Recess Tapas Lounge
Recess Tapas Lounge
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Recess Tapas Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.recesstapaslounge.com/
  • Phone: 2026377667
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday and Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Will Vivas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H and New York Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Recess Tapas Lounge
TAPAS STYLE PLATES WITH A SOUTH AMERICAN TWIST

Under the direction of Executive Chef Will Vivas, Recess Tapas Lounge offers an innovative and authentic Latin-inspired menu inspired by traditional dishes from Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Chile. Flavorful tapas, combined with fresh daily made Sangria, Mojitos, and a creative specialty cocktail list and wine pairing list make Recess Tapas Lounge the newest and most refreshing addition to the Washington DC destination dining community.
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Recess Tapas Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Tasty tapas
    Camcolor
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The food was quite good and our attentive server Ashley was wonderful especially following the chilly personality of hostess who barely looked up from her iPad. It's a bit drank but the drinks were memorable. Nice outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas
    SMcLaughlinVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Small plates to share. Very taste Salmon. my only disappointment is...the restaurant is only open thur-sat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    kennyavaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We went there on a $29 deal. That is an incredible deal. I almost felt guilty. The tapas were very nicely prepared and our server was cheerful and attentive. I can't ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rservation but no service
    Hungry2VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We had reservations early--at 5:30--but never got served. The restaurant is small and wasn't even full yet, but for the first half hour we were there, only one server was on duty. By the time a couple of others had arrived, we opted to leave rather than wait for service. A tapas restaurant needs more hands--not fewer--bringing food to the tables because of the turnover of the small plate orders. The menu looked interesting, but as the place got louder (they turned up the music), we decided it wasn't worth the wait.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Place to Hang Out
    JimBVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Recess is a great place to hang out for awhile. The food is excellent, a unique "spin" on the Tapas theme (a little more eclectic, a little less Mediterranean). The service is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is very energized by a young, hipster population (my wife and I are really neither, but we thoroughly enjoyed it). The mussels should not be missed, and the Lomo Saltado is fantastic. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    lakesidegalVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Great little place to have a good meal. Small plates, so have to order a few, but fun presentation and the flavors were great. Well prepared meal. Located in a basement, the decor is very modern and you soon forget you are in a basement. Definitely a great place to meet friends for a drink and light meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disaster
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Reservation at 4:30, they don't open til 4:30 restaurant was not ready. No waitress at front tabke in walking path. Menu changed however items on the menu was unavailable. Place a order they didn't have it so they substituted it with consulting me. The waitress attitude was I told the cook the correct thing. The entree came out luke warm. I packex the food to go.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    Happyandfull
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This is our second time visiting this restaurant. The food has been amazing each time! We have almost tried everything on the menu and still have yet to find something we didnt enjoy. Plus you cant go wrong with the bottemless pitcher of their delicious sangria!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was awesome!
    cparkVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We sat outside and ordered the bottomless sangria. Our waitress was very attentive and the pitcher was Never empty. You could switch back and forth between white and red sangria but the red was so yummy we never switched! The crab cakes were very good although I would have preferred broiled instead of fried. The garlic mashed potatoes were also a hit and obviously home made! The other people in my party ordered the stuffed plaintain and ceasar salads and were please with their selections. For tapas the portions were good size.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little hole in the wall
    MartyJVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Lomo Saltado was great, the fried calamari was delicious (although I think they should change the dipping sauce to marinara), chorizo y tostones was good, and the croquettes- chicken were all great. Service was great we had Ashley. The Sangria's were the main reason for our visit, but unfortunately were alittle disappointing. On the website they state they have Passion Fruit Sangria's, but when we got there and ordered it we were told they did not make that flavor. I would return though. Great Lomo Saltado!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Food and Drink and our
    HonmgryVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Super Food and Drink and our waitress, Chantell was an angel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • multiple visits to Recess
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    I really like this place. However, the last time I visited the food has taken a slight dive...the wait staff is fabulous but perhaps the kitchen needs to start paying a little more attention to the tapas...I am a fan and would love to stay a fan.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good..Red Sangria
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Food was good..Red Sangria was EXCELLENT..overall space was small but, atmosphere was chic!!!! Reservations are a must on a Saturday night....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Brandy
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Great food. Shantel, our waitress, was very attentive and took great care of us! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Food / Decent Service
    rtesmerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We had a good time and enjoyed the food, the service started out great, but got a bit slow halfway through the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dishes!
    MsWillieB
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I dined here for my birthday recently and everything was great! From the server, to the various dishes she recommended, to the sangria! Loved it ALL! And PLEASE try the brandy bread pudding for dessert! Um, WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always
    ElenaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    No complaints! Great food, friendly server, happy hour was served outdoors as well, tres leches was a nice finish of the dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service impeccable
    Deb2b
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    This is a below ground, trendy styled hole int he wall, good menu, full bar, and substantial portions. The service was unexpectably great. Great, the waitress did not leave us with an empty pitcher at all, always checked back 2 baited into our tapas, and was genuinely interested in honest feedback.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    My husband and I have been to Recess a couple times now, and it is always excellent. The food and service are above expectations. This most recent trip was to celebrate our nuptials and we were early welcomed by the staff. The owner even have us a free dessert and a free rounds if drinks for the table. Anytime we are in D.C.we make it a must to stop by this neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went for my second dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I went for my second dining experience. We arrived about 8:00 on a Wednesday evening and there were not many guests. It was restaurant week in DC. There was one large group having a great time but were loud. The space is tight and dark here. They play popular mainstream music while you dine. We tried the salmon, tilapia, stuffed plantain, and a beef dish. They were likes meals. We took 2/4 home. Sangria was good but was stronger the last visit. We started with red and they ran out so we had a peach flavored. I'd come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I tried Recess on Saturday. Our waitress was incredibly rude. We had ordered tapas and a bottomless pitcher of sangria. The waitress took a long time to bring out our first pitcher and completely forgot about our second one. She neglected us (and the next table) for the duration of the dinner. The only times she was "attentive" was when taking our order and when she was trying to pick up the check - in order to make sure we tipped her. She rushed us out because the restaurant turned into a club and we had to get up from our seats so that they could be moved out to make room for the dance floor - even though there was no one there and certainly no one dancing. While the food was ok, I wouldn't recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the tapas are great!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I'm working my way through the tapas menu and (thus far), I have been very satisfied. The scallops, steak, and asparagus are especially good. I was disappointed that the excellent lamb chops were missing from the menu, so I asked about it. The wait staff said that it was a "quality issue", and they hoped to have them back soon. The only other disappointment is the sauce for the fried calamari. While the calamari is good, I recommend skipping the tomato based (like ketchup) sauce. It adds no flavor and actually detracts from the dish. Other that, the food is really, really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food for a right price
    ElenaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Great food, nice outdoors seating, attentive and fun staff. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beware of Overcharging, Bad Service
    AutumnDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I have been to this restaurant before, but will NEVER return after this experience. There were only 3 tables (inside & outside) yet the service was awful. Once we finally received our food, she never came back to ask how the food was, as I would have informed her it was the fattiest piece of steak I've ever received in a restaurant & they should be embarrassed to serve it. I had to get up from my table more than once to go find any staff, once to correct a food order, another time to order a drink, again to request the bill & twice to correct the bill. The server had incorrectly overcharged us. I brought this to her attention, she disappeared for 10 minutes & brought back a bill that only corrected one of her overchargings. BUYER BEWARE!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I tried the Paella for the first time and it is now my new favorite. The Watermelon Juice/Water is absolutely refreshing! A must try.
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  • Great tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Flavorful dishes, nice portions for tapas. Friendly wait staff, nice decor. Will definitely return...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience
    lundadVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Loved everything about it. Just perfectly quaint, awesome food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    I love this place! The food is always good and the service is great. Because it is hidden away, there is never a crowd during lunch. They have updated their menu and everything was scrumptious. The watermelon water is a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Restaruant!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    I am so happy I took my husband to this restaurant. We decided to have our last romantic dinner as an engaged couple right before our wedding. The service was GREAT! the food was even better. I never knew the restaurant was there but its is def a spot we plan to revisit. The only down fall is the inside seating is tight for regular dinning but looks great for a club atmospher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and fast
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    This restaurant has an interesting setup. There are a few tables outside, but it was a hot day, so we went inside--which is all downstairs in the basement. The cool decor makes you forget you're in a basement, though. The food was good, service was friendly and quick, and we would come here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    The food wasn't bad but certainly not good either. We visited on a very slow Wednesday evening and the service and responsiveness was just as the atomposphere: slow. Would not return without an incentive.
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  • Awesome!
    LBluv2dine
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I celebrated my birthday here on Saturday. The service was over the top and the food was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Our dishes were great - we had the steak, calamari, lamb and shrimp skewers. All were very good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Yea Service Nay
    PastaBeaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    We sampled a number fo items and all were delicious. Service was problematic. Server seemed preoccupied and half way through the meal left and turned us over to a co-owner. Then the service got even worse. Long waits for dishes and drinks. Way to long to wait for the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a MUST!
    Dorado
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Sensational delicacies in an artfully decorated ambience! Very flavorful plates served by friendly and professional staff. Dining at Recess was very enjoyable to the four of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Happy Hour!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    I've been to the spot several times and the food is delicious! I would highly recommend for happy hour, make sure to try to sangria and the Brandy bread pudding it's to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    I've been there 4 times in the last month, so that says it all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dark. Service was weak...direc
    Dineb4ball
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Very dark. Service was weak...directed us to a table then asked us to move. Food was excellent. Love the scallops! A bit dingy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, Trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    I hadn't been downtown in a while, so visiting recess was enjoyable for my small group of friends. We made a reservation and once at the hostess stand, we were seated immediately. I read other reviews and was slightly worried, however, the sangria did not disappoint and the lomo saltado was excellent! The best part of the meal was the decadent bread pudding...I loved it so much, that I'm making my own today! Is this absolutely fine dining-no, but the food is enjoyable and the ambiance made me feel trendy! I would visit Recess again for dinner before going out on the town. How can I forget...they have valet-which I always love!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better as a bar.
    Jelemada2013VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    It's a really cool late night place, funky lights, great little bar. The sangria was nice. The happy hour vodka was undrinkable (and this is coming from someone who loves vodka). The specials menu had sweet potato and ginger soup, which is divine. The soup they provided was seriously sweetened with sugar (not sure why) - it tasted like a sweet potato and ginger pie was liquified and served as a soup. Really disappointing. My main however was great, salmon served on mashed potatoes and 2 asparagus spears (they really could have added another 2 more!). Overall, great little funky bar, music was great, but service, soup and vodka pretty disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.