Union Cafe

4.6
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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
What 741 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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DR
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kat was awesome as always! ❤️

SP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Service was excellent!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a big group for Sunday brunch and it was great. We had a reservation and they had a. Ice spot waiting for us when we got there. Our server was friendly, helpful and prompt. The food was good, lots of options.

SP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE UNION!!!

BY
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy to have a table for eight on a Saturday night in the Short North! Good service and good food! Will definitely chose to come back!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

CR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very strong drinks, great food selection. My girlfriend and I couldn't hear each other across the table due to noise.

D
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Terrible wine list and my fish was way overcooked. I am not sure why this restaurant is on Open Table.

BR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience4

We came for Valentine's Day and had the filet. Mine was so tough. My girlfriend's was under cooked. Even when sent back it came out medium. It was microwaved too. Yuck! They did take some $ off the bill but I was not impressed. It was my first visit. My girlfriend says brunch is good so we will probably give it another try.

LC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was AMAZING so kind and attentive. The floor manager also came by several times to check on us.

WU
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here! As per usual the food was excellent as was the service. Also, per usual we know how good the food is and ordered way too much!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Average food, very typical bar ambiance.

R
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I liked everything about my visit except for the fact that they waited until we were gonna order to tell us they we no long participating in restaurant week.

DR
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raymar and Nick were great! Thank you both!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday showtunes are magical!

DR
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun! Tristian was great and Nick (Manager) checked in to ensure all was good! Brian and Kat at the front are always welcoming! ❤️

T
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food. Service a bit slow for a Monday afternoon. Fun upbeat restaurant with an extensive menu. Everything was delicious. Can't wait to go again.

4
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Amazing food and staff.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The waffle was amazing. Everything else that I tried was good.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! Such a great atmosphere. Great value as well. The drinks are amazing. The bloody mary bar is perfect.

RB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome experience — we had a party of 6 that came here on short notice (15 min) and they got us a great table and we were served right away. Our server was fun, helpful and efficient, and we all enjoyed our appetizers and meals. Have always loved this place, and will definitely be back for more!

SP
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Thank you for creating a great brunch atmosphere that I am in love with. My only regret this go round is getting my food before I got my waffle. By the time I got back to the table my food was ice cold.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Drayven was awesome. Look forward to our next visit.

a
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The singular worst dining experience we have ever had. Ever. On every front. Six of the eight entrees were sent back after waiting almost TWO HOURS for them. I usually don’t leave a review if I have nothing good to say: however, I felt I had an obligation to the public to leave this one. Hopefully, they were just having a very bad day.

NC
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service! Great ambiance! On street parking was available.

l
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great while I waited an extra 45 minutes for my friends.

CS
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. Buffet is great value.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Love it here and will continue going!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Good value, strong drinks

D
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union is always fabulous. The food is great, service is great and the drinks will knock you down.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Brunch Buffet! Heads up - alcohol cannot be served until 11am 😊

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is always good, service this time was quite slow even though it was pretty empty.

SP
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Same as always!! Please keep doing what you are doing. We bring out our of town guest every time and they are in love! Thank you for helping us build great memories!!

AH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their brunch! It’s seriously so worth it. The food is amazing and it’s so well priced! It’s always a good time going there!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for brunch

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was my birthday dinner I have fun

JJ
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good but the it was slow to come out of the kitchen. The wait staff was attentive and professional.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is by far my favorite brunch in Columbus. Buffet is such a steal and it’s a really upbeat environment to be with friends. 10/10

JM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Union cafe is always a great experience. The atmosphere, the people and the amazing food. I love going here for brunch and I always leave happy and full. Oh and btw the waffles are to die for.

w
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for our son, a senior at OSU after the football game. Service was great, the grilled chicken on brioche bun was very dry and needed extra condiments to enjoy. Brussel sprouts had strong garlic flavor, but were nicely roasted.
No treat for the Birthday boy.

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