UNION Kitchen & Tap

4.7
750 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Situated at the southern end of Downtown Encinitas on the historic 101 highway, UNION Kitchen & Tap offers New American Cuisine in an inviting, warm, and comfortable restaurant setting. Executive Chef, Anthony Calamari, created a frequently changing menu that relies heavily on local and organic ingredients. The menu features a variety of options to choose from including seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches, prime steak and chops, and a number of signature dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. UNION Kitchen & Tap also offers a full complement of local craft beers, boutique wines, and signature cocktails.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 750 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSuzy
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The cornbread was great. My husband ordered a share plate of ceviche tacos and I ordered a salad with blackened salmon. The servers took a long time to take our order. Also took a while to get our food. My husbands tacos wee 2-3 bites each-total rip off. Can’t believe they would be to share. My salad came with shrimp rather than salmon. They took back the salad to correct but it took over 20 minutes for my replacement. In the meantime my husband finished his meal. No apologies from staff. Staff did not check to see if our meal was good or if we needed anything-I would have liked salt and pepper. While we have dined here quite a few times and enjoyed our food, we won’t be back any time soon.

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Galaxy
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was here with 2 friends for early dinner. Got rsvp night before for outside tables. Perfect choice for a quick meal with friends.

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vipEric
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Hipster Service. Casual to the point of lax.

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Betsy
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding cheeseburgers salads and desserts and stellar service ! We will be back.

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BobB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience

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TracyM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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CarrieR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was very good and food was very good too for the most part. My friend and I each ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos and each of us had 1 of our 2 tacos in which the fish was quite over seasoned. I think it was a fluke since I’ve had the tacos a few times before and they were great! It was just weird that we both had one over seasoned taco and one was great. The corn bread appetizer was AMAZING!!

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GirlsTrip
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our girls weekend Union was perfect for us. Food was great, server was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. Thank you for the terrific experience.

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luvfood
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, craft cocktails and service. We had a great time!

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vipKirky
San Diego
117 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch - great service and ambience along with fabulous food! We enjoyed the roasted brussels sprouts for openers and then the steak frites and sweet potato ravioli.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flatbreads, burgers and salad.

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Lanford1
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

If the food quality matched the ambiance and service, it would be a home run.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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ElyssaL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Union is always a fun time and has the yummiest food!

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PhilipK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and bar. Meatballs and Cornbread were delicious appetizers. Best dish of the night hands down was the shrimp and grits.

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DonM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Good service and the food is very good, but the place is quite loud. The outdoor seating is next to the highway, plus overly energetic music, make it difficult to hold a conversation. More of a place for twenty somethings looking to party.

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vipccPacHeights
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches in north county!

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CoachChris
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Union Kitchen has consistently good food and service and a great location. It was great getting out to a more normal relaxed mask atmosphere.

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SDLocavore
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant place to have lunch. Make a reservation and get a window table like I did. Nice and cool and well-ventilated. Excellent service! Very nice salad with chicken and "crispy egg".

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JeffreyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Encinitas. Service, food and location all top notch. A bit pricey but still worth the visit

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Be aware this is a dog friendly place. We sat out on the patio where someone had to bring their not one but two dogs that kept yapping and squealing and barking the entire time. Not a good birthday experience. Restaurants should NOT allow dogs in or out on a patio of a restaurant. It was like dining in a kennel!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal; from the hostess to the waitress everyone was so accommodating and attentive. I loved the aesthetic of the restaurant, great place to have a friends link. The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was the food. The options were limited and the food was just ok. Nothing to be impressed by, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything special.

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MB62
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beimg greeted when we walked to a friendly goodbye when we left this was a wonderful experience. Great food and service!

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vipEncinitasFoodie
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal on the outside patio.

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Lunchlady
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. I had the fish tacos and my friend had a salad. It was quite noisy, but we were still able to talk.

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Timm
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always friendly and efficient. Food is great and something for everyone.
Great cocktails!

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LRLTMM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We sat outside and it was quite loud next to the road. Was disappointed we weren’t’ on the back patio since we had a reservation. Service was excellent. Food was very good - just a little expensive for the ambiance. Very much a “bar” feel.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were spectacular. We ordered the ordered the ribeye, which was cooked to perfection. We paired it with the bacon mac & cheese, which was delicious. The ambiance was wonderful and our server, Megan, was exceptional. She was thoughtful and provides great recommendations on cocktails. I ordered the Vincent Vega and Miyagi. We would definitely come back again.

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vipLJSD
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for drinks/food w/ friends. Ahi tacos, meatballs, kale salad, sweet potato fries. All delish and great for sharing.

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vipDavethediner
San Diego
222 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner with friends - all of us had the flatiron - good for the price

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Elle
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were a party of 4 and 2 of the dishes wasn’t good. Ordered the Salmon and the burger which won’t daughter and friend didn’t even get to eat half.

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claricesther
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a girl's brunch to celebrate a birthday. Highly recommend the Rita cocktail and skillet cornbread. Will be coming back again or even willing to try the Gaslamp location.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Salmon was perfect!

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Susan
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Came for Cinco de Mayo bartender told us all margaritas were $9. We ended up having a huge tab because the "Rita" was not included. I feel like he mislead us and I will never come back. Also our glass was FULL of ice so not much drink either.

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vipRickyRicardo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service, to the drinks, to the shim-n-grits and the sweet potato were excellent! I was sad there was no octopus, but the grits were amazing! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were amazing!

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RyanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding

We particularly enjoyed the breakfast flatbread

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SarahH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entrees were so delicious- ravioli and salmon. The desserts were scrumptious. The chocolate flourless dessert is 2 cupcakes w/ cream. Yum!!!

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LBNM
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal and dining experience! Our server was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out with friends

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from UNION Kitchen & Tap using the Order Online button. UNION Kitchen & Tap also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 230-2337.

UNION Kitchen & Tap is rated 4.7 stars by 750 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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