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8th & Union Kitchen

185 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Bar Seating
  • Gluten Free Options
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 Pork Belly Sliders, Raw Oysters, Chili BBQ Wings and Steamed Dumplings.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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
Brian Ashby
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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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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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Live Music Thursday, Friday, Saturday night and Sunday Brunch
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Morgan
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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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 185 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on September 5, 2015

They need to focus on one type of food and do it well. The menu is to all over the place.

3.0Dined on August 14, 2015

Between the 4 of us - none of us loved our dishes. Many were passable but not memorable.

Things to avoid: pho and spaghetti squash (tasted like perfumes sauerkraut).

What was good: Salmon was good but small portion need a different side. Asian slaw.

What needs help: fish and chips needs some spice as fairly tasteless. Cauliflower burger need to be softer. Waitress blurted requested in middle of conversations, would have been more normal to wait 30 seconds to be noticed.

4.0Dined on July 26, 2015

The decor is much more modern than its predecessor's, as is its menu. The Asian-inspired menu offers something for everyone. The lemongrass honey wings were recommended by our awesome and very knowledgeable server, Lorne, and they were amazing! I'd go back just for those wings! The desserts are NOT to be missed, either!

4.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Loved the asian influence in all the food. The batter on the tofu was nice and light, the vegetarian cauliflower burger was amazing and so was the mushroom pho. Dessert was ok. The ice cream on th peach cake was extremely cold and almost brittle. But everything else was great. Service was excellent. After a while though, mosquitoes really started bothering us outside, so get a table inside if possible

4.0Dined on July 21, 2015

We had a large group- 11. The waiter and waitress were available for our every need. The good was great !! They even moved us to the back room to make it more comfortable for the large group. The only issue we had was that the air conditioning was much too high and we had to ask numerous time to make it warmer, which finally happened by dessert time.

2.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Poor food over priced. Slow service.

2.0Dined on July 18, 2015

The summer rolls were 95% rice noodles with a thick, gluey peanut sauce. Bread on the Bahn Mi was burned Thai beef salad was bland. Our waiter was pleasant but we had to ask for water, our drinks (ice tea and draft beer) took close to 10 minutes, in general the service was slow even though the restaurant was less than 30% occupied.

5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

Everything was so good! The service. The food. The decor
We went as a group of 8 to celebrate some birthdays and were welcomed by a super cute lovely hostess.
The bartender was knowledgeable and very professional (also super cute)
The manager took special care to make sure our large party would be comfortably seated and that our friend with several allergies was able to have a delicious meal.
We tried one of everything and were all very impressed with the quality and taste
Surprising favorite...cauliflower burger! Out of this world 💥
Also very impressed by the Pad Thai and Pork Belly Fried Rice
Our server was so attentive. With a party of 8 he got everything right and even went above and beyond to make sure the table had lots of popcorn and brought our friends a birthday dessert of chocolate spring rolls with the most aaaaaaamazing ice cream. My anniversary is coming up and we will be here to celebrate. Definitely recommend and will be back very often.

5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

8th and Union has it all. Great food, excellent service and a wonderful ambiance.

3.0Dined on July 13, 2015

While the new decor has done wonders for a previously dark and dreary space and the bartenders were very nice and attentive, the food was mediocre at best. The pot of mussels was so-so and the bread served w was burnt on the bottom-- not a compliment to the mussels flavor. My burger, ordered medium, was served well done but fries were good. Ahi tuna on the salad was also woefully over cooked. The description of gastropub was misleading as they predominantly serve Asian cuisine-- be sure to check the menu before visiting. I would try again but probably only for happy hour cocktails and apps.

4.0Dined on July 11, 2015

We have been to 8th and Union twice and both times we have enjoyed a good meal. Good drinks as well. Really enjoy the Asian inspired food.

2.0Dined on July 4, 2015

We arrived and were pleasantly surprised to see how nicely renovated the place was. Unfortunately it all ended there. Food was less than tasty. One meal was undercooked and the pad Thai was tasteless. I must say they did recook another meal to replace the undercooked one but still the experience was not good at all.

5.0Dined on July 3, 2015

Had a great meal at a really cool place. They did a great job remodeling this place and the Bar area is very cool.

5.0Dined on July 2, 2015

Great appetizers, loved the Sampler and the salads
Pan Asian menu. Great service

5.0Dined on July 1, 2015

Great interior design and layout worked well. Food was well presented with great flavors. Excelent place!

4.0Dined on June 19, 2015

We really liked the Union City Grille and were sorry to see it go, so we were eager to see what would replace it. The new restaurant i s more casual than its predecessor. They've put the bar in what used to be the large dining room and made the smaller room into the dining room. The menu is an interesting mix of Vietnamese and American. I really enjoyed my green curry chicken and my husband also enjoyed his salmon. They really did some interesting things with the vegetables -- his spaghetti squash had a nice al dente texture that I'd love to learn to reproduce at home. On the slightly-too-casual side, instead of bread on the table, they gave us a pie tin of seasoned popcorn, which was interesting but kind of inelegant. Our server, Dylan, was very attentive and pleasant.

4.0Dined on June 19, 2015

We looked at other reviews of this restaurant and decided to give it a go. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. The food tasted super fresh, and the flavors were akin to taking a trip to South East Asia. The food tasted very authentic. Our server was extremely professional and attended to our every need. Our son is in a wheelchair and they have no problem accommodating him. The entrance seems to be a bit small for a wheelchair so FYI. This appears to be a good spot for a romantic dinner. I will definitely visit here again.

5.0Dined on June 19, 2015

Great pho and bahn mi. Server was excellent. The blonde hostess was nasty and miserable when we asked to switch tables. They need someone with a better personality ... She could turn people off from coming to a great restaurant.

5.0Dined on June 13, 2015

Amazing and different menu, great atmosphere, food was incredible, and the staff were courteous! Whole experience was a true pleasure!

5.0Dined on June 5, 2015

Service perfect. Room temp water, GREAT, don't like cold water. Pork belly burger, great, like the idea of popcorn better than bread, it was spicy though. Will return.

5.0Dined on May 30, 2015

We had visited Union City Grille often & was hoping the replacement would be comparable. We were very pleased with our first visit. The renovations are wonderful. Love the new look & happy that it's more open now instead of two separate rooms. Ambience was nice, service was excellent! Food was very good too. Elizabeth, our waitress took very good care of us and it was nice to see John is still a server. He always remembers my DeWars Scotch! We will definitely be back to 8th & Union Kitchen.

4.0Dined on May 18, 2015

Took a chance after reading one review. Arrived with reservation for 4 hungry people, after 9p. Great food, energetic server. Never made to feel we were pushing the kitchen's "time envelope''.

4.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Soft shell crabs were delicious, but the pasta they were served with was too spicey . More veggies/less pasta would've made the dish perfect. Very pleasant server. Varied menu. Accessible parking.

5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

8&UK has been consistently delicious since new owner Chef Brian Ashby purchased and renovated the old Union City Grille. The interior reminds me of high-end restaurants in NYC or DC, the crowd is always lively, the service is attentive & friendly, and most importantly, the Southeast Asian influenced menu has so many winners and so few duds.
Highly recommended.

4.0Dined on April 24, 2015

Went on opening week and there are still a few 'kinks' to work out. There was a mishap with our table when they first tried to seat us and it Took some time for our server to greet us.... But staff was friendly. Pork buns and mussels were delicious! Oysters tasted a little gritty. Place looks great! They did a great job with renovating UCG.