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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
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Ranked #17 of 2,001 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went to recess with a group of six for a nice family dinner. There is something enjoyable and relaxing about a fixed-price menu when the chef knows what he or she is doing. Ingredients were local, recommended wine pairings were fitting, and the food was delicious. We did have a choice of either of two starters and the option to... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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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