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Union League Cafe, New Haven, CT

Union League Cafe

4.8
4.8
2771 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Reminiscent of a Paris brasserie it is where old world charm meets the new. Warm and welcoming to New Haven's cafe society, it is located across from Yale University old campus. The restaurant offers menu and ambiance in a casual elegant style. Always using the best ingredients of the moment, Union League Café's food combines French classical traditions with a more contemporary approach to flavors, textures and native ingredients. Local and organic fish, meats, cheeses, produce and rare specialty products from around the world help our chefs create our award-winning cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 562-4299
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Olivier Durand
  • Catering
    Please email banquets@unionleaguecafe.com for information. We look forward to planning your next event in one of our private rooms.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate dinner, we look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs. Together these timeless entertaining spaces offer you and your guests a relaxed but elegant ambiance complimented by exquisite service & the refined cuisine.
  • Private party contact
    Robin Vuillermet: (203) 772-2053
  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Cross street
    College Street
  • Parking details
    The parking lot may be entered from Crown Street. Additional parking may be found at the corner of College and Crown Streets (parking garage), or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of Crown and High Street. These are less than a block away from Union League Café and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,771 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Great for fine wines

  • New Haven

    Best Overall

  • New Haven

    Best Service

  • New Haven

    Best Ambiance

  • New Haven

    Great for fine wines

  • New Haven

    Romantic

  • New Haven

    Good for special occasions

  • New Haven

    Most Booked

2,771 Reviews
  1. Mars

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food as always. Really our favorite restaurant in CT!

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  2. PhilipM

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Except for my wife's PEI muscles, which decidedly not fresh and quite "fishy", everything was very good. Wonderful ambience but, please, you're not in Manhattan, and not even in Fairfield County - prices are very high. I suppose one is paying for the beautiful setting. At these prices, they definitely should provide valet parking!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A full menu with deep selection as well as a rotating selection of specials. The atmosphere is formal, but you don't have to be. The service is solicitous, cordial, and efficient. I particularly enjoyed the fois Gras and the pork chop. Let them know it's your birthday.

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  4. ROBM

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best special occasion restaurant in New Haven and compares favorably to its more expensive peers in Manhattan & London. Beautiful dining rooms and perfectly cooked, elegantly presented food items.

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  5. LudaL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant for years. Thank you.

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  6. Zzzgfgguvv

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Sadly on a quiet Saturday evening the lobster dish was a disaster. Lobster was so overcooked it was rubber, asparagus was cold. It's like the kitchen had already gone home mentally.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So lovely. Thank you for the excellent service and exquisite food and wine.

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  8. CarolynR

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was crowded when we arrived for lunch.....but was nice and quiet when we finished, as the crowd left! Jonathan was an excellent waitperson! He knew when to offer and not intrude on our "reunion" of friends! Our food was excellent, with good choices for lunch. And the atmosphere was perfect as always!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were excited for a graduation celebration. We did not expect or were told that there would be a prix fixe menu vs the regular menu. Our waiter was horrible. He never introduced himself, never smiled, and every time we asked him for something his body language indicated it was a chore. We had really hoped to experience this restaurant in its glory. There won’t be a second visit.

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  10. AlisonB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful gem in downtown New Haven. Fabulous French bistro with delicious food and even better service. Our favorite special occasion restaurant.

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FAQs

Union League Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 562-4299.

Union League Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 2771 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Union League Cafe

1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    College Street
  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    The parking lot may be entered from Crown Street. Additional parking may be found at the corner of College and Crown Streets (parking garage), or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of Crown and High Street. These are less than a block away from Union League Café and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Olivier Durand
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 562-4299
  • Catering
    Please email banquets@unionleaguecafe.com for information. We look forward to planning your next event in one of our private rooms.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate dinner, we look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs. Together these timeless entertaining spaces offer you and your guests a relaxed but elegant ambiance complimented by exquisite service & the refined cuisine.
  • Private party contact
    Robin Vuillermet: (203) 772-2053
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