Recess
Recess

Recess

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.recessindy.com/
  • Phone: 3179257529x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Hardesty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Recess
Recess is the ultimate culinary playground. Every day chef Greg Hardesty and his culinary team create a four-course pre-fixe dinner from scratch, using for inspiration the season’s freshest local and regional ingredients. Please check our website each day for the menu.
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Recess reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (71)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (44)romantic (28)hot spot (20)good for groups (7)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • I cant wait for Recess
    JuanV
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Probably the best dining experience I have had in Indianapolis. The food was exquisite, the portions and presentation were just right and the service was spot on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than its academic reference
    George
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wish I didn't live in another state or I would gladly be a regular. Thanks for a perfect meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    KimK
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First time at Recess to celebrate my husband's birthday and try a new place. Enjoyed our evening so much. A relaxed and unique experience. Our server made the night special with explanations of each course and the suggested wine pairings. Very knowledgeable, personable and entertaining. The food was flavorful without being overpowering just to be impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occassion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time at Recess. Great meal overall, nice atmosphere but could be better. Had the six course special with wines already paired. Wines were well chosen and complimented each course. The only course that was disappointing was the sea bass which we thought was over cooked, which was disappointing as both my wife and I love sea bass. Really enjoys the sweet breads and my wife liked them and really was dreading them when she saw them on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in the city
    ssimmons
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Recess is the perfect place to really indulge. The chef's creations are unique and delicious and the wine selection is superb. Each course is tantalizing to the palate. Not only is the food impeccable but the service is great as well. We always feel welcomed and always enjoy our evenings at Recess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was amazing, the service impeccable, and the wine pairings phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun menu
    Tree
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed the restaurant's ambience, food choices and at the same time not a lot of them which was very relaxing way to enjoy the evening. No real pressure to pick the best meal. We ordered both of the two options so we could share the dishes. Wonderful wait staff very attentive. Definitely recommend to anyone for a unique meal that will entice your taste buds in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    Joel
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Recess has a daily rotating menu and wine accompaniment and my most recent visit was probably my favorite. Perfectly prepared lamb over perfectly prepared risotto was the main course and it was a just perfect paired red blend (which I've forgotten the name of!). Anyway, the food and service is great and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Indianapolis Gem!
    Ann227
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at Recess on 8/20/2014. The restaurant was the choice of a friend, who knows the chef and his wife. We were in town, from Chicago, to visit several of the fabulous museums in Indianapolis. Recess is a "Chicago quality restaurant" in a charming neighborhood. Definitely worth the 15 minute drive from downtown. Food and wine pairings were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hardesty Still Has It
    Platinumjstrain
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Recess remains one of the two or three premiere places in Indy and unique in its approach to the menu. I believe it is the only place in Indy that presents a set menu (with one or two options only) to each of its patrons. We were there for our wedding anniversary and the menu, fortunately, was one we could embrace. The starter was a salad with smoked duck breast. It was followed by a not quite cioppino using sea bass, a scallop and mussels. Greg really knows how to do fish. The protein course was a choice of venison or king salmon. We chose the venison and it was delicious, tender, flavorful. Finally, there was a choice of desserts and we chose one of each. The only minor complaint is that the nectarines lacked flavor. Otherwise - great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best spot in Indy
    DennyOVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always great food and lovely service. Greg's selection of ingredients is unsurpassed. Also suggest the wine pairing that never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    foodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Recess is unique in Indy for its combination of gourmet food and unpretentious atmosphere. If you don't like hard-to-pronounce descriptions on the menu or snooty waiters, but still want excellent innovative food, this is right for you. Every course brought out new subtle flavors but all the food items were locally sourced. Courses are reasonably sized so that after 5 courses you don't feel stuffed, but not hungry either. We chose the suggested wine pairings and were not disappointed. The price is quite reasonable for the quality. Atmosphere is stark (no table cloth, plastic chairs) - but the emphasis is all on the food. We would expect long lines to form every evening, but on the Thursday we went there were only half of the tables taken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit out of the way but
    NYCtravVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    worth it! Great food, service and ambience in Indy. Good value for the prix fixe one choice spot. Will definitely return the next time I'm in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food but little ambiance, privacy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love the food; sophisticated, well prepared not too complex. Simple yet effective presntation. It won't stop us from enjoying the food, but we really wish they would do something to improve ambiance. Sitting next to or staring at cold cinderblock wall isn't overly comfortable.2 tops so small that a wine bucket or a woman's purse can't be comfortably on the table. Even a candle would be nice. Tables extremely close & even though we didn't want to,we were able to listen to every detail of the tables nearby. We understand that Recess is totally about the food which will keep us coming back, but after this visit we thought we decided to provide our observation regarding the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderfully crafted courses. We went with the suggested wines and they were spot on, perfectly enhancing the flavors. The ambiance is not up to the level of the cuisine, but that's a minor thing. Good, friendly service without being too intrusive. Be prepared for the check, it could be surprising. Well worth it though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, casual atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Recess is consistently excellent in the food department. The wine pairing is also a wonderful addition to the evening. It is pricey, but shouldn't be a surprise. Service is wonderful. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I treated a friend for their birthday. It was the first time either of us had been to Recess. Josh was outstanding as our server. The food and wine pairings were perfect. The dishes were unusual and tasted amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions
    hard2please
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wallet cannot afford to eat here all the time but if I could I would. For that special occasion if you really want to impress, Recess is your place. Set menu so you have very few choices but it changes every day. The atmosphere is very casual as is the decor but the food is the main attraction. It truly is a culinary play ground. Do go for the wine pairing option. The added cost is not that more if you are planning to have drinks with dinner. Very knowledgeable staff and they keep the dishes coming without hovering. Portions are small so you leave satisfied but not stuffed. Perfect in every way. Have yet to be disappointed. A must for foodies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinning at recess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was by far the best food in indy. The courses were different and complex. each course was a unique dining experience. Truly a great restaurant and clearly a reflection of the owner. This is a foodies nirvana. don benedyk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foodie restaurant
    edandjaneindyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Recess is a prix fixed restaurant with a four course dinner and optional wine pairings. The food is the best we have tasted in Indy and the service is great. The setting is basic, which allows you to focus on the food. We would highly recommend trying this if you love quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    awickedwit
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Impeccable service, scrumptious wine/course pairings, all in an unpretentious setting. We could not have asked for a better dining experience to help celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Greg
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Just happened upon Recess searching for a great meal in Indy. Found what we wanted. Set menu at the chef's whim that day. Seemed like a bargain at $58 for four courses. We would absolutely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastatic
    Amalia
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastic dining experience with a preset menu and wine pairing..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Indy
    DDhill
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my wife here for our anniversary and had an amazing time. The food and wine pairings were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Each course was balanced. Attention to detail. Wines paired well. Overall perfect meal, Greg is still the best chef in Indianapolis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indianapolis Gem
    PainterPerson
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love the variety of flavors and textures that Recess presents as its fixed-price menu. The menu changes daily, and we've dined at Recess several times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Everything about Recess is outstanding. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of Laguna
    zannie77
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Watermarc was nothing short of fantastic. From the freshness to the seafood, the fabulous flavors, the friendly and knowledgeable service and the great wine list we couldn't have asked for a better evening for our first trip to Laguna. Will most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    always a wonderful experience, we go whenever I am in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected
    MyMocha6185
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration and we we're let down since it was fast food with a twist. We thought it would be a little more upscale. Portions were too small for the price. It's worth going to say you've been but once is enough
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Aimee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I live about 2 blocks from Recess but had never checked it out. Definitely a bit pricey in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood (dinner for 2 came out to about $200 after all the alcohol was imbibed), but it was delicious. They change the menu out daily, so can't really recommend any particular item, other than to say you'll probably get something great no matter what.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good for casual and special time
    tkyci
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The quality of ingredient is good. Chef's idea is great. It's very exciting to check daliy base changed fixed menew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love It
    ReviewRarely
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Recess has great ambiance and decor for an understated dining experience with top in class food. The staff had a light mood and touch which matched the feel of the place. My god, the salmon entree that night! I have never tasted anything like it. i am not generally a huge fan of my meat or fish smoked. This smokey salmon flavor was out of this world unique and perfect. And the salad was exactly as it should be, unbelievably fresh and bursting with flavor. I had them pick my pinot grigio wine from their selection and it was heaven. I left sated, but not stuffed, as dinner should be. Every new restaurant should be like Recess - different space and different food, superior at what their doing, confidant but fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the food
    CDC2001
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Recess continues to live up to it's reputation. The interior decor (or lack thereof) is charming in it's own unpretentious way - polished concrete floors, cinderblock walls, plastic chairs and tables. This all works simply because the food and the people make it work. The portions are fine (you leave no longer hungry nor bloated) but both quality and presentations focus your attention where it should be - on the food. All of our plates returned to the kitchen completely empty. Quiet but not tomb-like, this is a great place for special occasion dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent But Pricey
    NorthsideDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Dinner with my wife there was one of the best dining experiences in a long time as far as the quality of the meal. That being said, I do believe that the price was a bit much for what we had. Portions were small. Wine selections by the glass were limited, and all were $12-13 a glass, which also seems high for the wines available. The floor could use either some carpet or other type of flooring other than the old concrete.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChowDown Midtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I had been wanting to try Recess for a while, so we went for chowdown midtown. We liked the food and thought it was good but the portions were very small. Given the 3 course, fixed menu, we were unable to change that. Both of us left a little hungry. I consider myself a foodie and am not looking for Chili's sized portions. I absolutely love Oakley's bistro and I consider their cuisine similar to Recess. I will be honest that I was slight disappointed in Recess for the money spent, I've had more satisfying meals elsewhere. Maybe it was because of chowdown midtown menu, but we had to make reservations in advance without knowing that evenings menu. We may try Recess again the future if the menu and fixed price seem reasonable for that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    it was a very good meal but I do not think it was worth the price. The way their menu is designed is it changes every day so Sundays could be worth it and others not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recess: the best Indy has to offer
    edoug
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Recess is simply the best Indianapolis has to offer. It's a small place intentionally so they can be selective about what they serve. Generally, I'd recommend being early rather than late in case they have a run on a particularly good dish (which is relative term since everything is good), but given the choice between here any anywhere else, pick Recess. It is not cheap, though, and you should be prepared for $60/head without drinks. A note on the menu: it is a set menu with usually 1-2 choices per course. Check their website before booking for the daily menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Am I in New York City?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I must start with "the food was very good". I did not feel it was spectacular. Had wreck fish which was too chewy. This was our first visit and will probably be our last. 3 small courses for $40. Then add wine, tax and tip and you are easily over $80+ a person. I don't need my food "biggie sized".....but I was still hungry. No wine chiller. No bread. Maybe there is a market in this town for a restaurant of this type....but I feel Bluebeards, RBistro and Oakleys are similar. They are priced better. My husband absolutely detested the interior of the restaurant. Concrete and block....plastic chairs. He was not a happy camper in that regard. I have been to many a NYC restaurant. I feel we don't command that type of high cost.
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  • Loved It!
    Foodielife
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Loved everything about this place. Would suggest slightly larger portions though. I had to go home and have a snack.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.