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4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205-1131 (Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.)
+1 317-925-7529
17:30 - 22:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Oakland, California
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 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 

1 Thank TaraOakland
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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900 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 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 

1 Thank dmittleman
Indianapolis, Indiana
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 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.

Thank ccanderso
Loveland, Colorado
Level Contributor
139 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 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 

1 Thank EddieC1954
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 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.

Thank Nick P
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 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

1 Thank TravBug33
Scottsdale, Arizona
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261 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 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 

1 Thank Steve M
Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 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.

1 Thank worldtravel12344
Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Greg Hardesty is the patriarch of the Indy independent food scene. Recess is an innovative and stylish restaurant where you will be treated with interesting combinations of flavors and ingredients. Whenever we eat here, we have a wonderful meal and don't leave overly full. Get the wine pairings.

Thank highstandardschic657
Indianapolis, Indiana
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

This was my first visit to the SoBro eatery and I should have gone sooner. The interior exposed block walls and concrete floor industrial vibe give the feeling of sophistication. the menu is limited but changes daily. The four course fixed price meal would be very filling from what we could see. The ala carte offerings are the same as... More 

1 Thank Franklin R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 50 - US$ 50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
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: +1 317-925-7529
Great place with a menu that changes every night!

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?