This place feels how a restaurant should feel - like the chef and the staff are excited about the food they are serving. And they should be. It's fresh, inventive, and delicious. It's a sort of tight ad crowded space but that adds to the ambiance. It feels special to dine here.
Awesome food and great service. Discovered a new favorite wine too!
Probably the best Italian food I’ve had in a very long time. To top it all, wine was reasonably priced and service was beyond superb. Can’t wait to go back to Pasadena so I can go back!
Great food good atmosphere small seating area... overall great experience will go back!
They make everything on site including butter. When I tried the butter I was surprised it was unsalted. For prices I expected something transcendent. It was good food, but not the Great Dining Experience the price tag warranted.
This is the fourth time at Union which has a seasonal menu. Tonight, the peach ap and desert were awesome as well as the Salmon and pasta - all great as usual.
Just spectacular, as always…We were disappointed when the legendary pork chop went away, but it has been replaced by a pork loin that, if possible, is even more sublime. The bottom line is, if you live anywhere near Union, why go anywhere else?
The quality and taste of food used to be way better.
5 start from start to finish - so pleased
Beyond amazing...great food, great service talkable atmosphere.
Small plates. Not worth the money. Wine was overpriced. Extremely small and loud. There are 600 restaurants in Pasadena. Go somewhere where you get more value for your money and nicer ambiance.
Our server was very attentive and very helpful with selections. The food was fantastic!!! The table alongside us was celebrating so they were noisy but overall it was a wonderful evening.
Food is amazing. My favorite restaurant to go to right now.
Once again Union was amazing, my family & I come here every color of months because their food is that wonderful. Food & service is always on point, highly recommend!!!
Food was excellent, which offsets the high cost and overly noisy environment. Signage made it hard to find the location.
Food is amazing, and service is so considerate - which makes up for the very noisy atmosphere.
Have been eating here (too o.ften) for several years. It continues to be one of the great dining experiences in LA. Everything about this place is magic.
Amazing food and great recommendations! We will be back!
Food was fantastic, but service could have been better (ie table cleared/wiped between course and utensils and fresh plates provided without needing to ask etc.). Aside from that however, the food was incredible!
Wonderful meal!! We enjoyed it immensely! Both the food and service were excellent and we will definitely be going back!
Chris, our server, could not have been more pleasant.
We ordered a few starters and a pasta dish and shared everything...the pasta sauce was so good we asked for a couple slices of bread to sip it up so none of it went to waste. SUCH a lovely meal...I’d recommend that everyone try dinner at UNION!
Very nice experience here for a birthday dinner. Food is very well prepared and balanced in its flavors. I think this is common in higher level cooking, but the seasoning (salt) is pretty aggressive, not overpowering, although a table next to us did return a pasta dish due to over-seasoning. Perhaps they could scale it back a bit in order to accomodate a broader palate spectrum. Panzanella, octopus, meatballs, mushrooms, and lobster truffle pasta were all excellent. Service is prompt and friendly. Bravo.
Had to wait a half hour longer than our reservation. The staff was apologetic and made up for it. However, it was still annoying.
Really delicious meal. Definitely a treat with so many unique and fresh flavors.
It’s a little cramped in there but the food is so amazing we don’t mind!
Union never disappoints. Always fresh, delicious and innovative. The service, these are not servers, they are guides who help through your experience. We decided to make a standing monthly reservation. Treat yourself! You’ll get hooked!
Best meal I’ve had in a long time.
The food was excellent - and the server was very nice. Service was just a little inattentive, but the restaurant was busy and it was not a big deal. The desserts were not nearly as good as the savory dishes - next time I will skip dessert and perhaps end with a salad. A selection of cheeses would also be nice... overall, it was excellent and I am looking forward to returning asap!
Great time!! Our first time. We loved it.
This is my second time dining at Union and it did not disappoint. The food is fresh, rich and amazing. The service is friendly and exceptional. I would recommend Union over and over again and can’t wait to go back.
Always get a fantastic authentic Italian meal when we visit Union. The best in Pasadena!!
I ordered 3 dishes, the wild mushrooms, spaghetti alla chitarra and squid ink lumache. I think a little bit salty for squid ink lumache, but over all pretty good.
First time visiting UNION. Restaurant is small, but cozzy. Unfortunately the day we went was one of the hottest days, 102°. They sat us near the door and everytime the door was open hot air will come in. Great customer service overall, our waiter Zach was excellent. We love the peach salad, the pasta with pork, the octopus chard was our favorite. The squid ink with lobster was ok, sadly the noodle was a little chewy. The pork shoulder porchetta was delish and toasted in the outside, but saddly was raw inside, we couldn't eat some of it. I would recomend the restaurant to others and I would like to return to try different dishes.
As usual, the food at Union was exceptional. From the starting salad to the pastas and then lastly, the pork chop - it was truly an excellent dining experience.
Consistently excellent innovative covers multiple tastes good service
This was the second time I’ve been to Union and I can say that with each visit I’m impressed with their food more and more. Everything is delicious and unique, and while the location is a bit on the pricier side (especially because you’re expected to share multiple dishes, meaning you’ll likely not get out of there spending under $100) it’s an enjoyable experience. The staff are friendly and attentive, the food comes out quickly and I like how the restaurant seems intimate and reminiscent of small European restaurants. I ate the Squid Ink pasta with lobster and truffle butter and it was to die for. Highly recommend trying Union if you’re in Old Town Pasadena.
Wonderful food, amazing service, cozy atmosphere. One of our favorite spots in LA!
We have been going to Union on a regular basis ever since moving to the area a few years ago, and it continues in our opinion to be one of the truly great restaurants in Los Angeles and indeed in the country. And what is perhaps the most wonderful thing is that the staff seems never to get tired of taking joy and pride in the amazing food. My only complaint about Union is that it is so incredibly good that it is hard to not eat here three times a week
Crowded on a Monday night but it had a nice, upbeat vibe and you could hear lots of happy chatter. Server Casey was super helpful and knew the menu well. Food was great - pasta was artful. Definitely a good experience.