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Top 10 Restaurants in Indianapolis

A look at some of the best Indiana-famous restaurants with menus as diverse as the many people who live here.

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to a diverse population, comprised of many ethnicities from all age groups.  The demand for more variety in dining has increased, giving birth to a plethora of local favorites known for their delicious cuisines and outstanding service.  While there are several popular chains such as PF Chang's Bistro, Buca Di Beppo's, Bonefish Grill, and Famous Dave's Barbecue that are among the highest rated in the area, nothing beats the Indiana-based best!

The areas

Indianapolis is a largely populated city, but the most frequented restaurants are found on the north side, northwest side and downtown. This is largely due to the concentration of other activities and landmarks around those areas that already attract the locals as well as visitors.

North side

The north side of Indianapolis is home to the Castleton Square Mall, the bohemian-esque neighborhood of Broadripple, and the living-history museum of Conner Prairie, to name a few. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in this area.

North side eats:

  • If you're in the mood for sushi, then Sakura Japanese Restaurant will satisfy your craving.  With 25 years of experience in serving up Japanese favorites like Sakura Maki, or Nigiri Yokozuna, they have a steady stream of regulars and newcomers daily. Sakura Japanese Restaurant - 7201 N. Keystone Avenue (317) 259-4171

  • HollyHock Hill is one of the best places to find down-home cooking that sticks to your ribs. The “Hoosier” fried chicken, beef tenderloin or the sweet and sour dressing are just some of the items that will take you back to the good old days of your childhood. HollyHock Hill - 8110 N. College Avenue (317) 251-2294

  • If you’re bored of the same old take-out, liven it up with food from Yats. With fast service and Cajun-inspired foods like étouffée and jambalaya, you’ll be there as often as you can. Yats – 5463 N. College Avenue (317) 253-8817 (one of 3 locations in the Indianapolis area)

  • When you want a satisfying breakfast or lunch, come to Café Patachou. Their fresh omelets, sandwiches, and great selections of French food have made this place a favorite since it opened in 1989. Cafe Patachou - 4911 N. Pennsylvania Street (317) 925-2823 (one of 5 locations, and growing)

North west

While the north west side of town is more on the industrial side, comprised of office buildings and warehouses, there are family hot-spots like Woodland Bowl, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the growing neighborhood of Trader’s Pointe. Shopping, as well as restaurants abounds here.

North west side eats:

  • New to the area? Make yourself at home at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth. With the motto of wanting to make every tooth satisfied from the food that they are smiling, Puccini’s has been doing just that with their pizza, pastas, salads, and more for the past 17 years. Puccini's Smiling Teeth - 1508 W 86th Street (317) 875-9223 (one of 6 locations in the Indianapolis area)
  • If you like dinner and a show, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre pairs fine dining with live productions of some of the best on stage dramas.  The entertainment is fun for all ages.  Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre - 9301 N. Michigan Road (317) 872-9664
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine isn't limited to south of the border - La Margarita has been dishing up spicy fare since 1986 and despite the owner's unexpected death in 2000, this restaurant has continued to please regulars and new customers alike.  La Margarita - 9435 N. Meridian Street (317) 848-1457 

Downtown Indianapolis is where the small-town meets glamour. You can’t help but be impressed with the architecture, eye-catching displays, and the Circle Centre Mall literally at the heart of downtown. Take a walk along the canal, browse the multitude of shops, or rent a horse-drawn carriage to the restaurant of your choice.

Downtown eats

  • Nothing says a German feast like The Rathskeller. From the brat‘n kraut balls to the sauerbraten, there is something for everyone. Great for families, couples, or celebrations. The Rathskeller - 401 E. Michigan Street (317) 636-0396

  • St. Elmo’s Steak House is where to go for steak. As one of the oldest restaurants in Indianapolis, the service is impeccable, staff is extremely friendly, and the spicy shrimp cocktail is like nothing else you’ve ever had. St. Elmo's Steak House - 127 S. Illinois Street (317) 635-0636

  • When you want a romantic evening, try the revolving Eagle’s Nest with your beloved. With a great view of the downtown skyline, and commendable bar, and pleasant ambiance will leave you with fond memories. The Eagle's Nest – 1 S. Capitol Avenue (317) 231-7566

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also try santorini's - very authentic greek food at a reasonable price, popular local spot.