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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
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Ranked #41 of 2,036 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 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 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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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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