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Recess, Chicago, IL

Recess

4.4
4.4
1225 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 Boo Kim'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 the Loaded Tater Tots and The Quilted Hog (Our Giant Pig in a Blanket) to mains like the Pork Belly Sandwich and Braised beef Short Ribs, there’s something for every appetite (including vegan and gluten-free). Stephenie Jensen’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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 801-1181

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Boo Kim

  • Private party facilities

    Our sister venue – City Hall – is an unparalleled choice for weddings, private functions, live events, conferences, product launches, commercial video & photo production, and fundraising galas. The building’s industrial character is preserved with touch points inspired by historic municipal buildings, while classic details and finishes, enhance the space’s timeless decor. With your vision, our team is ready to expertly host your event of a lifetime. Learn more about City Hall at their website: https://thecityhall.com/

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Green Street

  • Parking details

    A paid parking lot is available across the street on Kinzie.

  • Public transit

    Green or Pink Lines to Morgan StopBlue Line to GrandI-90 to Racine (right off of the exit)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PS

    PaigeS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    For my first experience, I feel like the hype was a little overrated. Food was good, the drink menu needed more variety other than gin and vodka .. ambiance was nice we went on a beautiful day
  2. LC

    LesleyC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was good except for the cocktails. They were pretty expensive to be watered down
  3. r

    rndmdnr

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Experience for a high energy weekend dinner! Loved the food and the energetic atmosphere! As busy as this place was, food and service were outstanding all served up in a fun atmosphere. Definitely a place to return again, and with friends!
  4. LB

    LydiaB

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Pretty mediocre food but decent drinks that make up for it
  5. DW

    DominiqueW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Erica was amazing, and the food was great
  6. KJ

    KishaJ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a 20th birthday…1st visit for the birthday boy! A good experience!
  7. KW

    KairisW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a special needs child with us and our server was patient and professional. It made the experience extra enjoyable.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Atmosphere and server was amazing, however our food took an extremely long time which never happens. But I’ll keep coming back, because Recess is always a great time
  9. AK

    AlexisK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The chicken and waffle fries appetizer was SO good, will definitely have to come back to try other things!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The place would be so much better if you had enough food options for the men in your life.
  11. QM

    QeaunaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Only real issue is the cheap tequila used for the frozen drinks had me extremely sick the next day. Because it’s frozen they had to use something very cheap and strong. I was extremely sick off only one drink. Very disappointed.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Layne was amazing! Loved her!
  13. BM

    BriannaMW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Drinks and ambience were great! Pass on the Mac and cheese… but the chicken and waffle fries were sooooo good.
  14. AP

    AprilP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, great ambiance and good food. Drinks were good and everything came out in a timely manner
  15. YG

    YseniaG

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I really enjoy the space & set up. Everyone from security to servers are welcoming and helpful. My first time coming here in February, I found the food to be awesome. Chicken & waffles fries were my favorite. This 2nd time around we happened to come on the day new cook staff was being trained. Food wasn’t exactly warm & a dish was almost forgotten. Our server was kind & asked for that dish to be comped. I’m hoping the next visit, the food will be as my first experience. Definitely worth a try, especially for brunch.
  16. PD

    PriscillaD

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The ambiance and food were outstanding but they need to step up their coffee game. We went for Sunday Brunch after a fun Saturday night of partying. We told the waitress no alcohol. We ordered cold crew coffees and regular coffee and there were no milk alternatives no sugar substitutes and they brought one of the cold brews with baileys in it when we specifically said no alcohol. The coffee tasted awful. We sent it back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my friend had brunch there this morning. Our server was lovely, Our Spicy margaritas were just perfect and Our food was delicious. Great service Recess Team. Be back soon! Xoxo
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great patio spot! The Buffalo wontons were super yummy
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time visiting recess I had the best experience. The food was the best part, definitely a 10/10. Thank you to our waitress Erica she was very polite, efficient, and quick. The drinks was a 7/10 and the music was a 5/10 I think the music chose could be a little better.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Mary Kate our server was not even good at providing us service. She’d ask if we needed something but she’d be walking by as she’d say it and she’d never stop walking. So we put in an order for 3 starters and only 1 came we never got any tableware so we just had tater tots and water. Nothing else we ordered ever came. We ordered a pizza and asked her for drinks tableware and straws ect she brings tableware and nothing else. The pizza comes an hour later. And we still hadn’t got the original two starters we put in with the tater tots but we only could catch her a few times and she just said sorry maybe I didn’t hear you order anything but tater tots. This was the worst server experience I’ve had in years hands down she was not serving at all.
  21. AP

    AlbertoP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to come with friends and enjoy the vibe. Highly recommend with a reservation for afternoon. Gets pretty busy! Great place to hang out!
  22. B

    Brian

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst customer experience ever. There were many open tables and the hostess would not seat us due to reservations in place. We waited 30 minutes and all the tables remained empty.
  23. JS

    JackieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    My first time at Recess was good! Our server Luciana was very energetic and helpful. The ambiance was great and the crowd was perfect for a Friday night in Chicago. I was disappointed with the food selection. We had Bob's pizza (Margherita) and it was not good. The chicken rolls were ok. The drinks were good and strong. I wouldn't go back for food but for drinks and ambiance for sure!
  24. M

    Meryem

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the foods were very tasty. Since the portions are quite large too, a pizza may be enough for 2 people. the services are very fast and the employees are working with a smile☺️👍
  25. M

    Meghan

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Plenty of space and options for food/drinks.
  26. y

    yooperkls

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want a place to brunch... you have to try this spot. Get the BLT & E! And.... great cocktails.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was very accommodating. We were seated in the middle but were able to move to a more intimate spot. There was an area for games, an area for dancing, an area to watch sports, an area to be intimate and an area to be social. It really was an all stop shop. I love it my only regret that we didn’t take pictures we just enjoyed the moment.
  28. OT

    OldTown

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Took over an hour to be served our first drink with no acknowledgement or apology for the very long wait. We were there at an off-hour and there were many open tables around us and several servers standing around
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    It was a good experience. Food was great but the device could’ve been a lot better.
  30. J

    Jay0

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service4ambience3
    Manager was rude didn’t expect the treatment we received.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch experience ever, everything was perfect!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was prompt, food and drinks were good! Went on a Wednesday evening around 6pm.
  33. A

    Amru

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good was good, atmosphere was cool with a great mix of people, but service was very mediocre. The waitress really did not care about quality service.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Our waitress Esther really tried her hardest to accommodate us, she really did. Our food was cold, our drinks were horrible. I’ve been to recess plenty of times but the food and drinks were never this disgusting. And it was in celebration of my birthday, brought guest with me thinking that this was the perfect place for food and drinks and it wasn’t. Again our waitress Esther really tried her hardest to accommodate us, as she had several large tables with high demands.
  35. NS

    NinaS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I enjoyed it but there are a few things that need to be considered. The chicken and waffle appetizer is good but you dont get enough chicken. You should be able to order the chicken bites separately. They should consider having small peppermint diffusers on the tables to prevent gnats. Bugs are flying around and getting in your food and drinks.
  36. M

    Monique

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Recess is a lovely designed place. It’s outdoors and has an indoor section with large Jenga. However our service was terrible! I’m not sure if it was a bad day or she was new. It was a party of 5. We mostly all ordered the same meal. Food that was not ordered was brought to the table, delayed bringing correct food, had mimosas but no cups for about 15 minutes. Waited about 1 hour just for food/orders to be taken. Receipt was incorrect, after multiple attempts to share correct info. Just not a great experience that day.
  37. M

    Martinaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it , my daughter definitely enjoyed her bday .we loved the buffalo chicken eggs rolls my favorite 🥰we will definitely be back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    RUBY is the best server ever made our day at brunch, kind, attentive, and made it so fun for us. She’s the best!! Food was good too. Highly recommend for brunch!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Nice waitress . All was good
  40. C

    Carnivale

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    We wanted to order more drinks but our waiter kept serving other tables. We ended up going to lazy bird which was busy but the service was much better. Drinks were more expensive at lazy bird but well worth it for the cocktails you get and the service. I will be coming back and hoping to get a different waitress at recess.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.4 stars by 1225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Recess

838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642-6532

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Green Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A paid parking lot is available across the street on Kinzie.

  • Public transit

    Green or Pink Lines to Morgan StopBlue Line to GrandI-90 to Racine (right off of the exit)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Boo Kim

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 801-1181

  • Private party facilities

    Our sister venue – City Hall – is an unparalleled choice for weddings, private functions, live events, conferences, product launches, commercial video & photo production, and fundraising galas. The building’s industrial character is preserved with touch points inspired by historic municipal buildings, while classic details and finishes, enhance the space’s timeless decor. With your vision, our team is ready to expertly host your event of a lifetime. Learn more about City Hall at their website: https://thecityhall.com/

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