Bethel Union

4.4
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Specializing in fresh pasta, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, along with wine, craft beer and spirits. Lunch, mid-afternoon, dinner and late-night menus available. Indoor and outdoor dining, plus a private room for celebrations and business and board meetings. We can accommodate tables for two up to parties for 100.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great venue and service. Food was high quality and delicious. Portions were slightly too small for the price, however.

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OT
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and good service. I had the eggplant parmigiana and my boyfriend had the spaghetti and meatballs.

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GB
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Go to for business lunches, quiet, good service and great food.

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HI
Hawaii
187 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New items on menu.
Love the fish of the day - always excellent preparation.
Pasta and meatball is always a "go to" favorite!

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CQ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service would definitely return to this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was delicious. Fantastic music. Outdoor seating is the way to go!

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TM
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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l
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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G
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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YV
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, service! Convenient for pre-Hawaii Theater get togethers. Will come back again!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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!

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SC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PF
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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HI
Hawaii
187 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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v
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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ID
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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RO
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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M
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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LL
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

food always delicious, service was really slow and server forgot a dish, but comped it on bill

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DD
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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s
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I had was excellent! I went for lunch, and the hummus appetizer and panzanella salad were excellent! I would definitely go there again.

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LK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and friendly thoughtful service. Nice wine selection as well. We have a great time.

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G
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fresh ingredients and wonderfully seasoned!

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HI
Hawaii
187 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu with delicious made from scratch items - love the fresh made pasta!

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FL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit since the restaurant re-opening a years ago. Ambience is remarkable, service exceptional and the food/menu are creative, balanced, well thought out, fresh, innovative, perfectly seasoned and executed. The platings and presentations are "5-Star." Chef Noah Akin is a guy to watch, he works magic with his culinary skills and his passion... BRAVO! This will be my new "go to" spot.

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L
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Music selection on a Friday evening was not great. It sort of killed the mood. Other then that food tasted great.

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HO
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

excellent food, but way overpriced. I appreciate the corkage fee feature but $25.00 is a bit too much

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D
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I recommend you do not enter this restaurant until after 7 PM. It was a madhouse of people going to the Hawaii theater when we got there at six. The server was friendly but inept. The portions were very small. My Sicilian chicken was served cold it was supposed to be hot. My husband‘s spaghetti carbonara was served cold it was supposed to be hot. The food was tasty but we were very disappointed in the service and portions and the fact that our dinners came cold having sat too long before served. Extremely noisy which I found stressful. .

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n
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there prior to show at Hawaii Theater

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre-Hawaii Theatre dinner location! We were there during happy hour (an unexpected bonus) and had a combo of an app & salad from the HH menu and the fresh fish (ono) of the night. Absolutely delic! Loved that the fish came on a bed of risotto and had perfectly cooked/seasoned veg garnish on top. Really nice ambiance and great service!

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L
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service even better. I got to try a variety of the dishes and they were all really tasty.

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L
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly place, especially Kevin at the bar. We arrived for an early dinner before an event and were serve efficiently. Fun people.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent, decor and atmosphere very nice. The food was very good but I felt the dinner entree portions were small.

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Italian option in Chinatown. Menu has a good variety of dishes and daily specials are nice. Food and serivce were good. Location is a little off the main restaurant zone in Chinatown but worth the detour.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great - but the value for the food, not so much. I think that they are trying to be more of a high-end place, but the reality is the location is in the middle of downtown and a lot of people work nearby. I'm not sure that the average person will want to spend $30 for lunch and still be hungry afterwards.

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b
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, they did lack a dedicated seating host which slowed our seating time, the one unfortunate circumstance is that we were not warned about certain items running out until after we made our choices. A forewarning is preferred. The decor inside is nice, the food excellent, and very very loud.

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