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Recess

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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131 (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
+1 317-925-7529
Today
17:30 - 22:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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10 reviews
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!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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183 reviews
126 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 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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8 reviews
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 

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Thank Jonv241
Indianapolis, Indiana
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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147 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Cr8joy
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12 reviews
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!!

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Ohio
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112 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I found it very exciting to just have the chef decide the menu. It was excellent. The flavor layers were amazing - yes I sound like a foodie but it really was layered flavors. We had the wine pairings also and it was great. Certainly wines I knew nothing about but I will look for. The place is very casual... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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123 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This was our first visit to Recess. When we went there was a $58 four-course offering. The first course was ceviche, the second was halibut, the third was beef, and the fourth was a very nice salted caramel pudding. Everything was good. Service was very good and the room is pleasant.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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254 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

This is the third or fourth time here. The menu we had recently was ok but nothing top exciting. The quality of food is excellent but I didn't honk to interesting. The wine list is good and the service is excellent

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 50
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
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
Description
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?