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The Rathskeller

€€ - €€€German, , European
401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
+1 317-636-0396
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“schnitzel” (57 reviews)
“pretzels” (80 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
German, Bar, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1643
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a group over Christmas of 22 people, given a private room called the Vonnegut Room. We were celebrating a 10 year wedding anniversary. Service was excellent. On top of their game. Treated us wonderfully. The sauerbraten was amazing. It truly marinates for days...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank John D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious German meals, overall a great restaurant! Our server was quite knowledgeable as well. My wife and I try to dine here every time we travel to Indy.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rangerwolf77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

our visit was on Sunday night before Christmas. First pleasant surprise: free parking on Sundays. Very impressive historic building with a feeling of "Hofbrauhaus" The food was pretty good (I am spoiled by my wife's home cooked German cuisine) I had ordered the Sauerbraten and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rainfus
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

I picked this restaurant because it was right next door to where we were seeing a show. So happy I did. We had the stuffed fillet, it melts in your mouth. Service was friendly and fast. The building is just gorgeous! I love all the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Wendy424
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Excellent choices for both the German and non-German food selections, beers and desserts. Full bar and large wine list. The Kellerbar and beer garden are great places to hangout, eat, drink and enjoy live entertainment. It’s not on the menu, but be sure to ask...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tkd2017
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Wonderful selection of German beers and authentic food! Sausage platter appetizer is big enough to be 3 complete meals and comes with sauerkraut & red cabbage. Free pretzel appetizer. Very good potato/sausage soup and French onion soup, too! Save room for the Black Forest Cake!...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank hellmbeck
Reviewed 7 December 2018

When a restaurant stays in business for decades in the same location and continues to get an excellent rating, you know it's a great place to eat. A bit pricey so some people say? Well excellent food, service and authentic decor in a downtown location...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank oakleaf-delphi
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Just loved this place. A real gem with great decor and excellent food. Cannot wait to come back and try something new.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank gtgraf
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

I won't knock the food, it tasted delicious but I just felt it was a bit over priced for a pork chop and a potato pancake. And watch out for the horseradish mustard, its painfully spicy lol

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cheese46
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Every dish we have had at this restaurant has been high quality. The German décor is very authentic. Service is always spot on. The portions are very large, yet the price is not all that expensive. If you like German food at all, you will...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 824kurtf
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Response from Kevin B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay. There is a parking lot to the left of the building but I believe it is $5.00 to park there. It can be a bit dicey finding a spot in this section of town but the evening I went there I parked on the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
German, Bar, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
The Rathskeller is located in the Historic Athenaeum. We are a multi-purpose venue with dining services, World Famous Biergarten, & special events!
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