Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Indianapolis and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Augustino's thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Claddagh Irish Pub, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

Santorini Greek Kitchen
Located just blocks east of the Historic Fountain Square, Santorini Greek Kitchen has been voted one of the city's Top 25 restaurants by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine for several years in a row now. Enjoy their delicious souvlaki and gyro platters with homemade tzaziki sauce. Grilled specialties and sandwiches are available too for filling up on. (317-917-1117)

Known as the place "Where Italians Eat," Augustino's can also lay claim to being the place that serves up the best meatballs and pasta in Indianapolis. Their lunch offerings include delicious soups and salads, as well as large pasta plates like chicken and gnocchi, capellini gorgonzola or spicy pasta diablo. A quick 10-minute drive from the center of downtown. (317-865-1099)

Three Sisters Cafe and Bakery
There are no actual sisters involved in this popular restaurant — the name refers to the three staples of Native American crops: corn, squash and beans. Many of the dishes at this healthy lunch spot use those ingredients, and many dishes are vegetarian, though some feature chicken or fish. Try the meatless chili, spinach and goat cheese sandwich on fresh French bread, or a grilled eggplant sandwich. The home-style environment makes this a pleasant place to relax and grab a quick bite. (317-257-5556)

40 West Coffee Café
Start your morning off right with fresh pastries, homemade breads, or enticing muffins. A selection of specialty coffees and espressos will perfectly complement your breakfast selection. In the afternoons, gourmet-caliber sandwiches and salads garner the attention, and 40 West also caters to your sweet tooth with sinful scoops of Sundae's Homemade Ice Cream. (317-686-1414, 317-634-6664)

Claddagh Irish Pub
This authentic pub is appointed with many decorative items shipped over from Ireland. A cozy interior and friendly staff put folks immediately at ease, and the delicious food is served in large portions. Local professionals often stop in for quick, hearty lunches like beef stew, and they also come in after work for the best draught Guinness in town. (317-569-3663, 317-822-6274)

Lockerbie Pub
For more than 60 years, this pub has been drawing a steady stream of lunchtime loyalists who love its classic dishes and historic atmosphere. Soups are excellent, particularly chicken noodle, and a full array of tempting sandwiches makes decisions tough. Try a burger or fresh beef stew, and don't forget the memorable desserts, like carrot cake and fresh fruit cobbler. (317-631-9545)

Shapiro's Deli & Cafeteria
This downtown eatery is known for its spacious, comfortable dining room and its fantastic steaks and ribs. For a hearty lunch after a day of business or shopping, try the barbecue baby back ribs or the smothered smokehouse chicken. Lighter appetites will appreciate the chicken tender salad and the homemade soups. Surrounded by warm colors and natural light, you can relax after your meal with an apple martini (made with apple Jolly Ranchers) or a slice of apple walnut cobbler. (317-631-4041)

Ripple Bagel & Deli
Sporting a friendly, homey atmosphere and a health-conscious menu, this trendy little bagel shop draws Broad Ripple locals and patrons from farther afield who crave steamed bagel sandwiches piled high with fresh ingredients. Meats, veggies, and all sorts of spreads are at the ready to perfect your bagel creation. Over 80 sandwich combinations pair perfectly with piping hot brewed coffee that goes quickly in the morning. While many patrons take their bagels to go, you can take advantage of a small dining room that offers free WiFi access. (317-257-8326)

Maggiano's Little Italy
This Italian favorite stands ready to serve. Take a seat indoors or on their outdoor patio, and enjoy savory Southern Italian cuisine served family style or with individual portions. The menu holds a bounty of homemade pastas, salads, steaks, seafood and, of course, tasty desserts. Try the Garlic Shrimp Linguine, the Spaghetti Marinara or the Fettucine Alfredo Broccoli. This place gets pretty crowded on weekends, so be sure to reserve or arrive early. Private dining rooms are available. (317-814-0700, 317-814-0717)

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Maps and Directions

Santorini Greek Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Augustino's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Greenwood
Cost: $
Three Sisters Cafe and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Ethnic, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: Broad Ripple
Cost: $
40 West Coffee Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Claddagh Irish Pub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Irish
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
Lockerbie Pub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger, Continental, European, Irish
Neighborhood: Chatham Arch
Cost: $
Shapiro's Deli & Cafeteria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Deli
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Ripple Bagel & Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Neighborhood: Broad Ripple
Cost: $
Maggiano's Little Italy 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Keystone Crossing
Cost: $$
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