Union Cafe
Union Cafe

Union Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbusnightlife.com/unioncafe2010/index.php#
  • Phone: 6144212233x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast/Brunch:

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

    Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm


    Lunch:

    Daily: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Contemporary American
  • 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:
SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET
MONDAY $10 PIZZAS + $2 PINTS
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 PATRON margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 STEAK + FRIES
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Union Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (16)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (13)late-night find (12)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (7)romantic (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Short North gem
    lives4shoreVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our family enjoyed great service, reasonably priced, trendy comfort food post OSU football game. Will be back especially for the roasted Brussels sprouts! Next time we'll save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate here for dinner
    Niffie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ate here for pre-race dinner (Columbus Marathon). Nice variety on the menu to suit everyone's tastes. We had a group of 6. Everyone loved their food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Detroiter visiting Cbus
    DetroitPolitico
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was fabulous! I ate at Union Cafe pretty much every day that I was in Cbus. Great drinks and great food. The service is phenomenal. Thank you for showing me a good time down here! I can't wait to come back! Tyler and Justin were both great servers while I was in town. Thank you again!
    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, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was great! The server seemed to be annoyed but other than that everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed in food quality
    MizThang
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Why did you chance the menu? The new menu may have been impressive to look at, however the actual dishes did not live up to the description. I ordered pizza, and it had no flavor. The sauce was blended and tasted only like tomato. Literally like somebody opened a can of tomato sauce (not even pizza sauce) and poured it on.The cheese also had no flavor and I think the basil may have been spinach instead. I love the Union and have been a patron for years. Honestly, I will go back a couple more time to try the new menu. But honestly, if its not better, I'll eat elsewhere and just have beverages there. This was the only bad experience I have ever had there. But I find it hard to believe there was even a chef in the kitchen that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar & restaurant
    ml750
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been many times to Union and enjoy the drinks and food. Can get busy late at night but worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun
    funniteout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    drinks were awesome , service really personable.... food delicious and priced right... will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Eats
    GoodEatsAreGood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome service
    UnionBrunch
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK Meal
    JP0704
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    OK Meal, Shrimp cake appetizer was very good. Forget the Pad Thai, no flavor other than hot spice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Union is always Fun!
    Maddie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    Kywala
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Server Jesse
    Alissa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great patio!
    jkuz
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time...
    Miguelito
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jtodd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 30 reviews are from the Union Cafe reviews archive.
  • Fun brunch
    Shortnorthsurfer
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be back
    Lamp
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sunday Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a happy camper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous brunch !
    Shortnorthsurfer
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could've Been Better
    UnsatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was good. The waiters were great. The food wasn't the best. I was a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodjockey
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu
    Bob2
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Easter Brunch/ birthday spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Sunday brunch
    garlic2gogo
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nelson
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    Melissa
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Definite Hot Spot
    Cmhballer
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Always busy and always a great time. The staff are really exceptional and turn you into an immediate regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Columbus Hot Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    kacsong
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was what we
    lapsVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaurant was what we were looking before for a quick bite to eat before attending a concert. Very friendly
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service and food at Union
    43204t
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The service and food at Union are always great. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Bachlorette Dinner!
    Audrey
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huge portion fish & chips but...
    RedsfancmhVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Ishy
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never disappoints!
    earz
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New years eve
    arianne92
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service by Michael
    RedsfancmhVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic