Union Cafe

4.7
647 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.

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

For promotions or to book a private party, please email
party@unioncafe.com
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Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JG
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amber was amazing!!!

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LC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere is fun, patio is awesome, and food is phenomenal! Highly recommend the Pad Thai

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MS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and vibe were great. Kitchen and server made rookie mistake - they brought out entrees shortly after the appetizers.

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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.

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FS
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great staff!

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D
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Morning Brunch is always a treat. Great food, price and service.

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

One hour and twenty minutes for steak night. No updates given until we asked and the food was still not cooked correctly

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I dunno why there was no showtunes until 7 on a Sunday - especially pride weekend. That was a BAD DECISION!

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KG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE UNION. Also TREASURE THE OUTDOOR SEATING! Best gay cafe around!

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e
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to start the night off in the Short North and LGBT friendly! Highly recommended!

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NB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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!

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GS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great time and decent food

but 3.25 for a soda water is crazy

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

Love, love, love this place! Great food, amazing service (JAKE!) and show tunes on the big screens. So much fun!

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

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

The waiter was very nice and kept us informed

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CS
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Loved the 3 different lines for food :)

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CS
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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JG
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Y’all are always great! Matt was very attentive with dealing with my friends! LOL.
Thank you!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Brought my friend to the gay bars

Union Cafe
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thanks for visting and bringing your friends! We hope to see you again soon.

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R
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

great patio. great patio. indoors pretty dark. That's pretty much all I want to say, but it has to be 50 characters

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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s
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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JJ
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service ... even got tables in the Fish Bowl as requested !

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AD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and menu was incredible! We were a party of 9 and everyone was happy with the food and variety of selection.

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a
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was great, and our server was outstanding. We did have one issue. Union Cafe created our reservation on the outdoor patio. I was not aware of this and would not have made the reservation if I was. It was very loud and many people were smoking. I was with my 85 year old grandparents, and the smoke was hard on my grandpa who has asthma. It wasn't a huge issue - we made it work, I just wish I had been told earlier that our table was reserved outside because I had no clue of this beforehand.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Busy day at the restaurant but we were seated and waited on promptly. Very friendly staff. Enjoyed our dinner. Food was good.

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Y
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone there was upbeat and friendly!!! The food was delish! I can’t say a bad thing about it. Highly recommend

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h
Cleveland
96 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun, lively place for dinner and drinks. Our server, “T”, was outstanding. He checked in with us often but was not overly intrusive. Drinks were huge - especially the martinis! Food was served quickly and was delicious. Overall a really fun place!

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AM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing and well worth the price. Went to watch RuPaul's Drag Race and expected the noise level to be a little lower in order to hear the show, but the atmosphere was fun and energetic so it wasn't too distracting. Would definitely go again.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had A h dinner party with friends, good service, good drinks+food, lively atmosphere!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DG
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent service, efficient seating, flexible kitchen, wide open business hours, and good price-quality combination

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