Recess Eats Downstairs

4.8
452 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.

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 452 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hannah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a few drinks and delicious food

JH
JustyneH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MH
MarianneH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LK
LonieK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
7 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!

JP
JPapas
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous afternoon we had. The cocktails were great and the food was really good. The service was excellent and we never had to go to the bar to order as they saw our glasses near empty and came over to get our next order.

HC
vipHannahC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recess never disappoints! I have visited many times and always have an amazing experience here! The food is devine and cocktails even better! See you again soon!

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PeteD
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & friendly service. As a coeliac, it was lovely not to have worry about what I could & couldn't have from the menu as everything is gluten free, they even have a GF beer. And the non-coeliacs in our group loved it too!

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AndrewS
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, we love going to recess!

LK
LeoK
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had the chefs tasting plate. It was excellent, but the beef cheeks will have me coming back again.

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vipNomes
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous and the food was amazing.

HC
HannahC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, fantastic service and the cocktails were absolutely amazing. Such great value for money. Always love coming to Recess.

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Alison
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Look the service was ok, the food portions were small a made it awkward to share between 4 people.
The lighting is so dim, that it made it hard to read the menu and the noise from upstairs is so loud you can’t hear you friends talking over dinner..
Overall we were disappointed
Cheers

RG
RubyGallo
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, amazing food and such a great understanding of our dietary requirements. Every staff member was a stand out and we couldn't speak more highly of our dinner.
Thank youuu!

RG
RenayeG
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and being totally gluten free was amazing

JE
JESSIEK
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, cocktails and great service.
Thank you Recess for a great night- See you again soon!

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chrissy80
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, very tasty and unique. Great ambience.

RS
RachelS
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out. Everything was amazing. Good food, great service, fun atmosphere.

NK
NormanK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am lucky to have such a great Gluten Free Option here in Geelong.

We love the food and the service.

Definitely a regular spot.

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Tenaya
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Geelong! Always a great vibe and good cocktails.

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Spin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed ourselves, great service, friendly staff, great food. Thank you

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Belinda
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great venue. Wait staff amazing our first visit there a month ago and this time also good service.

MW
MareeW
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely to have a menu with gourmet and a variety of vegetarian dishes. The service was very cheerful and professional. Loved the atmosphere lots off group's of very happy chatty people. As older persons we thought we might struggle with hearing each other, not a problem. So pleased too that they had chairs as well stools for seating. Come and enjoy

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, plenty to choose from. Lovely service too!

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for dinner with my partner last Saturday. Place was busy and was good to be out again! Food was delicious, we got the fried chicken, gnocchi and pork belly and shared the donut for desert and every dish was great. Big cocktail list as too! With the bar upstairs it is quite loud. Service was fast and friendly.

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AndrewS
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great night!!! Would highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.
Daughter coeliac - so great to be able to relax and not worry about the menu or her becoming ill .
Will make it a regular haunt.

MP
MaureenP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and good size for sharing. Will return soon.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not recommend Recess highly enough! It’s always great to find a place which caters so wonderfully for a coeliac.
There were some delays in getting our meals and the staff were absolutely lovely and so apologetic about it.
And the quality of food more than made up for the wait time!

SD
SallyD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. I would definitely recommend Recess to friends. The only tiny thing is that my partner eats A LOT and while the food was delicious and I had less than half, my partner was still hungry.

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Chelle
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have an amazing experience here!
Food is absolutely delicious, great selection of cocktails & wines.
Staff are always exceptional and have great banter & recommendations on food/drinks.

We headed upstairs after dinner to watch the amazing Miss Jay! I'm so glad we went up there, turned into a bloody 10/10 ripper night including making random friends, good laughs and some cheeky shots! Will forever recommend Recess!

FAQs

Recess Eats Downstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 452 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.