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Recess Lounge

727 15th Street NW Lower Level, Lower Level, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Ranked #293 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Tapas
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: H and New York Ave.
Description: TAPAS STYLE PLATES WITH A SOUTH AMERICAN TWIST Under the direction of Executive Chef Will Vivas, Recess Tapas Lounge offers an innovative and authentic Latin-inspired menu inspired by traditional dishes from Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Chile. Flavorful tapas, combined with fresh daily made Sangria, Mojitos, and a creative specialty cocktail list and wine pairing list make Recess Tapas Lounge the newest and most refreshing addition to the Washington DC destination dining community.
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29 reviews from our community

96% Recommend
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Went on livingsocial twice and been back 3 more times after that..... the food is FaB!!! the Scallops Al Chef is a MUST... the red sangria is GOOD!!! the CAKES!!!! THE owner stopped by our table which was cool!!!

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were in DC for a short vacation and had received a promotional special from this restaurant. The tapas were very good and the sangria was especially good. The wait staff was very helpful with tapas selections and answering questions. The cheese stuffed eggplant slices were so good, I asked for the recipe. The wait person went back to the... More

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A deal from Groupon brought me into Recess Tapas Lounge for the first time and the restaurant's follow-up deal will definitely bring me back for more. The Sangria was sweet and not too strong. The tapas was very good. We had two different shrimp dishes, lomo saltado, and mussels. The mussels were a little too spicy for my wife, but... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Went here on a weekday date. The food was nasty. We had several dishes, some of which arrived cold. We also had the lomo steak and it was almost all fat. Then when we requested our bill the waitress had calculated it wrong. After showing her the error and 30 minutes of her trying to correct it, the bill still... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I came here for a Friday night dinner with a friend. We had a Groupon and it was accepted without any issues. We decided that we would have two tapas each. The food was great. I had the Lomo steak and scallops. The food was enough for a dinner. I was very surprised as the generous portions. It was so... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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120 reviews 120 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Thanks to a Groupon that promised four tapas and bottomless sangria for just $29, my wife and I visited Recess last Friday at happy hour. While I've walked along this block many times, the restaurant isn't easy to spot, as it's below street level and the staircase is tucked into the side of a neighboring building's entrance. There are a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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142 reviews 142 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I'm from Venezuela, and I can certify this is the best Venezuelan food you can try in this city. The arepas,The cachapas, the tequenos are the best! The atmosphere is very nice and cozy. The service is very good. The first time I was there, the owner came to my table to ask if everything was ok. I really appreciate... More

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Washington DC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Food was excellent, we had calamari, chicken croquettes and spinach which was particularly good, as appetisers. Steak, talapia and crab cakes then a cake and ice cream dessert. The food was beautifully presented. The staff were great, if anything a little too attentative. We ate in the basement restaurant which was atmospheric with the red lighting, could have eaten on... More

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Idaho Falls
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I love a good Tapas eatery and Recess will be added to my list for a revisit. The selection was good but I was disappointed that at 8pm, two of the dishes I was interested in were unavailable. Recess has a decent wine list, including a reasonable selection of "by the glass". The ambiance is more like a bar, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was the best restaurant that my wife and I ate at while we were in DC for a week. My wife ordered the Paella and I ordered the lomo saltado. The plantains were excellent and the sangria was really good too. We will definitely eat there again when we return.

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