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Union

4.7
978 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
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Chef Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla partnered to open UNION, a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine. Bruce brings his slow and soulful approach to fresh, local ingredients to create a rustic yet elegant. They have created an intimate neighborhood restaurant that brings the farmer and guest together, to celebrate the beauty of simplicity food and the delight of a meal with friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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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
Bruce Kalman
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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, Farm to Table, Wine
What 978 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Phenomenal. Delicious pastas, meats and fish. Great service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food as always, the smoked pork chop special that night was the best pork chop I've had in my life.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great service - the pork shop is juicy and full of flavors (center of the chop is very soft and tender). The lady (Anastasia) made a great recommendation.

However, the spaghetti was moderately salty (we were expecting it to be a bit spicy, given it is served with a tasty chilly pepper), so the salty taste was overwhelming and slightly baffling.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was amazing, staff was super helpful and really nice! Would go again

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

DELICIOUS! The food was fantastic. The wine delightful. The mushrooms were one of the best things I've ever had (I love mushrooms). The pasta was excellent as well. Would highly recommend for the food. Three items were more than adequate size for two of us, but scale up or down based on your appetite. Not cheap, but worth the price for the quality.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Consistently amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Wow and Wow - every time we are here I think it gets better. I absolutely loved the Boar pasta - it changes up the ingredients and this one may be my favorite. Lovely arugula salad - simple but all you need in a salad. Thanks, Union - we are not in Pasadena often but we make a point of eating at Union when we are.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Union needs to work on consistency. Things like making sure the food comes out hot; making sure the restaurant is at a comfortable temperature etc, are important. My first experience was amazing, but I have never really experienced that same calibre since going back. On a good day, the food is amazing, and such a refreshing break from the uninspired, "same-ol-same-ol" that other restaurants sometimes offer. I would definitely say give it a try, but be conscious of the potential for inconsistencies.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Fabulous food and service.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Always a special place. The service staff are very knowledgeable “foodies” and the staff can assemble a series of small plates that are a savory experience. Make reservations way ahead since it is a very small but popular place.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Love this place, my favorite Italian in LA!

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1.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The food and service were very good. The noise was unbearable making conversation impossible. It was so dark I had to use my flashlight to read the menu. It made for an unpleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Dining room is small, cramped and loud. Food is uniformly tasty and amazing but just a tad priced high, at least on the pastas and first courses. Fresh juice sodas were very good.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This is one of my favorite spots. It was not as busy as usual (only a few open tables) so it was a bit quieter, which only added to the cozy ambiance. George and his team took great care of us. The service was good the wine suggestions great and the new menu items we tried (grilled avocado, gnocchetti and spicy spaghetti) were fantastic.

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great staff. Friendly and helpful waiters. All meat dishes ordered were heavily seasoned and overly salty to the point that we will not give the restaurant a second visit. Disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Union was overall a very pleasurable dining experience. We came for the pastas and ordered the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Bucatini Cacio E Pepe, and Squid Ink Lumache. The stand out by far was the Lumache - so good. Both the Spaghetti and Bucatini we felt were a little too al dente which is surprising since we almost always like our pasta on the more al dente side. But the spaghetti at least made up for it with a very tasty sauce. Also the Wild Mushrooms appetizer was incredibly good. Service was friendly and attentive with lots of personal recommendations. Definitely would love to come back and try more items on the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Second time there and the food was everything we remembered. Amazing!! Too bad our waiter wasn’t the Sicilian guy, he rocks

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Pastas are great here! I've started to branch out into their entrees and so far have been so impressed by the pork chop and lamb. Can't really go wrong.
I also like Union because they have a good selection of natural wines.
Monday night Spaghetti and Meatballs is also a favorite.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

What a great find! Our evening at Union was outstanding. The menu will have you salivating and the food was amazing! Great flavours and generous serves. The wait staff were excellent, and the wine list - wow - great choices and perfectly matched to the food. We'll definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

This is my second time at Union. Both times I have dined with my sons. My older son and I enjoyed dinner and he felt that it was one of his best meals ever. On this visit, my younger son had identical feelings as did I. On both occasions, we shared multiple dishes tapas style and they enjoyed non-alcoholic drinks while I had a couple selections from the extensive wine by the glass menu. The food menu changes daily although there were some dishes that were identical between the two menus - which is nice. The style is upscale CA influenced Northern Italian. This is one of the better restaurants in the So Cal area.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Excellent service from the hostess to the bar to the table. Great menu that changes regularly, house made noodles...nothing is lacking. It is a bit loud inside, and it's not cheap, but it won't leave you wanting for anything.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Outstanding food and service!!!
Noise level was too much for us making it difficult to have a conversation

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Had a really enjoyable meal. Service was very good and very sppedy. Waiter knew the food, made good suggestions although I already knew what I wanted. Mushrooms and polenta was fantastic. Wife said I have to learn how to make it. Meatballs were tender and filling. Gnochetti was a very tasty combination of chewy pasta, crispy quanciale and flavorful mushrooms in a carbonara-like sauce. Disappointed that they were out of porchetta so quickly. The ribeye steak was smaller than expected and the gremolata and onion subise that accompanied it outshined the beef. Ended with the amazing budino (which everyone seems to be doing now) topped with a savory drizzle of olive oil. Yes, the place is small and the tables are squeezed together, so get to know your neighbors at the other table--your butts may knock over their water glasses when you squeeze between tables on your way out. Don't worry, you will probably be coming back anyway.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

I loved my dining experience here. The wait staff was patient and very thorough in helping to ensure we fully understood what to order. They were honest when they felt like we ordered enough (didn't feel pressure to over order like other places). The vibe was vibrant and clean. Moreover, the quality of food was definitely up there, and definitely good value. I love our new neighborhood go-to date spot.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Truly best meal I have had in a long time! Everything was well balanced, flavorful, perfectly cooked. Every dish was surprising on point, and that cocoa nib, caramel and sea salt dessert was amazing; well done!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

A fabulous meal - everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great ambiance excellent food service and wine. Very relaxed and comforting experience. Could do it again easily

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

My wife and I have eaten here on numerous occasions and have really enjoyed each and every one. The pork meatballs are outstanding as well as the pork loin. Each of these are exquisitely prepared. The menu changes from time to time and all of the dishes are very delicious. This place has something for everyone at a modest price.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always love the food here

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Pasadena. Creative take on Italian food with great ingredients.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always great.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Everything was excellent with one exception. Our table was right in front of the door. It was a very chilly night. Every time a patron entered or excited, the door was left open, freezing everyone at our table. I had to get up at least 6 times over the course of the meal to shut the door. Please fix the door, invest in a curtain, or hire a more attentive host.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

What surprised us most about our dinner was that it was, without exception, perfect.

The service was helpful, attentive, and friendly. The wine was outstanding and a great value (one heck of a nice Brunello that paired well with our meal). And the food was incredible.
Our roasted avocado was a delightful taste treat. The whole avocado trend right now can be so tiring and overwrought, but this was simple, creative, and delicious. The Meatballs were soft, but firm, juicy, but not wet, incredibly tasty, and oh so amazing, and dressed with the most perfect ragu that tasted like fresh tomatoes with a hint of seasoning. The ribeye steak: Oh my. So tender, so perfectly crusted, sitting on a brief cloud of perfectly mashed potatoes, anointed with a delicious sea of Balsamico, and topped with a perfectly balanced and paired gremolata. I love ribeye, and this was hands down the best ribeye ever. The fourth course for us was a luscious barley risotto that stunned and amazed us. Lovely little nuggets of barley that were at once firm but soft and just a taste barely chewy. The cheese was there, but not oppressively so as so many are want to do. It was heaven, and the reason to every once in a while try 'the risotto' when dining out, because you might just discover something delightful. We finished the evening with the lovely slice of olive cake, that was at once soft, creamy, and tasty, yet with a slight firm toasted outside.

In a word: WOW. Seldom can one say that everything about a dinner out was without flaw. We were so pleased, we went online as we finished and booked our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Enjoying a date with the wife.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food very good! Service not up to par. Servers chatting in a group of four while we waited to order drinks. Servers also didn’t know food preparations and ingredients. Not acceptable in these days of food allergies. Management needs to tighten up service for this top level food Mecca.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I grew up in Pasadena and I don’t know how I have never been to this place!! Food was amazing! We came here with my family to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. This place has an amazing wine selection and the pastas are out of this world. I love Italy and their authentic pastas and one my favorite pastas is Cacio e Pepe, of course this restaurant had this pasta on the menu and it was only right to get it. Amaaaazing, with a modern spin! I will be back!!! The food was a bit too salty for my taste, but I still enjoyed it. The only negative thing I have to say, is this- when we arrived, our table was at 6:30 but the host told us that she can’t sit us until 645, which is fine but then she told us that we have to be done with our dinner by 830! Umm excuse me lady?! What kinda customer service is this? We have a birthday to celebrate and because you sit us late, we have to be done with our meal early? Sorry, but we will be here until we are done. Super big turn off; management needs to work on that.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service was good. Joe was able to explain the food very nicely. The dishes were tasty and beautifully prepared.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Ok. Truth be told, the food is excellent. The service was great. Wine selection was good. (Try the Vermintino). Our only issue was the tables are so close together it is like you are all dining together. Not a scrap of privacy. We were seriously four inches from the people next to us with nowhere to go. If one of them had been a smoker (and we could smell it on them), we'd have been miserable. This is not a really pricey place, but for what you get and pay, they should lose one table for two in each row to allow for diners to be comfortable.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

the food very salty I not should how this restaurant pass the sitting for the fire department of Pasadena.

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