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Recess, Chicago, IL

Recess

4.4
4.4
1439 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Recess (838 W. Kinzie St.) offers a vibrant, playful, escape to the daily grind. Home of Chicago’s largest patio, Recess encourages guests to adult…like a kid, while serving up delicious American food and drink. The Recess menu taps into the cravings of everyday life, offering casually elevated dishes with playful Chicago swagger, while our beverage program takes a bright, ingredient-driven approach with cocktails both classic and original. In addition to the energetic adult playground vibes and menu offerings, Recess also offers a nostalgic array of indoor and outdoor activities including giant Jenga and Connect 4, all of your favorite board games.

Recess is a 21+ establishment.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, 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

What 1,439 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
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,439 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks, tasty food. Stellar and patient service! Good choice for an afternoon meet up, calm enough to chat, but definitely seems like it amps up for an immaculate vibe for the night! Will be back to try all the games!

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  2. BriannaMW

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Autumn was amazing! I’ll def be back for bottomless mimosas!

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  3. CJR24

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really cool venue. 10/10 recommend if you are looking for a high-energy destination. Great for a sunny day. A little loud and hard to carry conversations...

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  4. CharlesF

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a warm sunny day. Good beer and OK food. But you can't beat sitting outside on a lovely day. If you are in the West loop it's a good place to hang out.

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  5. mkerst3

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience hosting a surprise meet up for a friend's birthday. Staff responded to my questions quickly with a phone call back after I made the reservation. Host staff helped keep the meet up a surprise when the birthday person arrived. The patio is really nice - not too loud and very large. They also have free games you can play which is fun. Drinks were tasty but a little on the expensive side with all cocktails $15+ each and shots $10 each. Took a star off because we were told they charge $5/person for outside cakes. If we had brought our cake, this fee would have cost more than the cake itself which is pretty ridiculous. We had cake elsewhere but enjoyed our time here.

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  6. Chris

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess seemed a bit rude, and wanted to seat us in a 4 person table (even that is small for 4 people), when there were 5 of us. And then she seemed annoyed abt that eventhough there were plenty of empty table. It just rained and she had to wipe the chairs dry and she only wiped 4 chairs, we asked for the other chair but seemed like she miscounted and just said she wiped all the chairs we need and just walked away.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to love this place but the food has gotten dreadful. Our drinks were delicious Appetizers were the worst I have ever had Melted Philly steak pull apart was chunks of dry french bread with unmelted and still cool shredded mozzarella and some sauce that smelled like feet. The tater tots were dumped in a pool of watery cheese sauce and a soggy mess. Chicken Parmesan was tiny over breaded, over cooked, chicken on a huge piece of bread. Sauce was disgusting. Lava cake was fine If you only want a drink it is ok, but given all the places in Fulton Market that have great food, you would never want to eat here.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. BlackPearl

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great vibes. My brother had such a fun time celebrating his 21st birthday here!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoor space! Good food, short wait time for food!

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  10. Christina

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good brunch. Great server! Loved the professional picture, great memento for our outing! While it's a fun trendy spot, also family friendly for an early Sunday brunch with children in our party.

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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 1439 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 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Tue, 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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