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Rathskeller Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1602 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 13 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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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    CandyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. MN

    MarkN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Samanthah

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service and experience
  5. BV

    BVargas

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Sadly both the food and the service were lackluster. The ambiance had an authentic European feel, though.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. S

    Saurkraut

    Denver

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 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.
  10. SD

    SunDevil

    St. Louis

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 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.
  11. BG

    BuffG

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jennifer was excellent server!
  12. CC

    CarlC

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Having been here several times in the past, we know the Rathskeller has tasty and authentic German food -- we'll be back again!!
  13. P

    Patron

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic food and facility. Very fun. Great beer selections.
  14. MP

    MarybethP

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all time favorite restaurants in Indy and favorite German restaurant overall. I grew up in a German American family and enjoyed many of these dishes throughout my lifetime. Food was delicious,authentic (like my mom’s!) , and impeccably prepared, service was top notch . I will keep coming back again and again!
  15. AR

    AnnR

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. This restaurant has become a must stop place on our yearly trip to Indy.
  16. DL

    DennisL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were very disappointed in the taste of the food. It tasted pre-made and was served lukewarm. My expectations were set way too high based upon the 4 star collective review and the expensive prices. We see no reason to ever return.
  17. DH

    DanielH

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent; ambience perfect; worth the trip from Cincinnati.
  18. GM

    GerardoM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Food was surprisingly bad. I haven't been to the R in years; I never thought it was great but just OK. My German friends concurred. Yesterday I was surprised: 30.00 and up for any entree -- quality was about Cracker Barrel. Server was great and prompt; very nice lady.
  19. D

    Danlawboy

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved a table for 8 on a busy Saturday night and they had the table ready for us when we arrived. The service was excellent and the food was good hearty German fare. An excellent experience all around.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the unique ambiance of the old-world German feel. The food was good and the service was excellent. Our waitress handled one issue very well and we enjoyed the overall experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always great to get in there. Beer was great. Server was great. Lunch was perfect. Wish I could get over there every day. Would argue it’s the best lunch spot in the city and has been for quite some time. Hat tip to Wayne. Always great to see him and Mike when I can. Best bartenders in Indy. Make you feel like family every single time.
  22. B

    Bill

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I’ve been to the Rathskeller a few times. Our visit there Saturday night was our worst visit. Our service was very slow both for drinks and food. Some of the food was barely warm when it arrived at the table, like it had been sitting a while. The food was all delicious, just not all hot. We’d hoped to sit anywhere that would allow us to overhear the music in the Biergarten but weren’t able to because we brought our teenage sons with us. I’ll come back because I know sometimes there’s just a “bad night” where things don’t work out.
  23. GV

    GigiV

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table had the fortune of getting Dominic as our server. It was our first time and wanted to make this extra special for my Father in law who is part German. He was enjoying the experience, the food, including Dominic’s staging of the spicy mustard, etc. My family had an amazing time we plan to be back!
  24. AM

    AndrewM

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great Service!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to enjoy dining with friends.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic personal service and a wide variety of menu options.
  27. LH

    LousyHostess

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. Service was OK. Staff needs an education in the hospitality field. It's not that they were not just not accommodating, but seemed to be intent on not even trying at all. They split our group (9 and 3) to separate corners of the room. Opposite corners of the same room. The larger table was set for 11, and they refused to add an extra seat. When the 3 were seated there was a table set for 4 open next to the larger group. A table set for 5 was open the entire time we were dining that was again right next to the larger group, including after we left. So, they could have put our group at tables next to each other. I mean. This dinner was supposed to be the final hurrah before everyone went back home. Waving to each other from the other side of the room wasn't what we had in mind. Might come back. Probably won't to be honest.
  28. BB

    BruceB

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment I arrived I felt at home. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing! Not the last time I’ll enjoy a meal there.
  29. TK

    ToddK

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such great, authentic food and ambiance. Love this place.
  30. DS

    DeirdreS

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with great German food choices. Service was amazing. The hot mustard cleared my sinuses.
  31. Z

    Zoya

    Cleveland

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at The Rathskeller. Parking was a bit of a problem, so if you need to park a car, go a bit early. Also, they were having a concert there in another room, so we saw a huge line coming out the door when we first got there. It freaked us out, but we will quickly learned that if you were just there for dinner you could just go right in. The hot wurst plate appetizer was really good and easily enough for two or three people. It could be an entree. Mushroom soup was also delicious. My only comment about the Jager schnitzel other than it's delicious was it could have used a few more mushrooms. My husband's schnitzel parmesan was also delicious and a bit unusual. Highly recommend. We'll go back.
  32. C

    Cami

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not to be missed something different home style meal good beer fun atmosphere simple and fun. The outdoor patio also has live music and was beautiful to sit outside and listen with full bar service. Check it out!!!
  33. RB

    RyanB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall it was a good experience. Loved our server. Food was good, but didn’t quite meet our expectations.
  34. E

    Escape4us

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Portion sizes were enormous! Service was slow for a Monday evening. Overall good experience.
  35. BC

    BetseyC

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic, she was so knowledgeable and personable and funny! Can’t wait to go again.
  36. h

    hlc5639

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    A charming place to eat but the food has slipped. The spätzle was awful, almost inedible. The German potato salad had brown gravy all over it, The schnitzels ere delicious, however. The waitstaff need a little training especially about wines and the correct way to pour i t,
  37. C

    Chuck

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Received a warm welcome and seated promptly. Our server, Cindy, was so friendly and helpful; we were blessed to have her serve us! The food was delicious and was served in generous portions. In all, it was a very pleasant dining experience. Thank you!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar area and everything was great!
  39. B

    Bulk

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Family reunion-/ service was excellent, food was very good, & would’ve been nice to have larger portions
  40. JH

    JamesH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, service, beer, and atmosphere

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 1602 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 13 times today
Google Map for Rathskeller Restaurant

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

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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