About Us

A few words about us

Let us introduce ourselves

One fateful day three decades ago, five boys picked up a game of handball during school recess on a Fountain Valley playground. They grew up together, became life-long friends and pursued their own ambitions. But they shared a deep love for their hometown and dreamed of one day opening a restaurant together where they could share good food, good drinks and reminisce about good times. The Recess Room is their childhood dream come to life.

A place to wine, a place to dine

What we have to offer…

Modern American tapas with home grown ingredients from the onsite garden

24 craft beers on tap with a strong emphasis on local breweries, a wine selection highlighting the California Coast, premium whiskeys, and handcrafted cocktails.

Menu

Charcuterie

  • 16/25
    Pick 3 or 5 – served with house accoutrements

    acorn prosciutto// la quercia// iowa                                               ellie’s vintage 2 yr reserve blue cheese// shaft’s// ca

    mortadella pistachio// olympia provisions// oregon  barely buzzed cheddar// beehive// utah

    chorizo iberico// fermin// spain                                                       pecorino brillo chianti// il forteto// italy

    saucisson salami// olympia provisions// oregon                        x.o. 26 month gouda// beemster// holland

    white truffle salami// angel’s// ca                                                   goat brie// laura chenel// ca

     

To Snack

  • PICKLED EGGS// BAR PATRONS ONLY
    5
    house-made brine, pepperoncini, rye chips
  • SPROUTS
    12
    brussels, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, pecorino romano
  • BEEF CHICHARON
    9
    beef tendon, trout roe, onion creme fraiche, chive, shin cup seasoning
  • BLUE CRAB BEIGNET
    17
    maryland blue crab, mascarpone, chipotle aioli
  • PORTOBELLO FRIES
    12
    pecorino romano, buttermilk, chive, jalapeño crema, dijon aioli

To Start

  • BEET SALAD
    12
    pickled beet medley, compressed apple, blue cheese, toasted almond, honey vinaigrette
  • CAPRESE
    12
    confit heirloom tomato, frisee,  burrata, mascarpone, brioche crisp, basil oil, bee pollen
  • GRILLED CAESAR
    12
    baby gem lettuce, crisp pig ear, boquerones, pecorino romano, caesar vinaigrette
  • BONE MARROW MAC & CHEESE
    14
    oxtail marmalade, fontina, mozzarella, bechamel, candied jalapeño, trottole
  • WAGYU TARTAR
    15
    ribeye, 5 minute ponzu egg, fresno chile, seaweed aioli, calabrese oil, capers, peanut, cashew
  • MUSSELS -OR- CLAMS
    15
    coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, thai chili, palm nectar
  • SPANISH OCTOPUS
    18
    18-hour sous vide, chorizo, calabrese yogurt, celery, crisp potato, citrus segment
  • SWEET BREADS
    18
    porcini dusted, yam puree, mushroom, cipollini onion, toasted hazelnut, luxardo cherry

To Follow

  • FRIED CHICKEN
    15
    creole dry spice rub, house-made slaw, white bbq, pickles, brioche, beer batter fries
  • BONE MARROW BURGER
    16
    akaushi beef, applewood bacon jam, arugula, brioche, beer batter fries
  • DOUBLE DECKER TACOS
    15
    tiger shrimp, pepperjack, cotija, cilantro lime slaw, avocado crema, diablo sauce
  • PORK BELLY BLT
    14
    kurobuta pork, maple, roma tomato, arugula, chipotle aioli, ciabatta, beer batter fries
  • LOCO MOCO
    26
    bulgogi braised short ribs, 63c egg, lap cheong risotto, sauteed bok choy
  • VEAL DUMPLING
    15
    san marzano tomato, garlic, shallot, marsala wine, creme fraiche, pecorino romano
  • STEAK
    24
    outside skirt, okra, baby bok choy, jalapeño, shitake mushroom, pickled ginger, tare, yolk
  • SALMON
    18
    wild scottish salmon, king trumpet mushroom, frisee, baby corn, yellow curry puree, salmon roe
  • SEAFOOD PASTA
    24
    shrimp, octopus, crab, heirloom tomato, spinach tonnarelli, tom yum cream, pecorino romano

To Share

  • TOMAHAWK
    85
    40 oz prime steak, foie gras butter, gremolata, bulleit rye reduction, twice fried potato
  • HALF CHICKEN
    30
    6-hour sous vide chicken, gochujang glaze, smashed potato, butter poached cabbage
  • KUROBUTA PIG HEAD
    55
    16-hour sous vide, roti, spicy honey mustard, salsa roja, tiger sauce

sweets

  • FLUFFER NUTTER
    9
    chunky peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, banana, coconut flake, vanilla ice cream
  • CHINESE DONUT
    5
    cinnamon churro-style donut, coffee chocolate cream
  • CEREAL MILK CREME BRULEE
    8
    frosted flakes, cinnamon toast crunch, strawberry
  • HORCHATA TRES LECHES
    8
    spanish sponge cake, horchata, seasonal berry
  • BLONDIE
    9
    butterscotch brownie, almond, salted caramel sauce, vanilla bean

Dessert Cocktails

  • MUSTACHE RIDER
    14
    hennessy, creme de cacao, cream foam, nutmeg

    served in nick and nora

  • DECONSTRUCTED DUDE
    14
    absolut, kalua, cream foam, cinnamon

    served in nick and nora

Specialty Cocktails

  • SMOKE & MIRRORS
    14
    butter infused lot 40 whiskey, maple syrup, angostura, pecan bitters

    served with big rock in old fashioned// smoked

  • SHISO HORNY
    14
    plymouth navy strength gin, prosecco, lychee liqueur, demerara, lime, shiso

    served in coupe

  • TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD
    14
    thyme infused dulce vida, creme de murr, lime, agave

    served in coupe

  • SMASHIN’ PUMPKIN
    14
    absolut  elyx, pumpkin syrup, lime, ginger syrup, pimento, pecan

    served in elyx mug

  • PIÑA-CILLIN
    14
    famous grouse scotch, lemon, pineapple, ginger liqueur, rich honey, laphroaig rinse
    served in double old fashioned

  • READY TO BRAMBLE
    14
    absolut elyx or ford’s gin, pear syrup, lemon, apple pear marmalade
    served in double old fashioned
  • RYES ’N SHINE
    14
    rittenhouse rye, luxardo amaretto, demerara, coffee vermouth,  orgeat foam

    served in nick and nora

  • DOLCE & BANANA
    14
    hennessy, banana liqueur, creme de cacao, lime, orgeat, angostura
    served in double old fashioned
  • GOJI LIPS
    14
    encanto pisco, cherry heering, pomergranate syrup, goji berries, grenadine, lemon, peach bitters, angostura

    served in coupe

  • BOURBON AND THE BEAST
    14
    buffalo trace bourbon, tamarind cordial, lemon, angostura, soda

    served in collins

  • TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT (serves 2)
    26
    house blend rum, apricot brandy, falernum, allspice, cinnamon, maple, lime, oj, angostura, jamaican #2
    served in copper pineapple

  • BARREL AGED NEGRONI
    14
    nolet’s gin, campari, carpano sweet vermouth

    served in old fashioned

  • BARREL AGED IMPROVED IRISH COCKTAIL
    14
    powers gold label, cointreau, luxardo maraschino, house orange bitters, peychaud’s bitters, absinth rinse

    served in nick and nora

craft beers

  • PC PILS// 16 oz.
    8.5
    founders brewing co.// grand rapids, mi

    crisp, clean, crushable// abv 5.5

  • PEACH GOSE// 16 oz.
    9
    St. archer brewing co.// san diego, ca

    refreshing tart, fruity, salt character// abv 4.7

  • BEER TO DRINK MUSIC TO BLONDE// 16 oz.
    9.5
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    tropical, kiwi juice, floral hibiscus notes// abv 6.8

  • CALIFORNIA AMBER// 16 oz.
    8
    ballast point brewing company// san diego, ca

    a rich copper ESB// abv 5.5

  • ZEST APPEAL BELGIAN ALE// 12 oz.
    8
    chapman crafted beer// orange, ca

    bright, fruity, zesty// abv 7.7

  • INDIAN BROWN ALE // 16 oz.
    9
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    sweet malt, mild bitterness// abv 7.2

  • DIVINE BELGIQUE TRIPEL// 12 oz.
    10
    green flash brewing co// san diego, ca

    trappist ale with spicy-fruity notes// abv 8.5

  • AUNT SALLY SOUR ALE// 16 oz.
    8.5
    lagunitas brewing company// petaluma, ca

    sweet, tart and sassy// abv 5.7

  • CURMUDGEON OLD ALE// 10 oz.
    8.5
    founders brewing company// grand rapids, mi

    molasses brewed, malt bill focus, oak aged// abv 9.8

  • NEW DOGTOWN PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    8
    lagunitas brewing company// petaluma, ca

    thirst quenching hop flavor, crisp finish// abv 6.2

  • ALPHA MASTER PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    9
    beachwood bbq & brewery// long beach, ca

    pale ale using cen, columbus, and sim hops// abv 5.6

  • NOM NOM MANGO HEFEWEIZEN// 16 oz.
    8
    barley forge brewing co// costa mesa, ca

    balance of malt, sweetness, and biterness// abv 5.8

  • AVATAR JASMINE IPA// 16 oz.
    8.5
    elysian brewing company// seattle, wa

    floral nose, elegant balance// abv 6.3

  • CHAMPY’S NEW GROOVE IPA // 16 oz.
    8.5
    bootleggers brewery// fullerton, ca

    moderately strong, clean// abv 7.0

  • UNION JACK IPA// 16 oz.
    8.5
    firestone brewing company// paso robles, ca

    aggressively hoppy, bold citrus// abv 7

  • HABITUS DIPA // 16 oz.
    8.5
    mike hess brewing// san diego, ca

    high gravity, crisp and spicy rye DIPA// abv 8.0

  • LEO VS URSUS FORTEM DIPA// 12 oz.
    9
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    citrus forward, mild, approachable bitterness// abv 8.2

  • 90 MINUTE DIPA// 12 oz.
    9
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    malt backbone with extreme hopping rate // abv 9.2

  • BLACK ROBUSTO PORTER // 16 oz.
    7.50
    drake’s brewing co// san leandro, ca

    bittersweet chocolate, touch of spicy// abv 6.3

  • IMPERIAL STOUT // 12 oz.
    10
    founders brewing co.// grand rapids, mi

    smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body // abv 10.5

  • RISER RED ALE NITRO// 16 oz.
    8.5
    chapman crafted beer// orange, ca

    roasty, smooth, percolating// abv 5.7

  • BRETTA ROSE// 10 oz.
    13
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    wheat ale fermented with raspberries// abv 5.3

  • FAT HOG BARLEYWINE// 10 oz.
    10
    ritual brewing co// redlands, ca

    dense, fruity bouquet, thick body// abv 15

wines

  • BOGLE CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    Central Coast
  • TWENTY ROWS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    13 g / 39 b
    Napa
  • FORTRESS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    14 g / 42 b
    sonoma
  • RITA’S EARTH PINOT NOIR 2015
    12 g / 36 b
    santa rita hills
  • VELVET DEVIL MERLOT 2014
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • ANGULO INNOCENTI MALBEC 2015
    12 g / 36 b
    argentina
  • COTES DU RHONE BLEND 2012
    10 g / 30 b
    France
  • TERRA VALENTINE CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    70b
    napa
  • THE COUNSELOR CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    70b
    alexander valley
  • PALIE WINE CO. TOWER 15 CABERNET RESERVE 2013
    75b
    paso robles
  • TREANA RED BLEND 2014
    80b
    paso robles
  • BAEHNER FOURNIER CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    85b
    napa
  • STEMMLER PINOT NOIR 2013
    80b
    carneros
  • ADELSHEIM PINOT NOIR 2014
    60b
    willamette valley
  • DE LOACH CHARDONNAY 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    russian valley
  • OBERON CHARDONNAY 2015
    11 g / 33 b
    carneros
  • CAMBRIA CHARDONNAY 2015
    10 g / 33 b
    santa maria valley
  • BENVOLIO PINOT GRIGIO 2015
    9 g / 27 b
    italy
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON BRUT ROSE 2014
    10 g / 30 b
    france
  • MT BEAUTIFUL SAUVIGON BLANC 2015
    10 g / 30 b
    new zealand
  • KUNG FU GIRL RIESLING 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • MICHELLE BRUT SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • RUFFINO PROSECCO 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    italy
  • MICHELLE BRUT SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • MICHELLE EXTRA DRY SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • OPERA PRIMA SPARKLING
    6 g / 18 b
    spain
  • VERVE GEWURZTRAMINER ICE WINE
    12 g / 36 b
    oregon
  • RUFFINO PROSECCO 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    italy
  • KUNG FU GIRL RIESLING 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    washington

* Food and beer menu subject to change without notice, please call the restaurant for most updated menu *

Get in touch

Contact us

Locations

The Recess Room

Reservations

Reservation by Phone

Prefer to make your reservation via phone?

Phone reservations: (714) 377-0398

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 5:30pm – 10:30pm