About The Union Grill - The Union Bluff Hotel

On the ocean, with fabulous views and sophisticated yet cozy atmosphere, the Union Grill is the area's popular place to be. Relax at the bar and enjoy specialty beers, upscale liquors or sip a cappuccino with a late night dessert. Sink into the leather seating area in front of the fireplace while sipping a cocktail and enjoying an appetizer. Treat yourself to an unforgettable meal prepared just for you by Chef Darren Kelly. Using local ingredients, and items a bit out of the ordinary, Chef Darren will tantalize your taste buds with a refreshing take on today's classic dishes.

8 Beach Street
York Beach, ME 03910
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Dinner; In Season - Everyday: 5:00pm - Close,
Off Season - Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close

Cross Street:
Route 1A

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 363-1333 ext. 0

Website:
http://www.unionbluff.com/

Parking Details:
On site and Off Site Parking is available.

Executive Chef:
Darren Kelly

Private Party Facilities:
The Union Bluff Meeting House ~ Weddings, Private Functions and Business meetings for up to 225 people. Lovely ocean views on Short Sands Beach.

Private Party Contact:
Elena Drew: (207) 363-1333 ext. 0

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Union Grill - The Union Bluff Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (120)
Neighborhood Gem (88)
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Romantic (86)
Fit for Foodies (83)
Vibrant Bar Scene (42)
Notable Wine List (34)
Good for Groups (31)
Hot Spot (25)
Late-night Find (23)
Great for Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Waterfront (8)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Authentic (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The Grille was awesome! Karen our server/bartender had some great suggestions. The food was delicious and the view of Short Sands Beach was beautiful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Flavors are fine and ambiance was above average. Prices are too high, though, keeping quite a few customers away, obviously. Sorry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Pleasantly surprised how great the food and service was here!booked here on a whim. Our meals were delicious and our waitress was adorable (first shift waitressing and she was amazing)! Would definitely return and recommend to others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I had requested a table with a water view, when we arrived and were seated I was thrilled with the fantastic ocean view! Although it was a holiday weekend and the place was busy, it did not effect our service! The charcuterie board was delightful, but the steamed Lobster was divine! The place has a lovely bar which was busy and boisterous but fun! I would say if you're looking for quiet conversation perhaps you might not want to sit in the bar area, but there are sections of the dining room definitely a bit more quiet! I will be returning!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The food was very good along with the service. We had a 6 P.M. Reservation on a
Thursday so it wasn't particularly busy at that time....not sure that would have made a difference. We plan on returning in a few months.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I enjoyed my visit to Union Grill. The restaurant was decorated conservative but very nice. The view of the beach and the ocean was great. We had an early dinner and were lucky enough to be there for happy hour with half price oysters. The cocktails were good and my salad with pickled ramps and crab was really tasty. My fiancees kale salad had way too much dressing (just order it on the side next time). I'd definitely visit here again.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

excellent. everything was great! Nice fire to sit by after dinner.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Fabulous meal. Perfectly prepared dishes.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2016

A great place for a casual dinner with wonderful food and ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2016

We were on a short vacation in Maine and found the Union Grill near our motel was highly rated on Trip Advisor. Booking it on Open Table was a breeze and the food was great but the service was even better. I had haddock with a lobster sauce that was delicious and my wife had a great whole lobster. We shared a fantastic blueberry cobbler for dessert. When my wife spilled the remainder of her glass of Proseco our waitress came back with a free bottle to replace it. The prices were much more reasonable than our dining experiences in Portsmouth, NH on the same trip.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Highly recommend! We enjoyed the charcuterie, roasted brussel sprouts and seafood entrees, specifically the halibut. Oysters were excellent.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

We dined at Union Grill while vacationing in York, Maine. There is a wait to go to the Pub but we made reservations for the grill with no problem and no wait.
The menu is very creative.
We ordered 6 oysters that we had never had before. We loved the Brown points and the Bagaduce.
My husband had the salmon with barilouse and fennel. Loved it. And I had the lobster BLT. It was very good but I took the bacon off because it over powered the lobster too much for me. but the bacon was very good.
Service was very good. And the location was very local to the town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful relaxing meal and while we had a nice view of Short Sands I did feel a bit crammed into our space. Heard the entire conversation of nearby diners. Our food was delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 4, 2016

We celebrated July 4th in the Grill and had reserved a window table. The food and service were
very good and the wait staff extremely accommodating considering the busy nite. The
valet service is definitely a plus. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2016

Staying at the Hotel so no more convenient place to eat and it being such a quality places is a double bonus. Best restaurant in York by far.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2016

I love to people watch. This was perfect for watching people all with a fantastic view of the bay. The service and food were incredible. Honestly I could have stayed there all night just sipping my wine. I will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2016

This breakfast is also fab-with wonderful omelletes-beyond any expectation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We went off season (February) and we were very happy with The Union Grill & Pub. The food was wonderful! My husband had the duck and enjoyed every bite! I had the haddock and enjoyed every bite as well. It is small restaurant with a nice view and a fireplace. Be sure to make reservations due to the size. It will not disappoint!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Nice place to go in the off season when everything else is closed up. Very friendly people - a lot of locals

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2015

Service was a bit challenging Food was great First time service was an issue we have been going there for years

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2015

That view! Can't beat that view. Great ambiance, free valet parking, and walking distance to Main St. Try the Lobster BLT! There are two sides - the pub or the grill. The grill is better for a quiet meal, the pub is a more casual place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2015

The food was terific and had a great view as we sat at a window table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2015

We are on vacation every year in York and we wanted to try something new. This something new was not what I was looking for. Very stuffy for a beach environment. Wish I had waited for a seat in the pub next door. 😕

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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2015

Go here all the time and usually LOVE our experience. This time the food was outstanding as usual, the only problem was the service. We sat on the grill side and had the bartender as our waitress. The waitress took a very long time to greet us and had the worst attitude I have ever experienced. I believe after a while she realized we were not happy and decided to change her attitude before the bill game. We will definitely be back in hopes our experience will improve!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2014

Husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal with a great view last Saturday night. Waitress was great - checking on us without being intrusive and the timing of the different courses was perfect. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2014

Overpriced for little, slightly better than average food. Waitstaff weak. No kids menu in an area that is full of families. We would not go back to restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary and even though last minute the presentation, preparation of food and warm welcome were the pinnacle of our day.
Thank you for making it so memorable on such a wonderful occasion!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Food is fresh and well prepared..... Presentations just OK. But it is still a local place, run by locals....can't hit the curve ball or think outside the box. If you stay between the lines the experience should be OK.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2014

We had a very nice dinner at Union Grill. Overlooking the ocean, food nicely done, waitstaff helpful.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2014

Union Bluff Grill was a wonderful dining experience. It was like walking into your a special home with fireplace burning, beautiful ocean view and perfect lighting. The presentation of the plates chosen were outstanding but the food was twice that in flavor. Service was excellent. A very nice evening. I would defintely recommend this restaurant and of course go there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 1, 2014

We went to Union Bluff as a party of 6 and all of us enjoyed our meals! This is my fourth visit to the restaurant and every time my meal was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2013

We were married at this hotel and came back for a holiday/anniversary dinner. The food was wonderful and the chef was great with a few special requests we had. We were there on the early side (around 5:30 pm), but even once it filled up, the service was very prompt. A great way to end a day in the cold, sitting next to the fireplace with a delicious meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2013

Don't make the mistake of going non-seafood here... while the steak is great, as is the pork... you MUST go with the Lobster Ravioli dish. I command you.

P.S. The cookie and caramel puff desserts are remarkable, too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2013

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable; the food and drink recommendations were awesome. I got the salmon which was cooked to perfection and the Ginger Martini was balanced: not too sweet or strong (alcohol-wise and ginger-wise). We were there for lunch the day before on the outdoor patio which looks out on Short Sands Beach, but the server wasn't as engaged; however, the food was still outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2013

Seared Haddock was one of the best dishes we ever had! 5 Stars. Sherry Cream Sauce with Lobster accompaniment was fabulous. Beautiful decor and view. Highly recommended by the Wealthy Waiter!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2013

We love coming as frequently as possible. The atmosphere is warm and friendly; the staff is superb; and the food is memorable. Every effort is seen in the preparation and presentation of our meal and the result is a very satisfied and delighted customer. We take our dear family and friends at every opportunity we can.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 28, 2013

We met friends at the Union Grill and they had never dined there. We see them once a year so we were looking for a quieter setting with good food. It was perfect!!! It was a foggy and cool evening so the fire was lit in the beautiful fieldstone fireplace and the corner table was cozy and quiet.

The food was excellent, everyone loved their meal and the service was terrific. I would highly recommend the Union Grill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2013

Two different restaurants..one is a semi formal style, the other is a pub style...and you cannot order anything off the pub menu in the semi formal side...that was a little weird, so we moved to the pub side because their menu was actually more extensive. (Actually the pub menu has most of the semi formal menu items on it). But the con part of the pub is it can get very loud and messy. But good if you have energetic kids. Pub side service wasn't very good, but food was pretty good for pub fare.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2013

Our waitress was great, and the food was fresh and delicious. The chef was able to accommodate a slight modification to one of the dishes without any fuss. The dining room is small, but cozy. Not necessarily for small children, but the pub side (with a popcorn machine) lends itself to families with small children.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2013

Everything was perfect! The food was amazing and paced for our needs. Went for romantic walk on the beach after.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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