Union Cafe

4.6
425 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Happy Hour
Union Cafe is a popular restaurant and bar lounge located in the heart of the Short North. Featuring Columbus' best patio, Union Cafe serves modern American cuisine from 3 chefs. Treat yourself to popularly priced dishes with excellent portions. Union Cafe is also known for having the best drinks in Columbus. Grande sized libations will leave you with a fun time.
A visually arresting interior design complements our terrific service staff. Roam from the covered patio bar to the serpentine archway bar up to the candle light dining and back around to the amber glow dining lounge.
Union Cafe is a full video cafe, so you can enjoy your favorite music videos, sports and more while you dine in style. Popular events include:
SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET
MONDAY $10 PIZZAS + $2 PINTS
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 PATRON margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 STEAK + FRIES
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation


Breakfast/Brunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Lunch:

Daily: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(614) 421-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Benjamin P
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Catering
We have a Modern Catering Menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Meat & Cheese Tray, Dessert Samosas, Southern Pimiento and Lime Spiced Tortilla Chips.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hull Alley
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Parking details
Public Parking garage located at Hubbard east of High St, less than 1 block away.
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Public transit
COTA Bus #2
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Entertainment
Karaoke Monday nights
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 425 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I love going to union, they have really great food and I always have a good time there. But this time around our waiter named Matt was super rude this time. He checked back in at the table once so I went up to the bar to get a beer because I was tired of waiting. When he gave us the check he was complaining that as the waiter he was suppose to get my drink. I explained to him that I was tired of waiting so I went up and got one myself, he got smart and said I passed by you plenty of times and I said to him well you didn’t bother to check in at our table when we made eye contact and said that it was rude. Then he went off to the other employees complaining that I got my drink up at the bar. To me this is unprofessional and makes me not want to go back on a regular basis when someone is complaining about how they didn’t take my drink order.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Love Jose!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Happy Pride! Booked a reservation for showtunes of Pride weekend, and tried to push it back an hour on the app. Apparently, I suck at the app as the reservation change didn’t work. It was packed, so I just shrugged it off. But the manager, Jose, was fantastic and was able to get our group sat. We ate, we drank, we sang (poorly) and had a FANTASTIC time. A perfect end to a great pride weekend. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a great experience. Our waiter was attentive. The bloodymarys were fantastic and our food was excellent. I can't wait to go back with other friends.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Tristan was awesome and really made me feel welcome. I enjoyed the brunch option and will try it out on a Sunday next.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We picked Union because they are LGBT-friendly and it was Pride weekend (and they take reservations). We expected it to be crowded and noisy, so we got what we expected. After being seated at our table (that the hostess had to kick people out of), she did not wipe off all the moisture from their glasses. No waiter stopped by to tell us he'd "be right with us." Eventually, I flagged down another staff person and asked him to send over our waiter. When he came over he was very apologetic and exceptionally attentive after that. I have eaten at Union one other time (have not yet enjoyed their famous brunch), but was surprised at how "different" the menu was. I was really craving a Caesar salad, but not one made with Kale. My date was trying to eat small and light and ordered the "wedge" salad and received what looked like 3 entire heads of lettuce. She said it was really good, but it was way more food than she could eat. The pub fries were delicious, but the chicken tacos I ordered were very bland. The chicken had no real seasoning and the corn crema was too bland and overpowering. The jicama slaw might have been the best part of the taco. (I get tacos in most restaurants I go to, so I know a flavorful taco when I taste one. These are not that.)

Overall I'd recommend reviewing the menu carefully before deciding on this restaurant. If you see something that looks good, go ahead and reserve a table.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great place, good food, awesome staff. Can get VERY loud which can be a turn off but thats not the Union's fault. I love it here.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Although the place was packed with people during our visit on a Friday evening, the service and food were excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We were lucky and were able to get a table right away! We ordered pub fries , salads and a few drinks. It was crazy busy but our food came out quickly and the service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I went for my 51st birthday with my husband and 2 teenagers, and boy were we surprised. This place is less of a restaurant and more of a boys/girls’ night out club for friends.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Love this place. The menu needs a change, but it's always fun to come to Union.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always love Union - most people go for the drinks, but their food is outstanding and the service is always top notch!

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Closed without notice

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2018

They were shut down when we got there so our reservation for 9 people was invalid. We walked next door and had a great lunch.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was good but they had issues with their soda system which was annoying

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Brunch was delicious! All you can eat and anything you could want. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Staff was great, service amazing, food delicious. The music was a little
Too loud for regular conversation but overall great experience!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Thank you Chelsea! You were delightful!!!

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Skip Union Cafe, go elsewhere. Food was OK, service was way less than OK. We should have left 15 minutes after having been seated without anyone checking on our table, but we decided to wait and see how long and how many times servers would walk past us without a greeting. Well, that took 28 minutes. 28 minutes just to have someone finally ask if we had been waited on. 5 more minutes until our server finally realized we were his table. 12 minutes later just to get our first drinks. 45 minutes in to get an order placed and have 2 drinks on the table. Too many other great options to dine with to bother to visit the Union Cafe again.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was good as usual, service was a little slow but we didn’t mind.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Brian, the host, was AMAZING!!... you can tell he cares about his job and has been a wonderful consistent face working the door... I sincerely appreciate all he does to make customers feel cared about!... thank you Brian!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

As always service was quick and the food was delicious 😊😊

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved the waffles! They are definitely decadent so try them all, but share with a friend. Blueberry is a must!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic! Took mom there for mothers day dinner. She had a Blast! The staff was so fun and friendly, she Loved people watching. We had the chicken and biscuit sliders, the potato skin things, and the fried cheese curds, everything was great, the cheese curds Especially! She had a drink, very strongly poured, and we had the best time. She's already begging to go back! Strongly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food is outstanding and our server was top-notch. He was very attentive and made good suggestions of what to order.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Accommodated our large group incredibly well!
Service was great and food was amazing. Good selection.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great value! Clean, great service, well prepared food and drink. The same quality elsewhere would cost much more.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Every time we come here, our experience is always wonderful. We are treated so well, the wait staff is so friendly, and so much fun. We bring friends from out of town as a special treat. We can't say enough about the food, its superb!!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service and food value! $9 lunch specials even on Saturdays was a great option.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Met a colleague for a business lunch. The service was fabulous. Handling of gluten-free needs was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love this place! Came for a friend’s birthday and the drinks and food were excellent. One of the best happy hours in Columbus.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love Jose, David and Gage! Great steak night!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a great experience before the JT concert! Awesome service and awesome food! Great patio!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Love the location, love the energy but the volume was so very very loud (especially for a Sunday afternoon) that we could not have ANY conversation in our group. We watched the videos. That was a bit disappointing. If the volume was just a little bit lower this would be a 100% anytime location.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Our family chose Union Cafe for our post OSU graduation dinner. We had a great time and the food was delicious! The staff was incredibly helpful. It was a crazy busy day due to graduation and a soccer tournament. The hostess was not fazed when we showed up with a baby in a car seat In addition to our party of 9. He quickly made a special spot for the baby. The server was attentive. It’s rare to get such great service when a place is so incredibly busy but The Union Cafe was able to handle it like pros.

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate a special day!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Best brunch in Columbus!!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Took out of town visitor to brunch..and they loved it.... always a great experience.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Somehow the place got overbooked. We were there for a friends birthday and our reservation was 7. We got seated at 8:30....the food took about 1 hour to come out. The appetizers we ordered came with the food. It’s as if they had no idea it was cinco de mayo....so strange. They didn’t offer anything to make us feel better about our horrible experience.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

What can I say that hasn't already been said. Union Cafe is the place to see and be seen. Always fantastic service, food and cocktails. If I had to give any feedback, I would say it could use a bit of a refresh. While business appears to be good, with so much new construction in the area, a 2 week refresh would do wonders for the future of the business.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Spent a nice evening out with family on a Friday evening. The outside bar area was hopping due to fine spring weather. The food was excellent with large portions. Atmosphere is basic bar type - casual but not too loud (the outside area was much louder.)

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