Bistro Union

4.4
513 reviews
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Bistro Union is a quintessentially British Neighbourhood Bistro located in the heart of Abbeville Village, Clapham, London SW4.
We are open every day for Lunch and Dinner. We serve Brunch from 9.30am Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Sister to Trinity Restaurant in Clapham Old Town, we hold the same ethos of great produce – carefully crafted, served with warmth and humility.
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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great and the food was delicious. However, unfortunately the portion sizes have significantly decreased, thus we ended up spending a lot of money and still left hungry.

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch - the food was delicious. The service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful relaxed atmosphere with carefully prepared eclectic food!

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F
London
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for 5 but ended up being a party of 10. The staff were very accommodating despite the hassle that this must've caused. The service was fantastic and staff very attentive all evening. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced considering the quality and good portion sizes. I would definitely recommend

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N
London
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure Bistro Union. Delicious food in a buzzing atmosphere. Great for a small group as food nice to share (although not essential) - good service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time here. Food has been consistently excellent and great value for London

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and great service. Manager is a star.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

pasta was not good. it looks old one. I was look forward to enjoy the foods but disappointed to be honest.

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening, great food, portions quite big. Lovely staff.

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RH
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning restaurant with the food to match!

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AB
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good cooking, seasonal menu changing every few days with a few faithful friends usually to be found. The vegetable dishes are particularly toothsome.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I am a loyal customer but on this visit suited front of house staff were not especially relaxed, slightly overbearing , not bistro unions’s style in the past. Quiet professional and friendly staff has been the norm

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DD
London
24 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sunday lunch: high quality of food, up since my prior visits. All the food came hot, at the right times, well presented. Overall friendly service but more up-selling than necessary. Customers are adults - they can work out whether they want aperitifs, add-on dishes, digestifs etc. etc. without being endlessly asked. Good atmosphere, though marred by a noisy adjacent table of eight Clapham Brayers (all adults) who didn't seem to have any awareness of (or care about?) their high noise volumes. We had to lean forward and shout to hear ourselves: our server could scarcely hear us or herself take orders. No effort made to discretely make the group aware of the impacts of their noise levels. A shame.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good drinks selection (alcoholic and otherwise), set menu starters and desserts were good, mains a little disappointing. Our waitress was absolutely lovely and super tolerant of the children. The waiter/manager was somewhat stiff and overbearing and at one point even corrected my friend on her use of a knife.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent enough food but overpriced for what it was.

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M
London
22 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great roast beef, lamb and other dishes. Though menu was not same as received by email

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local restaurant. We booked the weekend brunch: nothing fancy, but everything on the menu sounded delicious, and the food did not disappoint. Well priced, too!

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AN
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food always great here and service very attentive.
Waiter abit keen to up sell the sirloin special which was exceptionally expensive.
Very loud male crowd arrived seemed to take over the restaurant at least they got moved.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend has been raving about this restaurant since we went on Saturday. Honestly one of our new favourite high end local restaurants. The mussels were really fresh and well cooked, burrata was properly gooey, the fresh pasta was excellent. Every dish we tried was good, so we're coming back soon!

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BD
Jersey
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

really grest place and friendly staff BUT my wife's G&T lacked fizz and was far too weak...no offer to deduct from bill

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AR
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. A great restaurant . Delicious food, perfect service.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience. Casual ambiance but good service. Food excellent. Rabbit really nice. Sauce with it amazing taste. Pasta starter really tasty. Cherry and dark chocolate dessert really fresh. Really recommend

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It wasn't special enough for a recommendation. The food was fine but the bistro was packed - tables far too close together for comfort. They obviously were taking full advantage of the Mothers Day business. Service was very good but I think £40 a head for a fairly ordinary menu was pushing it a bit.
The vegan alternative menu was less than inspiring, apparently.

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DV
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love it. Amazing every time.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service was attentive but not too much. I haven’t been for dinner here for about 5 years, I thoroughly recommend and will definitely not leave it too long to return
Thank you

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wouldn’t recommend the bistro based on the Sunday roast we had. It was pretty average to be honest in comparison to The Windmill nearby for example.

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HW
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delicious food. Nice buzzy atmosphere I am told that being able to buy draft beer is a huge plus!

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NL
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints. Fresh seasonal produce - the radishes with cod roe are lovely, oysters were delicious. Skate was a large thick chunk, perfectly cooked. Service was attentive and they advised on menu choices. Presentation slightly updated since my last visit (too long ago) - standard menus instead of the quirky school books. Hope to be back soon.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff and ambience with a great small plate selection. The tiny amount of duck in the cassoulet main course was disappointing, which made £20 for the privilege a little hard to swallow!

Otherwise, great little place!

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner with friends at Bistro Union. Service, food and ambience were all excellent.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to go to Bistro Union last minute and for a Sunday night it was surprisingly busy so had a good atmosphere. Food and drinks were excellent with really friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will be back again soon !

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I am not one for bad reviews, but good Lord this place SUCKED. The portions were TINY - so tiny in fact that we complained to the manager, and she realized that she couldn't justify charging us £10 for literally 11 pieces of pasta, and comped us a free dish. The cassoulet was so average it was painful, literally a pot of badly seasoned beans and dry duck, and not a hint of the richness the dish calls for. Plus they ended brunch at 12, which is such a peasant move cause IT'S SUNDAY! Will not be returning, can't believe we even paid for our bill at all.

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SF
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Overpriced breakfast and not great service

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DR
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and always a nice buzz.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant had a nice relaxed vibe, service was pleasant although slightly over-attentive at the start as we had to ask for more time to choose drinks and food on 2 occasions.
Starters were well executed, chicken and duck liver parfait was very nice. Main course of the duck cassoulet was a little underwhelming, all the individual elements were well cooked but the dish was missing something to bind it all together.
Overall, simple unfussy cooking executed to a good standard but missing some finishing touches that would really elevate the food.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Union is a wonderful restaurant. Took the parents and my GodMother here for lunch they loved it. Food was delicious, staff are friendly and helpful, the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated as well. If you live in Clapham you must try them out, you won't regret it!

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PE
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for a pre cinema supper.
Interesting menu but lacks greens and fruit.
The Gents Loo needs sorting!!

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Food was okay but not great. Noise levels got worse as meal progressed and I can recite word for word what the table next to me were talking about. Not sure I would go again.

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k
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, setting.
V kid friendly.
Good for literally everyone.

Love it!

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