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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.
New Haven, CT 06510
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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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.
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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Union League Cafe Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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..
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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