nice bar for waiting,
Although we had a reservation, we were a few minutes early so we ordered our drinks, but the table was ready soon, so we just moved over. Service was good and food was presented well although one in our party thought everything was a little bland. I thought it was fine, but I don't like highly seasoned food.
The only wait was trying to get someone's attention when we wanted an extra plate to share but that was quickly resolved. All in all it was a fun evening and good meal.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always so good
I have been to Union Bar & Grille a few times and it never disappoints! The service and food were great. I had the kale and frissee salad and the hanger steak which was so good! Our waiter was on top of things and very knowledgeable about the gluten options for my friend.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been coming here for years and like the variety of selection and the always updated menu of choices from season to season. The fish I had was excellent. All 4 in my party were pleased with what they got. Like the additional salads on the menu now too.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I could eat here every night
This place is my neighborhood "go-to" for dinner. They never disappoint. The prices are reasonable and the food is spectacular. They have a great vibe and a staff that is friendly and accommodating. A special shout out to Jarrod. He's always on the ball and gives excellent suggestions on the wine and menu. Try not to over do it on the skillet cornbread because you're gonna want to save room for three courses...my fave dishes: prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin, the burger, lobster gnocchi and sweet corn risotto with chorizo. Their newest dessert blew my mind-- a "chocolate bar" with buttered popcorn ice-cream, caramel, crushed graham crackers and peanut brittle. Holy Monkey!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Union Bar and Grill Still Smokin
We went early after an afternoon concert, got 1000 Open Table points. Did not get any hint of condescension for being old, straight and early... which was nice. Very good food and service, pleasant ambiance. An older South End spot still doing great. Hoping to go back soon. Also it's on the "Silver Line" which is NOT the subway, but it's a very good bus!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've never been disappointed at Union. The food is always really fresh and good; the menu is diverse enough without being overly fussy; there is always plenty of local seafood., as well as other choices. We enjoyed Wellfleet oysters and lovely preparation of halibut with fresh seasonal vegetables.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great on a Monday
Knowledgable, attentive and relaxed waitstaff. Gnocchi app, hangar steak, chic under brick, s'mores dessert - whole meal was delicious.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu shines
Union is a standby for us. They changed their menu and all for the best. The pork was outstanding--moist, flavorful, the spaetzle and lima beans perfect. Roast cod equally outstanding. And Goose Island beer.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent dinner.
We had an excellent dinner. The beet salad was delicious--I loved the pistascios--and my salmon was perfectly done with just the right hint of bacon in the light vinaigrette. The only downfall was the peach cobbler. I didnt think the addition of Harpoon beer was a good idea. Service was great. I would definitely return.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food at Union
I have been going to Union for several years. On the Fourth of July I found myself alone and just popped over for a little dinner. There was a delightful prix fixe menu for a reasonable price including some sangria. I was reading, so I wasn't in a hurry, and it was a good thing since everything seems to be made from scratch from local suppliers. This just re-enforced my characterization of Union as a great neighborhood gem. I will continue to be a fairly regular customer.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful tuna tartar with
Wonderful tuna tartar with a very interesting lima bean pure and delicious nuances in the strawberry-basil-balsamic panna cotta. Duck was a little overcooked for my taste, although the bourbon peach side was very good. The charcuterie portion was tasty, but way too small for the price. Overall a very pleasant experience.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Good Food and Service
You can always count of consistency here. The food is always good and the staff is always friendly and attentive.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Union - Brunch
Union is one of my favorite restuarants. Food is always outstanding. I have been for brunch and dinner a number of times and have never been disappointed. The only "warning" - the seating is some times a bit too close for comfort. There are some great tables for larger parties of 4 or 6+ but tables for two are set in long rows in the front and rear of the restuarant and are rather close to one another. That is my one and only con for Union - I don't want to be so close to my dining neighbor that I can hear their every word of conversation and they mine. Other than that, it is a great place and despite the coziness of the seating, I will keep returning for the great food, city vibe and (all but one visit ) exceptional service.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the beautiful staffs..
This is my fave neighborhood brunch spot on a lazy weekend.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were meeting a friend who we had not seen in years at the union bar & grille. The server was super attentive, but also let us visit and catch up without interrupting. His food recommendations were spot on. The corn and chorizo risotto was amazing, the watermelon salad was refreshing, and the sangria made for an extra special evening.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Union bar & grill
Seated immediately on arrival. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and cocktails were good too! Would recommend 'chicken under a brick'!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistantly Great Kitchen
ON about my 30th dinner at my neighborhood fave, I find that the kitchen is just as good as its ever been.
The service is also precise and friendly; and the server had an accurate assessment of the wines on the better than average list.
So, still my "go to" place
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Boston's best brunches
Union excels at brunch with a menu of delicious options at affordable prices, including a prix fixe option. I had the braised power with roasted red potatoes and scrambled eggs (substituted for poached eggs).
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall the fod is good but
Overall the fod is good but theservice the night I dined was erratic.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
We came to this restaurant during Boston restaurant week. The staff was attentive, professional and friendly. The menu had meals appealing to everyone. We all tried different appetizers, entrees and desserts. One of my friends actually took a picture of her meal due to its beautiful presentation. Everyone raved about their meals. A nice bonus was we were able to park in a parking lot for free one block away, which is rare in Boston. Restaurant week is a great time to try new places and we are so happy we tried this place. We will definitely return.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sea bass was delicious, but had bones! Made meal much less pleasant...
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Manager Let The Ball Down
I had to send my steak back. I had ordered it Medium Well and it was Medium Rare at best. I flagged down my server who said, "Oh, that is really Med Rare and you ordered Med Well" He took it back to the kitchen but by the time it did, my partner had finished eating. I expected a manager to come over and apologize at some point but this never happened. I work as a server at a restaurant and is always the policy for a manager to visit a table that had a problem. I enjoyed the food and atmosphere, I am not sure if I would return. This 1 point have made the difference between an okay experience and one with great customer service.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth looking forward to
Union is a reliable stalwart of the South End restaurant scene and deservedly so. We went for Restaurant Week and were delighted with the creative, complex, delicious options on the menu, especially for starters. For RW desert: go with the chocolate. To die for.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantastic food and service
love this place. Sarah, our bartender, was amazing. we'd been in a few months earlier and she remembered us and what we were drinking. definitely recommend thus resto.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Scared? Don't be.
Don't be scared by the wording of the menu. The food on the menu looks super fancy but when you get it’s actually ingredients you know and that taste great! Went to celebrate a birthday with 3 other people and each of us got different dishes and they were all very delicious. Instead of regular bread they served cornbread (wonderful) but I wish they wouldn’t have cooked it for so long because it came out dry. Not even butter helped the dryness. The ambience was great and the noise level was minimal but that was during a weeknight so I can't say anything for dining on the weekend. Would go there again.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
The atmosphere is great and the food presentation and preparation was fantastic. I was on a date, and the waitress was very attentive without rushing us as we spent time talking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I would absolutely go there again.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
South End Treat
One of our favorites in Boston. Attentive service. Managed our meal to a timeline so we could make our show on time. I enjoyed the specials while my wife enjoyed the prix fixe. We will be back.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great but slow
The food here is fabulous but I have been 2 times in the last 2 weeks and the service is very friendly but super slow. Both times there was at least 40 minutes between appetizers and entrees.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had an amazing time at Dinner. Our waitress was on-point and suggested drinks and dishes that paired well together. Can't wait to go back
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a hidden
This restaurant is a hidden gem. It has a nice atmosphere, the food is very good, the service is excellent, and it has Booths. Which make a gathering so much more enjoyable. I love this restaurant.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent and Comfy
Union always hits the mark. Great choices, imaginative yet not intimidating. Loved the Caesar, the salmon was excellent and a lovely preparation, with a little bit of a "kick". I appreciate the design of the dining room, it is spacious and allows for private conversation because the tables are not too close and there are many booths which I love. And it isn't too noisy, which is a huge problem in so many restaurants, and has become my pet peeve. This is a dependable place with professional staff, I commend them!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never fails
The food and service at Union was outstanding. We sat on the bar side which we prefer as you end up chatting away with the people sitting next to you which is usually entertaining. I would (and have) recommend this to others without any hesitation. It is a great place to go for a good time whether it is for a beer and a burger or a romantic dinner of champagne and duck. There is something for everyone.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not to be missed
This is becoming one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food, service, and atmosphere are all excellent, and the presentation is perfect for special occasions. We recently celebrated a joint birthday celebration with8 of us, and we were all pleased and impressed. They have valet parking, too, always a plus.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food, Great Service
We were a party of 6 and our experience was wonderful. The food was, as usual, truly excellent. Our waiter was attentive, charming but not intrusive. We especially enjoyed the salmon and the kale salad. The wine list is excellent as well. The atmosphere is charming, with a sophisticated local South End crowd enjoying one of our best restaurants.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night at Union
My wife and I, along with a friend from out of town, enjoyed a delicious dinner with friendly and responsive service. The Octoberfest prix fixe menu was amazing and the drinks were wonderful. The ambience is very pleasing and though it was a busy Friday night it wasn't terribly loud. I definitely plan to return!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here Sunday for brunch. All around great experience, highly recommended.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We try to find a new restaurant in the South End every couple of weeks and this restaurant by far is one of the most memorable dining experiences.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was great. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals. The service was great as usual.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Brunch
Reasonably priced, good food, and nice drink menu should you decide to have a cocktail over brunch.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went out for my birthday brunch and how a fun time. The sweet potato omelette was extraordinary. The sever was very attentive and accommodating. I highly recommend the restaurant. I would love to try it for dinner.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Polished and welcoming
Union Bar and Grill continues to be a satisfying South End favorite. The menu is always full of reliable crowd pleasers (the burger with bacon jam) but also seasonal gems like the baby kale salad or the seared venison. Union has a nice buzz, usually relatively busy, always friendly and never any attitude. The menu mix really threads the needle nicely: quail with foie gras, a crispy but tender pheasant, perfectly cooked venison with a purée of parsnips, seasonal and satisfying. A great bar, they mix an amazing rye-based Ward 8 and an equally good cellar. The relaxed feeling here doesn't come at the expense of attentive service. Love this place.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not many vegetarian options,
Not many vegetarian options, and some dishes seemed overpriced. Service was slow but they made up for it. Food was good and atmosphere was as well.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy to walk to!
Consistently good! Don't know why we don't come more often. Staff is genuinely friendly and efficient.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great seasonal menu
Great menu that offers the flavors of the seasons all year long. On Saturday night the menu included venison, boar, quail, and pheasant. Between the two of us we tried all of these save the boar. Maybe next visit. The quail was delicious, and had small bits of foie gras, a flavorful combination. Top of the list was the pheasant, served as a roulade, and with an amazing cranberry sauce that had smoky hints of bourbon. My husband had the venison which was perfectly cooked to a medium rare, and served with a parsnip purée. An excellent Argentine Malbec had a medium body, notes of dried fruit and a little tannin to compliment both the pheasant and venison. Service was, is is usual at Union, friendly and responsive.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Above and Beyond
Thank you to the staff at Union Bar & Grill. Requested a quiet table for a date and at first we were seated in a table that was a little to open... When a cancelation occurred they moved us with ease to a more private table. Food and service was very good
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently good food and
Consistently good food and service. Service always good but on this occation my dinning compainion and I wanted to talk and felt interrupted as we were not ordering very quickly. Service was very polited however.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great first impression
Our group of four were delighted with Union Bar and Grill. Two of us chose the prix fixe venison; it was flavorful but not gamey, done to a pink center perfection, and perfect with the parsnips alongside. Our other two diners also selected game from the prix fixe menu, but I don't recall which. All pleased. Our waiter happened to also be the sommelier; he recommended the Hara Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, which we loved. Music was too loud when we entered as the first diners (the bar was active). At our request the music was quietened. Later with the dining room 3/4 full, the noise level still permitted relaxed conversation. Kudos for the acoustical design. Comfortable booths, nice linen, good service. Our first time; not our last.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We haven't been to Union in
We haven't been to Union in a while. We were regulars at the bar for drinks and dinner for a long time but stopped going when the bar staff changed and service was not good. Also, the food slipped for a while. It's great to see that both food and service are really good again. We both had the Nov. game dinner pre fixe and really enjoyed it. The only exception was that the kale salad was disappointing. It seemed to have arugula mixed in and while I love kale I don't like arugula. Otherwise, all was very good. Again, we are really pleased to see such a big improvement.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good choice
Great Restaurant - always dependable. But the new open table app seems very awkward to use compared to the previous.
Between the new Apple OS system 7.04 and/or the new Open Table app, making the reservation and finding restaurant selections is no longer effortless.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
All the food was very good.
All the food was very good. There was a monthly special prix fix game dinner which was excellent and a real bargain at $33 for three courses. The first course quail saltimboca was the best quail dish I have ever eaten. Highly recommended.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM