8th & Union Kitchen

4.2
240 reviews
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8th & Union Kitchen is a Contemporary American Gastropub that It is located in Wilmington’s Little Italy neighborhood. The menu showcases some american favorites such as, Filet Mignon, Grilled Salmon, Fish & Chips and Crab Cakes. We also feature interesting dishes like, Pho (a Vietnamese noodle soup), Chicken Pad Thai and our own version of Pork Fried Rice. There's also a great selection of items to share including Calamari, Raw Oysters, Chili BBQ Wings. We have a substantial gluten free selection

The beverage program offers traditional, house, and Tiki cocktails that are crafted by hand. There are 14 draft beers focused on crafts with a moderately priced small distribution wine selection.

More than being just a restaurant, we want to offer our establishment as a neighborhood hub to the Wilmington community. A place that people will feel comfortable coming in wearing a t-shirt and jeans or business attire after a long day in the office.
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JW
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Four of us went to the Grill for dinner. I ordered the appetized sampler plate. I would not get it again. The chicked wings were a little overcooked but otherwise OK. The calamari was unrecognizable. At first I thought it was macaroni. The calamari has no breading and was soggy, not the crisp calamari I expected. The buffalo couleflower and Tofu squares has some type of red substance on them, but they were otherwise tasteless. The icecream sampler was much better.

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LB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Found out 8th &Union Kitchen carried Gluten free as both my daughter and I have celiac disease. We were thrilled. However, after ordering all Gluten free after we already ate most of our appetizers (‘my daughter ate 3 prices of the pizza) )the waiter ran over to say he forgot to put in Gluten free to the chef. Both my daughter and I have been sick. Gluten shock to our system. This is unacceptable. The manager was very nice and comped the meal and gave a gift certificate. However, that waiter and wait staff should be educated on the importance of a food allergy. This will affect both my daughter and I for months. My daughters immune system is in shock and she is very sick. Unacceptable.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch!

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven't been here since it was the old Union City Grill. Loved it b/c I like to joke that my husband eats like a 5 year old- so they had wings, pretzels, nachos, burgers and filet for him. I, being the grown up eater, was pleased with brussel sprouts in balsamic glaze, prosciutto and burrata flat bread, beet salad and the like. So a very diverse menu, but not so huge that it was overwhelming. Decor changed as well, much more hip and trendy. Server was very pleasant, they were helpful when I called to change my reso. Only issue was I added grilled chicken to beet salad and it was spicy- I mean really spicy - server said blackening spices prob got on it from the grill - not a perfect pairing w the salad, but other than that, all was great and I will def go back again. Great find!

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c
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch menub quick service, good food. Will definitely be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service. I’ll be back!

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DS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mixed results on our dinner of 12/29 - 2 of our group liked their entrees while the other 2 gave their entrees poor marks 9 fish & chips and the brisket tacos). Service was good as was the but it is unlikely we will be back.

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o
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We had brunch at 8th and Union Kitchen in October and really enjoyed it. I booked dinner to celebrate my husband's 50th and was really disappointed. The food was sub par and the service poor. The restaurant was basically empty so it's not clear why our server forgot to bring a drink. When I booked I noted the occasion and not one person mentioned it. We won't be back.

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HH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant while searching for gluten free options. We had a party of 6. We had fabulous service from Kristie, the food was amazing, and everything was affordable. Cocktails were creative and delicious. We were surprised at how few other diners were there, but it was two days before Christmas so maybe that is why? We definitely recommend it!

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. Great food and service.

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SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The wait staff was extremely helpful without being overzealous. I would recommend this restaurant for Sunday brunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner.

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F
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Salmon special was excellent. Creme brulee was different than most, but quite nice. Service was terrific.

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SL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

There were plenty of tables and we were sat next to a large party with kids.

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T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. For those on a gluten free diet because if celiac or intolerance, this place rocks!

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RA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had great experience for lunch and dinner previously.

For brunch the food was good but the service was very slow.

Not the norm but it was disappointing.

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o
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit to 8th and Union Kitchen. Great atmosphere and food. The live jazz was an awesome touch! We will be back and plan to bring our family!

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BB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to 8th and Union multiple times and the food and service is always great! This time I went with family and enjoyed delicious appetizers, wine and dinner. Our waitress (wish I had remembered her name!) was outstanding and took excellent care of us!

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SB
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu. Every nice enjoyed the experience.

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CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Everyone loved the food, and it's a dream for the gluten-free members of my family -- really delicious options and the chef understands allergies well. Great atmosphere too; relaxed, yet nice ambiance.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It took ages to get our meals. And the place wasn’t full by any means.
We love having so many GF choices but I wish they would improve their dips and sauces that accompany things like the calamari and fries etc.
they skimp on the sides of fries leaving kids wanting more but frankly I’m good with that.
It’s a good place to eat just needs a little bit more to bring it up in my view.

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Chris, was awesome and super friendly and informative for our first time being here! Looking forward to brunch soon. So many GF options that is was fantastic

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for the gluten free brunch options and was not disappointed! Great food and drink selection, the "make your own" Bloody Mary bar was a nice touch. Food was great and the dining area was very nice and quiet as well. Definitely going again.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were in Wilmington for a wedding this past weekend and on our way out of town back to Philly, we decided to have brunch. What a find! I had the mushroom benedict and she had the swiss and mushroom omelet. We cleaned our plates. Any my bloody mary was the best! VERY reasonable prices here. Oh! And the Sunday brunch live music was fantastic! We'll be back.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner after a show at Delaware Children’s Theater, and everything was great— from the beer choices, to our food, to our fun server, Joanna!

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JR
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our main go to place in the Wilmington/Philadelphia area. One of us needs gluten free so thats a priority. But they go way beyond satisfying that need with excellent choices/variety, from tacos of all sorts, to flank steak made to perfection, to unique dishes like PHO. And great beer selections on the board each week. Happy hour beers are $3, wine $5. Friendly and efficient service. In short we just love the place.

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l
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for dinner with family and friends. Tasty food great beer list.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite local restaurant. Especially love Bruce and Sam jazz brunch!

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F
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent selection of beer and wine. Good range of food choices. We enjoyed a pleasant evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

So this was my 2nd time here for brunch. The first time was about a month ago and it was great however today not so much. I read some reviews that said the food was subpar and didn't understand but now I do. The first dish, country potatoes, was not hot. I asked them to add American cheese and they just plopped cheese on it. There was very little ham. But the worse part was that there was a hair in my food. While I really didn't want anything, as that spoiled my appetite, but ordered a replacement meal. I got the mushroom and swiss omelette. I was quite confused because all of the mushrooms were outside of the omelette. To me that made it a swiss chess omelette topped with mushrooms. They were high quality mushrooms but it wasn't what I expected so I didn't eat much of my meal. My daughter ordered the French toast as she did last time and hardly ate one of the three slices because she didn't like it at all. I go to brunch almost weekly and this was a very disappointing experience. I felt like I just threw $44 out the window and considering the horrible weather today that made it worse. I think the restaurant is a very nice establishment but seems their chef/cooking/kitchen staff is inconsistent. The server from previous visit recognized us from previous visit which was nice, and she and the server we had today were nice. I do think that the server should have noticed how much food was not eaten and the fact that we didn't take it to go that something was wrong enough to bring it to management attention.

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JR
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always have a good meal at 8th & Union, and for much less than we usually spend elsewhere. We need Gluten Free and they have lots of it. Very varied menu. Unusual things but also the usual burgers, etc. Cheap beer and drinks at happy hours. Homey atmosphere. Friendly. Local flavor.

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PL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Specials menu was presented. Four of us chose the special. Only to be told after the fact that the special was gone. Back to the menu. Fish stew lacked fish. Crab cakes were good. Salmon was very good.

One diner, upon realizing the beer he chose was not draft, asked to change his order. Server brought the bottle beer saying it was already opened and she couldn’t change. Really??

Wine was ordered and the wrong bottle was opened and poured for tasting. Rather than taking the wrong bottle away immediately, the server waited to see if we would accept the bottle. We did as it was apparent that she didn’t want to have to deal with the already-opened bottle.

Entrees were served over a several minute time span, rather than being brought out all at one time. Which led to diners having to start their meals while others waited.

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JT
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back. The brisket tacos were outstanding and our server Jordan was great!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joanna was so helpful wit my dietary restrictions! I so appreciated everyone working with my gluten and dairy free diet! Thank you!

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OT
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was 1/2 price burger day, and eveyone had a burger. The Kennett Square Burger seems to be the most popular, with it's fried egg. Eveyone commented on their burger (old Cheddar, Standard with cheese, Kennett Square) and all were positive. The fries went over very well also!
Service was very good.

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PS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No local place does gluten free food better or has such a wide selection.

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time we go it is better than the last! The food is unique and delicious and the bonus is that most of it is gluten-free!

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T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love 8th and Union. My wife loves that the menu has many options that are gluten free. I love that everything on the menu is great. Can’t wait till our next visit.

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KR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with friends to celebrate my birthday and we had a great time! The food was delicious and we loved our server Christine :)

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JR
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always friendly and accommodating. Friendly and mostly very good wait staff. Sometimes they disappear for a while but that happens everywhere. Great for Gluten Free options.

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CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Menu selections were creative. Food was very fresh and tasting, and portions were generous. Great place for an afterwork drink and meal.

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