Indianapolis Restaurants

When it comes to dining local in Indianapolis, the possibilities are endless! From sizzling steak houses to tasty Thai, Indy has it all. No matter what side of the city you’re on, you’re only a short drive from a local favorite. As you’re planning your next dining adventure, use our guide to help pick the perfect place for you and your group.

St. Elmo’s

Feeling like a steak? St. Elmo’s is an Indianapolis icon and has been serving up steaks since 1902, which makes it the oldest steakhouse in the city. As you can see from their menu, they offer more than just steaks. Visit this landmark for a great meal and a perfectly matched cocktail!

The Rathskeller

Wondering what happens when you combine a German beer garden with a quaint Bavarian inn? The Rathskeller is what happens! You’ve got options when it comes to visiting. They offer The Dining Room, The Biergarten, and The Kellerbar to suit just about any culinary craving!

Mama Carolla's

When someone mentions Italian food in Indianapolis, Mama Carolla’s is sure to come up. They’re known for their authentic Italian dishes and their relaxing atmosphere. The next time you’re craving Italian food on the city’s north side, be sure to check them out! And if you’re not on the north side, it’s worth the trip up (or down)!

Broad Ripple Brewpub

This local legend is the first brewpub in the state of Indiana. In addition to their craft beers they also offer an extensive menu of English favorites such as bangers and mash, as well as many creative creations unique to their restaurant. They offer an impressive amount of vegetarian options too. Grab a pint and a hearty meal next time you’re in the Broad Ripple area.

Bub’s Burgers

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream™ was established in May of 2003 in  Carmel, Indiana. They focus on high-quality ingredients to make a burger you can’t get anywhere else. There’s more than just burgers at Bub’s. If you’re not feeling the need for beef, they also offer elk, mahi mahi, chicken, and Bub’s dogs. Visit their website to learn about the “the Big Ugly!”

Kona Jack’s

Voted best seafood 10 years in a row by Indianapolis Monthly, Kona Jack’s is an Indianapolis original. Appetizers, shellfish, steak, sushi, pasta, and chicken...they’ve got it all. If you’re planning to visit, you may want to consider calling for reservations. Learn all about the legend of Kona Jack here.

Thai Orchid

When you visit the Thai Orchid you’re in for a treat! They offer fresh seafood options as well as many other traditional Thai dishes. The original location is in Castleton but a new location has opened in Plainfield on Main Street. Visit either one of their inviting and relaxing locations for your next Thai treat!

Amber Indian Restaurant

Need a little curry in your life? Amber Indian Restaurant is the place for you! They provide extremely affordable authentic Indian cuisine in a relaxed and fun environment. Check out their daily lunch buffet between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

Squealers Barbeque

What started as a mobile rib shack is now an Indianapolis legend. Squealers Barbeque has two locations, one in Mooresville and one at 86th and Zionsville Rd. They serve up a full line of smoked delicacies, all slow cooked to perfection! They also provide catering services, so get in touch for your next event.

When it comes to dining local in Indianapolis, you have a lot of options. These are some of Indy’s most popular joints, but we want to hear from you! What’s your favorite local restaurant in Indianapolis?

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