Great view of the heart of Indy. The food is well prepared and beautifully presented from a theme region that changes regularly. The music also seemed to match the theme. The atmosphere is simultaneously romantic and casual, allowing for a pleasing meal regardless of the occasion. Reservations are easy to make through Open Table.
The African buffet was amazing. The students did an excellent job with service - kept my diet coke filled! Very attentive and knowledgeable about the food.
We have been regular diners at Courses, and until this past week, have been totally impressed with the student servers, chefs, and overall guest experience. However, on our most recent visit, the service was sub-par, with a clear lack of direction from the director/instructor to the wait staff -- we waited nearly 25 minutes to have our drink order taken; one of our diners was served an entree that wasn't hot, and the desert (of which there was only one option), was nearly frozen. This time, the director/instructor didn't even bother to stop at our table. This is a great program, has always been fun to talk with students about their aspirations and goals, has a terrific view of the city, and consistently tasty dishes. I am hoping that this was an isolated incident; we'll give it another try next semester.
We like going to Courses and supporting the Ivy Tech and IUPUI Culinary students. The meals were very good. The views from the restaurant are amazing.
This is a great dining option. Best kept secret. Food is deliciously prepared and elegantly served. Wait staff outstanding
Stunningly good 3 course nouvelle French lunch, appropriate quantities for lunch served with elegance in plating, in an unknown gem of a location with one of the best views of Indianapolis.
Best view of downtown Indianapolis from the penthouse of a former hotel and restaurant. This restaurant reminded me of fine dining in Paris, but much cheaper. We loved watching the students cooking through observation windows and seeing them being supervised by their professors, like how to pour wine with the label on top,etc. Salad ingredients are growing in a garden by the parking lot and used to tastefully enhance the soups and entrees.
Truly a delightful experience. I wish they were open on weekends and holidays.
A truly hidden gem. A must try for lunch or dinner if you have the opportunity. Wonderful meals prepared and served by the students of Ivy Tech and IUPUI. It is seasonal, in that lunch and dinner are only provided when classes are in session. The menu changes weekly. There is a bar. The view from the Penthouse where the restaurant is located is spectacular. Looking at Downtown Indianapolis and beyond. It is truly worth a visit.
What a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner it's a shame if you haven't tried this place
Really fantastic! Too bad they are not open more often
Enjoyed atmosphere for luncheon....was not rushed. Good food and great variety. Prompt and attentive service. Look forward to coming back again next month.
This is a restaurant featuring food prepared and served by Culinary Arts/Hospitality students at Ivy Tech. The food is generally very good to outstanding. The menu is limited to what is being taught that day (or limited by whatever the theme of the day is) and is not customizable. I consider this not much of a disadvantage, as it encourages experimentation with unfamiliar foods. Service is spotty, as many of these students are very young and/or have no experience. The sights from this place (the penthouse of a repurposed hotel) are excellent, and the decor is understated and pleasant. I have been there several times, and always enjoy the experience.
Courses was recommended by a unfamiliar couple I met from another engagement. My expectations were over whelming exceeded, the service outstanding, the food was middle eastern which was fabulous for my Lebanese wife. She said the food wa better than her grandmother's. I used Waze to find the IVY Tech restaurant and parked in a recommended lot. Parking is available at site, and no walking is necessary. Quality dining at a very affordable price. Yes, I, a German, am going back week for German food.
Student run restaurant with loads of supervision. Provence was the theme and there was a buffet with salad, soup, and several lunch entree items. Two stations, one with fresh French omelets and one with beef steak, red wine sauce and potatoes. Student running the steak area needed to learn to cook them properly however the meat itself was terrific. I could have made a lunch out of the perfect potatoes and red wine sauce. Soup full of veggies but perhaps a little too heavy on herbs. However, all interesting, beautiful and pretty tasty. Two gems for dessert choices. Also the best tasting fresh coffee with that little bit of creamy foam on top that shows it is freshly made. Great service from everyone. Got to talk to one of the instructors about travel and food which was a real highlight. No better value in town for lunch. Beautiful location with linen service.
The venue was nice and full of students working on perfecting their craft. They spent lots of time checking and really asking questions to hone their skills.