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Recess

4.6
297 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(317) 925-7529
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Greg Hardesty
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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.
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Private party contact
Chelsea Mahurin: (317) 925-7529
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between E. 49th St & E. 50th St.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Call (317) 925-7529 or email adean@recessindy.com for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Sorry to see it close!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Chef Hardesty and his team will be missed!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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