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Union Cafe, Columbus, OH

Union Cafe

4.6
4.6
742 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (614) 421-2233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin P

  • Catering

    We have a modern catering menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Flatbread, Crostini, Crispy Calamari Cups, and more.

  • Private party facilities

    Union Cafe can accommodate groups small and large. We are able to welcome up to 200 seated guests during patio season and 150 when the patio is closed. Standing and seated, we can handle up to 300 guests. We have the ability to join tables to accommodate groups from 2-24 people easily. We also have private dining areas that are perfect for groups up to 55 people.

  • Private party contact

    Sam Schisler: (614) 221-7531 ext. 1

  • Neighborhood

    Columbus

  • Cross street

    Hull Alley

  • Parking details

    Public Parking garage located at Hubbard east of High St, less than 1 block away.

  • Public transit

    COTA Bus #2

  • Entertainment

    Karaoke Monday nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 742 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great gay bar with shows often. Only issue I had was it was being shut down for a while, but they called me ahead of time to make sure I was aware
  2. RH

    RunitaH

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My and my girlfriend's love coming here..love the whole atmosphere. Never had a bad experience..and the service is as great as the food.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
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  4. 4

    43204t

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff and food as always. The patio was perfect!
  5. CD

    CoraD

    Columbus

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an extremely busy day and we had a party of 8. We were seated quickly, our service was timely and the food was excellent. I love the atmosphere and energy. Of course, the music was fantastic.
  6. VV

    VeVe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The customer service and food was excellent. Will be going back soon.
  7. CS

    ChrisS

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cast Party!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Quick and easy
  9. R

    Redsfancmh

    Columbus

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    While we did have a large group the server ignored the middle section of our table. He cleared off and got drinks for both ends while the people in the middle had to ask several times just to get water. Food was good, pretzel sticks were a little sad looking.
  10. LV

    LinusVP

    Columbus

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kat was awesome as always! ❤️
  11. SP

    SteveP

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Service was excellent!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  13. SP

    ShemekaP

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE UNION!!!
  14. BY

    BethY

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    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!
  15. JS

    JaymeS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  16. CR

    CameronR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very strong drinks, great food selection. My girlfriend and I couldn't hear each other across the table due to noise.
  17. D

    Dude

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Terrible wine list and my fish was way overcooked. I am not sure why this restaurant is on Open Table.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Valentines day
  19. BR

    BridgetR

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  20. LC

    LeeannC

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  21. WU

    WendyU

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  22. m

    maddiemccartney

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Average food, very typical bar ambiance.
  23. R

    Rc14

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 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.
  24. LV

    LinusVP

    Columbus

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Raymar and Nick were great! Thank you both!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday showtunes are magical!
  26. LV

    LinusVP

    Columbus

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 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! ❤️
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Night out with my bestie!
  28. T

    Tony

    Columbus

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  29. 4

    43204t

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Amazing food and staff.
  30. JS

    JessicaS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    The waffle was amazing. Everything else that I tried was good.
  31. k

    kaitlynm

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 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.
  32. r

    rachelb

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 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!
  33. SP

    ShemekaP

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Drayven was awesome. Look forward to our next visit.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good and it all made for an enjoyable evening
  36. a

    alwaysout

    Columbus

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    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.
  37. NC

    NewtoCbus

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service! Great ambiance! On street parking was available.
  38. l

    leapyearbaby01

    Columbus

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was great while I waited an extra 45 minutes for my friends.
  39. CS

    ChazS

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and good food. Buffet is great value.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a fun time! One of my reg places to go

FAQs

Union Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 421-2233.

Union Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 742 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hull Alley

  • Neighborhood

    Columbus

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Parking garage located at Hubbard east of High St, less than 1 block away.

  • Public transit

    COTA Bus #2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin P

  • Entertainment

    Karaoke Monday nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (614) 421-2233

  • Catering

    We have a modern catering menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Flatbread, Crostini, Crispy Calamari Cups, and more.

  • Private party facilities

    Union Cafe can accommodate groups small and large. We are able to welcome up to 200 seated guests during patio season and 150 when the patio is closed. Standing and seated, we can handle up to 300 guests. We have the ability to join tables to accommodate groups from 2-24 people easily. We also have private dining areas that are perfect for groups up to 55 people.

  • Private party contact

    Sam Schisler: (614) 221-7531 ext. 1

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