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John's Famous Stew

1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
+1 317-636-6212
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good41%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (15 reviews)
“stew” (37 reviews)
“cobbler” (2 reviews)
Closes in 6 min
American, Delicatessen
$$ - $$$
1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

It has been sometime since I’ve been down to this restaurant. It was a cold day and we decided on some hot stew. Many others did also as the place was packed. I like spicy food so I ordered the very spicy stew. It was...More

Thank Rick O
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here. It was busy. The waitress was very friendly and helpful for first timers. We had the house special, which is beef stew. Plentiful and very good. The restaurant has been there a very long time. The atmosphere is just fine, but...More

Thank osuzyqz
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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
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...More

Thank William D
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
Reviewed 5 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...More

1  Thank Robina614
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Matt P
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
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...More

Thank happymallqueen
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...More

Thank Madrally
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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