The Union Canal House

The Union Canal House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.unioncanalhousehershey.com/
  • Phone: 7175660054
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Edward J. Monuteaux
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Union Canal House has 4 separate dining rooms that can accommodate up to 30 people per room. In addition to our full menu, we can work with you to develop special party menus at set price points.
  • Private Party Contact: Judy Hogarth 7175660054

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Off of Hersheypark Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Union Canal House
Family owned for over forty years, the Union Canal House continues to set the standard for fine cuisine, service and hospitality. Since 1751, The rural hideaway has offered tempting food and refreshing drinks. Nestled in the heart of the village of Union Deposit, Hershey, Pa., soldiers from the French, Indian and Revolutionary Wars were the restaurant"s first patrons. The Union Canal House features a succulent selection of fresh fish prepared daily and the highest quality steaks. Patrons can enjoy classic entrees such as Veal Marsala, Long Island Duckling, Barramundi and of course our signature Crab Cakes made with 100% fresh lump crabmeat. Our new menu also includes various salads, mouth watering appetizers and homemade desserts. We also offer an extensive wine list, a wide variety of domestic and imported beer and specialy drinks to compliment your dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Union Canal House reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (13)good for groups (10)romantic (9)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • First time was a hit.
    Rockyscarol
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was the first time visiting this restaurant. The place reminded me of a renovated old farm house, cozy with low lighting. The live guitar music was a nice touch & the staff was very friendly. There was a mix up with our order, but the food was excellent. I recommend, if you are near Hershey Park, & you want a good dinner spot, check out this spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    WJZ862
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There was little to recommend about our experience at this restaurant. They were seriously understaffed and the owner seemed clueless. Our table was not ready when we arrived (we had a reservation)and the owner pointed to a table and said that will be your table in a few minutes. We sat at the bar and in a few minutes she gave the table to another couple who had just come in. She then came to us and asked if we were waiting for a table. The evening went down from there. We waited forever for everything the whole meal. The food was mediocre at best. There was a stale over cooked baked potato, tough veal Marsala, boring blackened steak and just nothing memorable. The waitress seemed pleasant, but had too many tables to take care of.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    KDog
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were visiting from Atlanta and tried the Union Canal House because it was locally owned. It exceeded all of our expectations. The food was excellent. The chef came out of the kitchen to discuss entree's with us. The 3 of us ordered something different: fish special, seafood and filet. Everything was cooked to order and tasted fantastic. Next time we are in the area, we will be making the trip back to the Union Canal House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food,service found wanting
    Tom5
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was a success. At least two of us had the crabcakes which were quite good. The bouillabaisse was also enjoyed by several people. However, the service was really not up to snuff. We had asked for water multiple times and she had a lot of problems figuring out payment for multiple people. The caveat to the service is the fact that we were a table of 10 which always makes the servers job more difficult. However, I've seen other waitstaff handle even more people much more smoothly. When you add the fact that the house added a 21% gratuity for less than stellar service, is compounded the issue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Granddogs2VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A few friends were on a short getaway in Hershey. Wanting to gave dinner outside of the hotel we returned to Union Canal, where some of us had dined in the past. Between that time and the present the restaurant had been rebuilt after being destroyed by a flood. So,we kept our fingers crossed that it would still be wonderful. We were NOT disappointed! We enjoyed every fantastic mouthful. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great way to celebrate.
    25thAnniversary
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dinner was delicious. Pleasant surprise since great tasting fish is hard to find at a restaurant. Service was wonderful. Romantic and intimate setting. Just what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic find
    spotty26
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rather than eating at nearby Hershey Park, my family and I searched for an alternative online. Found The Union Canal House & really happy we gave it a try. Nice bar inside, low lighting with candles, super friendly staff, and delicious food. Can't believe it was so close to the land of Hershey's Kisses, hot dogs & french fries! Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the area and looking for somewhere special to eat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, new owner is crazy.
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We made a reservation based on reviews under previous ownership. Turns out, new owner is VERY focused on herself and not the food, servers or customers. We ordered a large amount and they were out of, the first wine, spinach, earl grey tea, veal Oskar (had ALL ingredients but just not serving it), a second bottle of the wine we ended up with, baked potatoes and 6 other items. In the meantime the owner stopped by twice; once to say what a great choose we made and secondly to insult the servers for not lighting candles. No mention of missing items. To sum up, don't go. Super sad. If you do, please tip Jessica and Holly very, very well. It isn't their fault!
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  • Great find in Herhsey
    KL644
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We found this great restaurant for dinner while visiting Hershey. The restaurant is an old historic tavern. Large parking lot with plenty of spaces. Great food, excellent service. We very much enjoyed the clams casino and ragout as appetizers and the trout and veal Marsala as our mains. When in Hershey we will defintely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint, historic and warm environs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was exceptionally prepared. Menu was eclectic, especially the appetizers, but very much to my liking with plenty of good old American offerings. Prices were reasonable for fine dining and matched what the Web site showed so there were no tricks or surprises. The layout of the interior creates a warm and cozy feel that suits the small village "tavern" style and history of the place. I was very pleased to dine here, as were the 3 other adults I brought along. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • under new management
    GlandMan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Old favorite under new management. was told that the chef was the same. surprisingly not as busy as before.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • couple from town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    food was great, service was also great. BUT, before we went to the restaurant, i checked the menu on line. the blackened delmonico was 29.95 when we got the check, we were charged 34.95 for the stake
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu online not correct
    TK2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were visiting from out to town, and when we found this restaurant and saw the menu online, we were excited to try it out. When we got to the restaurant and sat down, the menu was completely different then what was online. We said something to the server, and she said she knew about it and it wasn't her problem. With Hershey attracting so many tourists, if would probably be best if the restaurant updates their menu online, or take it off the website altogether. The food we ordered was alright.
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  • Dinner and a Mini-Tour
    KatiesAma
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were there on a Saturday night - we made reservations, but really didn't need them. It was busy but not crowded. We were warmly greeted at the door, and our server was excellent. Our meals were good, but a little pricy for a casual night out. After dinner, we learned a little about the history of the restaurant/inn, and had a "mini-tour" of the basement to see the tunnel system that was used for underground travel between nearby buildings. All-in-all a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    UshkyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was the 3rd time I've been here since it reopened and the food is solid. Saw a review for the Delmonico steak so gave it a try. It was very good! The calamari app was different and very tasty although I would have liked it if it was little crispier.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    So glad Union Canal House reopened after the flood. The duck l'orange is as good as it was 15 yrs. ago!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too pricey
    HrshyLocalVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Nice place and the food was good but too expensive. Five star prices for three star quality.
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  • owner is a crook
    Unhappy
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I had purchased a gift card from the owner before the flood and after he finally reopened he had a new computer system and would not honor the gift card because the new machines do not recognize it. I was out the money I paid for the gift card to my daughter. Also my son broke a tooth while eating his meal and went to the restroom. I told the waitress what happened and she didn't care.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    matt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was good, service was good. Portions are not large. Had iceburg salad, but the housemade blue cheese dressing was spread like butter on the lettuce... i prefer a little more, certainly enough that i can get some on every bite of lettuce!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the The Union Canal House reviews archive.
  • Best Steak Around
    Lukealicious
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    My wife and I had been at the Union Canal House before the flood and I had always said that the steak I had there was the best steak I had ever had. I decided to take my wife there for our wedding anniversary and of course I had to order the blackened Delmonico steak. We decided to order the crab cake dinner and share the steak and crab cakes. The steak lived up to my previous experience - it melted in my mouth and had a truly delectable taste. I told the manager that there was only one slight problem...it was gone!!! The crab cakes were excellent; the portabello mushroom appetizer was out of this world. The waitress, Jessica, was very nice and personable and tended to our every need. One of the best restaurants around!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have benn here before
    AdymVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Will definitely schedule a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food is very good. Appetizers outstanding. Could make a meal on just the tasty appetizers. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love2dineout
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service was absolutely the best. Our waitress was appropriately attentive. Food was very good also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    GoRide
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The Chef at the Union Canal House makes just wonderful seafood and steak dishes with his own twist. Try the appetizers for sure, they are best with signature touches to each item.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing service
    Politediner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    While our meal was tasty, it was quite obvious our server was annoyed that we didn't order beverages (besides water) or dessert. She seemed anxious to get rid of us. We were quiet, polite, and certainly not demanding.
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  • We shared our entrees
    gokarter1952
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    There were four at our table and when the food came, we had plate envy as we admired each others meals. The solution? Share bites! The trout was wonderful. The filet butter soft. The portabella appetizer was another great share. We had fun when we described what we like in a mixed drink and the bartender made up a unique concoction just for us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice find!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    While spending Easter weekend at Hershey Lodge and not being able to find a reservation on property we looked up other options and this place caught our eye. The food was excellent and had a great variety for every type of pallet. The service was extremely friendly and accommodating. They welcomed our family and our children ordered off the regular menu with a steak and fish that was great!!! The older building was a great place filled with lots of history. Really felt like we found a hidden gem. I would definitely go here again next time we are visiting Hershey!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Friendly staff & delicious
    Love2eat
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Friendly staff & delicious food. If you have a child ask to see the tunnel. For small children bring a few activities to keep them entertained while you enjoy the yummy food! Will defiantly be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Rdief
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was my first time back since the flood and it was better than ever. The meals were great and the atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit!
    PickyDiner22
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were fans of this place years ago and then it really went downhill and eventually flooded and closed. Now it is reopened with a new owner who has restored it to its glory -- good food, friendly service -- glad it is back. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly pleased
    ripone
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    very nice atmosphere, pleasant staff, food very good... waitress was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. well worth the trip!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were at the Union Canal
    TwoSeniors
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were at the Union Canal House early on Friday evening. The service was excellent. We enjoyed the food, especially the portabella mushroom appetizer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like duck
    Woody
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Without a doubt, the Union Canal House is the best place in central Pennsylvania to order duck. Make certain you place your order for the duck when you make your reservation - so they have it available - they do not make more than they actually need. While the cost of their entrees are a little higher than the average restaurant, the quality of the meal is worth it. The newly renovated facility is very comfortable. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always cozy
    dvizVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    UCH is always welcoming and cozy. Chef is fabulous and specials are always great.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Hershey Area for Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have found this restaurant to have the best food in the Hershey/Hummelstown area. The chef is phenomenal! We give it a a five star for food, service, friendliness. So glad we discovered the Union Canal House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Evening!
    Green
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Reservations for 6PM, seated immediately, cocktails were served quickly, Dinners (Maine Lobster tails and Blackened Delmonico Steak) were ordered with caution that I have a garlic allergy. Chef came to our table a few minutes later and explained that the seasoning used to blacken steak contained garlic but he would use another that did not contain garlic. Meals were very good as were deserts of creme bruele and key lime pie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back...
    Bobutski
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My wife and I scouted The Union Canal House in anticipation of taking a group of eight there in April. I'm so glad we did. Dinner was excellent. It was a bit pricey, but the quality of the food and service (Jessica) made up for it. This place is a historic gem, and that adds to its ambience. So....we'll be back with the gang!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday dinner
    Linda
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We were put in a room by ourselves and shortly thereafter there were other people who were also in the room, a party of 6. The food was very good but if we had known of how the salad was prepared and the cost we probably would not have ordered it. The dessert had no taste, it was cheesecake with raspberry syrup. I was going to order a drink but the waiter left too soon. I don't really think we will be back any time soon.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, Delicious Meal
    Ready
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The restaurant was comfortable; our server was efficient and pleasant. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the presentation was beautiful. The bread initially served with the Garlic Butter was a nice way to start out the meal. Our appetizers were delicious especially the Clams Casino. My Blackened Delmonico was cooked to perfection and my wife enjoyed her Veal Dish. We brought friends and they both enjoyed their Pasta and Steak dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    RJ38
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and it was the off season. Therefore, it was very quiet and service was exceptional. The mushroom app was delicious, as were our meals. I had the lobster tails and he had the trout. Both dishes cooked to perfection. It seems off the beaten path, but really it isn't. We found it to be reasonably priced and truly enjoyed our evening at the Union Canal House. We are anxious to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet