The Rathskeller

Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Visit just about any Midwestern city and you’ll find at least one 19th-century German restaurant still operating and thriving. German cuisine may currently be the most out-of-fashion food in the country, but we find it hard to resist a visit to these great old dining halls. The Rathskeller is Indy’s oldest restaurant (open since 1894), and can be found in a building originally known as Das Deutsche Haus, a German social club.

The place is chock full of German-style bric-a-brac, and there’s an outdoor beer garden that looks like an ideal place to hoist a stein of German beer on a warm day. Our experience with the food was mixed. The wurst assortment was drab, the different sausages tasting much the same. The vegetable of the day, Brussels sprouts, were soft as warm butter. Nobody, however, is dining here for Brussels sprouts. The schnitzel is a wide, thick cutlet of breaded pork. This is the Midwest, and so it was well-prepared, schnitzel being the grandfather of the tenderloin sandwich. We also enjoyed the good red cabbage and sauerkraut. And, of course, there is a wonderful selection of German brews to choose from, many of them on tap.

We’re not prepared to make a judgment on the food from this one meal. It was good enough for another visit and, at the very least, it would be worth stopping by just to quaff the great German beers and take in some German-Midwestern history.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

What To Eat

Mixed Wurst Platte


German Potato Salad


Red Cabbage

Sacher Torte

Brat ‘N Kraut Balls




The Rathskeller Recipes


What do you think of The Rathskeller?

One Response to “The Rathskeller”

Raelene Charles

April 2nd, 2011

Try the sauerbraten with the must-have spaetzl (tiny firm dumplings) to soak up the the slightly tangy sauce seasoned with warm, comfort spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, garlic, juniper among the many). I like it paired with red cabbage. This is really great food, in my opinion. And the lunch prices are reasonable.


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