Union

4.8
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1445 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Union is a lively, yet intimate neighborhood restaurant and wine bar offering a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine. Owner Marie Petulla and Executive Chef Chris Keyser have crafted a rustic yet elegant menu that brings the farmer and guest together, to celebrate the beauty of simplicity, the best local ingredients, and the delight of a meal with friends. Our thoughtful wine list features a curated selection of Italian and Californian bottles that perfectly pair with Chef Keyser's heartfelt cooking. Everything at Union - from our start and field selection to our handmade pastas and sustainably raised and prepared meats and fish - all pay homage to community farmers and purveyors, and are meant to be enjoyed with cherished friends and family. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(626) 795-5841
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Keyser
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Catering
Contact Marie Petulla for catering or to book private events. marie@unionpasadena.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Raymond
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Parking details
Public Lot across the street
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta dishes. Great service. Will be back for more!

SM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food as always is delicious. Friendly good service. Love this place for brunch!

DB
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ever dish we ordered was delicious. They make everything and it shows. Pasta is the best and only surpassed by pasta we’ve had In Italy. Go here every time we are in Pasadena. Not to be missed.

MP
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly at the time we had booked. Service was great. Food was amazing as usual, especially the wild mushrooms, squid ink lumache, and tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Olive oil cake was the perfect finish.

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food overpriced. Service too fast. Tables too crammed together.

LG
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Space is a bit tight but food and service were very good.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful juxtaposition of flavors and service!!

3
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Excellent tasting food. Small space. Ordered roasted lamb shank. Came as a lamb patty. Delicious but for $37 I expected lamb on a bone.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service.

G
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and creative recipes. I love the food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh pasta was great!

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Union hit every mark for our dinner on December 27th. We were welcomed warmly, seated quickly and received immediate attention. As suggested we ordered and shared, appetizers, main dishes and even a bit of dessert. The burrata, charred octopus and the meatball apps were wonderful. (How can you make a meatball sing?) The Torchetti pork ragu was a delight and so much lighter than expected and the polenta with wild mushrooms was a dreamy as others described. Thank you and we hope to come again on our next visit to Pasadena.

TJ
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The simplistic decor cleverly hides the phenomenal dining experience awaiting the patrons of Union. The service is fantastic, as the serving staff works together to create a seamless eating experience. The cuisine is delicious - homemade pastas with delectable sauces and desserts that are wonderful.

SS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday Brunch was perfect for a kick-back get together with out of town guests. Food was casually creative and a pleasure. Service was totally attentive and non-intrusive. All-in-all, very enjoyable!

2
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was my first self-professed farm to table restaurant and it was excellent. Six dishes, 2 to die for (Chicken liver, Torchetti), 1 very good (mushroom polenta), 2 good (spaghetti, panna cotta) and one not so good (octopus, over cooked, but that can happen in a flash). Would have liked to have seen more of the ingredients on the menu, many dishes were spicy and too much so for my wife. A little more salt here and there would have suited us more.

The service was splendid, the room is just ok, but not a distraction. Prices were reasonable. Worth a try if you like good unique food.

YC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoy the food that’s why we keep coming back... the staff is great... unfortunately the noise level is high and the seating is very tight. I am sure this is not the first time you have heard that... that being said we will be back.

JL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is very tasty and services are good. However, it is a bit pricey!!

V
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was fantastic. Fresh and simple and so very flavorful. Recommend sharing each item among 2-3 people. For 2 people we ordered one item from each section of the menu and could barely finish. For 3 people, I’d order just one more item and there would be enough. (You can always order more later if needed)

One bite of the lamb, and you wonder how they were able to get so much flavor in the tender fall off the bone pieces. It comes with fresh arugula in citrus, a needed acid for the richness. The Tonnarelli was excellent. Oh, and the bread. Don’t skip it. You'll want some to sop up the amazing juices.

ML
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I discovered this restaurant when I went to Pasadena for a wedding. It was so good that I went again next day. Fast forward two months and I went back to Pasadena for a couple of days, and I took my son for his birthday. The food is superb, and the wait staff is beyond amazing. I was lucky to get a table when I did, because 15 minutes later it was packed and people waiting outside. This is a must place to eat.

F
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food- everything is homemade from the pasta to the bread and butter! Outstanding service! Make your reservations early - a little hard to get into.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is as incredible as the food. Everyone is professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and prompt. The host even brought out two glasses of complimentary Prosecco to help us celebrate our anniversary. Highly recommend !!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I’ve had in Los Angeles. I could’ve licked all of the dishes. MUST get the mushroom polenta and the spaghetti alla chitarra

RS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and so was the service. Would definitely recommend Union.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They seem to have increased their prices… And their wine menu leaves much to be desired. However the quality of the food is superb!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a gift card

DB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was good though almost cold (plates should be heated) and the servings were minimal (same for the wine: not even a finger !!??). Wouldn't recommend.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our server - although regretfully I forgot his name! We sat near the back towards the bathroom in a private-ish corner that may be used for larger parties. Our server was really knowledgeable and friendly and had wonderful suggestions for us as none of us had dined there before. The food was as delicious as he had carefully and accurately described - the burrata, the pork meatballs, the mushrooms with polenta and truffle, the cappelletti with brown butter and sage, and the the squid ink pasta. Another server saw that we were all using some of the bread we had left from the first course and offered to bring us more bread to sop what was left from the dishes. Amazing. And although we had gone for our friend’s birthday, we had decided to skip dessert, but our server surprised her with an order of biscotti with a candle. That was such a nice touch and helped to conclude a fantastic meal and experience. Needless to say we’ll all be returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was Amazing!

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best food in town. Every time. No question. If you can get a table, this is truly one of the only restaurants I care to go to. I'm never disappointed. The servers are always super knowledgeable and nice. It was a little cold and the music was a little too loud this time, but always a pleasure. Highly recommended!

SM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were there on the first day they started serving brunch. The food was all delicious and the service was very good and very friendly. We loved it!

S
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta and service. Love the cozy interior. Will be back! A true Pasadena gem, and love their farm to table philosophy.

HK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant begun brunch service only for Sunday. I would like to have more of Greek selection seen in dinner menu.

MT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is outstanding, so no complaints there.
In the winter type, you need to install one of those slow close mechanisms on the door and a velvet curtain to keep the warm air in and to make the tables close to the door appealing.
Lighting needs work. You need some sort of votive on the table. Currently, all the lighting is from above, which makes everyone's bags under their eyes pronounced. You want to make people look and feel fabulous with better lighting, so this needs a bit of a rethink. I suggest wall lighting to balance the overheads and a table votive that reflects the light of those seated.
Coat check - you need one.
The host on Saturday 12/30 was amazing and he deserves credit and thanks. I tried to find him to tip him $20 bucks but he was on break. :(

F
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is great as is the service. Ambiance is a little lacking, particularly at the prices charged which were fairly high.

CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family of four ordered a total of 4 appetizers and 4 pasta dishes and we ate it family style. Every single dish was amazing!

LJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most wonderful meals I've had in a long time! The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next time there.

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was amazing! The serving staff wears very knowledgeable about wine and food and helped us make great choices. This is now my favorite restaurant!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents anniversary

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service

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