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About Union Cafe

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
MONDAY $10 PIZZAS + $2 PINTS
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 PATRON margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 STEAK + FRIES
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers

782 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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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

Cross Street:
Hull Alley

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 421-2233

Website:
http://www.columbusnightlife.com/unioncafe2010/index.php#

Entertainment:
Karaoke Monday nights

Catering:
We have a Modern Catering Menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Meat & Cheese Tray, Dessert Samosas, Southern Pimiento and Lime Spiced Tortilla Chips.

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

Public Transit:
COTA Bus #2

Executive Chef:
Benjamin P, Glenn S, Tyler B

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Our kitchen is open until 7pm on Xmas Eve, enjoy our full menu whilst you shop the Short for last minute specialty gifts!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Enjoy a Vegas Style DIVAS show while you eat featuring celebrity camp impersonations by Nina West, Virginia West and friends. here are 2 dinner seatings 5:30pm and 8pm. When you arrive, the $10 reservation fee will be applied to each person's tab. A meal purchase is required with each reservation.

Union Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
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Great for Brunch (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Cozy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Business Meals (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

i love union cafe! super gay-friendly, awesome staff, great music, amazing food

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Late-night Find, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

My husband and I always ear at Union pretty Much once a week. Awesome staff, strong cocktails and fun entertainment when they have it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Had a great time with Jose, and David is great!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ordinarily, we have a wonderful brunch at Union Cafe. This visit wasn't as pleasant. We are ignored by our waitstaff until we asked for assistance. We received the wrong drink order and were not assisted for the rest of the meal. The waffle bar was sub-par. It is usually one of my favorite experiences, but the waffle was burned and was actually incomplete from the griddle. We hope to have a better experience in the future.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our server was amazing! The food was great! The drinks were amazing.....the host not so much

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Union has the best brunch in Columbus! I don't usually enjoy a buffet, but the food is always hot and so so good! Highly recommended

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Server was friendly and food was fine. Very noisy inside. An atypical "mix"-varied menu, sports on many TV's and burlesque performance in the evening.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We went to Union cafe for my friends 21st birthday and it was an AMAZING time. The food was great, the drinks were strong, and the servers were extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend this for anyone planning a special occasion event with a large group or just for any occasion really or no occasion at all. The vibes are unmatched by any other restaurant/bar in Columbus. I will probably go here 4 more times this week and might honestly have my wedding here.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A bit loud, but the food and service were both great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was great and the service was spot on. We sat on the patio and it was great for people watching.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fun
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As always, I love visiting Union whenever I'm in Columbus. Great food, strong drinks, and great entertainment!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love love love this place. Amazing food. And the. Staff. Are. The beat. Best. Patio in columbus

Tags: Cozy, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Had an AMAZING waiter who went above and beyond! Food was amazing and affordable

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 27, 2017

As always, the food was good and the service was friendly.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Sunday Brunch buffet was really good. However, the waiter wasn't that great! He seems unwilling to work and did not smile through out the time. Had a reservation there for my best friend's birthday because we have always wanted to try their Sunday brunch. We come for their Thursday long island night almost every week. Such a bummer that the service was bad that morning since we love Union!

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The breakfast buffet is not vegan friendly. When I asked the server about vegan options, he didn't know and asked someone else who I think was a manager. His answer was "we have fruit" which is not a meal. We ended up having to leave and schedule another reservation for a different restaurant down the street. Luckily this second place had a variety of options including vegan friendly options.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I anticipated noise levels being high. However the quality of the sound was very poor considering it was showtune sunday.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I love Union. they have the best brunch and patio In the Short North!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food but was initially turned away for not having a reservation only to make one on Open Table and go back and there's tons of open tables.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic food, impeccable service and some of the friendliest staff and patrons that I've ever experienced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing food and very fun atmosphere!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I have been here before and really enojyed it. That being said I was very disappointted this time. I told my friends from out of town how great and fun this place was and that we had to go to the drag brunch. I put in a reservation and they even called to confirm the night before. When we get there they say that they have overbooked the inside and they have places outside. Ihe only problem is that its raining outside and the show (the reason we all came) was inside. Ruined the whole experience. The only reason we stayed was becuase we already paid for parking.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As a frequent Union patron, I was extremely dissatisfied this past Saturday. We made a reservation for the drag brunch, and upon arrival, we were told that they had overbooked their tables and that our table would be outside. It was around 50 degrees and raining, most of the tables had rain on the tables and seats. We had no option other than to go elsewhere to eat. We did come back and were extremely pleased with our server, Alexander, however we were unable to sit down inside until the show was over.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Girls day out

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food4
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fun place, good food, ambiance. Attended a drag show and brunch, great fun

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The staff was very helpful and our server was the best! Had a great time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food and drinks were good but not great, the music was loud so not great for conversation. Service was exceptional! Overall an upscale college bar with good food and fair pricing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Staff were attentive, the food was amazing, and the ambiance is positive!

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent, fun place, great service, reasonable prices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My husband and I were there for Sunday brunch on 8/13/17; we had made a reservation for 10:00. It was a gorgeous day, so we sat on the patio. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly, and our server, Zach, was friendly and efficient. He took care to let us know they added 2 new dishes to the brunch buffet, shrimp grits and sweet potato bake. They were both OUTSTANDING. The shrimp grits had a lot of shrimp in them, flavored very nicely. The sweet potato bake had a thick crust of amazing pecan crumble - OMG. The buffet was fine, normally I skip the breakfast pizza because it's not that great. Their sausage and bacon are good, pancakes are good, biscuit/gravy good. I don't like the pasta, but that's just me. Great fresh fruit. I love the omelet bar, although there was a new person and the omelets weren't too pretty (but I don't care). Husband and I split a chocolate peanut butter waffle from the waffle bar (OMG). The coffee was very good and we were pleased that they have flavored creamer available. This is well worth the price and we look forward to going back, but not too soon, or we won't fit in the chairs (we're already pushing maximum density).

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I absolutely loved this place! We were celebrating a bachelorette and running late on our large party reservations, but they still quickly sat us and the service was amazing! The food was delicious! The atmosphere and energy is everything for celebrations! We had such a good time!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Amazing food! Friendly staff. Always a good choice.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My husband and I have visited the UNION CAFE a few times, each visit always a great experience. Food is amazing, portions are huge, the service is impeccable and we love the patio. Saturday was an exceptionally beautiful day and I made reservations for 4 of us. Our friends from Cinci were coming to visit and they like good burgers. They loved the food and we had a wonderful time and they want to come back, next time they visit.
Thank you all so much!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a great time at Union Cafe, we always do! Food was good and so was our server Meredith, she was very attentive and friendly. I like the variety of food on their menus and prices are decent compared to so many other restaurants in Short North area!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I have been going to brunch at union for the last 5 years. And it has just gotten better and better. I love this place. The staff is amazing they make you feel like party of the family and the food....OMG! All I will say is try it for yourself. 😁😁😁😁😁

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The staff is absolutely amazing! I've been to expensive steak houses that don't even come close to the service I receive at Union. LOVE this place!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Im a regular at union at night on the weekends and friends told me to go in the day time for food because it's great. I went for my birthday dinner and the food was amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The service was very much subpar. Several tables around us, who arrived and ordered after us, received their entrees prior to us receiving our apps. By the time our apps arrived, the spinach and artichoke dip had a layer of film, obviously after sitting for a while. The servers then tried to serve our entrees within 5 minutes of delivering our apps, giving us no time to enjoy the apps. After the entree, it took a significant amount of time for the desserts to be delivered, which we ordered early on, prior to even receiving the entree.

Yes the shrimp pad Thai was really good. I recommend. But the service really was displeasing.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent service! Food was delicious. It was noisy and crowded but we will definitely go back.

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