nice to be in, great atmosphere. We had a great evening, and an excellent meal!
  27. b

    bogie

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Have eaten here before and had a great experience was traveling with adult daughter showed her the city and wanted to go out of our way to come here. This time the service was horrible the place was empty and it took forever for our food and beverages. However the food was outstanding as usual just wish we had a little better service. That being said even in a well-established restaurant like this good service is hard to find these days
  28. MR

    MarjorieR

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Best ambiance for Oktoberfest . Good food and perfect for a small get together
  29. RR

    RaeRO

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Wanted to take my visiting relatives who are also German immigrants to a great German meal. The food did not disappoint. However, it's like trying to sit down to a nice family dinner in the middle of a college bar. Full of drunk people running around the restaurant, trashing the bathrooms, and bumping into tables. It's been like this every time I've gone (maybe 3-4 times over as many years), so I don't think it's a fluke. I just wish there was a separate area for quiet dining so my older relatives don't feel so put out by the college crowd.
  30. MG

    MatthewG

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Jennifer was our simply wonderful waitress, an expert guide to the beers , wine and cuisine.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendship. First there there and will definitely go back . We would like to enjoy the beer garden
  32. CO

    CandyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Rathskeller is an amazing place to see! I lived in Germany so some of the things brought back a lot of memories. Only complaint about the food is the potato cake I ordered didn’t taste anything like Germanys. Other than that it was good.
  33. MN

    MarkN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere service was also fantastic
  34. S

    Samanthah

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service and experience
  35. BV

    BVargas

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Sadly both the food and the service were lackluster. The ambiance had an authentic European feel, though.
  36. PP

    PamelaP

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a large party of 12 and had great service!
  37. AM

    AimeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It felt like taking a step back in history. The food was wonderful and the beer was the best I have ever had. It was very affordable and a great atmosphere for my son (14 months) while my husband and I enjoyed sampling a flight. We will definitely be back!
  38. K

    Kordless

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Haven’t been here in quite a while but met friends for beer and dinner. I had forgotten how good the food is! It was a Saturday night so the only “complaint” would be it got super noisy around 9pm and us old people couldn’t deal with it too much longer lol.
  39. S

    Saurkraut

    Denver

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and friendly, efficient service. Nice selection of German and other European beers. The sauerbraten was somewhat overcooked. The sides were very good. Noisy atmosphere on a busy Friday night.
  40. SD

    SunDevil

    St. Louis

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I was somewhat disappointed by my dinner - rouladen! The meat was tender but somewhat dry. I expected the roulden to be stuffed with a sweet pickle based on previous experience but it came with a cucumber pickle. Not a bad thing but different. My potato pancake and applesauce were tasty but there was only a single potato pancake. The service was friendly, helpful and efficient. My wife had the schnitzel which she said was very good but she was disappointed with the spatele noodles.

FAQs

Rathskeller Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 636-0396.

Rathskeller Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1629 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for Rathskeller Restaurant

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Additional information

  • Cross street

    New Jersey & Massachusetts

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Indy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are meters all the way around the building that you can pay up to 4 hours with a credit card. There are pay lots to the east and south of the building that charge $5-$10 per car.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    May-October we have live music in our outdoor Biergarten Thursday-Saturday nights. It is 21+ area and does allow smoking. November-April we have live music inside in our ballroom and it is all ages unless otherwise specified. There is no smoking inside. Bands range from local cover bands to national rock and country.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (317) 636-0396

  • Catering

    We are the onsite caterer for the building. We also offer offsite catering for any size party. All catering menus are able to be customized by the clients. We have a full range of options from German to American cuisine. Contact the Special Events team at 317-636-0396 for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Dan McMichael, Brooke Morrison, Kim Weaver: (317) 636-0396

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