Been here for lunch and dinner. Had a pleasant experience both times. The neighborhood is a little sketchy and a bit of a mixed bag. The discussion I had with my husband on our way down was which municipal parking lot to use so that we'd interact with the least amount of strange people on our walk over to the restaurant. Surprised that there were many open tables at prime dinner hour and hope that the neighborhood isn't the downfall of this restaurant. Food is good and sticks to your bones, ambiance is casually romantic, and service was top notch.
We were at restaurant for dinner before an event at Hawaii Theatre. Restaurant is right across the street from theatre, that was primary reason we chose restaurant.
We enjoyed all the appetizers & entrees we ordered. Very simple menu but good options, good value for our money.
The service was great at start then slowed off for a bit as they got busy...fortunately, we had ample time and not have to rush.
I would return to the restaurant to try other items - hopefully they’ll change menu seasonally.
Nice restaurant. Service was good. Capellini w/ sundried tomatoes & spinach
did not have much taste, like it was missing salt.
Definitely need to be more organized. They have happy hour but no menu or pricing for happy hour. Waitress just tells you what she thinks is on happy hour but has no prices. Very odd ...
Everything was delicious and the staff was so friendly and fun!
We arrived at 5:30 pm for our reservation, ordered shortly after that, but did not get our food until about 6:40, which gave us about 15 minutes to wolf down our dinner, as we had a show to attend across the street at Hawaii Theatre. The server was well aware of that from the beginning and had even told us that they had reduced the menu so that the kitchen could get everyone out in time. The food was delicious and we did receive a complimentary dessert, hence I'd recommend the place to a friend, but NOT under these circumstances again!
We dined early on a Friday night before a performance at Hawaii Theatre. It was not crowded. There was one waitress who appeared stressed. It took 20 minutes before we even ordered or got a drink.
The menu clearly states that vegan & vegetarian options are available, but the waitress didn’t know what they were & so it took another several minutes for her to find out & get back to us.
The food was good, but a little overpriced. The ambiance is nice.
Even with these things, we probably won’t feel compelled to return because of the poor service.
Jen is the best. Great service and spot-on with menu recommendations. Go with one of the specials; will not be disappointed.
Our second time here and it was just as good as the first!
Great place.....cozy. Been there before and enjoyed it. One of my fellow colleagues ate the sandwich (can't recall which one) and he said it could have used a little more cheese.
Great specials and fresh pasta dishes! Service is efficient and friendly. Good "go to" for business lunch meetings!
Broad lunch selection at reasonable prices. Upscale ambience for lunch without upscale prices.
Great venue and service. Food was high quality and delicious. Portions were slightly too small for the price, however.
Tasty food and good service. I had the eggplant parmigiana and my boyfriend had the spaghetti and meatballs.
Go to for business lunches, quiet, good service and great food.
New items on menu.
Love the fish of the day - always excellent preparation.
Pasta and meatball is always a "go to" favorite!
Excellent food and excellent service would definitely return to this restaurant
Great service. Food was delicious. Fantastic music. Outdoor seating is the way to go!
Food was outstanding. Service was intermittent and it took over an hour to get our lunch. Such a disappointment because as i mentioned the food is top notch. If you don't have time for a 2 hour lunch, don't pick Bethel Union.
This was my first dining and it was an overall great experience. The people were friendly. The food was so tasty. Definitely will be back to try more.
All of our food tasted very good. However, the ravioli special came with 4 ravs on a plate, and that was all. No sides or interesting plating. For $20. My boyfriend was still really hungry so I gave him about half of my meal. It was busy, before an event at the Theater, but our service was spotty at best.
Great food, atmosphere, service! Convenient for pre-Hawaii Theater get togethers. Will come back again!
Luckily we arrived 15 minutes early for our 6:45pm reservation because we waited a FULL HOUR to get our meal with little or no service or checking in by our server. If 2 salads and a bowl of soup takes that long i hate to think what a full meal wait would be. Dont eat here if you need to be anywhere within 2hours!
LOVE this place. The food is great. If you like beets, try their beet salad. Fantastic. I also had the clam chowder. Great! The service is excellent. It's a great place to bring family and friends for a great meal and conversation. Excellent for people watching.
I'm a frequent customer at Bethel Union and really like their lunch menu for business meetings. I had made a reservation well ahead of time and requested a table inside but when my party arrived at the restaurant we were told the only available tales were outside. It was drizzling and I was worried that it would rain harder during our meal. The server told us that we had no other choice so we ended up sitting outside. While that was disappointing, since I had made my request to sit inside when I made the reservation, we got lucky and it didn't rain much harder.
Usually, the food service at Bethel Union is excellent. However, this time, it took about a half hour from when we were seated to get our food. I know the restaurant was busy that day but it's always busy at lunch time so I was surprised that they took so long.
I'll go back again, for sure, but just hope the service improves.
If you want to an opportunity to order "something different", Bethel Union has always had amazing fresh fish dishes. My favorite regular menu item though is still fresh made spaghetti pasta with marina sauce and meatballs - yumm!!
Pleasant weeknight evening. Sat outside as inside quite noisy; outside quieter but quite dark. Delicious calamari, octopus, spicy chicken wings. Fries were very good, and nicely shaped in large curls, so outside crisp and inside creamy.
This is my second visit this month. The food was outstanding and the service amazing. This restaurant is a bit above my price range, but it is absolutely worth it. I will be back.
Reading a review, I agree the octopus salad was delicious. We also ordered beet salad (good), a canapé (average), like a brown rice risotto (not what we ordered, but we enjoyed it), mocktails (the li hing one was better). Celebrated two birthdays, both hadn't been to this restaurant or its predecessor, and they were both very happy and had a great time.
Server was handling all the tables and doing it well. He was Personable and efficient. Food was really tasty and portions just right for lunch.
This was my first time to Bethel Union and I'm definitely going back! It's in what used to be Brasserie Du Vin but they enclosed it and added a/c. Grilled Octopus appetizer was excellent! Our entrees were good too. I think our server's name was Kevin and he was great. My only negative comments are the acoustics is bad (very noisy) and the food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen.
Showed up for a very late date-night dinner on a Friday night and they were basically empty, save for a few couples at the bar.
The service was good and it was quiet enough to carry on a normal volume conversation since it was pretty empty. Unfortunately, both the food and drinks were a little off their flavor (I didn't want to put them on blast with public details of what didn't taste right, but did share with them the feedback privately.)
The ambiance was nice, though, so we may give it another go in the future.
It was a quiet lunch hour with only a few customers on the day my friend and I dined which was nice for conversation. Our mixed greens salads were fresh and nicely presented, but without the wow factor we were expecting from the website photos. Service was fast and friendly.
Ambience nice. Right across hawaii theater so very convenient. Appetizers were great. Awesome fries. Unique and very tasty.
Good selection of wines.
Was very noisy early around 6:30 cuz of the bar area. But quieted down later in evening.
Service was great!
Chairs hard wood so uncomfortable. But all in all a good find in the middle of Chinatown. Very quaint.
food always delicious, service was really slow and server forgot a dish, but comped it on bill
Pre-theater dinner on a Saturday and our first time eating at Bethel Union. We liked the food and the service. My favorites were the grilled calamari appetizer, the Caesar salad, and the clam linguine, but everything we ordered was delicious with original touches. We’ll be back!
Everything I had was excellent! I went for lunch, and the hummus appetizer and panzanella salad were excellent! I would definitely go there again.
Terrific food and friendly thoughtful service. Nice wine selection as well. We have a great time.
Great service, fresh ingredients and wonderfully seasoned!
Unique menu with delicious made from scratch items - love the fresh made pasta!