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Union

4.5
569 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Shellfish
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Hours of operation
Breakfast : Daily: 7:00am – 10:30pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 808-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Josh Berry
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Catering
In-house catering within all aspects of UNION and The Press Hotel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
390 Congress Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet provided for guests enjoying dinner at UNION.
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Public transit
Bus stop at front entrance on 390 Congress Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 569 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing! Our waiter was so sweet, and the food was absolutely incredible.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Wonderful spring greens, halibut, sunny window. Dining perfection.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very nice!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Union is a treat. Mothers Day dinner was great. I went with my parents and saw families and several mother/(grand)son pairs. Atmosphere is delightful and wait staff attentive, friendly and professional. For starters the Brussels sprouts and beet salad were amazing. Scallops entree absolutely delicious. Rib eye a bit disappointing--not as tender and flavorful as expected, given the other dishes. Chocolate dessert was outstanding, deconstructed cheese cake a bit too modern for my old fashioned father. Bar list is extensive. Many fun details, newspaper clipping doilies and other press related touches. Altogether a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great place for brunch and dinner. Love the food and vibe.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We have eaten at Union many times and love it! On our last visit we had a waitress who definitely needed more experience. We mentioned her in our last review. When we were preparing to leave last Saturday evening our waitress presented us with a dessert box to apologize for our last visit. So thoughtful!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always a treat!! Service and food exceeded our expectations

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We usually thoroughly enjoy dining at the Union. This time we did not like our dinners as much.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great Brunch! Service was great . We both had red flannel hash and it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent service, delicious brunch and convenient location.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My husband and I dined here for our first night away in a year. We researched all the options and chose Union, which was a great decision! The food was fantastic- the service good. Creative and delicious desserts and perfect execution of our meals. The best New we’ve had in a long time!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Really wonderful food, great service with wine pairings.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Very slow service, 50 mins before our entree arrived. The crab pasta was salty, too much pancetta, and almost no crab—I searched hard!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We found the food to be just unique enough---ie an imaginative chef.
Portions were large, more than we really wanted.
Service was very good, attentive but not invasve.
Would highly recommend, and will return.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We ordered most of the appetizers for dinner to share and it did not disappoint
Serve was quick and friendly
Highly recommended for dinner

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

One of the top restaurants in Portland. Creative dishes and top notch service in the heart of the city.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I eat here often. Saturday was excellent as always!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Salmon was over cooked steak was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I had the daily lunch special on Thursday and each item was scumptious! I think this is going to be a new favorite place for me!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My dish was much too salty. I expected some level of salt given the dish ( Cod, clams, sausage), but the broth was just too salty. I couldn't eat the green end of bok choy b/c saturated with excessively salty broth. I think the prices also were a little high. The host/waiters were absolutely delightful!!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I came alone for dinner and the staff made me feel so welcome! The food was exquisite. The homemade bread for the evening was anadama: so delicious with a perfect crust and crumb. The fried goat cheese with crostini and honey roasted garlic was scrumptious. Their crispy Brussels sprouts were unique and addictive (though you may want to ask them to put the aoli on the side as some of the individual sprouts ended up with a bit too much on them). Their green apple brûlée was creative, beautiful and so tasty! Thanks for a wonderful meal. I will definitely return next time I am in Portland.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Location is right across the street from Merrill Auditorium, so perfect for pre theater dinner. Particularly recommend the veggie sides - Brussels Sprout dish excellent. And very good gelato nice for a finish without being heavy to make you sleepy during the show. Don't miss the hotel lobby with its press room motif.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We had dinner here before an event at Merrill. We picked it because of the interesting menu. It started off with Anadama bread which is one of my favorites, so they had my attention right off the bat. In our group we had the scallops, the pot roast and the lamb. We also sampled the oxtail marmalade and shirred egg. It was all amazing. I was impressed by the way the tastes and textures all came together. The sorbet and the semifreddo were delicious. The only slight disappointment- the carrot cake was a little dry. This place is "all that and an bag of chips"!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely modern/rustic restaurant! Wonderful food and fun drink menu.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place, great food and wonderful service!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This Easter Brunch meal was simply MEH at best. I made reservations ahead of time for 2 people and the found that our son could be home for Easter and be with us. Unfortunately Union would not accommodate a third for the reservation so I sent my wife and son for breakfast and I stayed at work.

They had a nice brunch but had expected a more spring and celebratory selection. They both selected eggs benedict, with my wife having hers with lobster. Both dishes were tasty but lacked garnish - it was one strawberry and the eggs. No greens - no nothing. The lobster benedict had an up charge of 12 dollars which was fine, if you could find the lobster. It was a very small claw for the the entire plate.

The bloody mary was uninspiring as well.

We have been to Union many times for dinner and have never been disappointed. With so many places to enjoy brunch in Portland, I am afraid Union should be left for dinner only.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had gone to show at Merrill Auditorium

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

loved my meal the first time, couldn’t wait to go back and have the same meal, sad to say it wasn’t a repeat performance for Union.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

When in Maine - Eat Lobster or as the locals say eat lobsta!
In an omelet or in a bun, with a cat or just for fun!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Both the service and the food were excellent. We sat and talked and never felt rushed even though the restaurant filled up. Their small bites Brussel sprouts were recommended by our waiter and they were a great hit.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was truly fantastic - just the right amount of attention without being overbearing. Both small and large plates were delicious - imaginative, fresh and perfect for sharing. Dessert plate of cookies and sweets was ok, but fell short compared to the other 2 courses.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The menu changes constantly so you can't go by what others ordered. Just get what's best for the day. Seared scallops were outstanding but only got 3. They were medium to large though.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My son and I went to Union for a late night dinner after Trevor Noah at a Merrill Auditorium. So so good! Service was quick and attentive. We had the Brussels sprouts (seriously amazing, and it could have been my whole meal), my son had the salmon (a little small in portion, and unexpectedly curry-based), and I had the pot roast (tender and delicious with very generous portions). For dessert he had the candies and cookies (fine), and I had the pumpkin semifreddo—decadent and yummy. We would definitely go back again!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent food, portions small.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I met up with a girlfriend who was staying at the hotel and we had a fabulous dinner. I am Vegetarian and I enjoyed the Tofu dinner very much. My friend is a very particular eater and she raved about her meal. Ryan was our server and he worked with the chef to make sure our needs were met; he was very thoughtful and solicitous...really wonderful! My husband and I always dine there before our events at the Merrill. We are so grateful that you cater to our Vegetarian tastes and all the staff is warm, welcoming and top notch professionals!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My husband and I were in Portland for a weekend trip from New York City. The food here is amazing and the portion sizes are just right. Very uniques dishes with modern surprises and extremely refined taste combinations. Excellent service and extremely reasonably priced wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Previous trips have always been 5 star. The food was excellent as always, but the service was lacking. The server didn't seem to know the dishes he was delivering, barely said anything to us, and seemed rather uncomfortable. On top of that, the restaurant was about 90% empty and another server or food runner brought out a couple of the courses. That said, we tipped appropriately even though it seemed too much, and will be back, hopefully with a different server.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Had a great brunch before the symphony. Wait staff was wonderful and the brunch menu with specials gave us great choices. We will return again

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A disappointing meal for all 4 of us! We've eaten there numerous times over the past 4-5 years, usually with friends. Usually there are some appealing dishes on the brunch menu, but not so much this time. We ordered 4 different dishes; my spinach and mushroom meal had no flavor; my husband's avocado toast had so much bread it drowned out the other ingredients; the Eggs Benedict had a too-thick bread element; the French Toast was pretty good.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

THE best restaurant north of Boston and a top ten beyond that! Service is outstanding, food is not only artistically presented, it is consistently excellent!

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