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

  • OCTOPUS SALAD
    15
    frisee, roasted potato, watermelon radish, chorizo, chimichurri, kalamata aioli
  • SPROUTS
    10
    brussels, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, pecorino romano
  • BEET SALAD
    12
    sangria beet, golden beet, striped beet, citrus, sultana goat, pistachio powder, sherry agave vinaigrette
  • CAESAR
    10
    cured anchovy, endive, house crafted caesar dressing, crouton, parmesan, orange zest
  • CAPRESE
    12
    confit heirloom tomato, frisee, burrata, mascarpone, brioche crisp, basil oil, bee pollen

starters

  • DIY ELOTE
    10
    sweet corn, bacon, cotija, cilantro lime zest aioli, chipotle aioli
  • AVOCADO TOAST
    9
    cured anchovy, roma tomato, arugula, avocado puree, caper berry, pickled onion, ciabatta
  • BEEF CHICHARON
    9
    beef tendon, trout roe, onion creme fraiche, chive, shin cup seasoning  
  • BONE MARROW MAC & CHEESE
    12
    cheddar, pepperjack, jalapeño mozzarella, bacon, trottole pasta
  • BLUE CRAB BEIGNET
    17
    maryland blue crab, mascarpone, chipotle aioli
  • PORTOBELLO FRIES
    12
    pecorino romano, buttermilk, chive, jalapeño crema, dijon aioli
  • CHARCUTERIE
    25
    calabrese salami, prosciutto picante, morbier, french blue, honeycomb, assorted jams
  • 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
  • KIMCHI BISCUIT
    8
    korean chili flake honey butter
  • DORITOS
    12
    fried jidori chicken skin, ranch powder, white miso corn porridge
  • SHISHITO
    10
    blistered pepper, goat cheese, lime zest, togorashi, beet powder

mains

  • VEAL DUMPLING
    15
    tomato, garlic, shallot, marsala wine, creme fraiche, pecorino romano
  • STEAK
    24
    outside skirt, okra, baby bok choy, jalapeño, shitake mushroom, pickled ginger, tare, yolk
  • BONE MARROW BURGER
    16
    akaushi beef, applewood bacon jam, arugula, brioche, beer batter fries
  • HUE DIP
    14
    braised brisket, lemongrass, coriander slaw, pickled red onion, ciabatta, beer batter
  • 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
  • KUROBUTA PIG HEAD
    55
    sous vide, roti, garlic paste, salsa roja, tiger sauce
  • CRAB PASTA
    24
    jumbo crab, squid ink tonnarelli, beurre blanc, pecorino romano, roasted chili flake
  • DUCK
    26
    heirloom carrot, fig mostarda, cognac reduction, mustard seeds, celery root puree, celery gel
  • CHICKEN
    16
    pan seared rosemary chicken, roasted carrot puree, sauteed kale, golden raisin, pepita
  • SALMON
    18
    wild alaskan salmon, swiss chard, israeli couscous, mushroom sauce, tomato confit

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

Get in touch

Contact us

Locations

The Recess Room

Reservations

Order by Phone

Prefer to make your reservation via phone?

Phone reservations: (714) 377-0398

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