Best Restaurants in Indianapolis

Even though you can catch the Indy 500 on TV, sometimes there’s no substitute for being there in person, and the same goes for experiencing Indianapolis’ best restaurants


After an exhilarating day taking in the cosmopolitan city's sights, pull up a chair and enjoy some of the finest eateries you'll find in The Racing Capital of the World.

Taste of Havana

If you've never tried a Cuban sandwich, Taste of Havana, located in Broad Ripple Village, should be your first stop. The casual, tiny eatery is perfect for lunch if you're traveling to Indy during the workweek. This local favorite serves up authentic Cuban food, including their famous El Cubano—roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard layered within fresh, crispy bread—hearty black bean soup and old-fashioned pastelitos prepared just like on the island nation. Don’t forget to wash your meal down with a cup of Cuban coffee, traditionally served sweetened with sugar.

The Loft Restaurant

Delight in farm-to-table fare at The Loft Restaurant, a restored 1860s-era barn overlooking the pastures that provide its food. Featuring organic fruit plates, delectable cheese boards, and farm-fresh brunch, lunch and dinner items, the menus vary by season. After your meal, take the whole family for a tour at the artisan creamery before heading up to the Dairy Bar for a sweet treat. On Fridays during the summer, enjoy live music on the garden lawn, while your kids explore the petting zoo.

Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Dine al fresco on a balmy Indianapolis night or venture inside the Mediterranean villa housing Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant to soak up the romantic ambiance, complete with wrought iron, dark wood and antique lamps. Mama Carolla's will satisfy your traditional Italian fix with entrees such as veal Marsala, chicken piccata and traditional beef lasagna. If you're traveling with picky eaters, the friendly staff will be happy to put in your order for something as simple—but tasty—as buttered pasta.

Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar

If urban chic is your vibe, look no further than the cozy cottage housing the Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar. A sophisticated eatery with reasonably priced fare, Tinker Street focuses on the elegant presentation of local ingredients, from tapas-style creations (think: blistered shishito peppers, chicken terrine and charred beets) to more robust offerings, such as squash curry chicken breast and peach barbecue pork belly. Dine indoors for intimate seating or outdoors on the open-air patio.

Black Market

Black Market offers comfort food in a relaxed environment with daily blackboard specials, a wine director and "nothing-goes-to-waste" philosophy. Age-old pickling and preservation methods are a highlight of their dishes, including pickle-brined chicken and melon, and an egg salad on toast with pickled beets. Get to know your fellow diners at the large communal tables, or come early to eat at one of the few private areas or the outdoor, fire pit-equipped grotto. You must be 21 or older to enter—perfect for a romantic evening out with your significant other once the kids have gone to bed.


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