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Union League Cafe, New Haven, CT

Union League Cafe

4.7
4.7
2398 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Reminiscent of a Paris brasserie it is where old world charm meets the new. Warm and welcoming to New Haven's cafe society, it is located across from Yale University old campus. The restaurant offers menu and ambiance in a casual elegant style. Always using the best ingredients of the moment, Union League Café's food combines French classical traditions with a more contemporary approach to flavors, textures and native ingredients. Local and organic fish, meats, cheeses, produce and rare specialty products from around the world help our chefs create our award-winning cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 562-4299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Guillaume Traversaz

  • Catering

    Please email banquets@unionleaguecafe.com for information. We look forward to planning your next event in one of our private rooms.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate dinner, we look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs. Together these timeless entertaining spaces offer you and your guests a relaxed but elegant ambiance complimented by exquisite service & the refined cuisine.

  • Private party contact

    Robin Vuillermet: (203) 772-2053

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    College Street

  • Parking details

    The parking lot may be entered from Crown Street. Additional parking may be found at the corner of College and Crown Streets (parking garage), or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of Crown and High Street. These are less than a block away from Union League Café and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,398 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SV

    SavannahV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great service, ambience, and the FOOD- wonderful flavors. Thank you!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Took almost 1/2 hour to get our drinks served. Server was not very attentive for the top money you pay there. Ambience is their big plus. Food and service has deteriorated. Nothing special considering. Been going there for many many years on and off. Dana was the server. She needs more training.
  3. MH

    MichaelH

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was perfectly timed, our waiter Armand appearing at just the right moment to take orders, tidy up, offer suggestions, check on our satisfaction. The breast of duck was exquisite - sliced, fork tender and delicious. The halibut was perfect. Endive salad was very fresh with a wonderful house made dressing. A dark chocolate mousse 'cake' melted in the mouth, perfect chocolate flavor with just a bit of sweetness. High end and a bit pricey, the service, food, and ambiance at Union League is a treat.
  4. G

    Greg

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always amazing food, service and ambiance. Consistently exceptional
  5. LB

    LucasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Impeccable service but then I did go at a slow time. Love the souffle
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner. There was a large, very loud party sitting adjacent to us and when we mentioned to the staff that we were unable to converse at our table, they quickly moved us to the other side of the room. The service was impeccable and the staff exceptionally attentive to our needs and comfort. The food was carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Overall, another terrific experience!
  7. KI

    KILLERWINEGUY

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!!!
  8. e

    erinseile

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    An enjoyable evening for a special night out! Be prepared to pay more than other restaurants but the food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was perfect. As senior citizens, it was very nice to order one meal and share it along with our individual appetizers, dessert, coffee, and drinks. All-in-all, it was a memorable restaurant experience to celebrate my 80th birthday. The only drawback was the limited food selections, especially for my husband (not me!). But we compromised and ordered the $60 Filet Mignon with a $2 charge for sharing. We were happy to pay the additional 4% charge for the kitchen staff.
  9. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Only, minor complaint, would be that the lobster entree was too “busy” with ingredients; it might benefit from a bit of simplification. The other dishes I had—octapus and raspberry souffle were splendid. james scott service, as usual, impeccable.
  10. NM

    NorbertoM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is really great! Service so-so, slower than expected. Drinks Ok.
  11. RB

    RayB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    No longer the excellent french ambience, service, host&hostesses
  12. ES

    ElliotS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in New Haven!
  13. JE

    JohnE

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Second time eating here in a month. Food was excellent both times. A little expensive. Service was phenomenal the first time and good the second time. Noise was loud the first time and moderate the second time.
  14. MP

    MaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Union League has it all, great ambience, great food, relaxing environment and top notch staff.
  15. MK

    MichaelKate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire dining experience was a pleasure. You could see the pride that every person who works there has in being a part of this business. Food and service are excellent and no detail was overlooked. We will be back and highly recommend this restaurant to everyone who loves French food.
  16. BJ

    BigJohn

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We ate in the large main dining room. It filled up quickly complete with screaming baby. Not the restaurant’s fault I guess but in the main dining room things are rather exposed creating some what of a cafeteria environment. Waiters rushing around created somewhat of a frenzied environment. A limited selection of tiny cocktails and glasses of wine by the glass. Be prepared to spring for a bottle. Food was good reflecting a level of care in preparation that is substantially about average. Not crazy expensive.

    Union League CafeResponded on November 26, 2022Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Every comment helps us grow as a restaurant to make sure every guest has a great experience. I apologize that we fell short of the expectations you had. We will review with our GM as we thought a selection of 10 seasonal cocktails & 25 by the glass was a good selection - we will certainly work on this offering. Do you have any recommendations? I do hope you give us another chance in the future.

  17. JG

    JoeG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Great meal as always. All dishes were excellent and wine list has large diverse selection. Ambience and meal is great for special occasions. Service is usually spectacular but our waitress had a bit edge which left us almost stunned given it was atypically. I would have given five stars had it not been for service. With that said, the service normally excellent.
  18. K

    Kait

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite we ate was simply perfect! ULC is one-of-a-kind.
  19. TO

    TerryO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely evening. Both our meals were wonderful. Attentive service throughout.

    Union League CafeResponded on November 26, 2022Merci, Terry. We look forwad to serving you again, soon.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Food was not hot, it was lukewarm at best. Food was good but overall overpriced for the quality of service we got. The server didn’t answer our questions about the menu and was just vague and roundabout.
  21. P

    Princess4

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Union League never disappoints! This restaurant is a true gem in the heart of New Haven that manages to capture a European vibe. Food is outstanding! The atmosphere and service are impeccable! My favorite Ct restaurant!

    Union League CafeResponded on November 26, 2022Wow, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! It is our absolute pleasure to serve you; we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Union League Cafe. We hope to see you again, soon.

  22. J

    Jorf

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The drinks were tasty, but weak. I'll hold that against them at ~$15 per cocktail. The French 75 was sort of a different take on a Tom Collins. The duck confit appetizer was probably the highlight of the savory food that we ordered. Well balanced, seasoned, and interesting. A+ The two mains we got were the lamb trio (C-), and a daily special herb crusted halibut (A). The lamb trio: "Grilled marinated lamb tomahawk, house-made merguez crepinette, lamb loin". All three preparations of the lamb were under seasoned. We were disappointed because what they referred to as a "tomahawk" was actually a loin chop. That name typically references a rib chop, which is far more flavorful. The mint was overpowered the mint + cucumber sauce. The chickpea, roasted pepper and onion fricassee was decent, but sort of a one-note component. The herb crusted halibut: "Lentils du Puy, sunchokes, shaved brussels sprouts, pearl onions, crispy pancetta, matelote sauce" The halibut was cooked well, the herb crust was delicious, very good lentils (and I'm not usually one for lentils). The sauce was very well executed. Brussels + sunchokes were appreciated. We also got sides of duck fat fingerling potatoes and a their wild mushrooms. The potatoes were a little under seasoned, both were good. For dessert we got the souffle du jour which was orange liqueur-based (B, maybe B+) and the Feuillantine (B). The souffle was a bit on the eggy side, again sort of one-note. Chocolate sauce with it really amped up the flavor. The Feuillantine was not as expected. The hazlenut praline was completely lost in it, and the chocolate components overly blended into a one-note sort of taste. I expected a variety of textures in such a complex dessert. Despite being a mousse-derived dessert, that texture wasn't really present at all. Noise level was very high in the main dining room. The food was good, but I wouldn't call it outstanding for the three $$$ pricing of the place. Worth a visit once.
  23. AO

    AndersO

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Most horrible experience ever. The service was non existent. The manager derogatory and dismissive. How they stay in business is a mystery.

    Union League CafeResponded on November 13, 2022Dear Sir, I am sorry that we weren't able to meet your expectations as I mentioned to you at your departure. I understand that you didn't enjoy our waitress service and personality although I wish we would have known that fact earlier and would have assigned someone else to attend to your party. We might simply not be the right fit for you. Sincerely, Romain (Owner/General Manager)

  24. B

    Brad125

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. Duck Pâté / Butter Poached Lobster / Gran Manier Soufflé - just phenominal. Service was outstanding. Going back again soon!
  25. EL

    EzraL

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant with superior attention to customers in food, service, presentation and creative menu perfectly executed. From the moment you are greeted to the last course I felt attended to as if I was transported to a setting I had created myself. Historic, elegant, one of a kind setting with an excellent staff and magnificent dishes.
  26. l

    lizzie2022

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We loved Union League Cafe! The oysters were super fresh, my halibut was delish and my friends lobster dish was the best she’s had in years! If I’m in New Haven again I would definitely make another reservation.

    Union League CafeResponded on November 26, 2022Dear Lizzie, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a positive review! I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant, from the food to the service! The New England lobster is a must while you were here. Looking forward to your next visit!

  27. S

    Skip

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it here! Everything was perfect from the warm welcome to the incredible service and attention to detail to the sun exquisite presentation and quality. 2nd time will not be our last!
  28. DP

    DorothyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose Union League for my Birthday dinner as I have had wonderful experiences there in the past. It did not disappoint. It was a truly memorable evening. Everything from appetizers to dessert was exceptional. The service was on point! I was reminded why the Union League Cafe is my very favorite place to dine!
  29. JS

    JosephS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal and our server was absolutely wonderful. Not inexpensive, but well worth it.
  30. LC

    LynneC

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Party of 6 , nice table shared appetizers- mussels very large portion very Large mussels- served too cold and just ok- charcuterie and cheese board tasty. Escargot outstanding. Duck confit great. Waiter attentive.- BUT read more Entrees :nice poached lobster tasty but “ butternut risotto “ was misunderstood- my kids expected a starch risotto so our mistake . tenderloin entrees were under cooked very rare, un-cuttable . We ordered medium. Totally get kitchen misses temping meats. What really ticked us off was the waiter never returned to check if everything was well- so we waited and waited and when he returned we asked to have steaks cooked to our request . He was offended- took the plate turned on his phone flash light and said” it looks medium to me” it was not- both plates were really rare- but it was very inappropriate conduct and wrong to embarrass us. Expensive meal- generous gratuity added. One and done. Plenty of yummy delicious eateries in New Haven!
  31. JJ

    JackieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Union League has a sterling reputation and did not let us down! Ambience was perfect for our rare date night. Food and beverages were divine, and our server was top notch. Totally worth the splurge for this lovely dining experience.
  32. CT

    ColleenT

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service and staff were very good. My steak was tender, but tasteless. It had a drizzle of bordelais sauce. The potatoes, green beans and chocolate souffle were very good. My husband's trout was also good.
  33. KC

    KimC

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Everything was prepared to perfection.
  34. DW

    DarleneW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My escargot appetizer was unique and delicious. The duck was good, but thicker than I would have licked it. The servers were outstanding. The ambiance was excellent. I would like to go back, but would like to see more selections to pick from.
  35. JW

    JimW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our out-of-town guests were very pleased, and we were proud for New Haven. One guest said that it was on a par with the very good New York restaurants. We were very grateful that the restaurant was able to adjust to our fluctuating count of diners (from 10 to 12 to 11 and ultimately down to 9), and to our long wait for the final two members of our party to drive up from LaGuardia. Our waitress (tall, short reddish-blond hair) patiently waited for us to get our act together, and then she served us promptly and graciously. At the end, she and her colleagues tolerated our hanging around until what must have been past closing time. The food was uniformly delicious and presented beautifully. It was the perfect beginning for our informal reunion of old (really old) college roommates!
  36. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck confit was superb as was the smoked salmon appetizers. The truly outstanding entree was the halibut in a crab bisque. Desserts were perfection. Thank you for a wonderful anniversary dinner. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing, which we appreciated. Always a full water glass, to make it a perfect evening.
  37. KR

    KatelinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best, as always. Service, food, ambiance are all 5 starts for me
  38. v

    vincent

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and service. Our server Rene made a great experience even better. Highly recommend
  39. JK

    JenniferK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to ULC for my husbands birthday. They never disappoint ! Everything was fabulous! The staff is top notch, Arthur is so welcoming and Anthony was our waiter, he was very attentive and professional. The food is definitely the best in the area!
  40. WP

    WilliamP

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    2 people thought food was excellent and 2 thought just average. Halibut and pouched lobster excellent, beef short ribs dry and not tender. Mushroom soup terrific. Crème broulee and Soufflé were very good. Beverages very expensive. One visit enough

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Union League Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 562-4299.

Union League Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 2398 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Union League Cafe

1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    College Street

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The parking lot may be entered from Crown Street. Additional parking may be found at the corner of College and Crown Streets (parking garage), or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of Crown and High Street. These are less than a block away from Union League Café and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guillaume Traversaz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 562-4299

  • Catering

    Please email banquets@unionleaguecafe.com for information. We look forward to planning your next event in one of our private rooms.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate dinner, we look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs. Together these timeless entertaining spaces offer you and your guests a relaxed but elegant ambiance complimented by exquisite service & the refined cuisine.

  • Private party contact

    Robin Vuillermet: (203) 772-2053

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