The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)

4.6
1517 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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vipDiningfromDallas
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Old facility that’s been modified to house this urban establishment. Had visited the location in West Houston which was much livelier, nicer and well attended. Food is similar at both but the atmosphere here is lacking. Dark, sort of dingy meets half-hearted white tablecloth. Server was young and experienced but tried really hard. The most disappointing part was how cold they kept it (trying to save on electricity?) and the pungent sewer smell that emanated from the restrooms and permeated at least half the restaurant. Was told this was “normal” at this location. Overall the food was good but the experience disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good on outside patio except very noisy. Good that tables were distanced but we were sitting across from each other at our table(not next to each other) and had to lean in to listen & converse. Probably not much they can do about other noisy patrons LOL

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DARRYL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate in the room downstairs that is a step up from the main room and sat in a booth. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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LanceT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Once I was seated outside, I noticed about 5 mins later a family of five were seated in our same area. They received service and attention first. I wasn't greeted or acknowledged by any servers until at least 13 minutes had gone by and that was only because I stopped another server who was helping a different party that wasn't even in my own area. The woman who had been helping the family of five overheard me stop the first server just to get some water and a drink. He finally introduced herself and let me know she's on the way with some waters. Well the waters that she did finally bring had some sort of particles in it and it couldn't have been from any lemons or limes because there weren't any in my water to begin with. She said herself she didn't know what it was and replaced the waters with a new and cleaner/clearer looking water. She finally took the orders at my table and at least a good 15 minutes had gone by before someone brought out food....the wrong food but food. We told them what we had ordered and that this wasn't it. The man who brought the food out looked confused and went back to the kitchen with the plates. Our server came back apologizing saying that some glitch in the system is what caused the orders to become wrong. It was just overall bad service from beginning to end. The woman was polite but she definitely dropped the ball serval times. Especially for a place that wasn't crazy busy!

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vipMarvaF
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I've been a customer for many years. Great food and drinks. Excellent service. The staff is friendly and attentive.

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Julianne
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We were happy with the quality of the food, but bar and food service was very slow.
The place was more than half empty, so no excuse for my having to Ask finally our waiter if he''d forgotten our drinks, after a 15 minute wait.

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JoanS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining is perfect Staff is friendly. Easy parking.

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DebP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with drinks and dessert for a special birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Union Kitchen! Great food, friendly service. This is our go to place for Sunday Brunch!

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MaryR
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service.

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vipBrussels
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious. We sat out side, but there was one large group who was partying and they were extremely loud. They should’ve been placed in their own separate area. The waiter was very attentive but he was slammed and therefore the service was slow. The food was delicious and we enjoyed every bit of it. During the holiday season they needed more help and they need to strategically placed large parties who are partying elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Took at least 30 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. Luckily the food came out quick after we ordered. But it took about an hour before the waiter took our order and it was difficult to catch him.

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vipSandpaper
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

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LauraC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the union kitchen because of previous experiences during the pandemic and have been very pleased with the precautions that are taken, the wait staff, and the ability to sit outside. This past experience was no different and
we will be back.

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vipKathyP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood hot spot! Service always cheerful and efficient. Food is delicious. Robert the GM always welcomes us and makes us feel at home!

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live4god
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Hello,
This restaurant if quite nice however I feel as though the food needs to be more flavorful.

Thanks
shill

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

TUK is always good and consistent. The crab cakes Benedict was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Great variety of food.

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Diane
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful and the service was so friendly and accommodating. We had four different dishes...two chicken, one beef, and one fish, and all were delicious and to top it off our waiter went out of his way to take exceptional care of us. We definitely will be back soon!

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Desi
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

My husband and I took out of town family members to the Memorial location. The manager and hostess gave welcoming greeting when we arrived; which was nice.

This was our 1st time dining at Union Kitchen-Memorial and I must say we were extremely disappointed - - primarily the service (waiter and lengthy food wait). We were seated inside at a window table as requested. However, we waited over 10 minutes before our waiter (Otto) appeared. We don’t use the scan card option and had to ask (him) for virtually everything from the time we arrived to the time we left (i.e. menus, ordering drinks (i.e. 1 bloody Mary, 2 Mimosa’s and 1 glass of Brut champagne), food order, condiments and glasses of water).

After a lengthy wait (again) our drinks finally arrived - - however we had to call Otto back because he brought a glass of Moscato instead of Brut (dry) champagne initially ordered. Also, he brought coffee and none of us ordered it. The restaurant was not busy inside, most guests were dining outside. After another lengthy delay, we were able to get Otto’s attention and place an order for food. The food was very good (i.e. eggs benedict, spinach omelet with crab meat, etc.) when it finally arrived, but the service was very slow. We had to ask for condiments, salt/pepper, glasses of water. In addition, my son got scrambled eggs instead of sunny-side up, with the Union Breakfast and his wife had to ask and wait for syrup for the stack of pancakes which were cold by the time the syrup was delivered.

I don’t know what Otto’s problem was, but he definitely needed more training and he should have enough common sense to ask guests, should he need clarification regarding orders. Although the service was extremely slow, we still left a 20% tip, because we didn’t want to penalize the restaurant or waitstaff, when they are already experiencing difficulties due to Covid. At this point, I don’t know if we will dine there again or not. Very displeased.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great original recipes made with fresh ingredients.
Jeffrey was courteous, attentive and personable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our server Alex was amazing- super attentive and ensured we had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great evening with live music.

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MrTiggar
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time experiencing this restaurant and I must say it nice. The Miller meatloaf and parmesan encrusted flounder was delicious. The purple haze margarita was a nice added touch. Our waitress name Sage...she was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely will recommend and be back on our next visit to Houston so we can take in the live music on the outside seating ...

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vipDianeC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The margarita pizza was magnificent. Staff was very attentive.

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IreneB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful birthday/anniversary meal with friends. Everything was splendid!

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SandyC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, always great service, one of my favorite lunch places.

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AdrienneS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thankfully we can eat on the terrace. Waiter was friendly and provided great service. Food delish.

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vipKathyP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and service has always been consistently wonderful. Service staff has a great attitude and we especially enjoy Sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So the normal location (Washington) was closed. We decided to go ahead and go to this one bc I really wanted the lobster potstickers & they have a pretty decent kids meal steak. We showed up right on time for reservations. There was no hostess upfront and no one attending the bar. We waited for about 10 minutes before someone approached us and I let her know that we had a reservation. We got sat on the patio so at first we did not notice the smell of the restaurant. Right away the meal initially started off on the correct foot because I got my potstickers. They were a little bit cold when they got to our table at not quite as crunchy so I was a little disappointed but all in all still satisfied. When I went to order my meal the seafood De mare I asked if it had noodles in it or if I could add noodles if it did not. I normally get the scallops or shrimp and grits but decided to get something different. It was a huge mistake. The first time the food was brought out to me it was brought out to me with no needles and was very lukewarm. It took about 10 minutes for the waitress to finally come back out to our table and ask how everything is and noticed that I was not eating and I let her know that I did not have my noodles. So she took my plate and said that she would make me an entirely new meal. So about 15 minutes later I got my food and had the noodles in it that were steaming hot but the same seafood that was now cold. I wouldn’t of been as upset about it not being a new plate of food if the manager wouldn’t have said that they would make me a new plate of food. Instead I got cold seafood and hot noodles that weren’t worth it. Noticing that I was irritated and asked to just get it to go box because I was ready to leave the manager came out and brought us the check. When leaving my daughter commented on the strong sewage smell inside which smelled like a grease trap perhaps had not been cleaned recently. . Horrible decision to come here for my birthday dinner.

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MamaGee
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the wait staff excellent. We sat on the patio and the tables were socially distanced.

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vipGoodie
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner with friends on the large outdoor covered patio. Everything was a 19 out of 10

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DennisS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with good choices for appetizers, dinner and dessert.

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JamesO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Union Kitchen is always a great place to go. The food is fantastic and is reasonably priced for such a wonderful place. The servers are knowledgeable and stay in the background. Additionally, they are very Covid conscious. The tables are well spaced and everything is wiped down with disinfectant. I definitely recommend this place.

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SherryD
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating moms birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harris was very great!!!

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vipbarbaraf
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the Chicken scallopini and our waiter was helpful since we needed to substiute some items.

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vipGabiM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was slow, ordered a drink took quit a while to get it, and it was wrong. Took a while to get it changed. Tried to get the servers attention quietly several times with no success. Food was just ok. I would not say it was terrible but will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was very slow at this location.

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The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr) is rated 4.6 stars by 1517 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.