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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
317-925-7529
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Ranked #20 of 2,011 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.
Description: Great place with a menu that changes every night!
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

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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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is by far the best restaurant in Indianapolis. It is a fixed menu with a few options available but the whole idea of it is to experience new things. I love going and having an amazing meal of things that I wouldn't necessarily order from a menu (mostly because of limited experience with some dishes). It's a controlled adventure... More

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Tennessee Colony, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

On a recent visit to Indianapolis, my wife and I were treated to a special night out by some very good friends at this restaurant. All they told us was that it had a limited menu but not to worry. This restaurant only offers a preselected menu at a set price, but don’t worry as it is delicious. On the... More

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Indiana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Indianapolis Magazine lists their 25 best restaurants every year. My wife and I live in Indy and have eaten at all of them, multiple times in most of them. We also use Tripadvisor a lot, so I'm trying to do a favor here to people visiting our city. Recess is the best restaurant in the city. It's that simple. I've... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This place is pretty cool. I believe the head chef trained at Bluebeard... Which is another favorite of mine. The menu is fixed with one or two variations available but it's a different menu every night made from local fresh ingredients. It's a five course meal so come hungry. For an added layer of perfection, make sure to add their... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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44 reviews 44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

It took me several attempts to find an open reservation that fit our schedule, but oh was it worth the wait! Recess is a gem, located south of Broad Ripple on College Ave. The prix fixe menu changes daily, but Josh was very knowledgeable about the selections and made us feel at home. We started with a lovely fresh salad,... More

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Additional Information about Recess

Address: 4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
Phone Number: 317-925-7529
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
Cuisine: American

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