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653 Virginia Ave.
Indianapolis  Indiana  46203
United States
(317) 686-1580
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Midwest Living Review

Melanie Radzicki McManus
An Indianapolis hotspot, Bluebeard delivers inventive, Italian-inspired small and large plates.

Bluebeard sits on the southeast edge of downtown Indy in the historic Holy Rosary neighborhood. In a 1924 brick factory warehouse, the business also includes Amelia’s wholesale bakery. (Customers can buy hearth-baked breads at a carryout counter and at other Indy locations.) Named for a Kurt Vonnegut novel, the restaurant touts "contemporary Italian” cuisine, with many dishes meant to be shared tapas-style. We recommend dining in the courtyard or in the cool bar-library area featuring an interesting mélange of old furniture and repurposed accessories. The front door opens into the decidedly plain family dining room, creating a draft for patrons seated here.

The constantly changing menu has numerous categories: snacks, charcuterie, cheese, salads, vegetables and soup, small plates, medium plates and large plates (prices range from $4 to $36). There's a sandwich category on the lunch menu, and dinner entrees on any given night might include lamb, steak or pasta. The roasted-beet salad ($11) proved delicious, as did duck breast with a sherry reduction ($16), but everything is so tasty and well-presented that you really can’t go wrong with any selection. Given the on-site presence of Amelia's, the bread is great, too.

Reservations aren't accepted, so if you want a table on the weekend, arrive early or expect to wait.

December 1, 2012

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