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The Rathskeller

401 E. Michigan St.
Indianapolis  Indiana  46204
United States
(317) 636-0396
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Midwest Living Review

Diana Lambdin Meyer
An authentic German restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, The Rathskeller features food that's among the Midwest's finest.

The Rathskeller's been in operation since 1894, the year the building in which it's housed--Das Deutsche Haus--was built as a symbol of Germanic heritage. The menu reflects those roots, including such items as sauerbraten (beef roast marinated for five days), rouladen (a beef roll-up filled with bacon, onions, pickle and tart mustard) and their signature jaegerschnitzel (a pork loin cutlet topped with a sauce of wild mushrooms, shallots, garlic, herbs and red wine). All the dishes are authentic and delicious. Dinner entrees priced from $20 to $35. Although the restaurant seats 310 people, the feel remains intimate thanks to its several dining rooms, some with stunning stained-glass windows, others with moose heads, beer banners and huge vaulted ceilings. You'll reach the dining rooms by descending a broad staircase, its walls decorated with maps of Germany and posters of various bands that have performed here over the years. The entertainment's as authentic as the food, with music from various genres. The place is really jumping when a local band known as Polkaboy raises the rafters. In season, The Rathskeller's biergarten is a popular gathering spot. Here, fresh-out-of-the-oven pretzels are served with hot (and they mean hot) mustard. But don't worry; there are 50 German beers on the menu with which to wash it down.

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