Pierre Loti Union Square

4.2
108 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Named after the turn-of-the-century French novelist, Pierre Loti Union Square offers an extensive menu of European wines. French varietals dominate the offerings, but the selection includes a healthy mix of other regions and grapes (Austria, Italy, and even Turkey make appearances). There are daily pocket-friendly specials, and each pour comes with a little extra in a fancy carafe. The wine-friendly food menu includes an impressive choice of cheeses and small plates ranging from Mediterranean dips, salads and a delectable choice of chocolates for dessert. Vibe-wise, the ultra-dim lighting ensures the place stays rife with snuggly couples as well as groups of friends looking for an enjoyable night out.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I’ve been here before and have always enjoyed it. Went in last night and ordered a big charcuterie plate to start. Unfortunately half way through my boyfriend didn’t feel well so we asked to have it wrapped up and for the check. When we got home, I noticed they didn’t include the pita or the bread, just the meats and cheeses. Extremely disappointed bc that’s part of the meal I paid for and we also now had nothing to eat the meat and cheese with!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was lovely and my friends and I enjoyed delicious food and the wonderful wine recommendations. Would absolutely recommend and will be back again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very very very loud.

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h
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Convenient location, good selection of wine.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

A groups of us went there. We made a reservation and were told they could not honor it despite it being available on Open Table. They then sat us outside in a split group. It was not warm in the space, the food was okay, the service was inconsistent, and the price was much too high for the experience.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Wine list looked good on paper. We ended up going the Whiskey route though, and although the classic 12 yr's and blends were there, they didn't have many good options outside of that. We didn't try the cheese, but the food we got was medicore at best. Do not try the pizza lol.

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FF
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at this restaurant, which by 5 PM was really hopping with young adults. It specializes in world wine selections. And has many options in various price ranges by glass or bottle. The food is a mix of Mediterranean and Turkish flavors. While food menu is somewhat limited it has a couple of dishes that would satisfy most interests. You can get pizza or an entree or everything in between. My friend ordered a very tasty beet salad as well as a veal meatball entree with potatoes, which included another salad. I ordered a trio of bruschetta that would have bee a meal for lunch. The fig, walnut, honey, and cheese one was particularly wonderful. The ravioli was very light and flavorful. Turkish flavors were particularly noticeable in the meat and the mushroom bruschetta. The waiter seemed a little overwhelmed by the crowd.

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EK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

I didn't have food...not sure why I'd rate what I didn't have...

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MF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to Pierre Loti before and have like it. Met a friend here for a drink the other night - we ended up moving outside (even though it was a billion degrees out) because the noise level was quite high inside. We only had a glass of wine each, so no food, but I remember it being more than decent the last time I was in. The service was pretty good - we didn't feel rushed to leave or pressured to order more than one drink or food. I would return.

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L
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Expectd more in the way of food and ambiance, based on reviews. Very disappointed

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good first date spot

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow service. Food came before drinks. Wine took 25 mins to pour

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was rather disappointed, in the food mostly. We had a charcuterie plate and it was average. The cheeses were just okay, but nothing special at all. Felt like I could've gone to Whole Foods and found much better quality for less money. The two meats were also only okay. Again, nothing special at all. They served this platter with a pile of raisin (and maybe nuts) bread. They should've either served a plain bread or a variety. When I asked for a different bread, we got pita. At least it was plain but not the right bread for charcuterie. The platter also included a small bowl of cornichons but that was half empty. And they threw a few pieces of dried apricots around the platter. Just boring. The waiter was fine but not very attentive for an empty restaurant. Extensive wine list was a positive. The bathroom was nice and clean was another positive.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a catch up with former colleagues and the servers were great. The charcuterie platter is a great deal and the server even comped a final glass of wine. Merci!

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for wine and small plates, friendly service. It is a cosy, vbrant and comfortable place!! Perfect place to meet friends after work

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KB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I met here for a few glasses of wine. It was cozy and the service was good. The last time we came, the bartender gave good recommendations for wines by the glass, although we split a bottle this time. The happy hour deal is pretty good for a wine bar near union square.

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NR
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pierre Loti seems like a quintessential date spot. It got somewhat packed (as to be expected on a Friday night) and hence, slightly loud, but it is a good location and equidistant from were we were traveling.

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H
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great job by staff - waiter and cooks. We came in late (kitchen closing), but they were willing and able to prepare and serve a great meal ... with great wine!! Fun, cozy, friendly gem.

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Way too loud. Crammed tables. Mediocre food (the beef dumpling dish had FAR too much vinegar - would be good to chef tastes the seasoning first).

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J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanks for being so accommodating when members of our party were late! Service was great!

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NG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb charcuterie and cheese. Really loud. Young cute crowd. Draught beer would improve the drinks menu.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

This place didn’t impress me. The pictures they have online of the outdoor area are actually of the adjoining restaurant which seemed much nicer. We went on a weekday around 6 and they were already allegedly out of most of the menu items. The food was unimpressive for the price and the service was just ok. The outdoor area was dirty crowded and very loud. With the plethora of options available around union square I would definitely go elsewhere.

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NR
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great for groups but really not ideal for a first date. High energy and fun place but you'll be hard pressed to hear your partner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, but the music could've been lower.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine bar with sharing plates for small groups. We had a friends get-together and shared a bunch of plates and a few bottles of wine. Also very romantic and fun. Would recommend!

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AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved it here. The service, ambiance and wine selection were all great! Our server put together an assortment of cheeses and meats and everything was delicious! A great cozy spot and really friendly service. Can't wait to come back again!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is one of my favorite places to have an intimate dinner with good wine in Union Square. :)

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Got together with my book club. It was quiet and dark, the food was excellent, the wine was delicious, the service was attentive without being overbearing. A good place for a low-key night out.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

When we arrived our table was not ready. They had to put together a table despite having made a reservation. Service was not that good, food was average at best - didn't seem very fresh. Would not go back.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance (cozy and quiet), wine selection and good service. I came with a group of 6 and we had a great time. Also, a great spot for a date!

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

When I chose this restaurant I intended to have dinner with some friends there- however, there isn't really a dinner menu- it's a fun place for a good selection of appetizers, but we ended up going someplace else in the neighborhood for dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and food ! Romantic and chilling dinner! I would recommend this also for price good balance quality/price

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was bizarre at best, but the food was excellent and a good value.

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AM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great place to enjoy wine & dinning with friends ... just little crowd between tables if you don't mind

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NY
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation, and were seated quickly. Very good selection of wines, and tasting plates. HOWEVER, the tiny "chips" served with the fois gras are microscopic; it would be much better with the bread that is used for the Tartines.

This was a Friday night, and the place was vibrant and crowded, but not unruly. We are anxious to try on other weeknights for comparison, as this place hes real potential for a great little cozy wine spot!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little spot! Simple. Classy. Great date spot. I'll be back!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Went here only for drinks.

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HH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great wine selection but it was so hot in the restaurant, we had to leave to have food elsewhere.

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S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I love Malbec and unfortunately they only had one option but it was good. Just went for a bottle of wine as i have a Gluten/Dairy allergy and they really didn't have any options for me to choose from. The Hostess was nice and she did call me ahead of time to tell me of the limited options for GF but i wanted to check the place out anyway and decided to go just for wine.
Its great for a nice conversation, romantic encounter, intimate space and nice lighting. I would suggest perhaps they add mixed nuts/dried fruits as an options for GF guest or crudite/hummus options. Just a thought.

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w
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Bad food. Bad waitress. Bad room. Owners seem to be spending time somewhere else.

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