Union Café - Mount Merrion

3.7
46 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Modern European
Our restaurant is a bright and airy, designed dining space lying at the very heart of Mount Merrion. It is a local gathering place for family and friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Our Head Chef, Darren Matthews, has created an innovative menu that brings together old world flavours and contemporary international cuisines.
Each and every plate is packed with fresh, honest, tasty food, created with the very best Irish produce.
Try one of our juicy homemade burgers, wood fired pizzas, fresh pastas, fish specials and much more.
We’re open seven days a week, serving hearty and healthy breakfasts from nine in the morning and in the evening, we offer a beautifully crafted dinner menu until ten. Enjoy a great lunch Monday through Friday, and at the weekend come and relax in our comfortable new booths to enjoy a fresh cooked brunch and crafted cocktails or a bottle of wine with family and friends.
What 46 People Are Saying
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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Menu- basic
Service -under staffed and waiter was rude

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

- Host could not find our confirmed “open table” reservation.
- the dining area was in semi darkness (lights were on but on fade)
- plenty of staff around the place but an air of general disorganisation
- cappuccino very poorly made (no froth, it was like a latte)
- server was quite impatient with children.
- simple enough food order took an age to arrive and then there was a five minute delay between the first plate and last plate being served.
- server refused a nine year old’s request for a small caesar salad , when mother explained the child had had the caesar here before and the portion was way too big, the server replied the salad cannot be made smaller! (An enormous Caesar salad was served and half was wasted)
- all toast on every brunch dish was cold
- plates were cold
- poached eggs were on the cold side warm
- avocado was deeply chilled
- the avocado did not taste fresh
- I wasn’t asked if was enjoying my brunch
- on the positive side the location is terrific and despite the service delays and the poor food quality we all enjoyed each other’s company.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Meetup reunion of old school gang from around the world

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C
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Family brunch was a poor experience. Food of 2 eggs Benedict, 1 royale, 1 pancakes, plus full Irish. Barely warm plus the rashers were fatty scraps, no back bacon. Totally overpriced and could not stay longer than required to eat and get out.

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SC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Really nice place but I booked well in advance for a table for lunch and we were sat by the main entrance and it was freezing every time the door opened which was annoying in the middle of winter. We all kept our coats on and to be honest it made us want to leave ASAP 😕. Great service, food and friendly staff though so it was just the cold aspect annoyed us.

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A
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was twins birthday and staff were nice, no special effort made but we had a nice meal and nice service.

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T
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Menu a bit limited and very "eggy". Ambiance and decor overshaddow mediocre food. Lovely and spacious. Friendly staff.

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J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed dining experience. Prompt friendly service. Good wholesome food- not overly pretentious but very nice tasty meals.
Casual and it’s a feel good experience.

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KF
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our service was horrendous.
There was a party in the function room upstairs that was painfully loud.
The food was ok

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YK
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The restaurant wasn't busy, which left the atmosphere a little awkward.
Service was good, our server being a lovely pleasant girl.
Food was just fair. Pasta with fish a little tasteless and whether I consider it value for money, no!!
All in all, the experience wouldn't have me running back. Sorry!!

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MF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for a cosy Sunday brunch with friends. The food is tasty and very reasonably priced. Servers are really friendly and attended to us really quickly when we wanted to order another round of coffees or cocktails. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with a mix of groups, couples, and young families.

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D
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered the BBQ beef sandwich. Beef was so chewy I couldn't even bite through it. Left it on the plate & informed staff when they cleared up. No comment. No discount. Food not that good value in any case. Would be hesitant about going back.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service keeps me coming back. Extremely attentive and aware. Never waiting long for someone to come over and take an order or check in. Pancakes are amazing too!

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CM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I have been to union cafe a number of times and always found the food lovely. It was really disappointing on Sunday. We had invited friends for lunch and a few of us were not satisfied. The goats cheese salad was particularly poor...iceberg lettuce cold baby corn and crumbled goats cheese on top.

It's a first so hopefully it was just a bad day!!

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing experience.
1 Our table was near the main door and we were frozen by a stiff breeze every time it opened.
2 We were staggered to hear there were no hamburgers available on the menu! No specials, or seafood we could understand, but running out of hamburgers on a Friday night is incredible.
3 The service was very slow.
4 The bill of €55 per head, even including the "gesture" of free coffees was expensive.
Even though the Union Cafe is located conveniently to where I live, I won't be rushing back and I will be telling others of our bad experience.

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D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I came here with my brother and his family who live in Dubai. We had excellent, friendly service, very good food. Great kids menu and had a lovely night.

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UH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Disappointed. No decent gluten free options on the brunch menu. Asked for gluten free bread with salmon and poached egg which arrived on cold bread with no spread. Staff seemed to be unfamiliar with suitable gluten free foods thinking egg, milk and butter needed to be avoided also.
Its a pity as was such a nice location, friendly staff and will a little imagination for providing a few coeliac options would be a good place for people requiring a gluten free diet for medical reasons

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GB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service amateur and slow.
Food mixed, the beef stew and mash was very good, but could have been hotter.
The hake was perfectly cooked, but the chips were awful. They appeared to be the seivings of a chip factory (mainly small end bits) which were then overcooked in oil that was none too fresh.
We would add that the staff were pleasant if, inexperienced and needed experienced management.
Overall ambience reasonable.
But hard to recommend.

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D
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely, we were table of 6 with 3 children and enjoyed our Sunday brunch a lot. Kids had pancakes and French toast, nice choice to suit variety of tastes. Service was very good, friendly greeting at door and shown to table very quickly.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Had been for breakfast/brunch many times and enjoyed it but dinner was a disaster. The burgers were badly over cooked, chips underdone and the spaghetti dish tasted terrible and wasn’t as advertised. The staff were very attentive and really apologetic but the quality of food let them down

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L
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch in Union Cafe. We went for lunch but they don't seem to really have a proper lunch menu with only 2 sandwich options which is a shame so we ended up getting the chicken burger.

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KS
Dublin
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cafe with good service and tasty food! Really enjoyed brunch here! Loads of parking too.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious (had a gorgeous Caesar salad), was lovely to be able to sit outside. Staff were lovely and friendly (but a tad forgetful when it came to our beverage order). Would definitely go back again!

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BC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had lunch on Sunday with father and family. Dad in wheelchair and has level of dementia . he enjoyed it but the wait for food was quite long.
Our toddler pasta had arrived and been eaten before our food arrived. Dad didn't understand the delay and it was quite long.
Food was lovely but ordered Rosemary fries which arrived as normal fries.

Our server was lovely but possibly too busy,. She took my plate as i took last bit of food but both husband and dad were still eating. They finished and it was a good 15 mins before someone cleared their plates and brought desert menus. She seemed to be pulled in all directions .
In general lovely lunch .

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E
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Lovely spot for coffee but dinner was way overpriced. Service was good but food not up to standard for the prices and wouldn’t return.

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here for dinner but Brunch is a highlight for myself and my friends. Great setting, fab staff, amazing food, lots of parking. Everything is great. Last time I was here the waitress overheard us talk about how it was my friends birthday and she brought her out ice cream. Amazing.

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LO
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Pleasant ambience, but inside too dark for daytime. Rather ‘speak-easy’ style. Service good. Food v disappointing for all 3of us. Soggy chips & too many on plate. Too much boring little gem lettuce on Caesar salad, with only bacon, no croutons or Parmesan. Chicken tough. I was hungry & ate mine except for some really unappetizing chips. Prices way up there with Avoca’s without the cachet, a poor imitation. ( we are v familiar with avoca & other nice casual eateries). Only playing distant catch-up. Staff unexpectedly concerned, willing to listen, make amends: plaudits there! Outdoor area nice, casual. Would drop in for coffee, but not for food.

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DO
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable visit to the Union Cafe as a treat for Mum on Mother’s Day. Good food from a varied Brunch menu, very friendly service and great value. Will certainly be back and have already recommended to friends

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A
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family brunch here in March 2018. Great service, good atmosphere and excellent food with quality ingredients. Staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help with a special request. Would highly recommend.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were given a lovely round table in an alcove that was perfect for our group! Thank you x

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AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely food and desert was divine. Super helpful friendly staff, looking forward to a return visit.

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MM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great food was good but the portions are enormous. Unless you’re super hungry the size of the salad was a little off putting

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CL
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, great atmosphere, family friendly & super tasty food. Also side note great location beside Deer Park for a walk

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AS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely atmosphere, great staff very friendly - food was excellent and great value

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V
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This meal was at best OK. The seafood pasta was molten hot and overcooked. The chilli burger was ok but the avodaco burger was quite thin and overcooked. The price of €75 for two people with a bottle of wine per couple was not good value. I have spent more in other establishments and felt I got better value.

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CM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value for money. Great brunch options. Good coeliac options.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely big open space with nice mix of alcoves and table sizes. Staff were the stand out - so happy, positive and genuinely interested in helping you.

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CM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch options. Really enjoyed our meal. Our guests were extremely impressed.

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D
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice atmosphere and decor. Decent brunch menu but could add few more options. We were 6 adults and 3 kids, the kids food arrived a long time before ours did so not ideal. Service was good and friendly. Busy cafe, particularly at the weekends, we booked ahead and got a good table.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

lovely working lunch - one colleague who was pregnant wanted burger cooked a little bit more no issues at all apologies and a lovely fresh meal 5 minutes later

v impressed

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