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Permanently Closed - Cerulean - Indianapolis

4.4
937 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Cerulean through food, at its best and at every level is about: communication, communion and joy, while
encouraging a modern sensibility that inspires.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 870-1320
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alan Sternberg
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South St.
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Parking details
$12 valet parking for restaurant guests with validation.

A public parking garage is located just north of the restaurant at 301 South Delaware Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The atmosphere and decor are awesome. The service was phenomenal. The food was far from a hit, it was a miss. Our group of friends eat out often. This experience was our most underwhelming of 2017. Two entre selections were not available. The filet was less than stellar. The lobster and pasta dish was mushy. The dessert box reminded us of a hodgepodge convenient store snacks in a beautiful presentation. On a lighter note the tuna tartar was refreshing and delicious and the single malt scotch offerings was impressive and our server Brian was polite, courteous, engaging and informed. Overall I was not happy on value and quality.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

So long to one of the best restaurants in the city. Sorry you are closing.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Great cocktails, and the food was delicious! Sad to see it go.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Very good service!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My first time there at the recommendation of my brother and his wife who had been there previously and said it was excellent. I took my wife for her birthday, so was hoping it would be good. It was actually outstanding and I recommend it for special occasions and for any time you're looking for a high-quality meal. Everything was very flavorful and well presented. I'm very sorry to hear Cerulean is closing, but they told me the location had its flaws and they never got the traffic that was promised from developers in the area. Definitely experience this place before it vanishes as it is a true gem in the city. Brett was our waiter and very attentive and ensured we had an excellent dining experience. Since it was her birthday my wife got a glass of champagne and a pastry she could share with the table. Amazing drinks from the bar, too. This is a class place that deserves to live on, so catch it before it becomes a fond memory.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

So SAD Cerulean is closing. It's our favorite restaurant in Indianapolis.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

We were hoping for a better experience to say our farewell to Cerulean. Alas, service was nonexistent, and he often seemed annoyed to be doing his job. We'll miss the food, for sure.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We are sorry to see them close. Never had a bad meal. Always excellent.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Friendly and attentive staff. Some of the food was very pleasing and other dishes were not that enjoyable to me.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Met up with family and friends for dinner before the big ten championship game. Looked on open table for reviews to pick a nice restaurant and we were not disapppointed. The BEST salmon I have ever eaten!! Others in my group ordered the sea bass and pasta and all were delicious. Friendly service as well! If we ever get back to Indy we will return.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Sadly, we found out that Cerulean is closing soon so we wanted to really enjoy a possible last time at this fabulous restaurant and we were not disappointed. Our server was GREAT - very knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and helpful. Our food and cocktails were, as always, amazing. We will miss this, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We visited Cerulean for my friend's birthday and had such an incredible time! The food was very different but tasty and the service was impeccable. Cerulean is an EXPERIENCE - from the atmosphere to the creative cocktails and main dishes, it is something you enjoy from start to finish with pleasant surprises around every corner! Our cocktails and the wine that was ordered were gushed over. The cheese board we started with was such a delight. Every entree was out-of-the-box but delicious and filling.
If you plan on going, be sure to leave room for their amazing desserts as well!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Absolutely amazing, some of the best food in Indianapolis hands downs. Went there to celebrate engagement and they were absolutely perfect.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Expensive, but the food was really outstanding. This was our first time at Cerulean. We look forward to going again and ordering from the menu.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Chef Alan never disappoints!!
Fantastic in every level and the new menu is delicious!
The staff is also wonderful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing food!!! Cerulean takes a unique combination of foods and creates masterpieces. Couldn't be more delicious!!! I will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Good food with nice preparation- quality ingredients. Good service. I would recommend giving them a try.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Came here for a dinner with some colleagues while in Indy on business. I saw reviews on OpenTable and Yelp and thought it would be good experience. When we got there, I was worried it was a mediocre hotel restaurant as it was literally in our hotel. Boy was i wrong! The food was amazing and everything was delicious. Also, a couple of my colleagues are really into craft cocktails and specifically Old Fashioneds so it was a pleasant surprise to see all the twists on the Old Fashioned that they had on their menu. Don't be fooled by the size, the drinks are strong! The corn and truffle ravioli was outstanding and we all wanted more. All of the appetizers, entrees and desserts were noteworthy. The ambiance was great as well. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Cerulean has quickly become the best restaurant in Indy. This place does not have a negative that I can think of. The service is great, and the food is even better.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a great dinner here while at a conference in Indianapolis. Food quality and taste was superb. We had a very enjoyable dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

So happy a friend recommended Cerulean to us; were visiting from Chicago and has such a wonderful dining experience, opting for the extremely reasonably priced 10-course tasting menu ($95 per/person) and pairings ($50 per/person - mostly wine but some additional beverages). Attractive space and an upscale yet very comfortable ambiance.

Our primary server Jamie was outstanding; so personalable and took great care of us throughout the evening; every other staff member we encountered was also warm and friendly - the front-of-the-house really enhanced the overall dining experience. The restaurant also did a commendable job accommodating a couple aversions we mentioned at the onset of the meal; we appreciated this flexibility and their desire to ensure we had a lovely evening.

The tasting menu was a thoughtful progression featuring creative Contemporary American / Asian fusion cuisine. The meal got off to an excellent start with an amazing pork belly bun. Throughout the evening the star ingredients shined with tasty sauces, spices and accompaniments that enhanced rather than overpowered. Ingredients appeared to be fresh and high quality and dishes were consistently well executed. The meal ended on a high point with a duo of phenomenal desserts.

Compared to other extended tasting menus we have enjoyed, this was one of the best values factoring in number of courses, ingredient quality, creativity, execution and portions (which were perfect - left completely satisfied, but comfortable). The beverage pairings were quite fun and also enhanced the dining experience; approximately nine different pours (also the perfect portion, enough to enjoy, but not leave too tipsy). Loved some of the wines.

Thanks Cerulean for such a wonderful evening; definitely plan to return next time we are in town!

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2017

They called and cancelled my reservation 2 hours before due to a water leak.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

From the drink special the Romeo to the Black cod from Sitka Alaska to the corn & chocolate dessert it was beautifully presented and delicious.
And they even sent out a chocolate happy birthday card with dessert.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Asked our waiter to pick a cocktail for me. It was delicious as were the cocktails chosen by the others in my party. Had a lovely amuse bouche from the chef. A unique and very tasty salad followed. I had the waiter help me choose my main course and was not disappointed. My pasta was perfectly cooked and proportioned well. My Husband's pork chop was incredible! The others at our table had salmon. It was also really good. The sides, a roasted cauliflower dish, and crispy brussel sprouts, had all of us clamoring for more! We enjoyed a nice Tempranillo red with dinner as well. We even ordered 2 desserts (something we don't usually do) A root beer float, and another "waiter's choice"- a chocolate, corn, thing with tortilla pieces, and a citrus touch as well. We left happy with full bellies!

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Our server, Brian, was terrific - he was excellent explaining the dishes and giving input. We tried several things we wouldn't have otherwise tried. Everything tasted so delicious! This was a work meal for 4, and we all had a great experience. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Part of our group arrived early, and meet up in the bar. Splendid whisky selection, knowledgeable bartenders, as a great drink called The Water Malone. Once our group was fully assembled, we moved to the dining room, where we enjoyed great service and food. I will go back!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

We had an absolutely spectacular meal here last night. Cerulean is a little outside the main drag of all of the restaurants and activities (but seriously, folks - like an extra 5 min walk) and is well worth planning to visit. It is visually beautiful. The staff were all pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. Most importantly, the food was really some of the best I have had. This restaurant would do well in a food Mecca like New York or LA or Miami; it is not getting by just because it is in Indy. It is truly spectacular and deserving of any accolades it has received. The corn ravioli with truffle butter: out of this world. Cojo salmon: cooked to perfection. The chef clearly knows their stuff. I will plan to return on my next trip to Indy. Really fabulous food. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Fabulous! Cerulean is my favorite place for dinner and drinks in Indy. The menu changes frequently so there is always something new to try. The Branzino was amazing and the Roasted corn ravioli was delicious (and a great vegetarian option). The cocktails were unique and so refreshing. Everything from start to finish was perfect.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

The staff are incredibly thoughtful and attentive. They were creative with the tasting menu and truly made sure we felt special.

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3.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent salads. Pricy entrees. Decor is beautiful and the bourbon choices are one of the best in Indy.

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Disappointing. The ambiance was great and we had high expectations. Cerulean failed to deliver. The table beside us (with 2 people) received 5 selections/courses before we received any food. We waited 40-45 minutes for our entrées. There was no explanation or checking in, until I caught the eye of our waiter. He then came over and said they were "plating" our food and it would be right out. 10 minutes later, our food arrived. If the food would have been great, we may have overlooked the wait/poor service and communication. It was not. One of the three items (pasta) we ordered was very good. The duck breast was just slightly overdone...so it was good but not great. The other pasta was okay but not great. So, all around, it was not a good dining experience.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a group of 9 friends at Cerulean for dinner. Our service was outstanding! I've been to Cerulean a few times with large groups and it's so nice to go to a restaurant willing to divide checks easily. We had amazing cocktails, delicious food, incredible sides (try the fingerling potatoes if they have them!), and decadent desserts! Everything was amazing.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Great Devour Downtown deal. Fabulous food and good service. Noise level is high.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

After a discussion with Chris about the options for 'devour downtown' we decided on options that would allow me to walk out the door. The salad ... good god, what a treat. The steak AND salmon without having to tell chef how to prepare these ... brilliant! Two nights in a row in a brand new city that has not disappointed has left this gal a very happy camper. Thank you for the warm welcome and the drink innovations. ❣️

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Absolutelty outstanding in every way. Probably among the best designed interiors of any restaurant visited in the last decade. Hats off!!!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Everything was excellent. We are looking forward to dining here again soon.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We went as part of Devour Downtown. It was a nice way to try it out. It is pricey but you certainly get your money's worth. Don't miss the bar upstairs.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Phenomenal food - ask for Jamie as your server. The Devour menu was awesome as a tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

The place was very loud. The food was so so. I tried it once that's enough. My husband thought it was ok also and he's not as picky as I. My husband ordered a desert for his 4th course but it never came but the waiter gave us a menu to pay for 1 we passed payed our bill and left. The bill was $70.00 plus tax payed $100 to be non impressed.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Always a magnificent dining experience. One of a just a handful of 1st class establishments.

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