The 10 Best Restaurants In Richmond, Indiana

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9 February 2017

Known as ‘the cradle of recorded jazz’, Richmond Indiana has an interesting story to tell. Come peruse its quaint historic district and appreciate the small-town vibes of this place in America’s heartland. When it’s time to rest and refuel, Richmond has plenty of excellent restaurants. Here are our top picks for eating out in Richmond.

Galo’s Italian Grill

Eating at Galo’s Italian Grill is like stepping into a sultry courtyard in Italy on a summer evening; the interior is imaginatively decorated to include a fresco of a clear night sky, Romanesque pillars and paintings as well as real trees with lanterns hung in their branches. The spacious interior makes Galo’s perfect for family dinners or other gatherings. Galo’s serves a variety of different Italian classics including pastas doused in homemade sauces, seafood risotto, Caprese salad, fresh Italian bread with aromatic olive oil, and cannolis. This is a great place to come for a relaxing meal with an upscale ambiance.

Galo’s Italian Grill, 107 Garwood Rd, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 973 9000

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The Olde Richmond Inn

The Olde Richmond Inn is housed in a Victorian brick building, and its richly toned interior is equally traditional. This is a good spot to enjoy some tried-and-true favorites like prime rib, crab cakes, or lasagna served with the utmost quality and care. There are several rooms with seating available, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to wait. On a cool evening, we recommend sitting near the cozy fireplace. The Olde Richmond Inn is ideal for enjoying a meal with friends, a business lunch, or romantic date night. The prompt and attentive service rounds out this fine-dining experience.

The Olde Richmond Inn, 138 S 5th St, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 962 2247


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Little Sheba’s

Bar, Pub, Italian, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Little Sheba’s is one of the most hopping places in Richmond. A casual pub with a mellow vibe, Little Sheba’s hosts live music, trivia nights and other interactive events. The interior is clad in warm color tones, the full bar stands as the focal point, and there is an outdoor patio housed within a large arbor. The menu is mainly comprised of laid-back pub fare like quesadillas, personal pizzas, pulled pork, gyros, and croissant sandwiches. Be sure to save room for Sheba’s Killer Brownie, a monstrously gooey dessert served with cherries on top. Of course, there are also plenty of different brews to try, too.

Square Donuts

Square Donuts is a local shop selling coffee, and you guessed it, square donuts. This spot has been a fixture in Richmond for more than 50 years. Made fresh daily according to a special family recipe, the donuts come in many different kinds including the signature glazed yeast donut and the popular peanut butter chocolate. The coconut cake and the red velvet are also favorites. People come from far and wide to experience the wonders of these donuts. Wash yours down with a coffee or carton of milk.

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Firehouse BBQ

Located in a historic brick building, Firehouse BBQ is hard to miss. People come here not only for the live music but also for tasty BBQ meats that come with sides served in glass jars. Naturally, the ribs are a must-try, but the beef brisket and pulled pork hold their own as tasty menu options. Specifically, the pulled pork topped baked potato is really amazing. Bring the largest appetite you can muster when coming to Firehouse BBQ because we can guarantee it’ll be hard to choose.

Firehouse BBQ, 400 N 8th St, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 488 0312

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The Kitchen at the Loft

The Kitchen at the Loft is a hip establishment that specializes in New American cooking. The modern rustic interior makes this place a great hangout, but it’s the food that keeps people coming around. From martinis and craft beer selections, complimentary homemade bread, and gourmet desserts, all these little extras are what really make the dining experience at The Kitchen at the Loft. Mains are simple but prepared with love. Some choices include shepherd’s pie, open face meatloaf sandwiches, and pastas served with hearty sauces. Further, the New Boswell Brewery is connected directly to the dining area. Feel free to have a look around.

The Kitchen at the Loft, 416 N 10th St, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 966 3344

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At Gulzar’s you will find authentic Indian food. Gulzar’s does all the classics like lamb korma, chicken masala, paneer and more. Each menu option can be prepared with spiciness levels varying from one to ten. We suggest hitting up the spicier end of the spectrum and cooling down with a fresh mango lassi. Gulzar’s hosts a lunch buffet with more than 40 different dishes on offer. They also have an extensive takeout menu.

Gulzar’s, 4710 National Rd E, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 939 7401

Carver’s Family Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Carver’s Family Restaurant offers a pleasant alternative to similar national chains. They serve traditional American food in a casual, sit-down setting. The menu is pretty extensive, and portions are large. Some typical menu items include burgers, chicken with gravy and stuffing, pork chops, paninis, soups, and onion rings. From the extensive dessert menu, we recommend the baklava, the cheesecake, or a milkshake. They do breakfast as well. Plus, they have free wifi. The service at Carver’s is friendly and efficient, and the dining room is decorated in cheerful green tones with simple brick and wooden accents.

Clara’s Pizza King

Pizza King is a local pizza franchise that serves pastas and other Italian dishes. Clara’s Pizza King is one of the most celebrated establishments within the franchise due to its longstanding history in Richmond as well as its unique décor. The large warehouse-style interior is surprisingly dynamic with most notable features including lots of stained-glass detailing and a bright red London-style double decker bus. You can even be seated inside the bus! As for the food, you may have guessed by the name that pizza is their specialty, but there are some other tasty menu picks like the baked pasta and the blue cheese bacon burger.

Clara’s Pizza King, 1224 NW 5th St, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 966 8302

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Thai Thara

Thai Thara specializes in Thai and Chinese cuisine as well as Mongolian barbecue. The wait staff is attentive and happy to help you choose if you’re new to these dishes. They also allow patrons to customize the spiciness of each dish to accommodate a multitude of palates. Popular favorites are the yellow curry chicken, tom yum soup, spicy green beans, Thai fried rice, sesame chicken, lettuce wraps, crab Rangoon, and traditional Thai flat noodle dishes. Of course, it basically goes without saying that just about any dish ought to be paired with a Thai ice tea.

Thai Thara, 1000 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN, USA, +1 765 935 1558