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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131 (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
+1 317-925-7529
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

This was a great place to eat...the waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful...Th3 four course dinner was great...

Thank Vahga3915
Indianapolis, Indiana
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here recently and while we both enjoyed our meals, we weren't completely wowed by the service or the food. The first dish we had was, in my opinion the most inventive and the best dish. It was lemon thyme fried chicken with mixed greens. Very good. After that was a tasty but somewhat u... More 

Thank aaronmpitt
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127 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

When you drive to Recess, you don't think you're in the right neighborhood for fine dining, but there it is - in a little strip center! Recess serves set menus, so if you're a picky eater, it might not be for you. If you're up for some incredible cuisine, though, you must go! Beautifully presented by terrific staff. The food... More 

1 Thank CaliforniaMillers
Indianapolis, Indiana
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117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

An unassuming location and interior decorating (with uncomfortable plastic chairs) serves amazing and innovative dishes right here in a family neighborhood in Indy. The meal of the day is the creation of Chef Greg Hardesty who will prepare a meal from locally sourced (when possible) items. It is a gastronomic adventure, just like when you visit a friend who prepares... More 

Thank James T
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Like going home to Mom's every night only Mom is a gourmet chef. Menu changes daily and if you don't like what's on the menu then you'll be hungry. Chances are that if you are a foodie, you'll like what's on the menu. The chef is an institution in Indy!

Thank Steve W
Indianapolis, Indiana
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185 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

Of course that is a personal opinion but that's what you want, isn't it? Is it expensive? That depends on your budget and other dining experiences. $60 for a beautiful four course dinner is inexpensive by many standards- don't try finding that value in NYC or London or maybe even Chicago. We felt that the 'wine by the bottle' was... More 

Thank Sharon M
Noblesville, Indiana
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014 via mobile

A few days ago we attended a friend's birthday dinner at Recess with five other couples. We occupied a private room and were served a remarkable five course prix fixe dinner with wine pairings. The wine choices were excellent. Service was impressive and friendly. This is thankfully not a stuffy, formal establishment - it's fun! The menu changes nightly with... More 

Thank Jonv241
Indianapolis, Indiana
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

We had dinner here the day after Thanksgiving. I have a suspicion that the chef was not in his best form that day Our friends recommended this place as a great experience, so we had high expectations, but every dish had a flaw, which was noticeable to a foodie. The tuna tartar with avocado cucumber sushi had too much wasabi... More 

Thank Tatyana F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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147 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Go to Recess if you like the idea of surprise, and you're OK with few choices! The chef prepares incredible seasonal delicious four course pre-fixe dinners that are different every day. I'd tell you what we had but it most likely will not be on the menu when you visit. Believe me, foodies...if you enjoy tasty perfectly paired and sized... More 

Thank Cr8joy
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is an amazing amazing restaurant. It's really nice to let the chef decide what you will eat, and it was delicious. We got to meet the chef, and he was very kind and happy. The area is great, the food is great, the service is great... nothing bad to say about Recess!!

1 Thank Olivia B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
    (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-925-7529
Great place with a menu that changes every night!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?