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About Rick's Cafe Boatyard

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.

4050 Dandy Trail
Indianapolis, IN 46254
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10 pm; bar menu until 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11pm; bar menu until midnight
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
38th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 290-9300 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.ricksboatyard.com/

Executive Chef:
Mike Hibbeln

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rick's Cafe Boatyard Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (113)
Waterfront (111)
Great for Outdoor Dining (94)
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Good for a Date (76)
Casual (74)
Good for Birthdays (68)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Special Occasion (66)
Worth the Drive (61)
Good for Groups (53)
Fun (52)
Romantic (49)
Great for Lunch (48)
Live Music (41)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Sunday Lunch (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Business Meals (32)
Seasonal (28)
Happy Hour (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Hot Spot (25)
People Watching (25)
Great for Brunch (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Comfort Food (18)
Cozy (18)
Healthy (16)
Authentic (13)
Disabled Access (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great Beer (5)
Live Sports (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Omlet was mostly potatoes, biscuits were old, coffee was tasteless, and the entire meal was barely warm. Hope this was an isolated incident as we have flown/ driven here on occasion and will certainly try it again. Everyone has a bad day.
Great location. Nice atmosphere for birthday gathering. Waitress was very good. Oh and we were way too crowded. Very few costumers but we were bunched up like the place was packed. And one of our chairs was broken.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

This is our go to place when we want to celebrate something special! The food is wonderful,the staff is the best and it is warm and welcoming. It is decorated beautifully for Christmas!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a business meal and we were set right in the middle of the room, however it busy but I did let them know it was a business meal the noise level was to high to really have a meeting

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 3 days ago

My Grouper Sandwich was really good but my husband ordered Pork Chop & it was not edible. Poor selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good except for the fact that our entree’s were brought out almost immediately after our soup so we wound up eating cold food and felt rushed.

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·Dined 6 days ago

It was my husbands birthday and I wanted the night to be special.. The service and food was excellent as always, and we will definitely be returning!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great get together with friends...felt server was a little inattentive but overall not disappointed as always! Love Ricks!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is one of our Favorite restaurants. Recently took out of town guests, despite the poor weather they loved the ambiance, live music and food. Rico’s dip is great, steak salad is perfection, and anything with Mahi Mahi is outstanding.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Have been there several times and usual it's a good meal and atmosphere. However, this last visit left much to be desired for the $250 bill for 5 people (2 minors). We had rsvns at 5:30, so it wasn't that they were too busy in the kitchen - just a "meh" meal at best. Had to send back the filet for being way too rare for a "medium" (a shame because it was a beautiful cut of meat). The shrimp scampi needs more lemon and watch the butter they serve with the bread - it's sweetened and "seasoned" - quite the surprise. I added a blackened chicken breast to my pasta dish - good seasoning flavor, but a bit dry. On the plus side, my dad really liked the special - sea bass and a crab cake and they absolutely nailed the seating request I'd asked for (booth if possible, but nothing in the middle of the room).

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fly here several times a year. Land at KEYE across street and walk to restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fun, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We are from Wisconsin and have eaten at Rick's each of the last 4 times we played in the Big10 Championship game. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. The Yukon gold potatoes are to die for! if I would change anything it would be the noise level. It is tolerable but a little hard to carry on a conversation with the folks at the end of our table for 6.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was fair, no tuna at 7:30 (but waited 15 minutes to tell us), delivered entrees but left finished salad plates without removal, water must be scarce because it took two requests for a refill and the mahi mahi smelled like it had been cooked in same pan as salmon.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere, great place for an intimate meal or have a good meal with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent food; very good service; a bit pricey.
We would go there again, maybe to try some options (appetizers and soup) for lunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a party of 7 including 4 kids and the food and service were very good. We will be returning here and I definitely recommend it for others!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Once again an absolutely enjoyable time at Rick's Boatyard. A longtime friend joined my family for a meal from Atlanta, GA and she loved it so much she requested that the next time she visits that we bring her back! Great service and outstanding food. It is my go to for out of town guests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 25, 2017

SPLENDID AS ALWAYS! BEAUTIFUL FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Grouper was very good.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service, food, atmosphere. Can be very casual or formal, will always be memorable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went to Rick's on Thanksgiving evening and one other person and I in our party ordered the Thanksgiving meal and the other two ordered from the menu. We all felt the food was good and the service excellent. My son remarked that his calamari was the best he'd ever had and was cooked perfectly.

The only thing that distracted from our enjoyment was that there was a live band playing at the same time music was being piped in over speakers. This made it very noisy and the music discordant.

But, all in all, we had a very nice time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Waterfront, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Another awesome thanksgiving. Our latest and greatest tradition. NO TURKEY AND THE sides for us. That's for later over the weekend. We had an awesome view of the reservoir, the setting sun, the holiday decor etc. Very romantic....just hubby and me....steaks...a nice red wine....no screaming kids and I dressed to the nines. Our waiter Tim was very good, hard working and intuitive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I love Rick's! Both the food and the view are phenomenal. Just had their bread and butter for the first time on Thanksgiving. I would say that is the BEST bread and butter I've had. Yummy! Thanks for a local gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

About 10 years ago or so we came to your restaurant for several Thanksgivings. In 2010 we had our wedding anniversary there. This year we came for Thanksgiving again. To our surprise the quality seems to have gone downhill. The food was served after having been dished up for quite a while. The turkey was served with dry inedible parts, the gravy had the sheen of having been left too long and the dressing was served including the burned, edge of the pan, portions. The pie crust was a close to cardboard as I have ever seen. Now at a large, family Thanksgiving dinner all of the above will probably show up BUT NOT at a restaurant such as yours and NOT for $25 bucks a plate. Well, not unless you are not wanting any repeat business. It appeared to me that no one, including the server, gave what was being served any attention at all before it was brought to the table. The price of a meal is long forgotten IF the food and experience is of top quality. Ours was not. I wish you to understand that this review is for the meal we had and nothing else. I have no way of knowing if this is an isolated incident of a common practice. I do indeed hope this was the former.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

As always, great food, gracious service, and wonderful view!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving. The meal was very good.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food and atmosphere are always great a Ricks. Best oysters on the shell in INDY.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Rick's Experience is non-comparable to other restaurants in this area. Location is quiet and picturesque. A great place to wind-down.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I had the blue crab ravioli this time. Pretty good but the sauce wasnt my favorite. It seemed to overpower the flavor of the ravioli. The crab cake it came with was amazing. My husband had the plum shrimp (which i had last time we came here) and that is probably my favorite thing onthe menu. So good!!! We also had the smoked salmon nachos for an appetizer and they were very very good.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. They were beginning to decorate for the holidays -- I need to go back again to see the results.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I had fish and chips. Too much breading, not enough fish. Breading was not very good. A perfect fish and chips has big pieces of fish with very light breading.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was excellent as was the food. Great value for the money.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I met some friends here for Brunch one Sunday. We had a great time. There were a lot for different Brunch food options. Or you could order off the regular menu. I ordered the Seafood Frittata. I thought it was just okay. It was more like a Seafood Omelet then a Frittata so I probably would not order it again. And I also didn't love the side of Breakfast Potatoes. I didn't think they were cooked long enough, not very soft. I did try my boyfriends Stuffed French Toast and that was very good. So I would definitely go back for Brunch, I would just order something different.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was fantastic, service very slow and limited, seating was tight and table to small for four people.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

food was excellent especially the coconut rice steak was perfectly cooked to my liking
wait staff is best around this become my # 1 place the food the view back round music and staff all blend to make a pleasant experience

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ricks’ atmosphere is tough to beat at any time but we arrived at sunset and the sky and water together looked spectacular!!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great outdoor area for nice summer nights! Menu is full of great food and the chocolate cake is to die for.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent attention by our server Nick and great food made for a fun evening. About everyone went home full and with doggie bag, great portion size!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I have eaten at Ricks’ several times and have usually enjoyed my dining experiences however on this occasion the service was not up to par. It appeared there was only one wait staff and he was overwhelmed. Wait time was unacceptable due to only one wait staff .

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I brought my wife here for her birthday on November the 6th. It’s one of her favorite places to eat! We have always had great service and food! Very quick also!! Her favorite is the catfish I would have to say my favorite is the bbq Pizza or the bbq nachos!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Live Music
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 6, 2017

As always, the meal was wonderful. Can't beat the scallops! We'll be back again very soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food & atmosphere. Steak was undercooked but the manager made it right. Very impressed!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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