Top-Notch Special-Occasion Restaurants

Indy's Best Offerings for a Memorable Dining Experience

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hoping to impress a date, or looking to entertain a business client in high style, you can head to any of the following Indianapolis area restaurants with confidence. All offer excellent food in an impressive atmosphere.

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    Eagle's Nest

    Perched atop the Hyatt Regency downtown, this restaurant is all about atmosphere. The Eagle's Nest slowly rotates to give patrons a 360-degree view of the city. From candlelight to piano music to the star-studded ceiling, romance abounds. Menu items include filet mignon, lobster tail, roasted prime rib, and horseradish-crusted salmon, plus an extensive wine list.

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    Hollyhock Hill

    This is not so much a date destination as the perfect place for large family gatherings and special group occasions, with most guests dressed in their Sunday best. Hollyhock offers a choice of entrees, all served family-style with the same side dishes for everyone. Picture platters of fried chicken, fluffy mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, vegetables, and more, all topped off with a dish of vanilla ice cream drizzled with your choice of toppings.

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    Melting Pot

    Four-course dinners are the specialty here, consisting of a cheese fondue with bread, vegetables, and apples for dipping; a salad with homemade dressing; your choice of entree (choose from filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, and more); and, for the perfect finishing touch, a chocolate fondue with strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, marshmallows, pound cake, and brownies to dip.

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    Oceanaire

    Fresh fish are flown in daily from around the world and served in an elegant atmosphere in the style of a 1930s ocean liner. Featured are an oyster bar and a selection of entrees, including Columbia River Chinook Salmon, Sea of Cortez #1 Bluefin Tuna, and Hawaiian Wahoo. The bar serves up cocktails, beer, and wine.

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    Ruth's Chris

    If you're yearning for a thick, sizzling steak in a classy romantic atmosphere, Ruth's Chris delivers. Steaks are available in many choice cuts, along with seafood, veal chops, lamb chops, and stuffed chicken breast. An extensive wine list and specialty cocktails are offered.

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    St. Elmo's

    A downtown Indianapolis landmark since 1902, the decor emulates a turn-of-the-century Chicago saloon. Featured here are a wide variety of steaks (naturally), plus seafood, chops, and chicken, along with one of the Midwest's most extensive wine collections. Rumor has it the shrimp cocktail is not to be missed.

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    Mama Carolla

    Located in a 1920s California stucco house with Mediterranean style, Mama Carolla's serves up authentic Italian food in an intimate atmosphere. The indoor seating area features a wood-burning fireplaceĀ and is divided into several small dining rooms. Outdoors, you'll find a lighted garden patio. Mama's specialties include chicken rigatoni, ravioli, and lasagna, along with a selection of cocktails and martinis.