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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Indiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Garden Table - Mass Ave restaurant
4.8
4.8 (33)
$30 and under
American
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
The Garden Table is a local eatery and fresh juicery with two Indianapolis locations. We serve seasonally influenced and locally sourced food and cold pressed juice. We believe in simple dishes, made from natural ingredients, grown and harvested by local farmers.
Top review
ShannonWvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Generally the food is great… however today I ordered the chicken salad sandwich which was extremely salty. My body is now craving large amounts of water. Next time I’ll stick with the breakfast Sammie (my favorite).
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Bloomington restaurant
4.7
4.7 (74)
$30 and under
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
CherylJ
Dined on May 25, 2024
Great experience this evening with Adam. He was very attentive and did a great job taking care of us. There were quite a few people in there tonight, but we still felt important.
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Carmel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (18)
$30 and under
American
Carmel / Westfield
About the restaurant
Enjoy a distinctly Upland atmosphere just north of Indianapolis. We took a pinch of lovable Bloomington quirkiness & a dash of Carmel culture & added a heap of hospitality. A relaxing vibrant place to go for a craft beer adventure with incredible seasonal fare made using locally sourced ingredients. Spring through Fall, take a seat on our patio where both human & dog children are welcome.


The Tap House is less than a half mile from the Monon for a reason—we take great pride in our outdoor spaces. Stop in mid-ride and grab a seat on our patio and refresh with good food and beer. Spring through Fall, take a seat on our patio where both human & dog children are welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, great waitress, and very enjoyable atmosphere
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Clay Terrace restaurant
4.7
4.7 (24)
$30 and under
American
Carmel / Westfield
About the restaurant
Our brewpub fare brings the best that the land has to offer, crafted and served by the people who are downright close to the salt of the earth. Chef-created, seasonal menus filled with locally sourced ingredients and just-from-scratch recipes reflect the same artisan approach we bring to our beers.

We’ve produced quality beers over the years by challenging and refining our craft, not by appeasing trends. Discerning taste, rolled up sleeves, and upholding our uniquely progressive ideals ensures our drinkers will appreciate Upland beers as much as we do. Many of our brews are unique twists on traditional recipes, while others are creations of our own imaginations. In 2006, we traded a few cases of beer for barrels from our friends at Oliver Winery, and we haven’t stopped innovating with sour beers yet.
Top review
PaulaB
Dined 4 days ago
We loved the vegan options so this was a big plus!! The atmosphere was great and so was our waitress! Also having great parking in the back is great too!! Loved it and will be back.
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4.7
4.7 (41)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
After an evening out or dining at Commission Row, guests can enjoy an after dinner drink in the adjoining speakeasy below. Mel’s speakeasy will offer a wide selection of wine, cocktails, and spirits.
Top review
Blue4
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Greeted warmer upon arrival. Cool vibe with elevated cocktails. Food portions were large. We were able to order off of Commission Row and Mel’s menu. Our server Bradley was able to answer all questions and gave in-depth details on drink ingredients.
A photo of Upland Brewing 82nd Street restaurant
4.6
4.6 (97)
$30 and under
American
Castleton / Keystone Crossings
About the restaurant
UPLAND ON INDY’S NORTH SIDE
We took a pinch of lovable Bloomington quirkiness & a dash of Indianapolis culture to create a relaxing an cozy place to go for a remarkable craft beer & dining experience on the north side of Indianapolis. Spring through Fall, take a seat on our patio where both human & dog children are welcome.

Our tap list is fresh and always rotating with Upland classics, seasonal favorites, award-winning sour ales, and small-batch innovations. Pair your pint with a carefully crafted menu item featuring locally sourced ingredients and plenty of creative gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Located between Keystone at the Crossing and Castleton Square Mall, Upland 82nd Street is the perfect spot for weekday lunch, after work beers, or a shopping trip fuel stop.
Top review
MrsLaura312
Dined 3 days ago
We celebrated Father’s Day at Upland Brewery. We enjoyed the experience and the ambiance. Sheila was a wonderful waitress/server!
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Fountain Square restaurant
4.6
4.6 (23)
$30 and under
American
Fountain Square
About the restaurant
Our location set in the heart of Fountain Square features a small-batch brewery for tinkering & barrel-aging, 22 beers on tap & a locally-focused menu of spirited pub classics & vegetarian cuisine. Sip small batch innovations before they hit it big time out on the patio while perusing our menu. Spring to Fall, our immense patio is the ideal place to enjoy our craft. Well-behaved dogs welcome outside.


With the Cultural Trail just a block away, we’re accessible by car, bike, foot, or Red Line. Drop into our on-site bike shop, run by Gray Goat Bicycle Co. & grab a beer while you wait for a tune-up. We’re a neighborhood spot with a global reputation — and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got brewing.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
We had excellent service! Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and knew every bit of your menu! Good food and drink ! Service made it great! Food topped our experiences!
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Bloomington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (32)
$30 and under
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Our headquarters in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana is not just a restaurant & bar. It’s a throwback to pubs of old, where friends & neighbors gather to share old stories & create new ones. We’ve been brewing local beer here since 1998. And just like our beer, we’ve continued to innovate & reimagine over the years.

Pair your pint with a carefully crafted menu featuring locally sourced ingredients & plenty of creative options for vegetarians. Spring through Fall, cozy up on our patio where both human & dog children are welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great place. Good beer and the food was delicious.
A photo of Nom Nom Tacos & Tequila - Southside restaurant
4.5
4.5 (18)
$30 and under
Mexican
Lafayette / West Lafayette
About the restaurant
Hello
Bienvenidos to Nom Nom
Features traditional Mexican calavera art and authentic Día de los Muertos theme, This venue offers vibrant visual experiences, delicious food and beverage.
Top review
leroyg
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Food was very good and tasty. It is not your average creation, but something new and exciting. Ambiance was very ordinary and noisy. Difficult to hear conversation for the continuous bass beating of the music. This was the only detractor for the meal.
A photo of LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (148)
$30 and under
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern is located on the Third Floor of LaSalle Grill. Join us, Pull up a chair and take your time to review our drinks menu. This could take a while, since we offer 120 whiskeys and scotches, dozens of craft brews, wines, and craft cocktails. Our selection is unparalleled, so tap into our staff’s expertise to help you choose. Settle in for some civilized refreshment and a break from the ordinary.
You probably noticed that this isn’t a brand-new building. That’s no coincidence. In fact, our twenty-first-century establishment is housed in the oldest commercial structure in South Bend, built in 1868 as the Second St. Joseph Hotel. No fake historical patina here–like everything we do, this is the genuine article.
At LaSalle Kitchen Tavern we take food and drink service seriously so you can keep the focus on what matters: relaxing with friends over drinks and a meal.
Top review
TamiH
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great food & service! Definitely recommend. We will be back!
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