Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.5
3564 reviews
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Seafood
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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Indiana
43 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

The only negative is our food came out immediately after our salad and we felt rushed

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Mom’s 77th birthday and we had a great experience. Service was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was really great!

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AO
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

The salmon and spinach was bland however the scenery was perfect.

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M
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. We sat outside and watched the amazing sunset.

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RJ
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really great my family and I enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely be back to sit outside next time when it's warmer and enjoy the scenery

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

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AW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was extremely slow. Saw every other server more than we saw our own.

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OT
Indiana
80 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very, very noisy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and were seated right away! The portions were a bit on the small size for the price. The food wasn’t amazing. The fettuccine Alfredo Chicken Parmesan had very little flavor. The Maryland crab cakes were ok but they were small and flat. Not plump at all. The complimentary bread and cinnamon butter was, however, amazing! The atmosphere was very nice. I am sure in the summer it is beautiful as the boats come and go. Our waitress was great! She was very friendly and helpful with the menu.

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L
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is very nice but the food wasn’t what I was expecting. I was a little disappointed.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were able to sit outside on the patio. It was a beautiful evening. We ordered some smaller plates of food that didn’t arrive and then he felt bad about it when we told him to cancel it as we were getting ready to finish up... however the server made sure we had water and refills and overall very attentive.

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JD
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fun to be on the water at Rick's. While our dinner experiences weren't great, Sunday brunch was a pleasant surprise. Good food, good service.

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e
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We’re sure that this place was amazing and a hot spot when it was in its prime...but our experience was not at all what we were expecting. We probably won’t be back :(

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s acceptance into grad school

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

BBQ pork nachos too spicy with the bbq sauce and jalapeños combined and no cheese on the nachos. Dinner salads were ok. Chowder and bread were really good.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, prices not bad and service was really good.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome 61st year birthday dinner It is better then when I had my 40th birthday party 21 tears ago....We had a wonderful time me and my friends and family.....

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RB
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good!

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d
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was Dandy. We thought he wasn’t very friendly and was impersonal. Kind of arrogant. Food was very good but my grouper was a bit dry, likely over cooked.

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AH
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ricks Cafe is a great place for seafood. The food was very good and a good size portion. Nice view of the reservoir

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c
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Made a reservation for 4 and was seated at the smallest table, even though larger booths were available, but those were given to parties of 2!!

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and sercice were awesome, as usual. Enjoyed it greatly!

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OT
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. I like the live music playing.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

I ordered a cocktail and it was way too strong that I couldn’t drink it. I ordered a medium fillet and cane too red.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for my birthday dinner and everything was wonderful. Great server and the atmosphere and band was everything.

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L
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was outstanding.

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VS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The main thing we were not pleased with was getting service. We sat for 15 or 20 minutes and finally asked someone passing by if they would find our server. After that our service was fine. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food except for myself. I ordered the duck and it was rather chewy. I had a hard time trying to eat any of it.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visiting from Ohio. Could not have made a better choice for dinner out. LOVED everything from start to finish!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a birthday dinner here. We all loved it!! Service was great and the food was cooked to perfection. I will definitely return!!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had the red snapper with shrimp ettefe. I ask for fries instead of rice. There is a reason they pair it with rice. The sauce was just laying on plate. My fault. It would have been better with rice. We will do lunch next time. Prices are so much less. I thought $130 for 2 people was high for what we had. Overall it tasted good. We kept watching people get bread and asked for it. We got it after we were done. I’m sure it would be nice in summer.

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JM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had out of town family visiting for a birthday. RCB was perfect place. Our circle booth for 5 was such a nice treat. Our waitress was professional and came around at the perfect time. The blinds came down when the sun was setting and it was beaming on our faces. The menu has something for everyone. It's been awhile since we've been there, but will definitely come back more to enjoy the outside seating for spring/summer.

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DM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have enjoyed going to Rick's for many years before moving out of state. Had the opportunity to visit again for the first time in a long time. Still a great spot. The crab cakes were delicious. Stick to their specialty, which is seafood. My wife had the "traditional" pizza which was quite ordinary, but we have been pretty spoiled by some fabulous pizza places in New Jersey.

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BW
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Calamari was marvelous.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

This was my first time dining at Ricks Boatyard. I was slightly confused as to why i bothered to specify on my reservation that this was a 'Special Event' (my daughters 18th birthday) because when we arrived they seemed to know nothing of the sort and trying to get a candle placed on her dessert was far more of an ordeal that it should have been. The food was very good though. The general ambiance was not what i was expecting. It was rather loud with so many other patrons sitting so closely to us. I would definitely recommend this place. Just preface to those that it wont be a quiet subdue dining experience but rather that which one would experience on a cruise ship dining hall. We will definitely be returning for another meal soon!

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G
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to spend an evening eating with friends.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samantha did a great job. We will def come back.. she was very friendly and went above expectations to insre we had a great dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together

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K
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We love the idea of Rick's... Good seafood, beautiful views, good service, nice neighborhood place, but for us, the noise level makes it so unpleasant that enjoying any meal there is impossible. The music at 7pm overwhelms an already difficult atmosphere, so we find ourselves choosing to go to other restaurants where we don't have to shout to be heard or go home with a headache. We wish you could fix that so we could plan to enjoy more dinners there. Love the venue but not the noise.

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