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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.
Indianapolis, IN 46254
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(317) 290-9300 ext. 1
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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