Like a bar, but not.
Surprisingly not overly crowded on a weekday evening, UNION provided great service and really yummy food for my wife and I. We sat in the "Tap Room", which has a sports-bar feel to it (TV's showing ESPN all around), but it was much more restaurant than bar. Our server, Kellan, was very attentive, and the food was outstanding. Highly recommend both the Bacon Mac & Cheese, and the Homemade Moon Pies (deep fried moon pies, with a shake to dip them in...it's very decadent!).
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We've been to Union a few times, but never seem to be able to get a table anymore (that's what happens when people find the good spots). So, using Open Table, I was able to secure a reservation. I am so pleased we were able to get a time that suited us. Chef made a creation of pork tenderloin with cannellinni beans, kale and some outstanding sauce. Absolutely amazing.
It's a rustic, laid back atmosphere with incredible food. Many options for GF diets, which is very difficult to find in any restaurant.
Well done, Union!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Energetic, Gourmet, Excellence
If you are looking for an energetic bar scene with outstanding gourmet food and stellar service, Union is the place! As someone who is very particular about food & service (which is difficult to find in San Diego although improving...) I LOVE this place and can honestly say that each of the many, many times that my husband & I have eaten there have exceeded our expectations in every way!
Be prepared for a loud atmosphere with fabulous food & service! Yum!!!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had Easter Brunch at UNION
We had Easter Brunch at UNION Kitchen & Tap for the 2nd year in a row and had another wonderful meal. I love that we were able to make an advance reservation for our party of 11 and we were seated right away. We had four rambunctious kids in our party and UT&K was fantastic and unaffected by the kids, candy-filled loudness! The food was delicious and I especially love the Bacon Bloody Mary, complete with house-made bacon that is oh so good! This time I tried the breakfast flatbread and it was fantastic - a little side of creamy grits topped of a wonderful meal.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great salmon salad. The waitress
Great salmon salad. The waitress was quick and efficient
4/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent menu. Interesting
Excellent menu. Interesting choices. Pear flatbread was fantastic. Quinoa sweet potato cakes were difderentcandv really good. Very fresh ingredients. Good use of different herbs and spices.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife & I went with friends... food was awesome - especially the shimp & grits! Good beers on tap and cool vibe. Great Encinitas spot !!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
First visit to Union was great
First visit to Union was great and we'll be back for more. Enjoyed the menu variety, solid execution and friendly service. Noise level was a bit high even in the dining room away from the bar but not a huge distraction.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as usual. Had the salmon
Great as usual. Had the salmon salad and it was amazing. And the sangria was the perfect drink. I will be ordering both again ;)
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress went above and beyond her duties to make us happy, actually going outside to take our requested picture so it would come out better than the inside picture. I wish I could remember her name.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time here - we enjoyed the atmosphere...they really invested a lot in the place. The food was good but not spectacular. A great place to go for something a little different.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome as always! Daily catch
Awesome as always! Daily catch was salmon - absolutely amazing. Sangria was light and perfect for a lunch on a hot day
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere, good drinks
We found this place just walking in Encinitas and decided to try it. It's in a great location -- nice ocean breeze and it's all dark wood with fun colored LED lighting behind many wall panels. The wait staff was very helpful and attentive (I will say they all had bedhead, but I'm not from CA, maybe that's a hairstyle here?). We ordered the pear gorgonzola flatbread and the fried oyster sandwich. Both were delicious. I'd definitely like to go back to this place in the evening to see what it looks like after dark.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I Love This Place
This place is kid friendly, but I would lean toward the earlier meals with the kids because it is a bar scene. The food is well prepared and presented. There is a pretty good variety for a smaller menu.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome brunch spot!!
I love Union for lunch but brunch did not disappoint. Both the adults and the kids were happy with the selection. And did I mention $5 mimosas. It was my hubby's birthday so his Bloody Mary was their treat. The service was prompt and friendly. We will be back for brunch for sure
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer menu is BACK!
Have enjoyed this place many time in the spring and summer but went back last winter and had a lovely booth in the back room with the fireplace roaring. Was so disappointed in the menu selections during their fall and winter season that we did not go back until they changed the menu again. Now our old faves are back and so are we.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience was nice except
Our experience was nice except that it was way too loud. They had a guitarist on Saturday morning. Had they not been able to seat us in the side room to the right we would have had to leave as we could not hear anything. There were 6 of us so conversation was to be part of the dining experience.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a vegetarian and this place had a couple of things on the menu that caught my eye. My boyfriend LOVED the mussels appetizer (the sauce was yummy!) with the spicy waffle chips on the side. He also had the seared ahi and really liked that. I had the sweet potato ravioli with pesto. It was quite good, but not as spicy/flavorful as I would have liked. Maybe a bit more 'kick' to the pesto? Anyway, our server was great. Didn't hesitate to make recommendations and they were all right on. We also enjoyed the creme brulee for dessert. All in all, we ate WAY too much, but only because it was so darn yummy.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the relaxed feeling
I loved the relaxed feeling and good energy of this place. The service was excellent and the food was served quickly. The beet salad was the best and very creative with the ingredients. Three of my friends and I meet each month to try a new lunch spot and this was a big hit with all of us. Will definitely return.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Shrimp, grits and meat
Great meal at Union but didn't realize that it turns into a meat market at 8 or so on Saturday nights. Terrific waiter and shrimp and grits to die for. Love the charred okra. Interesting beer menu. A great North County spot!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We started in the bar with the main doors open catching a sea breeze. It was clear from the start that this was a well run place with strong leadership...the manager jumped on the bar and recognized the work of one of his staff which was a heartfelt and impressive gesture. After great beers and cocktails, my party of 10 moved to the quiet dining room for an awesome dinner. To top the night off, when we finished dinner, we emerged from the dining room to find the once causal bar had transformed into a great hotspot with a club feel. From the professionalism at the front door, to the great bartender and waitress to the amazing food...Simply Outstanding!!!.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slow down the kitchen, please
We love this place, but we are fed up with the haste with which our meals are delivered. Might we please be able to finish out starters before the mains are delivered? This time, I specifically asked that our mains not arrive before we finished our salads, yet the busboy STILL arrived with main courses as we were only halfway finished with the salads. The problem: servers do not deliver the food (busboys do this) so there is little to no coordination with the kitchen. I can't believe I'm the only person to complain about this. Please fix the issue or you will lose a devoted customer!!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been wanting to try
I have been wanting to try our Union Kitchen and Tap since it opened and finally got the chance. Had a great time with a business associate, and would definitely return. The bar is fun but too noisy for a real conversation. Fortunately the dining room works for a business dinner. Enjoyed the lamb, and also tried the ribeye - both were very good with grilled corn and mac n cheese. Wine list is limited, but we found a bottle that worked well with dinner. The servers were attentive and friendly with a local surf vibe.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the lamb and date had
Had the lamb and date had the watermelon salad, both were great. we also had the union bavaria haf beer which was great also. we will return. keep up the great restaurant!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday morning breakfast
We enjoy going there for breakfast because one side is "open air" so it's like dining outside. You have fun there, because the servers seem to be having fun. There's live music and very good food. I actually like that it is a smallish menu, so you don't have to make so many choices.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trendy and tasty in Encinitas
Great booth in the back. Wonderful service. Creative menu. Delicious food. Fresh and home-made.
Only problem: Skimpy on some of the portions -- that's a turn-off especially at brunch. Breakfast potatoes? I want a horizontal slab of those on the plate, not 5-7 slices of potatoes. Same with the mixed berry waffles. Absolutely delicious but two slices of strawberry and three blackberries?
I'll give them a second chance, because I want it to be better next time. Otherwise the location, crowd, and ambience is very cool!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for a girls night and did not disappoint. Great beer and drink selection. I had some wonderful local craft beer and my friends had some great mixed drinks. The cheese plate was great (love the honeycomb). The menu is extremely "pig" orientated - bacon and pork belly everywhere. I ordered a side of grits and brussel sprouts and they were amazing. Friends also had salmon (said it was to die for) and okra amongst other things. All of the drinks and food were great. I do recommend sitting in the dining area as the bar becomes somewhat of a crowded meat market at night. You are removed from the craziness in the the dining room.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a unique pub. Great beers and great food. Usually the more they have on tap, the worse the food or it just doesn't go well with beer, e. g. Stone Brewery. But the food here is great.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for a beer
I love this place. The food is good, the bar area is bright and open, and I particularly like the tables by the window. I like their happy hour, and the dining room areas are fine, but the bar area is more lively. The food is good--both appetizer and full menu items. They always have a great selection of beer on tap and the service is always good.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here, and I will be back! Good food, good service, and a great value.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and Service
Outstanding food and service. Servers knew each and every item on the menu and were attentive to all of our needs. With knowledge of what items to recommend, paired with exciting, and well prepared food items... we look forward to coming back again and again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a treat!!
Union had great open table reviews, which lived up to the actual dining experience. The bar is fun and was lively on a Saturday night football evening. The dining room was rustic but comfortable. Our server was outstanding. He was very helpful in choosing items from the menu and seemed happy to be serving us. Both of our entrees were delicious, a special favorite: the brick chicken. The desserts were delicious and hard to decide on which to choose. We had the pb&j bread pudding and bacon sugar donuts. Both were sweet yet very flavorful. Union is a welcome addition to our choices in the north beach cities.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free Gold
Went here because I found it on a search for restaurants with gluten free items, as soon as I saw Shrimp & Grits on the menu I knew I needed to visit. It was one of the best meals I have had in quite some time and it was completely safe for me to eat! I also got to share a GF ribs appetizer which was fantastic. So thankful to have another place to go to for a nice meal with my main squeeze.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but good. I had a salad
Pricey but good. I had a salad and added salmon $20! It was delicious but that was a little much for lettuce and salmon. Had the sangria which was also very good. Hubby had a pastrami Reuben which he really enjoyed
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Started with a salad, local greens. It was one of the best salads I have ever had! Our waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and the service was excellent! We would definitely go back to Union Kitchen and Tap!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again, a great meal with wonderful service at Union!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
the duck dinner
We had a party of 6. Three had the flatbread pizza and loved it. The other three had the duck and it was alittle too salty for all of them
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great evening
This was our fourth or fifth time at Union -- we go every time we visit San Diego -- and the first time we sat in the more intimate area off to the right. Fantastic!! From the cocktails to our mains, everything was spot on. Try the Sazerac and you won't be disappointed.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great time!!!
My husband, and I took our college age daughter (20) for dinner and we all had a great time. Sports on TV for my husband, great food and wine for me and the ambiance was well liked by our daughter. Great energy, but not too loud. We were in a booth and could easily talk amongst ourselves. I was also please that we were seated immediately, even though when I made the reservation for 2 (didn't know our daughter would be joining us), they happily put us a great booth table when we told them we now had 3.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM