Downtown Indianapolis is definitely a hot spot for some of the city's best restaurants. There are so many options to choose from that it's difficult to know where to start, so we've compiled a list of some of the best restaurants in Downtown Indianapolis to help guide your search.

Cafe Patachou

With the intent to create a family friendly restaurant in Indianapolis, Café Patachou is a hip, tasty restaurant using locally-sourced ingredients from the area. There are three locations of the restaurant with one right in the middle of Downtown Indianapolis. This is the place you want to go if you're looking for an out-of-this-world breakfast or brunch as they've even been placed in the top 10 places to eat breakfast by Bon Appetit Magazine.  

Harry & Izzy's

For the city’s best steakhouse, head to Harry and Izzy’s where they serve a good, old-fashioned steak that will take you back to the time that being a “foodie” was a thing. They offer all of your favorite cuts on top of countless appetizers and seafood options that will leave your mouth watering as well. The Downtown Indianapolis location by far has the most expansive menu, offering food for both lunch and dinner. They even have a gluten-free menu!


Go back in time at the Rathskeller for some delicious food and an endless beer selection. Located in the historic 19th century Athenaeum Building in Downtown Indianapolis, this place is destined to show you a good time.

The dining room offers a more upscale menu if you're looking for a sit-down, eventful experience. If you're looking for a more relaxed meal, head to the Biergarten that's the perfect pub-like setting for your evening.

They have a full menu and bar, so you have everything you need for a good time. Now, if you’re all about the beer, the Kellerbar has 12 different imported beers on draft along with more than 50 imported bottled beers for you to try. You'll definitely find something to your taste here!


For a trendier restaurant in Downtown Indianapolis, check out Bluebeard. This one-of-a-kind restaurant has a wide variety of options for you to choose from. They have a great selection of meats and cheeses to make your ideal charcuterie board as well as small plates to share but also amazing entrees. The croquettes are a personal favorite as well as the Casarecce if you're looking for something a bit more filling. Whatever you choose to munch on, you're destined to be happy leaving this fun restaurant.


For another trendy restaurant in Downtown Indianapolis, try Vida to grab some of the city’s best flavors. Vida takes all your favorite dishes but adds a twist to make them entirely unique. The menu offers a full experience, encouraging customers to take it one course at a time.

You can choose to eat a la carte on the seasonal menu or get the full experience and go for the more well-rounded four-course meal per person for $65. This may seem pricey, but the food is definitely worth it!

Napolese Pizzeria

Made by the same creators as Café Patachou, Napolese serves outstanding gourmet pizzas of all different combinations. No matter what you like on your pizza, you're bound to find a combination you like. With over 15 different classic combos, the pizzeria also gives you the option to combine as many ingredients as you want to create you own personal pie. Every ingredient they offer is completely fresh, creating explosive flavors in all of their pizzas.


If you're looking for something a little more exotic, try Rook for the Downtown Indianpolis' best contemporary Asian menu. They have all the classic Asian dishes that you know and love like spring rolls and dumplings but with a delicious twist that will keep you coming back for more.

One particular item that is especially incredible is the Mushroom Dashi Ramen. Experience the trend that's taking the country by storm: ramen outside of your college dorm room! This particular recipe is absolutely delicious and will leave you wanting more.

Shapiro's Deli

This joint has been rocking Downtown Indianapolis' restaurant scene since 1905. It’s a family affair as four generations of Shapiros have ruled this place. It’s all about the meat here, so meat eaters will definitely love to dine here.

This place is for those who love a good, old-fashioned meal without all the bells and whistles but instead just a simple focus on powerful flavors on your favorite foods. This is a place you have to experience whether visiting or living in Indianapolis, so make sure to stop by.

Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar

If you want to take advantage of being in the country’s best farmlands, Tinker Street is the place for you. They focus exclusively on fresh flavors that will change with the season in order to create the best possible dishes for you.

They have plenty of options to choose from, and each is delectable, so you truly can't go wrong. Make sure to save room for dessert during your visit because all of the flavors continue into their sweet treats, offering combinations you’ve never even heard of but somehow work in the best ways possible.

No matter where you find yourself for you next meal, you're bound to be pleased by all the fresh, inventive flavors that Downtown Indianapolis's best restaurants has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the fresh ingredients that you can only find in the Midwest!

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