Where to Eat in Santa Claus: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Located in Carter, Clay and Harrison Townships, it sits between Interstate 64 and the Ohio River. The population was 2,481 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community in Spencer County.
Things to do in Santa Claus

1. The Chateau

6980 East Highway 62, Mariah Hill, IN 47556 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 812-937-4386
Excellent
32%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

The Chateau

Reviewed By lutherhaynes - Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA

This place is not on the map of any kind.

The address:

Chateau
6980 IN-62
Ferdinand, IN 47532

We were referred to this restaurant from a friend since we were passing through to the hotel on our family vacation to Holiday World & Splashing Safari.

The building resembles a remodeled church. A little leary about the place but took a chance and went in.

Cozy, quiet atmosphere, and friendly staff, so far so good.

The menu comes and the prices are really great. The food - awesome.

It is a little hard to cook someone else's food since they do not know your taste.

For a family of four, the total bill was around 30. Tipps not included but since the place was very nice and the staff are excellent, we tipped very good.

As once quoted:

"Don't let the unremarkable setting, or the buffet style (on weekends) fool you"

This is true!

Since there is not a McDonald or a Burger King around for the competition, this is the perfect for family time around the table and will be added to my GPS as one of my favs and will be visited again for another family vacation to come.

Cheers!

2. Louie's Tavern

Highway 545, Fulda, IN American, Pub
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By douglasmA8861SJ - Evanston, Indiana

Small town bar with good food. Beer and wine only. No hard liquor. We have had their pizza which is amazing. Stromboli's are good, as is burgers and tender loins! Appetizers are all good too!

3. Hoosier Land Pizza & Wings

3804 E State Road 162, Lincoln City, IN 47552-9762 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 812-937-2799
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
15%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Reviewed By julesd219 - Santa Claus, Indiana

I think this place is the most wonderful little hole in the wall restaurant. They offer a large selection, and I haven't had anything bad yet. Good food, good prices, good people, and they deliver. They are kind of easy to miss when driving, so keep an eye out as you go around that corner. Well worth going to.

4. Frosty's Fun Center

15 S Cedar Ln, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6000 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 812-544-3338
Excellent
38%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Frosty's Fun Center

Reviewed By Steven E - Boonville, Indiana

Frosty's is Nice and clean with old time food. Has a big menu selection with Burgers and sandwiches, chicken wings, Stromboli's, Salads, soups and Pizzas. I got the dressed Cheeseburger with French Fries. and it was very good. Had a game room where I played pinball. Frosty's has Summer and Winter hours. Summer hours are Sunday -Thursday 7 AM to 10 PM. Friday and Saturday 7 AM to !! PM. Winter Hours start in NOV. and are Sunday -Thursday 7 AM to 8 PM. and 7 AM to 9 PM Friday and Saturday.

5. Monkey Hollow Winery

1050 Main St, Ferdinand, IN 47532-9381 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch +1 812-998-2112
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Monkey Hollow Winery

Reviewed By BudNLily - Owensboro, Kentucky

We stopped in for lunch and left quite happy. The weather was lovely so we sat outside at a shady table. The food was fabulous and I recommend the grape salad. There's an upcharge for it but we enjoyed it.

This place is worth the drive. I'm bringing my friends next time!

6. Los Dos Charros Mexican Restaurant

560 S Washington St, Dale, IN 47523-9693 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Mexican Lunch, Drinks, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 812-937-3775
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Los Dos Charros Mexican Restaurant

Los Dos Charros features a traditional and diverse mexican cuisine. Family owned, family operated, and family friendly! Located 7 miles north of Santa clause. acclaimed by locals as having awesome MARGARITAS! The restaurant is small and casual. If you are looking for a quality Mexican restaurant to eat and you're in town, this is the place to stop. Hidden treasure of Dale IN.

Reviewed By Kenny G - Noblesville, Indiana

We visited for dinner after the closing of the park and apparently so did everyone else due to the limited options in the area. The food was good, but they were not prepared for the large volume of business.

7. Denny's

1341 N Washington St, Dale, IN 47523-9688 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 812-937-4439
Excellent
28%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
13%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 58 reviews

Reviewed By Derek A - Galesburg, Illinois

Terrible Service and NON RESPONSIVE MANAGER. My family wanted to have dinner here after a nice day at Holiday World. The A/C was blasting so high that we were freezing and other tables were going to their cars to get there jackets (IN JULY). We asked the staff about it and they shrugged us off, we asked for a Manager and we were told she was working the grill and would be out. SHE NEVER Came out to even talk to us. Very unprofessional, very unhappy.

8. Fleig's Cafe

905 Main St, Ferdinand, IN 47532-9197 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 812-367-1310
Excellent
44%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Fleig's Cafe

Reviewed By misty d

Good location,has a friendly staff, and quick service. They have a family room. Also, know for good food. They have plate lunches, and dinner specials. One can order a LA care as well. The lunch specials are usually fried chicken with sides or meat loaf and sides. They also have breakfast items. Things like biscuits and gravey, Blts, Egg sanwiches. Everything from food to drinks are reasonably priced. At times they offer peanuts and beer nuts at times while having a couple drinks.

9. Subway

20 W Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6044 Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 812-937-2728
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Subway

Reviewed By Kevin F - Brentwood, Tennessee

Good clean & fresh food just outside Holiday World. Nice to hit at the end of the day vs. buying fried/overpriced food in the park.

10. Brick Oven Pizza

21 N Kringle Pl, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6153 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 812-937-2311
Excellent
27%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
15%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 111 reviews

Brick Oven Pizza

Reviewed By Pstrtj

We arrived near "closing time." It was very crowded but it didn't take us long to get a table. Staff was very friendly. There were quite a few varieties of pizzas, salad bar, chicken drummies, chicken strips, rolls, corn and green beans.
They continued bringing out food and when I asked when they quit serving, the reply, "until everyone is done." That's awesome because you could tell they cared about their customers.
The prices are very reasonable. Good positive experience for our family.

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