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About UNION Kitchen & Tap

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, Michael Lina, 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. The bar remains open until 2:00am for those looking for some nightlife.

1108 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
J Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 230-2337

Website:
http://www.localunion101.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Lina

Private Party Contact:
events@localunion101.com: (760) 230-2337

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

UNION Kitchen & Tap Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (11)
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Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great Beer (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Live Sports (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (3)
Spicy (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
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Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (1)
Authentic (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We had reservations and got seated in the very back tucked in corner..waited for service..no eye contact or anything for 10 minutes..had to go find someone..she was good..my shrimp and grits..which I have had before and enjoyed..was over cooked..and a tad cold..my husband fish stew was bland..we have been in the past and enjoyed it..maybe can’t handle Valentine’s Day...

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Entree choices are outstanding. Fish was perfect. Beer on-tap was refreshing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First time here and we had the homemade beignets, steak and eggs, and the duck confit hash! Everything was beyond delicious! Definitely coming back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food is hit or miss. The wings are excellent, big beefy wings. Jambalaya was a disappointment. The waiter said it is the 2nd most ordered item. I don't know why, it was boring for me. The pastrami sandwich would have been good, except the meat was way too fatty for me. I could not enjoy that. It had excellent ingredients in the sandwich, which would have made it very good if only the meat were good. It is a nice spot if you are looking for a lively night. I think I will prefer it when the outside patio opens and it is a more peaceful place to eat.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food in Encinitas is not nearly as good as the restaurant downtown. Disappointing experience overall compared to the downtown location. A little surprising that they do not offer flights of beer in a city where craft brews are a highlight. Waiter said the bar is too busy to be able to offer flights, but lots of busy restaurants in San Diego somehow manage to offer them. I would not go back to the Encinitas location, but will definitely visit the one downtown, which is outstanding.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Union is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always good as well as the ambient. This is our go to place for Saturday nights with friends and even with kids.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Special of the night - monkfish was absolutely amazing. Chad was a terrific server as well.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I went with another couple to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The special menu was outstanding! We ordered the Porterhouse for two and had so much food! This was truly the best meal any of us had enjoyed in a long time. The truffle mac&cheese was delicious! Such a fantastic meal and the service was fantastic too!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here for NYE dinner. It’s a great bar for watching football on Sundays so I was surprised at how appropriate is turned out to be for a NYE dinner. It was classy in the dining room separate from the bar area with a great ambiance and awesome food. This place has it all for any occasion.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a good time. Place was Packed on Christmas so we went back a few days later. It’s a popular spot and I see why. Food was very good. Mac n Cheese is a little bitter for the wife’s taste. Brick Chicken was very good.

Service was great.

Tags: Great Beer, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We went on our 53rd wedding anniversary. We were so surprised very small dining room and not many really good tables for two
But we realized it was for the younger crowd. But though noisy the music was not as loud as one would expect
We will go again but for brunch or lunch
This was a gift from our son and wife. Was an interesting experience
No mention of our special ocassion
Though

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a great table at the window. Nice to catch up with a friend and have a glass of vino!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Spicy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fun place to meet up the bar is open. Good for sport games.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas brunch. Food was delicious and service was excellent. Mimosas too!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great christmas morning brunch! Good service and good food

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious hamburgers, generous amount of yummy fries, and special ketchup. High recommendation from us!

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Super service, creative menu with some more traditional choices. Staff genuinely seems to care what you think of your food. Very accommodating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Don’t get a steak here but otherwise everything was as I expected it to be

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Most of our group were pleased with their choices, two were not. When others tried the two dishes that weren’t liked, they agreed they weren’t good. Service was poor. The waiter had a bad attitude that was noticed by all.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went here for Thanksgiving dinner and they sat us is the private room to the right of the bar so it was very quiet and private.

Half the party had the Turkey dinner and the other half had other meals on the regular menu. Everyone loved their food and the dessert menu was top notch too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Went to watch Thursday night football game- many TVs around the bar/restaurant. Staff was efficient and accommodating to all our special requests for food and drinks. A great neighborhood hang out for us to take business partners too. Loved the chicken wings!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A bit loud. Food better than average. Funky fun ambience.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was terrible , soup was cold and Burger ordered Medium, came out well done . The manager tells us medium is there well . There’s a first. Grits were dried out and hard more like a firm mashed pork , I was expecting creamy cheese grits , never again X that place

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love their Gumbo and the Chicken was perfectly cooked.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious food and great service. Marci, our server was very attentive and made the meal even better!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Love this place; the servers and bar staff are friendly, attentive & the food is always good. Fun!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I've eaten every meal possible here - weekend brunch, business lunch, date/drinks, dinner, late night... I love Union. Yes, it's noisy, but the back room is quiet enough even during Saturday night DJ.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place. We go there often and always happy. This last night was particularly special. Great food, cocktails, great family time and our server was awesome!!! Amanda was the best!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (Perth / WA)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Just a everyday dining - kale salad was very good as was the flatbread - nice dinner and service

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 (Glasgow)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Loved the food. Loved the vibe. Very cool place and staff were 1st class.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was ok. Service was very slow but fun, casual ambiance.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Came to Union for a Bachelorette Party Dinner. The food was incredible. We started with the Peach and Pecan Flatbread, fried Crawfish, Poutin and Poke. All was delicious and unique. The cocktails were also very good a refreshing. For dinner we had the Marys Chicken and Brussels Sprouts. The chicken was moist and the BBQ sauce was yummy! Great service and ambiance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Authentic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food and the service are top-notch at this neighborhood eatery, and it's become deservedly popular as a result. There are occasional lapses -- for example, our waiter forgot that we had ordered beignets -- but brought some for us to take home and took them off the bill. That was nice. It's a little loud, and can be a little crowded, but it's become one of the two or three places in Encinitas that we know will be consistently good.

Tags: Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our burgers were excellent-so tasty! Fun place to eat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The swordfish was superb, washed down with an excellent Drakes 1500 pale ale

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Loved it! Delicious upscale comfort food. Noisy, fun, great people watching. I had the GLUTEN FREE grits with sausage and shrimp. Some small shrimp, about five large ones. (Our dogs loved the tails we brought home!) Spicy and wonderful. My husband had the gumbo, similar with a different sauce/soup. The menu is not marked with GF items, but there are enough to have a good selection. Great selection of craft beers.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Happy Hour, Fun, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The hostess on Sunday morning was rude and did not honor the reservation I made through Open Table. In addition, when my guest arrived, this hostess did not even guide/walk my guest to my table but merely sent her back to find me.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2017

our waitress was Awesome came to the table with a big smile and it just lifted everyone's mood

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Love the food and drinks here. Bartenders were very nice. hostess sat me and my friend in the back room which was not the greatest. Very dark and up against a wall. But we moved and sat at the bar it was a great time. If your in the area it's worth it :)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Would love to see a bigger selection of beers. Fun atmosphere and great service.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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