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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P
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We have eaten at the Memorial and the Town Lake locations many times for both lunch and dinner. We have always loved the food. Our visit on Nov. 16, 2019 was dis appointing for two reasons. I had made a reservation days in advance, and for the second year in a row we were seated at the last table in the corner of the Memorial location next to the bathroom! I had even noted on my booking that it was for a birthday. This time my husband asked them to put us at another table for six.
Also, we recommended the cinnamon bread pudding to the entire table based on the bread pudding at the Towne Lake location. There is no comparison between the two. The bread pudding at Towne Lake is light, great flavor like a warm cinnamon roll, while the same desert at Memorial is heavy, packed and cold. No one even ate half of it. It was a big disappointment..... better learn from the Towne Lake location!
We will continue to eat at Union Kitchen but maybe not the Memorial one for @ny special occasions.☹️

L
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business meal and needed a relatively quiet table. They seated me in a great spot and only interrupted when needed. Great food and service. Highly recommend.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeffery is a good person and server.

F
Houston
129 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice menu that has something for everyone Huge portions... enjoyed the asparagus w/crab & shrimp. Had the rib eye & fish special. Both were tasty & we had 1/2 left over for another meal.
Waiter was friendly & did keep our water glasses filled. The kitchen was slow in getting the food out.. but the special request were correct... so that is a plus.

l
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We always feel welcome at this restaurant and are treated like special guests. Sunday brunch favorite spot!

DJ
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a long time customer of The Union Kitchen we found our weekend dinner up to it's usual high standards of tasty food and customer friendly service

J
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The waiter was good but seemed overwhelmed. Drinks took along time. My husband Andi had lobster and shrimp enchiladas, lots of cheese and spinach, but couldn’t find lobster and shrimp in them. Rest of families dinners were very good

DG
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice. The wait staff could’ve been a little bit more attentive. The food quality was good. Everything was tasty and well done. We will be back.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a very nice evening, the service was great!

PT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good especially the Salmon . Our waiter John was terrific .

K
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was fine, but the service was terrible. Our appetizer and main course were delivered about 2 minutes apart. We were going to the theater afterwards but felt we had ample time to order dessert. However, after 20 minutes the dessert still had not arrived so we had to take it to go. Then, to delay us further, the bill was incorrect.

b
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

There is no excuse for bringing burnt fried shrimp to any customer. Where was quality control in the kitchen? When I pointed out the problem to the waitress, she commented that she had wondered about that. Why did she serve it? She got the manager who apologized and offered to take it back. I declined because by that time I had eaten 3 or 4 of less burnt shrimp and had lost my appetite.
Quite honestly I was really surprised when the bill came with no offer of at least a free dessert or no offer of comping the entree. We would have declined both. We commented to the server about our surprise and the manager did take the entree off the final bill. We tried to insist on paying for it. We weren’t looking for free food, just had wanted a good meal.
While not a regular, in the past we have eaten here at least once or twice a month. I’m in no hurry to return

J
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance at this Union Kitchen. The food was delicious, and the service was very good.

L
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is great and many choices. Kid’s menu is excellent. Hi able was is a cold draft but we got it turned off.

MD
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

With your change of menu, items were not available that you have had on the menu since you opened - Borone Fini Pino Grigio wine, and broccoline. Very disappointing! Service less than excellent - we waited at least ten minutes for our waitress to come to our table. Not your usual service.

F
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our second visit to this Union Kitchen location, and overall, we had a much more positive experience the first time than this second time. For one thing, their menu has changed, and they no longer offer my favorite steak (NY Strip). We ordered an appetizer with asparagus, and at least one piece was very fibrous and inedible. The restaurant was quite noisy compared to our previous visit, and we were seated at a table that absolutely everyone who worked at the restaurant or was a customer walked very close to every second that we were there. It was a little disconcerting.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have enjoyed UK each time, however, there was something a little bit different with the preparation and presentation of the food this time that left me in question as how much I enjoyed previous meal/visits more. The menu had a new look...but left off 'all' the sides. The waiter had to review many of choices...to long to share w/customer.
For an nice evening meal...Salmon for instance, it was served on a Terra Cotta, pottery style-southwestern style plate that took away from the food presentation. In the pasta, a nice plate--white in color was used. Maybe for a southwestern dish or Mexican..then ok.
The waiter was pleasant, but a little too joking in comments...although pleasant but just over the top... and had too remind to bring a few items ordered...that someone else returned with. I think my adult drink may have been sitting at the bar..and the ice had melted. Aspargus touch...and along w/ the other side of brussel sprouts...too few. I loved UK in past and will give it another try...looking for what I enjoy in the 'past' before this visit.

KJ
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service. Nice selection on the menu.

M
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! We will definitely be back often!

CP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have eaten at numerous locations and this was my first time at Memorial.
Food never disappoints.
Our service started out very well but slow in the end with drink refills and tab.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food and service was fair and inconsistent since my last visit about one month previous. Previously, food was excellent and service was very good on a Saturday night. Today, Sunday evening was a turn towards the negative. Perhaps change in staff made the difference.

MS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch place. They have a great food selection and nice atmosphere.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good except Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad was greasy.

MJ
Houston
183 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chopped salad is very good

BS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure eating at The Union Kitchen. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, always a treat.

SP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere, fast service and staff. The manager welcome us with a laugh and his dancing. It was a wonderful night with our friends. I would come back here anytime.

L
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service, unfriendly hostess. I food was good and the waitress did an excellent job recommending dishes.

H
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good and always return. you can count on them for great fo8d and service.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal. The avocado crab was very nice and the cod sandwich and shrimp salad were both cooked perfectly. Thank you for being such a versatile quality establishment.

m
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good restaurant American Food, good service and good value

A
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have been to this Union Kitchen before, and it was better then. While the quality of the food was about the same this time, and the attentiveness of the server was good, apparently the kitchen staff was much poorly organized and trained. They brought incorrect dishes to the table, brought entree’s mere minutes after serving appetizers and salads, etc. Not really sure what the root cause was. It was early in the evening prior to peak occupancy. We will give it another chance in October.

H
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn’t been there in a few years. Our server was wonderful and gave us some suggestions to try. We went on a Groupon so the value was awesome. Food was just as good as I remember!

H
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was fantastic. don't know his name, a young man serving in the back room. he came by often, refilled glasses, smiled and had the best disposition. everyone loved their food, pork chop. stuffed pork chop. the meat loaf I ordered looked great but was so bland. it needed something more than the attractive plating and blah gravy. like peppercorn sauce. I ate 3 bites. first time in last decade there got something tasteless. my experience there is always great and thank you for giving our party of 5 a round top. I have another reservation for lunch Oct 5 to celebrate a birthday. thanks for our overall pleasant experience.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loud din only drawback if business type of lunch

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet being a Monday evening. The food was great. Everything be enjoyed their meals. The only potential negative was that they were out of a few entrees but it didn’t really impact our choices for dinner.

E
Houston
171 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to restaurants, consistently good set and conform food. Our server was excellent

AP
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoy the ambiance at Union Kitchen. The staff is amazing! We have never had a bad server and all of the employees seem to enjoy their job. Of course, the food is very good! Their mini corn breads with the flavored butter are amazing! We mostly go for brunch but have been there once for dinner. Love the place!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heidi, capably assisted by other UK staff, was an AMAZING server. She provided our family an exquisite birthday experience we’ll always cherish!

S
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, staff and atmosphere! HIghly recommend!

D
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. I highly recommend the Diver Scallop's. Great evening.