Home to Columbus' best patio, Union Cafe features modern American cuisine from Chef Ben. Union Cafe is also known for having the best drinks in Columbus. Our jumbo-sized cocktails and variety of draft beers offer something for every palate.
We offer several seating options, including our covered patio, "glow" bar, high tops and a candlelit upstairs.
Popular events include:
SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET with made-to-order gourmet omelettes and waffles
MONDAY PIZZA + PINTS ($10 pizzas, $1 off drafts) with late-night karaoke at 10p
TEQUILA TUESDAYS with free chips and queso or salsa and $5 Jumbo Margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 steak and fries, $5.50 Jumbo Skyy Cocktails and $5 Blue Moon Drafts
LEGENDARY LONG ISLAND THURSDAYS with $4.25 Long Islands
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Best place ever!!! Favorite place for brunch, lunch & dinner. The food is amazing every time
The food was not good. It was a cool place maybe just to drink
We took advantage of the $20 deal during restaurant week and overall it was not bad. Our first course was chopped salad and it was delicious. I chose Shrimp Pad Thai for my second course and it was lacking flavor and sauce. My husband ordered a medium rare sirloin steak it came out well done. We had the skillet chocolate chip cookie and vanilla icecream for dessert and it was delish! Our server was very attentive and very friendly. We'll definitely be back!
We had a friend in town from Dominican Republic and wanted to take him to one of our favorite places in Columbus. Dinner and drinks were good
We were seated promptly and the host was great. We were there for restaurant week, which was a great value and portions were big. Their kale Caesar salad is my fave Caesar salad anywhere. Their pastas and quesadillas are also yummy. The only reason I didn’t get 5 stars is that everything was fairly slow to come out, and when the waiter did check back, he seemed rushed and grabbed things without asking. Seriously go check this place out though. They’re known for the strong drinks but the food is phenomenal, too.
I went for lunch during Restaurant Week with a friend. We enjoyed the service, the decor, and the food. We were interested in the music videos playing on their tvs and tried to request using the messenging system, but no dice. That's probably our only real complaint.
This was our second time into the Union Cafe for their Sunday morning brunch. It was just as amazing as it was the first time we came, I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an awesome place for a Sunday brunch in Columbus. Can’t quit talking about it to all of my friends, trying to encourage everyone I know to go there. Thanks again for the great time, looking forward to doing it again soon
Amber was amazing!!!
Atmosphere is fun, patio is awesome, and food is phenomenal! Highly recommend the Pad Thai
Bachelorette party - server was great, food was great, drinks were delicious! We had a great time!
Food and vibe were great. Kitchen and server made rookie mistake - they brought out entrees shortly after the appetizers.
This is more of a Gay pickup bar than a “restaurant “. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.....prospective patrons just need to know. This is not a place one goes for the food.
Delicious and great staff!
First place I think of when I want to dine in the lower Short North. Reservation was for Wednesday the third, as I was expecting many places around Goodale Park would be busy, due to the fireworks that night. But, not as busy as I had thought. I had the Lemon Caper Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta. And my friend had the Pad Thai, on my recommendation. Enjoyable ambiance, and we could hear each other most of the time.
Sunday Morning Brunch is always a treat. Great food, price and service.
One hour and twenty minutes for steak night. No updates given until we asked and the food was still not cooked correctly
I dunno why there was no showtunes until 7 on a Sunday - especially pride weekend. That was a BAD DECISION!
We LOVE UNION. Also TREASURE THE OUTDOOR SEATING! Best gay cafe around!
We arrived early and were told they were 4 hours behind on reservations! They would text when available....here we r, hours later and nothing. If you aren't honoring reservations, you should call the ones you have coming in and let them know the find alternate dining plans. They weren't honoring reservations, but every time a table got up, people took it and noone said, we have reservations waiting. I wont be back again. Unprofessional.
Great spot to start the night off in the Short North and LGBT friendly! Highly recommended!
We had a table of 7 in the middle of Pride madness and despite the bar being crowded, loud, and jovial, our service was unbelievably great. We were seated after a short wait by the incredible host staff who even offered to take our first drink order. Our server, Kristopher did a downright impressive job despite the festive chaos. The food was hot, delicious and quick. I have eaten here many times and will be sure to be back soon! Thanks for a fantastic Pride everyone at Union!
Pride weekend is a busy weekend and this is the second year we've come to Union. Our waiter was very good, but he was busy and so he didn't really stop by our table as much as we needed him too. We get it; it's a super busy night. But refills and getting our check in a timely manner would have been appreciated. The food was just okay. Chicken tacos were SUPER bland and the chicken had an odd taste, almost like it was borderline spoiled. I think next year we'll skip going to Union and search for a different place.
Was very disappointed that we were offered an outdoor table during the reservation process but were told upon arrival that outdoor seating is not reservable. Other than this it was a fantastic experience!
great time and decent food
but 3.25 for a soda water is crazy
Love, love, love this place! Great food, amazing service (JAKE!) and show tunes on the big screens. So much fun!
Took us asking the host after waiting 30 minutes for our server o be served while watching patrons after us finish their meals. Then when the server did show up, he was short and rude. Not friendly at all or apologetic for the wait.
The waiter was very nice and kept us informed
Out waiter was very good and a total sweetheart. We brought my oldest friend for the first time - she was home from St Pete for her grandmother's funeral and needed time away from her very conservative family. She had a blast and is coming back for our baby shower in Aug and Show Tunes night is a going to happen plan already.
Food Was great as always, They were very busy on the patio and it took over 15 before our server came over to get drink orders. At this time we pointed out that we had 3 seats for 4 people.. It took another 15 min to find another chair, our reservation was for 4 people.
Great brunch! Loved the 3 different lines for food :)
The "mile long" buffet wash, but the line to get to it was! Nothing on the buffet was particularly terrible but neither was anything very good. The made to order omelets were the only redeeming factor of the brunch.
Y’all are always great! Matt was very attentive with dealing with my friends! LOL.
Everything was great! Some of the food in the buffet was gone by the time that we got there, and this is within the hour that they had just opened. Waiter said they were slow, so would have been better if they had kept it stocked more successfully.
Other than that, food tastes great, I'd definitely come back for the waffle station and biscuits and gravy.
Brought my friend to the gay bars
Thanks for visting and bringing your friends! We hope to see you again soon.
great patio. great patio. indoors pretty dark. That's pretty much all I want to say, but it has to be 50 characters
Today was our first time and everything was great and everyone was so friendly and helpful. Chris our server was awesome. He took very good care of us. We will definitely be back.
Mother’s Day brunch was really just mediocre. Some food was tasty, some was downright bad, nothing was outstanding. Waiter was very nice but he didn’t come by often and we had to ask other servers for things like drinks and the check. Loved the upbeat atmosphere and friendly people though.
As always great food and service ... even got tables in the Fish Bowl as requested !
The food and menu was incredible! We were a party of 9 and everyone was happy with the food and variety of selection.