Rathskeller Restaurant

4.3
695 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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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.
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 695 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

It's a little pricey, but you do get a generous amount of food with your order. They have a good selection and the atmosphere is great and cozy

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Best beer list in all of Indy. We went here for my husband's birthday and it was delicious - the food and the beer. The Jäegerschnitzel is one of our favorite meals to get to celebrate special occasions.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We were in Indy for the Drum & Bugle Competition and wanted not your typical food or restaurant.
Rathskeller is a fun atmosphere and food was very good. Enjoyed the beer that our waiter recommended.
We'd go back.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had a lovely Server and the staff was very friendly. There were four of us, and two dinners were very good and two were just average. The warm bread, pretzels and hot mustard were fabulous! The wine selection was excellent as was the beer selection. Overall the experience was good, however, the restaurant is very tired and needs upgrades to the carpeting, ballroom and bathrooms. We would go back.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Belated Father’s Day

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

I was somewhat disappointed with the schnitzel, what I would consider a signature dish. The breading was soft and stuck right to the meat. It should be light, crispy, and flaky to be true to the original.

Plus they are not shy about their prices and parking is a nightmare.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Overall good but not really authentic german food. Fairly pricey for quality of meals. Interesting old building - much better german food out there but maybe not in Indianapolis area. Worth trying at least once!

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Planned a business meal here with a group, the service from the time we walked in to sitting at the bar and waiting for 45 minutes before we left and went somewhere else for dinner. disorganized, bad service and has become a big disappointment!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This was our first visit to The Rathskeller, and our last. Several of us who were stationed in Germany in the 1990's met there from 3 different states (Florida, Kansas, and Indiana) for a mini reunion. We were looking forward to some awesome German food. We did not get it sadly.

The wait staff was pleasant. The decor and ambiance was ok. The food was terrible.

Anyone who has ever had good jaeger schnitzel, or even average jaeger schnitzel, will be disappointed in what is offered here. The food was not seasoned well (potatoes, noodles, other sides) and the potato wedges were basically quartered baked potatoes they re-baked. They tasted old and stale.

The appetizer breads were stale. I know what you are thinking... German breads are crusty. There is a difference between crusty, and rock hard pretzels. Crusty breads hide delicious middles. That was not the case with what we had during our visit.

I had a bottled beer. It was really good. The Rathskeller can't really take credit for that. Some of us had Cokes. The waitress came around and refilled them with flat watered down coke, making the cokes flat and watered down. Why? If you are going to do drink refills from a picture, at least put fresh drink in the picture.

Overall this was a very disappointing experience, and we wont be going there again.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was great. We all had the schnitzel. The pretzels they bring before the meal are great but beware of the spicy mustard! Neat German atmosphere. It was raining so we didn't get to try out the beer garden.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Old world charm, excellent cuisine, superb service. All we could have wanted.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had not been to the Rathskeller in years and remembered it tasting good and being a reasonably priced restaurant....my how things have changed!
We were shocked at how expensive our meals were for the quality. The spaetzele were cold and doughy, the schnitzel couldn't be cut without a sharp knife and even with that it was too tough to chew and the mustard sauce for the pretzel rolls was so spicy hot that it couldn't be eaten! We did ask for another sauce and were given a watered down cheese sauce
Sadly, next time we have to go downtown we will not be choosing The Rathskeller to meet up with friends for dinner and drinks.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My adult son and I went for lunch. We had a fantastic time and the German food was great!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food and beer!! We love this place and have been coming for years. The French Onion soup is a great starter, and we usually get the hot wurst platter that comes with an assortment of sausages with sauerkraut and red cabbage and is plenty to share. I got the Cordon Bleu Schnitzel and it was excellent!! Can't go wrong with this restaurant. It is a little more pricey than average, but the quality is well worth it!

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Sunday evening. Almost empty. Slow service. Food okay.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Very good food and great service. Friendly staff

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We were not greeted after entering the bar. We sat for 10 minutes before anyone accknowledged us even though several employees walked by our table in that time. Our server never brought us water even though we asked for it. Over all it was extremely disappointing. I think it would be improved by better attending to your guests the moment they enter your space. And water...like...just bring water, immediately, isn’t that what servers are trained to do?
The only good thing about our evening was the French onion soup. FRENCH. We picked the restaurant because of the German theme but even that was a bit of a let down.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The waitstaff definitely seems like they are spread thin. However, the pretzels in the bread basket were a nice touch. The salads were delicious, which can often be an afterthought in restaurants. Everyone at the table enjoyed their proteins, but some were not impressed with the their side dishes like the spaetzel because they were a bit bland and overworked. The creamed spinach was SO good! The pretzels and creamed spinach were definitely the highlights. Overall, it was good, but not really at the top of my list for places I would recommend to people.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We had 2 Chef Salads and the meat taste like process meat. Would have sent them back but we was running short on time to attend the Yanni Concert. Probably would rate salad as the worst Chef salad we have ever had.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great old building with a very nice Biergarten. The Malibu Schnitzel my wife had has fantastic. I had the shrimp Diablo. It was very tasty but very little shrimp. Don’t appreciate paying $20 for noodles. The Biergarten didn’t have servers so we had to go to the bar to get our own drinks. The problem is it is downstairs and very hard for N older guy to carry a bunch of drinks outside. The bartender had the personality of a rock. It sounds like I didn’t like it there but I really do. Just needs some better customer service

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Fun and relaxed place for German food and drink! The beer is cold and the German food is good. They also have other "American fare" so it should please everyone- German and non German alike!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We always enjoy eating at the Rathskeller. We like to bring out of town guest there

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great overall!

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

No idea why the great reviews. The most I can say is - blah. Schnitzel was dry and thick - not properly flattened out. The side dishes were similarly mediocre. My friend got the Wurst Salad which was a joke. It was a big pile of iceberg lettuce with a few pieces of salami cut up on top along with some shredded cheddar cheese. No idea where the “wurst” was supposed to be. The loaded steak fries were good but it’s basically sliced up baked potato with lots of cheese and sour cream and some bacon. At least the bacon was real but only about 10 pieces of scallions. And the schnitzel dinner cost $26! That is a ridiculous price for the lack of quality in the meal. It was basically cafeteria food. It’s in a great old building but that’s not enough to make a visit here worthwhile.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I loved the ambiance of the old building. The service was ok. Some people at our table had their drinks refilled. Others didn't. The food was lukewarm at best. I found the schnitzel too thick and chewy. It's supposed to be thin. The German potato salad was not an authentic recipe but was ok. The potato pancake was cold and chewy. The preztels were delicious. Only one small one to share between 5 adults at the table. So much could be improved to make this a great place to dine. I suppose if you didn't know better you could accept the food as is. Coming from a German family and having traveled to Germany I was disappointed in the food. I will not visit this establishment again. Too expensive for the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Attended a conference and read about this place on Tripadvisor after a friend recommended it. It is downtown, but a few blocks (or more) away from the central dining/bar areas, and located in a historic bldg. It is located below street level, with authenic decor...steins and other items. I got the Sauerbraten and my wife got the schnitzel. Both were really good, with excessive portions of food. had plenty leftover for later. I got the apple strudel, which was also very good. With a drink, sharing a dessert and tip, in the $80-90 range, and it felt worth it. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We have been eating here since 1986. That is when we were transferred here. I am German. We love the place even during the years of lousy service. I had the sauerbraten in the eights. It was lousy. I thought I would try again Saturday. It was lousy. It is not pickled as it should be and was so dry I could not swallow it. Potato pancake and creamed spinach were outstanding. My wife’s pork was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were a group of 12 with a reservation, and they were able to seat us immediately. The service and food were great!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our group of 7 gathered on the night before the Indy 500 - sort of an annual occasion to get together several of us that have been attending the 500 for several years. The Rathskeller was placed us in a setting that easily accommodated our group in a side room with limited tables so the sound level was moderate and we were able to chat during the meal. The waitress was excellent - obviously experienced at handling a group our size. Food and beer were great! On the way out, we passed through the outdoor beer garden and saw the folks having a really good time.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The atmosphere was very nice. Great effort has been taken to keep the history of the interior authentic and original. The food was excellent and the beer offerings were great. To go to a place that felt authentic and original was romantic, cozy and fascinating. The food also was authentic to dishes that I tried in Germany. It was a wonderful experience from the decor, the food and the service. Definitely worth a return visit. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The food was great and the service was, too. Our waiter was very helpful

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The Rathskeller can meet many different dining and entertaining needs. They have special event rooms, a beer garden, an old European style dining area similar to many in Germany, a pub, and a dance club under one roof, and at least three different menus. Included on the menu are house made red cabbage, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes, as well as a variety of wursts and schnitzels. Other "American" foods are available for those who aren't thrilled by German fare. We enjoyed the diverse European beer offerings as well as our food. I highly recommend that out of towners who like local history and excellent ethnic food try The Rathskeller for a sample of Indianapolis's cultural charm.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We were in town for a conference had reservations for a group of 10. Our group size doubled very quickly, and we were encouraged to move out the Biergarten so we could be seated together. We had a wonderful, casual evening. What a gem! The best wurst around, and the beer was awesome!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Sausages were good but thbut spaetzle was gummy, the sauces were bland and the red cabbage and sauerkraut lacked any punch. The decor was dated and the menu was unfocused.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We have been anxious to try Rathskellar as we both LOVE German food and decided on the spur of the moment to grab an early dinner. Made a reservation because we weren't sure if they would get crowded.. They were not so the hostess gave us the option to sit in the bar area if we wanted. We did. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers and the food and steered us in deciding what we wanted to try. He was funny and attentive and made our experience all the more pleasant. My husband, who has spent time in Germany, had the Jaegerschnitzel and said it was better then what he'd had in Germany. I got the hot wurst plate and it was filling and delicious! We will definately be going back!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The waitress was very friendly and attentive . Our drink and food orders were taken and served approximately. The food was hot and flavorful. The atmosphere was muted and conducive to allow table members to hear each other and participate in the table conversation.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had high expectations as the restaurant is so well known. Went with family. Went there in the middle of the afternoon- had a dark atmosphere especially when you’re not in the Biergarten. Carpet is worn- gives the place a dingy quality. Service felt like a diner. Food was salty.
Wouldn’t eat there again.
Positive: support staff was very attentive! Kept refilling fountain drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our first time eating here. We were surprising our mother with Tickets to watch Wicked. I searched and found this to be rated a good restaurant and close to the theatre. We loved it. From appetizers to dessert it was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very nice, quaint, great food! The Black Forest cake to die for!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day brunch plate was exceptional. We enjoyed our meal

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