St. Elmo Steak House

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St. Elmo Steak House has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902. It is one of the oldest Indiana restaurants in its original location & has earned a national reputation for its excellent steaks, seafood, chops & professional service. Try our famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail followed by a dry-aged USDA Prime Steak. We happily accommodate special requests; please call the restaurant directly. All reservations will be held for 15 minutes.
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CJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service from as soon as we walked into the door!

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to this restaurant because it is supposedly one of the best steakhouses in Indianapolis. The service was very professional, friendly, and attentive. The food was not very good. I had the pork chops were dry and Luke warm (looked and tasted as if they had been sitting around in a tray for a long time before they were served). The baked potato was over cooked and dry. Their signature jumbo shrimp cocktail was just shrimp with an over abundance of sauce loaded with horseradish.

St. Elmo Steak House
Responded a day ago

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S
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with a small group for my daughter's birthday. We had a variety of seafood and steak orders at the table. With that in a few side dishes we ordered (do not fail to try the jalapeno creamed corn) our table was absolutely loaded with food. Andy took exceptional care of us. I ordered the crab stuffed ocean trout. First time I have ever had anything other than a steak at St. Elmo, and I was not disappointed. It was quite tasty. Our visit was nothing short of fantastic. If you haven't been to St Elmo before, make a reservation and go. Bring your wallet
, it is expensive -- and it's worth every penny.

JG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent as always! The shrimp cocktail is an eye opening experience! My go to steakhouse.

TP
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed with our meals. We thought we would try St Elmo’s instead of our usual Ruths Chris for a special occasion. We won’t be back. The steaks were not nearly as good as Ruths Chris and the baked potatoes had been made in advance and had been sitting in a warming tray. They were not fluffy at all. The menu said creamed spinach with no explanation regarding what was in it. Turns out there were chewy artichokes in it as well as a strong cheese. We didn’t eat it and they were nice enough to take it off the bill. The up charges for things like cheese and bacon on the potatoes (4.95) and to pay 15.53 for a Belvedere martini seemed quite high.

St. Elmo Steak House
Responded 18 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback Teresa. We would like to extend our apologies for your disappointing experience. Please check your inbox as I have sent you a private message to discuss in detail the issue noted above. Thank you.

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W
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An icon and consistently good steak house with great service!

ID
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. A little expensive but well worth it. Anniversary dinner. Wine recommendation was perfect, steaks were perfect, and so was everything else.

JE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

JD
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We have always looked forward to dining at St Elmo when we are in Indy but this visit fell woefully short. Our party of four ordered different steaks and asked for hot pink centers. Two steaks were perfect while one was overdone and the $77 steak was very rare. It was sent back to be cooked a little more and 20 minutes later it arrived well done. The restaurant took it off the bill and did ask what could be done to correct the situation. That gesture was appreciated but St. Elmo IS in the steak business so this situation shouldn’t occur. Hopefully ours was the only table having a bad night.

St. Elmo Steak House
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback John. We would like to extend our apologies for your disappointing experience. Please check your inbox as I have sent you a private message to discuss in detail the issue noted above. Thank you.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was for our anniversary and our server Matt was very attentive and we did not need to ask for anything, which made for a really great night for this special occasion! It was excellent!

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the experience is very nice very surprised this time as our ribeye requested medium rare was quite burnt on the outside usually it’s cooked well but this was charcoaled Otherwise the shrimp cocktail did not disappoint the side items were tasty and overall experience was very nice. Our server was very friendly and though the staff was trying to be thorough they were almost pushy in trying to clear our plates before we even put our forks down yes it was a Saturday night but the experience felt a little rushed this is never happened before and all other times I have had a very wonderful experiences at St Elmo’s good food good ambience.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service again from Andy.

TC
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was as we found it in the past. Food and service were both fantastic. We arrived one half hour early (used valet parking, which we had not originally planned, so saved time) and checked in and were expecting to wait until our reservation time. Surprised and very pleased that we were seated within 5 minutes. A bit noisy, but we were in a room with several larger tables that seated groups. Not unexpected given this. It was not a problem, just noisier that during past visits.

SM
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary last Saturday night and everything was fabulous! Andy Cooper is the best server ever❤️❤️

KB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great shrimp cocktail. Great steaks. Great service. Great ambiance in the dining room. Bar area lively, crowded and more noisy. Wonderful evening!

j
Western KY
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tasting filet ever. Cooked to perfection. Sides delicious. Perfect appetizers & signature shrimp cocktail. Great wine. Can’t wait to return!

Z
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dining experience. Not just because the food was absolutely delicious but our waiter delivered us the best details and was readily available for any questions we might have had. We are already planning another trip back!

CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere is always excellent. The mac n cheese and ribeye are amazing. Just a great experience and enough food to share.

DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mr Mark is wonderful! Very attentive and always made sure we had full drinks at all times!! Will definitely be back

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Amazing food! Everyone was really nice and helpful!

K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Steve was awesome. 1st time visit and was more than I imagined. Great atmosphere, great food and our steaks were the best we have ever had. Little expensive but well worth it. We will most definitely be back.

NT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everyones food was great except mine. Had the chopped steak. Entirely too salty & did not like the mushroom toast. In my opinion it was better 10-15 years ago but it has changed. Trying to make the food more upscale but simple is best. Way too salty plus very red in the middle when I asked for medium well.

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

The Precinct in Cincinnati is worth a $150 bill. Most certainly not worth the bill at St. Elmo's steak house. St Elmo's steak tastes like Texas road house but actually worse... The shrimp was great. However not worth our trip at all. We were sat at a table where servers were constantly reaching behind us grabbing things they needed and it was very uncomfortable. I will never waste money coming here again nor tell anyone to go. If you are in Indy I'd say Kilroy's bar around the corner has better food. (That's how bad the steak was) We went to enjoy a nice night out and expected a great meal especially for the price, but we received dog food instead. If you want an amazing steak and a pleasant time travel to Cincy for a great steak at the Precinct.

St. Elmo Steak House
Responded a day ago

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L
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always hung out here when we lived in Indy and worked downtown! It has been about 30 years, but it never fails to disappoint! Loved the food, atmosphere and service.

TC
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to get!! Love the food!! Perfect place to go to for any occasion!!

R
Miami
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The signature shrimp cocktail sauce was amazing with fresh shaved horseradish. It will definitely clear your nose! My steak was trimmed and cooked perfectly. I had the ribeye. The blueberry whites chocolate bread pudding was fantastic. I would definitely come back again the next time I’m in town.

TP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The creme brulee was not as hot as I had it the last time. It kind of tasted like is sat out for a bit but it was alright. Definitely will be back for the steak but only on a very rare occasion.

GB
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my daughter there to experience the shrimp cocktail, which was great; but, the lobster bisque was better. Bone-in-Rib-eye (Cowboy) was awesome. We had a nice evening and would go back again. Value and cost is on par with other nice steak houses.

SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service superb. Great place to meet with friends for business or pleasure.

MD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian took care of us on our first visit to the city and restaurant. Perfection from shrimp cocktail to creme brûlée! The filet was beautiful! I need a nap!

J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's a reason this place is famous. Everything we ate and drank was outstanding, and the service couldn't have been better!

MO
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about St. Elmoo's was fantastic. I was told that it would be and it lived up to the testimony.
Great job Elmo. I'll definitely be back!

RN
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Prompt and great service. Bought the Cowboy steak ordered Medium rare. Steak was cold and rare at best. Lot of money for a not well cooked steak. Won’t be back. Had better steaks at Ruth Chris for a lot less.

St. Elmo Steak House
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback Robert. We would like to extend our apologies for your disappointing experience. Please check your inbox as I have sent you a private message to discuss in detail the issue noted above. Thank you.

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S
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was top-notch. Waiter noticed one of the steaks in our party was overdone. He proactively and quickly intervened to get a new one. That kind of care has evaporated in many steakhouses across the US. The other steaks were spot on....and the quality of meat was the best. Highly recommend St. Elmo's

JR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on great service and food when you come to St. Elmo. When I travel to Indianapolis for work, I try to find one of my dinners to be at St. Elmo.

R
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Heard a lot about St Elmo over the years from coworkers & finally got the opportunity to eat there. It was great - will be back

PM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit for 5 of the 7. Everything was absolutely incredible. Definitely in my top 3!!

EB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in Indy for a visit, I highly recommend St. Elmo's Steak House. I have been there a number of times and it is a must stop if you want a very good steak at an independent steak house. Their wait staff is professional, friendly and engaging. The food is all very flavorful and cooked perfectly. I am a rib eye person and it is hard to find a better steak, better prepared than here, three guys, three rib eyes medium rare, three cooked exactly right, juicy and flavorful. Be sure to start out with the shrimp cocktail, but be ready to clear your sinus'. It was a little too loud for my preference but the food and service made it worth it.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!!!
Great food, great service and I love to cry when eating the shrimp cocktail!!!

H
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truely LOVED this hisrorical restaurant! The place was GORGEOUS! Lots of brick everywhere, and many cozy dining rooms--we were seated downstairs in what they called the wine cellar. The service was impeccable--just about the best I have had ANYWHERE! Her name was Emily, and she made us feel welcomed and relaxed. She had such a twinkle in her eye, almost clueing us into the special evening we were in for! The drinks were incredible, and the shrimp cocktail did NOT disappoint us--it woke up your taste buds! We all ordered different steaks, some aged and some not. All were what dreams were made of! The servings were so large that we have enough for another meal. Can't wait to go back again, for a very special evening.

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