Union Bar and Grille
Union Bar and Grille

Union Bar and Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6174230555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00am
    Cocktails
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch/Lunch:
    Saturday,Sunday 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Morlino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Restaurant is available BRUNCH starting at $15/person and DINNER starting at $45/person for semi-private dining, or private dining for groups of 10 to 100 people (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Park
  • Public Transit: Silver Line T Washington Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service, street parking and free off street parking 1 block away at 560 Harrison, tell the guard you are dining at Union.
    Public Transit Stops: Take the Silver Line on Washington Street to Union Park
A word from Union Bar and Grille
The original South End bistro celebrating our 10th year anniversary and our Improper Bostonian Best American Bistro award.
We serve dinner nightly as well as a popular neighborhood brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with a $9.95 price fixed option all day Saturday and through 11am Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Union Bar and Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (43)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (19)special occasion (14)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (9)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • TF2014VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    THANK YOU, great service and very delish food! AWESOME UNION!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch, good atmosphere
    Jamie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Union Bar and Grille was a good experience for brunch. The atmosphere is nice and the location is great. They also have a great brunch deal! I thought the food was good, nothing spectacular, but definitely would go there for brunch again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    BostonFood78
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Really enjoyed our brunch on a quiet Sunday afternoon - we got a table without a reservation, the service was prompt and friendly, the food was fresh and creative. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fatboyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Another excellent dinner, with friendly service. Union continues to be my "go to" place in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    Lydsto
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We are always happy with our experience at Union. Our dinner was excellent in every way. The dessert was inspired...the peach bourbon sundae!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch!
    Christopher
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I took some out of town friends for brunch last Sunday and they could not stop raving about the ambiance, the service and the good food. We all had the omelets, and even though my order wasn't correct at first, it was made right nearly immediately and with apology. The manager came by to see if everything was going ok. We had a wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Foodiegalore
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Disappointed in brunch. Food was not horrible but not very good either. I heard they're remodeling the space. I really hope they put time and energy into revamping kitchen and staff development. This place used to be one of my favorites. On a positive note, it was busy so had a fun vibe and the hostess was very welcoming.
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  • Did the trick!
    chrisd
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Needed a quick place for 6 for Sunday brunch, looking LATE on a Saturday night most of the other places in the South End had no tables, this place was wide open. Had some trepidation due to that but NO worries, this place was great. Nice ambiance, decent food, decent prices, good location. Not sure why others had posted bad reviews, but felt very fortunate to have found this place on short notice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner but 1 Fish bone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went to Union for my girlfriend's birthday and it was a really great dinner. Food and cocktails were fantastic. There was only one problem that happened at the very end. My entree was the Striped Bass and my very last bite had one big bone in it which stuck my the roof of my mouth. It would have been nice to have something taken off the bill for that but at the same time the meal itself otherwise, and everything else we ate were really delicious so I couldn't muster up being truly upset. But bones like that can't happen. It was just one last bite I wish did not have a bone it. Service was very good the whole night through and I am very sure we will return. Just keep an eye on those fish bones!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Good food, Mgmt team very attentive
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    2nd time there in a month. The front of the house mgr remembered speaking with our table 1st time & was just as friendly as the 1st time. Server seemed a little overwhelmed by questions re- items on standard menu. Green salad delivered without beets (2nd ingredient in details of dish) & didn't know how to fix. Other mgr comes over, brings us missing ingredients, extra salad, & even a plate of berries at the end. Mgrs can't seem to do enough to make experience enjoyable - so that you want to come back. I guess trying to make up for server's inadequacy
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  • Just ok. Not the Union of the past
    SouthEndFamilyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Sunday brunch. The food changed recently with new chef. The burger, that I have loved for years, is gone. Lamb burger now, if you like lamb, you may give it a shot, I did not. My eggs were good, but they looked like I was at Mike's diner, one piece of toast, cut in half? Where is the second slice, I didn't order off of a skinny menu, & asked for sausage well done, had to send it back, they just don't listen. Staff there is reminiscent of a record store, where each person is kind of stuck in their genre, and don't empathize well with customers. Our last time here was a disaster, and yes, this time was much better. I think they overcompensated, and remembered our last experience, 9 mos. ago, it felt contrived and not sincere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was once.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I don't know who the Union is trying to attract but it won't be us anymore. Noisy, poor service (80 minutes to receive our entree?) and marginally good food. Once a favorite of ours is now a memory. Sorry. Too many others out there - nearby - to attract us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BostonguyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Six adults two toddlers for brunch...the staff from the host to our two servers couldnt have been nicer ..we had a lot of logistical issues getting parking etc but everyone at Union was really patient with us. so once we got underway the food was slow to come out as they had a large engagement party for which they had apologized for in advance (the host brought us a free serving of fries to tide us over!) ...the toddlers had eggs and they re=plated the eggs on to cold plates just for the kids ( I mean that is just so considerate)...and all of us got eggs omelets or bacon and eggs...really delicious I mean I dont know what they did to the eggs but they were special. We have been to Union many times and we will be back again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have lost count the number of times we have been having brunch at Union. Its location was great for us, since we lived nearby. The food was great, can't beat the $10 brunch deal. The coffee cake has been disappointing everytime we come back, it lost the original flavor after the restaurant has been cutting back to make it more profitable. I wish they can keep the great ingredients and raise the price slightly to $12 or $15. Keep up with the great quality and lots of options for the special pre-fix price brunch for Saturdays please!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly manager and server
    LambchopsVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had an excellent all around experience. The manager stopped by our table a few times checking on us. Our server was bubbly and provided a good experience. Food was all excellent. We'll be back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food. Hard to beat Pre Fixe menu Also very nut allergy friendly
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a very nice meal here before going to the theater at the Boston Center for the Arts. Very fresh and interesting food with items like razor clams and foraged mushrooms. Nice wines, reasonably priced. Excellent cocktails. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Murky, lurking flavors
    3atLocalVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We were one out if three tables with patrons and dinner took three hours. The mussels had this off, unappetizing aftertaste. The duck rigatoni looked like bad swamp water. The masked potatoes were do overly greasy and ramp-y, I was looking forward to devoting the side, but could only bare two bites. I hope I don't get dragged back here again...
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  • Bad experience
    Cleve
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    There were two of us. One of our meals was undercooked. The staff and manager made it right and took it off the bill. However, the parties at the tables next to us appeared to have similar issues at this restaurant. The food was very good but unfortunately we had a bad experience.
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  • This is how you do it...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Wonderful in every respect! amazing food, incredible staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Theater Dinner
    phoenix
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    On a busy Friday night, food was terrific and the waitstaff absolutely outstanding! Thank You!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    MelbyM
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I have gone to Union many times before for dinner, and have never been disappointed with the food. Today's brunch was also a reminder of their excellent service. Even when there was a slight mishap out of our server's and manager's (Nicole) control, they did everything above and beyond to make it right. It was a delicious and wonderful brunch experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The atmosphere and decor are nice but the food is lacking. Nothing exciting and nothing really stood out as delicious when my friends and I went for brunch. I had been one other time and thought it was a flukey bad experience but the second time proved that the food isn't spectacular.
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  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Lovely brunch! The only hiccup was slow kitchen service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch venue
    nancy02129
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Union is consistently a go to choice for brunch - the service is always prompt, courteous, and usually, very humorous! Food is great - especially the omelets.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch in hte S End
    tastybuds
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We really enjoy brunch at Union Grill. The food is always so good and the atmosphere is elegant yet calming. Service is good and is the coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The kitchen staff might have been tired after a long day. The menu was great, the food fair. We will give it one more try, but not happy with the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Mother's Day
    TKPV
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation but the table was not available as several diners seemed to be lingering. The staff was apologetic and provided a little champagne to bridge the wait time. We had our two girls with us and one is a bit of picky eater. When she couldn't find anything on the menu she wanted, the staff helped out with a suggestion not on the menu that worked out well. This was definitely above and beyond good service. The food was excellent and the service was as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was great! The server was very nice, but he spoke very softly and we could barely hear anything he was saying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average quality for this area
    Earl
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The maitre d' was super friendly and welcoming. The table was small for three adults. The waitstaff was efficient but they fell short and didn't provide any insights. My beet salad appetizer was served as three tiny pieces of beet hidden under a pile of Mesclun, I had to send it back and asked for the real beet salad. The chef added 5 pieces of red and yellow beets - it became a good salad but not amazing. My colleagues had mussels that were served in garlic water. The main course, sole in parchment, was flaky and moist but blend and uninspiring. The wine was good for its price ($35) as it was a very young and slightly warm(?). The bill was $160 for three including the tip.
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  • good social gathering place
    Sunshineboston
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    very good dining experience, i took some friends that was first time visiting the restaurant and they love it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Quite
    gjhrs
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went with four friends for brunch and had a great time. The restaurant is comfortable, not too loud and the ambiance is laid back. Three of us had Bloody Mary's. When the waitress brought the Bloody Mary's you could smell the horseradish and knew they were going to have a kick. For some reason we all got the red flannel braised pork, two poached eggs, thyme jus & home fries. They don't tell you that it also has Brussels sprouts and beets in it. It was pretty bland and needed salt and pepper covering it to give it flavor. The crispy fried poached egg as bland, as were the popovers. We were all a bit disappointed with the food and left wishing we had tried something else. It was not the 4-5 stars I had read about online. Bit of a bummer.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation
    GraduationDines
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went here with my family for my graduation dinner. It was very good. I got the gnochii which was tasty and for dessert the bread pudding. My dad's entree of duck was actually my favorite.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    CarmensensemanVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brunch was average, service was affable , but delivery of the food was very slow, and some items came out Luke warm. Would not return for brunch. Much better options in Boston.
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  • Food was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Let me preface this review by saying that Union recognized that our service was less than satisfactory and took good care of us when it was time to pay. We sat down at an awkward 2-top next to another couple although there were a few booths available. They could barely get past us to pour water or deliver food, so we moved the table back a bit to save ourselves the trouble. Server comes over 10 minutes later, says hello and asks if we are ready to order. We order cocktails/brunch, and the table across from us (who sat after us) gets their cocktails first so I have to ask for ours. Sigh... 3. Food comes 20 mins later, and is delicious! My sausage is missing, I ask but it never comes. Better luck next time I have the free time to brunch!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1453 reviews are from the Union Bar and Grille reviews archive.
  • Great food/slow service
    intheneighborhood
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Marathon Monday was not very busy when we arrived mid evening. Food was great but service was painfully slow in spite of relatively small number of patrons.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    Monica
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was spectacular! Chorizo omelette was out of this world! Union was very accommodating. We were running a few minutes late from church and I had to add one member to our party. They were able to help! We had a great time and I can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but wasn't wow-ed
    sarahfeena79VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went to Union a few years ago for dinner during restaurant week and had a great meal, so decided to take my parents there for Easter brunch. Service wasn't great - our waitress was good, but, we were brought someone else's food by a runner that was just left on the table and the guy walked away. My dad's breakfast was delivered with bacon instead of sausage, and dry toast with no butter. The waitress then brought over a side of sausage and some butter, and seemed annoyed that the kitchen hadn't gotten the order right. In addition, the breakfast looked a little sad on the plate - eggs, bacon, toast and home fries on a plate, but without any kind of garnish, not really filling the plate, no butter/jam. French toast was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ekshin
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Brunch menu was simple and delicious, but nothing amazing. Good got big groups and don't forget to try the blood orange mimosa!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town & local accommodating
    JaysBoston
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We agreed to meet a friend who was in town for a day at Union for dinner. We had reservations for three. By chance two other friends met up just as we were going to Union. They ventured to stay for a pre-dinner drink. When the out-of-town friend arrived at the reservation hour, Union staff went to extraordinary lengths to accommodate the reservation for 3 that now turned to 5. I was slightly surprised how easy the staff made this happen. No scolding or "these are our rules" remarks. Just a simple, "let me see what we can do." Impressive and customer friendly. The food was excellent, the service perfect. I commend the ownership for making an effort to make us feel valued. We will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.