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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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Quebec City, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had never been to Indianapolis, and did not expect to find this fantastic place ! Menu focused on local produce, beautiful plating, cosy, yet sophisticated. Professional servie and friendly, knowlegable staff. Thanks to the chef who stopped by to chat!

Thank turbojules
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Recess is the best menu in town, phenomenal wine pairings! Fresh and local as much as possible. Excellent service.

Thank IndyUSFamily
Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Wanted to eat at Recess again before it closes later this month. While recess is known for its prefix dinners we were looking forward to the raw bar and the a la cart menu.... First, Apparently Gregg forgot to tell the kitchen they were opening early tonight so the soup was not available until we were leaving.... Second, Unfortunately no... More 

Thank jammer24too
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Meal outstanding, service excellent, probably my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis. Atmosphere a little Spartan--not really a complaint. Would and will go back. Not inexpensive.

Thank Thomas A
Indianapolis, Indiana
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Bottom line: too expensive for what you're getting with food, drink, and the overall experience. Read on for more details. The restaurant exterior is unassuming and is attached to other businesses in a mini-strip mall layout. The strip mall has a row of parking right in front but if that is full (which it likely always is) there is parking... More 

1 Thank A Z
Carmel, Indiana
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I had high expectations, but the reality was less than what I had hoped for and certainly less than what I paid for. For the price one would expect a lot. Very expensive place to eat. I had the squash stew; a dull soup. It was paired with a sparkling wine, interesting. The fluke was very good. If I had... More 

1 Thank fenthor
Carmel, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Wife and I dined here on a semi-whim, making reservations earlier in the day for a Saturday evening. Consistently the best restaurant in Indianapolis in our humble opinions- not only have we never been disappointed in a meal, we have yet to be disappointed in a course! We eat here a couple of times a year generally- the tasting menu... More 

Thank Mark O
Lenexa, Kansas
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

A friend in culinary school claims this is the best restaurant in Indy. It is definitely in the top 5. Don't let the strip mall destination deter you. It's dining and wine at it's finest. We had the fixed price menu with wine pairing. The wines were divine and the food was beautiful and delicious. I've read complaints about portion... More 

Thank lenexakstraveler
Provo, Utah
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254 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

What an unexpected, amazing dining experience. I was in Indianapolis on business, and had previously read some nice things about Greg Hardesty, the chef/owner. Honestly, when I first pulled up to the out-of-the-way, somewhat run-down strip of stores where Recess is located, I was unsure as to whether or not I had found the right place. Immediately when I walked... More 

Thank Jack H
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

If this restaurant would just work a bit on the horrible acoustics and change to some comfortable seating, we would patronize it twice as often, would even come with business associates. But.... The kitchen is still one of the best in town, if not the best. Still waiting for the first misstep. For those of you who wish to have... More 

1 Thank Marlon65

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?