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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4.4based on recent ratings
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JR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Anniversary Lunch! Very friendly staff and outstanding food

MF
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food & service good-very good value

MF
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good-food was well prepared & hot-good experience

J
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter (I cannot remember his name) was really awesome! He was very friendly, and when I wanted to substitute cheeses on my sandwich, he made sure I got exactly what I wanted. He made the experience great!

AR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Autumn, took great care of us. She was knowledgeable about the dishes, made suggestions and checked on us after we got our drinks and food.
Have been several times to the Union Kitchen was was never disappointed!

NF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Arrived early & was seated promptly. Restaurant was busy but not packed. Waited over 10-minutes for waitress to arrive. She let us know immediately she was new. Water arrived about 10-minutes later.
We ordered drinks which arrived however they were not as ordered. The drink was corrected promptly.
Ordered our means which arrived in a decent amount of time. Food was hot and tasted great. We ate our meal and left.
Possible issues were that the waitress was new & she had too many tables to cover.

DG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was very good. I always have trouble choosing because so many things look good. I have never had a bad meal...

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on February 24, 2020

DdddGggg, Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review. We look forward to serving you as your make your way through the different entrees on our menu. We really appreciate your continued patronage. Until next time-Cheers! Beth Jackson

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k
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met five friends, whom I hadn’t seen in way too long, for lunch. We had a great waiter who let it take our time and served us very well throughout the nearly two hour lunch. Everyone enjoyed their meal and our time together catching up.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on February 24, 2020

Katies. Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review. We look forward to serving you and your friends again in the near future. We are so happy you chose The Union Kitchen to celebrate your special reunion with your friends. Until next time-Cheers! Beth Jackson

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E
Houston
176 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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.

The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr)
Responded on February 21, 2020

Edith, Thank you so much for taking the time out to write us a review. We look forward to serving you again in the near future and we will definitely pass the kind words along to Alex. Until next time-Cheers! Beth Jackson

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Waiter was great and loved the meal.

TT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

m
Houston
101 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service..

S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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
7 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 on February 14, 2020

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
37 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 on February 14, 2020

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 on February 14, 2020

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