Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.3
3142 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Rick's Cafe Boatyard is a waterfront restaurant offering its guests a panoramic view of Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Rick's offers ample but intimate seating both inside and out; as well as an extensive menu of fresh hand prepared meals offered daily. Rick's Cafe Boatyard offers it's guests lunch, dinner and a complete banquet facility. Their guests dine inside a beautiful, wide-open, high-ceiling dining room, or outside with a breathtaking view of the water.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10 pm; bar menu until 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11pm; bar menu until midnight
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 290-9300 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Hibbeln
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
38th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3142 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Indiana
4.0Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice experience. I've dined at Rick's many times, but not for many years. Pleasantly surprised by the diverse menu. Excellent service by Rachel, and views that are hard to beat in Indianapolis.

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AB
Indiana
2.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Staff ignored us for 20 minutes until we asked for help. Bad seating and food mediocre. Disappointing.

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EP
2.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We live on the "lake" and have been coming for many years, we often bring out of town guests.
We were all disappointed with the quality and very small portion of the meal. Fine to have a small portion, but then the price should be reflective .
do you have a new chef? maybe it was an off night.

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CE
Indiana
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely poor which hindered our evening.

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n
Indiana
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy my self and the waiter was very friendly❤️

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OT
Indiana
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Taking grandma for a new experience

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OT
Indiana
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous. Food fantastic. Be prepared to drop a pretty penny.

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OT
Indiana
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner for 2. Great food and service. Nice atmosphere. Prompt service.

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KB
Indiana
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, fabulous food. Wait staff was on point, friendly and very knowledgeable. Everyone at our table had something different and no one was disappointed! This is a definite "WE'LL BE BACK ".

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DC
Indiana
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the setting, outside to see the water.... Great food! Will be back for sure!!!

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BM
Indiana
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - a nice special occasion or everyday restaurant.

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TP
Indiana
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GOOD PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS AND ENJOY THE VIEW. THE GROUPER WAS VERY FRESH AND DELICIOUS.

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JR
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was very courteous and friendly. Table chair seats were not dried off from the rain earlier that day. Server was patient and came to and from whenever one of our many members of the party showed up. He was fast with drinks and food orders. Everything was splendid

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ME
Indiana
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have to admit that I was a little nervous after reading some of the reviews on poor service and food. We had not been to Rick's in years. It was a beautiful weekend so decided to give it a go. We had reservations for 6:45 on Sunday eve, but showed up early in hopes of getting an outside table. We were seated right away and were able to get an outside table. My wife split the king crab legs with our friend and I tried the grilled mahi mahi. It was delicious but was caught off guard being just a little spicy. Should have read the mesquite part a little closer on the menu. It was a good sized portion though. We mixed in side salads and also so Rico's dip and chips. That was yummy too. Be weary of gnats as they seem to be attracted to specific items in the menu when seated outside. I think the crab legs were one of them. Presume that not an issue when dining inside, but don't know. Our server, Alexa was super cool and checked in on us several times. This helped me get over my worries about how the evening would go. Outside cans be a little noisy so don't expect a quiet meal overlooking the water. A little pricey but needed to splurge for a special occasion. We may have been lucky ones tonight to get groom service. Just treat your server with respect and he/she will likely do so in return. Thank you again, Alexa!!! Thank you, Lord for the beautiful day!!!

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B
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night on patio. Good service,good food

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OT
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rick's Boatyard is a great escape! Makes you feel like you are on a mini-vacation while you are there.

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Indiana
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Four of us dined at Ricks last week to celebrate a friend's birthday. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We had an outdoor table in the sun, which was a little hot, but manageable. Overall we had an excellent time and will be back!

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DF
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our trout and Mahi Mahi were delicious and attractively presented; our reservoir view was splendid, and our server, Savannah, was excellent and delightful. Thank you for helping to make our anniversary celebration special!

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S
Indiana
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the water, and the food is always very tasty.

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j
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter, Coy, was fantastic. He is one of the most service oriented waiters we’ve recently experienced and we dine out quite a bit. He helped us select among several choices we considered and his recommendations were outstanding!

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IA
Indiana
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered the scallops as my meal. I felt that even though it came with two sides, 4 scallops for the price was a bit excessive. I expected a few more at least. The salmon my husband had was amazing, though!

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M
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine. Have never had a bad experience at Rick's. Have recommended Rick's to friends.

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E
Indiana
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went early on the 4th of July. A 11:45 AM reservation. The restaurant was quiet that time of day. Filled up more by the time we left but was still a nice quiet setting. Food was good. Chicken and Andouille Gumbo was great (some may consider it spicy). Fish and Chips and Lunch Salmon platter were judged as good by participants. The lunch chicken wrap was pretty tame, nothing special.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. We didn’t have to wait long for our dinner or drinks. The view was amazing. They also had a live band playing smooth jazz out on the deck/patio. We at inside then went outside to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful view and have a cocktail. We shall return with friends soon

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TS
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had never been to Rick's Boatyard before. Really a great atmosphere as well s excellent service. My food was delicious. Will be coming back!

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P
Indiana
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service, beautiful view! We had a great time.

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SS
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We flew in to Eagle Creek Airport and got a golf cart ride across the street to Rick’s. Wonderful meal as always! Waiter was a bit inattentive and disconnected, but we’ve visited several other times and that hasn’t been the case. We brought friends with us and they loved it. Will be back for sure!

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BM
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I like Rick's Boatyard it's a lot of fun it has a great View good food and drinks

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MS
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I was disappointed in the table service we received at your restaurant on Saturday evening. My friends and I placed our dinner order and simultaneously placed a bar drink order. Our dinner was received before we received our drinks. And our waiter was no where to be found. Secondly, two of us ordered side salads (extra cost - not included with the meal, please note) and they arrived at our table after our dinners and AFTER we told the person delivering our meal (not our waiter) that we no longer wanted the salads. My meal was only okay and was over priced. I had the grilled fisherman's platter. My salmon filet was as small as candy bar, I received two shrimp, two scallops and piece of lobster tail that was only as big as one of my shrimp and was overcooked. I felt that $40 for that amount of food was way too much. I will probably come back to your restaurant as the ambiance as it was wonderful outside but I sincerely hope I get better service and better value for my money.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and food is so good!
Tables are too crowded together and it is hard for elderly to scoot chairs. When arriving and leaving, you bump the people next to you.
Overall, we love coming here!

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Las Vegas
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One filet was medium when both were specifically ordered medium rare. Service was just average. Had to wait for an inside table (due to excessive heat outside) and person at front desk was not friendly at all.

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OT
Indiana
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a long time for server to come to the table

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JA
Indiana
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always excellent here service is always above average.

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a
Indiana
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Rick's enough to drive from Lafayette. My husband enjoys the waterfront & likes how fish is prepared. I like the variety of menu

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JM
Indiana
2.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

So I have enjoyed coming here until tonight. Let me say the food was good but that's it. We had reservation for 7p and we were rushed through our meal. I expect a place like this if you need a reservation and your going to spend >$130 on two meals you could enjoy your meal for more than an hour. Appetizer chicken cordon blue seriously for $12 you can't get 4 we have to split 3. Salad on top of app, entree on top of salad in timing. I have had better meal spacing at a Bob Evans. There were 7 empty tables at 8p when we finished dinner not like a line forming outside. When we asked for coffee and dessert well now we are over staying our welcome. Coffee served cold, really too much to ask for hot coffee. We also had 5-8 flies buzzing around our food and drinks. We moved out to the deck since tabels were in demand. Ordered a beer on tap, warm. Not impressed with the service, won't be back.

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OT
Indiana
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We sat in the bar inside for dinner on Friday at 6:30. I don’t think that there were enough servers. Our server was pleasant but didn’t appear to have time to be attentive. It took a very long time to get our drink order taken, 15 min to get our drinks, delay in getting bread, soup came out w dinner, 1 salmon dinner had to be cooked more and delays in drink refills. The remaining 3 meals were cooked as ordered and tasted good.
One of the young gals who sat us was most pleasant, went out of her way to recommend a nice booth in the bar and came back and wiped the table down. I would recommend getting more servers on a busy Fri night.

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BS
Indiana
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived early for reservation and had a nice experience at the bar. We were celebrating our 39th anniversary and had mentioned it at the time of the reservation. We were seated at the edge of the outside dining area with an unobstructed view of the lake. Our waiter was excellent and attentive without making us feel rushed. The food was very good. I started with a caesar salad and my wife ordered the calamari. The calamari was tender and the salad was crisp with a true homemade dressing. For an entree my wife had the black and blue steak salad and I had the fisherman's platter. The steak was cooked a perfect medium as requested and my platter contained two colossal shrimp, two large diver scallops and one half of a small lobster tail. While the lobster was a bit skimpy, everything was cooked perfectly, and, in the end, my appetite was satisfied without me feeling over-stuffed. We both had room for the complimentary anniversary desert offered through Rick's rewards program. Thanks to all for making our special evening a memorable one.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Table was de and ready for us. There were 9 of us the waitress did good in the beginning, but she had 2 other tables to keep bread and drinks full and take orders, but she did ok. The food was amazing shrimp scallops wild mushrooms and linguini so much I had to take home and have for lunch the next day, Live this place, but when you have a big table, there should be 2 ppl or someone should help.

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PB
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ordered pork nachos they were awsome, I had fish and chips very good too. Thank you, it was a beautiful day to sit outside

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OT
Indiana
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The salad did not come out early it came out with the meal.And the waitress forgot to bring the bread And there was nothing set up for our anniversary like we requested.

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