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“Speak Easy in Indy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room

Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room
115 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Formerly Chef Joseph at the Connoisseur Room) (Downtown Indianapolis)
317-600-3577
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Ranked #71 of 2,029 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
Cross street: Pennsylvania
Transit: One of the main hubs for the IndyGo Bus service is directly across the street from Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room on the corner of Ohio Street and Pennsylvania Street.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Speak Easy in Indy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

From the street you would not expect to see what you do inside. The décor made me think of an upscale Speak Easy. The bar is well lit. The bar is bounded by red velvet high backed couches. The actual dining room is small. However, if feels quite spacious. I think it is the mirrors and draping. During happy hour there is a pianist. The rest of the time the music piped in is big band / jazz. The music is not so loud to disturb conversation.
The wine menu is well varied. On Tuesday nights bottles are 25% off. Get a bottle! We did. We started with asparagus tempura topped with some Manchego, We were very happy with it. My dining companion had the Walleye with extra veggies and no starch. Chef gladly made the substitution. I ordered the special of the day: duck with a peach /jalapeno glaze. It was accompanied with a polenta. We finished by splitting a piece of lemon crème cake and coffee. The rest of the meal was so good that the dessert was the least of it. There was nothing to complain about with the cake. However, the rest of the meal was just that good!
The service was perfect. Water glasses were kept full. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. She was attentive without being overbearing.
The one complaint - parking. However, this is downtown. Thus parking is expected to be a challenge. If you are dining at dinner time there are 3 loading zone spots that become available after 6 pm. There is some street parking a 2 parking garages.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis
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“Romantic Atmosphere - Best Place to Take a Date!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've been here many times and have always enjoyed it! Great food, romantic atmosphere, delicous cocktails, friendly staff, great service, and has always had live music to enhance the experience. This is my favorite place to eat downtown Indy and it really a HIDDEN GEM! You get the ambiance of a high priced chain restaurant, but this place is a resonabled priced LOCALLY owned restuarant. The food is delicous and creative, although the selection may be more limited than other restaurants. I've stilll always been pleased selections since menu changes frequently. I haven't used it yet, but appears they also have extra price space to hold an event or group. They have daily specials included the discounted Martini night on Thursdays.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, good meal, lose the music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Three of us dined at Chef Joseph on a Wednesday night during the Devour Downtown Indy event. The Devour 3-course option was not terribly exciting so we ordered from the regular menu, but it was surprising that our (beginner?) server did not even mention the event. The atmosphere is quite lovely, we had a table at the window, elegant, dark, quiet, but the music was a pain. At first there was a pianist, and then a pianist/vocalist. Both were adequate musicians, but unnecessarily loud making it difficult to talk between ourselves. The most pleasant times of the dinner were during the frequent music breaks which provided a lovely quiet ambiance.

The service was prompt, the prices quite reasonable (entrees about $17, reasonable wine at $30/bottle), and the food was very nice, but short of outstanding. Two of us ordered the mahi which came with peppers, mushrooms and a pineapple cream sauce. The fish was not the tasty but the sauce mildly sweet and quiet a nice accompaniment. My wife order the pork special which was delightfully tender with a lovely sauce, potatoes, bacon, and green beans. We enjoyed the bread pudding dessert with a chocolate sauce and marshmallow sauce. We ordered the marshmallow on the side expecting it to be an unpleasant sweet flavor but it tasted more like whipped cream, providing a tasty combination.

All in all a pleasant evening which would have been immeasurably enhanced if the music were not present.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Time & Time Again...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I continue to be impressed with this local establishment. The French Martinis are excellent. The new winter menu is delicious, and John (the owner) is always adding in new talent to the roster. Very few places in Indy offer intimate dining, affordable food, great drinks, and quality live music. It's very near perfect. :)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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indianapolis, IN
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“Nice Place, just avoid the couches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Our group of 3 couples had dinner here on a Saturday night. We were seated at a table where 3 of us were at a curved couch (the ladies were here) and 3 were in chairs opposite the couch. The couch was so far from the table and so sloped back that in order to hear the conversation or eat we had to sit up straight--no back support. My back still hurts. It forced us to have 2 separate conversations--the couch people and the chair people. Other than that, our food was good, the atmosphere fun. Loved the decor. The singer was very good, just hard to carry on a conversation over the entertainment. I might go back to go to the bar, but probably wouldn't go with a group again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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