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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131 (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
317-925-7529
Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Great place with a menu that changes every night!

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Prixe Fixe in Indy

An unassuming location and interior decorating (with uncomfortable plastic chairs) serves amazing and innovative dishes right here in a family neighborhood in Indy. The meal of the day is the creation of Chef Greg Hardesty who will prepare a meal from locally sourced (when possible) items. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
James T
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

An unassuming location and interior decorating (with uncomfortable plastic chairs) serves amazing and innovative dishes right here in a family neighborhood in Indy. The meal of the day is the creation of Chef Greg Hardesty who will prepare a meal from locally sourced (when possible) items. It is a gastronomic adventure, just like when you visit a friend who prepares... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Like going home to Mom's every night only Mom is a gourmet chef. Menu changes daily and if you don't like what's on the menu then you'll be hungry. Chances are that if you are a foodie, you'll like what's on the menu. The chef is an institution in Indy!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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99 reviews 99 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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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Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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77 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

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: 317-925-7529

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Great place with a menu that changes every night!
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

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