Southern Indiana Local Dining Guide

New Albany

New Albany restaurants serve everything from wild game burgers at Boomtown Kitchen to seafood at Hull and Highwater to bibimbap at the Rice Bowl. New Albany is cooking up some of the region’s most diverse cuisine, and the crowds are packing in. At some of New Albany's most popular eateries like The Exchange or Brooklyn and the Butcher, reservations are a good idea. Most reservations can be made online.

In the early 2000s, New Albany had more than one million square feet of vacant real estate. The storefronts have been steadily filling up, and restaurants led the way in reviving New Albany’s downtown.  Boutiques, salons, exercise studios, and other businesses followed as people are once again flocking to experience its downtown.

The corridors of Market and Main Street are at the heart of New Albany’s revival.  Some restaurants have sprung up near Indiana University Southeast on Grant Line Road. In addition to the many independent restaurant offerings, New Albany also offers many popular national food brands. 

While dining in New Albany, don’t miss a chance to stroll along Mansion Row to see some of New Albany's finest old homes, some have been lovingly restored.

Jeffersonville

The restaurants in Jeffersonville blend everything from German-influenced offerings at Portage House with nods to modern Southern cuisine and ethnic bites like Bella Italia.

Jeffersonville’s food scene is in an easily walkable, historic environment. Diners can find anything from breakfast to late-night offerings.

Now that new stores, boutiques, and restaurants have been filling downtown spaces, these shops are bringing people to downtown “Jeff,” as locals affectionately call it. Along with riverfront developments and the popular Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, Jeffersonville has renewed vigor as a happening waterfront city. Big Four Station, which is the park around the pedestrian bridge, is a great example of downtown Jeffersonville’s vibrant revival.

Clarksville

Restaurants found in Clarksville offer a range of family-friendly and casual dining options from Storming Crabs, serving up family-style crab-boils to Widows Walk Creamery where visitors enjoy amazing riverfront views and hand-dipped ice cream.

A drive through bustling Veterans Parkway or Lewis & Clark Parkway will lend a variety of familiar places to shop, eat and drink. Catch the big game at Bubba’s 33 featuring wall-to-wall TV’s, a garage bar and a family dining section. Grab dessert at a local favorite, Zesto Ice Cream for creative sweets and treats.

Along with shopping malls, hotels and green spaces, the Town of Clarksville has big plans over the next few years with the construction of one of the largest park systems in the area and Clarksville Plaza, home to now a dozen new retail stores. 

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