Rick's Cafe Boatyard

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.5
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M
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best Bloody Mary ever. Our waitress, Liz B., was outstanding. She was so helpful and professional.

AT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had eaten at Ricks several times but I brought my wife and a friend. They were both very impressed at the quality of the food and the experience. Great time!

C
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was just ok for the price. Waitress was kind. I hadn’t been here in a long time and it just wasn’t the same. Restaurant needs cleaned and repaired in areas.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

love the baked goat cheese, i seriously crave it, excellent wine selection

SS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!! Server Jeff M was awesome. Had a great evening. Took my mom out to get her out of the house. Perfect choice!!!

i
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Art, our server was fantastic. He answered all of our questions and was happy and friendly.

JA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere and view along with the great tasting food! It’s our go to place for all occasions!

D
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Service wasn’t superb, but she did a good job.

KJ
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with a great environment. We got there just as the sun was setting on the reservoir.

CC
Indiana
61 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great as always. Lovely view, great food and service.

h
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved that there was a lunch menu, in addition to the full dinner menu. The portions were very large and tasty. Our server was an amazing young lady as well!

KG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is always a good time to go. Everyone ordered something different, but all was good. Server was great!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Live music, amazing food, and great views made for a great evening dining at Rick’s Café Boatyard. Can’t wait for our next visit.

r
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We have not been to Rick's for several years. The location and restaurant are awesome, but the food has taken a turn for the worst. My wife had the scallops, her comment was Bonefishs are much better, I ordered the Pork chop, which was way too tough and chewy. Neither of these meals were worth the price charged, and I doubt if we return to this establishment.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoy going here. Tonight the service was not as good as it has been in the past. Very slow to being acknowledged after being seated. Did not check on us after food was served. I had to ask for another drink and the check. Good thing I enjoy this place and have been here several times or it might have been a place I would not return to.

C
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had the trout and my mother had the fried catfish. Mine was delicious but hers was overcooked. Dessert was yummy, the view even on a rainy day was wonderful! Still a favorite!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great service, great experience. My steak was dry in steak salad. Whole Lobster very expensive. Very kind staff. Made our birthday memorable!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good. It was a birthday dinner. We had a nice time.

RY
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time ever dining in the restaurant . My wife and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and decided to have dinner there. The hospitality was great, food delicious and the live music was spectacular. We will definitely recommend this place to everyone.

l
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner here was the highlight of our trip to Indianapolis! What a gem! We were seated before sunset and it was beautiful across the water. The service was fantastic and the food delicious! My husband said the huge oysters were the best hes ever had and ordered second! The Hawaiian chicken and lobster tail were fantastic. Desserts are a must as well...we especially liked the mud pie and the espresso creme brulee.

Would definitely recommend this fantastic restaurant!

SB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the prices were reasonable, our table was by the window overlooking the water, and our Server was a complete gentleman!! I totally forgot to get the name of the background musician; but, he was FANTASTIC and I hope that he's playing the next time we go back!

WV
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We returned to Rick's to entertain an out-of-town family member for dinner. We reserved a table so we could see the sunset. We were not disappointed, but we would caution you if you elect to sit on the deck in October. Although the deck is enclosed and "heated", the flooring has lots of openings to the cool air below. Not comfortable at all.
The food was delicious as every time we have eaten there. The server was very capable and personable.
All 3 of enjoyed our food. I had the Cajun blackened catfish and found it fantastic.

S
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Of course it is impossible to have a better view (especially when the Fall trees are radiant with color). The food was well prepared just like it was described on the menu. The service was very adequate and normal.

c
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Waited for over 25 minutes for a menu once we had been seated outside. Went and found a menu for ourselves finally.

This wasn’t the server’s fault - it’s mismanagement.

There were over 100 guests outside alone and only 4 servers (including the bartender).

I overheard other tables saying the same things and expressing the same frustrations.

We made reservations for 12:30 and had our food at around 1:35. It sort of ruined our plans.

The ambiance is not enough to make up for the subpar service.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s 82nd birthday at Sunday brunch. Really happy that we could also order from the regular menu!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant n the MidWest within walking distance of a general aviation runway (Eagle Creek airport). Food is excellent, and great views.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The bar staff was wonderful!!! The wait staff was good until they got busy but still ok. Someone kept messing with the light level and that was distracting but overall we will be back for sure

TK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Somewhat pricey, the food is not bad, but not extraordinary.

SD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere and great food! The servers are fabulous people!

L
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricks never fails. Love the food and service, appreciate the strong drinks

ST
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely way to celebrate birthdays together! We all enjoyed our food and the fall waterview.

OT
Indiana
89 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good prices, great service and wonderful ambiance.

PF
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service! This visit at Rick's went above and beyond. After our credit card slipped out of the binder during payment, our card fell though the cracks of the deck outside. There were at least 6 servers and support employees helping us to retrieve our credit card. After several failed attempts, we almost gave up and then one server went above and beyond to continue to try other avenues to retrieve the card and was successful after about 30 minutes. I don't know how many restaurants would have done this. Thank you Rick's!

CC
Indiana
62 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is not only our special occasion destination but is our neighborhood restaurant of choice. Always great food, service and amazing view to boot.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Muy spectacular!

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SH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Our food was well-prepared and hot, and our server was polite and efficient. We were there after church on a Sunday afternoon when there was live music. The singer/microphone was entirely too loud! We could barely talk over the music. This really did affect our experience in a negative way.

CG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HAD SUNDAY BRUNCH. WAS GREAT! ONLY DOWN SIDE WAS THE LIVE MUSIC WAS A LITTLE LOUD, BUT IT DIDN'T LAST THROUGH THE ENTIRE MEAL. OVERALL HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Booked outdoor reservation and were told it would be a 20 minute wait for outdoor seating when we arrived. The food was overpriced and underwhelming and the staff felt like we were in a fast food restaurant not at a restaurant this expensive.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Made a reservation for the patio only to be told that even though I made a reservation and showed up on time that there would be a 20-30 min wait. Were then seated inside and could see several open tables ready to be seated on the patio. Server seemed like she was super hopped up on caffeine and to top it all off, the food was overcooked (fillet).