Recess Eats Downstairs

4.8
392 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.

Dining with friends and looking to play a little harder?
Then take us up on our newly added ‘Bottomless Lunch’ available Saturday’s from 11:30 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 $80per 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.
  • Bottomless Dinner $85 per a head

    A$85.00 per person

    Mar 7, 2021 only

    Includes 5 courses of share plates + 2 hours of beer, wine, cocktails + premium cocktails. 6pm seating only. 2 Hour limit commences at the booking time. Recess bar & eats practices responsible service of alcohol. Management reserves the right to refuse service to any patron who is, or appears to be intoxicated, or drinking irresponsibly
  • 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 392 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NicoleJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love eating here and knowing it’s truely gluten free

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VictoriaD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, as always.
I have coeliac disease so this restaurant is always my first choice but regardless of that I would still pick it every time. The food is amazing, the staff are so professional and excellent at what they do. The food is mouth wateringly good. It is fine dining with a lively fun atmosphere. This place is an institution and I am hoping it is around forever!

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KatieKate
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The food is amazing, the cauliflower mac n cheese is the bomb! It's the perfect place for a girl's night out as it's quiet enough (during COVID) to hear yourself and chat easily. The staff are friendly and very amenable. Needed to push back our booking half an hour and it was no problem. Lovely cocktails although I miss the Mr Men inspired cocktails.

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JenM
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Bottomless Brunch on Sunday - wow - great value, very attentive service. Table of 4 with a vegan guest accommodated perfectly! It was a great way to sample the food and the drinks were OUTSTANDING. I have no hesitation recommending this venue. It was a gorgeous way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I will be back to try more of the menu in the future. Delish!

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Racheylee
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing and it’s so awesome to have an entirely gluten free menu. The staff are all fun and friendly. We’ll be back soon

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EmmaN
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Waiter was rude and sarcastic and made us feel uncomfortable for dining there.

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AndrewS
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great place, we loved it!

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EmilyT
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Couldn't fault it! Food was outstanding and cocktails were delicious.

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vipHannahC
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would definitely recommend Bottomless Brunch to anyone thinking of trying it! Cocktails were delicious and there was a great selection. The food was beautiful and just the right amount! The service was attentive and in particular one waiter was so polite and made our experience even better! Will be back - thank you :)

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Mads
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

Usually we have a great time at recess, this time was very disappointing. We were seated right inside the (very busy) front door in a poky alcove facing a power box. Table was set with lovely flowers but the glassware and plates were dirty. The food was underwhelming which was surprising as we normally have excellent food here. The service was great but we left feeling very underwhelmed and quite frustrated with our dining experience.

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GloriaD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The waiters and waitresses were very attentive and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the food we had chosen. Will certainly recommend to other friends.

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AlisonO
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the share plates. It's a nice way to sample a variety of foods rather than just having one dish.

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LESLIEN
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our experience especially the food and service!

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EricL
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

This venue seems great for a group of young people to sit, have drinks and nibble. It is a bar downstairs, not a restaurant. There was a drag show going on upstairs on the Friday night my partner and I attended which would have been great to attend, if I had wanted to go to a club. Having all the performers and dancers clamber past while we we’re trying to shout through our conversation was a bit much. Too crowded, way to loud, and not exactly what I was expecting when I booked. A great place for some, just not for me.

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Sonya
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious. Great service, our waitress was really friendly and helpful.

JD
JakD
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The bottomless lunch was great, the drinks list was very extensive with cocktails. The only was, it was very noisy we were squeezed in between 2 tables of eight people on each. Next time I would probably try upstairs but overall was a great 2 hours

SB
SB123
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best value for money at Recess, this was such a great venue for Bottomless brunch. The food was amazing and came out consistently as we were told it would, staff were lovely and displayed happiness for their job which is great to see. Cocktails were, wow perfect and not watered down like other bottomless brunch places I have attended. Hands down will be back, best $80 spent :)
Thanks for having us Recess ;)

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EmilyS
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic drinks and feed pork belly and mac and cheese are a must

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had the Chef's choice, enjoyed sampling the range and the service was excellent by the two staff.

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RachaelI
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal and entertainment. Would come back again.

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OliviaB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. We loved every dish we tried. And super happy to see the whole menu is gluten free. Attentive and friendly service also. Live in Melbourne, but would make the trip to Geelong just to visit this place again.

JK
JaclynK
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Excellent food catering to gluten intolerance. It was very noisy due to the drag show upstairs. But this may only be on certain nights. Also they seemed understaffed on the night. they were however very apologetic around wait times. Overall though I will go back as we had a lovely time.

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing. Friendly staff. Great cocktails - talented barman who made creative cocktails to our liking (not on the menu). Great atmosphere. Definitely visit again.

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and cocktails were delicious. Everything came out with good timing even though it was busy. Would deffinetly come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding. The food is amazing. Perfect.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have only gratitude for Recess and their fabulous staff. They made my partners birthday an absolutely beautiful and memorable experience and I would just like to thoroughly thank all of them for the fantastic food, atmosphere and kindness.

LM
LeahM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food. Great service. Terrific atmosphere. Sat outside and was beautiful with the heaters on.

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AngelaB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good to know there are restaurants of this quality & style in Geelong. Great night with very attentive friendly staff. Most of the food was wonderful both in presentation & taste however I found the duck a little underwhelming & won't order it next time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. It's a must...

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BarryC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the Chef’s choice, was a good choice, plenty to eat and tasty as..

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BarryB
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a regular customer we would highly recommend Recess to all our friend from the moment we walk in we are greeted at the door by friendly staff our table has been ready and waiting for us, the staff are curtious and happy to be of assistance.
Try it you will like it.

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Nina
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food & amazing staff!

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louie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, super service and spectacular staff

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Mikki
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Cocktails are fabulous. Great quality.

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AshleyK
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food, the menu has plenty of variety and well balanced between small and larger dishes and sides. The dessert was a first and delicious way to finish. Sitting upstairs was a fantastic change.

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TizzyLizzy
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I adore Recess food. My friends and family also love it. You would never know it is 100% gluten free! The service is always excellent. The unlimited drinks is fantastic. I love working my way through the cocktail list.

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MelM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it more every time I go :) Brought a friend with me this time who had never been before. She said it was the best restaurant she'd been to in Geelong. Totally agree :)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Service was slow for bottomless brunch. Strict rules about how many drinks/when you can order drinks.
Food was amazing though.

LG
LibbyG
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time since Covid dining that gives you a full dining experience. Entree, main and dessert in the allocated time without feeling rushed. Service at its best and food is delicious.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Recess just after lockdown so it was still limited numbers. It didn't disappointed at all though! The cocktails, food and service was all first class and we had a great night. We will definitely be back next time we visit Geelong!

FAQs

Recess Eats Downstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 392 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.