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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 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2392 reviewsTripAdvisor (2392)
    $ | American
    1453 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222-2800
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  • #2
    Ruth's Chris Steak House
    #2 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 476 reviewsTripAdvisor (476)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    45 S Illinois St Circle Centre Mall, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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  • #3
    Burger Theory at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport
    #3 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    8555 Stansted Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241-9001
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  • #4
    Vida
    #4 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 194 reviewsTripAdvisor (194)
    $$ | American
    601 E New York St Corner of New York and Park, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3706
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  • #5
    Livery
    #5 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 131 reviewsTripAdvisor (131)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Bar, Central American, Pub
    720 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3505
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  • #6
    The Capital Grille
    #6 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 809 reviewsTripAdvisor (809)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    40 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3402
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  • #7
    Cafe Patachou
    #7 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 915 reviewsTripAdvisor (915)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    225 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3435
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  • #8
    Caplinger's Fresh Catch
    #8 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    7460 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46250-2862
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  • #9
    Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar
    #9 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 274 reviewsTripAdvisor (274)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    402 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2602
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  • #10
    St. Elmo Steak House
    #10 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3392 reviewsTripAdvisor (3392)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    127 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1079
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  • #11
    Harry and Izzy's
    #11 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1782 reviewsTripAdvisor (1782)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Grill
    153 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1079
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  • #12
    The Tamale Place
    #12 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 408 reviewsTripAdvisor (408)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
    5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
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  • #13
    Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe
    #13 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    935 S East St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1321
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  • #14
    Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
    #14 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripAdvisor (381)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
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  • #15
    Bluebeard
    #15 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 384 reviewsTripAdvisor (384)
    $ - $$ | American, Asian
    653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203-1755
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  • #16
    Yolk - City Way
    #16 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Diner, American
    220 E South St Cityway, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3755
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  • #17
    Mimi Blue Meatballs
    #17 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 165 reviewsTripAdvisor (165)
    $ - $$ | American
    874 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1633
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  • #18
    Bru Burger Bar
    #18 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 868 reviewsTripAdvisor (868)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    410 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1502
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  • #19
    Fire by the Monon
    #19 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 150 reviewsTripAdvisor (150)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    6523 Ferguson St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-1179
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  • #20
    Iozzo's Garden of Italy
    #20 of 2,687 Places to Eat in Indianapolis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Italian
    946 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1337
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