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

greens

  • SHISHITOS
    10
    blistered shishitos, thyme marinated mediterrian olives, feta cheese, orange zest
  • CRISPY PIG EAR SALAD
    12
    asian chrysanthemum, arugula,  toasted red quinoa, okinawa potato, hemp, citrus
  • ASPARAGUS
    13
    burrata, prosciutto crisp, arugula, pomegranate, herb oil, balsalmic
  • SPROUTS
    10
    brussels, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, pecorino romano
  • CAPRESE
    12
    confit heirloom tomato, frisee, burrata, mascarpone, brioche crisp, basil oil, bee pollen
  • BEET SALAD
    12
    sangria and  golden beet, citrus, sultana goat, pistachio powder, sherry agave vinaigrette

starters

  • SPANISH OCTOPUS
    18
    18-hour sous vide, chorizo, calabrese yogurt, celery, crisp potato, candied kumquats
  • BEEF CHICHARON
    9
    beef tendon, trout roe, onion creme fraiche, chive, shin cup seasoning  
  • BONE MARROW MAC & CHEESE
    14
    oxtail marmalade, fontina, mozzarella, bechamel, candied jalapenos, trottole
  • BLUE CRAB BEIGNET
    17
    maryland blue crab, mascarpone, chipotle aioli
  • PORTOBELLO FRIES
    12
    pecorino romano, buttermilk, chive, jalapeño crema, dijon aioli
  • CHARCUTERIE
    16/26
    Pick 3 or 5 – served with house accoutrements

    Meats                                                                                                  Cheeses
    prosciutto di san daniele// italy                                               fourme d’ambert// cow// loire, france

    wild boar salami           // carlsbad, ca                                     manchego// sheep// la mancha, spain

    pamplona chorizo// harbor city, ca                                        marin brie// cow// petaluma, ca

    landrauchschinken smoked ham// portland, or               lamb chopper gouda// sheep// arcata, ca

    sopprassata// berkely, ca                                                           truffle tremor// goat// arcata, ca

  • WAGYU TARTAR
    15
    ribeye, 5 minute ponzu egg, fresno chile, seaweed aioli, calabrese oil, capers
  • MUSSELS
    15
    red curry coconut broth, lemongrass, ginger, chardonnay, kaffir lime, fresno chile
  • FOIE GRAS AL PASTOR
    16
    smoked brisket, torrejas toast, grilled pineapple, spring onion
  • DORITOS
    12
    fried jidori chicken skin, ranch powder, white miso corn porridge
  • SOFT SHELL SHRIMP
    13
    kauai shrimp, chinese broccoli, wasabi peas, purple raddish, miso glaze, bonito flakes

between bread

  • 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

mains

  • PORK CHOP
    32
    seaboard farms 14 oz. bone in chop, bulleit rye maple, polenta, pickled leek, sauteed mustard green
  • 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
  • CRAB PASTA
    24
    jumbo crab, squid ink tonnarelli, beurre blanc, pecorino romano, roasted chili flake
  • HALF CHICKEN
    30
    6-hour sous vide chicken, gochujang glaze, smashed potato, butter poached cabbage
  • KUROBUTA PIG HEAD
    55
    sous vide, roti, garlic paste, salsa roja, tiger sauce

sweets

  • FLUFFER NUTTER
    9
    chunky peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, banana, coconut flake, vanilla ice cream
  • PANNA COTTA
    6
    vanilla, strawberry snow, dark chocolate shavings, crunchy oats
  • CEREAL MILK CREME BRULEE
    8
    frosted flakes, cinnamon toast crunch, strawberry
  • PUCKER PIE
    8
    kumquat, key lime, graham cracker crust, fresh whip, candied citrus

Specialty Cocktails

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

    served with big rock in old fashioned// smoked

  • BLACKBERRY BRAMBLE
    14
    plymouth gin, lemon, muddled blackberries, sugar

    served in double old fashioned

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

    served in nick and nora

  • CHRISTOPHER OAXACAN
    14
    mezcal joven, lime, maraschino, green chartreuse, egg white, angostura

    served in coupe

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

    served in coupe

  • JENNA JAMESON
    14
    jameson, passionfruit falernum, lemon, seasonal fruit

    served in old fashioned glass

  • CUPID’S ARROW
    14
    strawberry infused reposado, pear brandy, beet root powder, honey, lemon

    served in nick and nora

  • GIN-SINGH’S VESPER
    14
    ketel one, notlet’s gin, ginseng infused lillet blanc, orange bitters

    served in nick and nora

  • BARREL AGED VIEUX CARRE
    14
    bulleit rye, hennessy sweet vermouth, benedictine, peychaud’s and angostura bitters

    served with big rock in old fashioned

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

  • TWENTY ROWS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    13g/39b
    napa
  • FORTRESS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    14 g / 42 b
    sonoma
  • BABCOCK PINOT NOIR 2013
    12 g / 36 b
    santa rita hills
  • VELVET DEVIL MERLOT 2014
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • COLOME MALBEC 2013
    14 g / 42 b
    argentina
  • COTES DU RHONE BLEND 2012
    10 g / 30 b
    France
  • ANCIENT PEAKS RENEGADE SYRAN BLEND 2014
    45b
    paso robles
  • 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
  • BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO - INNOCENTI 2015
    99b
    italy
  • STEMMLER PINOT NOIR 2013
    80b
    carneros
  • ADELSHEIM PINOT NOIR 2014
    60b
    willamette valley
  • OBERON CHARDONNAY 2015
    11 g / 33 b
    carneros
  • RAEBURN CHARDONNAY 2014
    11 g / 33 b
    russian river valley
  • BORGO CONVENTI COLLIO ITALI PG 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

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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