The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theunionkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 7133602000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Juan Arellano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering coming soon.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Union private room @ The Union Kitchen-Memorial has a capacity of 30-32 guests for seated meal service, or 40 guests for a Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres Social gathering.



    The Union Room is available for a multitude of special occasions. Some of the many features are the two large high definitions flat screen televisions with VGA and full Apple TV functionality.



    Also available...a semi-private raised dining area in our restaurant that will accommodate up to 36 guests.



    A Large Full Service Covered Patio that will accommodate 80 people.



    Our experienced professionals are eager to assist you in selecting from one of our preset event menus, or create your own specialized menu designed exclusively for your event with assistance from our Executive Chef; combined with our professional and knowledgeable staff, You and your guests are certain to have a special and memorable experience.
  • Entertainment: Live Music on the Patio

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tallowood
  • Public Transit: Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking.
A word from The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
The Union Kitchen features a unique menu served in a casual atmosphere. Our lunch menu focuses on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. At dinner, steaks, chops, chicken dishes and seafood take center stage. We have a unique hand selected wine list that… complements our cuisine perfectly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr) reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (106)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (48)great for outdoor dining (46)special occasion (44)great for brunch (40)good for groups (39)notable wine list (31)romantic (18)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Union Kitchen exceeds expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had tried Union Kitchen once before and had some of their comfort food - burger and meatloaf. This Sunday afternoon my wife and I tried plates from their more formal menu - filet and Idaho trout. From appetizers through dessert my wife and I kept talking about how great the food was. And Sean, our waiter, was attentive and informative without any of the upsell that seems so prevalent today. We'll be back with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great evening out
    Nellie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Comprehensive menu. You'll be able to find something you like from hamburgers to sea bass. Well presented with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent tender and tasty ribeye
    DLTBVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Crab cakes very good. Bread pudding dessert is fantastic. Service very attentive and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find on Memorial
    docjohn
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Looking for something new and different This was the place for a casual restaurant with great food with out having to go inside the loop !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No vegan options. Energy Corridor!
    BARBIED
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Union Kitchen is in a happening area right now. There have been a few times that I have attempted to go to lunch in that area (near CityCentre) and everywhere I went had a 45 minute wait. Every time I went here though, we were easily seated. The reason I chose to write a review this time is that I had a lobster grilled cheese sandwich there for lunch yesterday and found myself telling other people about it, which is so rare, I thought I should write a review. The cheese was brie, there was also avocado and a fabulous tomato bisque on the side. To die for. Really. I do wish they had vegan options though. The only thing I see wrong with the place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Houston Lady
    HoustonLady123VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always enjoyable for lunch or dinner. Great food and variety of selections. Atmosphere instantly puts you in a good mood. Service is excellent and the wait staff very knowledgeable about menu items. One of my favorites!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I took my family here for a birthday dinner due to a recommendation and the location near my home. The staff was friendly and the ambiance was nice. However, the food was mediocre. I tried my best to like it because everything else was nice. There was no flavor in the dishes we ordered. We ordered the fried calamari - did not come out hot and was bland even with us dipping in the marinara sauce, porkabucco - very tender but not enough flavor, rainbow trout - skin was left on and was not crispy and also very bland, crab pasta - no flavor at all, and the crab stuffed shrimp - fried really well and crispy but still bland. I am only giving my opinion. Maybe I like a little more salt than others, but the food was lacking just flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch
    KellKell
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I went to Union Kitchen for our anniversary for the 1st time & they have a great brunch. The orange glazed cinnamon rolls were wonderful! The chicken & biscuits were huge and so good along with the potatoes.....such a great combo! Normally, I wouldn't order something like that but it was well worth it! The bloody mary's weren't too bad either! It was a very nice place that you could dress casually for a relaxed brunch or dinner or dress up & make it a date night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our waiter, Tim, was very good - attentive but not overly so. Our food was good with the exception of the appetizer my husband and I shared. It was the brie - instead of being hot and melted, it was slightly warm and hard. Also, for the amount of cheese on the plate, five crackers was totally inadequate, especially since you no longer serve bread with the meal. Other than that, it was great and as always, the Tira Misu was the best in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here again
    PenquinVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Sunday night they don't let up. They still serve great food with a service flair that makes you want to stay and stay or return very soon. The BBQ chicken pizza cannot be beat by other pizza makers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service ruin my birthday
    Blueleaf31
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Read good reviews online &wanted to try it out,but the waiter was horrible. We ordered a mimosa carafe because 4 of us were drinking &he said that was only for 3 people &we can get individual ones for $6. we told him we'll stick w/larger serving. He looked at us weird and said we will be charged for 2carafe which we said was fine. During the meal, he started picking up everyone's plates while I was still eating & tried to get my plate which I was clearly not finished eating. When it was time to pay he put it all in 1 ticket.We asked to split it & he didn't understand how. What upset us the most when He said 'so, who's paying for the kid?' He couldn't figure out who was with who. it just ruined my bday memory. I will never come back here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice neighborhood spot
    MSalinger
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never had a bad meal here. They have a quaint small bar with good bartenders. Good food. Good atmosphere. You should try it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dining
    annie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time I ate here, it was a week night and food was excellent. This time it was a Saturday night - food was average. Nice atmosphere, however, and good service. Not a special occasion place, but good for getting together with friends for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was good but service was slow and not attentive. Had to ask 3 times for our bread for the table that showed up at dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good friday dinner
    memkVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    friday night dinner. service good, food was well prepared, only downside is my wife likes a sweet white wine and they did not have one avaiable to suit her taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    JLFoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I took my group here for lunch after having heard rave reviews from other co-workers. The food was top quality with their own unique spin on each item. I had the grill shrimp salad which I would definitely get again. We will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll Be Back ...
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fantastic! I pass by everyday going home from work. Finally met a couple girlfriends there for dinner. Our table was nicely situated away from the couples and the big group, so we could hear ourselves talk. We had cocktails and wine - what can I say - the raspberry martini was quite tasty! I ordered the mahi mahi special. It was like butter in my mouth! My friends ordered the trout. I tasted it too - it was good, but not as good as mine. We didnt even look at dessert, but when I go back I will. Or maybe I'll go for brunch. Either way, I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Menu offers a nice variety, so everyone was happy. Also, nice wine and cocktail offerings. The crab napoleon and crabcake appetizers were very good. The big highlight was dessert... the bread pudding was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A co-worker turned me on to Union Kitchen in December 2013. I have brought a few business clients for lunch since then and they have raved about the food. It is a good place for any occasion really. I love the ambiance of the place. Its elegant without being pretentious. Service has been good and haven't had a bad meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    Foodie52
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    All you you would expect and more in a Neighborhood Restaurant. Greetings are always good and tables fast. Reservations honored very well. We dine at Union Kitchen once a week. The food is above average, but it may be time to freshen the menu. Plates arrive quickly and nicely presented. The steaks are very good the hamburger is spectacular in presentation and is a "best Burger" in any class. Pizza's are clever, fresh and tasty. The Angry shrimp are in fact most pleasing to be consumed. Waitstaff is particularly attentive and unobtrusive. BLAIR is excellent and SHAWN is superb. Either should be requested and well compensated for their speed and good humor. Try this place soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Again
    PenquinVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Have lost track how many times we have been here to eat! We keep going back which should tell you that it is GOOD! Houston has many restaurants so someone who enjoys their food is not going to return if it is outstanding. WE KEEP ON KEEPING ON AT UNION KITCHEN - MEMORIAL! Don't miss this one!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood resteraunt!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Saturday night find. Live music, great food and drinks. Not too busy so we had exceptional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food exceeded my expectations with the exception of the filet which was a little on the chewy side although cooked perfectly. I especially appreciated the fact that when I made an online reservation, they honored my request for a booth. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded Expectations
    SberryVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for HRW. The brocollini salad was delightful and the braised spare ribs literally fell apart- so tender. My guest had the ceviche which was good. The flaming fried ice cream? Who doesn't like fried pound cake wrapped around a scoop of ice cream? We are excited to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent Restaurant Week menu. The service was particularly thoughtful and good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    bdaybooVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My friend and I had a delightful lunch here. Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Our waiter took very good care of us. We would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect since the Memorial location, but the food, service and staff provided a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    CAH21
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Highly recommend. Food and service were second to none!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top of the Charts!
    weekenddiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our family of 4 adults dined here on Friday night and could not have asked for a nicer evening. The waiter was outstanding. He was very accommodating with special menu request and very knowledgeable in suggesting food choices. One special thing is that we could carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice; rare to find these days. We never felt rushed when our dinner was done. It truly is a neighborhood gem, you feel like you are among friends and family when you gather at Union Kitchen on Memorial. We look forward to many more meals there in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy; service spotty
    NothingSpecial
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A previous review of this restaurant commented on the "ambiance" and that was one reason I wanted to try it... if you like so noisy you have to scream to make your dinner companions hear you, then I guess that's one kind of ambiance. Not mine! But that's what most restaurants are nowadays. I'm still searching for a place where I can enjoy good food, good wine AND a conversation. The food and service were not good enough to overcome the screaming. There were no condiments at the table (I like pepper) and after our food was served, we could not get the attention of a waiter or anyone to bring any. It was crowded but that's no excuse for how slow the service was... didn't seem to be enough servers. Anyway, I won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nevergobackVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    food quality declined over the past year. very disappointing. Union burger was overcooked, onion rings were cold and soggy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay - overpriced for quality
    Justthistime
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been to the Bellaire location & could not wait to return. The good at Memorial was different - too much sauce. Would not recommend going back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BR549
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were surprised by the decor, tables with cloths, menu selections, server attention. There was a long wait before our food arrived. This needs improvement. Overall we were pleased.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were very pleased!
    LookingFortheReal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time. My thought is, we needed a restaurant like this in Kingwood. The staff was on top of things. The food was very good. It is not a chain restaurant like TGI Fridays and there are fifty restaurants in Kingwood and Humble like that. This was a real restaurant! I was very pleased. Thank you for coming to Kingwood! Thank you! The Union Kitchen should do well here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum, Yum, not so Yum
    BandN
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The three course Houston Restaurant Weeks menu was sampled as follows: Course 1 - Delicious ceviche and cold cucumber soup (exquisite tastes). Course 2 - Delightful mahi mahi served on perfectly cooked pasta with vegetables. Course 3 - Disappointing desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edith
    Edith
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent dining experienced with my friends, very good food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accomodating
    tman6312VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were told that they only accept parties of 8 for reservations. We were celabrating my birthday and our group grew to 10 plus a baby and everyone responded positively to accomodate our larger group. This is great customer service, and a sign of great management/leadership. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Waiter was very unhappy thus the whole experience was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Overall, nice place, for service and ambience, but first and foremost, upscale restaurants should have great food. This was just average food for upscale prices. We had two orders of the steak frites, medium rare, and both were very average. Sauce was good, but the meat was chewy with limited taste - definitely not "choice" cut. The pomme frites were un-remarkable - good taste, but not crisp. The order of Sea Bass was better than average, would get a 4 of 5 rating. The order of Shrimp was average as well - nothing subtle or sophisticated about the seasonings. Salads very good - fresh and crisp. Wine list is pretty good. Our waitress was great. The bottom line for me is I can get better food at many other places for similar pricing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch 10-2
    Goodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved the beef migas for the brunch offered every day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet