Rathskeller Restaurant

4.2
741 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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 cant find your time slot for your reservation. Please call the restaurant at 317-636-0396.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, American, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 636-0396
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party contact
Dan McMichael, Brooke Morrison, Kim Weaver: (317) 636-0396
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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 Dan McMichael or Brooke Morrison at 317-636-0396 for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Jersey & Massachusetts
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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.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 741 People Are Saying
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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and great service! Will come back again.

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JS
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Very authentic food that I ordered, I did see that you could get other things that weren’t German .

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MS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Authentic old restaurant. Pretty charming.
I would gladly go there to sit in the beer garden or the bar with a bunch of friends and enjoy a nice drink.
Food was disappointing. The menus looked great and authentic but having lived in Germany for number of years I was disappointed with the food once it arrived. The portions were impressive size but the food tasted bland. It was “meh” okay at best. And rather expensive...

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Concert at Murat

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CA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We totally enjoyed our meal! My husband especially liked the German Potato Salad and my daughter in law enjoyed the schnitzel! I had delicious chicken Diane and would highly recommend it for those who don’t crave German food.

The Bri cheese with fruit and stuffed mushroom appetizers were also yummy. Be careful with the mustard in the bread and pretzel basket they put on the table—that mustard is right up there with St. Elmo’s cocktail sauce in terms of hotness—takes your breath away!!!!

We considered this a wonderful way to prepare us for the Marvelous Jenny Devoe concert at the Rathskeller Friday evening!! Definitely will return!

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SC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attending a concert across street at Old National Center. Found Rathskeller on internet. Took a chance on it. Great place! Beautiful decor, great atmosphere, outstanding food. Best though, was the service. Our waitress, Jennifer, was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. She made our visit a real treat!

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MA
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

after getting drenched in a pouring rain while trying to get a parking
receipt, the entire staff was OBLIVIOUS to our wet discomfort...the offer of a towel would have been a nice gesture...the food was horrible............dry spaetzle, dry beef...we ate so little of our entrees
you think someone would have wondered why...the pretzel was very good...the mustard was very hot...without a warning...why is there no parking lot??? why in this lovely, authentic looking
space is there not decent German fare???

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ML
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I guess we were expecting a bit more after reading other reviews. Felt like it was a bit expensive for what we got. I am not opposed to paying for a nice meal, but didn’t seem “worth it.” Limited “German” menu for food.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, really good. Biergarden is usually great (sometimes charges a cover). Had not been for dinner before but was very pleased! Had the Veggie Entree (pick 5 side dishes) and enjoyed it. Reservations accepted. Kids were eating at the tables near us. Food came out pretty quickly. Precious, our waitress, was great! We weren't sure what to order so read the entire menu. She was patient and helpful and super sweet.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great and super authentic. Server didn't seem like she wanted to be there or had too many tables and was overwhelmed. Either way just didn't seem in a good mood and we waited awhile for her to come around.

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SW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Energetic atmosphere with an awesome building in a fun part of town.

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good, service was terrible. Really enjoyed the Hot Wurst plate and the beer was great. Waitress was far and few between.

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BP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We had reservations but were seated in the overflow area anyway. The overflow area was very cold. I informed our waiter that it was cold in the room and his response was that there nothing that could be done about it. We were seated at a very small table for two. When my husband cut his meat the table it wobbled to the point I felt it might fall over. We made our waitress aware and we were moved to another table. We had to help the waitress move our food to the new table.

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JD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good and generous portions. Service was poor.

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FL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was bad and when they complained, they promised to take the meal off. Instead, they nickeled and dimed us for sides we didn't eat.

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to this landmark. Very pleased! Service prompt and the food was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great leisurely dinner before Old National Center show across the street.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner after at Broadway Show at the Murat!

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J
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. Fun interesting atmosphere

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S
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We were seated in a room all to ourselves with no other diners. It was like the maitre'd was trying to hide us in a back room. Did not like the atmosphere. We did have a good server.

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B
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration was special Thank You

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Wanted badly to like this. Have lived in Germany and this was sadly lacking in all areas. Food forgotten or wrong and not very authentic. Only 1 round of drinks was offered. Seemed neglected. Best thing about it was the open table reservation was spot on. Want German food? Go to Edelweiss in south Indy.

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TL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. Great place to go before a shoe at the Murat!

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ER
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very accommodating. The entrees were very good, the side dishes were just okay.

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TO
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch before a show- there is a variety of choices and the prices were reasonable. The food was delicious. We would definitely come back again!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter Andrew needs to write down orders if he can’t remember them. He not only messed our order up but also the table next to us. My boyfriends order wasn’t even close.

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! The building is full of history and the architecture is impressive. Huge beer menu from around the world. The food is delicious and the servers are knowledgeable about the menu and the beer

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, excellent experience! Great food and atmosphere. Split a plate, portions are large. Looking forward to going back!

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had intended to eat at Rathskeller for a number of years after hearing good things from many people who had dined there; I was not disappointed. It was a Tuesday night, so it was a little quieter than I imagine it would be on the weekends when they have live music but that was perfect for us.
The menu selection was wide and variable, so it was difficult to choose a meal as a first time visitor but I was determined to try what I would consider their signature fare and went with the Schlacht Platte; a smoked pork chop with a apple walnut sauce. The meat was perfect and the accompanying spaetzle and potato pancake were excellent compliments. We also had the Raspberry bread pudding for dessert and while it wasn't my first choice, it was very good and I'm sure bread pudding fans would be pleased.
The price point was manageable and certainly not as steep as some of your nearby steakhouses or seafood restaurants. We were all in for around $100 for the 2 of us but that included a couple of drinks and an appetizer in addition to our entrees/dessert. Needless to say, we were stuffed but very happy.

We will definitely be back.

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DF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Replacement band for Jenny Devoe was about 2 decibels too loud.

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GB
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I have been to The Rathskeller several times, mostly to celebrate birthdays. I usually have an above average experience. This time was just okay. I went with several family members who had never been to Indianapolis before and we thought the Rathskeller would be a great idea. They were participating in Indy Devour and one of my Mom's favorite performers was going to be there Jennie Devoe. We found out when we got there that Jennie Devoe was sick and wouldn't be there that night. Very sad about that because we specially picked The Rathskeller to eat so we could go to her show after. The food was just mediocre. We all ordered from the Devour Menu. The best appetizer was the Krat n Brat Balls. They were so tasty. I ordered the cold cut plate and it was just okay. I also was excited to finally see a normal steak option on the menu. Usually it's a steak that's stuffed with a bunch of stuff, but this was a Ribeye. I now know why they have never had just a normal steak on the Devour menu. It was not great. Three of us got the Ribeye and all of our cuts of meat were less than par. Very fatty and not much flavor. One of my aunts ordered the Salmon and we all tried it and it was delicious. We were all jealous we didn't order it. So if I come back I will definitely be ordering that. My dessert was the Bread Pudding and that was actually very good. Our service was just okay too. He seemed to be a little overwhelmed with the amount of tables assigned to him. I had to specifically ask him for the bread basket. I would definitely go back. The wine and beer options are awesome. And the ambience of the place is fantastic. I would love to take a tour of the building. It's just beautiful.

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DE
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Though the service was great and the place was beautiful, the food was not to my liking.

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GA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Very very dissapointed. First we wanted to sit outside but were told it was a $7 cover and the band wasn’t playing for another two hours. Next we sat inside a small room, with a very smelly guy sitting next to us. Next the food was just ok. I was hoping to be wowed but I was not. I won’t be back.

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s
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excited to visit and it never disappoints. Our server told us she has worked there 23 years, which should say it all. Our meal was OUTSTANDING. It is ALWAYS a special occasion at Rathskeller. While the
German food is stellar, there is something for everyone, never fear.

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T
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food plentiful and good. Bread pudding was yummy!

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Best German food I have tasted. Fun to enjoy inside dining and then go outside to enjoy the band on premises. Staff were attentive and helpful.

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PV
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing. Some dishes were more appetizing than others. Quite noisy.

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WB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a late birthday lunch on a Saturday (1:30 pm). Service was somewhat slow and we felt more like an inconvenience than guests. Ive been about half a dozen times and I felt like the food was very average compared to other visits. Made a reservation and indicated we had 2 birthdays in our party. No recognition at all. My 3 first timers were under impressed and I was disappointed that I strongly recommended it.

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NM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Ratskeller several times over the past 20 years. It is ALWAYS a treat. The food is truly authentic German cuisine and the building itself is a real gem.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food, and amazing service! I recommend the schnitzel

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