Union

4.8
677 reviews
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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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DM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place in a historic location. Very attentive staff. Some imagination in the menu. We all had fun.

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OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch.

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a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My friends and I were there for the Thanksgiving dinner. The price per head was around $60 for a 3 course meal. The main meal was a 2-star. The food tasted like it was prepared days ago. The pre-meal bread was COLD. It was not good. The appetizers were good (Salad and soup) The desserts were good (tart, moose, and others)

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DL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found ourselves with our family scattered about this Thanksgiving so we took the opportunity, for the first time, to go out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was excellent as was the service. It was not our first time at the Union, which was very enjoyable as always. We were very happy with our choice and for a terrific Thanksgiving dinner experience. Thank you to the Union staff for helping to make it a great day.

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GO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. Great service. Will return for dinner.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant located in the Press Hotel
Service was attentive but not overwhelming
The shrimp special combined an interesting mix of local veggies with grilled shrimp
Only complaint was the $4 charge for some very underwhelming bread

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SR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food- awesome service.
Just a delightful time!!

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NF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious salmon, risotto and fresh peas were enjoyed. Everything was fresh and tasty. And a nice pour on the wine.

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EL
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a small restaurant in the Press Hotel which was perfect after our evening arrival in Portland. the food was delicious- we both ordered the braised lobster dinner- and the service was great.

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RG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The specialty cocktail of Bacon/pickle Bloody Mary was excellent. The Thai chowder tasty, and the omelet was exceptional.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the welcome to the exit- 5 stars all around. Javier, our server, was fantastic. Food recommendations were spot on and accommodating to my lactose intolerant husband. We will definitely be back!

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WC
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Union is our favorite Portland restaurant! The food is always fresh and interesting, they will cater to your specific dietary needs. And the service is superb.

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E
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, locally sourced, fresh foods, creatively prepared here at the Union. Servers were outstanding. We will certainly return.

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RK
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our creative and well-executed dishes. Service was attentive but not overbearing, prices weren't cheap, but seemed fair for the quantity (generous) and quality of the food. Only food disappointment was the apricot betty dessert - too sweet, and not enough apricot content or flavor. We also wondered why the website had an extensive list of shared plates on a separate menu, but there were only a few on the menu we received that evening. One other thing - please put prices on the alcohol list/menu - it's embarrassing to have to ask, but the price does play into my decision to order something.

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AK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inside the gorgeous Press Hotel! Food was delish and the staff was super hospitable. Perfect place for brunch. Would absolutely return!

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. Waitress was extremely knowledgeable.

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DL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The lobster was outstanding! Best I have had, super fresh. Overall, would go to Union again without question.

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New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Union! The menu offers so many amazing choices that it’s hard to pin down just 1! I had the Maine crab pasta appetizer and it was amazing! My husband had Korean spare ribs and it was a delicious messy app! I had fresh halibut and my husband the braised lobster entrees and their freshness and taste was out of this world! We made sure to have dessert- the blueberry cheesecake and this amazing chocolate pudding concoction that I couldn’t get enough of! We can’t wait to go back. Our server was so nice and knowledgeable and funny, she is an asset to Union!

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OT
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

it was a lovely discovery in the Gannet building, the new Hotel.....across from City Hall in Portland....Well decorated and good food and drink.

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HG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. From the moment we stepped in, we felt as though it was a special occasion. We were greeted with, “Happy Anniversary”, given a card signed by the staff and complimentary desserts. The food was phenomenal and exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the freshness of the ingredients used and that the star of each dish showed through. The meals were filling, without being excessive, the waitstaff was friendly considerate and knowledgeable. We would go back again for any special day or just for dinner again! Well worth the trip!

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c
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed my recent visit to Union. It was a business dinner. Our server was the best, gave us enough space to conduct our business but attentive enough to have what we needed.
The food was innovative and yummy.
I would recommend Union.

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S
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a trendy open kitchen motif.

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ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a few days in Portland
Made reservations before we left New York
This was a great choice

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. I flew in from Florida to meet my Portland friends for a reunion. I chose Union from the website description, for the various food choices on the menu (to meet all the different needs/tastes of our group), for the option to make a reservation, for a table large enough for our group, and for the location in the Old Port. Maria was our superb "caretaker" at tableside. At the end of our meal, the Head of Dining came to make sure we enjoyed everything. A resounding "yes" from everyone at our table.

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d
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a terrific breakfast here with two out of town guests. I've been before (mostly to the bar out back), and I love the art in the lobby and downstairs (and not only because I am married to one of the artists!) I am a little hard of hearing so really appreciate it when a restaurant in quiet enough for real conversation, as I always go out for the food but also to enjoy the people I am with. I can't stand noises venues, no matter how terrific the cook. The meal suited my tastes (vegetarian, gluten free, healthy) and my carnivore friends, and the waitress could not have been more lovely.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Portland!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was AMAZING. Super nice and attentive. The meat was delicious.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining almost ng with great service and a friendly kitchen that met all dietary concerns.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here every time we come to Portland. With 2 small children it's nice to see menu options that are of good quality (finally a kids menu that doesn't just have Mac and cheese or chicken fingers). Good size portions and delicious. Service is great as well. Friendly staff.

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KC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We had dinner here before while staying at the Press Hotel during a blizzard and had fond memories of the quality of the food and the kindness and professionalism of the staff. So I chose it for my husband's birthday. The memories we're still valid and the meal was excellent. The server gave us extra wine and free dessert because of the birthday. The only downside was the noise level.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food , the Staff, and the atmosphere are all the best of the BEST!

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MR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the ambiance and the farm to table menu! Service was phenomenal, very attentive yet gave my business partner and I the privacy we were looking for.

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AD
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent farm to table food representing the flavors of Maine.

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N
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the poached lobster with vegetables and hush puppies and it was outstanding!

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Limited menu - a few small plates, a couple salads, a few entrees. Pricey. Great service.

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything about Union is wonderful except the noise level. We could not recall ever having been in a restaurant with more clatter.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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DN
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From roasted goat cheese to smoked tomato soup to four delightful entrées--seared almond, a crab pasta, broiled scallops and pork tenderloin--to a delightful side vegetable of rainbow beets to a decadent deconstructed dessert of blueberry cheesecake; everything was prepared and presented perfectly. Impeccable service without rush or unnecessary interruptions and specialty drinks, as well as the wine selections, proved excellent also. I could find nothing to criticize about our leisurely two hour dinner.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner. The seared tuna and seared goat cheese apps were great. My wife's hanger steak was perfectly cooked, and my pot roast was delicious.

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EG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the kids and everyone loved their meals! 9yr old loved the kids pasta, 6yr old loved his roast chicken, I was in heaven with the lobster dish and crispy brussels sprouts and hubby thought the crab pasta and crispy cod was outstanding. Great service, and beautiful restaurant. A+

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