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What to Eat in Indianapolis

It's no secret that steakhouses are king in Indianapolis (especially St. Elmo Steakhouse, a landmark in itself), but there's more to this city than meat and potatoes. Whether you're looking for farm-to-table, Creole, Italian, Thai, Latin or anything in between, you'll likely find it. Foodies rejoice — Indy's dining scene knows no bounds.

For breakfast, locals and critics recommend you start at Cafe Patachou with one of its cooked-to-order omelets. When lunchtime rolls around, you'll have your pick of casual eateries, but Shapiro's Delicatessen (get the pastrami sandwich with a side of the matzo ball soup) and Yats (don't pass up the chili cheese étouffée) are Hoosier favorites.

If you're not in the mood for a steak dinner, sample the eclectic four-course tasting menu at Recess, which changes nightly. Bluebeard (which borrows its moniker from Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name) is another favorite among locals and visitors. Situated in the historic Holy Rosary neighborhood in a renovated 1920s-era factory warehouse, Bluebeard serves up a menu of contemporary American cuisine (try the chicken liver pate).

And then there's the beer. As is the trend across the country, the Indianapolis craft beer scene has exploded in recent years. Use this Visit Indy guide to map out your brewery crawl.

Find the Best Restaurants in Indianapolis

  • #1
    Long's Bakery
    #1 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2347 reviewsTripAdvisor (2347)
    $ | American
    1453 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222-2800
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  • #2
    Ruth's Chris Steak House
    #2 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 464 reviewsTripAdvisor (464)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    45 S Illinois St Circle Centre Mall, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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  • #3
    Burger Theory at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport
    #3 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 397 reviewsTripAdvisor (397)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    8555 Stansted Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241-9001
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  • #4
    Vida
    #4 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 189 reviewsTripAdvisor (189)
    $$ | American
    601 E New York St Corner of New York and Park, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3706
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  • #5
    The Capital Grille
    #5 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 801 reviewsTripAdvisor (801)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    40 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3402
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  • #6
    Cafe Patachou
    #6 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 894 reviewsTripAdvisor (894)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    225 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3435
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  • #7
    Caplinger's Fresh Catch
    #7 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripAdvisor (291)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    7460 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46250-2862
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  • #8
    Livery
    #8 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Bar, Central American, Pub
    720 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3505
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  • #9
    The Tamale Place
    #9 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 404 reviewsTripAdvisor (404)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
    5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
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  • #10
    Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar
    #10 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 264 reviewsTripAdvisor (264)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    402 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2602
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  • #11
    Harry and Izzy's
    #11 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1749 reviewsTripAdvisor (1749)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Grill
    153 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1079
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  • #12
    Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe
    #12 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 274 reviewsTripAdvisor (274)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    935 S East St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1321
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  • #13
    St. Elmo Steak House
    #13 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3336 reviewsTripAdvisor (3336)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    127 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1079
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  • #14
    Bluebeard
    #14 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 379 reviewsTripAdvisor (379)
    $ - $$ | American, Asian
    653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203-1755
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  • #15
    Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
    #15 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 373 reviewsTripAdvisor (373)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
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  • #16
    Conner's Kitchen + Bar
    #16 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    350 West Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
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  • #17
    Yolk - City Way
    #17 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripAdvisor (269)
    $ - $$ | Diner, American
    220 E South St Cityway, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3755
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  • #18
    Mimi Blue Meatballs
    #18 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | American
    874 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1633
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  • #19
    Bru Burger Bar
    #19 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 861 reviewsTripAdvisor (861)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    410 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1502
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  • #20
    Union 50
    #20 of 2,675 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripAdvisor (320)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Gastropub
    620 N East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3421
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