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About Ember Urban Eatery
Family owned restaurant and bar. We are centrally located on the Cultural Trail on the Virginia Ave Cooridor, between downtown and Fountain Square in the up and coming Fletcher Place neighborhood. We want you to feel at home at Ember. We believe you come in as our guest and leave as our friend. We serve American fare with a twist. We believe fresh is best, so we made our food from scratch. We offer free parking in our front lot, back retail parking garage or street parking is available. Don't forget we have 12 local beers on tap and a full bar. In the warm months we have a dog friendly patio with ample outside seating and a great view of the downtown skyline. Eat and Drink Local.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- Thursday 11:00 AM- 9:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM -10:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM- 10:00PM
East and Virginia
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We can cater your special event! Whether it is a business meeting, family gathering, shower, small luncheon or dinner party. Call Shelly at
317-340-1868 for information
There is parking in the front lot and we also have additional parking in the back on the ground level of parking garage. Our back door is always open to friends. There is also plenty of street parking available.
Chef Jason Lawson
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ember Urban Eatery Ratings and Reviews
If you’re looking for a lively, happening, urban experience this is not it. Even though it’s fairly close to downtown, this is a suburban neighborhood restaurant in a strip mall. We didn’t realize this when we decided to go there and were in a time crunch or we would have left as soon as we walked in and figured this out. The music was late 70s early 80s - Eddie Rabbit, Doobie Brothers, Commodores, etc. My husband and I️ are in our early 50s and I️ think we were the youngest people there. The food was ok - not bad but not exceptional. The wings were “flavored” with lots of black pepper, and we both had dishes containing diced brisket (???) rather than shredded. I️f we lived in the neighborhood, this would be an easy decent fallback for a quick bite. But because we’re visiting from out of town, we just wanted a more special, fun dining experience.
Our waiter was very open to questions and suggestions. He was knowledgeable of the menu. The food was full of flavor. I had the brisket sandwich with fries. The brisket was full of flavor and paired well with the bbq coleslaw that topped it. I would suggest that they add other side items, such as sweet potato fries.
This was our first visit but definitely not our last. We are downtown for Mass almost every Saturday evening. Don’t know how we’ve missed this place but we are so happy we found it. Count on us being regulars. We are already looking forward to our next visit. Josh made us feel very welcome.
We've had this on our list to try sometime when we were in the area. We were happily surprised to find normal but interesting menu items! I had the pizza and was not disappointed. My husband had the Smoked Brisket Ragu and also enjoyed. We finished it off with the Carmel Pecan Ice Cream Ball - Delicious! We were surprised that it was not busier on a Saturday evening, we would not have needed a reservation - but I wouldn't chance it! :)
My husband and I ate here for the first time last week before attending a First Friday Art Walk event. The staff was friendly and we were seated promptly. The place is small, and although almost every table was full, it was still quiet and we could talk easily. Perhaps it gets louder later, but at 6:30 it was very relaxing! The large piece of brisket I had was tender and very flavorful. When my husband wanted a beer (after we had $5 margaritas for Cinco de Mayo) and he did not know what to order, the server brought 2 choices for him to sample without being asked! Excellent service! We will be back.
My husband and I went with our friends to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and the wait staff was fantastic! Our waiter got our orders correct the first time and worked with the kitchen staff and the bartender to put the number 15 on our cake and in my martini. It was a great experience! Love the location!
We visited during Devour Indy. Great 3 course meal for $20 a person. I ordered the penne pasta bake and he ordered the Cajun brisket fettuccine for entrees. Potato croquettes and baked goat cheese for apps and double chocolate cake and pecan ball for desserts. Everything was delicious and full of flavor. We will definitely be back.
Locally owned and operated (a couple who had a dream, took the chance , and have created a warm friendly atmosphere with OH SUCH GOOD FOOD)! Owners actively talk to and serve customers! Love to support local businesses AND the food is WONDERFUL...melt in your mouth brisket, yum yum burgers and fries....I could go on and on..... Ya gotta go!! They are closed on Sundays which is a smart thing in this day and age to have a day of closure!!! ENJOY:)
We loved the food, the drinks were excellent, the service was wonderful. My only complaint was that the walls of the booth we were in needed to be cleaned. Food or grease had gotten on them & I couldn't get the image of someone wiping boogers on the wall out of my mind. I'm guessing most people would never have noticed.
I'd still go back for their chicken marsala & mixed drinks.
My wife and I went out on a date night and the only reason we ended up at this wonderful place was through Devour Downtown. OMG we are coming back the food was delicious, and the service was even better than the food. The Ember Urban Eatery made a date night wonderful. The Brisket melted in my mouth, don't bother asking for a fork you won't need it. The mashed potatoes that were paired with the Brisket were also delicious. And desert was very good pecan roll, vanilla ice cream rolled in candied pecans and Carmel syrup. Oh yeah, after writing this review I think I might just go back Today.
Went during Devour Downtown and was shocked at how horrible the service was. The person who greeted us, who I presumed was the manager or owner, was flippant. The appetizers took 45 mins to reach the table. Beer took 30. The food was not special. The main courses included simple pasta with meat sauce and spicy alfredo. Am very disappointed.
Four of us experienced Ember Urban Eatery during Devour Downtown. They had a menu of great choices that was more than reasonably priced. Even though a severe thunderstorm had knocked out their power for two hours, by the time we arrived they had pretty much caught up on orders and were functioning smoothly. Excellent service. Loved the goat cheese appetizer.
Loved the location. Great menu. Went for Devour Downtown and ate off the limited menu. Good options. The food was decent and I would probably give a better rating, but it took way too long for us to get our meal. They were busy, but I can't imagine any more than usual. We were ready to leave after an hour and just as we were discussing it our food came. We may have enjoyed it a little more if we weren't so irritated. I'll think about trying again to see if that was a one time thing.
We came here for a Devour Downtown special and loved it! The portions were big... enough to take home some for the next day. I don't normally choose vegetarian options, but the ragu was fantastic (vegan even!). The service was pretty slow, but great! Just plan enough time.
I have been wanting to try this place for a while and it definitely did not disappoint! The wings are amazing, and a must have! The menu really offers a great variety for a very practical price. The tacos were very filling (and I even added brisket to them which added a whole new layer of flavor!!!). The tenderloin and buffalo chicken sandwich were also very good! Nice craft beer choices too. We will definitely be going back to make our way through the other items on the menu!!!!
This place was a wonderful find! The owner is charming and warm and the food was divine! The breaded pork tenderloin is perfection! Other dining highlights were the potato croquettes, the baked goat cheese and the pecan encrusted ice cream, all were delightful. They also have this wonderful cucumber cocktail (and I don't even like cucumber!) that is perfect for summer. Cannot wait to go back!!
I couldn't make up my mind, so I followed the menu advice and chose the Dean burger. Excellent burger that was reasonably sized and cooked to order. I gave Ember Urban a four star on food since the primary dinner menu is pub food. The menu was rather limited if looking for a full dinner. The restaurant has an excellent location to head off to downtown functions, particularly for Bankers Life fieldhouse such as the Pacers.
Had the brisket with cheese grits. It was very good. And a nice change of pace from regular bbq. The black bean and pork belly chili was an experience as well. Sweet/Salty and a little spicy. Ambience was not what we expected. Nice and quiet nonetheless. Will definitely return.
We really enjoyed our appetizer, the Urban Wings, great flavor and distinctive preparation. Everyone got a different Dinner, I really enjoyed the Ragu over Cheese Grits, My wife had a burger and I was jealous! The Brisket Reuben was great as was the 4 cheese pasta. We would all try again and have something different I'm sure.
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