UNION Kitchen & Tap

4.8
672 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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Safety precautions

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 672 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarbBelle
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nicole was fantastic as a server! Prices have gone up -- we understand the Covid angle, but why so much?

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Jesse
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.
Food is next level.
Service was great.
All around great experience.

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vipCLM41
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union is always a good spot! Good food. Great for football. Brunch too! Plea by of indoor and outdoor seating options.

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vipBrian
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lisa Marie and the whole staff making the best of a COVID compliant dinning experience.

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DaveK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites places to eat when in San Diego area!

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vipKarinaP
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been coming to Union since they opened. Always great service and awesome drinks. Ambiance is great and they follow COVID rules. Union is our go to on the weekends. They have lots of tables and outside seating, set up is great.

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DerekM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and the food is incredible for a sports bar.

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Travis
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We can't wait to go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to have drinks with friends.

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NadineV
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet for a meal or drinks! Indoor and outdoor seating options. Friendly & attentive servers, good menu options, yummy food!

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vipWitty
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service and COVID friendly.

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RickD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Good food. We were outside so the occasional motorcycle was loud.

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JocelynF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the beautiful outdoor space. It felt safe and clean- we had plenty of space around us. Service & food was excellent. Enjoyed the evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic. Great aesthetics and outstanding servers. And of course, the food is tremendous. The Wild Board Ragu has the chefs kiss. I’ll 100% be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We miss bottomless mimosas. Still a classic though.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cool spot! Wings were great but the cocktails & Mac & cheese is what makes this place amazing. Highly recommend.

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Chris
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sweet server (she was wearing pearls because it was her birthday) was amazing and her insightful menu suggestions made our dinner first-rate!

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vipKatie
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, lots of outdoor dining space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan burger is AMAZING! And the truffle fries!! So good!! Love this place!

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vipRemz
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and good food! 🤙

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MatthewR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Brussel sprouts were too sweet and slightly burned. The gumbo was delicious and filling. A lot of street noise made conversation difficult.

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vipKarinaP
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Union. Always great service, great drinks and food. It's always our go to place for a date.

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vipgaryS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two words: Peanut Butter Pie.

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vipBryan
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, quality and experience. My family and I felt safely distanced inside - though outdoor options are also available. We would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa-Marie was fantastic. The cornbread is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was great. Very unique cocktails. All the drinks and food my friends and I ordered was fantastic. Service was awesome. Will definitely be coming back again

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vipNatalieR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to this place. They are doing a great job during Covid too with cleaning and spacing people out distance-wise. Always good service and good food. Fun atmosphere too!

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LauraM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super friendly staff and very safe environment
excellent food as always.
Really adjusting well to new situation
will go back for sure

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vipMichael
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On if my favorite places in Encinitas. Fantastic energy...great ambiance and the food is consistently flavorful and fresh.

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vipPhil
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and mgmt did everything possible to make this an enjoyable date.

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vipDavethediner
San Diego
207 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great outdoor venue and really like the new menu - barbecue was a nice addition

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vipSDCreole
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Union is always a great go to for locals, and tourists....
Mask enforced until you get seated, staff is helpful and work well in teams.
Food was delicious, smoked mushrooms- cmon! Not served with bread so order a small side to get all the yummies. Pass on their Impossible burger- crumbly and not worth it, but the blackened tacos are a hit. Wish the bottomless would come back- like now!

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vipMollieO
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dinner with Grandkids and 21st Birthday for one.

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vipCarinC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was excellent watermelon salad was a huge hit. The burger came out under cooked but staff handled it in a great way. Definitely returning.

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vipSoCalEnthu
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood bar/restaurant with good selection of beers on tap and mixed drinks. Delicious burgers, flatbreads, etc. We've tried a lot of dishes and they are always excellent. Can be noisy when crowded (which is quite often) but they've expanded over the years and have more seating than in the past.

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Swizzle
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a unique spot in a city with several unique spots. Food is excellent and interesting, and the mixed drinks take a slightly different spin on the traditional mixology which makes you want to order one of each just out of curiosity. It's a bit trendy, so wear your best shirt and make sure your hair is at it's best.

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JulieB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We did not have beer or cocktails, which is probably what most customers come in for. The fries were excellent. One guest had the shrimp & grits, which were good. The Wedge salad was pretty good except for the large thick chunks of bacon (?). These were not good at all. Too tough to even chew. (Traditional crispy bacon bits would have been much much better. ) The filet was average. Service was very good- Cambria was friendly.

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NickC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place....good service, good food, good value....

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food - fun atmosphere.

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GailJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Union for so many reasons. I've been here several times... for drinks, for lunch, for snacks, for a full dinner... and it's always great. It's casual and homey, but definitely beach-bar chic. There are different sections to be seated - at the bar and at common high tables, as well as separate "rooms" throughout the restaurant. We sat in the outdoor section in the back with heaters and we were really comfortable. We started with guac and chips. I'm a bit of guac snob because I make my own, and this guac was really good. We also had wings - just enough spice, nice and small, and cooked perfectly. (Sometimes wings are too big and not done enough.) I got a vegan bowl even though I'm not vegan. I just wanted lots of veggies. This had cauliflower and sweet potato and it was delicious. In the past I've gotten burgers and they are amazing. I would also highly recommend the shrimp and grits. Honestly, you can't go wrong. I've never had a bad meal at Union.

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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 4.8 stars by 672 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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