Rensselaer Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Rensselaer

April 14, 2018 Alida England

Rensselaer is a city located along the Iroquois River in Marion Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,885 at the 2013 census. The city is the county seat of Jasper County. Rensselaer is home to Saint Joseph's College.
Things to do in Rensselaer

1. Ayda's Mexican Cuisine

305 N College Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978-2817 Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 17 +1 219-866-5370
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Ayda's Mexican Cuisine

Reviewed By Phyllis L - Rensselaer, Indiana

We love Ayda's! My friends & I meet weekly for lunch. Good food & great service! They moved from a prior location with little parking & now is ideally located for working people in downtown Rensselaer. Plenty of seating for a restaurant in a small town.

2. Royal Oak

1400 St Gaspar Dr, Rensselaer, IN 47978-7361 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 219-964-0077
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Royal Oak

Reviewed By Edward P - Frankfort, Indiana, United States

We stopped in for the "All you can eat" Fish Fry. Enough food on the first serving to fill you up. Salad, rolls and fish and fries for $13.99. Fish was excellent. No Sr. discounts here.

3. Janet's Kitchen

112 N van Rensselaer St, Rensselaer, IN 47978-2652 American Lunch, Dinner +1 219-866-5804
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Sewbirds - Rossville, Indiana

We were traveling north one morning on I-65 with friends when we decided breakfast was called for. Our initial choice was McDonalds, but the Egg McMuffin enthusiasm was somewhat lacking. So I fired up the tripadvisor app and found this place. We were warmly greeted by Kathy, the "attack waitress" and we soon had a good home cooked breakfast on our table. We were too late for gravy, but didn't miss it. The ham and eggs were wonderful and the atmosphere and service were delightful. This is definitely on the "return to" list.

4. McDonald's

8834 W State Road 114, Rensselaer, IN 47978-8812 +1 219-866-4408
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

McDonald's

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

We were heading north towards Chicago and decided to stop for gas and a snack. McDonald's was very easy to access from I-65. The restaurant (including restrooms) was clean and well-kept. The menu and prices are strictly consistent with McDonald's. There is plenty of parking and there is a dual lane drive-thru. The staff was quite friendly and very efficient.

5. Embers Venue

230 W Washington St, Rensselaer, IN 47978-2822 +1 219-859-9537
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Embers Venue

Reviewed By Paul T

Traveling with a group of friends, Rensselaer, IN was a convenient stop on our journey. Staff at the hotel recommended the Embers Venue and "The Station" as a good place to relax, refresh, and dine out. We were not disappointed. Options included a nice variety of individual sized pizzas baked in a wood fired oven, deluxe gourmet sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. The house made salsa with chips was particularly good. Service was very good, staff friendly, prices fair. Beverages include the usual soft drinks and a large selection of craft beers. The one "ding" is that there were no beers on tap, all were served from cans. Overall, definitely worth stopping and enjoying.

6. China Garden

670 S College Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978-3009 Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 219-866-5005
Excellent
56%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

China Garden

Reviewed By IndySig - Indy

The quest for a good restaurant in Rensselaer is tough. We stopped here only because it was about the only restaurant that was open at 7:30 in the evening. It was very clean and the food was very good. The owners were very nice and we were impressed. Will definitely go here again.

7. Arby's

865 S College Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978-3055 American Lunch, Dinner +1 219-866-2102
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Arby's

Reviewed By Jonathan S

Arby's has always had great roast beef sandwiches, but now with their extended menu it has gotten even better. We eat there about twice a month.The staff are always pleasant and helpful. Newly remodeled restaurant is always kept neat and clean. It is very enjoyable.

8. Sprigz Pub and Grub

123 N Cullen St, Rensselaer, IN 47978-2643 Pub +1 219-866-7221
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By DivaLVegas - Logansport, Indiana

... to try something you normally wouldn't find at other places!

We were in town to see a Marching Band Festival and were looking for somewhere to eat that wasn't 'fast food' variety. I always hit up TripAdvisor!!

We weren't disappointed by the reviews we found here. It looks like a dive and if you're expecting big and luxurious, keep looking. but I've got to tell you -- what it lacks in atmosphere, it sure made up for in variety and taste. We had the elk and the bison burgers. Generous portions and the fries were amazing. The service was fast and pleasant. It's a home-town place that I'd suggest to visitors because they make everyone feel welcome! Might be off the beaten path, but well worth the time to find it!!

Keep in mind, it's a bar and it's NOT a Smoke-FREE zone. That didn't stop me from trying it and we would suggest it to all to give it a shot!!

9. City Office & Pub

114 S van Rensselaer St, Rensselaer, IN 47978-2815 Waitstaff Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 219-866-9916
Excellent
56%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By RRichardson - Spencer, Indiana

The window still decorated for Christmas several weeks after Christmas had past, was not too inviting for the small, nondescript pub on the county square on a dark, cold evening. So the salad bar with lots of offerings--including homemade breads and a variety of desserts-- was a pleasant surprise. And it was all very good. When I went again for lunch the following day, the items on the salad bar had changed. It, too, very very good. I'm glad to provide a recommendation to the Office Pub even though the service was only so-so.

10. KFC

8737 W State Road 114, Rensselaer, IN 47978-8812 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Fast Food, American +1 219-866-8700
Excellent
7%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
48%
Poor
15%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

KFC

Reviewed By Toddamy

For a somewhat fast food restaurant they were very slow due to the fact they were very understaffed.

I had the buffet and it was pretty good. They were running low on food but did replace it right after I paid. The place was not very clean.

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