Through two nights of gastronomic exploration, you will only experience Indy independent restaurants--places sure to please the palate and found no other place on Earth except Indianapolis.
Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12
Arguably Indy's most famous restaurant and known for what the Travel Channel calls the “world's spiciest dish,” their shrimp cocktail.
Tavern on South
Adjacent to Lucas Oil Stadium in a historic building, this restaurant serves up regional craft beers, cocktails and locally sourced food on its two-level outdoor dining deck.
Rick’s Café Boatyard
Located on Eagle Creek Reservoir, this restaurant provides visitors with serene lakeside ambiance.
Mesh on Mass
Located in Indy’s emerging Mass Ave. cultural district, Mesh on Mass offers a contemporary spin on innovative cuisine from small bites to big plates that pair perfectly with great wine.
Chef JJ’s Backyard
A backyard grilling experience in an exciting, community-based atmosphere in Broad Ripple where diners take away great food and a few grilling tips.
Located in the heart of downtown, this restaurant boasts Italian fine dining inspired by the taste of Tuscany.
Santorini’s owner, Taki Sawi, is a national “American Dream” recipient who owns one of Indy’s most recognizable Greek restaurants.
This rotating restaurant located on top of the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is one of the “top 50 most romantic restaurants in the U.S.”
Set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown (designed by famous Vonnegut family), The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich.
Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room
One of Indy’s newest restaurants featuring Chef Joseph. With thirty years of international, award-winning culinary experience, Chef Joseph prepares a seasonally focused gourmet menu in an elegant atmosphere.
Ambiance is everything in this historic home turned Italian eatery located on the outskirts of David Letterman’s childhood neighborhood, Broad Ripple.
Voted “Best in Indy” for its contemporary city dining experience in the eclectic village of Broad Ripple, diners can enjoy an ever-changing menu of delicious sushi and Eastern-inspired fare.
Contemporary cocktail bar with re-imagined high-end bar food located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in a beautiful narrow space.
This new gastro pub tucked at the end of the Mass Avenue district serves up innovative entrees paired with great local brews.
- Wine Bar
One-of-a-kind wine bar with numerous artisan dishes and over 100 wines available by the taste, glass or bottle. You’ll dine around “the horseshoe” and enjoy a four-course wine and tapas pairing presentation.
Mix downhome cooking with sophisticated, uptown flare at this restaurant recently visited by Guy Fieri.
The only Moroccan restaurant in Indy, Saffron Café is owned by Chef Sentissi—a Middle Eastern percussionist turned successful chef – and takes diners on a tour of Morocco with tasty kafta and savory tajines.
Some of Indy’s best and most versatile cuisine is located in this award-winning culinary playground for adults owned by James Beard finalist Chef Hardesty.
A favorite of David Letterman, this James Beard award-winning restaurant prides itself on an ever-changing menu fused with global influences and local flavors made with the freshest ingredients around – in fact, this chef’s urban garden is right outside her restaurant’s door.
The majority of these Indianapolis restaurants offer vegetarian meals. To see a complete menu, click on the restaurant name to be directed to their respective websites.