Best Restaurants in Indianapolis

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When it comes to food, Indy is doing it right. The city’s colorful palette of eateries rivals even the world’s most famous cities. From eclectic new openings to establishments that are staples of the community, these top restaurants in Indianapolis have something for every taste.

Whether you’re a local who already knows the best joints in town or you just got here and are looking to grab a quick bite while searching for apartments in Indianapolis, there are more than enough places to choose from. So, in no particular order, these are the best places to eat in Indianapolis:

The Capital Grille


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The Capital Grille’s name often precedes it — and for good reason, too: good old American fine dining done right. Whether you’re planning on indulging in a late-night steak or a classic burger for lunch, the Grille’s various locations across the country never disappoint. And, perhaps surprisingly for a steakhouse, its desserts also have the potential to be the stars of the menu — so make sure to give the coconut cream pie a go!



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Vida is known for packing a tasty punch in every bite no matter what you choose from its seasonal menus. If you’re on the fence about fusion cuisine, Vida can help you make up your mind on the spot. And, even if you don’t fall for Vida’s gourmet charm, you’ll still admire the freshness of its locally sourced ingredients, as well as its wide array of international and domestic wines.

Tinker Street


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A local favorite for years, Tinker Street managed to reinvent itself without losing its appeal. Specifically, the menu offers the very best of international cuisine, with plenty of vegetarian options to go around. Plus, the cozy atmosphere makes this Indy hotspot perfect for anything from a romantic evening to a quiet family night out or a classy business dinner.

The Cake Bake Shop


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With locations in Broad Ripple and Carmel, The Cake Bake Shop is one of those places you can’t get tired of, no matter how many times you visit. Cakes, pies and all kinds of desserts are waiting to be tried out. And yes, they do have a gift shop too!



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Looking for a romantic spot to take your significant other? How about a good place for a business dinner? If so, then look no further because Livery suits just about any occasion. Come for the warm ambiance and stay for the Latin-American dishes and mouth-watering Caribbean cocktails. Even better, there are two Indy locations to choose from!

Elmo Steak House


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This one is for the history buffs. One might wonder how St. Elmo Steak House managed to survive all these years after being established way back in 1902. Well, if consistency is key, this fancy tavern has it in bulk. What’s more, the restaurant underwent renovations without losing its saloon charm and, to this day, has remained a staple of a classy night out in Indy.

Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe


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Middle Eastern cuisine is at home in this award-winning establishment that’s perfectly designed to give a taste of what Turkey has to offer. While you’re there, be sure to try delicious classics like hummus, kebab, baba ganoush or baklava. But, what really takes the cake is the friendly and professional service. Join them at lunch or dinner and try out the Turkish delights of Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe.



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Even if you’re more of a foodie, Bluebeard’s in-house cocktail mixes should not be missed. This restaurant is another well-known, award-winning Indy gem. It prides itself on being a culinary experience for those who want more than just a quick bite. But, as they say, don’t take our word for it. Come taste for yourself.



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This trendy establishment lives up to the hype, especially when it comes to its pastries. Unfortunately, Saturday feels sadder without Milktooth in the city. Like many other beloved Indy eateries, Milktooth has temporarily suspended its services to regroup and come back livelier than before.

The Indianapolis food scene is constantly changing and adapting, but one thing that seems to never go away is its diversity. There’s no shortage of food options here and, no matter where you end up grabbing a bite, the Indy hospitality is included free of charge.

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Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RentCafe. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email.

Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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