Union League Cafe

4.8
2197 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2197 people are saying
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Dakka
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, the filet and lobster are phenomenal, highly recommended!

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MamaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had fathers birthday there and he was very pleased😃

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VikramM
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal great service!

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vipFred41
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very good but not excellent, with the exception of a dessert soufflé which was superb. Service was inconsistent with long intervals between courses. Front dining room is large with high ceilings, a great place to dine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, the food, and the service. Overall such a fantastic night.

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Blushcrush
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, old world bistro feel … highly recommend!

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KathleenM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,fabulous server, exceptional host.

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vipJoeG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Service was excellent and food was superb. Duck was cook perfect which I can never duplicate at home. Tuna was also excellent as well with perfect sauce.

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smiley
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service; well timed between serving courses; friendly attention

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DavidD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again - food cooked to perfection. Excellent service. Kudos to Anthony and to Guillome.

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TomMmm
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top shelf experience.

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LeighC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in a beautiful outdoor setting behind the restaurant - not on the street!

Union League Cafe
Responded on October 1, 2021

Merci, Leigh. We love La Terrasse and hope the weather gives us a few more weeks. Come down and see us before we close.

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AmandaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, beautiful ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great cocktails. Exceptional service and amazing food

Union League Cafe
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing. We look forward to serving you again, soon.

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JeffP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Considering the price of food and drinks here, the wait staff should have been more attentive. Our waitress would disappear for long 10-15 min. stretches at a time, right when we were looking for refills of water, another round of cocktails. etc. The food here continues to be the star of the show. We were on the terrace on a beautiful Sat. afternoon so almost all should be forgiven!

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vipAnnieo
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union League is a special place, the food, staff and atmosphere are wonderful.

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Mansey
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Artful American-inspired cuisine with a French flair. Superb service. Beautiful ambiance.

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AKB1910
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I have been to the Union League Cafe several times and have genuinely loved it. The food is incredible. The service is impeccable. It’s such a beautiful building in New Haven. There is nothing not to like! Unfortunately, this most recent visit left both myself and my partner who had never been a little disappointed. The majority of the food was as phenomenal as always, but both of us ordered the filet as our entrees and neither of us liked it or thought the combination of food with it worked. The filet was dry and it really did not taste the way you would expect a $50 filet to taste. My partner barely ate theirs and ended up bringing it home for the dogs. I was bummed as this was a birthday dinner for them. Ultimately, we had a lovely time, but was disappointed with our main course which was $100 of our bill.

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MargretH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We decided on the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings, and we happy with our choice! Perfect way to get a sampling of dishes and experience the depth of the chef's skills and flavor palette.

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Jasper
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant evening enjoying excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

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ronmard
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Great food great service and don't pass up the opportunity of having brunch on the outdoor terrace!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration.

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DavidD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a perfect meal. This was for brunch and the lobster omelette and croissant were both heavenly.

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jc0425
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is delicious and service is right on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will definitely return soon.

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donalde
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife has a number of dietary restrictions, so it is often difficult to find places to dine. The Chef at the Union League has consistently been able to adjust recipes for her, in tasty and inventive ways. It has become our favorite restaurant!

The outdoor dining is also brilliant, with a secluded feeling unlike the all too common adaptations placing diners next to traffic.

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psleight
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Entrees were delicious, but expensive. Wine list was expensive. Service was superb. Desserts definitely not a strong point.

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DanG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the professional demeanor of all staff and the atmosphere!! All incredible!

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vipLisaP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is almost as elegant as the food. I had the skate for my entree. It was crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside. The sauce was delicate and delicious. And for dessert, the Grand Marnier Soufflé was out of this world. Absolutely heavenly!

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vipBostonTravelLady
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is always outstanding but the once gold standard service seems to have slipped. Feeling like you have to hunt down your waiter is not a relaxing evening.

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KarlM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, truly pro staff who are also warm & welcoming, with updated takes on classic dishes. We’ll be back when we’re in town again.

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice experience in downtown New Haven
Great food
When we return to New Haven Union League will be on our list for sure

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PatriciaR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating behind Union League Cafe offerred shade and sun, lovely breezes, and a lovely setting for brunch. The choices were varied from substantial to light, the food and drink were top notch, as was the service. We sat for over two hours and the service was consistently considerate and unobtrusive. perfect

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Cheryl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a leisurely brunch that was outstanding. French toast that was so memorable that I can’t wait to go back and order it again, yes it was sweet but buttery and wonderful. Wait staff were attentive but not overbearing. Since this was our first visit, I am anxiously looking forward to another wonderful meal, perhaps dinner the next time.

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HsooH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dishes. French food better than in France

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union League Cafe still as wonderful as ever after such a long time. I had not been in almost 20 years and the food, service, all were just as excellent then as it is now! Keep up the great work.

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vipThomasM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful lunch from every point of view.

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DavidD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink as always. Great service from Guillome and all the staff. The soufflé and baked Alaska were heavenly.

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vipKristenC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was absolutely delicious and service was great!

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 2197 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.