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About Union League Cafe

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.

1032 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
College Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 562-4299

Website:
http://unionleaguecafe.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

Parking Details:
The parking lot may be entered from Crown Street. Additional parking may be found at the Schubert Theatre garage at the corner of College and Crown Streets, or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of Crown and High Street. These parking spaces are less than a block away from Union League Cafe and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jean Pierre Vuillermet

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: (877) 458-5447

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We are offering ONLY a $79 3-course price fix menu. We ask that you please include your email with the reservation in order to recieve a sample menu. We do have a cancellation of 72 hours prior to the date, if you cancel after that time you may be subject to a $25 per person fee.

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Union League Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (87)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
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Romantic (61)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Creative Cuisine (50)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Business Meals (48)
Worth the Drive (44)
Great for Lunch (40)
Notable Wine List (40)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Authentic (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Cozy (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Seasonal (15)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Scenic View (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

First came to UL in 2013 and continue to visit. Food is always amazing but we also love Dennis who we will request every time. Recently we brought 2 friends for a birthday and they loved it as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Salmon and scallop dish was amazing. Also there is a gluten free chocolate dessert that was just perfect.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

As always an incredible experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Took clients to a holiday lunch. Excellent service, very good food & good for conversation. I hate loud restaurants - this was perfect

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance and was a nice compliment that the waiter knew the history of the location and the story behind the unique painted window scenes.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great job, once again, folks. We have not been there for New Year's Eve for a few years, and was glad to see that Union League still is at the top of the list for special occasions. It was a little loud, as we were two tables over from the band. But the food and service more than overcame that inconvenience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Phenomenal meal as always. Great service. Pairings made this NYE Dinner one to remember.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Mobile)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The "Frenchness" of the ambience and service was a pleasant surprise to the European visitors after the intial delight at the menu. Generally outstanding except for being rather noisy in the main dining room. Very attentive wait staff. Super wine list.

First time visitors will be returning.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is simply wonderful as is the service. Despite how elegant the restaurant is, the staff is very conscientious to never make you feel out of place, if you are not terribly knowledgeable. I highly recommend the pate en croute!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As usual a great experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Such civility. It is just outstanding in every way. The food, servcie and atmosphere - it just delivers on all counts.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always fabulous ambiance!! The Union League is a landmark restaurant in New Haven not to be missed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, very attentive service. Can't say it was the best meal I've had out, however it's a special and lovely place. Will return

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is one of the finest fine dinning restaurants in the heart of New Haven next to Yale.
Owners and service is excellent and numerous French and other options to enjoy.
Lovely atmosphere and terrific for special occasions like anniversaries and holidays as well as business lunch or dinner..

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent spot. Service was perfect, tables amply spaced to have a private conversation but close enough to feel like a bistro/cafe. Lovely and lively room. Food was very good - could have been seasoned just a touch more but otherwise delicious. Definitely will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a lovely meal with great service. Everything was wonderful, and the restaurant was decorated so beautifully for Christmas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Celebrating our son’s 25th bday. Food and service phenomenal! Dennis, our server, was on point and full of fun facts ! Thank you to all for making our evening a memorable one!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My husband and I had dinner here with my sister. Everything was top notch. The service and food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this place for special occasions. It is also reasonably priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We loved it!! It was a surprise evening for me because I hadn’t felt well. So he proceeds to take me to a movie and then we end up at this lovely, upscale restaurant for dinner!! I was the only one concerned that I wasn’t dressed up! We were brought to an intimate, quiet spot where we had the most delicious cocktails made to order! Our waiter was so professional and gracious and warm!
I ordered the prixe fix meal and my husband had duck and escargot, so delicious. I had Dover sole and I’ll be dreaming of it for a long time!
We will return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Had a lovely holiday lunch at Union League. Our server was great, super friendly and attentive but not hovering. Bloody Mary is the best around. Shared a salad and the croque monsieur which our server kindly had the kitchen split for us. We look forward to returning in the new year!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been to the Union League Cafe many times and my last visit was three days ago for lunch. Services was professional and friendly, Brett. My fiend is gluten intolerant and the waiter confirmed that her choice of food had no gluten plus he brought her gluten free bread. Food was great and our wine was really good. What else can I say. Oh, yes, the Christmas decorations were really nice. Cannot wait to go back again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is consistently good/outstanding and the service is excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Union League did a wonderful job accommodating my dietary restrictions (gluten-free for celiac). Would highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful birthday lunch. All the staff were kind and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My wife and I went to Union League Cafe to celebrate her birthday. We were delighted with the menu and overall quality of the experience! The evening began with an extensive and great cocktail. The kitchen split our first course into separate plates, which was a nice touch. If you are into wines, there are so many from which to choose. The menu features a lot of French wines, naturally. The main course was outstanding as well. I ordered the sea bass over spaghetti squash and brussell sprouts with a red wine reduction. She had the mushroom risotto. We switched plates halfway through because we both wanted to each plate. For dessert, the restaurant took it an extra step and spelled out "Happy Birthday" and my wife's name in chocolate with a candle on the side. That was a very classy and great touch to a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful dinner. The beef and the green beans were delicious.
We interacted with two people. The Maitre d , Mr Stewart, and the waiter.
Both were professional, calm and attentive without being solicitous.

We enjoyed out evening. Mr. Stewart made the suggestion that we return for lunch. This is something I have never considered. But having put the idea in my head, I plan to return in February and take a dear friend to the Union League for dinner.

Thank you.

Jane Lewis

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have patronized Union League Café for many years. Most recent visit was for our 50th anniversary which happened to be on a very busy December Saturday night. We had a good time but there were a number of shortcomings. Service was unacceptably slow, polite and competent but not very personal. Being busy is not an excuse: have more staff on hand. The duck confit was excellent but unimaginative. My lobster was seriously undercooked but it took so long to tell anyone I just brought that part home to cook a bit more myself for lunch next day. Despite mentioning on my Open Table reservation that this was our 50th, no one ever mentioned it. Ordinary table, nothing special, zero fuss. This place is very expensive, which is fine, but for the price I would expect a lot more. I think they have definitely slipped a notch, both in service and in the food. The noise is horrendous and conversation leaves one hoarse the next day from shouting. Being one of the most expensive places in New Haven does not mean this is one of the very best places. Nowadays there are many other options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of my all-time favorites. Wouldn't think of being in New Haven without a dinner at Union League Cafe.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fantastic as always! The sole was OUTSTANDING! So delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Enjoyed everything and will go back. We drove an hour to get there and will do it again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was delicious. The service, merely fair (brought my drink after my appetizer and showed impatience when I asked about it. Bumped my friend's head with the tray. Somewhat brusque in attitude). The sad thing was the noise. We were three sets of friends getting together once a year and wanted to spend the time catching up. So, while the food was top notch, the experience was frustrating. I'd go either early or late to eat a delicious meal and possibly avoid the noise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were there for lunch. Excellent food. Cordial service -- not too friendly, not too distant. Noise level was too high. We had trouble hearing each other and we sat right across from each other at a small two person table. Old ears, perhaps. Lovely, lovely room -- best of any restaurant I have been in. So, experience was very good, excellent, over all.

Well, maybe it should have been. The two person lunch -- 2 small salads, 2 omelettes, 2 glasses wine, 2 creme brulee, 2 coffees -- was (wait for it) $115 plus tip of $22, for a grand total of $137.
If you had a lunch like that every day of the year, it would come to $50,005. And then there's dinner.....

But it's good. Oh, and lots and lots of Yale professors are there. They can afford it apparently.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This remains my favorite restaurant in New Haven... which is saying something, given how many fantastic restaurants there are in that city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Never disappoints. Always a pleasure being served by Nigel Smith. The best!!! From the moment you enter, you feel special!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food and wine were excellent. We ate in the bar area, which was quiet and we felt like VIP. Waiter was very professional and great at answering and researching our questions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was impeccable as always. Our waiter was attentive and quick to give wine pairing suggestions that were helpful. My only complaint was that my lobster entree had some bone in the claw meat. I know it not really home it’s more of an exoskeleton or some such thing but having to pick it out of my mouth whilst eating left me feeling less than happy. I was going to tell the waiter but my plate was removed while I was chatting with my friend and I forgot to bring it up afterwards. This is the second time my meal has had a bone in it. The first instance was a few years back when there was a piece of duck bone in my terrine. Again, less than pleasant. I was going to bring my parents here on the 23rd of December but I’m not sure any longer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I took my 2 children there for my birthday and we had a fabulous time. The waiter and the manager were very kind to the boys (6 and 7) and made them feel very grown up. The service was excellent, the manager (or owner not sure) came to thank us for coming and gave my sons paper and crayons to keep them entertained. The bartender was very kind and made a juice combination that they liked and the food was excellent. They were very accommodating and split the main entrée (the lobster) onto 2 beautifully presented plates for the boys with extra bisque on the side. We all left very happy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very disappointing sadly.
When we lived in CT we visited Union League several times and on one occasion in particular had a meal I still remember vividly for being superb and subtle, beautifully cooked French food simple but sophisticated.
This visit was much looked forward and entirely disappointing. A lobster sandwich had so little lobster in it I was still hungry despite eating plenty of bread too. My husband's nicoise included two pieces of unpleasant, less than fresh, and overcooked tuna. Our guest's steak was tough and tasteless. Coffee at over $4 a pot and no refills is crazy.
Waiters are oldfashionedly formal and rather nice although sometimes hard to track down.
We were so sad not to have had the special meal we were looking forward to even over a casual lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The Union League Cafe never fails to impress. A sublime French restaurant in the heart of New Haven ... outstanding in all respects.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Another spectacular meal- you never disappoint~ Food, service and ambiance outstanding

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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