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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131
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Ranked #15 of 1,967 restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $50 - $50
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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90% Recommend
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English first
Bloomington, Indiana
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We frequently choose Recess when we want to celebrate a special event. I have not eaten better food anywhere in Indianapolis. Some of it is simply divine. Only the deserts seem to be little on the weak side. Wine is affordable and well priced, unfortunately you will have to do without real cocktails. That part is superb, without a doubt.... More

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Northern NJ
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137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Recess is not for everyone as the menu is fixed each night and you can't really adjust the dishes you will get. Perhaps I just did not like the choices we had but I'm not a particularly picky eater and like to try new things. For the price, I expected to be a little more blown away but it was... More

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Monroe City, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Wife and I rely on tripadvisor extensively. We saw this place's rave reviews and decided to try the fixed price dinner. We each did the salad (good), pan fried sardines (I did not like, wife thought they were ok), main course for her was Hawaiian mongchong fish (good), beef tenderloin for me (good), and peach sorbet for dessert (fair). She... More

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