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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
9:00 PM
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UNION Kitchen & Tap

4.6
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(760) 230-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Lina
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Private party contact
events@localunion101.com: (760) 230-2337
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
J Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 408 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service.

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vipddddd (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

so impressed w Union! Everything exploded w flavor! loved the Buffalo wings, bacon Mac & cheese, even the Kale salad had so many interesting flavors & textures! Our server was delightful & very knowledgeable. Such a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

LOVE Union!! The food is always delicious and the bottomless mimosas are just perfect!

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5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Go to union!..... always solid!

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AH1973 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Fantastic food & atmosphere!! Will return again

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Really good food, great service and much quieter than we expected. Not my first time here, but it is a good place for a couple or a decent size group.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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JackC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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CynthiaC12 (San Diego)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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.

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Anonymous (San Diego)
2.0  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.

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ElSanto (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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vipccPacHeights (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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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FamilyDinner (Miami)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  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

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MimiC (San Diego)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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