Union League Cafe

4.8
2221 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.

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Come enjoy our tasting menu, Chef Guillaume will create a 5-course menu for you on the night. We will be happy to accommodate any allergies, dietary restrictions or requests; all guests within your party will enjoy the same menu (We require the participation of the entire table). Please inform us when making your reservation (add the sommelier wine pairing for $35). Available Wednesday and Thursday by reservation only.

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 2221 people are saying
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Raymond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, my party had a fine dining experience. The service was excellent; the ambience was just right; and the food for 2/3 of my party was delicious. Unfortunately, one member of my party was not happy with his eggs benedict, finding the dish "goopy." We especially liked young Noah as our waiter.

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GraceannP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic ~ food, drink, atmosphere and our server, Noah

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Dmoney
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best quality in every aspect, food, service, ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a positive experience for our wedding anniversary dinner! The service and food was all top notch. Money well spent!

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StephenW
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and ambiance. One of the best restaurants in New Haven if not the best.

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vipDavidD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and impeccable service. There simply is nothing to match this anywhere in the state.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Union League Cafe! The entire staff is welcoming and friendly. We had a special occasion and they truly treat you like family celebrating with you.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very professional and made the meal very enjoyable
I’ll definitely return soon !

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vipBilly
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and great food! Excellent wine selection by the glass.

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RayB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, romantic, quiet, soft elegance to enjoy a special meal.

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michaelc
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place for a special event, whether for 2 or for a larger group.

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MariaC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Croque Madame was delicious as was the steak buvette. We also loved the creme brulee. Great service and great food in a great location in New Haven.

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous…can’t wait to come again!!!!
Hope to go right after Christmas.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The coat check person was very warm and amicable. My interaction with this person was very pleasant and overall was the best part of my experience at this restaurant. The espresso was delicious, but the rest of lunch was not as desirable. I’ve dined here in the past and enjoyed it, but not food and service is not what it once was. Would not recommend.

Union League Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Dear Guest, We clearly did not meet your expectations with your entrees and wish we were aware sooner to rectify. If you would try us again, please ask for the manager as we've made a notation in your account. We welcome you back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Due to the pandemic we have not eaten at Union League in more than 20 months. We always felt that ULC was outstanding and this return visit did not change our opinion.

Union League Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Merci, Hank. We thank you for coming back after so long and look forward to serving you again, soon.

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MiloF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place. Great food, well thought out. Going back again

Union League Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you, Milo!!! We look forward to serving you again, soon.

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Chai
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. This is our favorite restaurant of all time and it never disappoints. We did the chef tasting and OMG. I'm not a big fan of mushrooms but the mushroom soup is to die for. We love it here!!! The staff is so nice as well.

Union League Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Dear Chai, We adore our ULC team; their professionalism, dedication and positive energy brightens our days and nights. I will be sure to print your comments and share with them. Thank you for your continued love for Union League Cafe and we look forward to serving you again, soon.

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vipDiningDoc
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great. Perfect presentation, innovative dishes and wonderful service

Union League Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Merci, DiningDoc.

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Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic setting with some menu innovations and a commendable wine list

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annac
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a very nice meal. I had the bouillabaise and my husband had short ribs. The price is high, portions small, but the quality was very good. The service was too efficient; our meals arrived soon after I received my cocktail. I would have appreciated it if the kitchen and wait staff noted this and paced the delivery of the entrees accordingly. I felt somewhat rushed through the meal. I guess if you have theater tickets then this pace is for you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way! The menu has something for everyone. Service is impeccable and the food is delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

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viphistandards
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and better than ever. Terrific restaurant and terrific food. Not to be missed if you're in New Haven.

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BillK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Extremely consistent and very welcoming. Always a pleasure.

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Pljs1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great service was very good. Drinks were a little expensive but always a great choice for a high quality meal

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DevilsLettuce
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union League truly exceeded our expectations. Impeccable service, exquisite flavors, lovely décor. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer dining experience in New Haven.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. My husband and I come every year for our anniversary and it never disappoints. My mouth was watering as I was reviewing the menu and as is always the case choosing what to eat was not an easy task. We wanted everything. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal with wonderful service and food. Always a pleasure to dine there.

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JordanD
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was fantastic. Chef was super accommodating for food allergies. The room was quite noisy so it was hard to hear the people at the table at times. Overall, a great meal!

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vipGeorge
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place all around. Food, service and setting were very good. Definitely a great better-option in the area.

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TracyR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to cook and I am so often disappointed when I go out to eat. The Union League Cafe does not disappoint. The food presentation and quality was wonderful. What should be cold was cold and hot was hot! We were not rushed nor did we have to wait. There is something for everyone to eat and enjoy!

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vipElliotS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our Sunday brunch at the Union League Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Husbands bday

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vipCarol
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 3hr. meal. Not stuffy, terrific service, all employees friendly and professional. Food was over the top delicious. Terrific place to celebrate our 56th anniversary.

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SeajayFS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived until we left. Food was outstanding. Service never missed a beat. Truly the best restaurant experience in the New Haven area. A bit pricey, but worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as usual

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KirkC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and exceptional food,
fine dining as it should be,no loud techno music blasting or culinary fads that you find at the other lowbrow establishments trying to pass themselves off as fine dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place! We celebrated my birthday and tried Union League for the first time. I would put it in the category of one of my top 10 meals ever, and being over 50 that’s up against a lot of meals. The food was sublime, service excellent, and ambiance is beautiful. We will most certainly be back.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to take clients out to all the top restraunts in NYC for 18 years. My experiance and the food at Union League Cafe was better than any of the top NYC restraunts I used to take clients. Union League Cafe far suprassed my already high expectations about the restraunt. You would be doing yourself a diservice if you do not decide to eat there. It was truly a dining experiance!

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Tess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to celebrate special events. I am not quite sure why "cafe" is in its name--it is absolutely the best French restaurant in town. Great food! Great service! Amazing!

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vipADNC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfectly prepared and delicious.

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 2221 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.