About 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.

946 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Ray Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 974-1100

Website:
http://www.iozzos.com/

Parking Details:
Free street parking is available on the East and West sides of Meridian Street.

Executive Chef:
Leroy Spells

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:


Special Tailgate Menu available Sundays during Colts' home games.
The menu is offered from 10:30am-1:00pm.

Iozzo's Garden of Italy Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (76)
Special Occasion (75)
Good for a Date (70)
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Good for Anniversaries (65)
Worth the Drive (64)
Cozy (64)
Neighborhood Gem (63)
Romantic (59)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Notable Wine List (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Casual (38)
Business Meals (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Comfort Food (31)
Bar Seating (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Fun (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Seasonal (16)
Local Ingredients (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

We had not been here before, I didn’t know it was just south of Shapiro’s, been there many times. Well , this place is a must ! We arrived and were greeted with a huge smile, the restaurant has an old library charm. We were seated next to brick wall and I loved the charm of feeling like we were in a old rustic home. Joyce, our server was super sweet and incredibly patient. Joyce offered her favorite items and had helpful hints on ordering dinner. We had the ZoZo shrimp, a Joyce suggestion. It is delicious, about the best shrimp appetizer around. We also had the toasted ravioli, another winner. For dinner I had to try the lasagna, it has lots of flavor and was just perfect. All the items ordered were great. A small thing but important, the water glasses on the table never got less than half full, we had bar drinks also, but you know how the water glass gets sipped from only to run dry ? Well not here ! I loved that simple touch. Thank you ,

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

A family favorite - we go to Iozzo’s for many special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

Cant say enough good about Iozzo's Garden of Italy. LOVE the place. Brian is our favorite waiter. He always take great care of us.

Tags: Vegan, Bar Seating, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 7 days ago

Scrumptious menu selections !
Delightful dining experience .

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Iozzo's is our favorite place to go to for date nights. While we had a reservation for my birthday dinner, we enjoyed our cocktails so much with Phil and Dave at the bar, we decided to eat there. Impeccable service, fantastic food - there are many menu staples, but they also add seasonal items, which are just as amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, very nice wine list and great service! Best place on the south side!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent as always. Great place for any occasion. You need reservations. It is a small place and therefore fills up quickly. Everyone’s food was outstanding. My lasagna is the best I’ve had at numerous places. Large portions also.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was very good, presented well and portioned well. Salads were crisp and fresh. Service was friendly, knowledgeable on menu and responsive. Would definitely recommend and will go again. This occasion was lunch with family.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The good: seated promptly upon arrival with a reservation...ambiance very appealing, although I would add that soft Italian music would be a better choice than what was playing, and very well suited to the ambiance of this place, it would be like a little bit of Rome right here in Indy and make for that perfect date night experience. The food was overall quite good and well presented. This place has a nice menu. The not so appealing, wine in a small water glass just doesn't work for a place that otherwise has such ambiance and curb appeal. A wine goblet would be so much nicer. I had the spaghetti bolognese this time and it was very good as far as flavor, but sadly was a bit tepid rather than served hot. The restaurant didn't seem to be overly crowded to cause the waitress a delay in serving the food once the order was up, perhaps as a party of four the orders were not well-timed and the spaghetti suffered a longer wait while waiting on the meat entrees from other party members to be up?? Overall, a good experience, I would recommend to others and I will return. Hopefully I can give it a 5 star next time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

First time visiting. It didn't disappoint. The food was amazing. We absolutely loved our server Anthony. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and his recommendations were wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Organic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent as always. Like authentic Italian food in a quaint setting? Try Iozzos!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great dinner

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Pasta was mushy

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

On NYE, following the Colts victory, this restaurant by reservation was a tasteful delight! The food was exceptionally good. The interior is quite small, so arriving early for a set reserved table was not at all helpful. There was no room to wait for the table without being in the staff's way or appear like I was watching others eat their meal. I would recommend this restaurant and look forward to a warmer day when I can see what the garden area is like.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wife and I enjoy supporting family or small locally own businesses. We were headed to Indy for New Year’s Eve and decided we wanted to try something new not in downtown Circle. What a great place! Great staff with great personalities. We will definitely be going back when The weather warms up. We are about an hour and 20 minutes drive away.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our server was great! Very informative about wines and the menu. Friendly and didn’t rush us out the door. Great atmosphere and food! Will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful experience! Our server was very attentive and the food was fabulous!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Best Italian in Indy. Anthony did a fantastic job. Get the meatball martini as an appetizer.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been here before and really enjoy the food,service and atmosphere

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved our visit will be very soon!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The restaurant was nice. Our server exceptional. The food was great. I was upset because they sat us in between two large parties. My husband doesn't hear well and I knew it would be hard for him. They also sat by the front door which was freezing. I had just gotten over pneumonia and asked the hostess if we could sit in the corner. She rudely told me no that was for 5 people. I asked if we could sit in the back and was ignored. I am again sick.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quick Bite, Cozy
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of our favorites, but we hadn't been in ages. Christmas Eve dinner was great! Husband went with lasagna Bolognese which also has Alfredo. I went with the mushroom/seafood soup of the day, then the Diver Scallops with a side of pasta & broccolini. We both also had a side salad, included wuuth bith entrees and took food home.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Comfortable lighting, warm atmosphere, the food is always prepared perfectly. They have great fish, steaks and scallops.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful. Love the atmosphere 💕💕 it is such a quaint setting whether indoor or outdoor

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I have had lunch at Iozzos for lunch a few times but this was my first experince with dinner. We took my in laws for a Christmas present before ISO’s Yuletide Celebration. Dinner was fantastic. Hand rolled pastas, crisp salads, and accommodating service. Perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Four of us had lunch here celebrating a special occasion and Linda, our waitress, was fantastic.
The food was delicious and timed perfectly and it is just a nice, cozy, warm restaurant atmosphere. Thank you!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 21, 2017

As always, a first rate experience. I was proud to introduce my good friend from California to this great cuisine. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My favorite restaurant in town. Love the romantic atmosphere and the food.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I would say we are “regulars” dining at least 6 times a year (other than fast/semi-fast food, we don’t eat THAT often as a family at any other nice restaurants with that regularity).

Love the staff! The food is very good!

Problems we’ve recently encountered are most likely due to busy holiday season? Poinsettias centerpieces are tired. Food has not been as good as in the past (not fresh & smaller portions).

Prices have jumped too. $25 for gnocchi black & bleu (steak) entree was definitely not worth it (small, grisly steak piece that was oversalted). Salted carmel brownie looked great but was waaay to salty. (I know my salted carmel products, just sayin. This was too salty.)

Unfortunately, with these prices, we will probably have to visit less often, and not order the way we used to. Hoping quality jumps back up after the holiday season ends.

Oh— Be sure to know...We VERY much love the staff. Have only had EXCELLENT service!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great little spot. Get a reservation. Very friendly staff, authentic food, not too loud.
Loved it

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The waitress was obviously new and needed more training. Unusual for a restaurant which normally have excellent servers. See below request

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

the food is very good. It was very noisy the night i was there and they were out of all veal dishes, very disappointing . I was there for an early dinner, so it they must not have received a shipment of veal that day.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We love Iozzos! The menu is simple but elegant and delicious. The service is great too.

The only thing I could remotely complain about is that the first time we went we got the brownie sundae and it was AMAZING...this last time the brownie was cold and kind of hard instead of soft and gooey like it was the first time. It was still good but kind of disappointing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had our Holiday luncheon at Iozzo's. The quality of the food was great, as expected. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed our meal and our time together there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

It has been a great place to take a special person for a special dining experience. My wife and I were there to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary. The service was excellent and the food superb. I have mentioned this restaurant to others to come and enjoy a very fine dining experience for any reason.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I heard about Iozzo’s from a friend. Was going to see Yuletide with a couple of friends, so we decided to give it a try. Our waitress was very friendly and stayed on top of things, I.e., refilling drinks, getting food out quickly, etc. we made reservations, on-line, and was greeeted when entering the restaurant and seated almost immediately. The food was served hot and delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food, great service. Took friends who had not been there before. They liked it as well.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food, excellent and friendly service. Our favorite restaurant in the city. Half price wine by the glass on Wednesdays a real treat.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

One of the best lunches I have had. Was coming in to Indy for a business meeting and had to meet a colleague for lunch. Picked this place for proximity, but it turned out to be an absolute treat for both of us. Plan to return for dinner with family. Gracious service and lunch was surprisingly inexpensive for the quality of the meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Me and my friends meet here at least every three or four months. We have been coming since the restaurant opened. The food, the service, the ambiance is just great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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