Union

4.7
1023 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Join us in UNION Restaurant in the heart of Portland's Old Port and located across from Portland's City Hall. Creative and elegant cuisine, Maine products and attention to detail.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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George
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints! Best brunch in Portland, which is really saying something. We usually have the pleasure of dining in Jamie's section, and she's always fantastic. If large, delicious, fairly priced portions of fresh food served in an upscale environment by a great staff are things you enjoy... Get to Union ASAP!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Honestly, I went into union very excited to be there. Their marketing, photos, and website were all beautiful. The staff were all exceptionally nice. That being said, upon dining, I was at a loss. The food that all photographed exceptionally well was beyond bland. If there is a positive, it’s that it felt like clean eating. That being said, there are plenty of herbs that could have been used to still provide clean eating while still providing flavor. Our experience felt very manufactured. The perfect, safe, photo op with what appears to be little to no passion behind the product that goes out. I can honestly say, after spending a full 7 days in Portland, trying a new restaurant for each meal - breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this meal was by far the most disappointing.

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JanW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the kitchen and staff provided an outstanding breakfast in a setting conducive to conversation amid privacy and with attention to our needs.

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vipPepperell
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Easter Sunday. The fresh Campanelle pasta wss over cooked. The fluted (ribboned) edges were separated from the cones of the pasta which detracts from the presentation and was a bit mushy. The crab, truffle oil, lemon and mint were a delicious combination.

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the eggs Benedict! Was just fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Coffee was meh. Service not good. We even heard a man from another table get up and ask the hostess where his waiter was, so it wasn't just us. Food was decent but not worth the price with the lackluster service.

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GabrielK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast. Service was perfect. Friendly and attentive but not overbearing.

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JonM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance, excellent food, a 5-star dining experience

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KeepingItReal
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the local and house-made components of the dishes. Generous portions. Relaxed atmosphere.

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Hanseata
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Union is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. After being fully vaccinated, we ventured to celebrate our wedding anniversary indoors, and Union did not disappoint.
We felt perfectly safe, with distanced seating, high ceilings and masked staff, as well as guests (unless they were eating).
I had a pan-fried sole on a bed of chickpeas with pea tendrils and cipollini, and my husband pasta with Jonah crab. Both were very tasty, as were the side dishes of biscuits, roasted Brussels sprouts and rainbow carrots.
Not having eaten out for more than a year, we overestimated our appetite and portion sizes, so we had leftovers that we took home. As a baker, I especially like the buttery biscuits. And I do hope that at one point the restaurant will put their outstanding popcorn and peanut butter dessert back on the menu that we enjoyed once at a private dinner party.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible. Our waitress was super helpful and so so so nice. We felt incredibly comfortable and welcome the whole time. The atmosphere was cool and relaxed. The food matched the vibe and service. The oysters are easily the freshest and most delicious I’ve ever had. I don’t think any vegetable dish in the world is as good as their Brussel sprouts. 10/10 couldn’t recommend it enough

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BigBoo
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great job with social distancing. Excellent service.
Prices should have been a little less expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was delicious the salmon and scallop dishes were exceptional, and the cocktails were mixed perfectly, great place for a special meal highly recommend Union.

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RobandDebra
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As my star ratings indicate, overall we thought Union was outstanding. I've lived in this town or its environs for 45+ years, and this restaurant (at the old Portland Press Herald building) was a gem -- not presumptuous nor overpriced like so many others in this area have become. Just good service and food in a very comfortable atmosphere.

One quibble, and I hesitate to mention it (but you might take heed), was that I ordered a house margarita, which it turns out is made with Cointreau rather than Triple Sec -- a good thing. I asked for a Grand Marnier floater, not realizing there would already be a premium liquor added to the tequila. Fine, not a problem, as it tasted especially good. However, when the bill arrived I realized that extra shot of liquor cost as much as the drink itself. Not unmanageable, but not an agreeable surprise, either. Oh well.

All in all, a delightful meal, and one which we look forward to having again.

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skahill
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. The service and food was exceptional. Will be back.

JP
vipJillP
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Really great evening.

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AlliT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great brunch! I enjoyed my burger and health smoothie!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Had breakfast with friends, nice but over-priced for what you received for meals. Food was tasty but small portions compared to other places in the area charging the same prices.

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BillB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual! Can’t go wrong here.

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vipErin
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The ambiance and decor at Union is impeccable. Very modern and cool. Our server was also very pleasant. I was very disappointed with the food. I ordered the smoked parsnip soup and the goat cheese arancini. The soup was way too Smokey, and the crispy mushrooms on top were very unappetizing. I couldn’t take more than one bite of the Arancini because it was so greasy. My husband got the chicken dinner, which he didn’t like either. He said it came in a sweet sauce that ruined the dish, and the gnocchi was inedible.

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JaredG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meal at Union. Very nice location with terrific ambiance. The restaurant is located on the first floor beside the lobby of the Press Hotel -- a very unique space with a lot of character. The food was very good. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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GuntherC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place should not be serving food!!
Everything was undercooked and cold.
Service was poor and very unexperienced.
Don't wast your money there are so many other great places in Portland

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DanielE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It didn't really feel any different than before COVID. We had great service, great cocktails and the food was so good. Tables were spaced far apart and the use of the QR Code to access the menu made it safe and easy to view.

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charless
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There are a lot of amazing restaurants in Portland. I would say in comparison, Union was very good, but not exceptional.

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NancyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Our server Abby was great

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AndrewE
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot, very nice atmosphere and good food. The staff was very friendly. All around good experience. Cant go wrong with Union.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service Food and Ambiance!!

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142MEB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has fast become one of our favorites in Portland. Food is excellent, service is wonderful and ambience as great as well. That you for contributing to our lovely Valentine's Day!

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vipSteveF
New England
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice Valentines weekend dinner. The food and service were great!

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MattE
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, have to try the mushroom toast.

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WesT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was excellent.

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Divot
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and had great service from Megan. Plenty of space between diners

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Sassy
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The crab roll was pretty tasteless. The salad was nicely dressed.

My companions thought the Eggs Benedict were NVG.

Coffee was nice. Bloody Mary was pretty hot, and I like hot.

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SueL
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Union! The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. Great wine list too!

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

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PattiC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and we loved the menu. The ambiance was wonderful. We would definitely go again and I highly recommend.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent, service was attentive and the host was more than accommodating for our party. We had the best seat in the house!

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vipGregM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food. Wish menu selection was larger, but still 5-star.

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EricL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rear night out at Union. Fabulous food in a safe beautiful place!

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Cruisegal
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We were greeted by the host who was very welcoming and seated in a socially distant manner. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We were not impressed at all with the food. Dinner was mediocre at best and not a good value for the food we received (spent $70). I had the scallops and my boyfriend had the pasta bolognese and a glass a beer. Neither was flavorful. Not sure I’d come back but If I did, maybe at the bar for a burger.

FAQs

Union offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 808-8700.

Union is rated 4.7 stars by 1023 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.