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The Rathskeller

$$ - $$$
Downtown Indianapolis
German, Bar, European, Central European
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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
+1 317-636-0396
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Plymouth, Indiana
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

German food - kraut, red cabbage, sauerbraten, Warsteiner Biers and some local craft beers. Enjoyed the atmosphere. A true German Hall with a Bavarian feel. Will return as the highlight was a College Professor preparing his class for a study abroad was lecturing about the German food, culture and history. Made my day.

Thank Greg F
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always stop here on our trip to Indianapolis. Extensive selection of beer and love the German food. The sauerkraut balls as an appetizer were very good and would have them again. Ate too much so we did not have dessert and even took home a pork chop!

Thank Jack B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very authentic German. Get the German potato salad as a side, so many great flavor a going on there. I followed the recommendation of everyone else with the schnitzel and it did not disappoint. Cool atmosphere and beer menu, esp if you like dark beers.

Thank chrisceciljr
Avon, Indiana
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like german food, this is your place. Loved everything and there was a great selection to choose from. The schnitzel was my favorite!

Thank tsellmer1414
San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed every minute of my dinning experience at Rathskeller. The food is amazing. Service was good. Next time I plan to visit on a weekend night to see the live entertainment . But our dinning experience was great, we visited on Monday evening, it was quiet, and the beauty of the interior of the establishment is wonderful !

Thank Debra C
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a selection of the best German food in Indy AND a really cool atmosphere, this is your place. Dieses Restaurant ist wunderbar!

Thank BZ F
Spencer, Indiana
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108 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Rathskeller is Indianapolis' oldest restaurant, and has been serving traditional German food since 1894. The staff were polite and accommodating to our very large group. The evening was flawless and the food was delicious. I would go back just for the spicy mustard alone. I had the schnitzel, but would probably go for a sampler platter to try more... More 

Thank Jason K
Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped in to meet for business celebration. Ordered a stein per waitress's recommendation and enjoyed the brew. Great selection of beers . . next time maybe a pint taste of a few?

Thank thact
Kokomo, Indiana
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Rathskeller is very old and timeless - a whisper of days gone by and the definition of fancy of another time. It was very nice - the reception was in the basement of the establishment and seemed a bit musty, but otherwise was nice. The food was good.

Thank Heather S
Dallas, United States
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89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Located in the magnificent old-world Deutsche Haus, the Ratskeller provides great German food, with wonderful service, and in astounding setting. My wife, my son, and I sat in one of the dark wood paneled rooms, the one with the marvelous imposing bar. We made our way through the fresh pretzels and VERY hot mustard (beware!) and draft beers to the... More 

Thank Donald W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
German, Bar, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-636-0396

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