The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)

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402 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Union Kitchen serves Global Cuisine with Southern Hospitality. The Union Kitchen features a unique menu served in a casual atmosphere. Our lunch menu focuses on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. At dinner, steaks, chops, chicken dishes and seafood take center stage. We have a unique hand selected wine list that… complements our cuisine perfectly.
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GeauxTigers
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend had recommended this place to us. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing and our server was very friendly and the right level of attentive. It’s a cute little place. I hadn’t been in the area in a while and I was impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)
Responded on September 4, 2020

Thank you for choosing The Union Kitchen on Ella for your anniversary. We greatly appreciate your 5-star review and look forward to serving you again real soon.

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vipKristinT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Dina was amazing. She had great recommendations and was super friendly. The social distancing and Covid guidelines were great and easy to follow. Nice touch having hand sanitizer on the table! We can’t wait to come back!

The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thanks Kristin and welcome to the neighborhood! We appreciate your review and are looking forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Place was not very well kept, tables were dirty and sticky. Beer I preferred on draft was cool but not cold. Food was actually good but couldn’t get past the dingy place

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vipSlafferty97
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, service, facility and very clean!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time! Our food was great and we had an awesome waiter! It was a great way to start our anniversary!

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was amazing. Would highly recommend

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Delicious
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge menu with all sorts of good stuff. Really hard not to find some crowd pleaser menu items. Great service. Love the outdoor patio.

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vipMissLyss
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union Kitchen is one of the very few restaurants I feel comfortable dining in person for now. Since reopening they have done an impressive job spreading customers out and all staff are in masks. You can’t beat their half price appetizers at happy hour. Love the Brussels sprouts. Their fish and chicken entrees are always tasty. Dynamite Chicken and the Cobb Salad are favorites. Be sure to get the TUK loyalty card and you’ll rack up rewards to use on future dining.

Lots of other great businesses next to it- Body Rock Pilates (awesome small group Reformer classes), Sweet Cup Gelato & Sorbet Originale (delicious, hand crafted flavors) and Ritual Pedispa (excellent mani pedis).

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was good.

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RDMT06
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was pretty empty due to Covid and that they closed in 30 minutes. The booth the hostess tried to seat us at was very dirty. It had obviously not been wiped down. I mentioned that it didnt look clean and no response from her. We walk to another booth and it looked the same, still dirty with bits of food still on the table. We gave up trying to get a booth at this point and just went to a table which was finally clean. This is just unacceptable, especially in a time like this. You are at a limited capacity, it should not be difficult to ensure your tables are clean! Or at least if you try to seat someone there and notice it is dirty, offer to clean it or apologize or something. At least acknowledge it. The food was good and our server was fine as well. Will not be in a rush to come back any time soon.

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vipKenM
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will continue to dine at Union Kitchen because we enjoy the food and have consistently received good service. It may be a few months before our next visit since we were uncomfortably with the majority of other diners not bothering to wear face coverings as they entered the restaurant.

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vipSandpaper
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with excellent food and solid service!

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vipCharlesO
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time back since the beginning of “Stay home stay safe” we were very happy with the way they have set up the restaurant, service and food was great!

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jasonmwilson
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

not a bad experience, just not up to the usual standards. will be back. tonight was just meh.

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TimB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, beverages and service were excellent. TUK Ella is one of our favorite restaurants in Houston.

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ChrisT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent wevice, good food all things considered.

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Tony
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The service was great. I certainly recommend to
anyone needing a break from the past few weeks.

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james
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in my group thought the food taste great.

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vipMissLyss
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience for my best friend’s birthday on the patio. We were seated far away from other guests and staff all had on masks. The basil Paloma is delicious. Brussels sprouts are always a fave. The lobster ravioli on the Mother’s Day special sounds delicious.

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vipKenM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first restaurant to visit after the safer-at-home restrictions were loosened up. TUK followed all the guidelines for staff PPE and social distancing of their available tables. In spite of the limited menu, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and look forward to our next visit.

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vipTinaP
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First lunch in a restaurant since mid-March and all was wonderful, food and service. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Woubderful experience will Come Back

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vipKenM
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Jesse and the rest of the staff always make us feel welcome and not rushed. The food was delicious too!

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BillB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch place!!

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JHub
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My rainbow trout was ok I just expected more flavor. Get the dynamite chicken, it was excellent

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CalL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We eat there all the time. One of are favorite restaurants..

The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you CalLfor the 4 Star Rating and most excellent review, we appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again soon.

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ShannaS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very tasty brunch menu. Quality and value standout. Waitress was very attentive.

The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you ShannaS for the 5 Star Rating and most excellent review, we appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again soon.

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LauraD
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Everyone in our group loved what they ordered. Service was excellent. Will be back soon!

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nicb1227
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We LOVE Union Kitchen, the food is always top notch and plentiful. We prefer this location over the Kingwood location based on the vibe. Plenty of tables for bigger parties, dark booths, bright walls. Very accommodating to my toddler, will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Brussels

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. The service excellent. They put me by the door which was not good. The $19 dollar a bottle of wine was over priced at $70.

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LeeS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a nice Valentines dinner. Our food was served promptly and well prepared

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Warren
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The staff is friendly and efficient. The chief loves salt. We went on Valentines Day and had the Valentines Day Special. The first course was half of a deviled egg. The second course was salad or lobster bisque. The salad was good but the lobster bisque was so salty I could not eat it. That bisque had enough salt in it to give you a heart attack or stroke. The main course was medallions of beef - two small pieces of beef in a really salty sauce piled in the middle of the plate with mashed potatoes and two thin shrimp on top. The deserts were crème brulee and red velvet cheesecake and both were excellent. The service was prompt and efficient except for getting the check handled.

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EKHouston
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

"Wine Down Weds" was great! Order a bottle of wine and get ANY pizza for $5 - perfect to split with a friend. We added side salads for just a few bucks each. Our waiter, Guy, was incredibly patient with a table of 8 women more interested in chatting than ordering. Thanks, Guy!

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vipKenM
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch with tasty food and great service from Jesse. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came for brunch. 8 people - 4 adults and 4 young kids. Server was great. Food was good. Mimosa was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal. My husband had Paul’s Ribeye and I have the reddish special. Both were delicious. Someone came by with a sample of the red bushmill Irish whiskey coffee and it was tasty so we ended up getting dessert and we each got red bushmill Irish coffee with dessert. Nice ambience, could actually have a conversation with my husband over our meal. We will be back.

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vipgingy28
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good service. The background music was loud, though.

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cvsmith44
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had a reservation for Brunch and were seated right away. The side of the restaurant we were seated in is fairly small with booths on one side of the room and tables with a common bench on the other side. We were seated on the bench side. The close proximity of the other tables made it seem very loud as we had no problem hearing the conversation at the adjacent table. It was a bit distracting but certainly didn't ruin the meal.

The service was spotty as our drinks took a while to come out but our meals were delivered rather quickly. Our waitress was very friendly though and all-in-all, she did a very good job. My wife ordered a glass of champagne and our waitress informed us of their Penny glass offering. By purchasing a stemless wine glass to keep, you are able to get it filled for just a penny. This actually saved us a few bucks over buying individual drinks! The Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar offers a number options for customizing your Bloody Mary. In fact, there are almost too many items for the size of the glass.

The food was pretty good and came out exactly as we ordered. We've eaten at the Kingwood location before and the consistency from location to location is exactly as you'd expect. Will definitely be back!

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