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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Indiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Indiana? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Essence Restaurant + Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (255)
$31 to $50
American
Elkhart
About the restaurant
A culinary playground centered around unwavering hospitality and creatively curated cuisine, wine and spirits.

Welcome home.
Top review
JonBvip
Dined 4 days ago
Best restaurant in Elkhart, and it’s not close! 100% excellent as always.
A photo of Portofino restaurant
5.0
5 (84)
$50 and over
Italian
Lawrence
About the restaurant
Portofino is a revered destination for those who appreciate authentic and approachable Italian-inspired cuisine. Our goal is to guide your dining experience to an evening in Italy. Award-winning Chef Daniel Stackpoole brings his 25-plus years of culinary expertise to Geist. It's a hidden gem of the Indianapolis area, but once you know...you know.
Top review
BrentSvip
Dined 5 days ago
What an amazing find. We had the best of time and a fantastic meal
A photo of Vida restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1943)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Vida provides an unparalleled dining experience with fresh, innovative Modern American cuisine, carefully crafted cocktails, a diverse wine collection and professional fine dining service, all in a warm, approachable environment.
Top review
2cmw
Dined 4 days ago
As always, the entire experience was flawless. Food is always exceptional and the service remarkable. I’m convinced Chef could put anything at all in front of us and we would be amazed. Best restaurant in the city, hands down. Thank you for another wonderful evening.
A photo of 9th Street Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (725)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Noblesville
About the restaurant
Neighborhood Bistro offering a diverse menu inspired by seasonal and local ingredients, our small dining room of just nine tables and four bar seats boasts exposed brick & original hardwood floors. Chef Samir & his wife Rachel welcome diners into this intimate space in the heart of Old Town Noblesville.

With a menu that changes every one to two months, a full bar with an eclectic wine list, craft cocktails & mocktails and local beers on tap, we encourage you to try something new at every visit.

Our concept is globally-inspired Bistro fare - we draw inspiration from our own world travels and places on our bucket list to create dishes that will nourish your body and soul. We care deeply about food and where it comes from. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever it is practical, and make nearly everything from scratch. We love sharing our food and hospitality with the Noblesville community!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This is our favorite restaurant in town. The burrata is unmatched and a must have when we go! My husband ordered the salmon pasta and it was amazing! I had the Seafood bastilla. While it was good, it wasn’t my favorite thing I have eaten there, but still so delicious and was really just more of a preference than anything wrong with the dish itself. The ambiance and service is unmatched and we cannot wait to go back!
A photo of Copper Spoon restaurant
4.9
4.9 (432)
$31 to $50
American
Fort Wayne
About the restaurant
Copper Spoon is a New American restaurant focusing on seasonal, contemporary fare that highlights our Northeast Indiana producers. We work local farmers and artisans to source proteins, produce, and baked goods to provide you with the highest quality ingredients.

Our cocktail program has been nominated for a Tales of the Cocktail award for best bar/restaurant cocktail menu. We have one of the largest selections of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch in Indiana. Our cocktail menu features over one hundred classic cocktails, seasonal house cocktails created by our bar team and an extensive list of spirits, wines and beers.

We are passionate about hospitality and our craft. We put a lot of care in absolutely everything we do! Be prepared to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.

We are located at the Harrison Building downtown Fort Wayne. Our back yard is Parkview Field, which gives us the best patio seating around. Go Tin Caps! Must be 21 + to enter!

Top review
JacobW
Dined 6 days ago
Wait staff is incredibly knowledgeable on the drink menu. A great place to have a cocktail, and the food is incredible!
A photo of Salt on Mass restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3122)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Located in a contemporary space of coastal design and floor to ceiling views of the city skyline and Massachusetts Avenue, Salt on Mass has a focus on fresh. A locally owned scratch kitchen and bar specializing in wild and sustainable seafood, steaks, hand crafted cocktails and extensive wine list, Salt on Mass prides itself on creating unique dining experiences. The restaurant has quickly become a hot spot before a night out on the town, pre and post theatre dining, casual after work and late night cocktails, social plate sharing, business dinners, special occasions, private dining and live music.
Top review
JimMvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Wonderful experience. Sea Bass was amazing.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Indianapolis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3094)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
Owenvip
Dined 3 days ago
A little slow but everyone is understaffed. Staff were very kind and observant. Food was fantastic. Best blueberry pancakes I’ve ever had, were crispie on the edges, light and fluffy, served with warm maple syrup and whipped butter. Side sausage were also excellent.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Greenwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (486)
$30 and under
Italian
Greenwood
About the restaurant
Conveniently located on Highway 31 near Greenwood Park Mall, the Greenwood, IN Buca di Beppo is everyone's favorite Italian restaurant. Join us today for lunch or dinner and feast on a wide selection of heaping, family style portions of delicious, authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas. No matter your appetite, you'll never leave our restaurant hungry. Our attentive staff and eclectic decor add all the special details that will make your meal even more enjoyable. Have a bunch of special events coming up? Book our semi-private dining rooms for truly memorable gatherings. Need catering? We are the best in the business, and offer a variety of packages. When Greenwood residents are in the mood for Italian food, they always choose the restaurant that makes them feel like family.Buca di Beppo! Call us with all of your catering requests and dining reservations, or simply stop by and dine with us today!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Hostess really was great and worked with our party to get a good table. Waitress was very good and patient with our party. Lasagna was outstanding!
A photo of The Gas House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (886)
$30 and under
Steak
Fort Wayne
About the restaurant
Conveniently located in the heart of historic Fort Wayne, the Gas House is the place for downtown business people and office workers at lunch hour. The Gas House's casual atmosphere and friendly service also makes it the perfect destination for a leisurely afternoon lunch with friends.



Since 1958, The Gas House has been serving Fort Wayne exceptional food and drinks in a friendly, casual atmosphere, and from steaks and lobster to sandwiches and salads, the Gas House has an option for any taste or appetite. Enjoy your visit in our family dinning areas or come down and relax in the warm, neighborhood atmosphere of the famous Gas House Saloon. Just blocks from uptown attractions, a visit to the Gas House makes a complete evening with a concert or performance at any of Fort Wayne's uptown theaters.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I ordered the Phat Panda, and my husband got some classic chicken strips. The burger was phenomenal and the loaded wedges appetizer was amazing. My husband also said they were some of the best chicken tenders he’s ever had. They seated my family quickly and service was on point, with not very long of a wait, even with Ribfest going on and the restaurant being packed! Will definitely be coming back to try out the rest of the menu!
A photo of Papa Vino's - Warsaw Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (36)
$30 and under
Italian
Winona Lake - Warsaw
About the restaurant
Experience matters. That's why the general managers at each of our locations are seasoned in both the restuarant and Italian dining industries. Together, our core management team boasts 70+ years of restaurant involvement. They know what it means to serve you well and run a business with pride. Quality Dining, Inc. owns and operates two Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen restaurants providing authentic Italian fare, including the Salmone Limone, Chicken Marsala and the signature Sizzlelini®. At Papa Vino’s, it is always Unmistakably Italian, Unbelievably Good.
Top review
RyanM
Dined on May 24, 2024
Nice new restaurant. Lots of seating. Great service. Great food.
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