Spoke & Steele

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Spoke & Steele is a modern perspective on the classics. From first sip to the last bite, local ingredient-driven dishes and unique craft spirits deliver authentic flavors and textures that ignite the Indy dining scene.
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Sun 7:00AM - 2:00PM 4:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Super loud and service was a bit slow but friendly. Food was delicious but pricey.

JL
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service spot on. The prices are a bit high for the quantity and a couple people left hungry.

KP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise was high due to some very loud customers

JW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We were disappointed with the value of the experience. The food prices were very high, and the ambiance was very bad... loud children noises filled the space. We ordered scallops and got 2 for $19, much too much for what you got... the waitress advised us that we would only get 2 but still the price was high. We were told that rice would be included but it wasn’t really rice, it was 2 flat things about the size of a quarter. Drinks were very good but overpriced.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hello, John -- I wanted to reach out to you regarding your experience with us. You are correct: on the night you visited, we had an unusual number of children in the restaurant that created a pretty loud atmosphere. This is not normally the case. Regarding the scallop dish, the ingredient you mentioned was a Korean rice cake. I would like to invite you back to try us again. Please contact me at enicoson@spokeandsteele at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your feedback!

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A
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

Spoke & Steele
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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AW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. Food was really tasty, and I always love small plate style so you can try multiple items. Service was nice and the ambiance was funky but elegant

Spoke & Steele
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spoke & Steele is an excellent dining experience

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always!

Spoke & Steele
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The ambience is very nice, elegant. Lunch menu doesn’t really offer vegetarian options (all sandwiches have meat). Service was a little slow, it took about 45 minutes to get our food (only three tables were sat).

d
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have been an open table member for over a decade,And in all this time I have never written a bad review... Unfortunately, this time I am compelled to do so. Soda water instead of tonic is a common faux pas so no biggie... I wouldn’t be that fickle...out of oysters.... ok too, though it was a slow Sunday... shrimp and lobster potstickers and no chop sticks ..it took 15 minutes to get the sticks and potstickers were soggy and cold by the time they were made available.. all of these were forgivable except my “fettuccine with lobster” ....it had no lobster in it at all!!!! Thats the straw that broke the camels back.... I wish they would’ve just said they were out of lobster. Lastly, the kids food took too long to come out as well....In all fairness my wife’s duck was good, my daughter’s ahi tuna was good.... Brussels sprouts were good, & the scallops were delicious....it was definitely not their “A” game it wasnt even a “B” effort but rather a lack luster “c +” performance.... i would be lying if I didn’t tell you that several times during the evening I found myself staring out the window directly at the awning of Saint Elmo‘s wishing I was there instead of here. For the same price I know I’d be having a much better meal and service... it almost hurts me to write this but I have to tell the truth. I am utterly disappointed.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on August 1, 2019

David, I am terribly sorry that you had a less than stellar experience with us. I do appreciate your feedback, and I would like to discuss this matter with you further. Could you please contact Emily at enicoson@spokeandsteele so that we can find a way to make this up to you? Thank you again, and we look forward to making this right with you.

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M
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and our service was superb. We decided on individual larger plates for dinner. However, there were plenty of small plates we will definitely be back for.

DS
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went with friends for dinner. The food was just ok. We had the charcuterie board and hummus for appetizer. Both were ok. I had the grilled scallops for dinner. They were good. The service was excellent. I think for the price I expected better food. It was not bad but I don’t think I would go back.

b
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and elegant ambiance. Highly recommended.

AF
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Bailey; very knowledgeable re: the menu and wine pairings. A very trendy but unstuffy dining spot. Highly recommend!

LM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were so disappointed with this experience. We had our reservation— and were seated 20 minutes late. One of our guests went to use the restroom, and it wasn’t 5 minutes after being sat at the table that a waitress came over huffy and said “I’m going to have to get this order in”. As if we had made HER wait for 25 minutes to eat.

She rudely took our orders— in which I stated the salad I wanted; and to be made GLUTEN FREE.

She arrived with the wrong salad, and then proceeded to place the blame on me that it was incorrect. It was actually incredibly awkward as she remained in combat mode for several minutes lingering WITH the incorrect meal around our table.

It was inappropriate. The time that we spent to order a few salads and sandwiches was an hour and a half... at a non busy time. We were one of 4 tables.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 17, 2019

Lindsay, I am so sorry to hear about your experience at Spoke & Steele. There is no excuse for the behavior that you encountered, and I will use your review as a coaching tool for the server you mentioned. This is obviously not the experience that we want our guests to have, and I apologize that this happened for you and your group. I would like the opportunity to make this up to you. Would you please contact me at the restaurant at your earliest convenience? Emily Nicoson, General Manager

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BL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to over 15 anniversary dinners and this one is close to the top of the list. When we arrived, we were told that we had the best table in the house. This turned out to be a private room. Our awesome waitress brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. It was so nice to have the private room. Quiet and we were able to enjoy our night so much more.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you so very much for the awesome review, Barry! We're so happy that you enjoyed your anniversary at Spoke & Steele! Same time, next year perhaps? Cheers!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Indy, but if we come back we will go back to Spoke and Steele. Regan was awesome, the food was great. And get the biscuits. I know what you're thinking... It's a biscuit and you are right but it's like the ideal of a biscuit.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! And we agree -- Regan is fantastic and the biscuits are so delicious. We hope you find your way back to Indy very soon!

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EP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great discovery of fine dining in Indianapolis. Mary was an excellent server with a great attitude and a complete knowledge of the menu.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thank you so very much, Eric! We agree - Mary is an excellent server. So happy that you enjoyed everything, and I will pass your review along to Mary!

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F
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Our waiter was attentive and fun‼️

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you so much! So glad to hear that you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon.

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KS
Indiana
91 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spoke & Steele is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Indianapolis. This was my second visit in the past month and both were outstanding. The cocktail menu is fun and the bartenders do a great job "personalizing" drinks with special requests. The small plates are perfect for sharing. We had the cheese board and it was one of the best we've had. A sous chef delivered it to us and did a brief explanation of each component, which is appreciated. We also shared the biscuits, which are unbelievable. We finished with desserts, which should be shared, and they were both delicious. Our server was helpful with the menu and attentive in a non-intrusive way. The service at Spoke & Steele has consistently been great. Love this place!

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thank you for the awesome review! We're so happy that you enjoyed everything. See you again very soon!

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LL
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Indy! Their food is amazing. While my husband and I were dining, we couldn't decide what our favorite dish was, as they were all excellent! I've already been telling my friends, you need to try this restaurant.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you, Laura! I'm so happy that you enjoyed everything. See you again soon!

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MM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn't realize it was a tapas-style menu, which I'm not a huge fan of, but we all found individual things to order that were delicious, and the biscuits are great. A bit pricey but a cool atmosphere, and the rest of the hotel is gorgeous.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hi, Mary! Thank you for your feedback. We did change our format to small, medium, and large plates in April. I'm so happy that you were able to find something you enjoyed. And I agree -- Nick's Biscuits are amazing. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you, Kelli! So glad that you enjoyed everything!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and excellent service

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again very soon!

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j
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food good; alcohol has downtown prices for normal quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know what to expect, but the staff greeted us warmly at the door, and the attentiveness to service was fantastic. Definitely a great Friday lunch experience!

Thank you to the team at Spoke and Steele!!!

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thank you for the great review! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Emily Nicoson, General Manager

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined alone. On recommendations from the server I had the crispy broccoli and scallops. Both were amazing. Crispy broccoli was incredibly tasty but light feeling. Scallops were in a miso sauce that was to die for and also felt healthy. I highly recommend this for small or large groups (I wish I could have tasted the entire menu).

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! We would love to welcome you back so that you can, indeed, taste the whole menu. Thank you again, and we're so glad that you enjoyed everything.

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D
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Reasonably good food but definitely not for the price

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was our first time in Indy. loved the tapas style dining. everything tasted amazing. service was great! it was a little pricey but all worth it.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words and so pleased you enjoyed everything. Cheers! Johnny

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was great and knew the menu and dirks inside and out. Food was delicious. I suggest trying the peppers.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you, Mark! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to S&S. Cheers, Johnny S&S

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MS
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

While wait staff was polite she was a little inattentive to our table. We waited a long time to have our order taken and it was difficult to get her attention. She appeared to be focused on moving stuff around. Ran out of bottled water on table. We also waiting awhile for our check.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 4, 2019

Michelle, I apologize for the inattentiveness you experienced from your server at Spoke & Steele. I will use this information as feedback to the server. I hope that you enjoyed your meal and the rest of your experience! Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. I appreciate it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 2

Service was absolutely horrible.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello -- I am sorry to hear about your experience. Would you mind providing me with a little more information about your visit so that I can use your feedback for coaching with our staff? Thank you in advance for any feedback you are willing to provide.

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S
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

It was Indy 500 weekend so I can’t compare it to a normal weekend but the noise level was deafening. We couldn’t hear our conversations and the service was super slow. They were just packed and the bar was overcrowded. Maybe try it on another weekend but don’t go if you want to try and have a conversation! Food was fair but our waiter tried hard.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Spoke & Steele. You are correct -- Indy 500 weekend is a very, very busy time for both the restaurant and the hotel, and this weekend's guests were much louder than normal! We hope you will return on a quieter evening and have the experience that we intend for our guests! Thank you again for the feedback.

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d
Indiana
69 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really well seasoned. We would highly recommend. Service was excellent too. Much better than most hotel restaurants.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you very much for coming into S&S. We are so happy you enjoyed our menu and service! Cheers! -Johnny AGM, S&S

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s
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a terrific experience.
Food was spot on.
Bailey the waitress was awesome.
Would definitely recommend this restaurant. Will be coming back

GE
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem. Don’t let the fact that it’s a hotel restaurant fool you. Innovative and delicious menu that is moderately priced. Large windows look out onto one of the busiest streets in town offer great people watching.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello Gary! Thank you so much for coming into S&S, and we are very happy you were pleased. We hope you come in again soon, and definitely let us know in your reservation that you enjoy the front windows. The people watching is indeed prime. Cheers! Johnny AGM, S&S

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I made a reservation for our Anniversary and were greeted/treated terrifically. Would highly suggest and we will be returning! Excellent food, drinks, and service

Spoke & Steele
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you so much for spending your anniversary with us. We hope we made your evening an unforgettable one. Cheers! Johnny AGM, S&S

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JD
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great meal. Will be back!

P
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was informed that the burgers were the "bomb" therefore an excellent reason to dine at Spoke & Steele.

CH
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very quaint spot in the old Canterbury Hotel, now the Le Meridian. I rode solo as my wife had to cancel on me at the last minute for a meeting. I was the only patron in place and the staff was great. The server was well versed on the menu and the restaurant’s offerings. It is an expensive place to dine but I was satisfied after my meal. Great place for after work drinks and socializing. The location is great. I had a great time. I had the 3 board CHARCUTERIE. It included some favorites of mine and allowed me to indulge in some new fare. I enjoyed my time at Spoke & Steele.

Spoke & Steele
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review! We're so happy that you enjoyed everything, and hope to see you again soon!

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