About St. Elmo Steak House

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.
Indy's best steakhouse!

127 S. Illinois
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 3pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm



Open for Private Luncheons for Groups of 20 or More with 72 Hour Notice.

Cross Street:
Georgia

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 635-0636

Website:
http://www.stelmos.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available & ample parking also available on the street or in the garage across the street from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Holmes

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

St. Elmo's offers 5 rooms from which to choose. Limited menus available. Please see website for details or e-mail us.

St. Elmo Steak House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (169)
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Pre/post Theatre (139)
Neighborhood Gem (135)
Cozy (121)
Hot Spot (112)
Quiet Conversation (109)
Fit for Foodies (107)
Bar Seating (98)
Fun (95)
Handcrafted Cocktails (90)
Vibrant Bar Scene (63)
Casual (62)
Local Ingredients (56)
Comfort Food (46)
Creative Cuisine (46)
People Watching (44)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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 (Indiana)·Dined a day ago

Very great service and even better food!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious perfectly prepared & generous portions

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 2 days ago

The staff was very attentive, with good wishes and an anniversary card on our arrival. Very nice table. Complimentary creme brûlée at the end. The food is very good - not the best steaks we’ve ever had, but solidly good. The small dishes accompanying the meal were very good,too. Their much touted shrimp cocktail is just TOO spicy - I almost choked. Be forewarned - order the sauce on the side! We weren’t the only ones to have this reaction.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The server had been there for 28 yrs and definitely one of the coolest guys! Made us feel welcome. The lounge while waiting was fun with live music. Great place and best steak I've ever had

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I like to go there once a year. Service is always excellent.

Food is consistent every time and the staff is extremely knowledgeable.

We are allowed to take our time and talk where a lot of people these days are in a rush to leave as fast as they can.

We don't get a lot of time to sit and talk so for us that is a plus to find a place that will not rush us out the door! Even when it is a reservation for 8:30. Our waiter allowed us to do that and we had a nice leisure dinner.

Great evening for us!

Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Allan S.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 2 days ago

The wait staff is excellent! Went out of their way to give us a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

George was awesome!!!! Great and attentive service!!!!

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·Dined 2 days ago

The shrimp cocktail is a must and the steaks are prepared to perfection. We had the red mashed potatoes which were a treat as well. It's a wonderful dining experience with exceptional service.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

This is my very favorite in this area. Never disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was a nice setting. I can say that I have been there cause of the name. But I mean the steak was a steak to me. Nothing like spectacular for the price you pay.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Great spot. A little loud but loved the ambience. The food was great and service good though a little rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful time, and the shrimp cocktail is not to be missed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 3 days ago

I have lived in Indy 8 years now, and have always been told St. Elmo is the best. Finally made it there tonight for Valentine’s Day, and while the service was excellent... the steak was possibly the worse I have ever had. Got the 12oz filet, ordered medium rare. I cut into it, and it looked alright, maybe a bit over cooked, but immediately noticed that there was no juices coming from the steak at all. It cut tougher then any filet I have ever had... and tasted ultra meaty like it was cooked well well.. but was still pink... but was ultra dry... no flavor. The outside of the steak was cold, I put butter on it to add some kind of flavor... it didn’t even melt. I looked at my girlfriend who got an 8oz filet, asked her what she thought, she said it tasted like her steak was cooked in the microwave.

Neither of us are steak snobs.. we usually go to Texas Road House if that tells you anything, but frequent Morton’s, Ruth Chris, Sullivan’s, Ocean Prime, etc on special occasions.. and I much rather have paid $50 for one of Texas Road Houses $10 sirloins.

Maybe it was just a bad night, and yes we should have said something.. but just really really disappointed. :(

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Our latest visit, for Valentines Day, was again memorable. Atmosphere was great with lower sound levels of conversations. Server was attentive but did not rush us. Steaks were very tender and cooked exactly as requested. The baked potatoes were among the best we have had. The place has been hyped and deserves the great reputation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

The best steak restaurant I have ever been to. Old time ambiance was fantastic. The entire staff makes you feel like the most important customer the minute you walk through door and throughout your entire dining experience. Service was simply outstanding. I only gave value 4 out of 5 stars due to the fact you better be ready to break out your wallet but trust me, "ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY."

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 4 days ago

Service amazing. Food wasn’t comarable for the price. I got their filet mignon which they cooked perfectly, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Overall it was a great Valentine’s date experience, but I’ll probably get something different next time.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything great as always. Disappointed they were out of prime rib at 8:30 valentines night.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Great upscale restaurant, nationally famous. Steaks are about the best I have ever had, could cut with a fork. Make sure you start off with their famous shrimp cocktail.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great first impression, we were seated immediately. Staff was very friendly and informative.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Great shrimp cocktails.....great tasting and well cooked steaks. Great service
I love St. Elmos

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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was excellent. My husband and I took our 3 daughters there for Valentine's Day. They loved it

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

This is undoubtedly the classiest eating establishment in Indianapolis and has been for years. The ambiance, valet parking, the special-touch service, the incredibly delicious food, and the wine list are to die for. This is our very "special occasion" restaurant, and we always look forward to our next visit!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a good meal overall. I wish it could have been quieter.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Historic place with great atmosphere. Dinner for 2 is around $150 so be ready to spend the money, but well worth it.

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·Dined 5 days ago

It was an excellent experience. Key word "experience". Food was great, service was great, ambiance was great. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Can’t beat dining in such a historic place.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

In the past we have visited St. Elmo's a couple of times per year or so. Sometimes the waitstaff is good and sometimes not. We visited for Valentine's Day (the day before to beat the crowd) this year. Our waiter was pretty good, except he got mixed up on a couple of requests we made. I ordered a mild version of the shrimp cocktail, and he brought the regular, and then he took it back and someone poured ketchup on it and he brought it back. We asked for some more bread of a particular type, and we got another kind instead.
I ordered the filet mignon medium well, and was very specific, and when it arrived it was black on the outside but basically throughout it was raw with lots of red blood. I sent it back and they cooked it considerably more while I watched my wife eat her dinner. Her steak was also on the rare side, but she didn't want to say anything. She did eat extra slow, so I'm sure her bloody steak was cold before she finished it, because she was trying to wait on mine to come back so we could eat together. I felt so bad for her, because I have never seen her eat meat that was so rare.
The atmosphere is good, but at this point I'm not in any hurry to return, and will explore other dining options in the area for various occasions. We spent a total of $170 for the meal. If there had been a little more attention to detail, and especially if any effort had been made to cook the steak like we ordered, I would have been better satisfied. However, I left there feeling like we had received less than adequate service, and spent way too much for a bad product.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The service is always great, the steak is very typical, the shrimp cocktail is legendary and worth having but I think you used to get 5 shrimp and not 4. I think it is a place anyone coming to Indy should try but for those of us that live here, we can find a better steak

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

Only complaint is, waiter said they buy creme brulee for birthday guest. Still paid for the "free" creme brulee.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Have been here several times. Always consistently good. Best Shrimp cocktail on the planet if you like it hot! Solid steaks, great wine list, easy location. This is my go to in Indy. If I can't get into this location, they own the Harry and Izzy next door and you can get many of the same menu items.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

There is a reason why St. Elmo's is still here after all these decades, and that reason is tradition. They deliver exceptional food and exceptional service in an exceptional atmosphere. I have brought business associates, my wife on our anniversary, friends and most recently my son prior to an ISO concert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was great.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always phenomenal food and service. We had a great waiter and the atmosphere was great. At first, we were seated in a place we didn't prefer and they were quick to seat us in a better seat.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Delicious. Lived up to the hype.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent as usual

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server Vladimir was awesome! The food was fine after requesting my wife's entree to be heated. The atmosphere was nice but a bit load, though I suspect pacer fans were dining before tipoff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Was worth everything it took to go. Time, drive, money.
The food was great. And the prime rib was awesome, cooked perfect, big, thick. 38 oz. Wow..
Everyone was great. Our server was very attentive. Helpful.
Can't wait to go back. Perfect steak!!!!! The shrimp great, (I got the mild sauce,) the wedge salad was very tasty. And the bread basket.omg, very good.
Love, loved, loved dining there.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Well I made a special trip from FL to take my wife to ST Elmos just so happen to be a business convention in town too. I have been numerous times with excellent out come every time.
This time was an embarrassment. They sat us in a very drafty noisy corner in the first room. We ordered. Got our shrimp cocktail it was great. Ordered a Wedge salad split to share. WE got our navy bean soup and cold bread. Still no salad. Salad shows up I have a huge one wife has a half. Waitor said he lost a credit card causing the delay and just grabbed what was back there. Our food came with in a minute of the salad and it was cold steaks not cooked to temp even after sending one back. We left it at that and tried to enjoy it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Known for their steak and the steak we received was very dry. Would try again but would order something else.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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