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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 1.77mi
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  3. Distance: 2.37mi
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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Rick's Cafe Boatyard will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal as well as our full dinner menu. We can accommodate large groups and offer a beautiful view of Eagle Creek Reservoir while you enjoy your meal.

Rick's Cafe Boatyard Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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 (135)
Waterfront (122)
Great for Outdoor Dining (118)
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Good for a Date (96)
Casual (83)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Special Occasion (74)
Good for Anniversaries (71)
Good for Groups (68)
Worth the Drive (63)
Great for Lunch (56)
Fun (54)
Romantic (54)
Live Music (52)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Bar Seating (38)
Sunday Lunch (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (34)
Business Meals (33)
People Watching (33)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Happy Hour (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Great for Brunch (26)
Seasonal (26)
Comfort Food (25)
Cozy (18)
Healthy (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Authentic (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Disabled Access (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great Beer (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Live Sports (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We made a late reservation before driving 20 minutes across town to get there for it. They were closed due to a power outage, but from the looks of it they had been closed before we even made our reservation. We were not the only angry customers showing up to a closed restaurant. Not cool to leave the reservation system open and not notify people.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

First time. We all had different types of fish. Grouper, rainbow trout and catfish. It was all excellent. Very nice atmosphere. Would definitely come back.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were disappointed. We used to come here frequently in the past and enjoyed it. But this time there were some problems. The food was good, but not enough to make it a destination. Our entree came out long before we finished our salads. Dishes piled up on our table until we actually stacked and removed some. Also, the noise level was too much for us.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I came here for my boyfriend's birthday. When making the reservation, I asked for a seat with a view and to sing happy birthday. The waitress was kind but she seemed uncomfortable. We she saw our IDs she made a comment about my birthday but did not make a comment about my boyfriends birthday (we went on the day of his birthday). No one made a comment at all about his birthday which was a disappointment because I wanted to surprise him.
Other than that, the restaurant is beautiful and I would definitely recommend. The only thing that was off putting was that a restaurant of this caliber you would think would have more seasoned servers. The waiters/waitresses were impersonal and amateur which I think takes away from the quality of the restaurant. The whole time we were there a waiter was cleaning tables and had in earphones while rapping aloud. I personally don't mind but I'm sure others would.
I ordered the salmon roulade which was tasty and my boyfriend ordered the rainbow trout which I thought was delicious and will order next time.
Overall good experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Thanks for seating and serving us so quickly. We only had a short amount of time, so I appreciated that the food arrived so quickly.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was good however our reservation was not ready for the stated time and the hostess was not very cordial about it.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Ricks always has been a great experience. Good food, great service, nice atmosphere, active crown at the outdoor bar.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had an excellent time here and had a great server. The view was excellent and thought the food was delicious. The only improvement I would have is that the service was a little slow. However, the server, food, and atmosphere still made this a very enjoyable experience. Definitely recommend eating here!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a great time catching up with a friend I had not seen in 11 years. Food was great service was great would recommend Rick's to anyone

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A wide variety of choices food-wise and very affordable! My favorite casual place in Indianapolis! Gotta try the Grouper Rueben!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Fun
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I can't say how good or bad the food was because we did not even get served. Customer Service here has been by far the worst experience I have ever encountered. I had a reservation and still could not get a seat I wanted upon arrival. Once seated, it took about 30 minutes for a server to ask us if we've been helped. It then took another 10 minutes for us to get some water, which was dropped off without asking if we were ready to order. As a result, we left and notified the hostess. There was no apology whatsoever. Therefore, I contacted the manager to discuss the situation and to request compensation for a later date, since I was fed up with the service. The manager was not willing to work with us despite our horrible experience and only offered us a free drink if we came back that same day. To wrap it all up, customer service is terrible. Do not go here if you have something special planned or if you want something quick, unless you are willing to wait upwards to an hour for it.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was much slower than usual. After waiting for almost an hour to get our food, the server did not bring all food ordered. The manager stopped by our table and apologized for the poor service.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I love Rick's Boatyard the atmosphere is always great the food is great and service is always good

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love this place. Food is excellent and the live music and patio are so fun. Great drink choices too! We will be back soon and often!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Frequently go to Ricks Boatyard for Sunday brunch. As always food and service were fabulous. Noisey, unruly children with unattentive parents were the only drawback.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

very nice dinner, very polite employees. very good place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made a reservation, however it still took 5-10 my mutes to be seated. Took our waitress 10 minutes to greet us. Food was ok. I received tempura shrimp plate that looked like it had been sitting for a while because there was skin on the sauces. I would’ve ordered another drink, but waitress took aboutb 20-30 minutes to return after my meal was complete. Dirty appetizer plates were never removed from table.
There were several tv’s to watch, but all but 1 tv was showing the same channel though a huge baseball game was on.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

So Rick' s wasn't quite what I expected or hoped for. The menu was priced like an upscale restaurant, but the atmosphere wasn't much better than a burger bar where you might look for your lost shaker of salt. Tables are VERY close to each other. I had the Prime Rib which only comes in a 16oz portion. I ordered medium. It was delivered medium well closer to well and was almost dry. In regards to "upscale" pricing, your entree is priced high and you'll pay additional for salad and most sides. The restaurant is large with lots of seating, but is understaffed so don't expect a lot of attention from the wait staff.
For the price, I'd rather actually go to an upscale restaurant. For the value, I'd rather go to a Roadhouse and get a lot more food and drinks for the money.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I was greeted by the hostess with a friendly hello and the booth that was requested was ready and they took note of the evening was a birthday. Our server was Allen and he gave us excellent service. The problem was the food .A ribeye was ordered by the birthday boy it was full of gristle and the mashed potatoes were so soft they were flat. We sent the steak back ordered a fillet mr . When our grandson tried to cut into this steak it was rare and was'nt given the right steak knife.I tried to eat my dinner slowly so our grandson wouldn't be the only one eating but after seeing how rare his meat was and he tried to eat but was a little squeamish we just boxed it up and he could try to eat it the next day. The vegetables look like it was a last minute creation of leaves.Rick's is good when things are all in place or bad😞Our last visit was a disaster but it has been over a year and thought we would try it again. The atmosphere and location is great also the music. If you have a bad server and bad food that makes a big difference. 😭

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, casual environment, good drinks, dash of the creative, plus beautiful views

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Old Faithful...never disappoints, great place to meet/take friends and out of town guests.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We live in Ohio and dine at Rick’s every time we return to Indianapolis. The menu boasts so many delicious options, but the Mudd Pie always brings us back time and again. A true Indy gem!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Healthy, Late-night Find, Live Music
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food but a little pricey. Excellent service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately, I didn't even get to enjoy dinner with my family to celebrate my mom's birthday. We sat for 25 minutes without any recognition from the wait staff. Not even water. After 20 minutes I approached the hostesses and let them know we had not been seen. Another 5 minutes went by and we decided enough is enough. I asked to speak to a manager on the way out and had to wait another 7 minutes. There were 2 managers on duty, neither was anywhere near the dining room. Our reservation was at 6:30 on a Sunday evening and they were busy, but not over-crowded. I was appalled by the experience and had to take my mom and family elsewhere.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

They may not honor your reservation. We only had a party of 4 and were told that it might be 30-40 minutes!

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

What a disappointment! Took friends from out of town there because previous times have been good. The food was dreadful. The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were mushy in both that we ordered. Sent them back and i got oysters instead which were flat and not very tasty. My trout was cooked to the right degree but had no taste. The mashed potatoes actually tasted good, but clearly had been sitting flopped on the plate under a heat lamp for a long while. The waitress was fine but slow top get us our drinks. My friend had salmon that also was not very good. We all agreed this was a mistake and I won't return. Not one of INDY's dining high spots even with the nice view.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food. Our server was outstanding. He was extremely polite, knowledgeable and was just great. I've been to Rick's on several occasions and the service is not always the best. In fact, the last time I was there it was just awful. This made up for it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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