Rathskeller Restaurant

4.3
814 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 cant find your time slot for your reservation. Please call the restaurant at 317-636-0396.
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I came across this restaurant after a quick search of the area. The historic building was interesting and full of antiques. The food was delicious and presented in large portions. I would eat here again and recommend this location to others.

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JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to get together with friends and family

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Not sure why would they have tables at the hallway. And why would we spend almost $80 to eat in the hallway? Btw the server was not polite and she looks so sweaty ..
I was worried when she was serving the food.

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Upon arrival we were just about to be seated when their phone rang. We stood there while the hostess answered the phone and carried on a conversation for five minutes. Finally someone else came up to seat us but we had to start completely over explaining who we were. When he sat us, I asked that it not be in the middle. He got annoyed but walked us to another table. Our server (Carly)was OUTSTANDING! We almost left but we’re glad we stayed to dine with her.
Doubt we will go back though.

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d
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with good german entrees. Great historical building

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ME
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ethnic food. Thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant

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DB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Rathskeller before a concert. There were seven in our group and most restaurants have difficulty seating and serving large groups. The Rathskeller had no trouble with either. The food came up in a timely manner and was great. I need to eat there more often.

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VL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our group of 10 was sat timely in a front room that was private. The room however was very chilly. Our order was taken quickly and food was prepared in a good amount of time. The salad lettuce was a bit browned and likely not new/fresh. Overall our meals tasted and looked appetizing and authentic. The ambiance of the restaurant itself was historic and pleasant. The staff was friendly and we got in and out in time for our next reservation.

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MB
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was great however we got there for dinner at 6:00. They were out of the first bottle of wine we choose and the soup of the day was gone in the time we placed our order to delivery.

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PT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Cloie. French onion soup is superb.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food as always. Highest marks there. Service was very good as well as the atmosphere .

Menu prices continue to creep upwards. We used to eat there regularly, but now generally reserve it for special occasions.

Overall, however, a great dining experience. We will, of course, return.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with my wife for a date night, New Years Eve!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here for my husbands birthday. Since we had visited Bavaria this past summer we had certain expectations. Our dining experience met and exceeded our expectations. We will be back!

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j
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed with our meal. Meats were warm side dishes cold

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going to Rathskeller on Christmas Eve for a few years now with family and love it. The waist staff was attentive, friendly and on point. If I were to be picky, the only thing I would have wanted different was to be seated in one of the smaller rooms or main dining area rather than in the large banquet room as we were. It was still festive though just not as cozy which is one of the reasons we choose Rathskeller in the first place. Still—we enjoyed our meal and the experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Salads and soups were very good. However entrees appeared to have set in the kitchen for too long. Two of them were barely edible! But we had waited so long we didn’t send them back.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The host acted like we had no reservation. We ended up waiting an additional 20 minutes for a table. The whole thing was very unorganized. Once we fi ally got a table the food and server were fantastic! Please fix front of house staff..

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GC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great German food. The mustard is outstanding. Very cute old time feel too.

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TZ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. Food was so so. Baked potatoes were cold and other food barely lukewarm.
Way overpriced for what we got.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there on a busy night, so our experience wasn’t typical. Our service was awesome, and we were glad we made a reservation as there was a show across the street and a wedding in the next room. Only negative was that our table was right at the entrance, so people waiting for their tables were standing next to us while we ate. We still had fun and enjoyed our meal.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Rating would be better if we were not sat at a table for two when there were 4 of us. All adults

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the restaurant and it's history along with the architecture. The service was wonderful. Seating is tight. Feels like they are trying to accommodate more people by adding more tables. We witnessed several complaints about not having enough room. The food was timely and well presented!

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MN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated on the dot of our reservation. We were lucky because our table was upstairs and we ended up having a room to ourselves making it a nice, intimate family dinner. Service was quick, knowledgeable and friendly. Portions were extremely generous and delicious cocktails. Such a wonderful night.

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S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Rathskeller is one of our family's favorite places to eat for special occasions. We scheduled our reservation a month in an advance only to show up and find that we were seated behind the hostess' station again. This would have been the 3rd time. We requested to be moved. The staff quickly responded to our request. We were lead up a flight of stairs to our new table. People were sitting on the steps which subtracted from the feeling of eating at a nice restaurant. Our waitress could have been more friendly. We had to wait a really long time for our check. Our food was good.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

While our experience was enjoyable and waitress attentive, the hostess was less than friendly and crammed my reservation for six group into two small tables when there were clearly better options. She barely spoke and was not friendly. The food was quite pricey for what was offered but delicious with large portions.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good carb rich German food and beer. Family enjoyed sharing sampler appetizer, large portion sizes. Good variety of beers. Overall good time.

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FC
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

While I’ve had the pleasure of dining at the Rathskeller several times over the years, this was the first time for our friends and the three teen family members we had with us. I was worried about the teens being happy with their food, as you can imagine. The two boys (16) had the lemon pepper chicken and loved it! Our 19 year old had a pizza concoction on french bread which was definitely enough for two. I had a really tasty club sandwich.

The gentleman serving asked up front if we were heading to a show so he’d know how to pace the kitchen. He brought two baskets of yummy German pretzels with horseradish mustard and melted cheese options for dipping. He got out us through dinner in just the right amount of time!

I adore the old world atmosphere of this place. You can easily imagine the generations who have eaten there before you. The leaded glass windows with stained glass inserts appear to be original. We’ve often attended their St. Patrick’s Day parties (the best in the city) so have enjoyed the large ballroom downstairs. We’ve also attended their Valentine’s Day dinner dances in the past at an upstairs ballroom. They have live shows in one part of the building and a YMCA fitness center in another part-it’s a huge place! (Oh don’t forget the fabulous biergarten where great musical groups play in the summer...and the Kellar Bar is a very cool and casual place for dinner and drinks. I just love the whole place!

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PK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service can't wait to go again. I had the Reuben could have split the serving . I felt that the menu was reasonably priced as well as the wine and cocktails.
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JM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great option for authentic German food while in Indianapolis. Easy walking distance from downtown hotels.

If you enjoy horseradish, you must try the brown mustard and soft pretzel!

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E
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really solid classic German restaurant. You can't really go wrong with the food, and some great beer. I think they could focus their menu a bit to concentrate on what they are really good at.

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Need more vegan options
(LOVE THERE MUSTARD)

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was not warm when served. This was not waitress fault. For the price we paid I would expectwarm food.

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S
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service and food was very good authentic German. Beer was also very good with the waitress giving us the opportunity to try different samples before deciding.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Everyone enjoyed the mustard and beers. Food as always TOP

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MM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the special and it was fantastic! I had my granddaughter with me, who is a very picky eater and she loved her food as well.

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SP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 ate at the Rathskeller prior to a concert at the old National Center in Indianapolis, IN. The German cuisine was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We would return without hesitation

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DG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Rathskeller is first rate for a few reasons. It doesn't just claim to be a German restaurant by title. It is as close as it gets. Having resided in Bavaria for 3 1/2 years, I can attest that it is as legit as it gets! Love the place year around.

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OT
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! High energy. Great food and extensive beer list. Servers are always knowledgeable about the menu

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for drinks, appetizer and soup pre-concert to keep it light. It was fantastic and I want to go back to explore the menu

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