Rathskeller Restaurant

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982 reviews
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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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JF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. We love eating at the Rathskeller!

SO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for traditional German food in an ambiance similar to what you would find in Germany. The service is good, the quality of food very authentic. Highly recommended.

F
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service superb

j
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serve an abundance of food. Starts with a bread plate with a pretzel served with spicy mustard. Dinner comes with soup or salad. Great blue cheese dressing. Had the sauerbraten and comes with two sides. Good choice of beer.

AR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Beautiful atmosphere

h
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous historical building, delicious food prepared well. Watch out for the mustard with a distinct horseradish kick. Great waitstaff and enough food for another meal. Highly recommend.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Cool historical building. Fast and friendly awesome service.

DR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My potato was cold, my meat was tough, and my bread pudding was quite small for the price.

A
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there on Monday. Best German food I’ve had in sometime

BW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Staff was unfriendly and stern, especially our female server Saturday evening who said she was training a new server. The trainer was abrupt with my guests and seemed impatient when she was asked questions about the food or beer. She intimidated my guests and rushed them, even though the restaurant wasn’t that busy. Similarly, when I called the restaurant Saturday evening to let them know we’d be about 5 minutes late for our reservation, the woman who answered the phone was brusque and not courteous. She didn’t even thank me for calling or say goodbye, she just hung up.

AC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle’s 74th birthday.

CB
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hosted a work event with 9 people and had great food and great service. Jen was our waiter and she was entertaining and great with recommendations. Rathskeller is a great place to go with a large group.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love coming to Rathskeller. The atmosphere is phenomenal, and the staff was more than accommodating for our group of 12. The food was delicious. Will definitely be returning!

PH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

Worst food I’ve ever had. Not sure how you can mess up pretzels and a tenderloin but it was terrible. When we told the waiter he said that since I ate some of the food (a bite of the fries and maybe half the sandwich) he wouldn’t take it off our check. The food tasted the way the place smells—OLD

JN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 8 people prior to a local comedy event. The restaurant was beautiful and we were promptly shown to our table. The food was good a bit overpriced in my option. The best part of the evening was our server Jennifer Noel. She was AMAZING! She was friendly and wasn’t frustrated by our silly and somewhat rowdy group. We’ll be back!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and German food. Great Service. One is the best restaurants in Indy.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Looking for something we hadn’t tried. Great schnitzel.

EF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great German food in a fantastic vintage building with lots of cool decor and ambiance. Service was fantastic. Always seemed to know when to show up but didn't intrude either. Drinks were never empty. Food was delicious and cooked perfectly. Highly recommend this if in the area and looking for a great meal in a cool setting.

S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very good service but the food was not authentic jagerschnitzel and entree just not that good.

M
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We we seated alone in a room at the rear of the restaurant and as a result, it took our server awhile to “find,” us. Soon, a party of 8 was seated next to us and we felt as though we were imposing on their party.
My wife did not receive what she had ordered but our server (Chloe) quickly corrected the mistake and offered a free dessert for the inconvenience. She was very good-attentive without being intrusive.
Overall, a good experience. Could have been really good though.

TT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food quality has really gone down. Service and ambience is great.

FH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Out of 5 meals, only one of them was acceptable. The pork chops were tough and the schnitzel was overcooked. This was kind of our last-ditch attempt at a restaurant we have always loved. The last three times we have gone there something has gone wrong from a long wait time after ordering to other examples of food problems.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Two issues with the service. When arrived no one at the front desk to verify my reservation. Had to walk to the bar to find anyone to seat us. Bartender then went to find a person to seat us. Not sure if the person waiting on us was really a waiter, if he was needed to improve upon his waiting skills. Food was excellent though. Go and enjoy the food but don't expect to much from the wait staff.

TW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tablecloth was dirty/soiled with food upon our arrival, no mention made to change. Both of our water glasses were also dirty on the outside, flatware felt soiled, had spots on all pieces. Food was solid, if not exceptional. The sauer braten was dry, was grateful for the gravy. All other parts of meal were what one should expect in a German restaurant. Note: No prices on the beers were evident, should probably have this included in menu. When ordering from the dinner menu, there is no mention made of any sides that come included with the selection of the main course. This, too, should likely be changed.

MS
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a new food area for us. Our server was amazing, provided clear accurate descriptions, offered a couple of samples, and made perfect selections after talking to us. She did all this while handling a full section.

BI
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level a bit high yet kind of expected with the beer garden open. Overall experience was very pleasant.

KJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in a Bavarian family. This restaurant offers a good selection of German food and beer that tastes great. After dinner we went in the beer garden for live music, which is an awesome venue. I highly recommend making a reservation as it was busy (and I can see why). I will definitely go again next time I am Indy!

TW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went here before watching the show at the Murat Theatre. It was really busy, but we had a reservation and went right in. There wasn't a lot of room and we had to kind of squeeze at our table. It took 5 minutes before our waiter finally came over to take our drink order. During that time other servers kept trying to bring us drinks that another table had ordered. We were concerned about time and ordered food that was already prepared. The food came out within 2 minutes and it tasted excellent. The bread was incredible. They also give you rolls and a soft pretzel. The salad had homemade dressing and reminded me of my childhood. Overall, I am quite happy with the experience. I just wish they would have given us a little more room to sit. On another note, the performance at the Murat was sub par, and this was the bright spot of our evening.

DP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good german food, reasonable for the price and the service was great.

AS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was good but for the price i am not sure I would go back. I would recommend it just as an experience to try something different. The food tasted good but my pork was very overcooked which is unfortunate because the seasoning was really good.

A
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rathskeller's ambience reminds you of old Europe, and the unique character outclasses any chain restaurant. If you have a fondness for German food, this is the place to come for ochsenschwanz suppe (oxtail soup), saurbraten, schnitzel, kassler ripchen, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and red cabbage, the Rathskeller delivers (although the schnitzel is best at dinner). There is also a wide selection of entrees to satisfy every palate. The salads are generous, and the home made blue cheese or hot bacon dressing can't be beat. There's seafood, pasta, beef, chicken, and pork options, as well as a variety of sandwiches. Naturally, the beer selection is superb. I'm not as familiar with their wine offerings, but assume its decent. As a landmark of the area's once vast German community and its prominence in Indianapolis' history (Kurt Vonnegut's grandfather was the building's architect), this is great place to bring out-of-town guests.

JU
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, waitress was excellent! Beer list great! Would definately go again soon!

TE
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone that might be looking for anything even CLOSE to German food. I would describe this as a bland attempt of jazzing up canned vegetables. Had to ask for draft beer twice. The first was a German one that was on it's last leg of freshness. The second was a Stella (who can mess that up?) that smelled and tasted like a sour mop. Quite disappointing and would never go back.

G
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good, love the atmosphere, service was extremely slow.

LH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. We were seated promptly for lunch, our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and helpful. Food was good as always!

AG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at The Rathskeller. It's always a fun environment and the food is not run-of-the-mill burgers and fries. The service was prompt and the wine and beer recommendations were very good. We also didn't feel rushed to eat and leave. Thanks for a great night!

RT
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

We were seated in the far left room and did NOT enjoy the ambiance in there at all. It was our first trip to your establishment and the service and food were good, but where we were seated was horrible. I had hoped with a reservation, we would’ve been seated in the nicer main dining room. Disappointing.

t
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent German cooking. I grew up in a German household and it felt like I was back home again.

N
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This is a perfect location if attending anything at the Murat theatre. We chose to eat in the bar because not everyone wanted a sandwich and the menu in the beer garden is limited. The entire restaurant has great ambience but the food was a huge disappointment. The bratwurst was large and over cooked on a stale pretzel bun. In a check around the table the only thing anyone would order again was the side of succotash ( like a bean soup).
Great beer selection and awesome fun beer garden. Just eat before you go.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Jennifer is a lovely waitress

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