Union Bar & Grill

3.9
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370 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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**Please note, reservations made for Union Bar & Grill are NOT for the Rooftop Restaurant. For Rooftop reservations, please visit UNION Rooftop through Opentable** Union Bar & Grill located on the first floor of Union Restaurant features top quality American fare and a variety of bar snacks, burgers, sandwiches, tons of TV's, and a vibrant environment!

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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.6
ambience
3.6
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CrystenR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with a nice view. We had the lobster mac and the short ribs - would definitely recommend both.

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ScottyB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Met some friends at the Union before a concert at 1st. Ave. Food was great and service is good. I recommend it for a meetup before a show or any other time.

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Guess
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lunch menu not available until 3 PM. We were doing lunch before our Event. What a surprise. This is not indicated on their website. However the Breakfast items were very good.

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Dustin
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Called and canceled our reservations 2 weeks after they were made due a a private party

Union Bar & Grill
Responded on January 27, 2020

Hi Dustin, I wanted to personally reach out and apologize for canceling your reservation. Please know we take comments like yours to heart and will be sharing this with our management team and chef. I’m truly sorry you were disappointed! Will you please email me at your earliest convenience so I can personally help resolve the issue for you? Thank you, Kylie

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DinerDsdish
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Marie, was amazing! She was attentive and engaged with us about some of her favorites and really helped us pick our meal for the night. She made the experience that much better. The food was great with a mix of apps and shared dinners, we enjoyed every last bite!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Rowdy crowd food and service ok

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Our server didn’t interact with us much. But the way the restaurant was set up I could see him at all times. It wasn’t like he was busy as we were his only table. But he spent more time chatting with his coworkers than checking to make sure we were ok.
The food was really good and the hostess warned us that the place would get lively due to an event they had going on. I appreciated the warning and didn’t mind the extra noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The burger order was mixed up—asked for gluten free bun and no cheese. Got cheese and no bun. The chicken strips were a bit dry. But the shrimp stir fry was outstanding. The other dishes were tasty. The service and experience were very good. We would come back.

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vipChefIron
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Last time we will go to Union. We first went years ago when they first opened. Amazing drinks and nice food and it has never lived up to its original quality. Favorite drinks are off the menu and the seating this time around was a similar experience to sitting in our unfinished basement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We primarily ordered fried food because we were in a hurry, which was fine. Biggest issue is that the space is dreary, cold, and run down looking. There is no reason why this space can’t be updated to be warmer looking and literally... warmer (the revolving door lets a ton of cold air in and there’s nothing to block it.

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becsue
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Due to traffic and snow we were late but they accommodated us at the bar. Very noisy due to holiday crowd. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour menu and prices.

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AliciaL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was over cooked and expensive It doesn’t really have the atmosphere you would expect

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Angel
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Staff was very nice! Never had to ask for refills on the drinks!

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MaryA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our reservation was at 6pm & we were seated promptly. Our server was very good , one drawback was they were out of 2 different beers that we ordered.
The noise level was high, but there were birthday celebrations & people were having fun.
Everyone on in our group of four enjoyed their meal----one comment was everything tasted fresh.

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shaneb
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up at our reserved time, but requested one of the few shorter tables as our 9 year old Is in a wheelchair and the very tall tables throughout most of the restraunt would be well over his head. We fully understood that this would likely take a little extra time and that's perfectly ok. The manager/hostess apologized several times for the wait, and the cook comped our appetizer.. Honestly guys, that was completely unnecessary, but very much appreciated! I made up for the difference in my tip, you guys owed us Nothing.. Food and service were PHENOMENAL, every employee was professional and courteous, we will definitely be back in the future!

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor slow service. Were almost late to a show. And the bartenders were standing around not making any drinks. So we had to leave in order to make our show. Very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Asked for no pickles on our burger and we got pickles. Asked for no jalapeños on nachos and got them. Didn’t refill waters or drinks. Asked for napkins and didn’t get them until the food and plates were CLEARED off the table! Lights above us didn’t work so could see the menu and no toilet paper in 3 of the stalls in the ladies bathroom. Nuf said?
The manager Lauren was awesome though and took care of us and our bill. So all is right in the world!

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BrianneJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We had terrible service. Food was okay - some of our order was good and some was kind of bad - overall atmosphere and value for food and drinks was good - but based on this experience, I would not return.

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MikeK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, service and can't beat the downtown Mpls vibe!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service. Loved the ambiance. We will return!

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LoriW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Too loud for visiting but staff let us sit in the booths which helped tremendously. Decent plant based menu which is challenging to find at times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place with good food and service

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DinerDsdish
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved our survey and the host at the front that greeted us was wonderful. The food was good, we just had appetizers and drinks prior to a show. They got us out with plenty of time to spare and we enjoyed our time there. We will definitely go again.

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KrisG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Simon, our waiter, was helpful with selections and very friendly

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Shan
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Diner-level food with no originality but consistently as-ordered! Super fast. Server was very attentive and everything arrived as ordered and quickly. Server was not interested or skilled in describing any of the food or providing detailed recommendations. Quick and efficient before a show!

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AmyBethC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We had reservations and were seated immediately, but it took almost 10 minutes before our server approached our table, and we were almost the only ones there at that time. After that, she was attentive. I ordered the Smothered Steak Sandwich - it was very bland. I didn't care for it at all. My husband ordered the Cajun pasta with shrimp, and that was very good, but you don't get a salad or breadstick even with the pasta.

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Peej
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The server was great, the food was pretty good, a little spendy. And the restaurant was extremely crowded and loud. Unfortunately we picked to go there on the night that the "president" had a rally in Minneapolis.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop patio is hard to beat! Great food and service!

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Stacyk
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience4

We arrived a little before our 4:45 reservation and needed to head to our play by 6:10. At 6:00 we still did not have our food. We were very, very unhappy. A manager finally connected with us and hats off to the manager - she made all the difference. She was very apologetic, quickly brought us a few appetizers and did everything she could to make amends. She even called us while we were at play and invited us back for a cocktail. We did go back after the play for a cocktail. If it wasn't for her, my review would be all 1's. She went above and beyond and because of her efforts I would give Union another try. Mistakes will happen and it is how an organization recovers from them that makes a difference.

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KayK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Extremely poor and grumpy inattentive service. Food cold and mediocre. No follow up after food delivered. Uncomfortable high top table after being seated at a dirty table. Poor acoustics - very loud for conversation. Do not recommend.

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KVY0
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall we were pleased. Only two criticisms. It was overpriced. And, the receptionist tried to seat us in a crowded area and initially resisted seating us in a less crowded area saying the other tables were “reserved” (we had reservations as well). Ultimately she relented. The tables around us remained empty during our hour long meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our reservation was “lost”. The host basically told us we should find a different place to eat. A bartender saw this and offered us seats at the bar. I purchased the avocado shrimp toast which must have been bad because I was sick later. I had a steak sandwich and onion rings as well. Those were very good. The bartender was good as well

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Grace
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our server was top notch. I did a fair amount of resesrch to choose Union and decided to ignore others feedback about missed reservations. Well, guess what...? Although we were seated without resistance, they had no record of our reservation dispite getting both a confirmation via email AND and live person from Union itself. My best advice is to have a backup plan just in case...

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rickr
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! We especially loved the truffle fries and the vodka martinis were delightful! Our server was amazing and everyone so kind.

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GrantP
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very loud on the rooftop. We did do a reservation for the trio drop and the hostess downstairs said we could go up an check ourselves but seated us at a table in the restaurant. Went upstairs and they had a couple tables open and was able to seat us. For it being an open space on a rooftop patio it was very loud and hard to communicate with each other and the waitress. I would go again as the food was good and if you can get a high top on the patio it would have a better view and hopefully not be as loud.

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GreerK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Excellent food, had a party of 5 who all had various items from the menu, all loved it. Disappointed that my reservation wasn’t processed correctly, as you have no control over your reservation being on the ground floor or the rooftop. Excellent and prompt service. A little pricy for my taste, $140 for 5 entrees, but I look forward to returning.

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DaveS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Staff knew what they were talking about. We wanted to sit on the paio, but it was being used for a private event. But sitting inside was OK and the flavors in the drinks and the food more than made up for out lack of outdoor time.

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KatieJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It was okay. We had a reservation but it took forever for someone to come to the hostess stand. Table was right next to a waitress station. Took forever for the waitress to come. Took forever for drinks. Food was fine, but nothing special. I wouldn’t go again.

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PhillipK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Scrambled eggs and hashbrowns with a couple of drinks for brunch should not cost $50 per person (including tax and tip).

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