Union League Cafe

4.9
2181 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2181 people are saying
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vipEricT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union League Cafe has always provided the utmost extraordinary dinning experience and they continue to thrive at their customer service, too. It’s my “happy place” and I would recommend anyone to Union League Cafe because of their exceptional culinary skills, their specialty in French food is divine, the atmosphere is inviting and warm, the team of professionals are always attentive and debonair to every request. I highly recommend Union League Cafe for any dinning occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs tasting menu was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, tasting men was well thought out and the wine pairing matched the courses well. Everything was outstanding.

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Luna0519
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!! Will definitely be back!!

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vipmitchell
Adelaide
78 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This wonderful New Haven Restaurant has never been anything but terrific. The ambiance, food and service was perfect, as usual, and the perfect place to celebrate our 2nd Vaccine

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JandV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and enjoyable. Gourmet choices. They have an outstanding cocktail / drink and wine menu. It was great to dine with other people who were dressed well and who obviously also appreciated the menu. They had a few local items on the menu which was also great to see.

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vipJleibo
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service are consistently amazing. Guillaume is superb as front of house, and the other Guillaume the chef is creating excellent and creative food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dood

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DedeS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in a restaurant! Amazing food, attentive staff.

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RBC55
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally reliably delicious food beautifully presented in a lovely space with professional and pleasant but unobtrusive service. The Croque Monsieur sandwich is decadent and a standout, omelets are great and the chocolate souffle is out of this world. This restaurant is a treat to dine at again and again.

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OlgaS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great franchise cuisine in a nice historic building!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food with great service. Only one comment: the coffee needs to be stronger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing time. We felt completely safe and comfortable with Covid19 protocols. Our server was so kind and attentive. The food and wine were out of this world and perfectly timed. I would definitely go again.

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LW52
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It is always a treat to visit Union League. During these hard times we all must adapt. the wait staff are always pleasant and help full thought not always trained to understand not to reach across a guest to serve or clean up.

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vipIvymoose2
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful from start to finish. We both have the foie gras appetizer , lobster pasta and Paris Brest . The service was also great. We will be back.

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JMH2
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was 5 stars. Wonderful service, food and ambiance.

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vipJimN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot been going there for years

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vipLeslieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was beautiful with effective heaters. The food was delicious, presentation outstanding and service wonderful. The wine list offered great variety with reasonable price range. Checked out indoor space and we thought it took all necessary adjustments to make it safe and felt comfortable going back and eating indoors.

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vipRalphC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was as perfect as can be service abeyance food desert wine

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vipBoblerm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food, service and ambiance.

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vipNewHavener
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, one of New Haven's best restaurants and that is high praise.

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ChrisB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pleasantly surprised.

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wineismyfoodgroup
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the atmosphere, service and food are extraordinary; it never disappoints!
Ive found my home away from home!!

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Operagoer
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there for dinner, but it is a nice lunch place as well. Everything at this restaurant is good. It is known for its raw bar items, which I did not order this time. I oredered l'escargot and for the main course a pan fried snapper, both excllent. My husband had a veal chop, and he said it was excellent. For dessert we had their famous hazelnut-chocolate cake.
They hava a good although short wine list, which offers a suitable wine for every occasion, and they offer champagne by the glass.
The restaurant is a large room with a high ceiling, and the tables were far apart.
This restaurant was particularly nice to go to now with fewer customers there because it was quiet. When the place is full, the noise level can get to the level that it is hard to have a conversation at the table.

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NicoleVR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Would recommend the Chef's Tasting menu and wine pairing.

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BoxesOfChocolate
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallop pasta and chocolate crepe were both amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for Sunday Brunch!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
135 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with good friends on the open air patio. Meals were a filet that was perfect. Grillet Halibut also perfectly done. Finally the third meal was gnocchi also exceptional. The corn soup app was delicious too. Great experience .

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marianv
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service!

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joyceg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner all around! Food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful!

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LenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambience all great. Flavorings in French food very memorable. Will return and recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipJohnCindyFitz
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant outdoor setting, even in a city environment, for a midday brunch. Good food and service. Liked the menu and choices.

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EdWaz
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional experience. Great room, excellent food and service.

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RaymondR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the experience here and will return to try other menu items as the 3 course $79 special was amazing. The service is unmatched, the food delicious, and a historic building with a wonderful history also adds to the zest of the
Union League Cafe. Everyone must dine here to experience what a really superior restaurant is like.

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WDEd
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fabulous drinks and wine list.

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MarkW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Renee's 60th birthday at ULC. As usual the staff was superbly accommodating and professional. The food and drinks are second to none in New Haven, and I should say the entire state of CT. The ambience is lovely! We have always enjoyed our experience at Union League and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a top notch dining experience. Tutti Bravi to the entire staff!

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DavidG
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Union League is always outstanding ... food, service, atmosphere

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RosalynD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet tuesday night near the fireplace was the occasion of our 50th anniversary of meeting in New Haven. We wanted a special, memorable meal with impeccable, warm service, and found just what we'd hoped. Wild boar osso bucco with scrumptious polenta and duck a l'orange--dishes we can't get where we live.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Luvfood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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

Union League Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 2181 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.