UNION Kitchen & Tap

4.6
775 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 775 people are saying
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MaxH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods, service & ambiance 👌

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vipJoelG
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Meghan was wonderful ...food and service were great...
Meghan picked up that we were celebrating birthdays and brought us a wonderful dessert “on the house” with candles🎂👍

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vipSDCreole
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kinda never wanted to like this location , but dang it - it really was
Super delicious ! We started with sweet potato fries and
The poke tacos , moved onto the watermelon salad and added grilled shrimp . Service was spot on , as quick as possible on delivery of food. Just ice tea for the lunch but would def come back for happy hour .

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vipSanDiegoMan
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and drinks! Pan Fried chicken was delicious. Jules is a great waitress!

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MarkE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Nice location. Parking a challenge. Food good, but Nashville hot chicken sandwich was a bit dry and not spicy at all. Overall good meal & service.

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LiseD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We go to Union Kitchen a lot. We love the food and typically the service is good, but it was very bad yesterday. We sat on the patio which was not at all crowded, so its unclear why service was so poor. Our dinner came before the appetizer and I had asked for mustard for my burger two separate times and never got it. We'll go back, but we will ask for a waiter we've had before who is good.

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vipeatoften
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Was OK. Sat street side because the noise level inside prevented conversation. Street-side was pretty.loud too with the hot rod effect.
But service was great, wine is soso.
I jad the half chicken and expected “a half roasted chicken”. Instead it was a boneless breast and boneless thigh, both kind of poached and flavorless. Not sure what that was.
No hurry to go back.
Burgers that went by looked great and Id go that direction if we return.

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christineh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food and ambience at Union are very enjoyable. Overall the staff is friendly, welcoming and competent. This was my third visit and I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I experienced rude condescension, snarky comments when I made a complaint about the drink to our server. It's Ok to deflect a complaint if there is reason to do so, not OK to be rude. Ruined the experience for me. Will probably not go back for awhile, if ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly delightful experience. We decided to give Union a try after being unable to get a reservation at our regular places near the track at Del Mar. Outside table, quiet with a heater when it cooled off. Great service from Alec and good food. Steak frittes very nice. The salmon nicely presented with tasty Swiss chard with celery root puree. The bar scene looked lively if the quieter patio isn't your scene. Definitely go for the food.

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vipSanDiegoMan
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Happy to see new menu additions!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

No avocado on veggie burger.

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vipSueD
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was very average. Pizza came out cold. Watermelon and goat cheese salad was sad. Server and bus staff were fine but should probably be trained to gently put plates in the table and not to stack silverware in glasses and scrape food from one plate to another ON the guest’s table. I have been here once before and it was a good experience. This one was disappointing. 6pm on a Friday.

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JuliM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Good experience! The server was awesome. Gave great suggestions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Justine M was delightful

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SandyK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A bit pricey, but overall good. Our server was excellent, Megan.
Chicken and waffles were terrific. Bloody Mary was great as well!

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JeromeF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

With different areas including indoor, outdoor, sidewalk and a secluded area in the back with low key live music, Union kitchen and tap delivers a casual and friendly experience with good food and a variety of beers on tap.

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BriceH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go to 👍 good food, great service, clean, nice location, ideal to spend some time and relax with friends or family

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LaurieS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food. Enjoyed the ambiance too.

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Molson
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

patio along sidewalk would have been great. food was excellent (shrimp and grits, burger) and drinks were well done. Large party doing tequila shots in the back area of the inhouse back patio ruined the meal for us. Nothing our server could have done, other than offer us a different table outside this patio area.

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vipchuck
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal and Justine provided awesome service and information on the area! Thank you and see you next time!

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michelleL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great drinks and outdoor back patio!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Haven’t been here in awhile. Remember the service being good and it still is. And love all the new seating options outside. But the food quality really has dropped. Need to bring a chef in to fine tune the recipes. Prices quite high for what you get. Booths in back of restaurant so dark I couldn’t read the menu. Unfortunately won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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Amoureusedusud
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely excellent! I wish they had lower tables outside (we were with an elderly person) but besides that, the food and service was 10/10

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BarbaraA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience when we visited. We were staying in Solana Beach and wanted something close by. Great service and excellent food. It’s been a challenge post Covid and this restaurant had it all together. We would visit again when in town.

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vipFoodieDad
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Went here with my family and was extremely disappointed. Even the kids Chicken Tenders were not very good, the Truffle Fries were sub-par at best, burgers were overcooked, salads were drenched in dressing. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other, and the service was off. Overall just disappointed as I really wanted to like it, but will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary brunch - sat outside. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

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Jb913
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant experience! Outdoor seating was great and everyone liked the food.

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vipSuzy
Phoenix
16 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
7 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
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience

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TracyM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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CarrieR
San Diego
3 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
120 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.

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 4.6 stars by 775 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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