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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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Carmel, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wife and I dined here on a semi-whim, making reservations earlier in the day for a Saturday evening. Consistently the best restaurant in Indianapolis in our humble opinions- not only have we never been disappointed in a meal, we have yet to be disappointed in a course! We eat here a couple of times a year generally- the tasting menu... More 

Thank Mark O
Lenexa, Kansas
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend in culinary school claims this is the best restaurant in Indy. It is definitely in the top 5. Don't let the strip mall destination deter you. It's dining and wine at it's finest. We had the fixed price menu with wine pairing. The wines were divine and the food was beautiful and delicious. I've read complaints about portion... More 

Thank lenexakstraveler
Provo, Utah
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216 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an unexpected, amazing dining experience. I was in Indianapolis on business, and had previously read some nice things about Greg Hardesty, the chef/owner. Honestly, when I first pulled up to the out-of-the-way, somewhat run-down strip of stores where Recess is located, I was unsure as to whether or not I had found the right place. Immediately when I walked... More 

Thank Jack H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If this restaurant would just work a bit on the horrible acoustics and change to some comfortable seating, we would patronize it twice as often, would even come with business associates. But.... The kitchen is still one of the best in town, if not the best. Still waiting for the first misstep. For those of you who wish to have... More 

1 Thank Marlon65
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We had dinner there during the midtown chow down-- limited menu,$35 per person . Kind of minimalist , industrial decor, but pleasant . The service was excellent , but slower than we like. My wife had the halibut and I had the pork loin. Both were excellent ; however the portions were ridiculously small. The salads were wonderful , the... More 

Thank todd s
Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

The Recess has been providing outstanding culinary delights for over six years! The wine pairings are a great dinner compliment. The background provided by the sommelier on the various wines was in plain English, enthusiastically delivered and very helpful to our novice group. Allison the lead chef was very courteous and joined our table for a well deserved thank you!

1 Thank Jeff P
Oakland, California
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We went here during a trip to the Indy 500. The food was very good, the service attentive. We did the prix fixe and the wine flight. The seared tuna lettuce wrap was interesting the french onion soup was delicious. The halibut with sweet onion and morels was a standout, excellent. The beef strip was fine but a bit underdone,... More 

1 Thank TaraOakland
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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778 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Perhaps the finest restaurant in Indianapolis, this distinguished restaurant doesn't immediately seem inviting. It is in a nondescript shopping plaza with limited parking. Once inside, though, you are transported to a chic urban experience. The food is creative and reflects local availability. You must have a reservation as it is packed. But you don't seem rushed. The wait staff is... More 

1 Thank dmittleman
Indianapolis, Indiana
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Wonderful dinner with terrific wine pairing. We did prix fix dinner with wine pairing. Salad was interesting and tasty. Fish was rich and cooked just right. Ribeye perfectly medium rare. Dessert of cheesecake and crumbled cookie was light and tasty.

Thank ccanderso
Loveland, Colorado
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131 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

There is only one reason you might not want to experience Recess: price. Not value, for it's a good value. But it isn't for someone who's looking to dine inexpensively. The fixed price menu was $68 when we visited (last eve). But, again, the value was good. This was one of the best meals I've had in the past few... More 

1 Thank EddieC1954

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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
US$50 - US$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?