Union

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
UNION is a 50-seat restaurant and bar in Old Pasadena featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine. Owner Marie Petulla and Executive Chef Chris Keyser have curated a rustic yet elegant menu that brings the farmer and guest together, to celebrate the beauty of simplicity, seasonal ingredients, and the delight of a meal with friends.
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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and great service. Discovered a new favorite wine too!

ML
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food good atmosphere small seating area... overall great experience will go back!

LS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

MW
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just spectacular, as always…We were disappointed when the legendary pork chop went away, but it has been replaced by a pork loin that, if possible, is even more sublime.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?

AK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The quality and taste of food used to be way better.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

5 start from start to finish - so pleased

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing...great food, great service talkable atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

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.

RC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. My favorite restaurant to go to right now.

M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

RT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent, which offsets the high cost and overly noisy environment. Signage made it hard to find the location.

z
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is amazing, and service is so considerate - which makes up for the very noisy atmosphere.

s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

HF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great recommendations! We will be back!

A
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

MN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!! We enjoyed it immensely! Both the food and service were excellent and we will definitely be going back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

BG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had to wait a half hour longer than our reservation. The staff was apologetic and made up for it. However, it was still annoying.

JZ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious meal. Definitely a treat with so many unique and fresh flavors.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s a little cramped in there but the food is so amazing we don’t mind!

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time.

ME
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!! Our first time. We loved it.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always get a fantastic authentic Italian meal when we visit Union. The best in Pasadena!!

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

TD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

SY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

R
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent innovative covers multiple tastes good service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

RT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, amazing service, cozy atmosphere. One of our favorite spots in LA!

s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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