Indianapolis Offers about 200 Restaurants within Walking Distance of Lucas Oil Stadium

When Super Bowl XLVI kicked off in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012, the New York Giants outscored the New England Patriots 21-17. Watched by an estimated 166.8 million, Super Bowl also showed some of what Indianapolis has to offer – a fantastic playbook of restaurants, hotels, bars, attractions and Hoosier hospitality.

In Indianapolis, sports are much more than a tradition – they are a passion. A sea of blue and white swarms over downtown Indianapolis when Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium. Opened in 2008, the multi-purpose stadium has a prime location – smack dab downtown.

One of the best ways to enjoy a game is to get a downtown hotel room, walk to the stadium and drop in one of the numerous bars and restaurants to celebrate. Indianapolis has more than 200 downtown restaurants so there is sure to be something that satisfies taste buds.

A legendary pleaser is St. Elmo Steak House, an Indianapolis tradition since 1902. Local lore says the famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail helped Indianapolis win its bid to host Super Bowl 2012.

St. Elmo was where media camped out and fans craned their necks to glimpse gridiron stars and celebrities. Three blocks from the stadium, St. Elmo hosted all three Mannings – beloved former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and their father Archie Manning – before the game. And Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli dined at St. Elmo leading up to the game – at the same time as losing quarterback Tom Brady. Sports stories sure abound!

St. Elmo Steak House
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An Indy tradition since 1902, St. Elmo Steak House was named for the patron saint of sailors. The turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago saloon décor has changed little and you know it must be doing something very right to be around this...  Read More

The sleek décor of Oceanaire Seafood Room takes its inspiration from 1930s ocean liners. But the fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world is the real star here. Landlocked Indianapolis has been enjoying Oceanaire's quality seafood...  Read More

How can a Colts fan resist? Cheer on the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium then stop by the Indianapolis Colts Grille to celebrate. Or without game tickets, this is about as close as you can get to the NFL action. A state-of-the-art sports...  Read More


Even longtime foodies can surprise their palates at Cerulean where presentation and taste are both an art. Opened in November of 2012 in the new CityWay development, Cerulean is the in-house treasure of the beautifully artistic Alexander...  Read More

Iaria's Italian Restaurant
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Family owned since 1933, Iaria's Italian Restaurant serves southern Italy-style food featuring homemade sauce and pizza. Now in its fourth generation of family members, Iaria's still cooks spaghetti sauce with Mama Antonia's recipe. Plenty of...  Read More

The Capital Grille
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There's mac and cheese. Then there's The Capital Grille mac and cheese. With lobster. Rich, creamy and cheesy, it's served as a side dish but almost enough for an entrée. No boxed stuff here. It is baked campanelle pasta and fresh lobster...  Read More

Shula's Steak House Indianapolis
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Seems appropriate on NFL game day to dine at a popular steakhouse named after legendary Dolphin's coach Don Shula. Of course, it takes more than name power to be dubbed "One of America's Best Steak Houses." Located in Westin Indianapolis...  Read More

Osteria Pronto
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The big blue JW Marriott in downtown Indy has another great reason to draw guests. The hotel's Italian restaurant, Osteria Pronto, offers some delicious cuisine. The restaurant's Tuscany-inspired décor is elegantly comfortable without being...  Read More

Chatham Arch

The Libertine had been open less than two years when it was named in May 2013 by Esquire magazine as one of its Best Bars in America. The bar's many devoted fans sure agree with that honor. Creative cocktails? Most certainly. Delicious food?...  Read More

Harry and Izzy's
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The popular offspring of legendary St. Elmo Steakhouse, Harry and Izzy's is named in honor of St. Elmo's fathers – Harry Roth and Isadore Rosen. Although it does feature the famous St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail with its spicy fresh horseradish,...  Read More


Meet Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Jackie Sheckler Finch moved to Indiana from Massachusetts more than two decades ago, she was asked to say hello to Larry Bird. The famous “Hick from French Lick” and former Boston Celtic...  More About Jackie

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