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St. Elmo Steak House

127 S. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN - (317) 635-0636
Posted By Dean Voeks on 3/19/2014 9:07:00 AM
We went in without reservations on a Saturday night during the Big Ten Tournament. Silly, huh! We were initially turned away with no hope for an opening during the evening. We hopped our way around the immediate area for a couple of hours, then checked back in and our luck had changed. They could seat us in a half an hour. Well worth the wait.

Starting with the obligatory shrimp cocktail, which I feel has gotten a little gimmicky, as the horseradish was super, over the top, hot and the shrimp were not as cold and crisp as they have been in the past. I feel they are going for the "stunned" effect and ignoring the "delicious" criteria. One strike. The breadbasket was super good with a number of choices. The French onion rolls fantastic, like a savory jelly doughnut. Don't ignore. Plus one. Then the steaks came. It was late in the evening and I'm sure the chefs were tired but the steaks were done perfectly. Plus three. I had the mashed red potatoes and I would pass on those next time. Not lite and fluffy but rather heavy and gloppy. Second strike. But in the final analysis the ribeye carried the day and continued my long term love affair with Saint Elmo's. Incidentally, our waiter was Vladimar and if you're lucky enough to get him you're in for an enjoyable evening.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
steak
shrimp cocktail
rib eye
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The can't miss item at St. Elmo's is the powerful horseradish sauce.  On my first taste, it felt like someone grabbed my nose and yanked me across the room!
"The can't miss item at St. Elmo's is the powerful horseradish sauce. On my first taste, it felt like someone grabbed my nose and yanked me across the room!"
Cliff Strutz





Raw steaks are displayed in St. Elmo’s window.
"Raw steaks are displayed in St. Elmo’s window."
Michael Stern


St. Elmo was named by its original owner, Joe Stahr, for the patron saint of sailors.
"St. Elmo was named by its original owner, Joe Stahr, for the patron saint of sailors."
Michael Stern


Now well over a century old, St. Elmo has become an anchor store for Indianapolis’s trendy “restaurant row.” Expect to wait for a table on a weekend night, or even many weekdays. This vintage urban steak house has become popular all over again.
"Now well over a century old, St. Elmo has become an anchor store for Indianapolis’s trendy “restaurant row.” Expect to wait for a table on a weekend night, or even many weekdays. This vintage urban steak house has become popular all over again."
Michael Stern



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