Union Cafe

4.6
603 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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 (Walk-in only after 10a)
MONDAY $10 Pizzas + $1 off pints, $7 Moscow Mules
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 Steak + Fries
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco with us! No matter what you're thirsty for, we've got you covered. Enjoy: -$3 Bud, Bud Light, Miller and Coors bottles -$4 Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors jumbo drafts -$5.50 Jumbo margaritas and Svedka jumbo cocktails -$6.5 Three Olives jumbo cocktails -$7.5 El Jimador margaritas

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Start your Mother’s Day with Union Cafe's Sunday brunch from 10a-2p! Our mile-long brunch buffet includes: Breakfast Pizza, Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Benedict, made-to-order Belgian Waffle and Omelette stations. Brunch drink specials include $5 Mimosas $8 Giant Mimosas and $5 Jumbo Bloody Marys.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Start your Father's Day with Union Cafe's Sunday brunch from 10a-2p! Our mile-long brunch buffet includes: Breakfast Pizza, Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Benedict, made-to-order Belgian Waffle and Omelette stations. Brunch drink specials include $5 Mimosas $8 Giant Mimosas and $5 Jumbo Bloody Marys.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Start your Easter with Union Cafe's Sunday brunch from 10a-2p! Our mile-long brunch buffet includes: Breakfast Pizza, Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Benedict, made-to-order Belgian Waffle and Omelette stations. Brunch drink specials include $5 Mimosas $8 Giant Mimosas and $5 Jumbo Bloody Marys.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 603 People Are Saying
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SG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was very pleasant, waiter was amazing. He really went above and beyond. Only complaint I have is the reason we decided to go was to watch RPDR and by the time it came on there were people standing everywhere and it ended up blocking our view. I understand it is a bar, just a bit frustrating and not what we were expecting. A disclaimer would have been nice.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Went for brunch and ended up eating a late lunch.. The drag brunch show was fun but everybody on the patio waited for their food for upwards of two hours. Our reservation was for 11:30 and we didn’t get our food till 1:30ish. The party adjacent to us decided they’d had enough and left. Our waiter was very kind and apologetic, and I don’t blame him. The joint seemed understaffed/unprepared for having such an event and that’s a shame because every other aspect of the morning was amazing!!! The food was great, and the prices were fantastic. The show was entertaining and the place has really nice interior design. Hopefully next time they’ll have more cooks on staff. I would still recommend!

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l
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catching up with a friend

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Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for choosing Union! We hope to see you again soon!

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1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Such good food, even better music and GREAT drinks

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

This is my second time at Union Cafe for brunch. The first time we came on Sunday and it was crazy busy and loud. But we figured it would be. In spite of that, there was excellent food, fabulous service, and very good drinks! The Bloody Mary Bar and breakfast buffet were some of the best I've ever had! I would happily recommend this place for SUNDAY brunch.
This time we went on Saturday and it was a completely different experience. The place was not busy at all but the service was incredibly slow. The Bloody Mary's we ordered were bland even though we asked for extra spice. The food was pricey and although tasty, not all of it was worth the price.
Overall, Union Cafe on Saturday for brunch was OK but if you go on Sunday, you'll LOVE their brunch!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Kat was extremely patient with al 12 of us. She was professional and really looked after us and our needs. She was very knowledgeable about the drink and beverage menu and had great suggestions. There was no pressure from her and I never had an empty glass! Thank you for everything!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love love Union Cafe! Great drinks and food. Brunch is also amazing! ❤️

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Responded 5 days ago

Thanks, Julie! We can't wait to see you again!

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Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and right price-quality combination.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron was awesome!!!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2019

We think he's great, too! We're so happy he took great care of you! We hope to see you back again soon.

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DC
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally asked to be inside. However, when we got there, we really loved the patio. Nick G made this happen and we were very grateful. We would have certainly understood otherwise - but it made for a great day! Jose was our server and went over and above like always to give a us a great experience. Not only this visit - but anytime we have Jose - he is amazing. The food and drink was awesome and Candice as usual was walking around ensuring everyone was taken care of! Shout out to Brian for ensuring the top was put adjusted when the light rain started! Kudos Union Team!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2019

We're happy to hear of another positive experience! Thanks as always :)

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and tons of food options

Union Cafe
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thanks for leaving a review! We're so pleased that you find our menu to be a great value and look forward to seeing you again.

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DC
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skyler was amazing as was all the staff at Union! We always have so much fun coming and socializing with friends! Managers Nick and Candice are truly wonderful! As a business owner myself, I appreciate great leadership! Thank you again - Everyone!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! Our staff loves seeing you and your friends and looks forward to each of your visits!

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1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, Great specials, fast service. Friendly staff. Food for thought...The environment favors more to the open community so if this is a problem you have been warned

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience that I was glad to share with friends

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Responded on March 25, 2019

We're so happy to visited us! We hope to see you and your friends again soon!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to the place

Union Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2019

We're happy to hear that! Thanks for visiting; we hope to see you again soon!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ask for Jose or Triston! All staff have great personalities and are very professional! They have to work especially hard after 8:30'ish when the crowd gets much bigger for event nights. During those times, keep in mind you're at a BAR that provides good food.

Union Cafe
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for leaving a great tip! We're so happy that our staff takes great care of you and look forward to seeing you again!

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JD
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing food and great service. The drinks were superb and you guys rock!

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you! We're so happy to hear you enjoy visiting us and look forward to your next visit!

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JG
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Jose!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 25, 2019

We think he's pretty great, too! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Senior breakfast

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for visiting! We hope to see you again soon!

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1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Showtunes night as always. Continued to be impressed with their food. Loved the grilled cheese!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thanks for the kind words! We're so happy to hear you love Showtunes. We hope to see you again this Sunday night!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Food wasn’t that hot. Very disappointed. But staff was great per usual

Union Cafe
Responded on March 19, 2019

We're so sorry that the temperature of your food wasn't to your liking. Should this ever happen in the future, please be sure to let your server/manager know and we will happily remake it for you!

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MP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I went there for brunch on St Patrick’s day, we had a reservation and we were seated right away, our waitress was very attentive, and also gave us a low table by request without an eye roll, food was great as always, I don’t typically dine in the short north, I just hate the parking issues, but other than that we had a great time, love the show tunes and the mix of people that are always there—Mark & Darwin Pastre

Union Cafe
Responded on March 19, 2019

We're so happy to hear that you enjoed St. Patrick's Day with us! We hope to see you for showtunes again soon (and when you do come back on Sundays, all meters and permit streets are free to park every Sunday).

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CS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and the brunch is a great value. Service was a bit lacking. 15 min to get a drink after placing the order.

Union Cafe
Responded on March 19, 2019

We're so happy that you enjoyed your brunch, and we're sorry about the wait for drinks. St. Patrick's Day certainly increased the demand for drinks. We would love to have you back for brunch again soon to see how great our service can be!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my sister’s birthday. The staff was accommodating and friendly. The food and drinks were great!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 19, 2019

Thanks for vitisiting - we hope that your sister had a great birthday!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

RuPauls Drag Race watch party. Our server, Nolan, was awesome!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2019

We're so glad to hear that Nolan took good care of you! We hope to see you for Drag Race next week!

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c
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Sunday Showtunes should be just that

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great brunch and a great environment - thank you!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks, Carmen! We hope to see you for brunch again soon!

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1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from the time we walked in, to the time we left. We will be back!!

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Responded on March 15, 2019

We can't wait to see you next time!

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JJ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great flirtinis, Jose our server was the best , food delicious and got a seat in the Fish Bowl as requested. Love the “U” !

Union Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon!

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TM
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff if friendly and prompt, good drinks great food and music enhances the overall experience. A great place for a meal before you explore Columbus !

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, awesome service and food was delicious

Union Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service, as always. I’ve never been disappointed here.

Union Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The steaks were amazing, our service was immaculate

The noise level was too much but everything else made it a wonderful experience.

Union Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you back for a steak night again soon!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time in Columbus and Union Cafe was recommended. Food and service was good! Only negative was that the drinks were not very good. We tried a variety of drinks (long island iced teas, moscow mule, old fashioned) and they were just not that good. The margarita was good, so probably recommend to keep it simple!

Union Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2019

We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your food and service! Next time you're here, please let us know if you have a drink you're not enjoying - we're happy to swap it for something else!

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QH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I would still recommend this place, although the host made us move from our table to another table in the middle of our dinner because they did not adequately book a larger party. Also, I've always thought the music is a little too loud for a dining experience. This isn't a night club specific to dancing. It's very hard to have a conversation over dinner and drinks without yelling and screaming over the music. Lower music would create a more inviting ambiance.

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a
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We came in for dinner to watch the S11 premiere episode. It was very busy. It was tough to fit in our table. It was like they had crammed in another table. Also our server didn’t stop by for like 30 minutes so we had to chase someone down for our check.

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DS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!! The brunch was amazing and fun staff and atmosphere

Union Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2019

Thanks, Debra! We hope to see you for brunch again soon!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a great night out.
Our server took along time to bring drinks.

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m
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere was very fun. Our server was so nice and accommodating.
I enjoyed my Pad Thai, though it wasn't very flavorful.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Brunch!!! Seeing al the drag was so awesome. Food was delicious and server was on point!!

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Responded on February 25, 2019

We're so happy that you enjoyed drag brunch! We hope to see you again soon!

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