About Union Kitchen & Tap - Gaslamp

The Vibe

A little more than a stone’s throw from its original digs in Encinitas, Union Kitchen & Tap ignites the Gaslamp with our second neighborhood-friendly dining and drinking destination. Seamlessly melding refined and rustic, vintage and contemporary. Stylish without being sleek, Union Kitchen & Tap is warm and inviting, comfortable and lively.

Union Kitchen & Tap boasts impressive surroundings of reclaimed wood and modern furnishings bringing their Americana concept to life, along with garage-style doors that open up to a generous patio, connecting Union’s bustling indoor vibe with refreshing outdoor spaces. Live entertainment and weekend DJs always set the stage for a great night out.

333 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
11am - 2am Monday - Friday
9am - 2am Saturday & Sunday

Cross Street:
5th and J

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 795-9463

Website:
http://www.gaslampunion.com/

Entertainment:
Live Acoustic Bands Wednesday-Thursday (subject to changes, call 619.795.9463 for line up)

Catering:
Please Call Marilyn Long at 619.823.2004 for more information regarding Catering and Private Parties! Thank you for your interest in Union Kitchen & Tap in Gaslamp.

Parking Details:
Parking Lots Located at 6th & K, 4th & Island, Park it on Market (located on Market & 7th), Meter Parking (free after 8pm), Street Parking, Valet Parking located next door after 6pm.

Public Transit:
Trolley Info : The Trolley runs through downtown on 500 C street, and 600 Park & Market. Free parking is available at many MTS Trolley stations.

Ferry Info : The Ferry from Coronado to 5th Ave (San Diego Convention Center) runs daily and leaves every 30 minutes starting at 9:10 am and runs until 9:40 pm. Fri & Sat til 10:40pm.

Executive Chef:
Colten Lemmer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please Call Marilyn Long at 619.823.2004 for more information regarding Catering and Private Parties! Thank you for your interest in Union Kitchen & Tap in Gaslamp.

Specials

Friday Nights LIVE in Gaslamp

Fridays from 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Social Hour

Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Case of the Tuesdays

Tuesdays from 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Specials

Friday Nights LIVE in Gaslamp

Fridays from 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Details

Entertainment: 6PM-9PM Live Acoustic 10PM-1AM Live Band (No Cover) Food Specials: Late-night menu: Kitchen open till midnight. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Fridays from 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Union will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Join us for a pre-thanksgiving party Wednesday, 9pm-CL: ‘Industry Karaoke’ $3 Fireball $5 All Drafts // $5 House Wines $5 Ketel One // $5 Jack Daniels $7 Don Julio Silver Margaritas

Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Drink Specials: 50% OFF bottles of wine 50% OFF bottles of Chandon 10PM-CL Late Night Happy Hour $5 drafts $2 off wells Entertainment: Karaoke 10PM-CL. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Social Hour

Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Details

Drink Specials: $2 OFF craft cocktails $5 draft beers (excluding Pacificos) 25% OFF bottles of wine $2 OFF wells $2 OFF wines by the glass Food Specials: $9.95: Wings/Crawfish Popcorn/Hummus/Flatbreads. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Case of the Tuesdays

Tuesdays from 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Details

Starts at 8pm (for everyone - not just industry) DJ Starts at 9pm $3 Pacifico Drafts $5 House Wines $5 Fireball/Jameson/Ketel One/Don Julio Blanco/Nolets’s $7 Burgers & Fries. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 17, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018 on Tuesdays from 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM.

Private Dining

Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Union Kitchen & Tap boasts an impressive 7,800sq.ft. of flexible dining & event space. Our seasonal menu reflects the chef’s creativity and showcases New American Cuisine enhanced by innovative & traditional cooking methods.

Union Kitchen & Tap - Gaslamp Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (3)
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Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fun (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Server and food was terrific!!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I kindly ask for a quiet table. The manager simply does not understand what a business meal is. When the customer requests for business meal and you know you have special occasion, the restaurant should have informed the customer beforehand or be flexible and get a new table at more quiet location. Opentable should get rid of occasion option of business meal in this restaurant.

The worst experience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Me and my team members (15) had a great experience, at Union Kitchen. The food was excellent, the staff (waiters) were great! Overall very happy with this choice and will revisit again soon. :) thank you

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

They were not able to accomodate us as we had 2 kids with us. They were going to put us in a table which is too high fit the high chair and when we asked for a booth they were not accomodating at all saying that qe cannot sit at a booth with the stroller.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Visited with business team in San Diego. Food was great and the seating was comfortable. Was extremely loud, however; the guitar player wasn't necessary and only added to the noise. We should have waited for an outside table!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wasn't expecting it to be so loud. Good place to watch a game but not for a nice dinner. Service was pretty terrible. Food was good but took forever.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Tapas
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

It was quick to be seated, at 7p . Maybe because it was a Monday but it was still nice ! It was a really good atmosphere and the food was delicious !

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Loved the food, the service and the sidewalk table. If I could have every meal here, I'd gladly come back to try more items on the menu. The staff are amazing and the food exceptional.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great service; fun sitting out front at the sidewalk; always plenty of interesting sites along 5th avenue.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great location and varied menu for all tastes. Service was excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This visit was a lot more disappointing than my last here. The patio is pleasant, but the tables outside are incredibly sticky. They do *not use placemats*. So they expect you to keep your silverware on this gross table between courses. Service was efficient, and food came out quickly. But the server was very harried waiting on several tables and had no warmth - never asked us how we were enjoying things or if everything was ok. Local greens salad was good overall, though the fried egg was a lot more leaden than last time I went. But the big eye tuna entrée was very disappointing. The sides on the plate were very tasty - corn and purple cauliflower. But the tuna itself had probably been seared and then stuck under a heat lamp for a long time. It was gelatinous and dry even though it looked rare. Very strange. And the server was so harried he didn't really get my drink order right and then never came to check on whether I was enjoying it. The prices here are better than in a lot of places in the Gaslamp, and the food is good when it's good. But with icky tables, service that doesn't make you feel welcome, and then some bad dishes coming out, I don't think I'll return.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

I took my client here for supper, and the food was beyond our expectations. Will definitely come back when I'm in town again.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Live Sports
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Husband and I were visiting from LA for one night. Family recommend Union kitchen, and we were not dissapointent. Great service, outside patio was perfect for the night.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Would go back every time we are in the area.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food and atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The place is great. The food was very good but the amount of time to get our food took a bit long

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Ticket times are a bit slow. Good coming out can be tastet

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Excellent food and value, plenty of seating so I can take a group of business colleagues there when there is an event in town. I am only in San Diego when on business, so appreciate that Union Gaslamp accepts lunch reservations. Friendly vibrant staff and an energetic atmosphere round out a perfect spot for lunch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Healthy, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Had a great, relaxed meal with a small group. Excellent mixed drink and beer selection, good was expertly prepared from a diverse menu with a Southern twist. Everything from burgers, chops, steaks, to pasta and fish. Tutu the meatball appetizer and pork tomahawk. We also favored the dump and grits. Prompt and friendly service. Comfortable seating. Plenty of tv's with sports tuned in. Relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

I was attending a conference in San Diego and went with 2 groups of business colleagues, who are also friends. I marked it as "business", but it was also a friend get-together. I actually made the reservation because a local San Diego person recommended it to me (another friend). I ended up making 2 reservations for 2 separate meetings. It was delicious food--especially the s'mores dessert (and I don't order dessert much, but this was worth it!), the salmon was really good and the mixed vegetables and brussel sprouts with goat cheese were awesome. There was a special I had with local fish that was a wee bit too spicy, but other than that the regular menu had various great options I enjoyed!!! Good service on both occasions.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Shrimp & Grits were excellent but desserts are overpriced and underwhelming. Service average, but I would still go back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

All great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Great service, great food, reasonably price!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This is a lively place to go in the heart of the gaslamp district. I highly recommend the bacon mac and cheese and Brussel sprouts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was above average - was a chilled out place for dinner and drinks.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The music was a little too loud in the restaurant!! Could not talk w/out shouting!! Loved the shrimp & grits. The pecan salad w/ the egg, delicious!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food and service was good but overpriced. Noise is understandable because of the ambience.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Group of five for Mother's Day brunch/buffet. We have a couple of picky eaters but when the restaurant called to confirm the reservation I checked on their menu for that day. French toast, waffles---with pecan, Nutella, pwd sugar and other toppings, salmon platter, fresh bagels maple bacon, beans, rice...shrimp and grits, acai bowl with fruit and chocolate... and I cannot remember anything else were amazing. My best friend and her daughter both contacted me afterwards to let me know how great they though the food was. Everything was fresh, tasty. Service was above average---we'd put our order in for drinks which took some time but the server was friendly and didn't forget anything even though it took some time to arrive. TVs were on different channels with sports, looks like the alcoholic drinks were well liked. Coffee was decent. Parking garage is close, street parking available. Not too bad an environment for older kids, not sure I would recommend little ones here as the booths were high and tables were close...but they'd be fine in general. Brunch was about $35/per person for Mother's Day. Overall, amazing food, decent service for being busy... a wee noisy for a romantic date (think popular bar noise) Highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've dined several times at Union Kitchen and always enjoy it. It's a lively friendly restaurant and bar. Both the food and drinks are good. I think it's one of the best dining values in the Gaslamp!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Graduation lunch

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great find while in SD for a conference. Food was good and place had a good vibe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great experienxe. Good menu and all the dishes i am told were delicious. Service was great and outdoor seating on a perfect night made it even more special.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Sunday brunch was nice especially since there was a band playing to add to the ambiance. This was a great stop before going to the baseball game.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Service was incredibly slow, it took 20 minutes for our server to take our order and another 40 minutes to get our food. It should not take an hour from the time you sit down to get your food. We went for Sunday brunch and the restaurant wasn't even busy. When our food finally did come out it was cold and not great. Never again.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Great outdoor dining in the gaslamp Quarter. Food was yummy and service was friendly

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great Service and Even better Food!!!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Maybe I'm getting old, but prices are getting out of control for a totally average meal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The chef plated some equisite giant bay scallops in a bed of grits and spinach. My date and I shared the scallops, as well as the delicious sweet potato fries, of which there almost seemed too much for two. Wonderful meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Great music, excellent service and really good food! We will definitely be back!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Visiting friends, we enjoyed a post zoo visit trip to the Gas Lamp area and selected Union for the beer, the location, the food etc. and we enjoyed everything about it! Great service, delicious meals, beer flights and handmade cocktails - would definitely recommend for a fun night out.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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