Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Iozzo's Garden of Italy

Iozzo's Garden of Italy

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.iozzos.com/
  • Phone: (317) 974-1100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm- 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kathy Jones
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kathy Jones 317-974-1100
  • Entertainment: Live Music in Our Courtyard on the Following Dates in 2013
    Wednesday June 5, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
    Wednesday July 3, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
    Saturday July 13, 2013 - Indy Nile
    Wednesday August 7, 2013 - The Tides
    Saturday August 17, 2013 - Indy Nile
    Wednesday Septemper 4, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
  • Special Events: Courtyard Opening Party Thursday May 16, 2013

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ray Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking is available on the East and West sides of Meridian Street.
A word from Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Originally established in 1930 Iozzo's Garden of Italy is the Newest Oldest Italian Restaurant in Indianapolis. The high quality menu features a mix of traditional Iozzo Family Italian fare along with a modern twist on Italian dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Iozzo's Garden of Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (89)fit for foodies (82)great for outdoor dining (71)romantic (69)notable wine list (44)good for groups (44)great for lunch (19)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Loved the restaurant and have recommended it.
    Lafayetterealtor
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Planning to make a return visit hopefully in near future
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't let location fool you!
    kohlVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If you're from Indianapolis you must already know of this great Italian restaurant. If you're from out-of-town and want to get away from the main tourist crowd in the downtown circle, then Iozzo's is the place for Italian!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian cuisine at it best!
    Butch
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Absolutely a dining delight as it has been every time we have eaten there. The service was impeccable and the food, superb, especially the Veal Piccata I had, though the Lasagna and Chicken Pasta Diablo were also exceptionally tasty. For fabulous Italian "old country" food, you can't do better than Iozzo's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    So, I will definitely go back, but probably just for dessert and wine. Had a lunch meeting with co-workers, they loved the spaghetti and meatballs. I had the salmon Panini, and I have to say it was pretty gross. Not only was it soggy, it was lukewarm at best, as were the housemade fries. Soggy, soggy, soggy, and bland. The crème brulle was amazing! Service and atmosphere were beyond wonderful. I might give it another try.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Close Quarters
    MikeO
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had another great meal at Iozzo's this past Saturday night. My one recurring complaint is that the tables are too close together. I felt crammed in, and had to move my chair so the adjacent table could leave. My daughter almost got hit in the head by a waiter clearing a table next to us. Not sure we will be back any time soon. I feel claustrophobic there. I think the restaurant either needs to expand, or remove some tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Check Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I traveled to Indy recently for the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. We had been once to Indy prior and had heard of Iozzos from someone and had decided to check it out. We had the opportunity to sit outside for dinner and loved it! Needlesstosay, on our 2nd visit to Indy we made reservations again. The food is amazing - the lasagna is awesome with a red and alfredo sauce and definitely try the meatballs. I am typically not a fan of them but these are great! Service is awesome and I love the big band music (Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble) that is playing. Definitely check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Ewinders65
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Iozzo's is tucked away in a less traveled area of Indy but is worth the trip. Great Italian fare with a nice atmosphere. I would highly recommend the Scallops and goat cheese appetizer. Everyone enjoyed their pasta dishes and the portions were generous. Pricing is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    DrLarry
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Amazingly fast, friendly service. Excellent food. My party of two had limited tine to dine and they accommodated us very nice,y
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic!
    EatToRun
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I consider myself something of a (minor) connoisseur of local Italian restaurants owing to the fact that I run local marathons or half marathons on several times each year which require carb-loading. Of the Italian restaurants in the city of Indianapolis Iozzo's is one of my favorites (almost to the level of Mama Carolla's). We had reservations for four @ 7pm but two people bailed and we arrived at the restaurant 30mins early. The staff greeted us and promptly sat us despite the changes to our plans. Our waitress was friendly and welcoming. She quickly brought us drinks. Iozzo's offered a marathon special prix fixe menu; starter, salad, entree, and dessert. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any carb-seeking runners!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had a small work-related luncheon to celebrate an anniversary. Perfect locations and environment. Good selection for lunch. Awesome food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patty
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waitress was an Iozzo family member. She was great until it got crowded and then we were forgotten. We didn't get bread and the tomato dipping saucer as an appetizer. We were going to order dessert, but she never came back to the table until we were desperate for the check. We had symphony tickets and needed to leave. We love Iozzo's and I had picked this restaurant for the night. So, I was very dissapointed that our dining event ended the way it did. A good waiter or waitress and make or break an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE!!
    BeenThereAteThat
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is a fantastic hidden gem in South Indianapolis. The food is to die for! The wait staff friendly and attentive. A MUST if you like Italian food!! Be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garden of Italy---superb!
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been to Iozzo's three times now, eating in the bar and outside in their courtyard. The wait staff is knowledgeable of suggesting delectable wines and food! Everything is delicious and the environment is a lot of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kimcalgary
    kimcalgary
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a cozy restaurant that has a family run feel to it. The food fits the Italian location the owners come from. There were two larger parties in the restaurant when we were there but it still felt cozy and the open nature of the room allowed for the noise from the larger groups. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    ErdieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We picked Iozzos to celebrate our 42nd anniversary. We could have had a better time! They brought us champagne right after we sat down. Five people on staff each congratulated us and chatted a bit. Our servers were helpful, friendly, responsive, and even funny. We sat in the back and enjoyed our semi-seclusion with lots of conversation-it is a great place to actually talk with your dinner conpanion(s). We got the calamari to start. They have the best breaded calamari in town. She had the Osso buco, which she attests is better at Iozzos than anywhere. I had the halibut special, which was incredibly delicious. We split three heaping scoops of spumomi for dessert and had to take Osso buco and ice cream home. We had a splendid evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blown Away!
    ItaliaAmore
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My family had never been to Iozzo's before, so we ate there to celebrate my birthday. Some friends of ours raved about it and I understand why now! The atmosphere was cozy and romantic, our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about our questions, and the food was incredible. I definitely recommend it :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy recommendation.
    Craig
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Excellent place for foodies and to celebrate someone special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but would not go there again
    Diana
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Crab meat on the Filet Oscar was hard. 2 of us got the Filet Oscar and wish we had gotten the regular Filet. Dessert was good. Experience was ok but nothing special. No plans to dine here again in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food great--- temp not
    barbarapioVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As always the food is fantastic but the temperature of the food was not hot. It wasn't just one item either. The soup was barely warm and the entrees the same. Don't know if it's a kitchen problem or a server problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Exceeded our expectations. My favorite italian place now hands down!! I will be recommending to anyone looking for a special dinner away from the world of chain food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    smp715
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was very pleased with Iozzo's. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was amazing, and the food was great. From the moment we walked in the door, to the moment we left, each member of the staff made us feel welcome. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIVE STARS PLUS
    P2GN
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    THIS IS OUR NEW "BEST ITALIAN IN THE AREA" RESTAURANT. OUTSTANDING FOOD AND SERVICE. ONLY PROBLEM - NOT ENOUGH OF IT. WE HAD A 10-15 MINUTE WAIT AT THE BAR FOR OUR TABLE, BUT THAT WASN'T BAD FOR A VERY BUSY SMALL RESTAURANT ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. 5 STARS PLUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to expectations
    Cmr6
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I had heard rave reviews about this place. From the second we walked in, the ambience seemed so cozy and romantic. Unfortunately there were not tables outside although it looked beautiful. However our waiter was very uncomfortable to the point of threatening to id us if we ordered wine. We are both 20 and had no intention of trying to order any. The bread was fabulous but our food was very sub par and the noodles were still a little hard.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    gmabie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Indianapolis. Great food, outstanding service, and very pleasant outdoor seating that reminds us of East coast eateries. Ideal for a romantic evening, but we had a great time there with the kids as well. You must try Iozzo's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't find better
    IndyFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Iozzo's serves excellent food - yummy, visually appealing, complex flavors - with friendly and attentive wait staff. Its casual atmosphere makes it quite pleasant and enjoyable. The Zo-Zo-Shrimp appetizer is outstanding. The fresh bread and herbed tomato that came without ordering, is fantastic. We both had the lobster ravioli - which was very good, but not as amazing as the other two dishes. Hands down the best Italian restaurant in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dining!
    IndyBob
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our dinner was outstanding! The Iozzo Garden of Italy is a hidden gem and we will soon return. Our server was Elizabeth Iozzo and she was friendly & very informative and helped to make this a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italiano! Sweet Spot!
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a sweet spot Iozzo's Garden of Italy is! We've read about this place in the Indianapolis Monthly which is how we find our "sweet spots" in Indy on a regular basis. The calamari, wine and entrees were lovely as well as the garden patio. We cannot wait to make this place our favorite spot whether dining in the bar, dining room or outside during the nice spring, summer and fall months we've been having.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem
    Gary9113VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is our second time there. The food was awesome, service great and atmosphere very quaint. Just a real great experience. The lasagna with the red and white sauce is very good. My wife had the chicken pram and was very satisfied. We will continue going here. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Favorite Italian Resturant
    thegoodrichwife
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I made a reservation at Iozzo's for my mom's birthday dinner because I had heard her talk highly of it, though I had never been there myself. I was not expecting to be blown away like I was! Not only was the atmosphere so inviting, but the food was fantastic. We all took turns trying each others' food because nothing tasted less than incredible. Our server made us feel right at home; especially for my husband and I who had never been there before. We sat in the indoor dining area because it was a tad chilly out, but I was able to get a peek at the outdoor garden area and it looked so romantic. My husband and I both agree that we will be making Iozzo's Garden of Italy a date-night destination in the near future!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary party rocked!
    lpcremer
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Iozzo's Anniversary party was excellent. We loved the entire evening from course to course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Live Music in the Garden
    yummyinmytummy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had a wonderful first experience at Iozzo's. A friend and I were seated in the gorgeous back patio area where there was a live acoustic set by musician Chad Mills. At the end of the evening the owner and her family ended up joining us to listen to music and tell stories. Great family, great food, great atmosphere, and great music. I would recommend this gem to anyone who loves authentic food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food
    Kurt
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    food was good, service was helpful. Server was not sure of how fish was received (fresh or frozen), and had to check on how it was prepared. but overall a good experience sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arranged dinner before a football game at Lucas Oil. The waiter was personable and the service was cordial. Food was very good as expected from this established Italian destination. Can't go wrong with a visit to Iozzo's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Jake
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Family Run and everything is homemade. This place is the best Italian restaurant I have been too, not only in Indy but ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Wuttke
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My yaya sisterhood has been going to Iozzos on Thursday nights for wine tasting for more than 2 years. We have never had bad service (Shane is our favorite), nor bad food. All around great experience! As someone who has traveled through Italy, it has the charm of a trattoria in the Tuscan hills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert disappointment
    Mcdiner1953
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overall we were very pleased with the restaurant. The food was great and the service was superb. The only problem was dessert. We ordered the special pineapple dessert but it was not special. The pineapple was sliced super thin, didn't have the pastry shell and no ice cream. It was discounted to $6 but wasn't worth even a $1. Very disappointing. It was our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Donald
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a great time there. The food was wonderfula and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and atmosphere!
    EllaP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love the outside patio area! It's very quaint and peaceful. My sister and I shared a margherita pizza and it was fabulous as well as the side salads we got with our meal. The dipping sauce for the bread is wonderful! We were greeted when we came in the door, had a fantastic server, and acknowledged when we left as well. I will definitely be returning to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    Mickey2422
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I thought it was a bit pricey for the portions but the food was overAll good. Also a little loud for a romantic date night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great time
    lasda
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was our first visit and we found the service to be great and the food even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate