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Rick's Cafe Boatyard

4.4
2948 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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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Neighborhood
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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy brunch while taking in the view of beautiful Eagle Creek Reservoir.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2948 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is my favorite place to eat. Period. Many memories I have, even starting from childhood, have been created here. You couldn't ask for a better location if you're into a water setting. The food is consistently, like every single time, fantastic. I've had most everything on the menu that isn't new. The duck is my usual or the shrimp and sausage rustica is also great. Crab cakes are must. Do yourself a favor, GO

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

my only complaint is the oven was broken and no pizzas I always get pizza.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our first time to Rick's in a long time, very good meal, attentive and upbeat staff. We were very happy with the experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was excellent! We had a special table outside, it was a pretty evening. Thank you Joni for making it a perfect evening!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First time there Saturday 4/14/18 I brought a friend there for his birthday neither one of us have ever been there. I made a reservation requesting to be seated by the window , which was granted the food was superb the drinks were great. The staff was great making sure all our needs were met. They came by the table several times to ask how we were doing, asked if we needed anything else. They were great very friendly atmosphere. We began a conversation with some other people. It was a great time a great evening. My friend was throughly impressed as he thinks Chicago has the best restaurants. He now wants to make your place one of his favorites 😊 and now this is the best. He tells everyone that will listen about his birthday dinner there. I believe he is now your spokesperson 😊 we will most definitely be back.
Rochelle

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was terrific! Very personable! Food was delicious and the view of the water was spectacular!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The grouper sandwich was delicious and the salmon salad was HUGE! Dessert was good, our server was very helpful and fun. All in all it was a great experience.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I’m completely disgusted with Rick’s. My wife and we’re regular patrons. On April 11, 2018 we were seated and was never served. We sat for 8mins and received no service, 5 servers walked past our table with zero greeting or service. A new party of 4 was seated 7mins after us and was served water immediately. This is unacceptable and we walked out and notified the hostesses about our experience. I will never support this place again. We then went to Hyde Park and had an amazing meal. The service and quality has diminished and I would recommend you choose wisely of where you invest your money for service.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was average
Key lime pie was not very good
Coy our waiter was excellent

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always enjoy our visits to Rick's Boatyard. The seafood is very good. Sunday brunch menu is delicious. Our waiter was very attentive without being annoying. Our lunch orders arrived very quickly!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food and great service. There were six in our party and we all enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Family was in town, large party, had a wonderful server and great food! Awesome first visit, we will be back!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We made a reservation for 6:30, yet still had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table. I appreciate the host who, literally, ran to an open booth in the bar area to get us a table. The server, Megan, was attentive and fast. However, the Greek salad was showing age and the lobster was terribly overcooked, had not been cleaned, and arrived at the table without the claws scored and with rubbery tailmeat.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This time the food was ordinary. Previous visits were much better. Disappointed as we had an out of town guest as well as a birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was great! Enjoyed ourselves very much! Heart way to celebrate our friend's birthday !

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Waiter was not very friendly and couldn’t hear him when I asked questions. Liked the entrees very much but ordered dessert and were very disappointed because we misunderstood what he said. Needs to be better at describing menu items. It was quiet and we enjoyed the view even with the overcast skies. We be back and try patio seating.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Rick's is my favorite restaurant. Great for celebrations or just a treat for lunch. Sunday Brunch is awesome! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always love the fresh seafood menu and the ambience at Rick’s. Food is prepared as ordered, and never disappoints. Steaks are outstanding as well. The view of Eagle Creek Resevoir is so beautiful, especially during Spring, Summer and Fall.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fabulous midday Easter dinner with excellent food and great service! One of our regular places and always will be!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was a pleasant visit and the food was good. We had a good seat viewing the reservoir. My only take away was that our waiter was not very attentive. We had to ask another waiter to bring the condiments to the table and he didn't check to see if we wanted drink refills. The other dissatisfying mishap was that the waiter from the table next to ours, dropped the dirty plates and spilled food on my Mom's dress and legs. The manager came over to our table to assist her with the cleaning expense information. I would recommend eating there, and I will come back again, however the service was not as good as I'd remembered it from previous visits!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We LOVE Rick’s Boatyard on every level ! We even got married there in 2012....the first booking for the new upstairs room & it was still not totally completed. It was a fabulous day 😃

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Easter dinner with family and friends! Look forward to nicer weather and outdoor dining!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was not as good as it normally is. We had made a reservation for Easter and requested a window seat. After about a 20 min wait we asked why we had not been seated yet, while other large groups that came in after us had been seated. The hostess said it was Bc we had requested a window seat. She said she had a table if it didn’t have to be a window seat. I said that would be okay. We walked past an open table the size of our party, with a partial window view, but instead, we were taken to an extremely noisy table right by the kitchen. I am not sure why we wouldn’t have been seated at the first table we walked by, but I should’ve asked to be moved but I just didn’t want to cause a scene. I guess I would recommend that the tables over by the kitchen be reserved for “walk ins”, while the tables in the restaurant be reserved for rsvps. We always come to Ricks for all family celebrations so we will be back but just wanted to share our thoughts. I will say our waitress did a superb job!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday brunch was a wonderful experience. We had out of town guests and they were delighted with the choice. Only one thing ruined the meal....we had ordered bloody Mary's and they were disgusting!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Barbeque pork nachos are amazing.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Steaks are not good at all -- poorest cuts of meat, very dry, and a weird mesquite seasoning. Food is probably better if covered in a sauce (like the sausage and shrimp pasta). Patrons are very snooty and self-absorbed. (50+ yo adults propped open patio door to the deck near a toddler in order to take selfies and got mad when asked to close the door.) The best part of our birthday celebration was our server Steven. He tried to make everything better and was very professional, so I was happy to leave a very large tip for him. Otherwise, save your money and just go there for the cocktails and the view during the summer.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always good. Best Cajun food around. We both opted for soup. I had the Wisconsin beer & cheese, my husband had the gumbo. Both were awesome. We ordered from the seasonal menu since we were on a Living Social certificate. Hubby had the blackened rainbow trout with shrimp ettouffe, I had the sirloin/salmon with shrimp ettouffe combo. Both were fabulous. The ettouffe is spicy, but excellent. Specials included dessert. We split the brownie w/ice cream sundae, took the key lime pie home. Awesome night with awesome food.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was good, half the order was wrong. Service was terrible.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Waiter was professional. Food was tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Our date night was a BLAST! We arrived right at 7:00 when the live music began. What I particularly liked about the music is that it was played delicately and not blaring in our ears. We could still clearly hear each other talk. Our entrees were delictible. He has the Mahi sandwich and I had the catfish meal. We ordered the stuffed crab mushrooms as an appetizer. And mmmmm the bread that is brought out is so soft and coupled with a delicious sweet butter. So many thumbs up! The drinks were rad too. We will definitely be coming back with the little one. Ah yes, and the scenic view is wonderful, but be prepared for a bright sunset if you are facing the window.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Brought the wrong beer we ordered first
Then Ordered a ribeye and we were served a New York steak

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Wonderful food! Went for lunch for my birthday with my family.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

At $65 I would have expected better food. It was good but just so-so. The best part of the meal was the bread and our service was outstanding. The plate reminded me of one a person puts in a microwave and heats up. The potatoes looked exactly like that. We go to Rick's for appetizers and this is the reason why! Way overpriced for what you are served and the appearance of the plate. Again, great service but I could have fixed a better tasting meal at home.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Restaurant was overbooked. Seated us 20 minutes late. Wait staff rushed us thru, took our food multiple times before we were done. Did not provide drink refills. Ribeye was poor quality, potatoes cold. Spoke to manager, best he could offer was a free round of (delayed) drinks. Got the check, the "free" round was included. I'm sad because we used to love Rick's. However, we're done. Their slow decline is becoming very noticeable. They charge too much for poor service and sub par food.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent as always. You know you’ll never have a bad meal...consistently good!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Service was a bit slow but the food was great

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The food was excellent and our server was exceptional. We will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

This was our second business meeting there and it was fantastic. The food I must say was fantastic. I add the chicken wrap without the bacon. It was very tasty. I will for sure be visiting again in the near future. Our server was right there when we needed her so hat's off to her as well!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I go to this restaurant occasionally and generally enjoy the food. It seems each time I have been lately, the food quality did not meet my expectation; it was still good, but not what I expected based on prior experiences.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Service was great. Wasn’t a huge fan of the particular dish I selected however the mahi was awesome!

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