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Union Cafe
Union Cafe

Union Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbusnightlife.com/unioncafe2010/index.php#
  • Phone: (614) 421-2233
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm


    Daily: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


    Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Benjamin P, Glenn S, Tyler B
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a Modern Catering Menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Meat & Cheese Tray, Dessert Samosas, Southern Pimiento and Lime Spiced Tortilla Chips.
  • Entertainment: Karaoke Monday nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hull Alley
  • Public Transit: COTA Bus #2
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public Parking garage located at Hubbard east of High St, less than 1 block away.
A word from Union Cafe
Union Cafe is a popular restaurant and bar lounge located in the heart of the Short North. Featuring Columbus' best patio, Union Cafe serves modern American cuisine from 3 chefs. Treat yourself to popularly priced dishes with excellent portions. Union Cafe is also known for having the best drinks in Columbus. Grande sized libations will leave you with a fun time.
A visually arresting interior design complements our terrific service staff. Roam from the covered patio bar to the serpentine archway bar up to the candle light dining and back around to the amber glow dining lounge.
Union Cafe is a full video cafe, so you can enjoy your favorite music videos, sports and more while you dine in style. Popular events include:
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 PATRON margaritas
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I really enjoyed the food and the service. I don't get to go to Union as often as I'd like so this visit was really fun!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and Taylor made our visit very enjoyable. The brunch was very good as usual and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "OK Meal, Shrimp cake appetizer was very good. Forget the Pad Thai, no flavor other than hot spice."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We love to go to the Union on warm evenings. The Patio is the bomb….with a great view of high st. Bustling action always. Food is always good, and the drinks are great. Fun, energetic and action packed patio."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food is great and the drinks are strong! Went here for my sisters bachelorette party dinner. Our server Angie was absolutely wonderful. Half of us got pad Thai and we all thought it was amazing. Will defiantly be back thank you all for making it a great start to the evening!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our server really did a great job making our birthday guest feel special. The food was excellent as well as the service. I would recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I sat outside and loved the atmosphere! There is a full bar on the patio with lots of tables and seating. The patio is in the front just off of High Street so you have a cool view of the busy street, but it feels just secluded enough to have a relaxing meal. The decorations throughout the inside and outside are all very cool and make for a great overall experience. And the food was delicious too!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Service was spot on (always is)! If I had any complaints it would be about the food. Cold chicken tenders, salads DRENCHED in dressing and undercooked vegetables in the pot pie. Maybe it was an off night. I will definitely be back to try more of their menu. Keep doing what you're doing because this is the "it" spot in the Short North!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The new menu is awesome. Emma our waitress did a fantastic job and Rockelle as always managed like a champ and made my out of town friends feel right at home."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had east coast friends in town again and also took them to the Union Cafe for brunch. Food was delicious as usual. Unfortunately there was a problem with the waffles machines so we were unable to enjoy the delicious waffles, however the manager offered to make us fresh pancakes which I thought was very sweet. Service was excellent and the omelletes, buffet items, Bloody Marys and Mimosas were excellent as usual. Would highly recommend !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had 5 people crammed into a 4 person booth despite larger tables being available (empty during the entire duration of our meal). Breakfast buffet food was undercooked or burned. Waffle station had a 40 minute wait. Plastered with TVs blaring during brunch. On the up side wait staff were very friendly and courteous."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service wonderful. Not only did our waiter check in on us multiple times, but two restaurant managers did as well. The food was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend the waffle bar!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Absolutely terrible service. Dinner took 3 HOURS, found a metal wire in our of orders, waiter forgot to put in our order after 40 minutes, not all food came out at once, took forever to order more rounds of drinks. Complained to manager and only got $3 off each of our meals and a free round of shots to try and make up for terrible service and bad food. Table next to us has terrible service as well and another manager had to help the waiter with them as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been to brunch twice and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Food, drinks, atmosphere and service were exceptional. Had the opportunity to dine in the patio area which was great. My friend from DC was visiting and she said whenever she comes back that we must come to the Union ! Will be back for happy hour or dinner soon. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The service was good. The waiters were great. The food wasn't the best. I was a little disappointed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat. The dinning is great, the music is awesome. The food is to die for! You have an amazing new menu. I always recommend The Union Cafez"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "One of favorite places, however, the menu is all new. Part 2 of the menu will be coming soon. The new changes are more of a farm to table menu. Our favorite Union burgers are still on the menu, but the new ones just didn't have the same grilled taste. Perhaps that will change as they adjust to the new menu. Will we continue to go? Sure we will...just have to adjust to the new changes! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We took our immediately family and 2 of our daughters' boyfriends to Easter Brunch (9 total). The cost was EXTREMELY reasonable ($12 for buffet compared to $25 - $34 elsewhere). The food was great and selection was amazing. There was an omelet and waffle bar with items made to order. Lots of yummy recipe suggestions for both waffles and omelets. The staff running these stations were more than willing to make suggestions about ingredients that worked well together. They were upbeat and engaging while we waited for items to be cooked. It was my daughter's 21st birthday. She had her first drink (ever!) (a mimosa) and the bartender also created a "pretty pink" birthday shot for her. The day was great!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had 2 separate reservations, one for 10 and one for 4. They were very accommodating in combining us so we could all sit together. A very friendly inviting place for all. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Wow. What a pleasant dining experience our family of 14 had for Easter brunch. We decided to try something different and we hit the jackpot with this restaurant. Nice variety, great service, excellent omelets. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our reservation was ready and we sat down immediately. Menu has a good variety, more casual options but I like that style. Bar was getting very busy; looked like fun."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This hub of activity right in the epicenter of Columbus , surprised me with incredible food, service, and cocktails. Then the place flipped at about 10 pm to this amazing bar scene! Such a great night!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always busy and always a great time. The staff are really exceptional and turn you into an immediate regular."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I always walk by and see the patio packed so I decided to try it. Wow!! Great service. My server was attentive and friendly. The drinks are SUPER STRONG and the food is really good. I had the Lemon Caper Salmon. It's a neighborhood hot spot for good reason - will be back!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We went before a Broadway show, which was good because it wasn't too busy. Food was okay. There fish and chips was weird. Tons of breading. Nothing to rave about. Bar and outside was packed. It's probably better for drinking than eating."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This restaurant was what we were looking before for a quick bite to eat before attending a concert. Very friendly"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service and food at Union are always great. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The service was good and the food was awesome! They were able to accomindate our group of 12, and it was a short walk to the Hockey arena! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Ordered the fish & chips which is usually very good but this time there was way too much breading. It was a large piece if fish but it was totally overwhelmed by the soggy batter. Fries were really good and service was excellent as always."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I decided to check this place out for a girls night out during restaurant week and it was excellent. Our server was wonderful and helped us when we had question with the menu and even switched some side dished around for us. We had a few cocktails and they were delicious. I had the tomato bisque (thick consistency), salmon and for dessert I had a blueberry waffle both were excellent. the only thing i have negative to say is, they had us at a table close to a wall and the people sitting on the other side were pretty snug and it was hard to get in and out of and we didn't want to move the table too much and get in the way of the servers. Over all my girlfriends and I had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Union is one of our favorites. We went in specifically for the Restaurant Week Menu and it was incredible. The food quality at Union is exceptional and we think it's one of the best values in Columbus. The service was great. The restaurant was busy and very noisy but led to some entertainment."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I overall had a good time at Union Cafe on New Years Eve, The only complaint that I have is that I set a reservation and when I got there they said my name was not down. I even got a confirmation of my reservation. They said they called to let everyone know that theyre reservations were different for New Years Eve, but I never got a phone call, or email. My reservation was at 7:30 and they had a reservation at 8:30 available so we took it. The lady then came out a little bit later and said that the table was too small to sit us at, so we had to sit at the bar to eat. It was kind of annoying but from there on I had a really good time. Just wish I didn't have all the trouble at the beginning."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Michael took excellent care of our group, our glasses were never empty. Pork special got rave reviews from those who tried it in our group."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Food was average bar food. I would go back and eat there again. The patio and our server were the stars Of the nights. Both were amazing."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The food is awesome. It is a very loud restaurant so if that isn't your thing this might not be your place."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Everyone was sooo cool and kind and took very good care a such a large group.... BUT!!! the parking was aweful !!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Was in Columbus for a conference with a female acquaintence who suggested we go to The Union. The staff was great, food was awesome, and drinks fantastic. I would highly recommend this to everyone."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "My husband and I took our daughter and her roommate here on a busy OSU football Saturday. It was a convenient short bus ride and it was great to have reservations. We were seated immediately on the patio which is a great outdoor area and bat with a street view. Food and service were excellent. Other diners were very friendly to us maybe because we stood out from the crowd?? it seems we appeared to be the only straight people in the restaurant ! It didn't bother us much but was pretty amusing since I had researched many reviews on Yelp and had no idea."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Union Cafe is in an amazing location. See and be seen from the patio in a "NY style" district. The food is terrific. It can be casual or upscale. I recommend the Lemon Caper Salmon. I also love the Pimiento Cheese appetizer, it has just enough kick to it to make it special. Other items we enjoyed were the Honey BBQ Quesadillas and the Belgian Waffle dessert is sinful so beware. The drinks are big and strong and it is vibrant and exciting here. There are music videos playing always so it's fun. Try the Long Islands."
    Dined on 9/19/2013