Indianapolis is a fantastic city to visit. For those interested in sports, you can catch a Colts game or watch the Indy 500. For families, you can visit the Children's museum or the Indianapolis Zoo. No matter the reason for your stay, Indy has several great dining options. Below is a list of the restaurants that I would recommend.
Fine Dining Options:
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a chain steakhouse that features dry-aged beef, as well as some seafood and chicken dishes. The restaurant is centrally located, within a block of Monument Circle.
St. Elmo Steak House
This is a piece of Indianapolis history. It was opened in 1902 and is the oldest steakhouse is the city. It's famous for its steaks, seafood and chops. It's located in the heart of the downtown area.
Family Dining Options:
Bazbeaux Pizza - Broad Ripple
Broad Ripple is an energetic and upbeat area. It's right next to Butler University (so can be a little more college-focused in the later evening) and close to the Children's Museum (which I highly recommend.) Bazbeaux Pizza is an excellent choice for those looking for a few slices. They have pizzas like BBQ, Hawaiian, bayou chicken and the Mexican. My wife went to Butler, so we've stopped in a few times, never had a bad time!
Something that you can find a lot of in the Midwest is German food, and The Rathskeller is the best in Indy. The interior is warm and inviting with wood beams running along the ceiling and wood paneling within the dining room. The menu includes classic German dishes like sauerbraten, roulade and schnitzel, but also offers filet mignon, grilled yellowfin tuna and linguini with sun-dried tomato pesto and feta. The kids menu offers hot dogs, pasta and chicken cordon bleu fingers. The kids meal comes with sides, and there are about 20 to choice from: potato pancakes, chips, fries, baked potato, fresh fruit cup to name a few.
Weber Grill Restaurant
Yep, Weber has a restaurant. It's conveniently located near the center of the city, near the circle (close to the Embassy Suites, which I recommend as a hotel option.) Chose from Roasted Chicken Caesar, Cedar Planked Salmon, Korean Chicken and Vegetable Bowl, Meatloaf or one of the kettle grilled burgers.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
A perfect destination for families while visiting Indy. If you're in the mood for Italian, and the kids are looking for pasta, I would seriously consider The Old Spaghetti Factory. It's centrally located and feels very homey and comfortable inside.
Harry and Izzy's
Harry and Izzy's steakhouse has three locations in the city, with one being in the central downtown area. The restaurant serves 100% Black Angus beef, raised in the upper Midwest plains. The restaurant also offers a variety of other foods ranging from sliders, sandwiches, pasta and thin crust pizzas.
Dining with a View:
The Eagle's Nest
The Eagle's Nest is located on top of the Hyatt Hotel right in the middle of downtown. The restaurant rotates (1 rotation per hour) providing the best way to view the city below. When we went, it was right before sunset, so we got to see all the buildings painted in the warm glow of the setting sun, as well as when they all lit up for the night. The menu includes meals like filet mignon, roast chicken and almond butter rice noodles.
Rick's Café Boatyard
Rick's serves high-end seafood and steak from its location along the shores of the Eagle Creek Reservoir, which is Northwest of the city. The interior is light and bright with views of the water. The tall ceilings and connecting beams are all painted white and creates a very vibrant space.
Tavern on South
Tavern on South is located right next to Lucas Oil Stadium in the downtown area. The restaurant serves pub-style food in a fun and upbeat environment. The interior features exposed brick and hard wood floors, and the outdoor balcony (2nd floor) offers views of the city.