Rathskeller Restaurant

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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 can't find your time slot for your reservation, please call the restaurant at 317-636-0396.
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RM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I took a trip to Bavaria this past summer and we both missed the food. Yes, I know, who missed German food? Well, we did. Anyhow, The Rathskeller fit the bill. The food was spot on and fantastic.

SO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed it immensely! We've been wanting to come here for a while and finally the opportunity was there after the IRT. Tough to find parking though!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, friendly service. Didn't have to wait long for our meal or for refills on water. Server and bar staff were excellent, as was the food.

TB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service and atmosphere were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I met at The Rathskeller last Saturday and had a great time! Jennifer, our waitress, is hilarious and just a great, knowledgeable server! Great food and drinks, too!!

DM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Spaetzle was cold and served covered in gravy. Should serve plain and offer gravy if wanted. Service was fantastic.

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, great atmosphere

KF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are a group of friends that meet each month for lunch. We like the Rathskeller due to its good food and ambiance. We also like Jennifer, our favorite waitress who takes good care of us and is fun to be around.

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Awesome food and atmosphere! The location is extremely unique.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I really like the ambience of the restaurant. However the pork Schnitzel was small, not well pounded and dry. I had a reservation for two weeks and ended up with the worst table in the room...directly next to the hostess stand. I will definitely be back...but will be more careful with my requests.

MH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere! The food was delicious

J
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Our food was good, the waiter was pretty good, however, he had his hands full with a large table of patrons and didn't have a lot of time for our smaller table. We were there with friends to celebrate a milestone anniversary and the noise level was so loud from that large table that we couldn't hear each other talk. I thought that it would be great if we were off in a smaller side room, but I was wrong. We still had a good time, but it would have been much better if the noise level was lower.

JE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere. A bit loud. Great service and excellent food. I will return!

b
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good atmosphere, we will return.
Interesting history and decor throughout. Looks like an awesome place for live music as well.

MT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! The food was wonderful and huge portions. I had enough for 3 meals!

HK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I liked the decor of the restaurant, but the quality and "Germanness" of the food was just average.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great inside! The beer garden was absolutely amazing!!!

s
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved celebrating my husband's birthday at the Rathskeller with friends! Devour Indy menu had numerous choices so everyone found something they liked! Our server Jennifer was excellent as always and lots of fun. Great dinner and fun evening!

TB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

M
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The variety of food on the menu is great and the location is also very unique; however, the food was only so so. I don't know if it was because we ordered off the Devour Downtown special menu or not. In the past, I've always thought the food was pretty good.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love german style food - Rathskeller is the place to be!! I've always wanted to visit the Beer Garden for the outdoor concerts, so after finally having a meal here, I cannot wait to be back and check out the different events held here!

Our waiter was so great and attentive and really took care of us. It's such an eclectic restaurant and I loved the atmosphere.

KG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic delicious food in a remarkable historic setting. Fantastic!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

We went here for a date night. It was almost ruined by the poor service and food here. The steak was tough and next to impossible to cut. We were there for 2 hours and every table around us filled and emptied before we could get any of our courses. We would've left a poor tip so they know but we were afraid of how long it would take to get change. It was not a good time.

C
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. I will definitely come again if I am ever in the area. Its a great place to go if you are going to an event at the Theatre around the corner.

CC
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server not only did a good job of meeting our needs, she also knew a lot more about the history of the building and the decoration that is prominent in the restaurant dining room than other servers we have had over the years of going there. It is a classic restaurant for Indianapolis and we will continue to go there, but this visit was the most enjoyable I can recall.

AK
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the Devour menu. The stuffed mushrooms are great. The Orange Roughy Florentine was okay.

PS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meh, it was Ok at best, food was passable, but I’ve eaten in Germany and this didn’t even come close, felt like they were going through the motions. Beer was good and service ok.

m
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been coming here for over 30 years. The server was very good. I ordered a salad with balsamic dressing. It was very thick and rancid tasting. I told them that it tasted bad and should be thinner. They brought me back the same salad but they HEATED the same rancid dressing to thin it out! My yellowfin steak was ordered rare and cooked medium. I sent it back. I was told that they would redo the sides as well. The steak came back properly cook but with the same sides. The snap peas were reheated and overcooked to become mush. I did not eat them and I did not eat the salad. A manager never came out to address our concerns. They were not busy at all. I made the reservations the night before and it was wide open. I understand why now.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Service was great but food was horrible! Overpriced and just not good German Food!

JF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. We love eating at the Rathskeller!

SO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for traditional German food in an ambiance similar to what you would find in Germany. The service is good, the quality of food very authentic. Highly recommended.

F
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service superb

j
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serve an abundance of food. Starts with a bread plate with a pretzel served with spicy mustard. Dinner comes with soup or salad. Great blue cheese dressing. Had the sauerbraten and comes with two sides. Good choice of beer.

AR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Beautiful atmosphere

h
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous historical building, delicious food prepared well. Watch out for the mustard with a distinct horseradish kick. Great waitstaff and enough food for another meal. Highly recommend.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Cool historical building. Fast and friendly awesome service.

DR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My potato was cold, my meat was tough, and my bread pudding was quite small for the price.

A
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there on Monday. Best German food I’ve had in sometime

BW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Staff was unfriendly and stern, especially our female server Saturday evening who said she was training a new server. The trainer was abrupt with my guests and seemed impatient when she was asked questions about the food or beer. She intimidated my guests and rushed them, even though the restaurant wasn’t that busy. Similarly, when I called the restaurant Saturday evening to let them know we’d be about 5 minutes late for our reservation, the woman who answered the phone was brusque and not courteous. She didn’t even thank me for calling or say goodbye, she just hung up.

AC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle’s 74th birthday.

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