To quote the New York Times – “In Indianapolis, the world comes to eat.” We couldn’t agree more.
The city has so many fantastic places where you can go and taste dishes originating from various cuisines across the world. From fancy restaurants to burger houses, pizza places, and traditional-style bistros, Indianapolis will definitely offer you something you can’t and shouldn’t resist.
Moreover, if you’re there to watch the Pacers, have a look at our list of the best restaurants near Gainbridge Fieldhouse you can visit.
Pier 48 Fish House and Oyster Bar
Pier 48 Fish House and Oyster Bar is the first place you should visit if you want to try seafood and fish dishes. The restaurant is a five-minute walk away from the arena.
The restaurant’s menu includes delicious dishes made with ingredients from the East Coast. Order some of the appetizers, such as crab beignets, charbroiled oysters, or fried calamari. Then, you can proceed with steamed lobster, stuffed salmon, or a fish sandwich.
You should know that you can park your car at Hyatt Place when dining at Pier 48 Fish House. Regular parking costs $5 for up to three hours, while the valet service is $15 for up to six hours.
|Location||Pier 48 Fish House and Oyster Bar|
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
Taxman CityWay is a gastropub that specializes in Belgian-inspired beers. Although Taxman has three locations, CityWay is located in a renovated building from the 1850s in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The pub is just a minute’s walk from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Aside from the popular beers, ciders, and various wine selections, this place offers delicious food as well. It offers excellent starters, such as baked goat cheese and candied pork belly sliders, sandwiches, and fantastic lunch offers, like salmon and fried ribs.
That said, we highly recommend you make a reservation and try one of the Taxman’s house beers.
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PMFriday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PMSunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
If you want to grab a quick lunch, go to Kilroy’s Bar & Grill. This is a classical American pub with a brick-and-wood interior where customers can sit, relax, and watch sports. Kilroy’s Bar & Grill is located on S Meridian Street, just 0.3 miles from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
The pub is famous for Kilroy’s stuffed breadsticks, which are an excellent appetizer to eat while watching a good game. Besides the breadsticks, you can try other appetizers, such as quesadillas, fried pickle chips, BBQ sliders, and roasted red pepper hummus.
Moreover, it offers delicious sandwiches, wraps, tacos, burgers, and pizzas for lunch. If you want to order something else, we’re sure you’ll enjoy Kilroy’s chicken tender basket, blackened tilapia, or salmon.
|Location||Kilroy’s Bar & Grill|
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AMFriday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AMSunday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM (midnight)|
Prime 47 – Indy’s Steakhouse
Here we have one of the most popular steakhouses in Indianapolis. Prime 47 is an upscale restaurant located in a fabulous building with tall windows from where you can enjoy the view.
The steakhouse is definitely one of the best restaurants near Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Even though the place is a bit expensive, you’ll love the food. The menu includes tasty starters, such as coconut shrimp and sea scallops. You can also try the house salad or the french onion soup.
Furthermore, Prime 47 has a Potato menu. You can order Jalapeno Au Gratin or simple garlic-mashed potatoes. If you want to eat something fancy, check out the chef’s exclusives and the prime cuts.
|Location||Prime 47- Indy’s Steakhouse|
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PMFriday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PMSunday: closed|
Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub
Pearls Street Pizzeria & Pub is the real pearl among the pizzerias in Indianapolis. Being in business for over a decade, Pearl Street Pizzeria is a cozy family restaurant where you can try the best pizza and calzones.
Besides offering multiple pizza types, including a build-your-own package, Pearl Street has excellent starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and oven-baked pasta dishes.
Furthermore, Pearl Street works from 11 AM to 3 AM. However, the kitchen has different hours. So, if you want to taste its delicious pizzas or other dishes, keep in mind that the kitchen works from 11 AM to 9 PM Monday to Friday and 12 PM to 9 PM on weekends.
|Location||Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub|
|Working Hours||Monday – Friday: 1 AM to 3 AM; Saturday – Sunday: 12 PM to 3 AM|
Nesso is the place where you can experience Italy through its fantastic Italian kitchen without traveling. The restaurant is a part of the Alexander Hotel building on S Delaware Street, just a three-minute walk from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
This restaurant is the perfect place for you if you enjoy Italian cuisine. However, you should know that Nesso can also connect you to Indianapolis, as the restaurant sources its ingredients from local farms.
The menu includes delicious recipes such as parmesan cauliflower, arancini, and burrata; salads like beet carpaccio and endive; pasta; main meals such as pork tenderloin, agnolotti, and raviolo. You can complement your dish with one of the wines from the fabulous selection.
|Working Hours||Tuesday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PMMonday – Sunday: closed|
Harry & Izzy’s
Located just about nine-minute-walk from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Harry & Izzy’s is a modern steakhouse where you can enjoy the world-famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail, known for its spicy sauce.
Besides this specialty, the restaurant has fantastic seafood dishes, pizzas, sandwiches, and sliders. Thus, regardless of your or your company’s preferences, you can definitely enjoy Harry & Izzy’s.
Also, we mustn’t forget that this steakhouse has a notable selection of wines from all over the world.
|Location||Harry & Izzy’s|
|Reservations||+1 317 635 9594|
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
This cozy restaurant is part of a small-chain establishment that offers Mexican dishes and cocktails. Nada can be found in Cincinnati, Columbus, Nashville, North Bethesda, and Indianapolis.
You should visit Nada if you want to escape the ordinary. The taco lunch boxes are fantastic. You can order a Pork Al Pastor box or one with grilled salmon, Baja fish, or crispy potatoes.
Moreover, the restaurant offers salads and various snacks, such as the famous fajitas, Mexico City Ceviche, and chips & salsa. The best part is that the restaurant is located just a seven-minute walk from the arena.
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
This is another place where you can enjoy great food while watching a game with your family or friends. Yard House is a chain restaurant with locations in 29 states in the US. The restaurant in Indianapolis is one of the best restaurants near Gainbridge Fieldhouse, about a 14-minute walk from the arena.
Yard House offers over 10 delicious appetizers and starters, including but not limited to fried calamari, onion ring tower, firecracker shrimp, four cheese spinach dip, boneless wings, etc., all of which match perfectly with one of the beers from the house’s extensive list.
Furthermore, the other dishes are also perfect for watching a game. You can order and try tacos, pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.
You should know that Yard House has happy hours from 3 PM to 6 PM, Mondays through Fridays when you can order food from a selected list at half the price.
|Working Hours||Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PMFriday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 1:30 AM|
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
Last but not least is Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse located in the famous Zipper Building, about two minutes drive from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
This is a fancy restaurant with over 30 locations in Brazil and the US. The thing that makes Fogo de Chao special is the Churrasco, a Brazilian centuries-old technique of cooking that includes roasting the meat over an open flame.
Besides the traditionally-cooked dishes, Fogo de Chao also offers seafood cocktails with a special Brazilian Malagueta sauce. The Lunch menu includes dishes such as Picanha, Alcatra, crispy polenta, bacon Medalhoes, etc. We also recommend trying some of its mouthwatering desserts.
It’s important to note that Fogo de Chao opens twice a day from Monday to Thursday. However, the restaurant is open on Sundays from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. So, check the schedule on the website to see if it works for you.
|Location||Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse|
|Working Hours||Monday – Thursday: 10:30 AM – 9:30 PMFriday – Saturday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PMSunday: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM|
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