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Union Bar and Grille
Union Bar and Grille

Union Bar and Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unionrestaurant.com
  • Email: manager@unionrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 423-0555
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00am
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday,Sunday 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I went for brunch and the food was absolutely amazing. I had the sweet potato omelette and I never knew sweet potatoes and eggs go so well together. Definitely worth a try!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Wonderful brunch spot with a prix fixe menu. The veggie scramble was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Loved the ambience and buzz of the place but the food was average for the price and the service was too slow"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Union was the only place for brunch in the South End with an hour's notice. Lively atmosphere; good food. The only problem was that it took our food about 40 minutes to arrive; we weren't in a hurry but we were very hungry. Overall, good experience, but there are better restaurants in the neighborhood if you plan in advance."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Union offers good food, very attentive service and reasonable prices--on a consistent basis. And, Washington Street offers relatively easy on-street parking, with no-cost off-street lots in the vicinity of Union."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was the second time I had been there in two weeks. Both times the food was extremely slow to come out of the kitchen. The waitstaff was attentive but that did not make up for the delay. Also, the food has gone downhill. I had brunch on the first visit and most of the food tasted as if it was pre-prepared and dried out. The second time was for dinner. I ordered venison. It was tough and tasteless. My husband's burger was overcooked."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I was greeted graciously and my friend and I were escorted to the corner table that I had requested. The waiter was promptly there to take drink orders and the meal we ate was delicious. The standout for me is toward the middle of the meal the manager approached. He spoke to me by name, mentioned this was the 4th year in a row that I had chosen to eat at Union while in town for the conference. He asked if he could treat my friend and I to desert, which we were happy to accept. And that was delicious as well As a result of the vening my friend will now be scheduling some of her meals there during next year's conference and I know I will be back. Cudos to the manager for great customer service"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "You will not be able to find a better and more well balanced neighborhood dining experience in Boston. Food quality and variety, service and overall ambiance - all 5 star. This is our favorite restaurant in Boston."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I came to Union Bar an Grille for dinner during Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week)! Let me tell you, the $28 three course meal is worth it! The corn bread is a nice touch! It comes freshly baked! It's not too sweat, but not too corn mealy. Service is pretty good considering the place was pretty full (make sure to put reservations)! Ordered the beet salad, which was very refreshing and tasty. I got the gnocchi, which was soft and wonderful. The overall dish is very green and fresh tasting. If you're not into a very green filled meal, don't get this. But, I like veggies and enjoyed the very interesting flavors. For desert, I got the banana foster. You can't go wrong with it. My friend got the warm chocolate cake and it was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Though I'm sad that the cod cakes are no longer on the menu, everything on the current brunch menu sounded delicious. I ordered the braised pork with poached eggs, beets, kale, and potatoes. I was expecting something like a hash that I could put on top of the brioche toast, but the consistency was more like a stew that made the toast a bit soggy. I liked the flavors myself but some might find it to be a bit bland. Also had a gruyere popover and side rosemary fries which were both delicious. Francisco, the host, was very accommodating and friendly and informed us that we could park in the Gaslight lot if we had difficulty finding parking-- a bonus for those who are deterred by having to find street parking in the area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "3 course brunch for under $10? how can you beat that! Great food and good service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been walking past this place since it opened but never patronized it. Although my husband claims we had drinks at the bar once. The food was very good as was the service. It's restaurant week or month? We ordered from the prix fixed menu $28 for 3 courses. It was great. The drinks were very tasty too. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have not been back to the Union in a couple of years but decided to try it for restaurant week. Big mistake. The food was bland, beet salad had no flavor, dessert cake was dried out. The place was empty. Walked home past several other restaurants that were bustling. Hope they can figure out how to get back to their original glory."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We dine out a lot and like many of the restaurants in the South End but hadn't dined at Union Bar & Grille in a long time (several years). I needed a last-minute reservation for a post-work dinner and they had a table. So we tried it. It was excellent. The food is very creative and decent portions. My only complaint was that both of our entrees (duck l'orange for me and sole for my wife) were slightly overcooked. Not ruined, but not the right temperature. So we ate them and they were good, not great. The cornbread before the meal is awesome and the desserts are huge (we shared a banana bread pudding that was tremendous). Our server was super nice and attentive too. I'd go back again, for sure."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Union has established a reputation for a great menu with both variety and intrigue. A wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food and ambience were excellent, but we (and many others) were seated 20+ minutes late and then the service (although friendly) was not attentive & came in dribs and drabs. So for that reason I'd only recommend going mid-week."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "For some reason the food took a long time to arrive, but the staff handled it very well and provided a round of free drinks to compensate for the wait. I would go back again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Suberbanite always looking to get back in the city so we welcomed the chance to have brunch here. Reservations made, table ready. Service perfect. Nice folks, trying hard to please. Eggs Benedict proclaimed as good as it gets. My mushroom, onion, fried egg pizza just fine. Third diner had typical bacon and eggs ,devoured quickly and happily. Plenty of coffee refills. Parking difficult, but free parking at a lot about two blocks away. General manager very courteous, offered his card and thanked us for coming. Good experience. Likely to come back for dinner, especially with free parking in the city."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I had the duck as a main course, which was like a classic duck "a la orange" but made with apricots, and it was really the most exceptional duck I've ever had. Will order it again if it is on the menu during restaurant week."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Service was great. Staff were super friendly and welcoming. Excellent decor."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The sommelier has built a great wine list which pairs well with everything on the menu."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We came for brunch because they have a great, inventive brunch menu. You may have to wait a bit to get seated, even with a reservation, but the fresh takes on brunch food is worth it. They were out of a few items, and there is some slight confusion about what items are available at what times on what days (Sat. vs. Sun.), but there is enough to choose from. The service was very friendly, and they can be BUSY there, so be nice to your server!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "The food was great - every app and main dish was fantastic. But what really stood out was the service. It was very personal and attentive (but without being disruptive). We will definitely go back again soon with friends. ( perfect size restaurant and tables to go with one or two additional couples)"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This is our go-to place in the South End for a special meal to to take out of town guests. The food is excellent and the staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We went on a cold Monday night this time and it was almost too quiet for our guests, but the food was, as always, delicious (short rib stew, steak frites and duck gumbo are all highly recommended)."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The Union Bar and Grille remains our favorite restaurant in Boston."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "When the two of us realized our lapse in not reserving a table in the South End on a Saturday night, we figured we'd try Union Bar and Grille since they were the only place with a table. What a gem the meal turned out to be! A great selection of dishes (including a fabulous charcuterie plate), plenty of options for beverages (a refreshing twist on the Old Fashioned as well as not one but two varieties of unoaked Chardonnay), and service that was a pleasure. The only reason it's not the highest rating all across is because the table next to us talked loudly about the most vulgar of topics for the duration of our meal. Needless to say, once we finished our meal, we went somewhere else for after dinner drinks."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The beet salad was absolutely delicious! I split the scrumptious short rib stew with a friend, which made the portions just perfect. Great service, nice ambiance, nice wine selection. Typical South End parking challenges. And a little further from Symphony Hall than I anticipated. But all in all a great find."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had hoped for better, since we had a positive experience before, but the service and food for our brunch was suboptimal. Food was fair at best and the wait service was entirely lacking and rushed. This was so apparent that both the general manager and waiter apologized for it, and we were offered champagne gratis (which we appreciated but didn't accept) and our drink costs were removed from the final bill. For a restaurant that promotes a certain kind of experience and sets an expectation for the patron through their website and physical environment, our dining experience was far from it and caused us to lose confidence in Union's ability to offer the quality of service and food one would expect from a restaurant of it's standing."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a party of 7 for a birthday brunch this past Sunday and loved it. The service was great. Food is unique and delicious and we never felt in the slightest bit rushed. We stayed quite long and it was busy - but they indulged us so we could celebrate. They provided a candle and free dessert as well! We'll be back"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Overall I have always liked Union. This Saturday night however, they must have been understaffed. We waited a long time for drinks, no one checked back after we received our appetizers and waited a long time for our second round of drinks. I think this was just an anomaly and not the norm, but it was not the usual 4-5 stars it usually is."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at the bar. A warm, friendly staff took great care of us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service was amazing as alyways , but I don't know where to start with the food . I don't think any of us will return to this restaurant again"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Took my wife for Valentine's day - it was perfect. They had a 5-course prix fixe menu that was much more affordable than anybody else worthwhile in the city, and the quality was fantastic. Great, friendly service from the whole staff, too. I will definitely have to go for a regular meal - I'm sure it'll be just as good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated Valentine's day at the Union Bar and Grille. We had a wonderful experience from the warm greeting by the hostess, to the prompt service by the bartender, as well as the great service from our server. I highly recommend it. The food was excellent, as well as the wine, both reasonably priced. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Consistency counts. And Union keeps to high standards time after time. I've visited three times in the last month, and each has been a delight on all counts. The food is beautifully presented and glorious to taste. The ingredients are fresh, put together in subtle and not-so-subtle combinations that make my mouth water: the best oysters Rockefeller I've ever eaten, delicate sole in parchment with spinach and potatoes meltingly cooked, the surprising gumbo with duck, mushrooms and okra that didn't disintegrate...delicious. Their prix fixe menu is a bargain, and it all comes with that terrific cornbread. It's my go-to place when I need to know I'll have a great meal. Long may it reign!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This is always one of our very favorite places to dine, especially for a special occasion. The special cocktails are always fun and super creative, and the prix fixe menu is actually very reasonable and certainly more than enough food! Love the new monthly theme concept. And as always, the service is fantastic."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere but the food was just OK. Coffee cake was dry and a bit bland. Dutch baby was great but very small portion. The Eggs Benedict was overcooked (almost hard boiled) and the home fries, although really tasty, were cold."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Union Grille for years, and it never disappoints. The staff is warm, friendly, real, efficient, and responsive. The food is consistently excellent. The chefs are very creative, varying the menu regularly and bringing on all kinds of interesting cuisines, tastes, foods, and flavors. The ambiance is perfect: subdued lighting but depending on the time, often filled with small groups enjoying a relaxing evening of dining out. Get to know the managers, sommelier, and servers who are all wonderfully witty, and have their individual takes on food and wine recommendations. Union Grille is a GEM!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Consistently an excellent dining experience. Service is always friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Food is never disappointing, and the atmosphere remains warm, inviting, and clean."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had an excellent brunch with some friends (and our two high-chair aged kids) here on a busy Saturday. The service was great. She even made our drinks! The food was yummy and it was just noisy enough to be fun. I have eaten dinner here and totally forgot they had brunch. It was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/8/2014