When I think of going to a restaurant downtown, hotels come to mind just as often as standalone restaurants. From elegant fine dining to creative sports bars and lounges, these restaurants and bars will impress you whether you’re just going out with friends or looking to celebrate a special occasion.
Osteria Pronto and High Velocity are both located inside the JW Marriott, yet they couldn’t be more different from each other. If you’re looking for a relaxing and pampered dining experienced, make a right at the entrance and head toward Osteria Pronto. Order a glass of wine and let Chef Rino Baglio impress you with his traditional Italian menu of Lasagna, Gnocchi and Ossobucco. If it’s happy hour or a casual dinner among friends, make a left to High Velocity Sports Bar and grab a seat at the bar or one of the tables that overlooks West Street and the Indian’s Stadium. Classic bar food has a unique twist with their Tandoori Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Ultimate Crab Burger. Enjoy it all with a pint of Indiana beer!
Severin Bar is a favorite of mine with their Pre-Prohibition Era atmosphere and 1913 style cocktails. Let yourself unwind while you enjoy a Tequila Maple Sour with chunks of apples or an Amped Up Mule that’s served with a long stem of rosemary. Severin’s creative, regionally-sourced menu is just as exciting as their drinks. Indiana cheese, salami and prosciutto from Smoking Goose Meatery and bacon from Gunthorp Farms are found in almost every menu item along with Sun King Brewing and King David Dogs. Still need convincing? Take a peek at this photo blog of the ambiance, food and cocktails.
One South at Hyatt is quite the opposite of Turner’s. The Hyatt impresses it’s guest with this ultra modern restaurant that serves American cuisine with Italian flair. Their tagline of “Thoughtfully Sourced, Regionally Inspired” is seen throughout their menu with the Fried Pork Medallions and roasted apples to the Corned Beef Hash and Belgian Waffles. Vegans will be impressed with their Vegan Breakfast Wraps of grilled mushrooms and vegetables, scrambled tofu, quinoa and roasted tomato salsa. One South is well-known for their Pasta Bar which includes a salad bar, fresh hot vegetables, soup of the day, and a make-your-own pasta station with your choice of toppings.
Tastings is attached to the Conrad Hotel and offers a view of Washington and Illinois. Let yourself fall into the comfy red chairs and sofas while you sip one of the wines from the multi-page menu. Tastings isn’t just about offering spectacular wines, so don’t forget to pick up the dinner menu and order a Flatbread Pizza or one of the Artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie Plates that will impress you just as much as what’s in your glass. Stop in for a drink after work, a long day of shopping or before you head to the Indiana Repertory Theater.
Turner’s inside the historic Canterbury Hotel is a fine dining experience with intimate European ambiance. Grab a cocktail at the bar that overlooks downtown Illinois Street or sit in the stunning dining room that will make you feel like you’re about to dine with Charlie Chaplain or Shirley Temple. The menu is just as classy with choice options such as filet mignon, lamb chops, risotto and seafood. Turner’s is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, and reservations are suggested but walk-ins are welcome upon availability.
Shula’s Steak House at The Westin is one of the top steak houses in Indianapolis. This isn’t your down-home steakhouse, as the ambiance is reflected in the menu. Prepare to be wowed by the attention given to your food (making it worth the cost). There are five different “Shula’s Cuts” to choose from that can be accompanied by one of four sauces, like the Peppercorn Sauce or the Red Wine-Herb Demi glaze. If you don’t want steak, choose from Pan-Seared Sea Scallops, Porterhouse Lamb, Stone Crabs with Mustard Sauce and Twin Lobster Tails in butter. Now if all of that isn’t enough to make you drool, order the Crab Mac & Cheese or the Truffle Fries. Or both.