Intimate R Bistro Restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana’s Swanky Mass Ave Downtown District

The general consensus from those in the know is that R Bistro is one of the best restaurants in downtown Indianapolis. Considering the ultra high quality of the many excellent restaurants in Indianapolis‘ center, that is certainly saying a delicious mouthful.


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R Bistro, Indianapolis, INThe “R” in the restaurant’s name belongs to the chef, Regina, who offers up sophisticated yet soul-sating gourmet dishes for lunch on Monday through Friday, and for dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Chef Regina, as one frothy reviewer put it, turns out to be no flash in the pan. “Fresh from the farmer” is the watchword at R Bistro. Regina changes the menu weekly according to the season and the availability of the moment, and always manages to come up with something delectably pleasing to the palate. Relax in the elegant setting while you watch Regina prepare your meal through the kitchen’s picture window.

R Bistro, Indianapolis, INSome of the favorite menu items at R Bistro are: Indiana-grown duck, wild mushroom strogonov, cured pork loin and cornmeal-crusted skate, all with intriguing side dishes. For dessert, try Chef Regina’s Julianna goat cheese with fruit and biscuits, the pink peppercorn Pavlova with strawberries and basil syrup, a magnificent rhubarb creme brulee or that old all-time favorite big finish, real chocolate truffles.

Chef “R” has become so popular in some Indianapolis circles that the restaurant now proudly displays her very own cookbook, Regina’s Seasonal Table, for purchase at a reasonable price of $32.05, tax included. The chef honed her  skills at Johnson & Wales culinary school in Charleston, South Carolina, but has cooked for many grateful diners in England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

On the menu, you will find something unique: It lists the names of all the staff members and credits them for the jobs they perform as a well-oiled team that works hard to make their guests happy. This team spirit, along with the high quality of the gourmet food served at R Bistro, make this restaurant a dining destination of choice and a unique item for your “things to do in Indianapolis” list.

Located in downtown’s arty Mass Ave district, one of six distinct cultural districts in Indianapolis.

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R Bistro
888 Massachusetts Av
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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