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
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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PatrickM
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

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RunitaH
Columbus
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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43204t
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CD
vipCoraD
Columbus
25 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.

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VeVe
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CS
vipChrisS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cast Party!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quick and easy

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vipRedsfancmh
Columbus
22 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.

DR
vipDavidRobins
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kat was awesome as always! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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SteveP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Service was excellent!

SP
ShemekaP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE UNION!!!

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BethY
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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CameronR
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.

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vipDude
Cleveland
10 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentines day

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BridgetR
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.

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LeeannC
Columbus
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.

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WendyU
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!

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maddiemccartney
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Average food, very typical bar ambiance.

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Rc14
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
vipDavidRobins
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raymar and Nick were great! Thank you both!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday showtunes are magical!

DR
vipDavidRobins
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! ❤️

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vipTony
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.

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43204t
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Amazing food and staff.

JS
JessicaS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

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

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kaitlynm
Columbus
6 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.

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RachelB
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!

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ShemekaP
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good and it all made for an enjoyable evening

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vipalwaysout
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.

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vipNewtoCbus
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipleapyearbaby01
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipChazS
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. Buffet is great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Love it here and will continue going!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Good value, strong drinks