Recess

4.6
860 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 860 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.7
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food come out sporadically which is annoying when with multiple people. The sliders were hard. Pico de Gallo was bad. The pizza was cold. Drinks were forgotten. Overall food wasn’t great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Lack of service. We waited a long time for our drinks and took forever to grab the attention of the waiter. You can tell their was a supervisor going around but from sitting down and ordering food everything took a while. And it was not packed for a usual Sunday.

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SentaeT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our waitress was overworked with tables so she kept forgetting items and drink. The wait time for to come and check on us was extremely to long.

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Julie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

food was bad, came out sporadically. Didn’t receive half of what we ordered, had to get up and get our waiter to bring us plates and cutlery. We were a group of six seated in the darkest area of the restaurant and had to use our phones to see the menu and our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great drinks. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere, great place to bring friends visiting Chicago!

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and location. Staff was really engaging.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was friendly and provided quick service. The dj was playing great music. I enjoyed the food and received it quickly. The ambiance was fun and it was a cool touch to add games for guests to play. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Security was nice. I did come across a woman while looking for parking nearby that had her window busted and her child’s book bag was taken. That was unfortunate and a risk to park on the street. Thankfully there was a parking lot across the street. However, driving a larger truck does require wider spots. Overall, my husband and I had a wonderful date night and experience at RECESS and look forwarded to coming again.

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JesusB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Servers where very nice, they where very busy, they seemed understaffed. Food was solid. Atmosphere was great.

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ADubs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the casual vibe and ample space so we didn't feel crowded. Perfect for a group happy hour. The food was excellent.

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JaelynB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Food was pretty good, it was very fun just had terrible service. Not sure if it’s always like that but the service made me not really want to come back for a second time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Good food. Decent prices.

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NicoleJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance! A bit overpriced. Two meals and two (non alcoholic) drinks were $70. A bit out of control if you ask me. Otherwise it's a cool spot.

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JenniferP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hailey was our waitress and she was amazing! The vibe & the food was great! I’ll be coming back!

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vipChrisD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our waitress was not really super attentive until the very end. Additionally, she forgot part of our meal and it was only when we flagged her down did she go looking for an update.

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THouse
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice ambiance, but the food was overpriced. It was not bad. I love the decorations overall.

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KennyG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated all our needs for our big party. Great job Zachary!! I recommend everyone to go here

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Christi
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful place. I enjoyed the vibes, food and decor.

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EbonyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My waitress (I think Amanda) was inattentive and seemed to be avoiding our table. She would stop by the tables around us several times and us way less.

We never got our appetizer. That wasn't at all apologized for.

We had to literally call her to get our check.

I love this place but that service was unacceptable.

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vipPreetiL
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great place to hang with friends for some drinks and enjoy the vibrant ambience. I was not impressed with the food I ordered - breakfast burrito was pretty bland!

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Kara
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Recess has an amazing atmosphere and a really cool patio! We had white sangria, chicken tenders, a slice of cheese pizza and the hummus. A couple parts of our order got lost in the shuffle (it's a massive place) but when we told our server she quickly rectified it. All of the food was hot, fresh and delicious. The sangria was strong and not super sweet; I enjoyed it but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. I also got a free shot for my birthday. Music was great; lots of pop hits that everyone will know and like. Overall a great place to start or end the night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stuff was very friendly. Everything was nice! Definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable 👍🏽

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TaylorF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very fun atmosphere! Can’t go wrong with indoor or outdoor seating.

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SimonG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Pretty cool

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The buffalo rolls are the best! And you have to try the creamsicle pie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vibe! A blast!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got brunch here and it was a lot of fun. The waitress was very kind and went above and beyond to help me out. Got a slice of Bob’s pepperoni pizza, buffalo chicken rolls, & a bloody mary and it hit the spot. We also tried the cold brew with baileys and it was sweet but good.

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Jayjay
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great. The also played a variety of music. The food was good. The drinks were good just overpriced.

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Vivi
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was pretty amazing. We just weren’t too crazy about the prices but overall great experience!!

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BasiaB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love my experience! Drink and food were great! Would definitely recommend!

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MorganB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for our team happy hour. Our server was wonderful and we had a great time!

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Riea
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great for drinks, not so much on the food. The chicken sandwich and breakfast burrito were so depressing. Eat before!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice place really good food and drinks. The music was very versatile I loved it, it was just too loud!

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mitchp
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for bachelor party. Highly recommend

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JJ219
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated promptly. Great food, excellent service. Plenty of paid parking close by. Ambiance was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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vipCKCK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous outdoor dining experience. Dog friendly. Fantastic cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I had an after work happy hour and had a wonderful time. The drinks and food were both good all at a reasonable price.

FAQs

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 860 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.