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Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room
Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room

Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefjosephs.com
  • Phone: (317) 600-3577
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Heidenreich
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Business & Board

    This elegant and functional private space will provide you with the tools you need for a successful company meeting, client presentation, or small special event. Features include:
    State-of-the-art presentation technology featuring a 60" wall-mounted flat screen with laptop connectivity.
    Free wireless Internet access.
    Multiple layout options, including a large boardroom-style table that seats up to 26, smaller table configurations seating 34, or theater-style seating accommodating up to 50.
    Private entrance and exit, if desired.
    Private food and beverage service, separate from the main dining area.
    No room charge with a minimum food and drink order. Available for reservation to accommodate your event duration and time of day.
  • Private Party Contact: John Mays (317) 600-3577
  • Entertainment: Entertain with Elegance

    Our main dining room and lounge are elegantly appointed with all of the elements your special experience requires. From our state-of-the-art, multi-screen presentation equipment with wireless microphone to the beautiful and functional decor, down to the Baby Grand piano. We are uniquely positioned to provide an exquisite entertainment experience. Weekday dinners feature live piano music from 5pm to 7pm help you wind down after a long day's work. From 7pm to 10pm our featured musician of the evening enhances the elegant atmosphere and sets the mood for romance.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Refined and Elegant Downtown Restaurant for Your Special Event

    Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner and is a perfect choice for your private meetings and special events. Our special events are frequent and can be seen at http://www.chefjosephs.com/events/ Whether an exceptional Wine Pairing Dinner or just an evening of fabulous music, it's all here.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania
  • Public 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.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: When dining with us for lunch, there are many different parking options available, from on-street, to self-parking surface lots, and paid garages. All are within a half block from our front door. We recommend the lot about 1/2 block away on Delaware Street next door to India Garden. Parking is $3.00, making it some of the most affordable parking in Indianapolis.
    For those dining with us for a private evening event, we have the option of providing valet service.
A word from Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room
Bringing a World-Class Dining & Entertainment Experience to Indianapolis. Taste why we were voted a Top New Restaurant by Indianapolis Monthly in 2012, a Best Romantic Restaurant on Indy's A-List, given an A+ Rating by Avanti, received Diners Choice awards from OpenTable in 2012 and 2013 and named the Best Restaurant of 2012 by Neil Charles, food critic at Nuvo NewsWeekly!

In an environment of modern elegance, Chef Joseph's welcomes Indianapolis locals and visitors alike to entertain important clients over lunch, enjoy a romantic dinner, gather for private functions, and experience unforgettable special events, such as our renowned monthly Wine Pairing Dinners and live entertainment evenings.

Chef Joseph's is a locally owned dining establishment that features a World Fusion Cuisine. Joseph Heidenreich utilizes his thirty plus years of international, award-winning culinary experience to provide a seasonally focused menu which changes frequently.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Stepping into Chef Joseph's is like taking a step back in time to an old fashioned supper club complete with red carpet, plush draperies, lively bar, singer and piano player. It would be an awesome place for a cocktail and entertainment. The food was another story. Heavy-handed in every way possible. If you're trying to eat healthy and watch your waistline there is very little on the menu to help you. Even the fish was smothered in unnecessary crab and the apple/bacon slaw was mostly bacon. The kale salad side was good but odd as an accompaniment to fish. Lean the menu up a bit and I would try it again."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I love the ambiance and the live piano music. Its a perfect date night and I have not had 1 thing I didn't like."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First time at Chef Joseph's and thoroughly enjoyed it! Will definitely return for the bison burger w/gouda cheese!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good food. For as uncrowded as they were, the service was a bit slow."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our visit was simply amazing. Everything from the ambiance to the service to the food was outstanding. When we arrived, there was a woman playing the piano and singing...somewhat like lounge music, although many were popular songs done as a rendition of lounge music. By the end of our meal, there was a stand-up bass player and dedicated singer. It added a great environment. The bar area was having a great time as well, but they weren't too loud to disturb the quiet and classy feel in the dining room. We've lived in Indianapolis and worked downtown for decades and are still scratching our heads at how we'd never found Chef Joseph's before now. We will return regularly now that we know of this terrific place!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Chef J's - this time for a romantic anniversary dinner to celebrate 40 years. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass topped with crab while I very much enjoyed braised short-ribs. The music set a wonderful background for quiet conversation and our waiter was perfect, always there when we needed something but never hovering or in the way. To top it off, the chocolate mousse and creme brulee were amazing! Take time to visit - this is a gem of a place near the circle in downtown Indy."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was a business dinner and our clients totally enjoyed themselves. We will return. I will return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food is always wonderful, the atmosphere warm and inviting, the live music is very enjoyable and every member of the staff makes you feel welcome. My wife and I, and a group of friends, go often. Their wine pairing dinners are also a very special treat."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Love to come here for the entertainment, especially John Phillips and the Big Broadway Sing Along. Great time and a great place to celebrate special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I visited a few days ago on Thursday night and it was their 1-year anniversary of the Broadway Sing-along. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised! Great atmosphere and the food was great! Service was a little slow though--our reservation was at 6:45 and we were seated and served drinks but our waiter didn't make it to our table for our food order til 7:05 so we had missed the 1/2 price small plate appetizers, not our fault, I felt, but he said it was after 7pm so they wouldn't be 1/2 price anymore. I had the cobb salad and the calamari and both were wonderful--I'll definitely order them again. The crowd was lively and we definitely did our share of audience participation from Broadway tunes to pop songs."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The atmosphere is wonderful. The food and service are great. Love having a venue for live vocal music DT."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Experienced dinner and lunch here where the servers re very good. Food choices interesting and atmosphere manly--lots of wood and a mirrored bar that is spectacular. I am going back!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our first visit, but we will definitely be returning. The marlin, calamari and crabcakes were fabulous. And we had a very knowledgeable and interesting waiter.....truly a nice nice evening!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We just recently discovered this little gem. The ambience was warm and inviting. The space is scaled perfectly for couples or a group of friends. We dinned earlier in the evening but luckily we were still there when the live music started. A talented piano player and singer's performance enhanced the atmosphere, but did not steal it. The food was extremely flavorful, visually appealing, and plentiful. The server was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I would add that we enjoyed not being disturbed each time the server passed our table, however we never felt neglected. This is our personal preference others may not appreciate it as much as we do."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Good food but be careful of the neighborhood. Service entertainment and ambience good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Asiago crusted chicken was served on a pasta bed that by itself was wondrous. The Meeker Vineyards Rollercoaster Red was a tasty wine to enjoy. Chef Joseph was his usual cordial self. Music was a treat as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The first time my fiance and I dined here, everything was great...the ambiance, the food, the music, the temperature, the service, etc. However, on our four month anniversary, I made a reservation and asked for a romantic seat, but they ended up seating us at a regular table near the front of the dining area...NOT romantic at all. Also, the temperature of the restaurant was VERY chilly and the chanteuse at the piano was VERY loud (so much so that my fiancee and I almost had to yell, and we were sitting two feet away from each other!). Also, the food was not so great; too small of portions and too little variety (not enough healthy options). I was very disappointed, especially for the prices! It will be sometime before we return!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Another pleasant dining experience. Order the calamari- you won't be disappointed! Live entertainment is always a treat there!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A group of 9 attended Saturday night. The bar area and service was terrific and dinner was fabulous. The food was prepared perfectly and the waiter worked hard to meet our picky needs :>) We loved the background music and atmosphere. Such a gem of a place! Will return !!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Of course the main reason to visit a restaurant is to have tasty food selections. We met as a small family of 4 and enjoyed our meals. The wedge salad was perfect and the appetizers were very good. All selections were presented well. Our service team was courteous and kind and our food selections arrived without unexpected waiting. Check it out!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Martini menu is well done. 1st course was loaded garlic fries & lamb confit tacos. Fries were average, tacos were memorable. 2nd course was wedge salad with Romaine lettuce; very average. Third course was beef tenderloin medallions and I had grilled Spearfish (special of the day). The beef was cooked medium (ordered med. rare) and was underseasoned. The Spearfish (my 1st experience with it) was more dense than flaky and I suspect it was overcooked. Fourth course was Cheesecake and I had Chipotle chocolate mousse. The whipped cream on the cheesecake was plain (no sugar, vanilla, etc.) and did not compliment the cheesecake. The mousse was dense vs creamy though had a good balance of hot & sweet. The tacos & ambience are the notables."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious meal-spinach and ricotta ravioli, ahi tuna with pesto and couscous, and chicken parmigiana with pasta. Also had the tomato and mozzarella salad, the wedge salad, the house salad and the chicken wing appetizer. Everything was exceptional, but the ravioli was the stand out. Wonderful! The cheesecake with caramel drizzle was fabulous. There was a jazz trio playing and they were perfect. Our service was great. We were made to feel like valued guests from the warm welcome until we were leaving. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Decided to try this restaurant due to Open Table 1000 points. I brought a small group of colleagues and we just loved it. Billy, the waiter, was very friendly' efficient and accommodating of special requests. "Monsieur Boston" very much appreciated Billy's interaction with us. When there was an issue with Open Table points, John, the owner, took care of the issue beautifully. I cannot say enough about how well that was handled. Rest assured, this restaurant will be one of my regular stops during my frequent business trips to Indy. Thank you, Open Table, for bringing this one to my attention. Live music was nice and we had a lovely Pinot Noir, indicative of a very nice wine list."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My husband and I sometimes travel from Illinois for the Indy symphony. On June 7 we decided to try Chef Joseph's because it was close to the venue. It was one of those memorable evenings that you sometimes are lucky enough to experience. We'll dine there again next time we're in the neighborhood. Everyone was friendly and solicitous - from the person who greeted us at the door, to the waiter, to the woman who manages the ambiance. The food was very nicely prepared and so good! He ordered the salmon special, and I had the shrimp dish. We normally pass on dessert, but we were having such a good time, we threw caution to the wind and split a slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce. To die for."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were surprised that there were not more business diners in the restaurant at lunch time. We both enjoyed our food and the service was decent. The decor was historic and sophisticated. I would certainly go there again."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "By far the best food I have had. My wife and I enjoyed this place so much. The service was beyond great, the food was excellent and the entertainment made you feel right at home."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I arrived solo, after calling in my reservation for 4; then 2 earlier (my dinner party cancelled on me); I guess I should have mentioned that I would be dining alone, because the server left me sitting at the table with my menu as she was waiting on my dinner guest to arrive for about 15 - 20 minutes; I had to find some one to go get her and explain I was dining alone-she made up for the error w/great personal service and attention all nite-friendly suggestion: make sure, don't assume, when someone arrives alone that they are always waiting on a guest."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Everything was amazing from the start. Chef Joseph came out and personally prepared a meal for my wife who is vegan. Often it is rare to find a single option that's not a basic pasta or a veggie burger for her but this was a whole different level of service. Also we were greated with a note at our table wishing us a happy anniversary signed by the staff. I would definitely recommend Chef Joseph's to anyone and plan to go back soon!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Excellent and caring service. Food was great and nicely served."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The entertainer, Melissa Schott, was fantastic (again). The service at CJ's is always excellent. This time, the portions seemed larger, and everyone in our group agreed that the food was delicious. One person ordered the Chicken Parm Open Face and found it tasty, but tough (the chicken was overcooked). Upon mentioning this to the waitress, however, the sandwich was taken off the bill. I ordered the Florentine Ravioli, a generous portion which was even tastier than I expected it to be. We all enjoyed the before-seven pm-half-price appetizers and the evening-long half-price well drinks. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening with great entertainment, ambiance, food, and drink."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We've never been to Chef Joseph's but went to celebrate our anniversary. Made the note about our special night and had an autographed welcome card from the entire staff, followed by two complimentary glasses of champagne. Terrific start to a wonderful night. The grilled marlin and mahi were delicious, as was the truffle mushroom mac and cheese. This is a must hit spot in downtown Indy! Thanks for the great night."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have eaten at Chef Joseph's several times and each was a fine experience. The menu is diverse, the seating is a bit cramped, but the live music on weekends is a plus. It is a short walk from the home of the Indianapolis Symphony making it an excellent way to spend time rather than sitting in wait of the parking garage deploying. I will go there often when spending an evening downtown."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family was in to visit from out of town and I wanted to do something fun and new, so we came to chef Joseph's! The ambiance was delightful, and so was the food and service! Most of all we loved the jazz performance by Gina! Thanks for the great experience! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love the small plates here. The mushroom and truffle oil mac and cheese was especially good but the bruschetta and the warm goat cheese served with pizza dough topped with almonds were also tremendous. The service is attentive and friendly. The piano also adds a great touch."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was our second time here. We've thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I thought my meal could have had more flavor but my wife really liked hers."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The entertainment (piano player) was very good. The Broadway singer, who performs periodically, was also wonderful. The food and ambiance was equally good!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our Mothers' Day Brunch experience could not have been better. First, there was a vocalist with a truly lovely voice being accompanied by one of our two favorite jazz pianists in town. Second, we surprised the owner (and us) by having an extra guest on a fully sold out day. He handled with aplomb and made my wife very happy that her granddaughter could sit with her. Third, the food was just outstanding, served buffet style. Some of the dishes tended to the rich side, but because it was a buffet, one could avoid those dishes and stick to healthier options (of which there were several tasty choices). All in all, it was great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As one of the notable semi-recent additions to the Indianapolis dining scene, Chef Joseph's has become a staple in our dining out rotation. There are several reasons for that. Magnificent setting inside, very classy, but not stuffy. The food and service are always top-notch and we have never had any issues along these two key fronts. As one of the few places that has live music (that you can still converse while it is being performed), it also sets itself apart. And the people who run the restaurant, from the two owners, to the chef and to the wait staff, they always give you the impression they are happy to see you as a patron. That is as good of an endorsement as I can give a place. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated a family member's graduation dinner at Chef Joseph's and had a wonderful time. The place was a recommendation from a friend. Awesome food, wine, ambiance, and live music! One of the best restaurants I've been to in Indy!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was good, although not quite as original and flavorful as we had anticipated. Service was good(can't get used to ipad ordering)."
    Dined on 5/10/2014