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Union

4.6
4.6
1229 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. We Keep 30% of our restaurant open for Walk-ins, if you do not see a reservation available please feel free to call or come on in!

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Shellfish

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 808-8700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Rudolph

  • Private party contact

    Sales UNION: (855) 496-0080

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    390 Congress Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stop at front entrance on 390 Congress Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,229 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Great for Brunch

  • Maine

    Hot Spot

  • Maine

    Romantic

  • Maine

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. C

    Catspajama

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at bar with Jordan. Great bartender with a wealth of knowledge and experience
  2. RH

    RichardH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Nice selection of wines and dinner specials.
  3. SF

    SteveF

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Thanks for a delicious meal!
  4. PK

    PeterK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The mushroom toast was really great and different.
  5. MH

    MichelleH

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant. Food was good- was a little disappointed with my pasta dish, but everything else was very good. The brioche side was delicious and the s'mores trifle was to die for.
  6. JS

    JohnS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our second visit to Union and again the food and wait staff were top notch.
  7. J

    Jill

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and service at the bar were amazing! Our bartender was friendly and attentive and made excellent recommendations. The food was delicious and the kitchen split a salad we were sharing for us.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    stunningly simple
  9. JD

    JohnD

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and the food was first rate. The noise level was not too bad. All in all, a very wonderful experience! Will definitely go back for dinner again.
  10. J

    Joj9795

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very rude service. Had one beer at the bar prior to dinner, they refused to service a glass of wine. Felt very misunderstood and not respected. Manager refused to take ownership or provide any resolution.
  11. A

    Angie

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Food was bland.
  12. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the staff was welcoming and friendly. Perfect dining experience for a date night.
  13. M

    Margaret

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great breakfast at Union. The menu is small but we all found something we wanted and everyone loved their meals.
  14. AK

    AliseK

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy breakfast here
  15. M

    Mainer55

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food never disappoints. Everything was prepared perfectly.
  16. J

    Julie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Plenty of distance between tables for safety and privacy. A pleasant atmosphere and decor, although the chairs were a bit uncomfortable after a few hours. We had cocktails, cheeseboard, and two seafood meals, both were fantastic. We didn’t have room for dessert, but enjoyed a coffee and tea after our dinner. In a city with lots of options for a great dinner, this was a bit on the pricey side.
  17. MS

    MarciaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our brunch at Union was a very pleasant experience. The staff was friendly and accommodating - I was meeting friends and we'd come from long distances, so we arrived on the late side and were seated without any problem, and allowed to stay long after brunch was over. It was a real plus to be able to make a reservation - so many brunch spots make you wait, which is not what we wanted to do on a very cold, mid-Covid-surge Sunday afternoon. Social distancing and masking were enforced, but not in a heavy-handed way. The food was excellent. The only drawbacks were that my favorite menu item, red flannel hash (which I've previously found only in Berkeley) was sold out; the mushroom toast was yummy but served with 4 times the amount of bread I normally eat in a day (note to self...); on the other hand, my friend's poached egg was perfect! On a busier day during the high season this might be a completely different scenario, but off-season it's a real find!
  18. SD

    SarahD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We originally had a reservation for 6 people and had to add two more. When we arrived, the hosts accommodated our larger party of 8. The service was excellent and the ambiance is very "trendy". We will definitely come back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute solid restaurant in Portland. Always innovative and always great food and service.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Our staff is what makes UNION so amazing, we are so glad you enjoyed the service and food!

  20. SM

    StephenM

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for brunch. Very accommodating.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for the amazing review! I am so happy we were able to accommodate your needs, its something we strive for everyday!

  21. KA

    KARR

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for joining us on NYE! We hope to see you again.

  22. F

    Foodie

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and the food was spot on!

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022We are thrilled you enjoyed the food, it is something we take great pride in, we hope you join us again!

  23. JN

    JoeN

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious meal over a lovely bottle of wine!!
  24. C

    Credcove1

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not our first time at the Union and won’t be our last. Everything is top notch, Service, professionalism, and the food. Aaahhhh the food is amazing. Don’t miss out on this dining experience. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never disappoints.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for joining us! We are thrilled that you enjoy UNION as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  25. C

    Claire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was awkward. We made a reservation for 2 but were seated at a 4 top right next to the server stand. She was constantly standing right next to us throughout our dinner. Not romantic/private/enjoyable. The 3 course Christmas dinner was not advertised on their website. It was not worth $85/person. My salmon was quite small and the white bean soup with it was flavorless. My boyfriend's sirloin was good & his sides tasty, but still not worth the price. The apple pie dessert looked beautiful but again was lacklustre. I don't really leave negative reviews but I was significantly disappointed with the food for the price we paid. Maybe their regular menu is better.
  26. LS

    LindaS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, but it was our server who made it a great experience.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Linda, the UNION servers are what makes us so great! I am glad that you were able to enjoy their company.

  27. c

    coffeegirl

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall, an excellent meal. We would definitely go back and recommend Union to others. Zoey, our server, was terrific! Very festive decorations and lots of space between tables. Staff all wore masks. Felt very safe. Highly, highly recommend the Brussels Sprouts, the lentil dish and the spicy clam and sausage appetizer. Was a little disappointed in the buttermilk biscuits. We have had them before and they were amazing. They were okay this time, but not piping hot and not amazing. Bottom line - I would definitely plan a meal at Union!

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for your review! We take the safety of our guests and our staff very seriously and have strict cleaning and spacing protocols. I am glad you felt comfortable in our space. Zoey is pretty great too, we are lucky to have her!

  28. HW

    HeinzW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We liked it very much. Service was very friendly, food was good.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

  29. SK

    SKitty

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum! One of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. I ordered the basic breakfast: fresh eggs, fried fingerling potatoes dusted with paprika, delicious smoky bacon, and toasted fresh-baked bread. Beautiful presentation and great service. Love the simple, elegant decor at Union.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for the kind words! We believe fresh ingredients are the key to a delicious meal, so glad you enjoyed one with us!

  30. IS

    IsaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As we walked in, this place felt like just the special treat we were looking for, not having visited Portland in so long. The staff was very welcoming, personal, gracious, and very efficient. The food was beautifully presented and worth every bite --and every penny, though it wasn't too expensive. Union may count on return visits and recommendations to friends from us. Thanks so much for the lovely experience.

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Thank you for choosing UNION! We are thrilled you loved it as much as we do. We look forward to hosting your family and friends in the future!

  31. WW

    WWinn

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner, seated at the bar on a lovely pre-holiday evening. Best charcuterie/cheese plate I've had (with lovely house made mostarda) and pasta with peekytoe crab. Easy walk from our hotel, great food and service. We'll go again!
  32. JO

    JillO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, great service, and pretty tasty food, especially anything with the local honey!

    UnionResponded on January 7, 2022Our Honey really is something. The bees on our rooftop work very hard to provide it for us and we are so lucky!

  33. DW

    DedeW

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I had the corned beef hash for brunch. It was not like any hash I’ve ever had. Made w very large chunks of corned beef and almost whole fingerling potatoes. Very greasy. The corned beef was good but the whole dish was faintly disgusting. The white toast on the side was bizarre. Weird taste - an odd sandwich loaf. Was expecting a crispy slice from an artisan boule or sourdough. Si I asked to replace it w an English muffin. That tasted awful too. Clearly not my day for Union. My waitress and service were great.
  34. LV

    LizV

    New England

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I've been to Union many times, this was probably my 5th or 6th time, but will likely be my last. I've dined at their Ink Well (bar) and the main restaurant. The food tends to spot on and affordable and the ambiance is excellent, but the service can be really sketchy. The Ink Well had a male bartender who was unaccountably rude/hostile, one who seriously once told me that they were too busy to take my food order and a server walking by overheard, stopped, and kindly took our order. A month ago, I dined at Union with a couple friends. My food was outstanding, but my friend's hake was undercooked and unappetizing. They did remake the dish and did a better time the next go around. This last time (yesterday), I had brunch there with a friend. We had a reservation. The main restaurant was not too busy. However, we did not receive our food until close to *45 minutes* after ordering. We arrived hungry and as time went by and our server was MIA, we both grew frustrated. When our food finally arrived by the hostess, I inquired the reason for the delayed service and was informed that they had a special event upstairs that the kitchen was catering. My friend's dish was lukewarm...it was their Red Flannel Hash dish for brunch, served on a skillet cool to the touch upon arrival. I ordered their mushroom toast, which was served with a poached egg with aioli sauce. It was a good dish, but I'm done with Union. Portland is chalked full of outstanding restaurants and this was their third strike for me as a diner (hostile barkeep, undercooked fish, and now unacceptably slow service). I'll pass. Batson River Brewery/Distillery does an outstanding brunch service.
  35. LA

    LaurenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in a bit of a rush as we had tickets to see Magic of Christmas at Merrill Auditorium. Staff was extremely helpful and made sure we were out in time. The food was delicious! Will definitely be eating here again!!
  36. B

    Bizzo

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambience, food and services! Will visit over and over again!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Stopped by for brunch on a Sunday. Had read the consistent highly positive reviews and looked forward to a nicely curated meal. Ordered the spicy chicken sandwich which arrived open faced on a nondescript bun. After assembling the sandwich I bit into a fairly rubbery and tasteless slab of meat rescued only in part by the spicy mayonnaise. The chicken looked/tasted like 2 pieces of a thigh that had been poached/steamed. But it had none of the richness one associated with dark meat. And it most certainly was not a chicken breast unless Union is sourcing horrifically aged chicken breasts (perhaps layers well past their productive years?). All in all a sadly disappointing meal. With hindsight I wish I had taken a photo to buttress this review as I am certain Union will dispute the veracity of my description. When I am next in Portland I will try their dinner menu to see if their brunch offerings are the poor cousins of an otherwise fine restaurant.
  38. C

    Chunk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This upscale comfy restaurant left a great impression on both my husband and I ! Hospitable hosts - that always had smiles on their faces and made you feel special, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, wide wine list. I recommend to everyone! I would like to come back here again and again. Thank you all at the Union for a wonderful experience.
  39. LG

    LucasG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was lovely. Not the best steak, but still had a great time. Great cocktails.
  40. 3

    336rock

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prompt service, ate at the bar, Brussel Sprouts excellent and Salmon well presented and prepared properly Bar tender attentive , good atmosphere

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Union is rated 4.6 stars by 1229 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Union

390 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    390 Congress Street

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Shellfish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stop at front entrance on 390 Congress Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Rudolph

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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