The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Union Kitchen features a unique menu served in a casual atmosphere. Our lunch menu focuses on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. At dinner, steaks, chops, chicken dishes and seafood take center stage. We have a unique hand selected wine list that… complements our cuisine perfectly.
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E
Houston
176 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I requested a round table for the 6 ladies and we were seated in a round table for 6. Perfect evening, excellent dishes. Our wait staff was Alex, he was friendly, attentive and helpful.

DB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Waiter was great and loved the meal.

TT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

10:15 Sunday. Only three tables with people. Lots of Waiters standing around in bar, outside and not attending to table. Waited 10 minutes before anyone came for service. Got coffee and ordered. No coffee refill or complimentary muffins. Ten minutes later, requested these of a waiter passing by. Waited for food 20-25 minutes. This was just a Belgian waffle and a side of bacon and sausage. Nothing complicated.
Waffle was barely warm. Had to request butter, which was bricks of cold butter- unable to use on the now cold waffle.
Overall an unpleasantness brunch experience.

KJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is amazing. So so good. The service was eh. We’ve been there once before and had way better service the first time. This time the waiter kept disappearing for long periods of time and we kept having to flag him down. They were not busy at all so I’m not sure what the deal was. Overall it was good but next till I’m request Alex. He was our server the first time and was AWESOME!

JB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

m
Houston
98 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We loved it. I think this was a first visit for all of us. We were greeted promptly and enjoyed a glass of wine before our whole party arrived. We were seated on time, excellent service and food. The price fix menu was good and we could order off the regular menu as well. The lobster bisque, I’m told, was unique and a bit unexpected. All the other things we ate were wonderful.

SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Extremely busy for Valentines.

Service was very good, however the kitchen seemed not quite up to the task.

The initial starter of a “Valentine’s special was less than impressive and the second course of lobster bisque was definitely short on sort of lobster taste/content or any endearing richness that had one savouring a spoonful. The very small serving cup was let 2/3 full.

The surf and turf main course of filet was perfectly delivered at medium rare. Very tender and tasty.

My wife ordered medium rare ahi that came out medium well and thus was a disappointment - rather than wait she endured.

Final desert was excellent.

So overall it was a 50/50 experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service..

S
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met a friend for lunch. Selections were good; grilled fish tacos was the special 2 of us selected. Salads were fresh. Only issue is the tables are too close together so kept getting bumped by staff and patrons. And the noise levels are very high.

JE
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with friends we hadn’t seen for 2 years .... it was fantastic!!

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HARRISON WAS AMAZING AND KNOWLEDGEABLE... and had a great personality loved the pizza

F
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and easy to get to! Always consistent and glad to see us !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food took a long time to come out. This is the second time we have been there when the kitchen has been slow. Service was ok, quality of food excellent

SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lobster potstickers were delicious!! The muffins and butter was great. I enjoyed my spinach omelet with fruit.

LT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Brunch. Local favorite

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded 7 days ago

Larry Thank you so much for taking time out to write us a review. We look forward to serving you again soon and wish you a very happy Valentine's Day! Beth Jackson

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n
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a table of 4 for friends that had not seen each other in 30 years. As you would expect, we held our table much longer than we should have and the servers could not have been nicer. Food was good, noise level quiet enough for a conversation. Thank you!

G
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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I was not pleased with my dining experience. Unlike previous visits which we enjoyed, I was disappointed this time. Even more so since we were celebrating three birthdays that evening.

The service was extremely slow. It seemed to take forever to receive our drink orders and to place any meal orders. Plus, my first two wine bottle selections were not in stock. The first recommended wine was not good either. It was the first time I have ever not accepted a bottle of wine. We had to ask for water refills, and again, it was a long wait to get the refills.

We were seated on the patio and much to our surprise, and displeasure, people were smoking. Cigarette smoke is not what we wanted to smell during our dinner.

After this last experience, I am not sure I would want to dine there again.

ME
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Front reception desk was overwhelmed at 12:45!
I had a reservation and 3 staff persons seemed as if they could not seat guests.
Food and waiter were-excellent.
Had to ask waiter for brunch menu which we did not receive with the regular menu.
Perhaps they need better organization

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded 7 days ago

Mary I will definitely address the issues that you experienced with our host staff and put corrective measures in place. We are very pleased to see that you enjoyed the food and service once seated at the table. We look forward to serving you in the near future and wish you a very happy Valentine's Day. Beth Jackson

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EA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Service was subpar, food was even worse. Lacked flavor and not at all worth the prices they are charging. Restaurant is SO loud that you can’t hold a normal conversation, you have to yell to be heard. Especially when a server drops an entire tray of wine glasses directly next to your table and glass shatters everywhere. Would not recommend.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded 7 days ago

EAH34 I am so sorry to hear about your recent experience at The Union Kitchen. If possible do you remember the name of your server and what you had for your entree? We will be using this as a coaching opportunity for both front of house and back of house staff. We would love to send something out to entice you to return. If you could provide me with your physical address we will get something out in the mail for you tomorrow. Again-so sorry about your substandard experience. Beth Jackson

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HW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was pleasant and accommodating. Food was hot and tasty. My second time being there and I will definitely come back. Members of my party of eight enjoyed their food also. Will definitely tell friends and neighbors!!

CA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our waiter knew the menu items and specials, suggested a great cocktail (it was brunch so we had mimosas). Just wonderful. I had the Colorado Omelet, lots of heat. Awesome!

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 28, 2020

Chris Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us a review. I will bring this to our Chef's attention as this will make his day. Do you happen to remember who your server was? We like to recognize those who provide a five star experience for our guests. Thanks again for choosing The Union Kitchen and we look forward to serving you again soon. Beth Jackson

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JD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Four people. Two of the entrees were okay (buttermilk fried chicken salad, fried fish - slaw not good, looked wilted). Two of the entrees were not good at all (lobster quesadillas - no taste, tortilla not good, home made potato chips are not good), four cheese ravioli (tasted like Campbell's tomato soup out of a can, such a small amount of crab , why bother).

The drinks were better than the dinner.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 25, 2020

John I am so sorry to hear about your lackluster experience at The Union Kitchen. I will be sharing this information with our Chef as well as our back of house staff. We pride ourselves on serving fresh and delicious dishes, we obviously fell short of our goal during your visit. If you could provide me with your physical address I would love to get something out in the mail for you. We know how many choices you have when you dine out and certainly don't want to lose you patronage. Beth Jackson

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BK
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place for lunch especially....great menu choices.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 23, 2020

Barbara Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us a review. We look forward to serving you again in the near future and hope you are having a great start to the new year. Best, Beth Jackson

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DK
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for weekday lunch. Menu has changed substantially since my last visit (almost a year ago), and they no longer have the Asian Salad, so that was a bummer. First 3-4 menu pages are wines and drinks.

Had the special -- Caesar salad with popcorn shrimp, and it was plenty good, along with their lentil soup. Lunch partner had the Doris salad with Tomato bisque, both were good, though the blueberry vinaigrette was pretty intense. Great service (Devin). We'll be back.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 23, 2020

DKevinB Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us a review. The next time you are in we will be more than happy to recreate the Asian salad for you. We have a few guests who come in on a regular basis and we recreate certain off menu items. I frequently tell our patrons 'we built the restaurant for you!' When we are able to we accommodate any request that is in our power. I will pass on the kind words regarding the service level to Devon-thanks again! Cheers Beth Jackson

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AO
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was very attentive. Food was very good

MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Outdoor Patio

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 23, 2020

Matt & MK Thank you so much for taking time out to give us a review. We hope your new year is going great and we look forward to serving you again in the near future. Beth Jackson

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm definitely not a fan of raw fish but I was trying to impress my gf on her birthday. We decided on the Lolo Hawaiian Tostada and it was fantastic.

I order the fish special of the day and gf ordered Pete's Filet. Both were fabulous. I had to order a side dish of hush puppies.

We love the chocolate birthday cake along with a candle and all.

Waiter was friendly as well as all the staff.

I think I made a great birthday dinner choice. GF was pleased and we will definitely go back.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 16, 2020

Carl Thank you so much for taking time out to give us a review. We are so happy to have been part of your special day with your special girl. We look forward to serving you again in the near future and wish you a very happy new year! Beth Jackson

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lobster potsticker appetizer was outstanding! Peppercorn tuna wasn’t great-no flavor, fettuccini Alfredo was very bland, drinks were great, dessert was great. Overall good place for a casual night out but there are definitely better restaurants.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 16, 2020

Anonymous, Thanks so much for taking time out to give us a review. I will definitely pass along this information to my Chef and he will ensure the peppercorn tuna recipe spec is being followed. We look forward to serving you again in the near future and are wishing you a very happy new year! Beth Jackson

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to meet friends for lunch, which I do!

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 9, 2020

Mary, Thanks so much for taking the time out to give us a review. We are so happy you have found a luncheon destination at The Union Kitchen and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Wishing you the very best in 2020! Beth Jackson

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TC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food mediocre. Overcooked. Served out if sequence. Waiter arrogant and forgetful. This was not our first time. May be the last.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 9, 2020

Tom I am so sorry to hear about your recent experience at The Union Kitchen. Could you possibly tell me the name of the server who took care of you? We will be using this as a coaching tool for our front of house staff. We also include our Chef in any and all feedback we receive from our patrons. We would love the opportunity to make this right with you. If you could please give me your physical mailing address I will get something out in the mail for you today. Beth Jackson

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k
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening dinner with family - service was very attentive, particularly with our three little ones!

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on January 9, 2020

Katy Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us a review. We hope to be your go to destination for all of your family dinners. I am so happy to hear your little ones were well attended to. After all we hope they are bringing their children in here one day. Have a great new year! Beth Jackson

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A
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience, we had an outstanding server
Thanks Jeffrey for your kindness and your smile and great attitude

NL
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to come here. Good food. Good service. A little noisy that night, but otherwise everything was great as usual.

MF
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was served hot and was very good-service good-somewhat noisy

D
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Had the steak special of the day. It was all fat and gristle, not up to the standards we are used to at union kitchen. Not edible. Terrible meat quality.
Rest of evening itself was great, service, ambiance, etc....but several of us had this meal selection and none of us ate even one half of it. Buy better ribeyes or don’t serve them is my suggestion.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve lunch! Was a great experience and the atmosphere was amazing!

MM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hector is awesome! Great server!! Food is always perfect.

NK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience. I have a severe food allergy and mentioned it to the server. Next thing I know, the manager comes out and tells me how the chef is aware and nothing will be cross contaminated. I have never had this happen before, and it meant the world. Everything else was perfect. We met friends and their kids for lunch. The servers were so attentive to make sure that everyone was taken care of. And the food...the food...I’m still thinking of that goat cheese polenta, which was part of the special.

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was relatively good. The food was average to good. My ribeye was not seasoned well. My guest’s meals were reportedly good. The wine was good and economical. However we could not have any deserts because they ran out!!

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on December 21, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about your recent experience at The Union Kitchen. We will use this as a coaching moment for both our Chef and kitchen staff. We would love to send you out something in the mail to entire you to return. If you could please provide me with your mailing address we will make that happen. Thank you so much for your feedback and we hope we have the opportunity to make this right with you. Beth Jackson

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BF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is always great here. But the service this time was very slow. Maybe the time of year.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on December 21, 2019

Billie, I am so sorry to hear about your recent experience at The Union Kitchen. We pride ourselves on great food and great service and we obviously fell short of our standards during your visit. We will be discussing this with our staff and the importance of prompt service. I would love to send you something out in the mail if you could please provide me with your physical mailing address. Thank you very much for the feedback and we hope we have the opportunity to make this right with you. Beth

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