The Union Canal House

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286 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Owned by Deborah and William Albright for 4 years, the Union Canal House continues to set the standard for fine cuisine, service and hospitality. Since 1751, The rural hideaway has offered tempting food and refreshing drinks. Nestled in the heart of the village of Union Deposit, Hershey, Pa., soldiers from the French, Indian and Revolutionary Wars were the restaurant"s first patrons. The Union Canal House features A verity of daily specials please call ahead to check what specials will be offered . Patrons can enjoy classic entrees such as fresh hand cut steaks made to order, Long Island Duckling, Lobster tails, pan seared scallops, and of course our signature Crab Cakes made with 100% fresh lump crabmeat. Our new menu also includes various salads, mouth watering appetizers and homemade desserts. We also offer an extensive wine list, a wide variety of domestic and imported beer and specialty drinks to compliment your dining experience. Please Call the restaurant to book your event
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HB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner, thanks for being open.

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with a charming environment. This was a perfect romantic dinner for my wife and I.

RC
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back for a 3rd time with friends for dinner. Fabulous food and the ambiance could not be better for quiet conversation. The "Top Shelf Margarita" is enough to make the trip. Highly recommended as a great place to have dinner with friends who appreciate great food and great service.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food - cannot understand why there were not more people there a little pricey but worth it

RC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not visited this restaurant for a number of years. The renovations after the floods in the area have been masterfully done. Our food and service was excellent and the four of us will certainly now make this place a "regular" location in the Hershey area for an excellent meal. If you haven't been here in a while or have never found this restaurant, you owe yourself a trip as soon as possible. From steaks to lobster and much in between, this is a "winner" !

EF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Although the food was very tasty the portions were small and the prices were out of line.

RB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I believe we were the only table there. Very quiet for a Friday night. Food and service were excellent cellent

TR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent dinner. It was a very slow night so we were the only people there, so it was a little too quiet. That said, the food was fantastic and the service was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet, relaxing atmosphere, quality food, fair prices, neat tour of revolution era tunnel in basement

MB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The menu is limited and the food is very highly priced..would not recommended

JM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The service and food were excellent. We enjoyed the basement historical tour as well. Price was a little high but not unreasonable. We will definitely be back and will recommend it to friends.

NC
Poconos
117 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Took the entire family and we enjoyed a casual comfortable evening. The staff is very friendly, they made us feel right at home. Entrees are hearty old style, all were very good! Homemade desserts were even better! Off the beaten path in Hershey, this restaurant is certainly worth a try.

BF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the filet mignon. Very, very tender and juicy. Excellent flavor. As were there on a Thursday evening, it was very quiet, which was nice. The owner gave us a tour of the basement tunnel after dinner and shared the history. Loved our visit. I have already recommended to a local friend who has not been here.

JP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sad place to have to eat. Menu, atmosphere, and experience is stuck in the past. The place was empty and quieter than a funeral home. Although the location is of some historical interest, it doesn't take advantage by creating a period atmosphere nor does it make an effort to appeal to modern tastes. The outside looks like a dive bar and should have warned us off.

LG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food very good just took a while to get it Would recommend as a good place to go

PM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Waiter very friendly and met our needs promptly.

J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Usually we truly enjoy dinner here. The one time we bring friends for a special celebration & it was a horrible experience! The bartender said it was "winter" & I don't know how to make a margarita! He made our lady friend one anyways & it was so bad. Next, we were seated & it took over 15 minutes for a server to attend to us. We waited & waited for our dinners to come for almost an hour & when they were served, the lobsters were dry and rubbery, the chicken parm was so over cooked, they covered it with a ton of cheese! One order wasn't even what was ordered & a server knocked over one of our drinks. Nothing was comped or discounted and all we got were apologies. Very disappointing evening from one of our fav places to go.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was delicious, host and server were great, but something was wonky in the kitchen. We had arrived at 6, ordered at 6:15, and was near 7:30 until the food came out, making us a few minutes late for a show at the Hershey theater. No offer was made for a discount for the late meal. I think this is something that needs looked into. Had the food come out 45 minutes to an hour sooner, this would have been a five star experience across the board.

F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I spent a great Valentine's date night @ the Union Canal House. The service, food, ambiance were very enjoyable. We also had a nice conversation with the owner after our meal.
Don't forget to order the PB pie when you go!

D
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the Union Canal House - waiter was attentive, and the food was great!

W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were not open went all that way and they were closed. Had a party from out of town and looked like a fool.

DB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the entire experience was outstanding. Very historic building and owner even gave us a tour of the basement. Waitress was very friendly and even arranged the tour. Food was fabulous. will go here again when in the area.

PH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall this is the worst place I have been to in years. There was a group of 12 ahead of us but it still took 1 3/4 hours for our entrees. Owner is stand-offish or rude when asked for better service. Entrees were bad, none of the 4 of us ate them.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is normally wonderful but it arrived cold and tasted average. Both the duck and the steak were cold. Disappointed because normally it’s excellent

BH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Steak was fantastic....hidden gem!! I loved the steak and the service was wonderful. More people need to know about this place!!

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out for anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, the service was great, the atmosphere inviting, and we had a tour of the downstairs with the owner. It was a anniversary to remember.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nicely decorated for the Holidays. Food nicely prepared and presented. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been there since it was renovated after Hurricane Irene. They did a commendable job of upgrading the facility yet maintaining what I thought was authentic early 19th century feel. The menu certainly isn't 200 years old. Several selections - including the dessert tray caught my eye. Pretty sure I'll be back much sooner this time.

MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Union Canal House when we were in town staying with family. The service was great, the food was very good, and the ambiance was cozy and quiet. We especially enjoyed the tour of the tunnel in the basement that was used in the 1700s during the French and Indian War as well as in the 1800s as part of the Underground Railroad.

SG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Walked in to the smell of dead fish that have been dead a loooong time. We left and cancelled reservations from car.

NG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The wait staff was friendly. Tried the recommended Delmonico steak. Medium rare ended up being very rare and only luke warm. Wait staff completely forgot appetizer that had been ordered. Food was average but not great. Underground tunnels and history were interesting.

AC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked for a group of three persons by mail but on ariving at the restaurant found the place closed for family reasons. Why not include information on unplanned closures like this in the internet booking procedure?

CO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cancelled within 5 hours of reservation time by facility because of family emergency.
There is no back up plan? I have been going many years and during the recent 1-2 years, service has been questionable.

HB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Not a good night for them. We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation. They were out of pasta, and mashed potatos. Substituted french fries for mashed and didn’t give us an option. The scallops were very good but the didn’t go well with fries. We have eaten there for years when we visit the area. I hope this was just a bad day. Not sure if we will try it again next year.

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

Excellent service & excellent food. Couldn't have planned it any better.

T
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My friend and i really enjoyed our experience at The Union Canal House. The owner greeted us and we enjoyed chatting with her at various times throughout our visit. The apple whiskey sangria was excellent. The scallops wrapped in bacon were very good as were our entrees. My baked potato was a bit over cooked but other than that, everything was great. The owner gave us the tunnel tour and we were very impressed by the historical significance of this location. The food was pricey but for the overall experience, it was worth it.

CV
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant smells so musty it is difficult to enjoy one’s meal. Food was good, but the dank smell is overwhelming.

GT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though most of the crew was out sick (only the chef and 1 waitress along with the physician/owner who really had no clue) we had a great time. We were in no hurry and really enjoyed a very leisurely visit with our friends. The food was wonderful. The building dates from the Revolutionary War, so was very interesting. They did a great job with a less than skeleton crew.

PJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food overall was good. Everyone in our party was happy. My blackened Delmonico was done perfectly and quite tasty. The rest of the sides were so-so. Apps of Mushrooms and Scallops were good. Bit of a musty smell to the place which could have been caused by recently having the basement flooded. Hopefully that well be addressed and go away in time. Biggest issue was the bar selection. It was very limited despite being noted as full service. Wait staff had little knowledge of what they did have. We were the only diners that we saw when we left around 8:30 on a Friday evening which was surprising. All-in-all not a bad experience but will probably not go back as it was a little out of our way and we found nothing overly compelling to bring our group back.

DH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived a little earlier than expected coming from the giant center. The place smells like a old basement, the service was lack luster, food order was put in wrong, our server left and didn’t come back for 20 mins, another server saw what was happening and saved our dinner by stepping into help out. I still tipped but not 15% due to a poor experience here. Our original server was not very concerned and seemed to just carry on like nothing was happening. Smh oh well at least now I know I won’t go back.

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