Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Indianapolis dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Indianapolis Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Café Patachou
This popular breakfast nook sits in a friendly neighborhood and is known for savory omelets. Diners prepare their own coffee just as they like it and then wait for waitresses with sugary-sweet dispositions to bring out their orders. Give due consideration to a perfectly prepared omelet stuffed with brie, spinach and mushrooms, served with thick-sliced homemade bread. Scones, bagels and cinnamon toast are also available, as is an impressive lunch menu. (317-925-2823)

The Restaurant at the Canterbury Hotel
This fine restaurant takes advantage of the Canterbury Hotel's elegant surroundings. The chef discerningly blends American and European cuisine, plying diners with wonderful introductory dishes like escargot and smoked Scottish salmon. Main courses include a variety of choices from both land and sea: roast duckling, veal chop, Dover sole, and char-grilled filet mignon, among them. Service is attentive. Business dressy attire. Reservations recommended. Afternoon tea is served in the lobby or the parlor while pianist plays. (317-634-3000)

R Bistro
Serving outstanding American cuisine and capitalizing on premium local ingredients, R Bistro features a small, select menu that changes weekly. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might encounter something along the lines of pecan-crusted trout with honey-spice butter, chicken fried steak with chipotle gravy, or a butternut squash, spinach, and goat cheese stack. Don't forget to end with a scrumptious dessert, perhaps the dark chocolate tart with coffee-mascarpone cream. (317-423-0312)

Adobo Grill
Brightly colored artwork defines this casual space that's become a favorite of locals in love with inventive eats from Southern Mexico. The meals are savory and presented with style. Try the Pechuga Azteca, huitlacoche and asadero cheese-stuffed chicken breast in poblano cream salsa served with Mexican rice; or the Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, chipotle marinated pan-seared shrimp in Piaian Rofo served with fresh corn tamal and zucchini sofrito. Outdoor dining is a bonus, and on Saturday nights, tables are pushed back for some lively salsa dancing until 3 a.m. (317-822-9990)

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H2O Sushi
Exceptional sushi in an upscale, contemporary environment is the order of the day at this popular sushi bar. The wide variety and unusual flavor combinations make for a standout menu. Try their somewhat dubiously named T and A roll, tuna and avocado that is, or opt for their version of the California Roll, employing only fresh crab. Other notable faves include the Big Night Roll replete with portabellos, scallions and miso sauce wrapped with seared tuna and avocado; and the Po Boy Roll, panki breaded and fried kumumoto oysters with spicy remoulade, lettuce and grape tomatoes. (317-254-0677)

Iaria's Italian Restaurant
A local institution, Iaria's has been growing and changing with Indianapolis for more than 70 years! Passed down through four generations of the family, recipes are tried and true, promising melt-in-your-mouth pastas and pizzas. Standards like spaghetti and meatballs populate the menu alongside a hearty array of meat-filled sandwiches and the signature chicken piccata. A full bar and a selection of traditional Italian desserts like spumoni and tiramisu are icing on the cake. (317-638-7706)

Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
Tasteful decor, an extensive cocktail menu, and Old World ambience make this charming establishment an extremely pleasant place to dine. Soft music sets an intimate atmosphere, and the menu offers a wide range of reasonably priced dishes. Ravioli, pasta with clam sauce, and yellowfin tuna made Sicilian-style are among the many items available. A large bar provides an excellent place for customers to shoot the breeze until it's time to be seated. (317-259-9412)

Bynum's Steakhouse
You know that you've come to the right place when you see an eye-catching herd of cattle at the front entrance. Many locals have deemed this restaurant the best place in the city to get a thick, juicy steak. Its rustic decor and friendly atmosphere serve the cause admirably. Many hearty steak dinners can be found on the menu, but swordfish and lobster tails are just as satisfying. (317-784-9880)

The Rathskeller
This establishment, the city's oldest, rests in the basement of the Athenaeum and serves a variety of authentic German entrees, like sauerbraten and jaegerschnitzel. The menu also offers plenty of American and Continental specialties, including steaks, seafood, pastas, and chicken and vegetarian dishes. Diners can spend their time in the main dining room, the lively Kellerbar, or the outside Biergarten. Late night menu is served in the bar. Food is available all day and night. (317-636-0396)

St. Elmo Steak House
This elegant establishment has been pleasing locals and visitors alike with impressive steaks since the beginning of the 20th century. While 14-ounce filets are available for patrons with smaller appetites, the 32-ounce prime rib is sure to satisfy the hungriest of diners. Also a hit is the jumbo shrimp cocktail, served with an unforgettable homemade horseradish sauce. The wine cellar boasts more than 15,000 bottles, and the tuxedoed waitstaff are attentive and knowledgeable about selections. (317-635-0636)

Maps and Directions

Café Patachou 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Broad Ripple
Cost: $
The Restaurant at the Canterbury Hotel 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$$$
R Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
Adobo Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: War Memorial Plaza Historic Dist
Cost: $$
H2O Sushi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Broad Ripple
Cost: $$
Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Cost: $$
Bynum's Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
The Rathskeller 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, German
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
St. Elmo Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$$
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