Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.5
4926 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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CambyB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Pork chops are highly recommended. The Chicken Parm was average... Def needs more sauce. Service was great, but the place doesn't seem as vibrant as it used to be. Needs some white twinkle lights inside or something to give it more warmth & ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The double lobster tails were amazing. Melt in your mouth perfect! The dish comes with mashed potatoes. Get the loaded mashed potatoes, awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. The restaurant is laid out perfectly to make you feel like you have privacy even when it is crowded. The food was FANTASTIC!

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EileenT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation that morning, were seated immediately in a horseshoe shaped booth and a view of the water, it couldn't have been better. We were meeting a friend that we haven't seen for a while and were never pressured to order or to leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please save room for the carrot cake!

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CindyC
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. And from where we sitting, the rest of the staff was working hard. Great evening.

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JamesB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. Always a wonderful experience.

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Shep
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice menu- great food- great service - nice ambiance good location a nice view of eagle creek reservoir

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ChareD
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was ok, lobster tail was really chewy. Service was average, but I don’t feel like the food was worth the price.

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful on
NEW YEAR DAY. Service was awesome, food very good. Better than Cooper Hawk in Avon.

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reynoldsb
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I this is a must eat restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious.

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vipDemiGlace
Cincinnati
81 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn’t dined at ricks for a few years and never had a bad experience prior, but this time I felt like the food quality was a little better than in the past. I had the chicken fiesta salad which was delicious and fresh and the side of the roasted vegetables which were extremely tasty. My friend had the black and blue salad that she really enjoyed as well. Service was also very good

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and calm atmosphere…will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Prime rib slightly overcooked. Ambaince was very pleasant.

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vipElisabethE
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

The food here was just a "meh." My son's chicken parm was really dry. My baked potato was supposed to be loaded, but came plain. I asked for just the toppings rather than waste the whole potato, but by the time they came, my potato was cold. We asked to change the TV channel to watch the football game and were told that the TV only received that station; however, not 10 minutes later, a different waiter changed the channel. Not sure if our server was lied to or if she lied to us. The dessert seemed like it came out of a box. I'm sure most of them do, but at least lie to me that it is homemade. Overall, really not worth the price. While this is a great location in the summer, you're really just paying for the location. Otherwise, it's nothing special food-wise.

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vipJillJ
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner with the family - great prime rib dinner. Food and service was excellent. Rick’s never disappoints.

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Stacye
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rick’s was great as usual. I celebrated my birthday and NYE together and they made the experience beautiful.

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DavidC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve, & busy. I think they were a little short staffed, but our waitress was very good. She had a lot of tables to cover, which made our food take a little longer. The meal was excellent. There were 4 of us, & we all were very pleased with our food. Overall very happy with the food, & service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have been to Rick’s several times and the experiences have been amazing. However, last night’s experience was sub par, our server didn’t offer water refills, nor return to our table to inform us they were out of mashed potatoes asking if we would like another options as a substitution, instead they gave us French fries. We could not get the attention of our server to ask for another side. Steak was over cooked. We are not picky people but very disappointed with last evening overall experience.

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SPDWYRT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been yo Rick’s many times and the hostess, servers, and chef never have disappointed!
The food atmosphere and staff are top notch.

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ScottL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner with neighbors and best friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was very bland, drink served in cracked glass, friendly staff

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Tony
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rick’s is a special place for us and is always good in every way.

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KenL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Steak was terrible , service was a bit screwed up soup came before appetizer

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Wjjk
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by a smiling hostess who gave us the choice of a booth or table. Once we were seated a waiter asked for our drink selections and also asked if we were interested in appetizers. We have dined at Rick’s before, and knew what we wanted to order - pulled pork sliders - delicious! Our waiter refilled our drinks before our glasses were empty, and gave us advice on dessert choices. We were very happy with our dining experience.

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KirkB
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always go to Rick‘s for a New Year’s Eve late lunch. It is a great atmosphere, and the wait staff is excellent.

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RUTH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices and good food. And excellent service.

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DeborahA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I love Ricks. Good food, and nice window booth. We had 3 in our party for lunch and all loved our entrees.

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LanaH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food has gone down and not worth the money. Loved our waitress though

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful and packed but what can you expect this time of the year .
The service was still spot on .

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stephanier
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

No employee visible to customers, was wearing a mask.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday!

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DanB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Cool place! However, what I paid vs the quality of food we received was not close to equitable.

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SandyW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the outdoor heated patio. The goat cheese appetizer was very good! For dinner I had the Tempura Shrimp and Coconut Rice...love the rice.

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Todgel
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this restaurant for my birthday! We had a reservation for 5, but 2 others were able to make it. We called the restaurant the morning of and asked to change the reservation and they were very accommodating! The service was great and the food delicious!

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vipajga
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service fabulous! It was a little loud, but they were full.

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BriannaS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had Steve & sat outside, where they have heaters. We were concerned about the recent reviews but we had the best server, the food came out quick & was amazing, the waiter was outstanding, took his time with us, was super quick in everything he did! If you have not tried the steak or pork chops then do yourself a favor & do it!

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JoyceW
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Got together with some work Colleagues for brunch good food

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up a little bit early but they got us right in. Food was great.

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TerryJ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Took my wife out for our 39 anniversary on Christmas Eve. At any other time We would have loved being seated in the bar. But since it was such a special occasion it would have been nice to have been seated in the area close to the fireplace. And yes in the reservation I told them it was our anniversary. We started with a house specialty Woodford Reserve cocktail and Jody (my wife) had a Jack Danials and water. The drinks were so weak. I should preface that statement by adding we were both bartenders and servers for many years. I ordered oysters on the half shell for our appetizer. When they arrived I had to ask for cocktail forks and crackers. About 7 or 8 minutes later the server returned and informed us they didn’t have cocktail forks. ? Jody had the house salad with blue cheese. Beautiful dish with homemade dressing. We both ordered surf and turf. Jody asked for her filet be med-rare mine med. when they came out mind was rare and Jody’s was med so we just switched instead of sending them back and risk the lobster coming back cold. We also had bottle of Riesling which came out warm. White wine is served chilled. No biggie. I had to ask for the app tray and Jody’s salad to be removed. For dessert we split a crème brûlée, coffee and Jody ordered Dranbuie. The server professing to be a bartender didn’t know what that was. I ordered Kailua. The coffee was excellent. The brûlée was good but the burnt sugar crust was nonexistent. Our bill came to 241. We only left a 20% tip.

I say all of this to make a statement to medium high end restaurant managers. You are doing an injustice to your business and your employees by not making sure your staff is well trained.

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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 4.5 stars by 4926 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.