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St. Elmo Steak House

127 S. Illinois St.
Indianapolis  Indiana  46225
United States
(317) 635-0636
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Amy Lynch
The signature steaks and incendiary shrimp cocktail pass the test of time with flying colors at this century-old Indianapolis landmark.

Open since 1902, St. Elmo Steak House is the Indianapolis restaurant to see and be seen in; visitors and locals keep the place flooded every night of the week. The cavernous digs contain a noisy bustling bar scene, a series of dining rooms and the largest wine cellar in Indiana. Be forewarned, a visit to this special occasion destination doesn't come cheap. For those who balk at spending upwards of $50 per person for dinner, the twice-yearly Devour Downtown promotion offers a great opportunity to enjoy some of St. Elmo's signature dishes at the reduced price of $30 a head. We started our three-course Devour Downtown meal with the restaurant's legendary shrimp cocktail, a smaller-than-normal-but-plenty-ample portion of three enormous jumbo shrimp drenched in sinus-searing cocktail sauce. (Diners who don't love horseradish should stick to salad.) The noteworthy breadbasket contains warm slices of rye, onion buns and crunchy Parmesan flatbread. Our filet mignons were outstanding -- tender, juicy and perfectly cooked to medium-well doneness. Red-skin mashed potatoes and al dente garlicky green beans rounded out the plate. Cheesecake with tangy raspberry sauce proved a better choice for dessert than so-so crme brulee. Neither the dark masculine dcor nor the short menu of steaks, chops and seafood has changed much through the years, and the tuxedoed wait staff still offers the kind of exemplary old-school service that's hard to find these days. Dining at St. Elmo's is as much about the experience as the food.

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