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Union Bar & Grill

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204 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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, bar games and more!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - 3pm – 9pm
Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm - 2am
Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 11am - 9pm

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Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
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Phone number
(612) 455-6690
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle Darling
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Cross street
8th Street and Hennepin Avenue
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Parking details
-Valet Parking $8 after 5 PM daily
-Self parking $5 with voucher at Macy's (Park & Shop) or LaSalle Court Parking Ramp
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 204 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is my go-to place if I'm seeing a show at the State Theater. Valet parking, good food, pleasant service, and convenient to the downtown theaters.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great location for dinner before events at the Target Center. Open atmosphere, good menu selections. We had the Minni-Apple Cristo and Classic Cheeseburger. Food came out quickly and was great! We initially were seated at a less desirable table (servers constantly using computer on wall right next to our chairs) and they graciously moved us to a better table.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Waiter was very helpful. We did not order alcoholic beverages and I felt as though we didn't get the constant service the tables who were purchasing alcoholic beverages did.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always downtown for concerts at least twice a month and haven't stopped into Union until last Saturday after our show at State Theater due to location. Had reservations for 7:30 and checked in at 7:20 pointing to my name. We were seated no issues. Slow service and waiter didn't seem real confident. Menus were disgustingly dirty. Ordered drinks and the Burrata cheese curds. Then ordered a couple entrees. The waiter then stated I will wait to put your order in because the cheese takes long time. We said fine in no hurry. Cheese came had a few bites then noticed the cheese was just barely warm on inside. Had a southwest burger and a pork sandwich weren't bad nothing spectacular. Heres the kicker got home and one of us got super sick out both ends and blamed the Burrata cheese curds. I said hmm I feel fine but I have iron stomach eat two week old leftovers no big deal. Then 3 hours later I was throwing my guts up was horrible. Great location service and food super weak. Seem to be relying on location. Way too many better options within 5 blocks. Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Make sure to sit upstairs. Service was awesome everywhere!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Thought it would rise to the occasion. The appetizers were a joke, we ordered the calamari and buffalo chicken wings.
Calamari were resting on a green layer and not everything on the plate was calamari, few pieces were but the rest were covered with the same batter but they were little tomatoes, that was a cheater. The chicken wings were literally 3 real big chicken wings. We were expecting the small buffalo wings that you dip in blue cheese or something but we had to use the knife to cut it.
The main course was ok. I ordered the bread budding for my desert. I would have given it a good rating if they didn’t smothered it with Nutella, the bread was literally swimming in the Nutella
The experience was’t pleasant and the bill was a bit high for the quality of the food and service

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food and service was excellent, but the open industrial decor made it hard to hear due to resonant noise from the busy restaurant. Also, a minor thing but don't face the windows during sunset, the reflections off neighboring buildings will be blinding and the sun shades aren't opaque enough to block it out.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our food was excellent! Hot and didn't need to wait long at all. Drink were very good. Would highly recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The server was flirty with my boyfriend & his dad not okay.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I'd say the reservations around brunch are confusing. Brunch upstairs, but none down. The hosts were not very friendly, and seemed annoyed by people. The waitstaff downstairs were friendly, but underwhelming in terms of talking food.

I would say it was "fine"

Not bad, but nothing too special.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

30 minutes for the first drink. Food was so so.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nice place except for the horrible sewer gas smell coming from the basement. When we told the manager about this, he blamed it on the air conditioner. When we left, the smell was definitely coming from the basement. This is not acceptable in a restaurant and possibly unsafe.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was good. The only small issue was that the salmon had to be sent back to be cooked a little more.
Our waiter was pretty attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were looking for a good place within walking distance from our downtown hotel, a Saturday evening and we had not considered needing reservations. Found this place searching the web. Was able to get a table on short notice. The staff was great and service was very expedient. Food was perfectly prepared and quickly presented. I will dine here again if I ever have that opportunity.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I went here for a date with my boyfriend Saturday night. Even at 5pm, it was PACKED. Thankfully we were still seated right away and our server was friendly and fast. It was really loud, with a 15 person line for the ladies room, and huge groups waiting by the door, but besides that we had a great night. Our food was delicious as well. If you don’t mind a busy place, I would highly recommend for a fun night out. The mojitos were awesome.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The Union Bar and Grill was a great place for a dad (me) and a 6 year old (my son) at 6:15. My son liked his mac and cheese and the steak and shrimp was excellent for me. This place would be good for any pre-non-formal event meal downtown Minneapolis. Reasonable prices, great location and decent ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great service...great food. Location is good for grabbing a bite before going to one of the entertainment establishments up and down Hennepin. We went before a show at the Orpheum—just a couple blocks down.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Great vibe and service, unfortunately the food was only okay. Would go back for happy hour again and stick to the appetizers

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Service was for the most part fairly prompt. Noisy bar/scene setting. Food was good. Price was on par with similar venues.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The Waiter was rude, slow and continues to bring the wrong items after we ordered them.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was delicious and the restaurant itself was very nice and classy. However the serving staff took a very long time to get our checks and then to run our cards. It took almost 45 minutes after we were done eating, and eventually we had to call her over. I would dine here again, but would like the service to be improved.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We thought we were making a reservation for 6 on the Rooftop - Open Table reservation system is very confusing. When we found out we were downstairs, we went to the rooftop and explained our dilemma. The rooftop was jammed but both restaurants worked with us and got us a table upstairs. They were delightful to work with and saved our night. Very impressive.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great experience overall, the food was really good and came out fast!! My server didnt come back as much as i would of liked to offer me another beer but wutever, i would definetely go back!!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were meeting our son, who was in town from college, for dinner with his grandparents.
We arrived and were seated quickly. Took a little bit to have a server acknowledge us but was given water quickly. Service was good after that. Most of our food was good except for the burger my hubby ordered. For stating on the menu that “some meats are intentionally under-cooked for optimal flavor” his burger which he ordered medium came gray, over cooked and smaller than the bun it was served on. His fear of retribution will not allow him to send anything back so he ate it as it was but will not go back. I mean if u can’t cook a burger... does not say much.
My other issue is that it was noisy. Not a good place for people with hearing difficulties.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Servers were polite and cheerful--but couldn't find a list of wines by the bottle, then couldn't find the wine we ordered, later tried to take away my plate before we were done eating, then left desert on our table--ice cream--without spoons or other flatware. Restaurant reported to Open Table that we had not shown up, which of course we had, right on time, notifying hostess that we had a reservation. Food was delivered hot and was good, though not special--no better than, say, Applebees. Certainly not a special-occasion place.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

A couple of friends and I made a reservation for dinner before a dance. The workers upstairs were extremely rude and we were not aware we needed a separate reservation to dine upstairs. We asked if we could wait or if there was room for 3 at the bar at all and they did not accommodate what so ever. We ended up sitting downstairs, even though the whole point was to dine upstairs for the rooftop experience. Later, they didn't allow us to take photos upstairs because the door was "broken", even though there were other ways to go outside. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant simply because the service is awful.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Experience was a bit dampened due to the overly loud group next to us. Suspect they had been doing some day drinking!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised. Staff was friendly, food was tasty and bar treats were interesting!

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1.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We have had reservations for 2 months at Union for Friday February 2 for 6 of us. We received a confirmation email the day before. When we arrived, we were told they were closed for a private party. No prior phone call for cancellation.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We came down for a girls get together. Our waitress was great! She was super helpful and accommodating. Plan to come back this weekend for Super Bowl weekend.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was delicious and rather quick! The chicken wings were amazing. Service was good and we sat in the back corner so that kept the noise level down. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Very professional and genuinely friendly waiter named Charles. Wonderful tasting entrees . Appetizers were perfection. Ambience was nice Nice big booth with curved benches are fun. We'll be back !

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Received excellent recommendations from our waitress. Food was served promptly, made to order and was hot.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very good food, very accommodating service for our rushed situation, happy people, music a little loud and ‘techno’ for our taste but it did not override the other positives we experienced.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

It was disappointing to learn the reservation I made for the roof top was on street level due to a private party. The street level was fine but I was really looking forward to the open tropical gel of the roof top. The private party goers were coming in as we were checking in and they were extremely rude to us. One blonde ‘older’ women was talking to us as if we were lower class because we were standing by their champagne greeting table. There was no one there to explain we shouldn’t stand there. I was not happy.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

we had dinner before a Timberwolves game and we were shocked to be the only ones up in the dining room (maybe it was the cold weather?) Most restaurants had pre game availability, so we opted for this since it was close and we'd not been there. GREAT service (no other distractions for most of our time there!). Excellent appetizer - highly recommend the deconstructed clam chowder. My salmon Caesar salad wasn't so good. The Halibut my husband had was excellent. We will return when we're in Mpls again.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Made reservations for dinner before Phantom on 12/30 and was not disappointed. My son had a burger that he raved about and The Tuna Poke salad was amazing as well. We were seated a little early (our reservations were 6:15) and we were done eating before 7pm. I can't wait to go back in the summer so I can give the roof top a try.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was exceptional. Adam was great. Only issue we had was how cold it was in the Bar & Grille. However, it was below zero outside.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic food, service & great prices. We stayed in downtown Minneapolis to see Phantom of the Opera and walked just a little ways to Union Bar & Grill from our hotel. The next time I stay in downtown Minneapolis I will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

First time here. Great service, personable but not intrusive. We ate at a high top in the bar area. I would say that our group of 6 was most impressed by the appetizers: the truffled fries with two sauces were the best I have ever had, the poutine was good, the carmelized brusellsprouts were memorable and the buffalo fried cauliflower was perfect for those who like some spice. Portions were generous and we were full by the time our meals came! That said, I heard raves from others on their meals. It is "bar food" but some of the best bar food around.

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