We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.

Recess

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131 (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
317-925-7529
Today
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Open now
All hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 78: English reviews
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner there during the midtown chow down-- limited menu,$35 per person . Kind of minimalist , industrial decor, but pleasant . The service was excellent , but slower than we like. My wife had the halibut and I had the pork loin. Both were excellent ; however the portions were ridiculously small. The salads were wonderful , the... More 

Helpful?
Thank todd s
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The Recess has been providing outstanding culinary delights for over six years! The wine pairings are a great dinner compliment. The background provided by the sommelier on the various wines was in plain English, enthusiastically delivered and very helpful to our novice group. Allison the lead chef was very courteous and joined our table for a well deserved thank you!

Helpful?
1 Thank Jeff P
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We went here during a trip to the Indy 500. The food was very good, the service attentive. We did the prix fixe and the wine flight. The seared tuna lettuce wrap was interesting the french onion soup was delicious. The halibut with sweet onion and morels was a standout, excellent. The beef strip was fine but a bit underdone,... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank TaraOakland
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Level Contributor
671 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Perhaps the finest restaurant in Indianapolis, this distinguished restaurant doesn't immediately seem inviting. It is in a nondescript shopping plaza with limited parking. Once inside, though, you are transported to a chic urban experience. The food is creative and reflects local availability. You must have a reservation as it is packed. But you don't seem rushed. The wait staff is... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank dmittleman
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful dinner with terrific wine pairing. We did prix fix dinner with wine pairing. Salad was interesting and tasty. Fish was rich and cooked just right. Ribeye perfectly medium rare. Dessert of cheesecake and crumbled cookie was light and tasty.

Helpful?
Thank ccanderso
Loveland, Colorado
Level Contributor
116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

There is only one reason you might not want to experience Recess: price. Not value, for it's a good value. But it isn't for someone who's looking to dine inexpensively. The fixed price menu was $68 when we visited (last eve). But, again, the value was good. This was one of the best meals I've had in the past few... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank EddieC1954
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

My husband and I met with friends for the first time at Recess in Broadripple. The food was excellent but the portion size was tiny! The main course looked like an appetizer.

Helpful?
Thank Nick P
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

This is my go-to spot when in Indy on business. Recess's prix fixe menu never fails to provide an amazing culinary experience, plus a fun and delightful one. Excellent waitstaff, excellent wine menu, excellent everything! It can get a bit noisy from time to time, but that's part of the charm. I

Helpful?
1 Thank TravBug33
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
219 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

4 of us had dinner at recess recently. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We had the prix fix menu and ordered our own wine. The wine choices are good although not extensive. Our food was excellent . The service was also good. This was the second or third time there and food has always been consistent. Would definitely recommend... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Steve M
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Greg Hardesty never ceases to amaze with his creative combinations. Love the prix fix menu but also their new a la carte menu. The pairings for wines are also a terrific alternative. Not inexpensive but worth it.

Helpful?
1 Thank worldtravel12344

Travelers who viewed Recess also viewed

 
Indianapolis, IN
 

Been to Recess? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $50
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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
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
Description
Great place with a menu that changes every night!

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Recess staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?