Recess

4.6
779 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Recess serves up good times, delicious American fare and zero red tape in Chicago’s West Loop. Retractable glass-paneled garage doors open directly onto our playful 14,500sq ft patio – the largest in Chicago. Executive Chef Amanda Salas's menu taps into the cravings of everyday life, offering casually elevated twists on well-loved dishes with a touch of playful Chicago swagger. From starters such as loaded tater tots to mains like the Recess Double Stack Burger and Citrus Peppercorn Shrimp, there’s something for every appetite (including vegan and gluten-free). Alec Pignotti’s beverage program takes a bright, ingredient-driven approach with cocktails both classic and original named with tongue-in-cheek references to Chicago culture and politics.

Recess is a 21+ establishment.

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What 779 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance, great music, server was sarcastic and hilarious we loved it!

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Amelia
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine, but honestly overhyped. We expected it to have a more moving around (playing giant connect 4)/unique/hang out vibe and it definitely didn't. Everything was very average and definitely not worth the trek to its location.

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JamyraC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great vibes and great food. Drink cups were a little small so we needed refills more often and it took some time for us to get refills. But the music and scene was very fun. And the food was good. Highly recommend the crispy Buffalo chicken rolls!

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AlexandraP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and a fantastic experience!

JO
vipJustOk
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was awful. Had to tell server what we ordered a couple times...drink order wasn't put in, had to ask for our drinks more than once. Things we ordered never came out. Just bad! Cute place, but won't return.

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TracyC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for young people and a great place to hang out and drink, enjoy the scene. We could tell they were understaffed as the service was a bit slow. The food was good! We got the pulled pork sandwich, cheeseburger sliders, and our kids got the pulled pork sliders. Cost for kids is GREAT. Probably won’t find anything better in the city. Our food was all good and we now want to find Bobs Pizza, which supplies their pizzas and each one that was walked by looked amazing.

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LizG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I already want to go back!! Every staff member was super nice, vibe was insanely good, and the food delicious. I have multiple food allergies and felt so safe there like I could truly enjoy myself. Service was excellent. Highly, highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited an hour to be seated when told by the hostess it would only be 15 minutes and that was with the reservation. Drinks are overpriced at about $15 per if not more. That’s not including tip.
Way too expensive to make it a regular stop. I’d say this place is a one and done. Go there, get your insta pics, and then head to somewhere with better service and more reasonable prices. Literally hundreds of bars to choose from in the city.

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ChiquitaF
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Recess is a cool spot that offers indoor seating as well as outdoor. The atmosphere, music, and scenery is superb! Only thing that I would recommend is a better late night menu option.

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Hannah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cindy was a great server! She was very attentive and friendly :)

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Fjones
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The food was terrible, the atmosphere was nice. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy music and drinks after a meal elsewhere perfect place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It should be noted that Recess may be the loudest place on earth.

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BhautikP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience5

They were greedy for more tip. We tipped 12% but they were in need of more tip.

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KevinW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a work happy hour here and the food and drink were exceptional. We’ll definitely be making repeat trips here for a long time.

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vipAdrianR
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

MR
vipMandyR
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating my wife’s birthday

CD
vipCherylD
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great roof top area.

MJ
vipMJD6
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I've been wanting to try this place for awhile now. I went here to celebrate my birthday with some friends on a Tuesday night. They were very clearly understaffed and our service was pretty awful (however it wasn't her fault as she had way too many tables to take care of). Some of my friends ended up leaving before they were able to eat as our server forgot to put in their food orders (multiple times) and their food never came. The food we did get was decent especially the loaded tots. I can only imagine what this place is like on a weekend.

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TravisK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a lively for a Tuesday evening but definitely a vibe. It's a perfect spot for day parties on the weekends or after work happy hours (probably a thursday or friday). Service was a little slow, probably with how busy it was, but it was not a deal breaker. I enjoyed the evening, would certainly go back, and would recommend to others.

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CatorreeR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Don’t be fooled the pitcher that cost a 100$ on the menu doesn’t serve 10-12 people like it says, 4 of us went and only got 1 1/2 glass worth of liquor before it was gone and management doesn’t even know the proper line it’s technically supposed to be at but will claim she knows everything is measured. & they put so much ice in there so ask for no ice and because they gone bring it in the cup too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We ended up leaving early and going somewhere else because the service was so slow. Our waitress was nice - it may have just been due to staffing. It didn’t seem that busy. The 1 round of drinks we got at the bar waiting for our table we reserved and app we got once seated was fine- standard bar food. Overall I would not recommend. There are way more places in the area that have better food.

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StefanieM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food and drinks were great, but the service was lacking. Our server seemed to forget about our table, took a while to get our order, would leave before we gave our full order, wouldn’t check in with us, and forgot to put one of the entree orders in.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I was so excited to come to this spot as I’ve seen it everywhere lately, left super disappointed ! We had extremely slow service the entire night. Our waiter rarely came to our table and we had to wait almost 40 minutes for our first round of drinks and shots. We received no apology from our waiter and he made it seem like we were the rude ones for wondering where our drinks was. Working in the service industry, I completely understand that things get backed up and crazy. But communicating is key with customer service ! Patron shots @$13 a pop, slow service and even tho I made a reservation we did not sit in the cooler part of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, apps were awesome. Service was a little slow but everyone was so nice! Music and energy were up, so great place if you’re okay with a little noise. Very fun!

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Eric
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Awful service and poorly understaffed, thankfully our waitress had a good sense of humor about it. Order drinks at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were super nice! They provided excellent customer service and the food and drinks were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Sister’s 40th birthday

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JameerT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend bottomless mimosas here

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Birthday brunch.

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HannahV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really fun time with good drinks and good vibes - service was a little slow but I know there were only a few waiters covering lots of tables!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

How much fun you have at Recess all depends on where you’re sat. The first 2 times I went, we were sat more toward the bar area, and that was SO fun. More of a scene, you’re near the DJ and just the general vibe is much more lively. This time though was SO boring. We were sat in the large open general area by the containers. The flow of this area sucks, and is cut off by the raised middle portion of seating. You feel very removed and it’s just meh. I would not go back unless we were guaranteed seating toward the front.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Young crowd, loud, food was awful. Would come back for the drinks and people watching

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BevS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Dogs were cute, but the staff serving us at our table was really rude for no apparent reason. Not to mention it was my birthday, but good place for pictures. Drinks are okay.

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Foodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take your friends to chill type of spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Took for ever to bring food and drinks were over priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Charged us DOUBLE the amount on our bill and we’re trying to call them but they keep transferring me to random people and giving me random emails. HORRIBLE!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and great drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outdoor space is great! Fun music and lively atmosphere. Service was sufficient and everything came out in a timely manner. Food was nothing special and a bit on the over salted side. I was under the impression that the $10/person reservation fee was applied to the final bill; however it was not deducted when we paid. Would definitely go back for drinks and fun, but wouldn’t seek this place out for a yummy meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, food and service was awesome. The nice view and just overall highly recommended!!!

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ChiDinnerGirl
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Server was excellent in terms of friendly customer service, although the wait time in between cocktails and food seemed infinite - though I hardly hold the server exclusively responsible for that. Beyond that if Recess didn't have the ambiance the food is ultra mediocre and unimpressive.

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You can order delivery directly from Recess using the Order Online button. Recess also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Recess is rated 4.6 stars by 779 OpenTable diners.

Recess does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/2044/in-recess.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.