We always enjoy eating at the Rathskeller. We like to bring out of town guest there
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were a group of 12 with a reservation, and they were able to seat us immediately. The service and food were great!
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.
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.
The food was great and the service was, too. Our waiter was very helpful
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Very nice, quaint, great food! The Black Forest cake to die for!
Mother's Day brunch plate was exceptional. We enjoyed our meal
Reservations should mean table ready at time of reservation not thirty plus minutes with the least desirable table offered since ours was still not ready. Excellent waitress. Dessert very disappointing. Bread basket excellent surprise. Food good German options. This was our first time college grad cellabration.
Music and Biergarten were great. Food was not, but this was my first time eating German food.
After never going to the Rathskeller because I don’t care for German food, someone told me that their menu had lots of other options. We had a delicious dinner there, and appreciated that it was just across the street from the Old National Center, where we were going to see a musical. Definitely will be coming back!
It was very breezy in the aisle seat where I sat. I even asked about the pretzels and waitress said we would get the pretzels and rolls but we never got the pretzels. That is one thing I always look forward to.
Food was excellent. Service was good considering how busy they were and how many people we had. Would totally go back.
Great food. Fun, attentive server! We will return!
The restaurant was packed due to a Broadway Show across the street. However, the restaurant was easily able to handle the crowd. Excellent food, service and ambiance. The only issue we had - a glass of wine ordered with dinner came in a dirty glass. Neither the bartender nor our waitress caught the error. Took the glass with wine up to the bar, showed them the issue and received a new glass of wine in a glass they cleaned did dried in front of me.
My daughter and I had dinner before going to the theatre, The staff was attentive, the food delicious and we were finished in plenty of time to get to the theatre without being rushed. It's a great place to meet friends and family too. We just LOVE the Rathskeller! We go as often as we can!
We had a party of 8 and were put in the banquet hall area - not impressed. Appetizers and pretzels were very good but the main courses were so so. The schnitzel was dry and had no seasoning. I will only go back if sitting in bar area and having beers and appetizers.
Service was great and food was great. We were going to see Wicked and it’s right across the street. Loved it.
The beer garden is awesome but you cannot get the same menu items there. We did take a cocktail outside and enjoyed the first sunshine of the season.
Lots of good things in my take, most notably the prompt attention by our server. We had no more finished salads than the entrees were presented, which is quite a feat considering there was a huge wedding reception happening.
If there is a complaint it’s that we weren’t told of the evening special,
But if you’re a seasoned Rathskellion you know the menu and your faves anyway!
Best experience in last 5 visits!
Chose it due to viewed ratings and proximity to Murat Theatre. Food was very poor - pesto french bread appetizer had to have been microwaved - came out hot but was tough as rubber within 5 min. Main course (parm schnitzel) was so below average. Quality for the $$ was horrible. Would never go back.
The waiter was wonderful about explaining vegan options, and there were plenty to choose from at a much lower price than many of the entrees. It's a neat restaurant to visit! Friendly, fun, historic. We'll be back :o)
Amazing reuben, as always!
Girls’ Night out for dinner and Wicked
Great food and great service, as usual. Love the atmosphere there and the historic architecture.
Great food in a classic atmosphere. Friendly wait staff always on the move keeping guests satisfied.
Dining and food were great our waitress was very accommodating and friendly. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys great food and atmosphere.
Brussel sprouts and carrots were over cooked and not worth eating. Large portions, recommend splitting the entree, trout was so-so. Jaeger snitzer was good, not great.
Have been to restaurant for lunch. Better value for money then.
Great food and quick service after seeing a show at the Murat.