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Recess, Chicago, IL

Recess

4.4
4.4
1432 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

7:30 PM


Booked 12 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 1,432 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Hot spot

1,432 Reviews
  1. 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

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service. Our waiter was not attentive and we waited an hour for our drinks. Never returned to take out food order. Disappointing

    1 person found this helpful

  6. jessO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our team happy hour here and it was a great atmosphere and great weather outside!

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  7. Norm

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun spot with a lively atmosphere. Good fun with great service. If you can sit in Lizbeth section do so. She’s an awesome waitress!

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  8. JimmieW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to go plenty of room for all occasions!

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  9. Kingjames773

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great atmosphere during the Bulls watch party.

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  10. schot

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and cocktails! Staff was busy but attentive for our brunch service. Best food we had all weekend!

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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 1432 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 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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