Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.6
4401 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKarynL
Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellence food and good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Seated outside as requested. Celebrated two birthdays in our party! Service was terrific and my request to arrange to pay for the birthday girls was honored! Loved looking at the water too!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Inside was loud, but we could hear each other sufficiently.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was great and service was excellent. Thanks

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BradleyK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love this restaurant and have been many times, but there was a large group celebrating a child’s birthday (8:00 pm reservation) and it brought down the ambiance we love about Rick’s. Server was great, and Food/drinks very good!

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ShellyB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Eric M. was the best! Thanks Eric for making our business meeting go smoothly and knowing just when to come to the table.

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JenniferD
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the shrimp scampi. So delicious. Key lime pie was excellent!

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MarquettaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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GeorgeB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had reservations so were seated on arrival. Our order was taken without 10 minutes the food arrived within 15 minutes.

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vipPleased
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as usual!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was great but service was horrible!

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DebraC
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have dined at the Boatyard many times. My cousin was in from NJ to assist reopening the FedEx facility. I knew her week was stressful so I wanted to bring her someplace special and peaceful so I though of Rick's immediately. I made a lunch reservation indoors, requested a table at a window so we could appreciate the view and arrived a little early for our reservation. No window tables were available. The woman at the hostess station seated us elsewhere, said she would see what she could do and that was the last time we ever saw her. This was a weekday at 2:30, the restaurant was not exactly crowded.
Moving forward, our waiter was excellent and I wish I remembered his name so I could mention him. The lunch menu is fairly small and limited. My cousin ordered 2 appetizers instead of a lunch entree. I ordered the smoked salmon salad which was good and nicely presented.
My husband and I have been coming to the Boatyard for years, usually on the way home from the airport. The food has never been outstanding but the location and ambiance can't be beat.

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gypsykyle
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to find ourselves by the water...food was excellent, and the staff was very welcoming and accommodating!

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CasualDiner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had lunch out on the deck in wonderful sunny weather! It was very windy, but who cares when you can be outside. The food was excellent and service was good. Rick’s can be a little pricey, but I consider it payment for the view.

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vipOpentablefriend
Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch on the deck! Really bubbly and friendly waitstaff. So kind- we have a dietary concern and the meal was amazing and within the dietary need! The view from the deck is peaceful and lovely- so relaxing, friendly, and amazing food!

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Hallcfi
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can't beat the view! The food is exquisite, the service impeccable. If there is any negative, that would be it's a bit loud. Won't stop me from going back though.

We flew into Eagle Creek, walked across the street, had lunch, and flew home. Great experience!

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Philip
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food. good service. good atmosphere. good prices

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Mark52
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erin did a fabulous job considering they sat down 5 tables in her section all at the same time. Even though we live 6800 South of the City, it is definitely worth the drive for brunch on Sundays.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch, I recommend I Bloody Mary. The food was outstanding and a dining experience with a few of sailboats and a lake never gets old!

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QCrew
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our wait was not very long, our hostess was very bubbly and energetic, and the food was amazing! We had a terrific date night due to these factors.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Drinks were below average and service was slow. The food wasn’t much better than what we could make at home for a fraction of the cost. The upstairs dining room was also loud and hard to hear the person a foot away from you.

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AlexG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was very average for the price point, nothing spectacular

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Jeannie
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rick's Boatyard is one of my favorite restaurants. It has the view of the water, a warm and friendly environment, the food is always good. Right now, they have a limited menu, but ask, if you don't see your favorite on the menu. They've accommodated me every time I've asked about my favorite that is not on the printed menu. All of the servers are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great. Food was delicious. I had the Walleye chef special and it was perfect. Come for a $10 dollar pork tenderloin or get fresh seafood. We usually order the BBQ pork nachos, but ALWAYS have to get the goat cheese appetizer! Cheers!

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MichaelG
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding except for the noise level while their renovation is being done. That’s not really their fault, it unavoidable during construction.

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Lisaike
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for a bridal brunch, party of 5, with view of lake indoors. Totally met our expectations! The server was wonderful, very prompt and personable. Food looked appealing and tasted even better. Can't say enough nice things. This was our first visit. We will be back!

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Jennifer
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our seafood dinner here at Rick's. We were lucky to be seated on the enclosed patio with a wonderful view. The food was delicious! 5 stars, would recommend.

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Amy17
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there this evening for dinner. It was my husbands birthday. The food and service was outstanding as always. ❤️🎉

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ShellyA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Food was amazing & delish! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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JacquelineB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome. I loved being able to sit out on the warmed patio eating my lunch with my family.

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MichaelA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience I have had in a while. Our waitress Aubrey was refreshing! Excellent service and Food. Top notch Establishment. Thank you Aubrey!

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kathie
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised with the new menu items. Definite improvement in presentation also. Really enjoyable meal. Looking forward to the views this summer.

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KelliL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time here and we were accommodated so well!

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GaryE
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. I’m fact, Rick’s seems to get better and better. We had various diet needs from vegetarian to carnivore and the menu pleased us all.

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Partyoftwo
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband out for his birthday just the 2 of us. We had a reservation but arrived early and they got us a table in less than 5 minutes. We were treated so well by our waiter Eric. He was attentive but allowed us time to enjoy ourselves. We were seated across from the bar and enjoyed chatting with the manager who stopped to check on us as well and Eric and the bartender who by the way was absolutely amazing. The staff were all very kind and seem like they were all having a great time. The food was cooked perfectly. Worth every penny!
We will definitely be back!

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DebraG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Filets and Ribeye all three were overcooked. Requested only one steak to be replaced with the correct medium rare temp. Sat on a corner aisle table in a high traffic area. A soup was offered for issue with overcooked steak and replacement meal came out after others in party were done eating and ready to leave. Never pleasant to eat dinner after the others are done but prefer to do instead of eating a medium well ribeye.

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vipAnnaN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly, the view over the lake beautiful despite we were there on a rainy day. I ordered the Jumbo Shrimp pasta and it was delicious!

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NicholasT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with Open Table reservations, worked like a charm!
Food was fantastic, service was great and overall atmosphere was wonderful!

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vipSEBindy
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nothing can beat this location - especially on the patio. Food is just ok and our cocktails seemed watered down. Stick to the basics with food and drink here and enjoy the view.

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You can order delivery directly from Rick's Cafe Boatyard using the Order Online button. Rick's Cafe Boatyard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 290-9300 ext. 1.

Rick's Cafe Boatyard is rated 4.6 stars by 4401 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.