Recess Eats Downstairs

4.8
372 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 – Friday from 5pm + Saturday from 11:30am & Sunday from 2pm
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 and Sunday’s from 2pm 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 6 people per booking. For larger booking please contact us directly, $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

    Jan 24, 2021 only

    Includes 5 courses of food + 2 hours of beer, wine, mocktails + premium cocktails - 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. Maximum group of 6 guests

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 372 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
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4.5
Value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachaelI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal and entertainment. Would come back again.

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OliviaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 / VIC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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BarryC
Melbourne / VIC
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 / VIC
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 / VIC
4 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 / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AshleyK
Melbourne / VIC
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 / VIC
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.

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LibbyG
Melbourne / VIC
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!

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SarahW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome value , nice comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely be back

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evem
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, friendly staff. Love visiting with my friends, ambience very good

KN
KateN
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Music could have been a bit quieter.

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KateF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We bought take away for a special occasion during lock-down, and were so impressed we promised ourselves to visit Recess once we were allowed to dine out again. It certainly did not disappoint - we loved the sharing plates, and the cocktails were amazing!! The service was friendly and attentive. Loved this dining out experience and look forward to visiting again!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday. Was excellent!!

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the Chef’s tasting menu. All dishes were amazingly presented and equally delicious. Cocktails were just a beautifully presented and tasty.

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FelicityE
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of us is no dairy and they were more than obliging to accommodate. Can't wait for covid restrictions to ease so we can eat and drink that bit longer

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JessicaK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most wonderful time at recess. As someone who has worked in customer service in the past, we were so impressed with Jordan's impeccable, friendly and very professional service- will be back again for sure!

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Crowls
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The buttermilk chicken is a must! As is the pork belly. Yum.

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CaroleB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Awesome bottomless brunch, service was excellent!

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rells
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience1

It is a lovely setting and food is divine but HATED the volume of music. Didn’t expect to feel like I was in the middle of a nightclub while at eating suck amazing food!!! A shame because I need the gluten free cuisine 🥺 DJ and restaurant is an ODD mix

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SabrinaL
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so absoloutly loved the menu, food, service, drinks and the time. It’s was absolutely perfect.

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lisa
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing prompt service from all the boys working that night
Happy to give recommendations and never left me to long with an empty glass

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PrueB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service. Thanks for bringing a bit of normal to our ‘new normal’

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really great night especially our daughter who is a coeliac and she could eat everything.

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GILLIANV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good, service was amazing. Highly recommend.

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FoodyfromOz
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food., made even better that everything was gluten free! Certainly ensures that you can enjoy the evening, not being concerned about whether the kitchen has a real handle on what gluten free cooking really means.
Terrific service and really great vibe, we recommend Recess to everyone and will be back.

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Kelsey
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A place full of character, smiling faces and wonderful menu. Have added Recess to my top 3 Geelong restaurants! Thank you to the lovely staff for their guidance of the menu and spectacular cocktails. Loved every minute being there 😊

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LindaT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Will definitely return again

FAQs

Recess Eats Downstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 372 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.