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John's Famous Stew

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1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
+1 317-636-6212
09:00 - 17:00
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Bloomington, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in yesterday after not been there for at least a year as I do not live in Indy the stew was WONDERFUL! even better than I remember! our waitress was great the beer was cold. What else could a man ask?

Thank thefishinfool
Camby, Indiana
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Have been eating John's stew for over 55 years. It is not the original owner but it is really close to the original recipe. John's is always busy from 12-1 pm it is small and during lunch may be hard to get a table. Known for their stew but, all food is plentiful and priced right. A must when in... More 

Thank William D
Carmel, Indiana
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

As always, the stew was excellent. Staff congenial. Really had more food than I should have eaten (but I ate it all anyway).

Thank CharlesChristensen
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118 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Yes the food is great but....... If you can handle being treated like your an inconvenience have at it! Made my last trip here today unless there are some major changes in personnel. I had tried to call in an order on my way but no one would answer. Upon arrival there wasn't a sole in the place. So while... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

When I was a kid there was a commercial- "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" Me - today - lunch. Then, with my bib still on, I had warm peach cobbler ala mode. Oh my goodness Goodness Goodness. About all I can say is do not miss a chance to visit this Indianapolis one of a kind.

Thank Matt P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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956 reviews
875 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I love to take out-of-guests here. Between the dive look, the huge bowls of magnificent, meaty stew, and the low prices, everybody loves this gem. Leave room for the cobbler. And remember, this is a bar, so leave the kids at home.

Thank BatGuano30
Fishers, Indiana
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172 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

What a treasure I have found! This beef stew reminded me of Mom and home. Yum. And more than a person should eat at lunch---but it was so good I couldn't stop eating it. Served with two slices of bread and butter. It's a non descript building- you wouldn't know a restaurant was inside. The waitresses are funny- no nonsense,... More 

Thank happymallqueen
Madison, WI
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Basically a slightly funky bar, (This is meant in a good way, by the way). But on the menu is stew-- rich, flavorful, filling - a real delight. It comes in three levels of spicy. Medium is jus that, spicy is spicy but not crazy hot. Good. I saw on the menu other wonderful things I associate with my hungarian... More 

Thank Madrally
Gainesville, Georgia
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

If your looking for GREAT stew John's is the place to go. This bar has been there for years and the building shows it but the food is great, You wont be disappointed.

Thank tlb48156
Frankfort, Kentucky
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235 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Doesn't look like much on the outside but much nicer inside and the food is great. Had some of the "hot" stew and it's pretty spicy. The pork tenderloin is as delicious as it is gigantic.

Thank wamzie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-636-6212

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?