Workshop at UNION
Workshop at UNION

Workshop at UNION

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.workshopatunion.com/
  • Phone: (612) 455-6690
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Thursday-Saturday and
    Show Nights + Special Events
    4:00-6:00 Happy Hour (bar only)
    Open 5:00 for full Dinner service
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stewart Woodman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Workshop offers a chef driven cuisine, crafted cocktails along with a unique wine selection brought to life in a chic, and stylish atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales Manager 8884229158

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: -Valet Parking $10 after 5 PM daily
    -Self parking $4 with voucher at Macy's (Park & Shop) or Highland ramps
A word from Workshop at UNION
Workshop at UNION is a fun, hip, creative and casual dining experience featuring a variety of small plates and sharable entrées by Chef Stewart Woodman.

Great food is constantly evolving,
and that’s why I’m always in
the Workshop creating!
-Executive Chef Stewart Woodman

Join us for a fun, hip, creative and casual dining experience featuring a variety of small plates and sharable entrées at mouthwatering prices ranging from $4 to $19.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Workshop at UNION reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (14)special occasion (14)hot spot (11)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The service was outstanding. We were dining from the Living Social tasting menu, which was (by it's nature) of course somewhat limited. Looking forward to going back and ordering from the full menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodman Gem
    PlymouthRocksVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first visit at Workshop, but we had experienced Stewart Woodman's culinary creativity at Heidi's. He continues his mastery at Worshop whether it is a small bite (grilled shrimp spring roll, jumbo scallop on a fork), small plate (artichoke ravioli) or entree (salmon and the lobster pot pie). Service was great! Thanks to Kirsten who was very attentive. We had a great time and can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Amazing Food! We came in with a Living Social deal and were impressed with the intricate 4-course tasting dishes. I was surprised that there were few people here on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good food and presentation. Service is outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stewart Woodman
    Ttwindom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Stewart has found a new home, and his kitchen is putting out some outstanding food. Service was attentive and professional. We tried ten dishes between the two of us, we would not hesitate to order any of them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Due to confusion from the website, we arrived after the Workshop area had closed, and only the roof was open. The host talked to the manager and they decided to seat us in the Workshop anyways. We were the only ones eating on the main-floor, and it was super private and romantic. Very fun, quirky set-up created a laid-back, cool vibe. They had a fairly small menu, but everything that we had was presented expertly and tasted wonderful. Since we arrived late, we got there just before they started their party scene on another level, so the music was fairly loud and upbeat, but that was our own fault, rather than theirs. Overall, HIGHLY recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Menu. Yummy.
    hawaiianemVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a LivingSocial for the tasting menu @ Workshop. The beef puffs were delicious. The tater tots with bleu cheese were divine. The roasted chicken was better than the salmon (steer clear) - and to finish it off... the blondie was divine! Everything is presented beautiful. Unique atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Tasting Menu
    tptandme
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The restaurant offered a relatively small tasting menu which had a nice selection of fun items. The small bites and starters were very good with the "tater tot" starter being a highlight. The main course offerings were perhaps the weakest portion of the menu. The baked salmon with shrimp sauce seemed like a good idea, but ultimately it was just OK. The fish was nicely cooked, but the sauce ended up being a rather bland tomatoey deal that didn't really work for me. The "coffee and donut" dessert might have been the best thing on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food
    TyrillaB
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a fantastic meal here from start to finish, from the beet puffs to the ice cream sandwich. We will definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    all the dishes were wonderful, very good flavors, dessert was a creative idea
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food. Order the scallops on the fork, Chicken was ok, Duck and Sea bass were fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos!
    DeekVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our first time at the Workshop. We were very pleased. It is a very open space, fun, energetic. The food was so good - loved the warm lobster salad and my husband had the braised beef bavette, which was also great. Their menu is FUN. Some items available from their rooftop menu are also offered. Service was attentive. Very enjoyable experience. Thank you for a great evening - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu
    kimb
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The menu is short but prepared with utmost uniqueness. The Kobi beef/faux gras burger was the best burger I have ever had and the smallish bites offerings were perfect to try something unique without racking up the bill. I banana dessert sounds interesting for a large group but the coffee and donuts is nothing like it sounds, it is a creme brûlée in a mini coffee cup, perfect in size to finish the meal. Definitely will plan to dine there again. It would be nice if it was open for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, friendly service
    NancySGVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really enjoyed the small plates here, and thought the menu was creative. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Nice fun atmosphere at street level - we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    KCCQ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After the closing of Heidi's, I was excited to see Stewart Woodman was back in the local food scene. We had a great experience at Workshop and will definitely be back again! Energetic restaurant with outstanding food. Must try the chicken fried chicken egg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rocky start. Fantastic finish.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I thought I had made reservations for the rooftop. They were actually made downstairs at the Workshop. (I didn't realize they were separate restaurants.). Anyway, after our disappointment, we were seated and explained to the manager our frustration. He promised to make it up to us. He did. He comp'd an appetizer for all four of us. Good start. We asked if the menu was the same upstairs as downstairs. It is not. The one reason we picked this restaurant for my wife's birthday was for one reason. On the menu (for the rooftop) was scallops in risotto. She did not look further on the menu as these are her two favorite things. They worked it out with the upstairs to get her the meal she wanted. Awesome! They even comp'd desserts for all 4 of us!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best Yet
    mobyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This incarnation of the UNION space is the best yet. The food is imaginatively prepared and served. The menu is arranged from very small servings to larger ones eventually ending in full entrees. Any sized appetite can be accommodated. Even though the food is so wonderfully prepared, it still represents one of the best values in downtown Minneapolis. The serving staff is efficient, very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu, and extremely patient. My only complaint is that the restaurant is only open on a limited schedule. I would like to think I could enjoy dinner there on any day of the week. Even with its limited schedule, however, we expect to have many future enjoyable dining experiences at the Workshop at UNION!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Ciaochow
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dined here three weeks after the new concept debuted and had a pleasant experience. The "fork bites" were quite good as were the starters. The recommended main plates - sea bass and the "best" burger you'll find - did not disappoint. Craftsmanship behind the cocktails was top notch and while we weren't initially impressed with the dessert offerings but when we tried them, we discovered that the menu definitely undersold them. We will be back. We dined here prior to taking in a show at the Orpheum, which was a perfect location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Work in progress
    kaydinesoutVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Some items very good, others so-so. Very good scallop on a fork. Order two or three for a great app. Duck confit app also very good as was celery root soup with vegies. Servers very casually (some would say grubbily) dressed. Reminded us of servers in Austin, Texas, at outdoor barbecue joints. Too casual for a downtown restaurant. This place has a new chef with a great track record who is experimenting so we look forward to visiting again. Very loud music made for a loud dinner despite very few diners.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Open
    Regreb
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Newly renovated with "testing' food. Expensive for the amount of food you actually are served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 2 reviews are from the Workshop at UNION reviews archive.