About Courses Restaurant
Courses Restaurant is not your typical restaurant - it's an interactive, real-life classroom experience for Ivy Tech Community College's culinary and hospitality management students.
Your dining experience is a combination of the efforts of our students and instructors from multiple classes - including Customer Service, Bar Management, Event Management, Plated Desserts, Classical Cuisine, and Specialized Cuisine. It is all a part of the program that makes us a Center of Excellence for the college and meets the objectives for our accrediting body, the American Culinary Federation. You are getting a 5-star experience all around!
For more up-to-date information, visit us at:
International, French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Because we are a classroom first, we only provide service during academic semesters; service dates are limited and require a reservation.
To make reservations for parties over 4, please email Rhonda Kaley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 968-1659.
||FALL DATES OF SERVICE||
*Lunch seating is between 11:00 and 12:15pm.*
*Dinner seating is between 6 and 7:15pm*
lunch: 24, 25, 31
dinner: none offered
lunch: 1, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
dinner: 1, 8, 15, 22
lunch: 12, 13, 26, 27
dinner: none offered
lunch: 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 30
dinner: 3, 10
lunch: 1, 8, 14, 15
dinner: none offered
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The parking lot south of the building is free. If there are no open spots, you can also utilize the parking garage one block south of the building.
Chefs Allen Edwards and Allen Elsesy
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Courses Restaurant can do special events on Tuesdays-Thursdays, but since we run the restaurant using students, we need 4-6 months prior notification to ensure your event works with our class curriculum. The restaurant holds up to 100 people comfortably.
Courses Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Great food and spectacular views
You can never go wrong supporting the student-run restaurant. From the students in the kitchen to the students serving an overall great experience. An added bonus is the best view in the city as awarded by Indianapolis Monthly.
Best view in Indianapolis and a great ro ...
Best view in Indianapolis and a great romantic spot. It was wonderful to support a student program but don't expect a fantastic meal. Great value for the experience when you take into account the ambience and the fact that you are supporting aspiring chefs...
All the right things, all together!
1. Service is #1. They just can't do enough for you! 2. Taste and quality. Our Indian menu was "American temperature," but really well flavored, authentic. 3. Atmosphere can't be beat. Best view in Indy, soft music and attentive staff = romantic! 4. Wine list is short but our Malbec was superb! 5. Prices are very straightforward and reasonable. This is a real find.
A little disappointed
Service excellent. One reason we like to dine there is the opportunity to interact with the students.
The shepherd's pie was too large for one person and some of the meat was tough.
The lamb was tough also. The seafood appetizer would have been better at least warmed. We ordered decaf coffee to go with the dessert - never arrived. The other dishes were very good.
Do not publish this on open table but send to Courses.
I loved the ambiance, food and non-prete ...
I loved the ambiance, food and non-pretentious nature of the place. The students were conscientious and very willing to please. Food was well prepared and very nice presentation. Price was extremely reasonable. I plan to go again.
Supporting the Culinary Arts
This restaurant is a great hidden secret destination as well as a great way to support vocational programs run by Ivy Tech. Where else can you get a 3 course chef meal for $22? The food mussels and salad nicoise starters for flavorful and nicely plated. The duck cassoulet and steak au poivre melted in your mouth. The apple tart tatin and choclate pot de creme finished off the meal nicely. The penthouse restaurant view is beautiful. The only negative from our dining experience was that our cocktails took a little long to arrive and one of the starters appeared before the other - we've been to pricier establishments and suffered far greater mis-steps. Otherwise service is attentive and the student staff provides a very enjoyable evening out. Show your support and check out this on your next lunch or dinner out.
delicious food, great atmosphere, fantastic view!
My husband and I very much enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious, the ambience was lovely (including the beautiful view), and the student servers were great--polite and attentive but not obtrusive. We had the latest reservation timeslot so unfortunately three of the four appetizer selections were gone. That being said, we both enjoyed the appetizer (escargots) we might not otherwise have chosen as part of our prix fixe dinner--we both agreed that what could have been an annoyance was actually a serendipitous event because we broadened our culinary horizons a bit with a new & delicious dish. Both of our entrees were delicious and the dessert was sumptious and elegance. Plus, much to our surprise, our drinks were comped due to the menu items that were no longer available when we arrived. All in all, a wonderful meal in every respect for a very modest price and the chance to support students in the Ivy Tech hospitality program. We'll be back!
Learning experience. Worth trying.
Since it is a school. I think there should have been a critique sheet at the end. I will go back. Most of the food was very good. Parts of my entree were not cooked correctly. Several items were not warm enough when served. Service was very slow. That is ok since it is a school. Would have liked a way to give feed back.
Went to Courses for the first time last ...
Went to Courses for the first time last week for lunch. Had the best gazpacho since visiting
Spain. We love supporting a teaching school that emphasizes preparing an attractive plate
and flavorful dishes. Chef Edwards cares that the food being sent from the kitchen by the
students is perfect. In fact we had a short wait for our dish because the chef wasn't satisfied
with the risotto and had the student remake it. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality
of the food for the inexpensive price. The wine list was short but well chosen. We had a lovely
white burgundy. We will definitely return for lunch and looking forward to having dinner there
in the future. Bon appetite!
Great Evening at Courses
We found Courses searching for culinary schools with restaurants. Very well worth while going. We had a great meal at a great price in a historic penthouse room with a great view of Indianapolis.
We very strongly recommend this restaurant and its staff.
Big bang for the buck!
Fabulous food and presentation! As this is a training exercise for students, did not know what to expect, but it far surpassed anything imagined. The wait staff could use more training/knowledge of table etiquette, place settings, etc., especially for a white linen formal atmosphere. For what they lacked in knowledge, they made up with attitude and friendliness.
Best kept secret
Absolutely incredible. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxing. The service was a little shaky but it is staffed by hospitality students learning. The instructor was unassumingly helping out and giving pointers. I have recommended it to everyone I have spoken with since our Thursday evening dinner. I hope to be a regular there. Haha. It would be great for a private party.
All around nice guy
From start to finish I received a level of service that would rival that of any fine dining establishment in the city. Likewise the food was equally as well prepared and tasty as any restaurant in Indianapolis.. I was totally impressed with every aspect of my lunch. Will definitely be returning for lunch and dinner.
Ivy Tech students do a great job!
This was our first time to lunch at Courses, and we were very impressed with the work the Ivy Tech students do. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, and the service was first rate. The Middle Eastern buffet was attractively presented, and had a nice variety of offerings. It's great to see that wonderful dining room in service once again. What a great opportunity for the students!
A Hidden Gem
We have been to Courses several times, and it never ceases to be a true experience. The staff is so well trained...you are served but you are not 'nagged'. They hand you the entrée and wait before they ask you 'how is it?' The view is terrific, even in the winter. This is a true gem. rare, not easy to get to(open only on Thursday) and well worth the wait. The food is well prepared, plated and served. The servings are the correct size...you never feel stuffed, just satisfied.
Sky high Mid-North Indy quality dining experience
Courses (make sure you go to the penthouse and don't stop at the cafeteria downstairs) is managed and staffed by the Culinary school at Ivy Tech. As such, it is a learning environment but one which explores a variety of international cuisines.
The restaurant is typically open one day a week. Because word is getting out, reservations are recommended -- both to give the staff an idea of the amount of food to prepare, and also to give you the best shot at a window seat. The view from the penthouse is one of the best in the city.
As you might expect, the food is very good to outstanding. The staffing, because it's not working on a daily basis, is not quite at the same level. But, students and teachers want you to have a quality dining experience, so don't hesitate to let them know if you require anything.
Courses provides 3 course meals for lunch, not quite sure about dinner. It's a prix fixe approach -- $12 for lunch, $22 for dinner. On the docket are Southeast Asian, Spanish Tapas, and classical French.
It's one of the few quality dining establishments in the Mid-North of Indianapolis, so do try it out.
Part of the proceeds from meals and all tips go to the Culinary program, so you're helping out the school as you dine.
Birthday Dinner with Style!
This was my 9th birthday celebration at Courses. Compared to the previous years when the student restaurant was in a marginally converted classroom Courses is wonderful! The service is excellent, the view phenomenal, and playing a role in providing practical experience for students while enjoying a top notch meal is win-win. Excellent wine list. Full range of appetizers, dinners, and beautiful desserts. The staff always assure that we have the best time. Request the round "window" table for 5 - 6 and settle in comfortable chairs and prepare to be wowed!
Not as polished as normal
I understand that this is a student run restaurant as I work for the college that manages the program. Our waiter was off his game. He didn't have his glasses, so we ended up assisting him with the handheld order pad. He forgot to take our lunch order until after the appetizers were eaten. My guest's meal wasn't very warm but we had waited quite a while so didn't send it back. The food was very tasty, it just wasn't my normal dining experience at Courses. This being said, I'm going back tonight - - so obviously I still really like the restaurant!
Located in the historic former Stouffer's Hotel building is a huge plus for those of us that recall the days when it housed visiting celebrities to our city. The ambiance is amazing, with 180 degree views of the Indianapolis skyline. That alone is worth a visit to Courses for lunch or dinner and a great place to take visitors so they can get a birds eye view of our beautiful city. Linen table cloths let you know you are someplace special. The menu offers selections that should suit any taste. I had Fish and Chips and was extremely pleased. My only suggestion was to offer malt vinegar rather than regular vinegar as a condiment for the Fish. The service was great, we had a pleasant young lady that was informed about menu selections.
This was my second visit to Courses. I chose the lamb stew. The lamb was tender, juicy and flavorful. The other ingredients, not so much. While the inclusion of a variety of stewed fruits (apricots, lemons, etc) was creative and interesting, they overwhelmed the dish with their pungent taste, beyond bite-sized amounts and "chewy" (not tender) substance. I did not find those ingredients edible or tasty. Our service, especially for the appetizer, was very slow, but our waiter was spot-on with our drink refills. One repeated curiosity was the lack of an iced tea spoon (or any spoon) with an iced tea order. Not the near-perfect experience of my first visit, but it is a "learning" setting, and I will return--at least once more.
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