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  1. Distance: 0.34mi
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  2. Distance: 0.81mi
  3. Distance: 1.76mi
  4. Distance: 1.88mi

About Recess

Recess is the ultimate culinary playground. Every day chef Greg Hardesty and his culinary team create a four-course pre-fixe dinner from scratch, using for inspiration the season’s freshest local and regional ingredients. Please check our website each day for the menu.

4907 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 925-7529

Website:
http://www.recessindy.com/

Parking Details:
We have limited parking in front of the building but there is ample street parking as well as an empty lot directly across the street from us that is open to public parking.

Executive Chef:
Greg Hardesty

Private Party Facilities:
Recess is proud to offer 2 semi-private dining spaces accommodating groups of 14 up to 75 guests. With our diverse four-course menu, featuring the freshest in season local ingredients, and wine pairings, Recess can accommodate a variety of special events.

Private Party Contact:
Chelsea Mahurin: (317) 925-7529

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Call (317) 925-7529 or email adean@recessindy.com for more information.

Recess Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This was it. The last night. It was an honor to eat there one last time, and we even got to hear a few words from the Chef as he fought back tears. Such a lovely evening. Recess will be missed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 18, 2017

A fond farewell to Greg and the Recess crew.
You have enhanced our lives.
Thanks & cheers.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 16, 2017

it was as wonderful as it always is. Terribly sad it is closing. I hope Greg will find other ways to share his amazing talent.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Recess is closing. Expected a little bit better but owner appears to be going through the motions. I suspect he is embarrassed and disappointed he could not keep this fine dining establishment open.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Arguably the best restaurant in Indy. Greg Hardesty is the most innovative, yet consistently on the mark chefs around. So unfortunate for us that he has decided to move on. But good for him and his family.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food as always. Our waiter was outstanding. We will miss this place. Thank you, Chef Greg Hardesty, and good luck moving forward.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was very good, ingredients very adventurous. I don't think I would pay that price tag again but I'm really glad we got the chance before they close.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Wonderful Valentine's Day! Sad they are closing! Our server was great also!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent, per usual. Sad to see it go... Looking forward to Chef Hardesty popping up randomly around town in his retirement.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Sorry to see it close!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Greg ,

I'm not sophisticated enough to understand the menu, but always delicious! Thank you for the great experience each time we visited Recess! I'm not the biggest foodie, but really appreciate all of your restaurants over the last 15 years.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Chef Hardesty and his team will be missed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Reviews don't matter - they're closing next week! Go while you still can...

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food5
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Only one week left until this gem closes their doors! We wish Greg much success with his future endeavors! We've loved Recess and we're sorry to see it close!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 3, 2017

It will be quite a loss to the foodie community when Recess closes its doors. Be sure to visit soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2017

If you desire Indy's most creatively delicious and upscale meal with the best service and atmosphere, you had better get on the waiting list! Recess will always be the best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Devour Indy was going on when we went so there was a discounted special menu that offered only a choice between a cheeseburger or fried fish (fluke). There was supposed to be a first course choice between a Caesar salad or bean soup... The bean soup was crossed off the menu and it was relatively early in the night. I made the assumption that the Devour menu was in addition to the regular menu but it wasn't. Burger or fish with a salad $30, no other options (dessert was an extra $12). Bottom line is that this place is closing in a week or so and it's obvious that the chef has lost his passion. I wish I could have tried it when it was on top. But regrettably it doesn't come close to living up to the hype.

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food3
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The combination of quality and quantity did not match the expensive price tag. Not going back

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I had not been to Recess in about 6 months or so. I used to go A LOT because every meal was amazing. But this experience was just ok. I am hoping it was due to devour DT.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Minimal menu because of Devour Indy. Food was good, but not up to normal quality. Pricy based on the meal. No raw bar anymore!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Fabulous meal and service. Outstanding blending of flavors!!!!!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Perhaps it was the kitchen's fault, but service was very slow even though I ordered the set menu. Not a problem on past visits.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We had a great meal at Recess last Saturday. The menu is limited but the food is delicious. You can take the daily prix fix with or without wine pairings or if you're not that hungry you can order ala cart from the prix fix. Menu changes daily. Not the place for someone only wanting a steak. This is a foodie restaurant at very good value. Good wine list and friendly service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Some of the best food ever. Amazing service and also perfect wine pairings. My rye manhattan was perfectly executed, as was my husband's martini.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 17, 2017

The Sea bass and beef were excellent. great salad and service. The place was empty on a Tues. night but c'est la vie. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Recess consistently continues to be one of Indianapolis's most amazing restaurants. Easy to get to, easy to park, and so comfortable inside. The food is both exotic and filling...giving the diner a double whammy of WOW. Last night we had an amazing double fish course, both courses were delicate and powerful in their own right-each was just as good as the other. Bookended by a simple but lovely salad and a mind blowing dessert. Nobody does it like Greg Hardesty. If you want a sure thing, here is where to come.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 10, 2017

With the menu ever-changing, you are always in for quite the ride here. The food is cooked perfectly and the combination of flavors is mind blowing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was excellent! Highly recommend the wine pairing! Mushroom salad - tartar- sirloin and halibut. Decent service - somewhat slow but it was New Years

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2016

3 of the 4 courses were great, but the fish course was a little bland. However, at $68 a person it was over priced.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Fantastic as always. My favorite place. I Always get the wine pairing and I am never disappointed.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Great place with good food. Good for dates and casual dinner. Service was great but the food/drinks are way overpriced!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Great server, exceptional food (and drinks), overall it was a very pleasant experience of fine dining!

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2016

The food, the service, the atmosphere were all superb. It was the perfect spot for meeting old friends and new. It was interesting eating the same thing as everyone else at the table. My old friend has food allergies and the staff took care of her needs as well. Will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

We very much enjoyed the menu with the wine pairings. The food is outstanding and service is spot on. Very nice find as a visitor to Indianapolis. If we lived here, Recess would be a weekly go to restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Organic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 14, 2016

It was as close to perfect as a meal can be.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Great food, overpriced. Would likely not return, however it was a good experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Wasn't impressed. Little food for the high prices and no real options to order ala carte. We were still hungry post meal.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Recess is without a doubt the best restaurant in Indianapolis. Every dish is impeccably prepared and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgable and friendly. The wine list is unique and outstanding. We love to bring our foodie friends from out-of-town to Recess. They are always impressed this restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Based upon others reviews we chose Recess. Big mistake. Food was served cold. That was bad enough but the steak I ordered came tasting like seafood. VERY expensive for a little tiny portion on a very large plate

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2016

WOW! I found Recess when looking for James Beard nominees and wasn't disappointed. My wife and I had the four course meal with wine paring and it turned out to be one of the best meals we've had. The decor is sparse, but wait staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgable about the food and wine. This is definitely a come back place when we're in Indianapolis.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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