Union Cafe

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Christmas Eve dinner until 7p and bar service all night long.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 691 People Are Saying
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Columbus
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for brunch when you’re in Columbus! Great food, great prices, and excellent value!

l
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out server was wonderful. He was friendly and did not rush us at all

DR
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Union. Sat on the patio! Great service by the server and manager, Nick. Thanks to everyone at U for making it a staple in our community for the past 20 plus years!!

Q
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love going to Union. The people there are always so helpful, the food is delicious, and the drag shows are wonderful! I can't wait to go back.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening and dinner. Our server, Aria, was very attentive. Will return soon.

HL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Union cafe serves up heck of a deal for brunch with great food, drinks and entertainment! We left there planning our next return!

EW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is one of our "fun" places in the Short North. We are not gay, but we still go because we always have a good experience. This was the first time things were a little off. They did not receive our Open Table reservation due to a "wi-fi" issue. Then, it took over an hour to get our food. It was a Friday night, so we had drinks and we still had a good time. The waiters are always top-notch, it was just the kitchen delay this time. The drinks are good and reasonably priced. Watch for the specials!

DA
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slow getting drinks and food out but everything good

l
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met friends for dinner to catch up

TF
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and world class service

MC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff did everything in their power to make this first piece of my bachelorette party special. I was greeted with a complimentary special drink, and our waiter was awesome in participting in our shenanigans, taking pictures with us and keeping everyone entertained. Thank you!

KN
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Union has one of the best Sunday brunches in Columbus. The food is fresh and there is a wide selection of healthy and not as healthy options. The service is fantastic as well. Highly recommend.

DR
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake is amazing. There was an issue with the bartenders giving Jake the wrong champaign however, Nick the manager came over and let us know everything was good. Apparently, not and we witnessed Jake getting yelled at by Nick the manager which was unacceptable. I have personally spent thousands of dollars at this establishment and never seen such unacceptable behavior by a manager.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

If you are going to have a buffet you should always have hot replacements ready and not tell a customer in line that they have to wait another 10 minutes when it is their turn in line. Especially for eggs and bacon that everyone wants for breakfast!

It should also be noted that the bar does not open till 11 for brunch - the whole purpose of booking was the Bloody Mary bar.

Will not go back.

SP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the buffet was amazing and out waitress was on point!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome way to celebrate my birthday. The staff was amazing and alert to our every need. The bartender Kat Evan's made us feel right at home and provided some excellent customer service. We will all be returning!

MG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere. Food is great and large portions for the cost.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Wasn’t the cleanest experience, food and drinks were the only good thing this day.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They got us the table we requested for Showtunes, which was great. Also, the server was very friendly and fast, even though it was busy. Thanks!!

DA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time for brunch... it was a great value. The omelette line seems to be very slow, but other than that... we loved our experience. The shrimp and grits were my favorite!

MH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was luke warm. I believe it was only warm since we arrived as soon as it opened and had not been under the heat long enough. We had the buffet. The omelet line was complicated and long waits as people were ordering 2-3 omelets at a time. Our server spent more time joking and laughing with staff than she did caring for our table. On the good side the food was flavorful even just Luke warm and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We would give it another try.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time before our much anticipated drag show in celebration of our friend's divorce.
Our server and service were awesome! Love the ambiance and the calamari left me craving it again the next day!

BB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm at Union all the time but had never been to brunch and it was Drag brunch so I had to go. I had so much fun, got amazing service and a wonderful show from the queens! Well done Union!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

...our waiter was charming, sophisticated, and delectable. :)

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Horrid food.

SB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

I love Union. The environment is an over-the-top exaggeration of "upbeat", exactly what you want in a fun hotspot. The food is usually amazing, but that chicken burger is salty beyond enjoyment (for me or my partner, we both ordered it). A waitress knocked over a full glass of water on my table, and our food was immediately comped, so we adjusted tips way upward, which anyone should do when the service is this good. If I want to feel good about my evening, Union is where I'll go.

SP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here for brunch and it was amazing. The staff was pleasant. The food was awesome and I can not wait to go again.

S
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Not good as usual. Our server was very nice but in general they are consistently bad. We all ordered at the same time but half of our people got their food 20 minutes after the other half. Tots weren't loaded as requested and we were told it would be 10 more minutes. Last time we were here we didn't even get our food and we had to leave for a show. We thought 2 hours was enough. A manager reached out after my review and also took my info at the restaurant. I replied but never heard back. Just a complete mess.

BB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This a fun, casual place where you can relax and be yourself. The food and drinks are well made, the staff is friendly, and there are plenty of parking options nearby, which is a serious consideration in the Short North. We enjoyed brunch so much on Saturday that we went back for dinner the same day. The only down side was that Open Table failed to register our second reservation with them for the evening. Happily, the staff made sure we were seated promptly anyway!

RW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently great, staff always courteous, and the patio is the best people-watching spot in Columbus!

JD
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim was amazing! Love the environment👍🏽

SF
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place never fails me! Good drink great server with a side of food! Lol! The experience alone with a cocktails will have you coming back.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, fast and easy. Love the set up and great music!

LC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you guys again for giving us the perfect table and our server Kat was awesome! I made sure to leave an extremely generous tip for Kat...

T
Pittsburgh
92 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun night and great service ! We only had apps and pizza but everything was delish and had a great zip to it!

KR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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

Best place ever!!! Favorite place for brunch, lunch & dinner. The food is amazing every time

J
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was not good. It was a cool place maybe just to drink

YH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

l
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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