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Rathskeller Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1567 Reviews
$30 and under
German
*Please note that reservations are strictly for Main Dining Room dining ONLY. We do not take reservations for the Biergarten at this time. Call with any questions!

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Beer Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (317) 636-0396

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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 the Special Events team at 317-636-0396 for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Dan McMichael, Brooke Morrison, Kim Weaver: (317) 636-0396

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Indy

  • Cross street

    New Jersey & Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch with the family today at the oldest restaurant in Indianapolis. Originally opened their doors in 1894 and still serving genuine German/Bavarian food! Delicious!!!
  2. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    After living in Germany for many years one would always want to get some authentic German food without an American spin. Presentation of food was good but the sauerbraten was dry, Rot Kroll (red cabbage) was either watered down with very little flavor but very sweet, and Schacht Platte (butcher plate) traditionally has good size portions and multiple meats which was not the case.
  3. PS

    PjSteele

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Father’s Day dinner out at the Rathskeller. The food was good and the service was good there was a larger group sitting next to us so the noise level was a little louder than normal.
  4. AN

    AmeenN

    Indiana

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Busy, busy on a Saturday night, which was great to see. Nevertheless, we had superb service, excellent meals and great beer, of course.
  5. JF

    JasonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alyssa our server was awesome. Food as always great!
  6. j

    juned

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal last night! We sat in the wood paneled dining room that oozes Germanic heritage. Loved my whisky sour that accompanied the WARM large pretzel and house salad. Happily we waited for the old standards, the wurst plate with spaetzle and German potato salad and the schnitzel with mashed potatoes and fresh snap peas. We were not disappointed! Our waitress, Jane, was a professional all the way. Loved our evening.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Love the food at the Rathskeller. Our waitress Jen was wonderful and entertaining. Unfortunately it was uncomfortably hot in the dining room as it was an extreme heat day outside on our visit
  8. AS

    AaronS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother out for her birthday and wanted something unique, and we found it! Close parking , great location, and a great experience! Food was amazing! Staff was welcoming and extremely accommodating. And to top it all off, dessert was on the the house for moms birthday! Her choice from anything on there desert menu, bread pudding being the winner. And it also was amazing! Thank you for the wonderful food and great memories! We’ll be back again, REAL SOON!
  9. KB

    KBG1

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always! Excellent service (we think it was her first night- she did a great job!) Food as authentic as we could hope to get. Beer selection as always exceptional. And all of that in one of the most historic, authentic, and beautiful settings in which we’ve eaten in this country. A family favorite when we are in Indy.
  10. C

    Crispy

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was over cooked and/or dry. Noodles were doughy and sauce wasn’t very flavorful. I recall it being better last time I went, which was several years ago, but I don’t think I’ll be going back again if this is the new normal.
  11. HR

    HugoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice place, good service, we enjoyed everything
  12. MO

    MaryO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, extremely nice staff! We had a great time and a wonderful experience!
  13. a

    a2b2

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Date night; wait staff was attentive. Likely better dishes than our choices. Will go back but will go to the cellar rather than restaurant. Hot mustard really sinus clearing!
  14. G

    Great

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Server kind of disappeared after meal was served. We had to remind him to bring our drink order. The spaetzle was really doughy and thick.
  15. SY

    SteveY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 2 of their schnitzels both were very good. Creamed spinach was excellent. German beer on-tap and the hot mustard and pretzel always “fun”
  16. k

    kevin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sauerbraten was amazing, as were the stuffed mushrooms.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Indy 500 tourist
  18. A

    Apryl

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great German food and atmosphere. Alyssa was our server and she was very attentive. Highly recommend.
  19. RB

    RobertB

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very enjoyable time, reminded me of when I was stationed in Germany, just didn’t remember how spicy the mustard was. My sever Jen was awesome
  20. PG

    PaulG

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service staff made good recommendations and had a fantastic meal.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Fabulous food! Stuffed mushrooms, potato pancakes w/sour cream to start. Sooo good. Had the Reuben. It's crispy and delish!
  22. BM

    BenM

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent!
  23. C

    Cassie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband loves German food so when I found out about this restaurant, we were excited to try it! I did make a reservation but we ended up getting to the restaurant about 30 minutes early and were able to be seated without issue. From the moment you walked in, you were transported to Germany. The restaurant is beautiful and authentic. The food is even more amazing! You get a pretzel and bread to start; beware…the mustard will definite clean out your sinuses! Definitely should have listened to the waitress when she said a little went a long way! My husband got the oxtail soup as a start, which was excellent. For entrées, I order the jagerschniztel and my husband ordered the kraut mixed plate. Both were absolutely delicious and I would absolutely recommend both dishes. We were absolutely stuffed by the time dessert came around! All of the food came out very quickly as well. Fantastic meal, fantastic service! Highly recommend checking out if you are in the Indianapolis area!
  24. CH

    ChuckH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to enjoy a traditional German meal with family and friends. Authentic flavors and atmosphere as well as generous proportions made our 33rd Anniversary complete. Thank you to the staff and the owners for a wonderful evening! BTW, try the stuffed mushrooms!
  25. CE

    ChristinaE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was good. The dessert was the best. I had the Sacher torte which they made correct! A lot of places serve chocolate cake. The service was great and the ambiance reminds you of old German, the bar is the coolest. I’d sit in the bar if I went again. Food portions were enormous.
  26. BR

    BarbR

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!!! Food was excellent. Provided our group a small room that worked great
  27. JC

    JohnC

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic German food and beer. Server was outstanding and knowledgeable. If you like German food don’t miss out on this experience.
  28. JM

    JillM

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are looking for a venue for a rehearsal dinner and wanted to experience The Rathskeller on a busy Friday night. Everything was great! Our waitress was wonderful, knowledgeable about the beers & food, attentive and funny. We were seated immediately even though the bride & groom to be were running late. Food was hot and delicious and the plate sizes enormous-we took a lot home with us. Overall, a very nice evening.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    College graduation celebration
  30. AG

    AlexG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cool place! We loved the German decor and the service was 10/10 superb. Simple dishes done well and a tasty beer selection. We will be back!
  31. B

    Bepis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very good restaurant and atmosphere. Something a bit different. Expect the food to sit heavy because they give you a lot! One friend did get sick the following day, potentially due to the schnitzel
  32. MM

    MarkM

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all-time favorite German restaurants. The food and service are always great and I love brining friends and colleagues alike there!
  33. SB

    SallyB

    Indiana

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived late afternoon on a Monday and it was quiet in the bar area where we ate & had beers. By the time we left though it had picked up nicely and it was a vibrant atmosphere. We started with the fried appetizer plate (there were 3 of us to share this and it was very ample). All 4 plated items were very good....favorite was the sausage & kraut balls....very tasty !! We quite enjoyed the pretzel and mustard too. For entrees we all had something different and really liked our selections...sausage plate, smoked pork chops, and rouladen. These are big portions and you get 2 sides & we did have leftovers to take with us. The beers were awesome. We ventured into unknown territory and loved our selections. One was very smoky and another was blended with grapefruit. Highly recommend the Rathskeller and we will be back to enjoy the music and hoop-la another time !!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch on Mother’s Day. Food and service was very good. Always enjoy a meal at the Rathskeller
  35. SW

    ShannonW

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch. Not overly crowded or too noisy. Food was great!
  36. N

    Nate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of German food and bier. Great seafood and steak options as well.
  37. RB

    RobertB

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food was delicious. Fast courtesy service
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to celebrate my daughter’s 20th birthday. Waiter was awesome! Very attentive and nice. Greeter was as well. Definitely will be back- food was amazing!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our daughter graduating college. First time here and loved the food.
  40. S

    Sadies

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food was too salty. Nothing special abut any of the dishes, especially for the price!!!!!

FAQs

Rathskeller Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 636-0396.

Rathskeller Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1567 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Rathskeller Restaurant

401 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46220

Additional information

  • Cross street

    New Jersey & Massachusetts

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Indy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (317) 636-0396

  • 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 the Special Events team at 317-636-0396 for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Dan McMichael, Brooke Morrison, Kim Weaver: (317) 636-0396

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