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Dining in Indy

Named the city to watch by Condé Nast Traveler, Indianapolis has been making a name for itself as a top travel destination, particularly for its thriving and diverse food scene. Casual dining spots like Milktooth, which the magazine named as one of the “best restaurants in the world”, are cited as the reasons why Indy made the coveted list. The Food and Wine magazine is also a big Indy dining fan, and just last fall called Milktooth a “rising star in the Midwest.”

  • Milktooth: Popular choices like the Local Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake and the Lamb Steak Burger Melt on Amelias Pullman Bun are just some of the reasons why this restaurant has been voted one of the best.
  • Bluebeard: Sample contemporary American cuisine crafted with the best local produce and meats provided by local farms. Featuring a menu that changes daily and a truly unique setting inside a renovated 1924 factory warehouse, Bluebeard offers an unforgettable dining experience both on and off the plate.
  • Public Greens: This unique “Urban Kitchen with a Mission” transforms farm-fresh ingredients into delectable and accessible entrées. Try out the Moroccan Chicken Grain Bowl or Braised Pork Taco Salad, sink your teeth into buttermilk-soaked Fried Chicken, or snack on unique salads like the Lavender Roasted Carrots, Spiced Beets, and Pesto Pasta Salad.
  • Rook: Located in downtown Indy, Rook invites you to delight your palate with a modern take on Asian street fare like the Korean Fried Chicken Steamed Bun, Shoyu Ramen Bowl, and the Ibérico Pork Secreto.
  • Stella: Savor Southern European cuisine in a modern rustic atmosphere. Stella serves everything from cured meats and terrines to fresh pastas, succulent Lamb Osso Buco and perfectly roasted vegetables.
  • St. Elmo : This iconic steakhouse has been an Indianapolis landmark since 1902 and has regularly appeared on the city’s best restaurant lists ever since. The traditional atmosphere provides the perfect setting for sampling the “World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail”, followed by one of their famous steaks, including the Bone-In Filet, Dry-Aged NY Strip, or the Cowboy Ribeye. The menu also features delicious seafood entrées, like South African Lobster Tails and Sashimi Yellowfin Tuna, as well as great sides, and decadent desserts like the St. Elmo Crème Brulee.
  • Thunderbird : When you’re craving Southern-inspired cuisine, stop by Thunderbird for all the classics, including Buttermilk Biscuits with apple butter and honey butter, hush puppies, Shrimp Etoufee, Chicken and Waffles, Mac and Cheese, and of course, the Naptown Hot Chix (an Indy institution). The cocktail selection is also impressive, with signature drinks like the Cranky Franky, Six String Samurai, and Martha Goes to Washington.

Experience Everything Indy Has to Offer

When it comes to choosing among the best hotels in Indy for your next visit, the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown is the easy winner. We are ideally situated in the heart of Downtown Indy, just steps from popular attractions like the Indianapolis Art Museum, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Indiana Zoo, as well as many of the best restaurants in Indianapolis, including Milktooth and St. Elmo.

You’ll also love our spacious rooms and suites, which are highlighted by fresh, modern décor and generous amenities like HDTVs, lightning fast Wi-Fi access, complimentary coffee and more. You can also count on our friendly staff of local insiders to elevate your stay with warm, genuine service and recommendations for the best downtown Indy restaurants, bars, activities, and attractions. There’s just no better way to experience Indy than with Indianapolis Marriott Downtown as your home base.