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/

Entertainment:
Live Music in Our Courtyard on the Following Dates in 2017
Wednesday October 11th Chad Mills 6:00-8:30pm
Wednesday October 18th Zack Salaz 6:00-9:00pm
Wednesday October 25th J. Elliott 6:00-9:00pm

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:
Live music in the courtyard every Wednesday evening.

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (94)
Authentic (83)
Special Occasion (82)
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Good for Anniversaries (69)
Cozy (67)
Romantic (63)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Great for Outdoor Dining (58)
Worth the Drive (58)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Notable Wine List (53)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Casual (44)
Comfort Food (43)
Business Meals (35)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Fun (34)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Bar Seating (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Groups (26)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Seasonal (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Great Beer (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
People Watching (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Live Music (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Scenic View (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

1. Food was GREAT
2. Staff was exceptional + friendly
3. We didn't partake but the wine selection looked great
4. One of the few italian joints that feel authentic in Indianapolis

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was GREAT, always a great experience. The Old Fashion cocktail was outstanding, the pan crusted Pork Chop was to die for. Thanks bartender, u r the best

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The atmosphere was energetic and vibrant. Our server was great, very cordial, detailed and unobtrusive. The food : Very good, but not the best I've ever had. I would say a tad overpriced for what we got. Portions were big, plenty of food, but depth of flavor was a little lacking. Kind of ordinary. Certainly nothing bad or wrong, just a bit unimpressive, but filling. Still, an overall good experience.

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food4
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I met with three friends before a matinee at IRT. Our food was wonderful, the service was exceptional, and of course, the atmosphere is lovely. We have been back time after time, have never had a complaint. Will continue to return again and again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful experience. The restaurant is beautiful and service wonderful. Quaint and intimate dining area made for an even more enjoyable experience. Thank you to the wonderful team! Amazing authentic Italian cuisine. And the blackberrycello was outstanding!

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was very good as always. We had a new waitress, I can t remember her name but she did a great job. Cant wait till next time.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Live Music
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food4
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great as always, staff is friendly and food was superb!! Make a reservation as the seating are is small and always full.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great as always!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food and service as always. Love this place

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Always a great place to eat. The seasonal menu Bison Meatloaf was incredible....

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing ambiance, food, service, etc! The cannolis were to die for. Highly recommend the calamari as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always excellent, never disappoints. Menu changes often, but the tried and true staples are always there for you. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 26, 2017

lots of history in this quaint family-owned authentic Italian restaurant. Great wine selection to enjoy in a cozy environment.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good service and food. Got a little loud for a business lunch but was totally manageable.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Ate in the bar and our waiter was Phillip. Food and service excellent as always! There was a big table behind with several drunks watching the Colts game. Next time won’t go when there is a game on! LOL

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good but not amazing. Service was good and atmosphere was great but a little noisy. Loved the music!

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Iozzo's has their new menu out & its fantastic. They even put a dish I requested on there & it seems to be a hit. Cant get enough of the food or people at this great little family run restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our appetizers were fried mozzarella and crab cakes. The fried mozz tasted like my store bought frozen sticks, not fresh at all. Crab cakes were a lot of breading, but better that the mozz. The salads that came w/our dinners were oddly the best part of our meal. I had shrimp Diavalo(?) the shrimp was good, but the pasta and sauce were not my fav. My husband had an unmemorable dish. Lemon drop martini was great! We had a great waitress though! Would not recommend this "Italian"

Tags: Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

While the noise level is a bit high (because they always seem to be busy), the food has always been excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went for our 6th anniversary and everything was wonderful. We had a great table overlooking the garden seating, the service was great, everything came out at the right speed, and the entire dining experience was perfect.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was out of this world. We had a party of 6 adults and everyone got something different and all loved their meals. Wine pricing was reasonable as was or dinner. Staff was friendly and server was knowledgeable on all dinner entrees and wine selections. Will be going bake.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server, Kendra (?) was excellent. The recommendations for our appetizer were perfect, our drinks (Italian Margaritas) were delicious and the pacing of when our appetizer (prosciutto wrapped shrimp), salads (wedge & Cesar) , entrees (Chicken Penne & Portabella Orzo) and dessert (Italian coffee-sooo good!) arrived was excellent. We had plenty of time to enjoy our meal and conversation without ever wondering when our next item would arrive or feeling rushed. The atmosphere was festive but our table felt private and we thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience. It was exactly what he hoped it would be for our night out. They were especially accommodating when we called and needed to push our reservation back a bit as well. Highly recommended!!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Must stop here every time! Family owned with pride. Fresh food & an outstanding staff.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, outstanding service. A little bit outside the downtown core, just a few minutes Uber ride. Large menu, outstanding waiters, lots of daily specials. Some of the best Italian around.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was FANTASTIC! I cannot recall having a better meal anywhere.
The cocktails were terrific, the lobster meatball appetizer was recommended by the host and it did not disappoint.
The three main courses in our group could not have been better & the dessert was on par with the rest of the experience.
It is easily our new favorite spot in Indy... can’t wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went to Iozzo’s for a quiet anniversary dinner. They were very accommodating and seated us at a secluded table. Service by Anthony was excellent—just attentive enough. Food and cocktails were also excellent. Been there several times and never disappointed. Look forward to our next visit. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Music was MUCH too loud for us to enjoy conversation with our friends! Not sure we will return for dinner if we are meeting friends and actually want to talk.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 11, 2017

As always great food, great service and we all had a great time!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Decided to try out this place for our 4th anniversary. Did not disappoint. Not fine dining but it was a lovely Italian setting. Tuscany style $100 for 2 plus our tip...we loved it we will be back!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always a wonderful time. Great local family owned dining spot with a fun and professional atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Only a few places in Indianapolis are consistent for both service and cuisine. This is just that place. Food is great. Service is excellent. Our server, Anthony, is definitely in the top five in Indy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food is incredible and service is fabulous. Waitresses Linda and Katie are terrific so is the whole staff. Patio is lovely.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I love the character of this restaurant inside and I especially love the patio, where I just discovered that on Wednesday evenings they have live music. The food is good and the staff is very friendly, although each time I've been there the actual service is a bit sketchy. The servers are wonderful, the service is sketchy. Maybe it's a training issue, maybe it's a kitchen issue, or maybe it's both, but each time I've been there it takes forever from the time you order until the food comes out. And this time the server brought out our salads first and THEN brought out the appetizers, then while we were still working on our appetizers she brought out our pizza.. So first we waited forever to get our food and then they piled it all on the table at once. Oh well, we had a great time, the ambiance on the patio is always great and the live music was a nice surprise. I still recommend the place and will still go frequently.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love this place. Been four years in a row for our anniversary and ready to make reservations for next year!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We love Iozzo’s. Wonderful food, great service, family owned and operated.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a great dinner at Iozzo's. Our waiter Brian had the table pre set & ready for our anniversary. Complimentary champagne for us both, which was really tasty. We typically don't like champagne. All our appetizers we off the charts, good soup & salads were perfect, as was our entrée.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My boyfriend and I love Iozzo’s, it’s our special date night spot. The service is always great here and the food is delicious. In all the times we’ve been here, it’s never been a disappointment. This is the perfect cozy spot to enjoy a meal. I 100% recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants but this was not one of our best experiences here. The service initially was slow (which to be fair is unusual here). Maybe the server was overloaded but there were long gaps between her appearances. We love the spicy shrimp appetizer and it did not disappoint this night. For an entree we split the platter for two. We liked everything on it and the portions were fair but we both agreed we would order our own entree next time. The Fettuccine Alfredo was a bit rich for my tastes but the veal more than offset it in my opinion.

We will definitely return but the service took some of the shine off of the evening.

Tags: Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I were both celebrating work-related achievements. We wouldn't think to go anywhere else to celebrate with great food and wine that Iozzo's. Cent'anni!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had a great filet and the halibut was excellent.
Chocolate pavlova. Need I say more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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