Last weekend some friends invited us out to dinner downtown and we had no idea where we were headed. We are more than happy to find ourselves at Chef Jospeh's. Finding a wonderful independently-owned restaurant that is walking distance to all there is to do in downtown Indy is a great find!

We entered and immediately loved the atmosphere.Upscale, but very welcoming ... unlike any other restaurant I've experienced in Indy. We felt at home instantly.

When it came time to order, we started with some wine and appetizers - Baked Goat Cheese, Roasted Pepper Tomato Sauce, Flat Breads and Sliced Almonds as well as Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Sriracha Mac & Cheese. It was certainly a great start to the evening!

For dinner, I couldn't pass up the Bison Burger with Mushrooms, Onions, White Cheddar Cheese, Worcestershire Mayonnaise and Coleslaw. It was mouth-watering and delicious!

My husband settled on the Six Cheese Ravioli with Sautéed Tomato, Garlic, Grilled Zucchini and a Balsamic Glaze. I had hoped to sneak a bit off his plate, but when I glanced over it was all gone. Guess I was too focused on my own meal!

We finished the meal with vanilla/raspberry cheesecake. I have to say ... my standard for cheesecake has now increased quite a bit. I'm not sure will be able to top that.

If my personal opinion isn't enough for you to check out Chef Joseph's, then maybe these facts are:

  • Chef Joseph's was voted one of the Top New Restaurants for 2012 in Indianapolis Monthly, one of the Most Romantic Restaurants on Indy's A-List, received an A+ Rating from Avanti, was a Diners Choice Award Winner 2012&2013 from OpenTable, AND was named Best New Restaurant by Nuvo NewsWeekly!
  • Chef Joseph's offers an Executive Lunch Tuesdays-Fridays from 11am-2pm.
  • Enjoy live music from the Baby Grand on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening and live performances from local musicians on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Pair a meal at Chef Joseph's with tickets to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra or the Indiana Repertory Theatre and you have a romantic evening all ready to go!

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