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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
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Casual (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fun (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Great Beer (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Live Sports (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Authentic (4)
Tapas (3)
Spicy (3)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 2, 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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·Dined on November 25, 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 24, 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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·Dined on November 24, 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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·Dined on November 10, 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 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 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 29, 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 28, 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 22, 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 21, 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 18, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 9, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 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 2, 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 13, 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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·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 2, 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 27, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food with unique twists. A little overpriced but absolutely delicious, and good sized portions.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

A-OK. Even tho fav brunch item no longer on menu, wait staff assured us it was available. It was, and it was as delious as ever!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We ate everything on the menu. There's something for everyone. The casual setting is popular with the locals. Thai Coconut Mussels were so perfectly spicy and yummy. We did 3 salads, 2 flat breads and assorted sides too. All really good. I will go back. We were seated in a booth in the last room, not too noisy at all.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Had a great time. Place was packed after opening day at Del Mar but the service was exceptional! Food was good and our waitress Jennifer was the best!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We were a party of 6 women down in Encinitas for the week. We wanted a lovely dinner out with options other than seafood for the non-seafood-eating-friends. This place was perfect with lots of choices. We were there on a Tuesday night with the taco options. We tried the chicken, carnitas, and steak tacos. They were delicious. We also had the watermelon salad and the union wedge salad. There was also shrimp and grits and the fisherman's stew ordered as well. They were all perfect.
I personally have been to the restaurant so I went straight for the fisherman's stew. It is absolutely to divine. Huge portion, so I actually was able to take the rest of it home and have it for dinner the following night with my husband (it reheats perfectly)! It's spicy and filled to the brim with fish! So delicious!
Our waitress was wonderful with food choices as well as drinks. We had a wonderful time (and she even gave us a tv show suggestion for us - we were discussing our favorite shows on Netflix at the moment!)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Always great. Thx again.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Always great. Drinks potent. Poutine to die for. Don't think twice about booking thru Open Table :)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2017

My husband & I have been here many times, in fact we recommend this place to many. Knowing it's summer, we went ahead and met someone there for dinner, knowing it would be busy. It was so loud in there, we were yelling across our table to each other. I love their watermelon/feta/arugula salad - uhhh, where was the watermelon? I did tell my waitress that it was in season, chef should be a little more generous with the melon. The meatball appetizer was delicious but would have been better if it was hot. It wasn't even warm. I did not complain though, I was so hungry I didn't want to have to flag down my waitress (again) and have them warm up the dish. My husband had ribs - he said they were good, not great. Our dinner guest, however had the gumbo and he loved it. At least our guest had a good experience. Disappointed, but hope to be back. Love their brunch menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Everything, as always, was perfect. I scheduled for a business lunch, and it is a wonderful and casual place for any meeting, business or personal. Thank you!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I ordered the Mary's Chicken! It was SO incredibly moist and seasoned well. Loved it! Will be back again!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Menu needs refresh/update, esp appetizers. What happened to the delicious biscuits? Noise level very loud at lunch. Young children yelling w/o supervision. Very disruptive to otherwise relaxing atmosphere. Still one of our favorite places for family or business. Don't let success cause you to overlook the little things that make a place like this truly enjoyable.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The Union Kitchen & Tap is one of our regular 'must go' when we're in town....because it is consistently fabulous! Food, Service and ambiance- all great and in one location! Perfect!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Excellent food/drinks/service. We enjoy the Sunday brunch food as well as the crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Had a great experience, even though it was a holiday. It was very busy, but the service was spot on and prompt. The food was excellent. I had the BBQ flatbread pizza and it was delicious. Even my daughter's chicken tenders off the kid's menu were fabulous. The bottomless mimosas were a bonus! I was so impressed, took my older daughter here for lunch the following day.

Tags: Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was great and the service was awesome. Had the mussels they were so good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We always enjoy Union. Consistently great service and food. Do yourself a favor and head there the next chance you get.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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