Reviews of Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Catering)

50 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States

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At the present this business has a rating of 4.3 stars over 5 and the rating was based on 529 reviews.

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This Catering is classified in the category of Barbecue restaurant.

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REVIEWS OF Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q IN Indiana

cornell dunn

Great place to eat

Shangha Johnson

Not so great! Don't get me wrong, the favor would have been nice if my chicken was all the way cooked.



james fischer

Great food and service!

Scott caldwell

Stopped by for lunch. Had the pork sandwich and mac & cheese. Food was tasty, liked the sauce and people working there were nice. But like every other downtown place prices were a couple dollars high. But I guess they have to pay the rent. I'll go back.

Mo Castilmj

Best BBQ in town I would recommend it to all my friends

Autumn Storm

Best bbq sauce ever! Must go! Always great service too.

Donald Campbell

Awesome place

Rebecca Neal

Best BBQ around! I am from Texas and it brings me home every time!

Justin Long

Always fantastic....brisket is on point but everything I have tried is really good...great BBQ spot downtown

Crystal Yates

Always bodacious yes

Tanya Isaacs

Pulled pork sandwich is incredible!! So many good things on the menu, a must try if u like barbecue

KC Arnold

Delicious. Great service

Nessa Bixler

The food here was great. I had a loaded Spud, which was a huge smoked and baked potato topped with beans, brisket and a bunch of other toppings. We have 4 kiddos, and the staff was very friendly and made it easy to eat here. Service was excellent and our food was there quickly. We visit Indy a lot and will be back.

Greg Clark

Loved it. Great smoke on the meat. Brisket was perfect! Everyone smiled. Beautiful people beautiful BBQ!

Alan Thompson

Best pulled barbeque I've eaten in years.

ivan Gonzalez

Such a nice place the crew great you with a smile on their faces, very accommodating, nice place and with a very high quality food.

Gary Mo

Great place for a quick bite. Love the rib tips! Great prices and daily beer specials.

Leonard Culberson

Visited Indianapolis last weekend. Ate lunch at Dick' s Bodacious BBQ! Was some of the best BBQ I've eaten! I recommend it highly!

Bruce Sliger

Went there Friday night before concert. They were out of pulled pork. Odd to say the least!! Had brisket it was good. Girl had baked potato. She loved it. Wasn’t too impressed!!

Thomas Miller

Friendly staff. Quick lunch. Great food.

Adam Halverson

Really busy but food was out quick and everything was really good.


Quick and extremely friendly service, correctly filled order, and great tasting food. Can’t ask for more.

Citizen Cain

The BBQ here is really delicious, but the restaurant honestly feels like you are sitting in a fridge to the point I never go because I'm always physically uncomfortable. I live out of town and prefer to eat there and should be able to. The sides are okay, but the BBQ is really the star. Too bad they don't seem to care about customer comfort.

Brian Fedje

Love their 3 rib lunch special. Lots of meat for the price.

Barbara Martinez

Good food,nice servers. And biker friendly!!!

William Handlon

Great bbq

Richard Parla

Third year in a row and this place does not fail to deliver good food. We found this place by accident at GenCon and have been back every year.

Gemini R Vides

Good food, nice prices. Feels a bit run down, but overall good place for a quick lunch.

Edmund Oca

What a surprise in downtown Indianapolis. The food was great and reasonably priced.

Tab Wright


Catherine Smith

Great Bbq!

LaLaLa Santana

Not sure how it’s top 5 in Indianapolis but this was the worst barbecue I’ve ever had in this city. The staff was excellent and very nice my low rating is not because of them. I opened the box and the ribs looked and taste like they were boiled and colored water (their sauce) was thrown on the meat. To think I almost ordered a pound of the tips glad I only got half a pound!


Love this place! Always fantastic, phenomenal staff, great beer.

Kimberlite Rusyn

In Indianapolis for business and decided to stop in for some BBQ. Before going I heard mixed reviews. Their staff is VERY friendly, the waitress chatted with me about beer since I got their Fat Head Bumble Berry. The cook or manager made sure I liked my meal, but I have to say I said it was ok because they were so nice. In reality, their ribs were tender, but the sauce was mediocre. The mac and cheese tasted like fake cheese, the beans like it came out of a can and the corn muffin tasted more like a cupcake. I would say it lacks the authenticity I was looking for in flavour.

Sal Surra

Love this place. The folks there are very friendly and consistent. The food is always spot-on and the sauces, especially the hot sauce, is really exceptional. I always feel right at home when I come in and the everyone is very courteous. Sometimes I have a wait to order, but it goes quickly and doesn't seem to mind since the food and deals are well worth it. I would certainly recommend this place, as I do often, to others and definitely tell folks to try to the pull pork.

James Hoagland

It tasted pretty good but the meats were very dry on a $2 Tuseday

Mr. Frips

Amazing place. Chill atmosphere, unbelievable food, very friendly staff and a nice variety of beer and liquor if you want a drink. Kim was our server and she was very friendly and helpful in deciding on what we were getting. Highly recommended.

Candy Carpenter

Good food!! Right in downtown... service is great!! They really care that you have a great experience

Steinar Mathisen

Excellent BBQ place. Tasty and plenty affordable Texas style restaurant. Kim, our waitress, was friendly & prompt. Highly recommend.


Good food but not worth the price with the small amount you get.

Kathy Cates

Absolutely fantastic ribs and friendly employees. Great service!

Dennis O'Brien

Outstanding brisket...

Colin Fitzgerald

Great service and traditional Texas BBQ. Ribs and chicken were awesome! Will definitely be back!

Aaron Way

Not bad. Staff was awesome. Good view for people watching while eating decent BBQ.

Jermaine Chandler

The food is taste great! The people are awesome. Kool weekend spot for lunch an dinner

Brian Jordan

I enjoyed Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q. Came while in town recruiting on the recommendation of my boss. I enjoyed the sides. The brisket had a nice flavor, but I wish there was a bark on it. Ribs were ok, and the smoked sausage was good. Really enjoyed the mild sauce.

maya wagle

Wonderful sauce and meat. Their chicken legs are succulent and delicious as are their rib tips. Their signature hot sauce is just right - not too hot. Don't take the white bread, the corn bread is better- for dessert. Baked beans and potato salad are also good. Only hangup is they are so crowded on weekends, they are out of my favorite items. Call ahead for your takeout.

Shirley Glowacki

Delicious Salmon Salad with balsamic vinaigrette! Salmon cooked perfect over a huge, fresh cold salad. Service was fabulous! Thank you

Savox POC

Great food and great service.

Ken Stacy

Fantastic food, service was exceptionally well.

Adam Ferguson

I have never given a bad review on Google, but following a visit to the establishment it was clear it's a rip-off of Dickey's BBQ, the chain that actually has quality control over their food. The sauces at the joint were disgusting and that's coming from a barbecue fanatic. The meat may be smoked, but it's overly smoked, maybe they roll everything around in wood ash before they serve it, I don't know. The sides tasted flat That is, there was hardly any taste to them. Maybe it was just an off day when I visited. However that first impression will be the last impression.

Kristen Vaughn

We had Hawaii tonight as a server. It was our first time as a family and she made our experience rude and ridiculous. Loved it.

Troy Maynard

Inconsistent but usually decent BBQ. I like the giant potatoes with BBQ and beans and sauce. The sauces and sides are usually pretty good, depending on the day. The staff are as friendly as possible considering the giant crush of people at lunch time. The location is clean and usable but crowded and old-fashioned. Probably the best BBQ downtown, but that's not saying much.

Samantha Smith

This was my first time having lunch here. They ran a special promotion with the Ritual app, so I had to give them a try. Arguably the best BBQ Downtown!

Maria143 Enrique

First time on the restaurant, and they have a very good food

Dana Franklin

Found this gem in the heart of downtown Indy! Food was delicious, but the service was exceptional! Carly was our server and she is what took our experience with Dick's Bodacious BBQ over the top! She was very busy with a room full over tables, but she gave every table the attention they deserved! Simply AMAZING! Our family will definitely be coming back!!

Kalamity Deschain

Stopped here for lunch one day and was not disappointed. Had a craving for a barbecue baked potato and was pleasantly surprised by great quality food. Server and staff were very, very friendly and server did not let me leave without my correct order. He noticed that the line forgot my corn muffin and caught me before I left without it. I'm glad he did because I love those muffins so much. Pork was well seasoned and sauce was soooo good. Potato was a little overcooked but I just chose not to eat the skin this time. Very huge portion.

Phebi Thankful

I used to absolutely love this place. My spouse has been an employee here for 5 years. I have said nothing BUT great things about this place. Today I visited AND I brought a friend with me to try how good the food is. I bragged on the staff and the great quality of the food. I placed my order with the cashier and upon completion of my order she asked me if I wanted a drink. My answer was "No I already have something to drink". The cashier STILL gave me a cup and I thanked her. While waiting on my food to be prepared, I put some ice and Dr. Pepper in the cup she provided. I did not try to hide it or be sneaky or ANYTHING like that. The owner of the restaurant saw the cup when he served me my food and said "If you want something to drink, just ask for it". Even after I apologized he continued to say "You already get a family discount..." THAT WAS SO EMBARRASSING AND UNPROFESSIONAL!!! He didn't even TRY to hear my explanation. He just overtalked me to get his point across. I may be the spouse of an employee, but I AM STILL A CUSTOMER!! I PAID FOR MY FOOD AND SO DID MY FRIEND!! He said ALL of this in front of the friend that I bragged about this place to! I have NEVER felt so disrespected!! My friend even said he didn't feel welcomed in there after he witnessed this... THE CASHIER GAVE ME THE CUP ON HER OWN FREE WILL!!! The employees are NOT as nice and welcoming as they used to be, and I feel like it doesn't matter if my spouse works there, I should STILL be treated with respect!!! The cashiers and waitresses are Amazing, but the higher management has absolutely NO REGARD for their REGULAR customers! A year ago I gave this place 5 stars, but after the way I was treated today I dropped 4 of those stars!!!

Dietmar Amelang

Friendly people. Great service. I had the Black N' Bleu salad. It was a good portion, and the brisket was lean, tender and flavorful. Prices were reasonable, also. Will definitely be back.

Robert Sheridan

I loved the food and the service was outstanding. Price was excellent. I was only in town for three days and made sure I went back before I left.

Will Doss

Traditional Texas Bar-B-Q in Central Indiana? You better believe it! This is by far my favorite Bar-B-Q place outside of the state of Texas. From sliced brisket to pulled pork, not to mention delicious sides, this place never fails to satisfy. An awesome choice for lunch, or to cater any size special event, you just can't beat Dick's.

Cheryl Williams

The service is gracious and prompt. Anthony, my server was thoughtful and had a fantastic attitude. The ribs were tender and affordably priced; the mild bar-b-q sauce was tasty as was the coleslaw and smokehouse baked beans.

Clarissa Chappelle

Great people, very friendly. Lil Kim was very nice and pleasant and great with my kids. Meat wasn't bad just could have more flavor but the sides were great.

Arri panda

First time here with my fiancee and our roommate. I think her name was gigi but she was our waitress and she was literally the icing to the cake. Food was beyond amazing. But gigi needs a raise and a promotion because she knows customer service like it runs through her blood and soul. She gave us all hugs and that's just what literally made the experience better. :) will definitely be coming back for her and the food!!!

Jake Williams

Great food. Decent prices. There used to be a lot more and I believe this is the only location left. Loss of a star because parking is a nightmare, but the food is exceptional. Personal favorite=Hoss Potato

Claudia Kays

Very clean and awesome food!

Gretchen Rae

So good! Great staff!

Chris Lee

I tried once and I didn’t go back ever since. And I never will.

Reginald Porter

Very good service. The meat was tender and that makes good "Q".

Hunter Clouser

Was here a week or so ago. Got a Texas size pulled pork sandwich. bar b q was great. Go here if you're in downtown Indy.


The staff were very friendly and attentive. Thank you guys! We ordered their three rib lunch special. The ribs were very salty, must be the rub that they put on. I had to scrape the seasoning rub off and pour a lot of bbq sauce to conceal the saltiness. I'm glad I got the potato salad on the side to help with the saltiness.

Dwayne Munden

Love this place.

Jasmin Harris

I’m not sure what the hype about this place is. Customer service was fantastic, the ambiance of the restaurant was pleasing but the food was so disappointing that I’ve pledged to never go again. When ordering a $5 hotdog from a “bbq” joint, you should not receive a stale bun and a boiled dog. Brisket was very dry and lacked the smokiness you’d expect from smoked brisket. Terrible. Never again.

CHRIS Construction

So much fun! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time and our server Hawaii was outstanding and fun!

Nathan Miller

One word: YUMM!!!

Shantel Woods

Nice sevice

Elisaí Otero-Figueroa

The pulled pork meat is so soft

Neal Duncan

Great service

Lydia Guevara

The brisket was divine. Couldn't finish it all but made great leftovers!

Thomas Riner

This place is fantastic, great food and extremely friendly/nice staff. If I lived closer I’d eat here as much as possible. Gigi was our server and was super sweet to us. If you’re not eating at Dick’s BBQ you’re wrong.

Larissa Kinney

-Cozy, tasty, friendly! -Ordered 2 step pulled pork and smoked chicken -Dicks Feast ribs, amazing smoked sausage and brisket both with a side of Mac and sweet corn bread muffin! BBQ sauce mild and spicy at your table, lets you make a tasty mix!

Mark D

Good place in downtown Indy, reasonable prices and friendly staff. I stop by whenever I'm in town.

tazia williams

Our waitress was amazing! She was hard working and very attentive. I dont remember her name but I know she sure didnt look her age

Malcolm Gregory

The ribs tips were terrible nothing but fat and there is a layer on before u cook them that was still on there

amelia hagan

absolutely love this place from the food to the people. it's the down home environment all around. and you have more than enough food for the price; I highly recommend the beef brisket nachos!

Nat C

I went there with my dad for lunch. We both got the beef brisket and it was delicious.

Dana Summers

The BEST smoked meat I’ve ever tasted and great service!!

Sanjay Majumder

Food is delicious. Price is reasonable. Busy place.

Gabe Rodriguez

Great bbq joint perfect location

David Schuster

It has a little bit out of place in a heart-of-downtown location, a ground floor of a tall building. menu was a bit overwhelming, too many options, are there really that many options with BBQ (simplify it for all of us). I had St. Louis ribs with cole slaw and greens, and all of that was very good. On of my four halves of Texas toast was delicious, the other three were soggy with butter. They serve the ribs without BBQ sauce so you add either mild or spicy yourself, both were very good. Staff was very friendly and helpful, beer selections were so so but I found a can of IPA that I liked. I would go back!

Britt Thompson

The lunch specials are more than enough food for the price. And I personally felt everything tasted exactly how it should staff was friendly. Atmosphere was nice. Restaurant was clean. Didn't have to wait at all for my food. Everything was just great. Infact the only reason I didn't throw five stars was the cashier could have been a tad more pleasant.

Indy Models

Stopped in this restaurant for the 1st time earlier this week. Ordered the beef brisket chili for carryout. Took it back to the office (across the street) to find it was room temperature cold. Called to inform them. The response? "Oh....we used the outlet for something else and forgot to plug it back in! You can bring it back if you want!" Folks....downtown restaurants fight a never-ending battle to survive. Reward the ones that deserve your business and let Adam Smith get rid of the rest. Dick's is the rest.

Michael Weyrauch

Good wings, really good service.

Shari Burger

First time eating at this restaurant. Barbecue was excellent. Had the Turkey with the mild barbecue sauce. Very good. Great selection of beers to choose from.

Daniel Pekurovsky

Amazing! The chicken was very tender and delicious. The sauce was out of this world. My mind was blown at the quality of this restaurant. The service was very good. I highly recommend it.

Tim Easterday

Great food, great service, very reasonable prices.

Nat Wood

My waitress was very nice. She helped me with my BBQ food selection.

Honeybee Davis

Delicious food. Great atmosphere even late at night

Christopher Park

I've only been here for lunch a few times, but I've enjoyed it. I had the large smoked chicken lunch deal, and it was quite a bit of food. However, the "large" portion was pretty average, so I'm not sure how small the "small" portion would be. It's a little pricier lunch option, but you do get more food and a drink. Flavor was good, and the spicy BBQ sauce is indeed spicy. They also have daily specials. I'd recommend this place for takeout or dine-in.

Shane Vaughan

4 Stars for service.. 3 Stars for food. Not the best BBQ I’ve had. The brisket was dry and texture and taste was like roast beef. The ribs, were dry and didn’t have that classic smoke taste. The smoked chicken wings were okay. The green beans were okay and the slaw was good. The service was outstanding, very friendly folks!

Melissa Miller

My staff and enjoyed the amazing food and friendly staff. Will go back!

Carolyn Rowe

Very good bbq. Loved the chicken and the brisket. And the corn muffins.

Andy Hardin

Good, easy barbecue for a fair price. Got here are at 11 on a Friday, and food was ready quick. I had pulled chicken. It wasn't special, but wasn't bad either. Same thing with the spicy sauce. I did appreciate the fresh jalapenos bring available.

Shawn Dunlevy

Food was absolutely delicious. Service was polite and on point.

Kyler Figgins

Loved the pulled pork sandwich!

Catherine Ehlhardt

Moderately priced, extremely casual, friendly staff. Food is generally good. Nice beer selection. Great location for a quick meal before or after symphony.

Amanda B

Ordered a 2 step plate through GrubHub and it was sensational. Got the chopped chicken and sliced brisket, both were juicy and flavorful. Baked beans and mac and cheese were both great, also. Everything I ordered was there and it arrived fairly quickly. I will definitely visit this place again!

Dave Henderson

Best bbq in downtown, the price is also reasonable compared to other downtown establishments.

Capn Freya

Amazing food and service. So happy that a friend recommended we check it out while we were in town.

Yo Girlfriends Crush

Really enjoyed my meal here!!! I'll be back!


The service and food were both very good.

David Surabian

Great people great food.

Kathy Robertson

Staff was nice. Sides are bland

Jeremy Evans

Great food and service at a good price.

Asma Odeh

Great food and amazing service

Erin O'Riordan

I love the atmosphere. Rib tips were great. Service was great. I didn't order the greens but if I do and they're good then 5 stars.

John B

this place had everything going for it at first but then it crashed. Nice clean restaurant, super friendly staff, and a great location. I got a window seat overlooking the circle in Indianapolis.

Tammy McMurphy

Great food and service

Marcus Wilson

Good food!


Love the food. Spicy BBQ sauce and the view of the circle .

Kent Terrance

The food here was great. I had a loaded Spud, which was a huge smoked and baked potato topped with beans, brisket and a bunch of other toppings. We have 4 kiddos, and the staff was very friendly and made it easy to eat here. Service was excellent and our food was there quickly. We visit Indy a lot and will be back.

Kevin Long

Lunch was affordable and very good...beef brisket is great

Jason Clement

Got brisket and sliced sausage. Both were pretty good but the brisket was more like pot roast and not sliced, only reason for four stars instead of five. Green beans and baked beans were good as well. Service was great.

Lottie ramsey-morrison

It was ok. The food was ok. Not worth waiting 2 1/2 hours. Crowded close quarters for eating. Bumping into chairs, and elbows.

Tim Keen

Great BBQ! Great service!

Michael Phelps

Absolutely best BBQ in Indy! Huge portions come hungry!!

Jennifer Nickel

Always delicious and always awesome customer service! Highly recommend!!

Jonathan Cardello

The food was excellent, staff friendly, and value was great.

Rob W

If you're in Indy and you want barbecue, this is the only place you'll need to go. The food is fantastic, and the service is fast. Great staff, great food, and a number of different options and variations.

Wicky Lightyear

As soon as I walked in I could tell anything I ordered would b delicious. Kind of like u could eat the menu. I tried brisket for the first time. This may have been the best chunk of meat I've ever had in my life. Way to be guys, keep up the good work.

Blaine Lybrook

Was so good I have had BBQ all over and so far not like this place it's a must eat AAA rating from me.

Average Joe Bushcrafting/Survival

Love this place. Had one in West Lafayette but it closed so I travel to the downtown Indy location to get this great food...

Michelle Williams

Food was very scrumptious. The hot bbq sauce has a very unique flavor. I really enjoyed it. Friendly staff and prompt service despite the fact that its always busy. Homie country atmosphere.

Robert Spann

Good was great

que ball

They have some very good food i would go back

John Gona

If it isn't one of the best, I'm not sure I could be a judge then because it seems to me to be consistently good. Convientent location for a casual meal for events at Fieldhouse or ISO. Friendly staff. It is real BBQ so it is a little spendy ($13-$20 for dinner).

Ken Vermillion

Me and the wife stopped in for lunch today. Clean place great staff. The two stars is for the food. We both had brisket and tips. Both were over cooked and not very good. Maybe I came on a bad day.

bobby terry

Came for lunch. Good food, relaxed atmosphere.

James Ervin

As close to Texas bbq as you'll find in Iowa...or Indiana

Luisa Kolb

Go on a Tuesday!!! I mean every day the food is amazing but on tuesdays they have 2 dollars sandwiches and they are omg delicious and for the price you really can’t beat it at all. Also try their queso, I honestly in all my life (and also being Hispanic) I’ve never had a better queso, I will seriously sit there and just eat it by itself that’s how good it is. The customer service is great as well and even though it’s a small joint, if you go during chill hours the atmosphere is nice as well!

Nicholas Holley

Quite delicious. I had the chicken wings and they were tender.

Preston Franklin

It was a brilliant tasteful meal and the atmosphere was fantastic the staff was very welcoming

thomas buchler

Really good BBQ. They bring food to your table. Friendly and speedy. Lunch time can be pretty hectic. The potatoes here are awesome!

Eric Anthony

Food was really good...

Meagan Abraham

Staff was incredibly friendly, helpful, and charismatic. Pulled pork sandwich and optional barbecue sauce were tasty. Nice quiet place to people watch as the restaurant has big beautiful windows. Enjoyed the decor and atmosphere greatly. Nice, relaxing, casual, and delicious spot!

Many Rivers

I don't have any picks because I ate it so fast, but, I really enjoyed the flavor of the smoked wings, and the ribs were meaty and tasty as well

Chris Huddleston

So I came in from Tennessee on a Monday and was looking for some comfort food. The BBQ is average at best and my service on this particular occasion was horrible. I expect a BBQ joint to have my drinks and food out quickly, but obviously that's not the case, it's not like they haven't already cooked the meat! Really, if this is the best Indy has to offer, there is much room for provement.

Kandice Thompson-Smith

Ordered our food through doordash and it was very fast. The food was really good!! I loved the bone in chicken. Thank you for the desserts Brad!!

Sharon Jackson


Christopher Johnson

I wasn't impressed with the food, Especially the ribs!!!


Great bbq. Great service. Love the iced tea.

George Champion

Great place to eat if you're looking for quality BBQ

Ryan Johnston Sr

The following is my opinion based on my experiences. The BBQ sauce was in what looked like oil containers. I couldn't mentally get past that the whole time I was eating.

R Shaw

Friendly service. Great, hot food. Clean restaurant.

James Bronico

Amazing food, and staff.

Charles Roelle

Delicious and real Texas flavor


Delicious BBQ! I recommend the ribs and brisket. Both were very good, especially with the made in house BBQ sauce. The corn muffins are also good! I really enjoyed my lunch here.

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