The Recess Room



The Recess Room in Fountain Valley | photo courtesy of The Recess Room

The Recess Room in Fountain Valley | photo courtesy of The Recess Room



Located in Fountain Valley, The Recess Room is bringing something a little different to the Orange County restaurant scene. Five lifelong friends met during recess one day on a Fountain Valley Playground, and they've shared a deep love of their hometown ever since.

"They 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."

Co-Owner Viet Pham and his four friends are currently living their dream, all the while supplying Orange County locals with an ideal spot to wine and dine, and just enjoy each other's company. Aside from the ambiance, their executive Chef Sam Green is serving up some impressive food and drink to go along with it. Their menu is bold and rich, touting items line Bone Marrow Mac & Cheese and a Pork Belly BLT. Homegrown ingredients and the passion of their team go into every dish and cocktail, making The Recess Room experience, a memorable one. 

More About: Co-Owner Viet Pham
More About: Chef Sam Green

Bone Marrow Mac & Cheese | photo courtesy of 100eats

Bone Marrow Mac & Cheese | photo courtesy of 100eats


The Recess Room offers a menu filled with modern-American tapas and starters, as well as incredibly flavorful entrees boasting well-prepared proteins. Chef Sam Green utilizes home grown ingredients from the onsite garden, making his plates stand out in the freshest way possible. Come in and share a few starters like the Blue Crab Beignets and Charcuterie, or go big with dishes like their Bone Marrow Burger and Crab Pasta. Not to mention their 24 craft beers on tap (primarily sourced from local Orange County breweries), a great wine selection, a variety of premium whiskeys, and their impressive list of handcrafted cocktails. 

Specialty Cocktails at The Recess Room | photo courtesy of 100eats

Specialty Cocktails at The Recess Room | photo courtesy of 100eats


Smoke & Mirrors: butter infused lot 40 whiskey, maple syrup, angostura, pecan bitters, served with big rock in a smoked old fashioned glass

Blackberry Bramble: plymouth gin, lemon, muddled blackberries, sugar, served in double old fashioned glass

Cupid's Arrow: strawberry infused reposado, pear brandy, beet root powder, honey, lemon, served in nick and nora glass

 Gin-Singh's Vesper: ketel one, notlet’s gin, ginseng infused lillet blanc, orange bitters, served in nick and nora

Barrel Aged Vieux Carre: bulleit rye, hennessy sweet vermouth, benedictine, peychaud’s and angostura bitters, served with big rock in old fashioned

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Shishitos: blistered shishitos, thyme marinated mediterrian olives, feta cheese, orange zest

Sprouts: brussels, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, pecorino romano

Spanish Octopus: 18-hour sous vide, chorizo, calabrese yogurt, celery, crisp potato, candied kumquats

Bone Marrow Mac & Cheese: oxtail marmalade, fontina, mozzarella, bechamel, candied jalapenos, trottole

Blue Crab Beignet: maryland blue crab, mascarpone, chipotle aioli

Fried Chicken: creole dry spice rub, house-made slaw, white bbq, pickles, brioche, beer batter fries

Bone Marrow Burger: akaushi beef, applewood bacon jam, arugula, brioche, beer batter fries

Pork Chop: seaboard farms 14 oz. bone in chop, bulleit rye maple, polenta, pickled leek, sauteed mustard green

Veal Dumpling: san marzano tomato, garlic, shallot, marsala wine, creme fraiche, pecorino romano

Steak: outside skirt, okra, baby bok choy, jalapeño, shitake mushroom, pickled ginger, tare, yolk

Crab Pasta: jumbo crab, squid ink tonnarelli, beurre blanc, pecorino romano, roasted chili flake

Kurobuta Pig Head: sous vide, roti, garlic paste, salsa roja, tiger sauce

Cereal Milk Creme Brulee: frosted flakes, cinnamon toast crunch, strawberry

Veal Dumpling entree | photo courtesy of The Recess Room

Veal Dumpling entree | photo courtesy of The Recess Room


Brunch at The Recess Room is unlike anything Fountain Valley has seen before. Chef Sam Green leads the way with innovative creations that make brunch at The Recess Room one of the most unique to be found in Orange County. One of the star menu items is their Smoked Salmon Benedict, made with a red wine poached egg, citrus hollandaise, and a squid ink english muffin. Their brunch menu also takes things to the next level with drink pairings. Plus, brunch just isn't brunch without bottomless mimosas - at The Recess Room, you can order them with a variety of juices including mango, lychee, and blood orange, to name a few. 

Smoked Salmon Benedict | photo courtesy of 100eats

Smoked Salmon Benedict | photo courtesy of 100eats


Cereal Crusted Stuffed French Toast: brioche, honey bunches of oats, blueberry and marscapone filling, hibiscus honey

Smoked Salmon Benedict: house-cured scottish salmon, red wine poached egg, citrus hollandaise, squid ink english muffin

Chicken & Waffles: panko-crusted chicken breast, 5 spice syrup, gochujong butter, kimchi waffle

Chilaquiles: slow cooked duck, sunny side up egg, fire roasted corn, pickled red onion, cilantro, crema, salsa verde, crispy corn tortilla

Avocado Toast: avocado mash, ricotta stuffed squash blosson, shaved asparagus, ninja radish, toasted hemp seed, 63c egg, grilled country bread

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18380 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 377-0398

Driving Directions via: Google Maps

Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. is Recess Time!


Menu Pricing: $$ - $$$

Seating: Indoor, Bar Seating & Booth-Table Seating

Service: Full Service

Square Footage & Capacity
Capacity: TBD
Square Footage: TBD

Available through Yelp
Or by Phone: (714) 377-0398

Wine n dine together at The Recess Room | photo courtesy of @maieatingobsession on instagram

Wine n dine together at The Recess Room | photo courtesy of @maieatingobsession on instagram


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Bobby Navarro at 100inc Agency - Events and Promotions.