NOOK A Paleo Influenced Diner

4.3
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Paleo Friendly
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Nook fuses a variety of culinary cuisines while incorporating Paleo principles including simple, fresh, whole foods.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(317) 759-3554
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Mohler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S Meridian St
What 145 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As someone with lots of food allergies, I wanted to try Nook to see if I could have a comfortable dining experience in Indy.
I have found my new favorite restaurant!
The staff was attentive and caring but did not make me feel awkward at all.
The food was fantastic and everything we tried was delicious and expertly paired. Bravo!

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BB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Like Paleo. Food needs help. Bland. Not a lot of flavor

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was terrible

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LG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was blown away at the menu! I eat gluten free and dairy free and I was able to eat an appetizer, main meal, and dessert!

Everything was delicious! I don't know what they cook the brussel sprouts or the sweet potato fries in, but it was amazing! Try the avocado mousse if you have room.

It was refreshing to go to dinner and not worry about ingredients. I have been recommending this to all of my friends!

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MC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

$12 for one taco. That is bland. No seasoning whatsoever. Would it hurt to put a small little salad on the plate just for presentation and to help the $12 price? 4 people dined, four different entrees tried, and one appetizer. The only thing with flavor was the shot of oil to start the meal.

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SS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Indianapolis for convention and the 4 of us are gluten and dairy free. We had so many amazing choices that we were in heaven. The drinks and food were delicious. Great service too. An excellent choice!

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L
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is wonderful restaurant for those who choose to try eating clean and the options are all very good! Portion sizes were adequate and service was very good. Highly recommend.

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here because my GF is on a keto diet, and while I am not there were a good number of things on the menu that looked really good. Tasted good, at a fair price and fair portion size. Would recommend to anyone especially someone on a Paleo, or keto diet.

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T
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem! Will return often! Great menu selections and fantastic food!

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RE
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Paleo and Whole30 menu. Our server was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful regarding our whole 30 questions.

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to this restaurant for the devour deal. For $30 a piece plus gratuity, we didn’t leave feeling like we received our money’s worth or enjoyed something we couldn’t make at home. The starter was bacon and guacamole. It was ok. I ordered the chicken and waffles and while the one small waffle was tasty the chicken was bland. My husband got the “lasagna” and he found the portion very small and very light with more vegetables and sauce than meat. The dessert “carrot cake” resembled the texture of pre-chewed food and it looked the same way. If I hadn’t spent so much money on the food, perhaps I would have enjoyed it but $70 for an average but over rated and at times bland meal was not worth it. The service was great and the ambiance was lovely but I will not be returning.

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TW
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant itself is casually elegant and the wait staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The server even had a master file of ingredients he shared with us. However, the food and its presentation were amateurish at best. The pistachio and goat cheese crusted salmon looked like the salmon filet was almost deep-fried, with a thick schmear of cheese and whole pistachios pushed into the cheese. No crust whatsoever. Other items our party ordered looked better but the chef really needs to up his/her game if this place is to survive.

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IC
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our experience was mixed. This was a group of 6 for lunch. While we were waiting for our food, the server told us it takes a while because it’s all freshly made, and that was fine with us. Then he dumped off the checks while we were eating and disappeared. We never had a chance to tell him that all the tacos were missing their sauces. The menu was confusing in that you could get just 1 taco for the same price as a taco, two sides and a cookie. Wth? Also, the almond flour tacos fell apart and did not hold their fillings. While I liked my lamb taco, I was told the angry chicken ones were not good. My friends’ pet peeve is food described as spicy that’s not actually spicy. The cookie was fantastic! I am willing to give it one more try, but I don’t think my coworkers are.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was no air conditioning, our server wasn’t attentive, our food was cold, and when we mentioned the issues we had our server told us they couldn’t do anything.

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k
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

After a Colts Game! Just what we wanted. Food and drinks were excellent. Bartender was excellent just working on speed in the kitchen we think!

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AB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We tried a new place for Devour Indy. Liked the Paleo concept. Would like to try other things on the more extensive menu.

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SR
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but for the price I expected more. I am excited there were Keto options, which is very difficult to find in restaurants, and loved the flavors and quality of the food. However, the portions were disappointingly small. I do not expect large amounts of food, but I do expect the price to better match the quantity.

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TK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

This was a very unpleasant dining experience from a food standpoint. We followed our waitresses recommendations since it was our first time there and ordered what was best and most popular on teh menu. Poke smelled very fishy and tasted the same. We did not finish it, which is atypical for us and poke. We left it on the side of the table anticipating a follow-up due to the small size of the portion - it sat there throughout most of the meal. The rest of the food came out at once despite ordering an appetizer. Bacon "chips" were flimsy and the complementing crackers were stale. The guacamole was moderately palatable but honestly that is difficult to mess-up. My goat cheese salmon was dry despite being asked to prepare medium rare. It looked like the cut has been frozen and there was a strip of connective tissue running down the center. The goat cheese overpowered every bite. The lasagna was fine, nothing exceptional or grossly unpleasant, but it was overshadowed by the unpleasant experience to that point. The texture and favor pf the carrot cake was likely a byproduct of the paleo approach to baking so we do not fault the restaurant for that not being up to par with the rich and creamy stable - but do not go in expecting that. The drinks were fine and not worth commenting on otherwise. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive but we cannot foresee ourselves ever returning. Thinking of that poke now and the lake of freshness to all the seafood makes me cringe.

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PO
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinning experience, enjoyed a wonderful dinner during Devour Indy! Will definitely return the service was a bit slow. Overall I found the food to be very tasteful and a pleasant evening with family.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and there was an option for every dietary restriction. The service was great and the vibe was perfect for my girl’s night dinner.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was perfect, the food was delicious, the dessert was carrot cake and it was amazing! It was so nice to go somewhere to eat and I could choose from anything on the menu and not worry that it would go against my diet choices

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joshua provided OUTSTANDING SERVICE for a job above and beyond! Will return when back in Indy!!!

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MO
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice concept in downtown Indy. Very fresh tasty and healthy feeling food. I would definitely go back

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NH
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness! I found the Nook on another restaurant search app and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was HIGHLY impressed the moment I walked in the door. From the sweet and witty hostess to the wonderfully attentive and patient server to the decor and delicious food, the entire night was a true treat. We invited friends to join us and it made me a bit nervous but from the moment we arrived, my doubts were erased.

This place is super classy and really intentional in its approach to food and its combinations. We ate the bacon chips and guacamole (heaven on earth), the Brussels sprouts (what is this dreamy sauce?!?), and I made my own paleo crust pizza and stuffed myself to the brim. Even the cocktails were amazing with healthy and fresh ingredients!! For someone like me with a lot of food sensitivities, going out to dinner can be a chore but this place made it so easy to identify what I could and could not eat with its well labeled menu. They even took the menu a step further and grouped the items by special diets! Keto, Whole 30, Paleo....who ARE THESE PEOPLE?!

I will definitely return. There is no question. Thank you for the amazing experience!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg. Gluten free, whole 30, vegan, low carb, whatever you need , they have it. The service is great, and it was a true “experience”. We learned of the health benefits of everything we ate and the taste was amazing of everything we tried

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Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We wanted to try this new restaurant and a paleo type menu. Wasn't disappointed. Service was somewhat slow on a Friday evening, even though it was not full and no people waiting to be seated. Seemed short-staffed. Wine and cocktails were enjoyable. Entrees were as expected. Nothing savory or too exciting. But we enjoyed the evening and will recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely be back! The food was delicious and healthy.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Quiet with good interior decor. Great food option for those on GF, Vegan or Keto diets. Ok service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling with a non-traditional diet can be such a challenge. Nook really made my night! They were out of short ribs, which made me super sad but their burger was great, I enjoyed the almond flour tortilla “buns” more that I thought I would and the arugula salad was lovely with just a hint of citrus dressing. I liked it so much I went back for lunch! Some things to know: the menu is limited, the menu is the same for lunch and dinner, the Zinfandel was full-bodied, the food is delicious and well prepared, the staff were great. I hope this place thrives and the menu expands so there are more options.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat food the way it should be cooked - healthy and fresh. Friendly staff and caring management team. Wish there were more of these all over the city.

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LB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were attend the GenCon convention. Great food and service. Bad screaming child.

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D
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the food. The Angry Shrimp Taco was wonderful (if you like spicy). Had a great conversation with Olivia, the manager. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal! Such a great atmosphere and so easy to choose anything on the menu without worrying about restrictions! Will be back for sure.

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EW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were here celebrating my birthday dinner with friends. The food was very good, but service was slow and not the professional level I would have expected for a higher-concept restaurant in downtown. Bar service was VERY slow (despite the restaurant not being very full). When we ordered a bottle of wine, they brought us a bottle 2 years younger (which we had to identify, they did not; apparently they were out of the exact bottle we ordered). Their remedy of a slight discount on a higher-priced bottle seemed underwhelming given we had a table of 4 ordering multiple courses and multiple drinks. All in all, a very nice meal in a nice setting. I hope their service can start to match the quality of their food for a truly consistent high-quality experience.

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RH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had issues with our first visit - busy night for a new restaurant led to a bad food experience. Came back for a second visit and we were glad we gave it a second chance. Everything tasted great, service was attentive and helpful throughout the evening. Space is nice and quiet enough to have a good conversation at the table. Lots of interesting choices substituting items into traditional dishes to make them paleo / gluten free / whole 30 compatible, with everything laid out on the menu to help the choices. Overall a great experience and highly recommended.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I was on a round of Whole30 and was really excited to have options that I didn’t have to modify. My husband is watching his gluten intake, so he wanted their Paleo options. Neither of us were happy with what we had to eat, drinks were good-he had prosecco and I had kombucha. I had the Whole30 tuna option and he had the primal pizza on paleo crust. The seasoning on my tuna was overpowering and not something I would season tuna with, the sweet potato mash had no seasoning, and my favorite part was the guacamole-stuffed jalapeños, but overall, I was not a fan of any of it. It didn’t seem to go together. Husband thought the crust had no flavor and actually took flavor away from the tomato sauce. We wanted to love it, but it fell short of expectations. I read in other reviews we were supposed to have a shot of olive oil to start the experience off and that did not happen.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was good staff play is good but the food was sub par the pizza was better and the crust though probably have cooked correctly it was good but it was burnt overall food look pretty sounded good but was not executed well

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and experience was very nice! However the whole thing ended rather quickly. We were in and out in 40 minutes after having an appetizer and our entrees. Definitely would recommend, but it is a bit pricey, so maybe only on special occasions!

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VS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great atmosphere ...very enjoyable. Highly recommend

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HL
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was so delicious, you forgot it was healthy. It was nice to be able to order from a menu and know it was made with good ingredients and not a lot of processed, filler foods. The presentation was excellent and we enjoyed every bit of it. I recommend sharing a bunch of different things so you can try more. Only thing they could improve would be the bar. They should have some Keto friendly drinks that aren’t loaded with sugar.

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