The 10 Best Restaurants In Fishers, Indiana

Photo of Helen Armitage
9 February 2017

Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s friendliest communities, Fishers may boast small town charm but its dining scene is anything but. Creative brewpub eats, Vietnamese street food and classic steakhouse fare combine to make Fishers one of suburban Indiana’s top culinary destinations. Here we’ve lined up the very best local eats to try.

Conner Prairie at sunset, Fishers | © Serge Melki/Flickr


Restaurant, Steakhouse, Canadian, Seafood, $$$
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Since first opening back in 1999, Peterson’s has staked its claim amongst Fishers’ top culinary hotspots, receiving a whole host of acclaim including several ‘best restaurant’ nods from Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Classic steakhouse fare and seafood dishes make up executive chef Ricky Hatfield’s menu. Start with appetizers like tempura Maine lobster fingers and sweet chili glazed pork belly before entrees such as Canadian steelhead trout with crispy eggplant and USDA prime cowboy ribeye. Pair with a selection from Peterson’s recognized wine list. Wines from across the world are represented alongside featured vineyards, while signature cocktails and craft beers from the likes of locally based Sun King Brewing are also served.

Chao Viet Street Food

Chao Viet Street Food is the talk of the town, with guests raving about its deliciously fresh and healthy Vietnamese inspired eats. Plenty of authentic dishes feature on the menu from bún noodles and bánh mì sandwiches to cơm, but if you try one dish only, make sure it’s Chao’s traditional pho. Available with eye round steak, chicken or vegetables and served with basil, beansprouts and lime, guests can add tripe and meatballs for a small additional cost. Wash down Chao’s delicious eats with a boba smoothie in flavors like avocado, pineapple and taro.

Chao Viet Street Food, 7854 East 96th Street, Fishers, IN, USA, +1 317 622 8820

Nickel Plate Bar & Grill

Bar, Gastropub, American, Pub Grub, $$$
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Located in old town Fishers, Nickel Plate Bar & Grill boasts one of the most historic dining locales in town. The building it calls home, formerly Parks Place Saloon, dates back to the late 19th century but thanks to a respectful refurbishment, the joint is now a cozy mix of original features and modern comfort. Elevated gastropub eats are the order of the day with must-try dishes like Nickel Plate’s famous hobo stew (tender, slow-roasted beef with onions, carrots, celery, green peppers and tomato) and pork tenderloin sandwich (previously voted Indiana’s best by Indy Men’s Magazine) all complemented by a range of craft beer from local talents like Blind Owl Brewery.

The Roost

A local favorite since opening its doors 20 years ago, The Roost is one of Fishers’ most popular breakfast and lunch spots. Fifteen different omelets are offered, including varieties like the Western (ham, caramelized onion, bell peppers, mozzarella and cheddar) or West Coast Sunrise (avocado, spinach, tomato, pepper, chorizo and feta) . Alongside a whole host of other classic breakfast fare from skillets and granola to pancakes and French toast. Lunchtime treats include hearty pork tenderloin and turkey club sandwiches served on homemade bread and sides including beer battered onion rings, hash browns and cornbread casserole.

The Roost, 7371 East 116th Street, Fishers, IN, USA, +1 317 842 3735

Chatham Tap

Pub, Pub Grub, American, British, $$$
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Conner Prairie, Fishers
Conner Prairie, Fishers | © Derek Jensen/WikiCommons
Inspired by traditional British pubs, Chatham Tap is a lively, local haunt serving an award-winning menu of upscale pub grub alongside a range of domestic, imported and locally brewed craft beers. Choose from tempting starters like Thai-style chipotle-apricot chicken and lettuce wraps or deep-fried portabella mushroom with garlic-ranch dip before mouthwatering mains of burgers, salads and sandwiches or the house specialty fish and chips (hand-cut, battered cod with seasoned fries and tartar sauce). Soccer fans are in luck too with plenty of HD TVs showing English Premier League, UEFA and FIFA World Cup games.

Pure Eatery

Restaurant, American, $$$
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After the popularity of its first restaurant in Indianapolis’ arty Fountain Square neighborhood, Pure Eatery’s owners Dave Andrus and Jason Jacobi decided to set up a second joint in early 2015. The theme is fully local with salads, signature sandwiches, wraps and entrees like the build-your-own four cheese macaroni (customize with add-ins like bacon, grilled squash and zucchini or portobello mushrooms) crafted from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and artwork from talents like Indianapolis-based mixed media artist Jake Lee.

Redemption Alewerks

Since opening its doors in late 2014, Redemption Alewerks’ beers, the old-school Deliverance IPA and Salvation Orange Blossom Honey Wheat ale included, have been the talk of the town, but hand-crafted beers aren’t the only thing on offer at the hip brewpub. Signature cocktails complement Redemption Alewerks’ beers and a menu full of creatively crafted starters, salads, wraps and sandwiches tempt diners too. In particular, its signature burgers, like the inventively named Not My Poblano, Man (a ½ lb. beef patty topped with quesadilla and pepper jack cheese with a smoked poblano pepper and chipotle ranch sauce), prove very popular.

Redemption Alewerks, 7035 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN, USA, +1 317 348 3330


Thai Kitchen Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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For some of the best Thai food in all of Fishers, look no further than Thai Kitchen. Its a casual, traditional restaurant that’s been delighting local diners with its authentic eats since first setting up shop five years ago. Plenty of familiar dishes populate its menu from chicken satay skewers to Thai green curry, but for a real taste of what Thai Kitchen is all about opt for a house special like the spicy roasted basil duck with bell peppers, green beans and onions or pottery shrimp (shrimp baked in a clay pot with silver noodles, ginger, cabbage and celery).

Passione Pane

In a little over a year Passione Pane, a casual little joint cooking up wood oven-fired pizzas and breads, has become one of Fishers’ most raved about restaurants. Its menu is concise but bound to tempt any fan of classic Italian fare with pizzas ranging from the Contadina (made with potatoes, rosemary and homemade sausage) to the Valtellinese (topped with bresaola, fresh arugula, parmesan cheese and walnuts), served alongside rustic focaccia bread and sides including bruschetta, salad and soup. Don’t leave without trying Passione Pane’s desserts, they change regularly, but often include authentic, indulgent treats like millefoglie.

Passione Pane, 11640 Brooks School Road, Fishers, IN, USA, +1 317 712 6369

Food at FoxGardin | Courtesy FoxGardin

Food at FoxGardin | Courtesy FoxGardin

FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
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Over in neighboring Fortville, there’s one restaurant that’s on everybody’s lips, FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale. Helmed by chef Jake Burgess, the trendy gastropub has only been in business a little over half a year, but has already charmed local diners with what it calls ‘everyday pub food with a culinary twist’. Signature sandwiches and burgers like the Kitchen Sink burger (an eight ounce patty topped with fried jalapeno and onion, bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce) feature alongside entrees of pork ribeye with crimini mashed potatoes and caramelized balsamic onion or shrimp scampi pasta while FoxGardin’s craft cocktails and Indiana brewed beers are the perfect accompaniment.