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About Courses Restaurant

|| DATES OF SERVICE ||
*Lunch seating is between 11:00 and 12:15 pm.* $15 a person.
*Dinner seating is between 6 and 7:15 pm* $25 a person.

||NOVEMBER||
lunch: 16
dinner: no more open dates

||DECEMBER||
No more open dates

For more up-to-date information and weekly menus, visit us at:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CoursesAtIvyTechIndy

2820 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International, French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
To make reservations for parties over 4, please email Rhonda Kaley at rkaley@ivytech.edu or call at 968-1659.

Because we are a classroom first, we only provide service during academic semesters; service dates are limited and require a reservation. Courses Restaurant is not your typical restaurant - it's an interactive, real-life classroom experience for Ivy Tech Community College's culinary and hospitality management students.

Your dining experience is a combination of the efforts of our students and instructors from multiple classes - including Customer Service, Bar Management, Event Management, Plated Desserts, Classical Cuisine, and Specialized Cuisine. It is all a part of the program that makes us a Center of Excellence for the college and meets the objectives for our accrediting body, the American Culinary Federation. You are getting a 5-star experience all around!
Visit us at www.facebook.com/CoursesAtIvyTechIndy for more information!

Cross Street:
28th street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 968-1659

Website:
http://www.facebook.com/CoursesatIvyTechIndy

Parking Details:
The parking lot south of the building is free. If there are no open spots, you can also utilize the parking garage one block south of the building.

Executive Chef:
Chefs Thom England, Allen Edwards, and Allen Elsesy

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Courses Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.3

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4.7

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (22)
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Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This is a great dining option. Best kept secret. Food is deliciously prepared and elegantly served. Wait staff outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 10, 2017

What a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner it's a shame if you haven't tried this place

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Really fantastic! Too bad they are not open more often

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Enjoyed atmosphere for luncheon....was not rushed. Good food and great variety. Prompt and attentive service. Look forward to coming back again next month.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

Enjoy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Ebony our server was awesome. The view as wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Great place to dine. I come often with family and friends. We are always happy we came. Service is excellent and the staff is great. We are always happy with the great food and the authentic international buffets.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Scenic View, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 31, 2016

I like this dining room a lot but Mexican food doesn't appear to be a good choice for a buffet. Most of the food was very dry. The server was a good guy and very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 31, 2016

From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel so special. I have never been disappointed with the food or service when dining at Courses Restaurant. And it is always a positive learning experience after talking with your students.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Thank you for providing a delightful "Spanish" lunch. We were pleased and will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Courses restaurant has the best view of Indianapolis' city skyline of any restaurant in the city. It is a great way to support students in their academic pursuits while enjoying a gastronomic delight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on March 3, 2016

You can never go wrong supporting the student-run restaurant. From the students in the kitchen to the students serving an overall great experience. An added bonus is the best view in the city as awarded by Indianapolis Monthly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Best view in Indianapolis and a great romantic spot. It was wonderful to support a student program but don't expect a fantastic meal. Great value for the experience when you take into account the ambience and the fact that you are supporting aspiring chefs...

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Always a great place to go and have an excellent meal and take in the voted top best view in the city. Great to see the progression of the students throughout the semester.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 11, 2016

Fun place to go. Culinary Students prepare meal and servers are students as well as beverage servers. They are overseen. Fun and reasonable. Beautiful city view on 12th floor. Support our Culinary School. Worthwhile

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 4, 2016

1. Service is #1. They just can't do enough for you! 2. Taste and quality. Our Indian menu was "American temperature," but really well flavored, authentic. 3. Atmosphere can't be beat. Best view in Indy, soft music and attentive staff = romantic! 4. Wine list is short but our Malbec was superb! 5. Prices are very straightforward and reasonable. This is a real find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 28, 2016

Service excellent. One reason we like to dine there is the opportunity to interact with the students.
The shepherd's pie was too large for one person and some of the meat was tough.
The lamb was tough also. The seafood appetizer would have been better at least warmed. We ordered decaf coffee to go with the dessert - never arrived. The other dishes were very good.

Do not publish this on open table but send to Courses.
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Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2015

We enjoyed the food, it was wonderful and the waiters and beverage assistances were very well versed on what was available. The drinks we had were great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 8, 2015

I loved the ambiance, food and non-pretentious nature of the place. The students were conscientious and very willing to please. Food was well prepared and very nice presentation. Price was extremely reasonable. I plan to go again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 16, 2015

The food was excellent and came very quickly. However, our dessert too quite a while longer and we actually had to get it to go as our lunch hour was ending.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 9, 2015

We loved the food and the atmosphere. Servers were very helpful and glad to answer any questions we had. We definitely will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 30, 2015

This restaurant is a great hidden secret destination as well as a great way to support vocational programs run by Ivy Tech. Where else can you get a 3 course chef meal for $22? The food mussels and salad nicoise starters for flavorful and nicely plated. The duck cassoulet and steak au poivre melted in your mouth. The apple tart tatin and choclate pot de creme finished off the meal nicely. The penthouse restaurant view is beautiful. The only negative from our dining experience was that our cocktails took a little long to arrive and one of the starters appeared before the other - we've been to pricier establishments and suffered far greater mis-steps. Otherwise service is attentive and the student staff provides a very enjoyable evening out. Show your support and check out this on your next lunch or dinner out.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 16, 2015

My husband and I very much enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious, the ambience was lovely (including the beautiful view), and the student servers were great--polite and attentive but not obtrusive. We had the latest reservation timeslot so unfortunately three of the four appetizer selections were gone. That being said, we both enjoyed the appetizer (escargots) we might not otherwise have chosen as part of our prix fixe dinner--we both agreed that what could have been an annoyance was actually a serendipitous event because we broadened our culinary horizons a bit with a new & delicious dish. Both of our entrees were delicious and the dessert was sumptious and elegance. Plus, much to our surprise, our drinks were comped due to the menu items that were no longer available when we arrived. All in all, a wonderful meal in every respect for a very modest price and the chance to support students in the Ivy Tech hospitality program. We'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 16, 2015

Since it is a school. I think there should have been a critique sheet at the end. I will go back. Most of the food was very good. Parts of my entree were not cooked correctly. Several items were not warm enough when served. Service was very slow. That is ok since it is a school. Would have liked a way to give feed back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 9, 2015

Went to Courses for the first time last week for lunch. Had the best gazpacho since visiting
Spain. We love supporting a teaching school that emphasizes preparing an attractive plate
and flavorful dishes. Chef Edwards cares that the food being sent from the kitchen by the
students is perfect. In fact we had a short wait for our dish because the chef wasn't satisfied
with the risotto and had the student remake it. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality
of the food for the inexpensive price. The wine list was short but well chosen. We had a lovely
white burgundy. We will definitely return for lunch and looking forward to having dinner there
in the future. Bon appetite!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 1, 2015

Excellent setting in the penthouse. This is part of the Ivy Tech Culinary, Baking and Hospitality program and all of the food Isuzu prepared and served by students. Very delicious food and a wonderful changing menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 18, 2015

We found Courses searching for culinary schools with restaurants. Very well worth while going. We had a great meal at a great price in a historic penthouse room with a great view of Indianapolis.
We very strongly recommend this restaurant and its staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 9, 2015

Fabulous food and presentation! As this is a training exercise for students, did not know what to expect, but it far surpassed anything imagined. The wait staff could use more training/knowledge of table etiquette, place settings, etc., especially for a white linen formal atmosphere. For what they lacked in knowledge, they made up with attitude and friendliness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 2, 2015

Absolutely incredible. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxing. The service was a little shaky but it is staffed by hospitality students learning. The instructor was unassumingly helping out and giving pointers. I have recommended it to everyone I have spoken with since our Thursday evening dinner. I hope to be a regular there. Haha. It would be great for a private party.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 26, 2015

From start to finish I received a level of service that would rival that of any fine dining establishment in the city. Likewise the food was equally as well prepared and tasty as any restaurant in Indianapolis.. I was totally impressed with every aspect of my lunch. Will definitely be returning for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 19, 2015

This was our first time to lunch at Courses, and we were very impressed with the work the Ivy Tech students do. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, and the service was first rate. The Middle Eastern buffet was attractively presented, and had a nice variety of offerings. It's great to see that wonderful dining room in service once again. What a great opportunity for the students!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 12, 2015

Wonderful food, Wonderful service. We can't wait for the french menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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