Home to the Indianapolis 500, taking a trip to Indianapolis is exciting for race car lovers. But there’s so much more to Indy than racing—museums, parks, shopping, and a beautiful historic center will all be at your fingertips. Furthermore, Indy has a range of restaurant options as you explore the self-proclaimed “Naptown.”
If you’re a steak lover like me, you’re in luck. There are many outstanding Indianapolis steakhouses for visitors and locals alike. Make sure to arrive hungry, for some portions reach up to 40 ounces! Looking for filet mignon? It’s available in several cuts. Do you have your eye on a complete steakhouse meal? Indianapolis restaurants aren’t shy with their side dishes and cocktails. In fact, you might want to add some extra days to your trip so you can try many of the steakhouses in Indianapolis. I’ll help you sort through the best ones so you can spend less time on research and more time exploring beautiful Indianapolis. Check out our favorite Indianapolis steakhouses with our reviews below!
St. Elmo Steak House
127 Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (317) 635-0636
The historic St. Elmo will take you back in time as you dine in the oldest steakhouse in Indianapolis that remains in its original location. It enjoys a privileged spot near the Indianapolis Convention Center, and it even grabbed Forbes’s attention since nearly every Indy race car driver has dined there. Despite its upscale feel, it’s okay to dress casually. St. Elmo’s offers thick steaks, with their bone-in Porterhouse Steak being the largest option at 28 ounces. We recommend pairing your steak with a St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, which they’ve been famously serving since 1902. St. Elmo Steak House is an excellent value since it includes sides as well as a choice of their traditional starters (Navy Bean Soup or tomato juice).
Tony’s of Indianapolis
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 638-8669
Tony’s of Indianapolis defines the phrase “wine and dine” with their upscale modern steakhouse. They’re seated in the heart of Indianapolis’ downtown historic district, less than three blocks from the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Tony’s prime-cut steaks have a taste that you’ve likely never experienced before due to its house seasoning of paprika, sea salt, and peppers. We recommend the Jack’s Dry Aged Bone-In New York Strip Steak, but regardless of the seven steaks you choose, you’ll get to enjoy a side of Tony’s signature crispy onion straws. Consider adding an a la carte topping to your steak. You’ll get to select from an extensive list, including horseradish and chive butter, au Poivre, and caramelized onions.
Harry & Izzy’s
153 Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (317) 635-9594
Grab your steak and wine-loving friends and head to Harry & Izzy’s, which is one of the best Indianapolis steakhouses if you’re looking for a contemporary twist on a traditional meal. You’ll get to enjoy its fantastic location in the heart of downtown and near the Indiana Convention Center, which is a good thing so you can walk off your meal after leaving this upscale restaurant. You’ll have a massive eight steaks to choose from on Harry & Izzy’s menu. And while it’s hard to go wrong with their 100% Black Angus beef, all raised in the upper Midwest and aged for around 45 days, the Dry-Aged USDA Prime Feature is a fan favorite. Their hand-cut meat has some of the most robust and intense flavors on the menu.
3645 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 846-8303
Although Eddie Merlot’s is a chain steakhouse, its upscale décor and extensive wine list offer an intimate dining experience. Eddie Merlot’s sits a bit outside of the historical center of Indianapolis, so it’s a great option if you’re seeking a nice steak meal after exploring Town Run Trail Park or the small lakes near this steakhouse. Happy hour seekers will delight that Eddie Merlot offers an all-day happy hour from Tuesday – Thursday. As you’re sipping your wine, consider ordering a Tarporley Creek Ranch filet mignon or ribeye. It’s the only place in the U.S. where you can enjoy beef from this Australian ranch. If your schedule allows, consider visiting Eddie Merlot’s on the weekend, as you’ll get to enjoy live music in the lounge.
Prime 47 Steakhouse
47 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 624-0720
Another one of the top Indy steakhouses is Prime 47, where you’ll get to enjoy live piano music and 18-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the historic center of Indianapolis. Prime 47 enjoys a “prime” spot on the corner of S. Pennsylvania and Maryland Street and is a short walk to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Business casual clothing is mandatory, so change out of your Colts baseball gear before entering.Prime 47 offers a large a la carte menu. We recommend ordering their popular Steak Tartare on a Himalayan Salt Block. With ingredients including quail egg, truffle microgreens, and mustard aioli, it’s about as unique as steakhouse dishes come. If you’re in a breakfast mood, their steak and eggs are a must-try.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
51 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 536-0270
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is a great place to enjoy a steak after visiting the Old National Theater or Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. It’s a steakhouse downtown Indianapolis residents love, and you will too.What sets Hyde Park Prime apart from many steakhouses is that they divide their menu into three steak dish categories: Classic, boutique farms, and signature. We recommend spoiling yourself with one of their signature dishes. The Steak a la Lobster is a particular favorite, and you can order this filet mignon and bearnaise lobster dish in eight or twelve ounces. Don’t leave without purchasing their signature steak rub if you want to make a Hyde Park Prime steak at home.
201 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: (317) 740-0900
If your idea of a steakhouse experience involves eating top-of-the-line beef cuts while enjoying stunning views of downtown Carmel from your table, head to Anthony’s Chophouse. The classy multi-story restaurant is just a few blocks from the Museum of Miniature Houses. It can be hard to choose among the many options on the “Butcher Block” portion of Anthony’s Chophouse menu. We recommend their 16-ounce Provencal Ribeye, which has a succulent cast iron crust. But regardless of the dish you choose, you can expect high-quality marbled beef, most of which comes from Halpern’s Black Angus cattle in Greeley, Colorado.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
45 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 633-1313
Ruth’s Chris Steak House leaves no “steak” unturned since they broil their steaks in a 1,800-degree oven and serve them on 500-degree heated plates. The elegant restaurant sits in the heart of the Wholesale District, where you’ll be steps away from downtown Indianapolis’ most popular sites. Ruth’s bar has a casual feel, so go ahead and wear your favorite Indianapolis sports gear. Just make sure to put your best clothes on if you eat in the dining room. One of their most popular dishes is the Petite Filet & Shrimp, which offers a total of eight ounces of filet and three shrimp. For those with big appetites or who want to share, the 40-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye is a must. As if it couldn’t get any better, Ruth’s is one of the only Indianapolis steak restaurants that offers happy hour seven days a week.
3316 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 580-1280
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is an excellent way to unwind after shopping at the upscale Fashion Mall of Keystone. They’re a chain restaurant but go to great lengths to ensure a unique steakhouse experience, including live music and a happy hour menu from Monday – Thursday with their $7 “Bar Bites.” To start off your Sullivan’s dining experience, we recommend ordering their filet mignon cheesesteak egg rolls as an appetizer. They offer a small but delicious bone-in and house-in cut steak menu. Don’t miss the opportunity to try their Wagyu bone-in strip steak from Snake River Farms, Idaho. And for a mere extra $4, you can add one of three styles of salad.
3850 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46217
Phone: (317) 784-9880
Bynum’s is one of the more family-friendly steak restaurants Indianapolis has because you can bring your kids to without having to worry about turning heads in a fine dining atmosphere. It’s a little outside of Indianapolis’ historical center, which equates to dishes that offer an excellent value for their price. Make sure to arrive at Bynum’s hungry—their steaks range in thickness from 1.5 to two inches and weigh as much as 40 ounces. We recommend their Prime Rib, which you can order after 4:00 pm. Make sure to arrive on the early side because since being voted as having the best prime rib in Indy, they often sell out of it.
Fogo de Chao
117 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 638-4000
Indianapolis steak houses tend to center around American cuisine, so Fogo de Chao is an opportunity to taste Brazilian steak using the churrasco cooking technique. The chain restaurant sits in a beautiful part of downtown Indy, and it’s a couple of blocks from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Choosing a meal at Fogo de Chao is a no-brainer—their Fogo Churrasco Experience offers you the chance to have a non-stop tableside service of fire-roasted meat. You can choose from the standard Churrasco Experience or upgrade to the Indulgent Cuts Experience for even more premium cuts. Throughout the evening, the experience comes with Brazilian side dishes and a Feijoada Bar.
The Capital Grille
40 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 423-8790
For a consistent fine dining steak experience, Indianapolis’ Capital Grille is an excellent choice. The chain restaurant sits strategically between Indy’s Wholesale District and Mile Square. It has an upscale feel and a dress code to make for an elegant night out on the town. The Capital Grille has an impressive steak menu with traditional steak and chef’s suggestions. Our personal favorite is the Strip au Poivre. The dry-aged steak contains Courvoisier cream with a hint of black peppercorn to add some spice. The Porcini Rubbed Ribeye with its 15-year aged balsamic vinegarette is another can’t-miss choice.
7690 E 96th St, Fishers, IN 46038
Phone: (317) 598-8863
Peterson’s is one of the best steakhouses in Indianapolis if you’re looking for a fine dining option off Highway 69. Peterson’s has racked up awards during its over two decades of business, and companies like IndyStar and Wine Spectator have featured its dishes and wine bar with over 400 labels. Although Peterson’s has delicious steaks all week, their Friday and Saturday Special of prime rib with rosemary crust will leave you wanting to order seconds. Whether you choose a filet, New York strip steak, or ribeye, you can make the steak your own by selecting the topping. Oscar-style and garlic butter are safe options, but we recommend trying their bacon blue cheese or horseradish bacon crust.
10 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 636-7600
Weber Grill is an excellent choice if you prefer a more casual atmosphere while dining on your steak. The restaurant sits on trendy N. Illinois Street, right in front of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. If you can manage it, choose a warm, sunny day to visit because their patio offers beautiful views of downtown. You can select from an array of steak dishes and enjoy a hardwood charcoal kettle flavor as you watch meals cooked in Weber’s open kitchen. The Steak Frites dish is one of their most popular, which includes Angus strip steak with shoestring fries and red wine demi, all for under $30. The Weber Ribeye is another great choice, with beautiful marbling and a topping of homemade bistro butter and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.