8th & Union Kitchen

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204 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Gluten Free Options
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American, Southeast Asian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(302) 654-9780
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tara Kenyon
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Private party facilities
The private dining area is perfect for professional presentations, special occasions or holiday parties. Custom menus, dedicated staff and flexible furnishings make hosting any event an easy and memorable experience. Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Morgan: (302) 894-1200
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Catering
Please contact Morgan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th Street
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Parking details
Free adjacent parking. Street parking and additional parking around the corner on 8th. There is also parking available in the library behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus stop is on the corner.
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Entertainment
Trivia on Wednesday nights.
Live Music Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Morgan
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
204 reviews
4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
20%
Good
24%
Fair
6%
Poor
3%
3.9
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Making a reservation online (via Facebook) was easy. We came for appetizers and drinks and stayed for their comedy show. We'll definitely be back. Great service and good food. The fact that they could make most of their dishes gluten free is one of the main reasons I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great service. Requested to sit in a booth and to have napkins folded like spaceships when made reservation. Staff went out of way to accomadate for both. Food was great, drinks were great. Overall great experience, would recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We expected more since the menu seems varied and innovative. Sadly the execution of food preparation was average at best. The Pho was bland, even with peppers added to spice up the beef and brisket. The salad was average. More seriously though, despite asking for no apples, and having that confirmed when the salad was served, there were several apple slices in it. Luckily we're not allergic to apples because using an ingredient that we asked to be omitted could have serious consequences. This seems odd at a restaurant that puts such a big focus on vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Bland, flavorless chicken satay, served lukewarm.
Burnt, flavorless pork tacos.
Dry, flavorless beef tacos.
Cinnamon brulee rice pudding, flavorless.
It's like the chef and or kitchen staff don't know how to cook.
Taste your food.
Bland and boring.
Will not be back as it was way over priced too.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went for breakfast. Between 4 kids and 2 adults....non of our meals were good. Pancakes tasted like cardboard...how do you mess up pancakes??? I was really excited for a fun fathers day brunch...but left very disappointed. However the live music and ambiance is great.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

(Sunday Brunch) The service was outstanding. We asked to move tables after being seated and having drinks, and we were accommodated without any complaints. Our server was attentive without ever being overbearing. The restaurant wasn't crowded, and we NEVER felt like we were being rushed.

The food was fine. We had the breakfast croissant sandwich and the breakfast tacos. Main dishes were good, but the breakfast potatoes were lackluster and we did not eat them.

The blues musician playing for Sunday brunch was absolutely wonderful. Volume was loud enough to enjoy but not too loud to prevent conversation. Overall, the ambiance of the restaurant was VERY enjoyable for a Sunday afternoon.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food is always so-so at 8th and Union. Everything sounds great, but when it comes to the table, it's just OK. I had fried rice, and the rice was a bit underdone and the dish lacked flavor. Other people at the table had crab cakes, which they said weren't great, and a burger, which was "fine." Great ambiance and great drinks. Just wish the food matched.

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Waitress took very long to serve the table. Long periods of waiting. When time to pay, credit card sat for 15 mins waiting...but food was great and I’ll definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had ate at 8th & Union Kitchen for Mother’s Day was excellent then.
We wanted to return which obviously we did but unfortunately it was as Great as before. We were disappointed.

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Hostess was rude- borderline HOSTILE : Didn't care that we had a reservation for party of 6, directed us to a cramped booth, and looked annoyed when I asked for a bigger table (the restaurant was 15% full at best!). We were eventually moved but not to the larger tables made for a party of 6 but rather to tables pushed together in the corner. There was no other party seated in the dining room ! Host THREW the menus on the table and left in a huff!! We all quietly hoped it was just a bizarre moment. Unfortunately, the experience did not get better.

Server: While she was pleasant, I think we saw her 3 times during our meal. She had not tried any of the drinks or food. She told us she couldn't recommend anything. We had one opportunity to order drinks. (and on a positive note, my cocktail was very good). Our appetizers appeared WITH our food about 45 minutes after we ordered!

Filet MigNOT: The filet mignon was a piece of sirloin cut in a standard filet mignon shape!!! I picked this restaurant because the menu appeared promising! THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY APPEAR! I still can't get over the chef tried to pull a fast one!

Since we barely saw any staff and were truly deflated, we just ate and got out of there as quickly as possible. We were celebrating a major event and needed to get out from under this black cloud of a dining experience.

I made the reservation 3 weeks ago on open table (I was visiting from out of town for the UD graduation weekend).

The smartest thing about this restaurant is they have their reviews on Open Table locked down. I had to contact Open Table directly to get access to post a review.

If the restaurant is still open on my next trip back to Delaware, I will be shocked...or it will be under new management with a new staff. Either way, I will never eat there again. I sincerely hope that others who are celebrating important milestones see this and turn away! What a bust!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

This was a delicious meal. Prices were reasonable for what we got. Service was quality...we will return!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food and service was fantastic once we got past the rude and surly hostess. Mother’s Day reservation for 4 and insisted we sit in the bar area right next to the front door.

There was an open booth in the dining room, so we insisted on that. It took a while and was uncomfortable having to take a stand, but we ultimately got to where we needed to be.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This looked great at first. Live music, but not too loud, just setting a mood. Nice atmosphere.

All four of us just felt that the food was just so-so. It was brunch which was what we came for. I had the country potatoes and eggs. It was all mushy. I left half of the potatoes. My wife ordered French toast and one slice was completely burnt (solid black) on one side. How does a restaurant serve such a thing? Would it have been so hard to cook another slice?

When we were done eating we just sat there with dirty plates in front of us. The server went back and forth to other nearby tables(and it wasn’t that busy) but ignored us. When we finally got his attention and told him we were finished, we thought that would be his cue to clear the table. Nope. He just said “Ok”, and walked away. He did return with the check, but after we paid and got up to leave, our table was still covered with the dishes. Strange.

This just isn’t a place we would return to. Sorry.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We thought it was overpriced. Appetizers were good but the meals were just ok

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Some plain appetizer for us simple eaters! And maybe a simple pasta dish! But other then that is was great..

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always love a visit to 8th & Union! Good food and a good beer list!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was just a family dinner on a Friday evening. Not crowded unlike one Saturday we tried to get a table and were turned away. This establishment just has great food. Good tasting, well thought out. The Chinese could take some lessons here on how to make great fried rice.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing gluten free menu. Please open in nj! The only thing missing was non pork and vegetarian options instead of ham. Service was great, too.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food. Very unique and interesting. Service was fun.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful ambiance and close to Winterthur Museum, Longwood Gardens, and Hagley Mills. I have dined here twice for my birthday, and am grateful for the safe gluten free menu due to my celiac disease. The burgers are out of this world, and so creative!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had chicken & waffles Easter Sunday. Chicken was bland & waffles were dry. Place was nice but probably will not be back.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is my fourth visit to 8th and Union Kitchen. We went for Sunday brunch for Easter. Disappointed in the food this time. I ordered the same thing I've had twice before, which I loved, but this time was mediocre at best. The gluten free waffle that came with the chicken and waffles was awful. Not sure why it needs to be gluten free--could offer that option on request. The hamburger one of our companions ordered was not cooked according to his preference. I asked about the various champagne cocktails and whether fruit puree was used--for example raspberry-- and was told yes. There was no fruit puree in the drink--only a few raspberries. Will be awhile before I return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Spectacular and varied gluten-free options!! Our celiac birthday girl was able to enjoy more excellent foods than she had in years; this place is wonderful and the staff is all well versed in allergy issues. We loved sitting by the fireplace. We'll be back!!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

No complains

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Shared small plates were excellent. Lots of gluten free and vegetarian options for all dietary needs. One of my favorite restaurants for girls’ night!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Decent place. Service could have been better.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food is good, but the music during Sunday brunch is extraordinary. The place has a nice, relaxing atmosphere, service is great .

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Best gluten-free restaurant between Baltimore and Philadelphia, no doubt. Only place I feel safe eating without having to doubt the kitchen.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

8th & Union Kitchen made a lot of improvement from our last visit. We had a few vegan people in our party and their brunch menu wasn't very vegan friendly. They kindly made us a vegan omelette that wasn't on the menu. It was fantastic. The chef really nailed the vegetables on it. I'm very happy that they were so accommodating and thoughtful.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We really enjoyed the evening. The staff was amazing and the food was unique and delicious.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was over seasoned. One guest in our party sent her meal back twice. Once was way over cooked. The other was ice cold. Very disappointed. Service was fine but the food is not worth it

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic service, awesome food, friendly and fun staff. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

It was OK server was not great and food was just OK

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was almost nonexistent. Waited 10 minutes after seating to get water and then another 10 minutes to just order drinks. There were empty tables guess they just did not have enough staff. Food was good once we got it

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful brunch food. I am gluten free and can’t normally eat brunch foods. I had a delicious crab cake eggs Benedict dish.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved 8th and Union - food was phenomenal, service was excellent and ambiance was perfect. New fave spot.

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