Recess Eats Downstairs

4.8
478 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian
From the moment you approach the doors, the brass pressed metal handles embody the venues fun and playful demeanour ‘push to play’.
Tuesday – Thursday from 5pm & Friday, Saturday from 11:30am.
The whole interior can only be described as lux, from the pressed tin ceiling, to the stunning geometric pendant lights to the gold feature walls and neon signs.
Come in for Dinner and sample our Chefs Selection for $55pp and let us deliver a banquet of mouth watering flowing food.
15% surcharge applies on public holidays

Dining with friends and looking to play a little harder?
Then take us up on our newly added ‘Bottomless Lunch’ available Saturday’s 11:30 & 2pm only with 2 hour sitting duration.
Receive 2 hours of Cocktails, Sparkling Wines and Tap Beer PLUS 5 Courses of food! Booking are essential with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 20 people per booking. $80 per head.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Lunch $80 per a head

    A$80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Includes 5 courses of food + 2 hours of beer, wine, mocktails + premium cocktails - 11.30am & 2 pm seatings only 2 hour limit commences at the booking time Recess Bar & Eats practises responsible service of alcohol. Management reserves the right to refuse service to any patron who is, or appears to be intoxicated, or drinking irresponsibly.
  • Sunday Drinks Only

    Multiple dates available

    **This is a drinks only** Your table will be booked for 2 hours. The Kitchen Will not be open.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 478 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Food was quality, cocktails perfect, service was outstanding and the seating was great. Would 100% come again

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NatB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at Recess. Food was amazing! Cocktails were great, little on the small side though. Service was great, attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great experience at Recess, can’t wait to go back for dinner

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Juz68
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic again, thanks Andrew. Knowing the whole venue is gluten free is extremely reassuring and the food is amazing.

HF
HeleneF
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I brought the kidults for a Thursday night get together. Shared a bunch of food together and everything was amazing, including the delicious desserts which were to die for!! Our waiter was a star; he was fun, helpful, efficient and very relatable :) Great wine too. Thanks for a great night team!

WD
WendyD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot for a bite to eat. Food was delicious and atmosphere very laid back . Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about what to order. Would highly recommend it

AH
AlexH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really fantastic night, will definitely be back!

JS
JuliaS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Found a hair in my cocktail, otherwise everything was spot on. Food was amazing, cocktails tasted awesome, waiter regularly checked in on us for drinks, food etc. without feeling like he was hovering.

CB
CorrinaB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful dinner for my husbands 30th birthday. He is Coeliac so the food is perfect for a nice dinner out without worrying about his allergies.
The food was wonderful and the service fantastic! The 2 gentlemen serving us were wonderful.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience with our group of 5 which gave us plenty of opportunity to try multiple dishes. All meals were of excellent quality and the fact the staff staggered the food delivery gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy. Very professional and we will definitely be returning

J
Juz68
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful gluten free food. Whole restaurant is 100% gluten free.

AR
AlysiaR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to finally get in for a booking especially after lockdown. The food was incredible. Full of delicious flavours. And the staff were great and happy. Overall a wonderful anniversary diner spent with you guys :)

SD
SarahD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal, my coeliac daughter was so excited to be able to choose anything she likes from the menu without worrying. The menu has been really well designed, you would never know if was a gluten free menu. The food was super tasty and immaculately presented. For us it is occasion dining rather than every day dining, and we will definitely be back.

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Sarah
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant’s was so lovely to dine in at. We were lucky enough to sit at the bar and the bartenders were fantastic! So fun for a Saturday night. I highly recommend this place!

KF
KateF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it. loved the french kiss cocktails and scallops were divine, all the food was divine. great service great atmosphere thank you Recess!

BS
BeccaS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service will be going back again!

CD
CliveD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Food.
Good People.
Good Service.
Best of all it is Gluten Free so we can say to my daughter that she can have whatever she likes on the menu.

JM
JaneM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. We had the ‘Feed Me’ and every dish was just great! The service was excellent, and a good wine list also. Will go back for sure!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were met with kind, energetic service and served the most amazing dishes! Great little venue and definitely worth a try.

TS
TiaS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service is beyond amazing!!

JG
JanetG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All of us over 60's (4 had never been before) were VERY impressed with the choice, presentation and taste of the food. Cinnamon donut was scrumptious. Share plates so a great way to sample so many menu choices and most quantities were adjustable. Wait staff helpful, unobtrusive but efficient.

EL
EmilyL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service/ highly recommend

CF
CandiceF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Recess did not dissapoint. Delicious food, awesome cocktails and fantastic service.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, atmosphere even better. Amazing staff, 10/10 dining experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Such a lovely vibe too

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Tenaya
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! The only restaurant in Geelong I consistently return to for the food, service and atmosphere.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food and the cocktails were amazing! After dinner downstairs finished, we moved upstairs to the bar and it was great fun. Would recommend 👍🏽👍🏽

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Camryn
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Recess were absolutely fantastic. I loved my bottomless lunch! No shortage of amazing drinks and yum food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a few drinks and delicious food

JH
JustyneH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a very nice setting. Try the chefs selection it was yummy

MH
MarianneH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service . Incredible food. Great atmosphere. Just exceptional.

LK
LonieK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food, and beautifully presented. The variety was wonderful and made for great sharing plates. A restaurant we will definitely highly recommend and we will be back!

KD
KerryD
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointed with the wait staff, we felt we were imposing with one particular waitress who had forgotten our drink order with no apology. We certainly did not feel welcomed by some staff throughout the reservation. It’s a shame to dine at a venue only for the food, it should be overall!

We were asked to leave at the completion of our 2hr window to allow for the next booking however we noticed another table (obviously very settled on our arrival) were not asked to leave. Contradicting???

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Stacey
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the bottomless lunch. Cocktails were delicious and food was incredible. Will be back

MK
MartinaK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again the food was absolutely unbelievable!!! Cocktails were delicious and service was fantastic.
The background music was a little loud and hard to talk at times.
But apart from that is was a fantastic night out for us mumma's. 😁

LS
LauraS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Always a wonderful experience.

KH
KateH
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service and food came out super quick!

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Dargo25
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great venue, little chilly sitting at the back with draft coming from the back room. Loved the food, but as a share (as it says in the menu) really not enough for two. Staff were great!!

JJ
JoJoV
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a birthday, the service and food was spot on. We had the seared scallops, arancini balls and the braised beef cheek. So yummy.

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Kourtz1987
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing venue! Friendly staff! Tasty food! Awesome cocktails!

FAQs

Recess Eats Downstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 478 OpenTable diners.

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.