Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana. Two major interstates, I-65 and I-70, intersect in the city, so many travelers move through Indianapolis daily. Indeed, the 2020 census counted that over 975,000 people live in the Indianapolis metro area.
Indianapolis is also very family-friendly. Specifically, the city holds the largest children’s museum globally; the Children’s Museum offers five floors of exhibits and receives approximately 1.2 million visitors annually.
Restaurants within Indianapolis offer lots of cuisine options for visitors and residents alike. Group dining is easily accommodated by private rooms in Indianapolis restaurants, making the city a great location to celebrate special occasions. Here are the seventeen best private dining Indianapolis restaurants!
725 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Mesh is a popular locale with outdoor space, and the restaurant serves modern American cuisine with various happy hour specials. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly with extended brunch and lunch hours on the weekend and primarily serves the Chatham-Arch community. Mesh has three private dining spaces, and the restaurant allows patrons to create individualized dining menus.
The private dining menu offers delicious options like a Pork Chop with coffee rub, green tomato jam, Robuchon, and broccolini. I also enjoyed the Curried Tofu with bok choy, carrot, bell pepper, broccolini, cauliflower, and basmati rice. Be sure to add the caramelized pear creme brulee!
8555 River Rd #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Ocean Prime is a fine dining restaurant offering steaks and seafood. The restaurant is open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm nightly. For private dining in Indianapolis, guests can choose between two private dining rooms: The Prime Room, which seats up to forty people, and The Keystone Room, which is appropriate for up to thirty-six visitors. For even larger groups, the restaurant’s Terrace is available for rent.
I enjoyed the ahi tuna tartar, the lobster bisque, and the sixteen-ounce ribeye with bearnaise sauce when I visited. The sea scallops are served with parmesan risotto, English peas, and a citrus vinaigrette. Try the black truffle macaroni and cheese and the smoked gouda tater tots.
653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Bluebeard opened in 2012 and was a James Beard Award semi-finalist in the first year! The restaurant is housed in a warehouse that was built in 1924 near Fletcher’s Place neighborhood. Bluebeard has two private dining spaces–the Rosewater Room and Second Story.
The Rosewater Room seats up to forty people, while the Second Story accommodates eighteen guests. Start your meal with the beet salad, then order the Crawfish etouffee with rice, cajun spices, holy trinity, Espagnole sauce, andouille, and sweet peppers. I would also recommend trying the Braised Beef with farmer carrots, fingerlings, onions, celery, and parsnip puree.
720 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Livery is a trendy two-level establishment with a rooftop patio that is open all year. The eatery is open in the Chatham-Arch neighborhood. The restaurant serves Latin classics and specialty tequila and is open daily for dinner. Livery offers private dining for groups of up to thirty people pre-fixe menus with creative small bites.
I enjoyed the Yuca Fries, the Shrimp Ceviche, and the Pork Belly Tacos with black bean purée and poblano crema. Other popular menu items include the Lamb Empanadas and the Manchego Crisp Salad with avocado, orange, Fresno chile, and a citrus vinaigrette. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.
1844 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Located in the Woodruff Place neighborhood, the restaurant is open for dinner between Tuesday and Saturday. The Cellar Room is a private dining space that seats up to thirty, which The Pink Room hosts up to fifteen people. Beholder offers specialized menus for private dining events.
I would recommend using the restaurant’s tasting menu for your special event. I enjoyed the pepperoni roasted baby carrots, the roasted beets, the duck rigatoni, and the Mexican hot chocolate ice cream! The wine list is extensive and has been recognized for its quality and variety by the Wine Enthusiast.
3645 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Eddie Merlot’s is one of the Premium restaurants serving prime-aged steaks, seafood & if that wasn’t enough their wine list is brutally diverse. Located just off Interstate 465, the restaurant is a perfect place to stop for dinner or a private dining event. The restaurant works with guests to plan events for groups as small as ten to as large as three hundred!
The menu offers incredible appetizers like the filet mignon potstickers, the Rockefeller oysters, and the BBQ shrimp. I enjoyed the twelve-ounce New York Strip topped with bacon gorgonzola cheese. For dessert, I enjoyed both the carrot cake and the bananas foster.
While Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is a national chain, the Downtown Indianapolis location has been a family-owned franchise serving perfectly cooked steaks since 1996. The restaurant has six private dining options for groups that range from eight people to 120 guests–contact the events coordinator at Ruth’s Chris for assistance.
The sizzling blue crab cakes with lemon butter is a signature dish. I would also recommend the lobster bisque, the classic filet with au Poivre sauce, and the goat cheese stuffed chicken breast. The T-bone and the Cowboy ribeye and specialty cuts of meat that the restaurant excels at preparing.
620 N East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Union 50 is located near the Mass Ave neighborhood and serves contemporary American food in a refined industrial-style building. Reservations can be made online for dinner nightly. The restaurant offers private dining packages with fixed menus and can accommodate parties of up to fifty people.
When selecting your fixed menu for your private event at Union 50, I would recommend choosing the Shrimp and Grits with Oyster Mushroom and Tasso Ham Gravy, the Duck, Duck with a Jalapeño-Blackberry Purée, and the Tomahawk Pork Chop with a parsnip purée. Finish your meal with the family-style dessert option!
601 E New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Vida is near the Lockerbie Square community, and the restaurant serves New American cuisine in a space lit and warmed by a beautiful fireplace. The restaurant has two distinct private dining spaces, an upstairs private dining area and a semi-private wine room. Notably, the restaurant can tailor menus to fit the size and style of your event.
I enjoyed the Beef Tartare with caper berry, preserved lemon, and a quail egg for the first course. For the second course, I selected the Foie Gras served with brioche, and for the third course, my favorite dish was the Chicken Breast with a grilled Meyer lemon. Finish your meal with the ricotta doughnuts with bourbon maple glaze!
8650 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Seasons 52 is a contemporary American establishment operating in the community adjacent to the White River. The restaurant uses an oak-fired grill and brick oven to create distinctive tastes. Private dining for large parties is available for guests. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and you can make reservations online.
The all-day menu is extensive and has something to fit everyone’s tastes. I enjoyed the roasted tomato flatbread, the Korean Beef BBQ skewers, and the Brick-Oven vegetable gnocchi. The filet mignon and the lobster tail are the perfect surf and turf meal. Try the coconut creme pie mini parfait for dessert.
530 Massachusetts Ave #140, Indianapolis, IN 46204
LouVino Indianapolis Restaurant & Wine Bar serves Southern fusion dishes near the Old National Centre music venue. The bar seats are a beautiful blue velvet material that establishes a modern and classy vibe. For private dining, The Georgia Room can hold up to sixteen people, and The Mezz can accommodate up to forty-five people. Contact the restaurant’s events coordinator for more information.
Private dinner menus are cultivated via packages established by the restaurant. I enjoyed the Duck Fat Frites with white truffle aioli, the Seared Scallops with maple mustard sauce, and the Crab Cakes with spicy mayo. You can add the beverage package to any private dining event.
123 Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Spoke & Steele is in the Warehouse District and is known for its creative cocktails. The warm wood interior is welcoming and invites guests to feel comfortable immediately. The McQueen Room and the Barrel Room are perfect for private dining of groups of less than ten. Other spaces like the Private Dining Room and semi-private areas are good for larger groups.
The French Onion soup is an incredible starter. I also enjoyed the Lamb Meatball served in a spicy tomato cream with focaccia bread. Additionally, the burger is one of the best in the city; called “The Local,” a bacon fat brioche bun holds an eight-ounce patty with white Colby cheese and a chili vinaigrette.
30 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
In downtown Indianapolis, The Oceanaire Seafood Room serves fresh seafood with other local favorites. The restaurant has various locations across the country and is a great location for private dining. If you are celebrating a special occasion, the banquet-style private dining area in the Oceanaire can host up to 100 people.
The entrees are creative takes on regional seafood favorites. I enjoyed the Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with a caramel soy sauce, the Chicken Fried Lobster with Truffled Honey, and the Center Cut Filet Mignon with creamed corn. The restaurant has won many Wine Spectator awards, so be sure to review the wine menu.
3815 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
A contemporary restaurant, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant specializes in housemade wines and New American cuisine. You can make general dining reservations online. Private events offer cultivated plated dining specials composed of at least three courses. I tried and enjoyed the Crab & Lobster Bisque, the Bourbon Lacquered BBQ Pork Chops, and the Key Lime Pie from the fixed menu.
Other popular menu items include the Sweet Corn & Tomato Risotto, the Chicken Piccata, and the Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée. Events can add stations, like the Artisan Cheese and Candied Bacon station which adds an air of sophistication to your party.
40 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Capital Grille is a nationally renowned American restaurant catering to business meetings and private events. Located in the Miles Square neighborhood, the restaurant offers dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. Both The Conrad Room and The Wine Room can accommodate private dining parties.
I enjoyed the Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella with a 15-year aged balsamic, the New England Clam Chowder, and the Dry Aged NY Strip au Poivre with Courvoisier Cream. Other popular menu items include the Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon with Marcona Almonds. I also enjoyed the Terrazas Altos Malbec with my steak!
3316 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is an exciting dining experience, and the restaurant often hosts live music. Sullivan’s is near the Fashion Mall of Keystone, where lots of people like to go shopping. With four distinct dining rooms, the steakhouse offers areas that can accommodate between eighteen and seventy-five guests.
The private dining menu includes delicious options like the filet mignon and the herb chicken with sides like creamed spinach and white cheddar potatoes. I also enjoyed the spicy shrimp eggroll and the New York cheesecake. The private dining menus can suit any budget and deliver a tasty multi-course meal.
2721 E 86th St Suite 200 Ste 200, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Provision is a fancy choice to enjoy creative New American cuisine alongside a robust wine list. The exterior of the building is distinct and exciting–it sets the stage for a perfect private dining event. The restaurant has three spaces: the keystone for up to fifty people, the meridian with a twelve-person capacity, and the Chatham that can serve eight guests.
Group appetizers are available for private dining events. I enjoyed the beef slider with red onion jam, the prosciutto with apple fig jam, and the tuna tartare with jalapeño aioli. For entrees, I liked the salmon with plantain curry and the scallop with corn pudding. The menu is filled with delicious treats!