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Rick's Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis, IN
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis, IN
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis, IN
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis, IN
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis, IN

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.6
4.6
6631 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (317) 290-9300 ext. 1
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Pike Township
  • Cross street
    38th Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,631 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Indiana

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Indiana

    Great for scenic views

  • Indiana

    Seafood

  • Indianapolis

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Indianapolis

    Great for scenic views

  • Indianapolis

    Seafood

6,631 Reviews
  1. KathyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I miss the ambiance from the days when there was a live light jazz band onsite. I also had requested to be in the room closest to the water and there were plenty of tables available but I was not seated there and it was difficult to see the water. Quality of food differs meal to meal. Overall it was fine but not stellar

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  2. bunnys10

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    As busy as you were last night, the service was great. We were upstairs. Every table had 10 to 12 people. Our food came out in a timely fashion. It was hot and as delicious as ever. We had a fun evening.

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  3. William

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We have eaten at Rick's numerous times over the years, and this was the first bad experience we've had. We had a reservation for our son's 14th birthday. Upon entering the restaurant, there was sewer smell that was present the entire time. We asked about this and they mentioned there were some renovations going on. Instead of sitting in the regular dining area we were seated upstairs at a folding table w/ a table cloth. They explained a party rented out the entire downstairs area for a special event. Which is fine. Some of the food was good. My son had seafood, which he loved. I got a "wood fired pizza", which I hadn't had there before. I was envisioning a pizza with a slightly charred crust and the typical wood fired taste. I ordered a regular pizza with mozzarella, ricotta and bacon. They waitress came back to mention that the only ricotta they had was already mixed with crap. I said that would be great, as I recalled the one pizza on the menu with the crap ricotta stated it had "lump crab" and ricotta. The pizza that came out was not a "wood fired" pizza, but a flat bread, cracker thin crust. It had no sauce and no ricotta, and no lump crab, and no mozzarella. I was very confused. If the "wood fired" pizza is actually a flat bread, the menu should say that. When I asked about the lack of sauce or where the ricotta or mozz were, the waitress said that was how it comes and the ricotta is on there. It was just a flat smear of white looking cheese. The waitress was very nice and accommodating, and offered to "bring out some mozzarella", which I didn't think would make the pizza any more appealing. She then offered to bring a whole new pizza. It was still a flat bread, but at least it had sauce and mozzarella.

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  4. MarkP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    You have a great location and appreciate you doing upgrades like the awning and new interior construction. Today's food costs have gone through the roof. We had a fun lunch and appreciate you still giving value at a time of escalating costs.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Horrible service, Waiter was rude and did not come out to the table. Had to wait 30 minutes for a check.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both enjoyed a very tasty sirloin and sweet potato puree, along with some of the best banana pudding I've ever had. Our server was courteous and attentive, and service was quick. We will definitely return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have dined here for several years. Food and drinks outstanding. Service good . When very busy, service sometimes a little hectic. Currently remodeling and the decor is incomplete. Soon to be finished. Moderately expensive but considering food quality and service with waterfront location and outdoor dining ( weather appropriate!) , this is a great dining experience

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful scenery and open entrance way! Inviting staff! Quick seating and check in! Responsive waitress! Drinks were larger than I expected! Food taste good!

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  9. RJKReview

    Indiana

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and ambience. Crowd flow was managed well (Valentine's day). Quick kitchen service.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is fantastic as always Service was spot on as always even though they were very busy due to the Valentine’s day evening. They are doing some interior remodeling so expect to see a few unfinished items until the remodel is complete.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience for Valentine’s Day. Food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I do wish that the table had had a table cloth on it but I understand do to the abnormally high amount of diners.

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  12. Hicks

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best part is the service. Next part is the ambiance. Finally, the food was pretty good.

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  13. Kenneth

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    lots of construction but overall very good.

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  14. LarryH

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat out on the covered porch/deck, outstanding view on Valentines Day evening. A couple got engaged 2 tables from of us, the young man was on his knee with the ring box...she said YES! Our server was Hanna, tremendous effort and attitude! The calamari is the best we've ever eaten, shared a seafood entrée with an extra lobster tail...excellent! Totally enjoyable evening!

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  15. JillJ

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Valentine's Day lunch with my mother. Excellent food and service as normal. Love the new booths, etc.

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  16. ToddP

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Ricks several times per year. One of our favorite places.

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  17. LoganW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place and atmosphere, food wasn't good enough to justify the steep price point. Really nice atmosphere however, the lakefront is beautiful.

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  18. JacobS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rick’s was delightful. The staff, the atmosphere, the food was all enjoyable. I took my lady for early Valentine’s and it was a good choice. We will be back!

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  19. DeniseC

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, excellent view, outstanding service

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  20. GregA

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Some food came late and wasn't hot. Service was slow and sporadic.

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  21. JaneW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an enjoyable evening at Rick’s perfect for our celebration.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience with our first time at Rick’s. Service and food couldn’t have been better and the prices were very fair in this age of overpriced food and the typical poor service at best. Our new favorite go to place.

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  23. StevenC

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and good service. Thanks Tena for renovations.

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  24. SteveH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch for our table of 8. Always great service!

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  25. TimM

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were outstanding. They are in the midst of a big remodeling project; making our experience a little noisy and disruptive. Once the remodeling is completed this place will be nothing short of spectacular.

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  26. BeverlyM

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been a customer for years and was never disappointed because consistently excellent food quality and service was the hallmark of Rick's Boatyard! Not last night, 5-pepper was horrible! When I got home I wish I had sent it back...chicken was tough (really???), flavor was lacking---I needed to add salt, pepper and request more cheese. I was grossly disappointed! Server was so nice but her head was not on our table...this too is a first. My husband said his Parmesan Chicken was ok but won't order again. Third person at the table had the fried catfish and it looked over cooked to me and she said it was ok. Both guest and my huband LOVE the clam chowder! I will hesitate to recommend Rick's to out of towners looking for a great Indy restaurant! Not sure when we will be back! I love Rick's ambience and it makes me sad to know I did not get value for the money. I know Covid hurt so many restaurants but Rick's prevailed; now this! For me dining out is an experience to relax, enjoy, and partake of great food and fellowship but when the food is not good and you don't believe you got value; it is very frustrating...makes you mad! My guest and I were attending a performance in downtown Indy and because Rick's is always great we did not bother with downtown options. Last night we made a mistake! Hope Rick's comes back...

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  27. Opentablefriend

    Indiana

    370 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    370 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Fantastic service and wonderful view of the water. Background noise a little loud on the deck but we enjoyed our lovely breakfast/brunch all the same! Highly recommend

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  28. JanL

    Indiana

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ricks is a favorite- always great service and good food! Remodel is coming along with many nice improvements!

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  29. Shaw

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced food for a very small serving. Definitely not worth it.

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  30. KathM

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our serveer was Sadie and she was excellent. They are reovating and looks very nice so far. can't wait to see the finished product.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love this place! Just be aware that right now (Feb 2024), the restaurant is under heavy construction and torn up quite a bit. Not the usually fantastic ambiance. The food and the views are still great though!

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  32. BobbyC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! And I love the atmosphere. This is my favorite restaurant in the area.

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  33. WhitneyC

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was terrible, had pork chop and crab cake hush puppies. It came out quickly was was difficult to eat. We tend not to send food back but water did not even ask why we barely touched hush puppies. ambiance was not great since they are doing renovations and exposed plywood up in areas, unfinished drywall.

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  34. DickA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 4th trip to Rick's. I drive 100 miles to dine there. Every trip has been great in all aspects. I recommend the 3 pepper chicken Alfredo.

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  35. BryanC

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a great time at Rick’s Cafe last evening! Food was awesome . . . wait staff was top notch! They are in the middle of a renovation which looks like it will be very nice when finished. Seems to be headed for more upscale than organic. It was pretty loud, even to the point of difficulty in carrying on with conversation. Maybe acoustic treatment is part of the renovation. Loved it, we’ll be back!

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  36. TimS

    Indiana

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    While I appreciate they are trying to update the restaurant, having workers pounding nails and putting up boards during a Friday evening dinner is unacceptable. Food tasted premade and disappointed that Ricks has lost its ambience and that feeling of being somewhere near a beach. Glad they couldn’t take the beautiful sunset away

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve had several very good meals and this (for me) is a trusted and very enjoyable venue

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  38. AngelaS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and server was absolutely outstanding

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon being greeted by first server, we were told we had two servers that would be tag-teaming the booth area at the bar. That tag team system didn’t work out very well to much time in between server stops because both were busy at the bar making drinks. Overall we like Rick’s but the nights service was lack luster considering we had two servers.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was friendly, efficient, and loud but in a good way.Calamari was excellent, and we didn't care for the recipes one was the shrimp scampi or the scallops and shrimpl linguine. We will return because it is one of our favorite places. We will try something different. Our server Jason was great, and it was nice to see that servers stay with Rick's and a few other friendly faces. 😀

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FAQs

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 6631 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 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254

Additional information

  • Cross street
    38th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Pike Township
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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