Bethel Union

4.4
153 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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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Service was good. Capellini w/ sundried tomatoes & spinach
did not have much taste, like it was missing salt.

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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 ...

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MK
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the staff was so friendly and fun!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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!

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen is the best. Great service and spot-on with menu recommendations. Go with one of the specials; will not be disappointed.

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BG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here and it was just as good as the first!

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BH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HI
Hawaii
193 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials and fresh pasta dishes! Service is efficient and friendly. Good "go to" for business lunch meetings!

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AG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Broad lunch selection at reasonable prices. Upscale ambience for lunch without upscale prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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
22 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
193 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 10, 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 10, 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 12, 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 1, 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 November 30, 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
18 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
193 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 18, 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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Hawaii
2 reviews
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
19 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 7, 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 1, 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 1, 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
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 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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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
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fresh ingredients and wonderfully seasoned!

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HI
Hawaii
193 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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