Where to eat in Indy

Downtown Indianapolis Hilton
  • In the Hilton
  • Weber Grill: Average Price: $12-$24   Weber has brought its grilling experience inside to offer a full menu of steaks, seafood, burgers, and other fare.
  • Buca di Beppo: Average Price: $12-$24   Italian restaurant which serves its food family-style in the spirit of Italian traditions.  The “Buca Small” feeds up to three people.
  • Chocolate Café/South Bend Chocolate Company: Average Price: $12 and under   Serving specialty coffees, ice cream, and all manner of chocolate treats.  
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Average Price: $12 and under   Serving fresh made sandwiches, salads, soups, hand-dipped milkshakes, and ice cream.  Also has local daily entertainment.  
  • Indianapolis Colts Grille: Average Price: $12-$24   Has an extensive menu of unique items.  
  • Rock Bottom Brewery: Average Price: $12-$24   Microbrewery serving a full menu to compliment their beer’s taste and quality.  “Food too good for a brewpub.  Beer too good for a restaurant.”  
  • Circle Center Mall
    • Bella Vita: Average Price: $12-$24   Italian food in a casual dining atmosphere.  
    • California Pizza Kitchen: Average Price: $12 and Under   Casual dining featuring innovative pizzas that are hearth baked.  Also serves pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts.  
    • Champps Restaurant: Average Price: $12 and Under   Sports bar. 
    • Harry & Izzy’s: Average Price: $24-$40   Upscale American grill.  
    • Johnny Rocket’s: Average Price: $12 and Under   Great-tasting food from a menu of all-American nostalgic favorites with authentic diner décor. 
    • PF Chang’s China Bistro: Average Price: $12-$24   Chinese with an American twist.  
    • Palomino: Average Price: $12-$24   Mediterranean cuisine with an upbeat city dining experience.  
    • Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Average Price: $24-$40   Serving US Prime steaks, fresh seafood, and homemade desserts in a downtown Indy landmark.  
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room: Average Price: $24-$40   Ultra-fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world.  
  • Eagle’s Nest: Average Price: $24-$40   Glide slowly around the downtown skyline  while enjoying classic American cuisine that changes with the seasons.  
  • Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge: Average Price: $12-$24   Nicky Blaine’s specializes in martinis but also offers a world-class selection of wine, port, scotch, and vodka.  

What to do in Indy

  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle: Located at the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was completed in 1901 to honor Hoosier veterans.  It houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum in the basement and has an observation deck at the top that can be reached by climbing 331 steps for free or paying $2 to take the elevator.
  • Circle Centre Mall:  Home to more than 100 shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:  The largest children’s museum in the world is a five-level playground were children and adults com to enjoy science, history, art, and culture.
  • Eiteljorg Musuem of American Indians and Western Art:  One of only two Native American and Western Art museums east of the Mississippi. 
  • Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater:  The Indiana State Museum was constructed from indigenous materials and includes artwork on its grounds and walls representing each of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Exhibits give an overview of Indiana’s history from pre-history to statehood to present day.  The museum also houses a six-story IMAX movie screen and two restaurants.
  • NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions: There are more than 1000 member schools in the NCAA’s membership and 23 sports represented in the Hall of Champions.  With many interactive exhibits, it is a fun, hands-on way to learn about sports history.
  • Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens State Park:  The Indianapolis Zoo is one of the nation’s top 10 zoos and includes over 350 animal species on nearly 70 acres.  The Indianapolis Zoo complex also includes the 3.3 acre White River Gardens, which features hundreds of plant varieties.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art:  The Indianapolis Museum of Art is located 15 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis and is one of the nation’s largest and oldest general art museums.  Located on 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the museum’s permanent collection spans a vast range of cultures and eras and includes more than 50,000 works.

For more information and to see a map of downtown Indianapolis, visit

*All photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association unless otherwise noted

**Sites and descriptions were taken from the Visit Indy website.

Last updated: 26-Oct-2011 1:28 PM

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