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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

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (83)
Scenic View (80)
Special Occasion (58)
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Good for a Date (55)
Casual (52)
Great for Outdoor Dining (51)
Worth the Drive (50)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Romantic (40)
Fun (38)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Live Music (35)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Groups (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Bar Seating (28)
Seasonal (25)
Business Meals (24)
Sunday Lunch (21)
People Watching (20)
Cozy (19)
Happy Hour (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Great for Brunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (12)
Authentic (11)
Disabled Access (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great Beer (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Live Sports (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

It was not unusually not busy so we were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner. And am grateful we did not feel like we needed to rush.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

A great lunch with friends with service that was perfect. Amber was there when we needed her, but never intrusive for our lingering conversation. The salmon roulade was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Awesome food as usual. Had their Sunday brunch. Sat by fireplace. Service at the dining table is amazingly better than the bar area for some reason. In my experience, the bartenders are ALWAYS in a bad mood and are only attentive to certain customers. Initially we were going to be seated in the bar but I asked to be seated by the fireplace and the experience was much more enjoyable!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Have dined here a few times before and enjoyed. Waitress was in a hurry all night but was OK, it was busy. Ordered a $40 plate that included shrimp, scallops, and a small lobster tail. Lobster tail was not even close to being done. I alerted the waitress and she said she would speak to the manager to see what could be done. She came back with the bill and took a $10 glass of wine off. I noticed the table next to me had also spoken to the manager and I saw them discussing an underdone lobster tail as well. I asked to speak to the manager who strolled up to the table and I explained that my lobster tail, the main portion of my meal, was severely under-cooked and not edible. He said the waitress had shown him, he acknowledged the lobster was under-cooked, and said he took a glass of wine off . I explained that I was not happy with paying $40 for essentially 2 shrimp and he said he said he took a glass of wine off and would not do anything else, what else did I want him to do, and walked off. His smugness and overall lack of care or concern for my experience was honestly appalling to me, my wife, and the couple we were dining with, I was stunned. Hey thanks for eating that $3 cost to you for my $40 plate of under-cooked shellfish. I wish I had gotten his name but whoever the manager on duty on Saturday night, Jan 6, needs to find a new career because customer service is not his forte. I will NEVER spend another dime at Rick's Cafe Boatyard and will most certainly let everyone I know about the awful customer service experience I had.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and service. More time should be allowed between courses. Salads should not arrive immed immediately after appetizer, nor should main entree arrive before salads are finished. Felt rushed even though restaurant was not that busy.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

One of our favorites in the Indianapolis area! Food is always outstanding

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service were excellent. A bit pricey though for the ambiance. Really great overall!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The only drawback was in how long it took to get our food. We FINALLY got our appetizer after almost an hour. I barely got started on it when everyone's food came. It was a small table for four and was very crammed.

Everything else went okay and we had a good time overall but we were wondering for a while what was up with our food - including the appetizer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was not our first visit to Rick's but it could well be our last. We dine at least every month during the summer and fall at Rick's. This New Year's eve was without question one of the worst dining experiences we have encountered. We ordered a bottle of wine when we arrived with our appetizers. The appetizers arrived but no wine. We finally flagged down our server who said, "Oh yeah, we are out of that wine. We ordered another bottle that finally arrived at the time our entree's arrived. So much for a relaxing glass of wine. We tried to order the evening special but were informed the special was gone (Wagu Rib-eye). The table behind us was seated and they ordered the special and received the order. We had Salmon Roulade that was excellent. Duck Breast that was at best Ok. Scottish Salmon (way over done), and beef filet that had an obnoxious smokey flavor. We notified our server and he just did not care.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a good place to eat. I would go there again on New Years.

Tags: Live Sports, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a great time. Went for my dad's birthday and all he wanted was oysters and Ricks made him so happy.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Romantic, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reservations were easy to make ( on line ), the table was ready as expected, our waiter and the restaurant staff was very attentive. It was a great dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went to Rick's for a late Christmas get together and everything was just perfect---the food, the ambiance, the waiter.... This has become our "best occasion" place as well as a great spot for "just because". Don't change a thing!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My pizza was cold but good. My wife got the Maryland crab cakes and shrimp which where excellent. Got the chocolate for desert which was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My daughter, from Houston Texas was in Indy for the holidays and to celebrate and take me out for my Birthday. There are so many wonderful and beautiful restaurants in Houston Texas, but she was very very impressed with the Christmas décor and beauty of Rick' Café Boatyard. We loved the food, the service, the music, and the whole festive atmosphere! Thank you for such an enjoyable evening. Will return soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was great (I had scallops, which were wonderful) and we ordered calamari as an appetizer - the best in town!. The noise level from the bar music was horrendous, however, and we requested that it be toned down. We could not have a conversation with our friends, as all we could hear was the loud, loud voice of the entertainer. The noise level was eventually made much softer and it was so pleasant. We go to Rick's to enjoy the food and company, not to listen to an entertainer singing at the top of their lungs (or maybe the mike is turned too far up). Thank you to whoever turned the volume down, and thanks for the wonderful food.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Perfect for a Christmas Eve dinner with family. Great food and service. Decorated beautifully for the holidays.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It's been a tradition for my boyfriend and I to go to Rick's after Christmas Eve Mass for dinner. The atmosphere is excellent along with the food, service and live music. We go at other times during the year also but Christmas Eve is always so special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great place for special occasions. Love that they take reservations for larger groups. The view is beautiful and the outdoor seating is the best. Love Rick’s!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our food was good and would come back in the spring when the dining area is opened up. The noise level was VERY LOUD, almost uncomfortable for my husband and I.
The big thing we did not like was the people huddled around the ash tray outside the front door smoking and we had to walk through the smoke. The cigarette butts on the ground and the smell of it all when we left does not make for a pleasant exit upon leaving. This could be a deal breaker for us coming back.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Dinner with friends was very good. Server gave us plenty of time to chat as we decided on menu, throughout the meal it was a no rush enjoy yourself atmosphere accompanied with excellent food. Just a great time

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun, Disabled Access, Cozy, Scenic View, Live Sports, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was my first visit to Rick's. I enjoyed the menu, the food and the wait staff. The young gal at the counter was in the bathroom on the phone which did not make a good first impression but the rest of my experience was very nice.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and perfect ambience made for a great evening.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We made our reservations a month or so in advance. We wanted plenty of time to eat before we headed out to see our annual Christmas show. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas and looked so gorgeous. We were seated quickly and our waiter was soon there for our drink order. We did not order alcohol but the selection looked good. Most of us ordered salads with our meals and those that didn't were able to enjoy the warm bread and butter. Dinners came out together and looked very appetizing. The portions were large and satisfying. We love this place for special family dinners or romantic evenings as a couple.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Live lobster Great! Good view, Great service. Seafood always great here.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good bye dinner with our Exchange Student

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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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