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Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.3
3079 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(317) 290-9300 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Hibbeln
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Cross street
38th Street
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
What 3079 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Rick’s is a great place, great food, great location and busy on a Wed night!! Good music on the veranda!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Definitely hard to find scenery in the Indianapolis area like this. Overlooking the Eagle Creek Reservoir, it really is a beautiful view. They’ve invested in updating their outdoor seating so everything is covered and they even have wind flaps that can be lowered. If the weather is bad, their inside is very nice too. The live music we heard in the inside bar was great. My only complaint is how much the prices have gone up in past years. An appetizer with 3 small pieces of sashimi tuna was $17. Crazy! But overall, the food is great and it’s a fun, scenic atmosphere. Good place for many different occasions.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We made a reservation on line and said we were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary. When we arrived, the hostesses didn’t really seem to know we had a reservation. We had asked for special seating and were told at the desk that all of the seating was special with good views. Our view was ok. The 4 hostesses didn’t seem to have much interest in what was going on. The food was very good and our server was sweet. We have been here several times with several family members and always been very happy. We were just disappointed that we were celebrating a special occasion and nothing special about it at your establishment. It appears that maybe training would be appropriate for the hostess staff.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Made reservations a week ahead only to be seated outside in 95 degree weather. Still waited twenty minutes to be seated. Drinks were warm. Space was tight. Owner is not the best and the kitchen is slow. Food is very pricey and was not up to par. Very disappointed.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Celebrating Father’s day with my family and I was looking forward to a wonderful experience as we have had in the past at Rick’s Cafe and Boatyard. The restaurant was very busy, so I was glad that we had made a dinner reservation well in advance. We were promptly seated with a view of the lake. The food was very good but the attention to details by the server were lacking. She did not tell us about the daily specials and later provided our check without first asking if we wanted desert or another beverage, which we did! I recognize that it was very busy and she was covering many tables but we heard other servers at adjacent tables speak about the daily specials and not forget to ask about desert before delivering the check.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Love the food .....and atmosphere ...treated my son & his family for Dad’s day. Had requested outside, but it was so hot (close if not 100 degrees) they very nice about moveing us inside.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fathers Day

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Made a reservation for parent’s 70th anniversary on-line. Called manager to make aware and asked if they could do anything special (even candles for dessert) and was told no, they couldn’t. We were seated in the noisiest part of the restaurant by the kitchen with view of parking lot.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

We were terribly disappointed when we made our Father's day reservations for 12:15 specifically for brunch to find out that the restaurant, as stated by our waitress, changed the brunch time from it's normal hours of 10-2 to 10-12. Our waitress told us that they informed the staff of this change when she showed up for her shift that morning.We were unable to get the specific meal that we made reservations for on a holiday. I voiced how unsatisfied I was with my waitress and she never offered to have a manager speak with us. I looked back on Rick's FB page and website and nowhere did it state that the brunch menu would be ending early. This has left a very bad taste in our mouths especially since we brought my 85 year old grandfather and really spoke highly of this restaurant. Your customers truly depend on exactly what your website says, especially when brunch is only 1 day a week and it was a special day.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch for Father's Day 2018 at Ricks Boatyard. Great service, beautiful view of Eagle Creek resevoir and good value!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful view. Nice outside overlooking the water even on a hot day. Plenty of fans. Great food and nice prices. Simply perfect for Father’s Day brunch.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Alexis was our sever, she did an amazing job. The reason why I rated this place so poorly is due to the food. My boyfriend order the Louisiana catfish dinner and I got the 5 pepper chicken fettuccine. The catfish was bland and the pasta was ok to say the least. We ordered the Rockefeller(oysters) as an appetizer; we had to send those back due to it not being prepared properly. You could tell it had not been put underneath a broiler. Which left that oyster extremely raw tasting. Which is fine, but that's not how it should have been prepared. We sent those back and requested the shrimp cocktail. When we got those, we could tell that the shrimp was not fresh but taste frozen. If you ever eaten at Pappadeaux you can tell the extreme difference between the two. Or, if you are in general a seafood lover you could tell it was not fresh. Just really bummed that the food wasn't good. My boyfriend and I went there to celebrate his birthday so we ended up at Taco bell once we left there :)

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Was great as always
Did ask for a window table with my reservation but was stuck very close to kitchen
I will probably more assertive with my request.
I understand they were slammed, but a reservation with the request should be prioritized.

Thank you

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Our table was in a horrible location - next to the bar seating so the smell of cigar/cigarette smoke was nasty, also, next to the drink/service stand so dishes were constantly being clanked together loudly. We were practically finished with our appetizers before our food order was taken. Waitress didn’t check with us after food was brought out until she came to take our dishes away (one member had an ice cold baked potato). The gnats were bad. Not the special family dinner we were hoping for tonight. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious. Very relaxing.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Rick's NEVER disappoints!! I have been there twice in the past three weeks with 2 different people and am always happy when I leave! I don't do seafood but they have enough other menu items that it isn't a big deal. The down side, parking can be a nightmare. But that isn't enough to stop me from going!! They do have valet. :)

This it the Raspberry Chicken I had a few weeks ago. Amazing!! I didn't get a picture of what I had Thursday the 14th but it was amazing as well!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Took WAY to long to get food. Over 30 minutes.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great service and great food

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great experience! Food was great, our server was very good, atmosphere was beautiful and fun.. had a great time for our 5 year anniversary. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and had a great dining experience. A excellent server and food was great!!

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The service was terrible. Our waiter apparently left in the middle of his shift and left all of his tables with no server. We couldn't place our order, get refills, our order was incorrect, we couldn't see a dessert menu or get our bill. Our anniversary date was a complete bust. We won't be returning. We will stick to the downtown steak houses.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was very bland. 2 of us got the chicken wrap and it had no flavor.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The server didn’t really pay attention to requests (ie dressing on the side, no onion on the salad). Never refilled water etc...

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I hadn't been to Rick's for several years. I thought the food was a little expensive for the quality. This visit changed my opinion on that. A four in the party had excellent food, and yhe price was good for the quality we got. We'll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Ricks Cafe Boatyard is an Indianapolis staple for fine quisine. Fresh seafood and great ambiance whether you inside or out. Really enjoy their seafood and great view. It is a must for anyone who enjoys fine dining with an amazing view.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Good food, great service by David. Thanks

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Reliable goodness

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food was great, service was ok but our waiter seemed a little distracted. We asked to sit outside but were told there was no space available. However the entire time we were there 5 open tables outside stayed empty. We could have sat outside. This was very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Celebrating 31 years of marriage. Great place to go for a good dinner. Sat outside with a beautiful sunset.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

As requested, we had a first tier table outside and waterside ready for us upon our scheduled arrival time. The food was delicious as were the appetizer and drinks before dinner. Service was prompt and we were never rushed. This is our new favorite Indy area restaurant! Perfect evening...thanks Rick’s!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We LOVED our server "Coy", he was very friendly and professional. We were seated on the patio and the sun became quite unbearable so he made arrangements with another server to let us sit indoors with the same beautiful view! We didn't want to lose him as our server so he kindly worked it out so we could keep him. He never missed a beat checking on us and providing amazing service!! My friend is a very picky diner and she adored Coy!! She even wants to plan our monthly visit around his schedule! We LOVE Rick's and are frequent diners, you need more amazing servers like Coy! Some of the younger servers we have had in the past were not very attentive and courteous, but the food and cocktails are always delicious!!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

very noisy for fine dining. getting very pricey. outdoor seating should be divided - outdoor dining feels like eating in a grocery store on Sat. with all the activity and noise.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food, nice view, live music.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Beautiful day to sit in the bar and have a tasty lunch! Great atmosphere. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

For some reason they did not have my reservation, but were able to seat us outside as requested. The food was delicious and the service top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was great, and the service was extremely friendly for how busy they were. That was a pleasant surprise. A lot of times when the kitchen is very busy, certain restaurants skimp on the seasonings. Our food was perfect! We were talking about coming back before we even left the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great Place to eat, beautiful view! great food! But took too long for us to get a server, great music atmosphere

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Super restaurant for the summer. The outside dining is the best in Indy with the sun setting over Eagle Creek!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had a great time at Rick's on Sunday, June 3 ~ my Mom's 84th birthday! They had a nice table ready for us on the deck ,but saw that it would be too windy for our group, they immediately sat up another table , but in the inclosed section. It was perfect! Everyone was super friendly and helpful! We've been to Rick's many times before and will be back for sure!
Thanks for making Mom's day special!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I took my girlfriend here for our 3 month anniversary and i must say i was very pleasantly surprised! The food was amazing as was the service! Absolutely will be returning for the New York Strip!

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