Union

4.8
1228 reviews
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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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FD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That cacio e Pepe.... to die for. Seriously the best!

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A friend and I shared bread, carrots, squid ink pasta with lobster, and a zabaglione tart. All were outstanding, and unique in flavor and preparation. The service was perfect. One nit: the price for an order of bread was $11, which seemed high. To be fair, the freshly baked bread was wonderful, as was the creamy butter, and it did come with flavorful pickled veggies, so...never mind! 😁

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LL
Denver
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best taste profiles I’ve ever encountered- and that’s saying something!!! The service was amazing - and amazingly informative. Atmosphere? Top notch!!! Highly recommend!!!!

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PL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food Phenomenal - wonderful - excellent. Sitting 10 inches from the person next to you is NOT conducive to a conversation. Its not that comfortable to be inches from a stranger as you both are eating. That is the only issue - being crammed in. Food wise its wonderful but other restaurants of the same caliber give you the ability to relax when you dine and Union just crams as many tables in as possible (and its a very small space). The two of us shared everything and loved the bechamel, the Squid / Lobster pasta, even the bread and butter (which they make from scratch - everything is made from scratch in their kitchens - they make their pasta - is wonderful. Just want some room to dine.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food every time. Great staff that provides excellent service. Definitely recommending this restaurant to friends and colleagues.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Restaurant too cramped.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party
Incredible food and service

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Southern CA

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A
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent, not a slouch in the bunch! The service was wonderful as well. Union gives a hip, top-notch dining experience in an area of town that needs more of them.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Union is always a great place for great food! Loved the Cornish Game Hen, the lamb and the pasta! As constant travelers this is one of my teams favorite places!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire team made my Wife’s birthday dinner absolutely amazing. Most def a repeat customer here.

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G
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to eat at Union. Wow! We totally enjoyed the experience. We were fortunate to get the corner table towards the front of the restaurant which is perfect to have conversation. We loved everything we ordered, the home baked bread and butter, the two veggie selections of beets and carrots, the juicy pork chop and the two desserts of Olive Oil Cake and Budino.

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G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unique, as always. Best staff ever.

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G
Los Angeles
291 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Delicious beet salad, rigatoni rabbit pasta amazing and fabulous pork chop. Outstanding service. Only composed $11 for delicious bread and churned butter

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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HY
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time at Union, as I just visit Pasadena occasionally. My son and I talked about the great meatballs for two years!
Cozy atmosphere, great service, yummy food. They also were quite accommodating for our vegan friend.

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V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First off the young lady at the hostess stand was amazing. We were running late and communicating our delays every 10-15 minutes and she helped us throughout the hole delay debacle. We fully expected to be sitting at the bar, but Flower finagled some options for us to sit at a table.

The food here is tremendous. The simple but complex sauces and pairing of the dishes was great. For us the polenta was perfectly made and spread so well on the plate.

This was a place that my wife and I have been trying to work to get into for so long. We will be back.

Don’t miss out on the seasonal options that change the staple dishes from one flavor journey to the a new one each season

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I
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My only issue is the seating at the restaurant. The table in the front is extremely inconvenient as people are constantly opening and closing the front door.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Union is a fabulous restaurant. The food is wonderful, fresh, and from locally grown farms. The only item I will call out is the restaurant can get a little noisy when full.

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DR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Imaginative, satisfying cuisine does not disappoint. Casual yet thoughtful and knowledgable service. Recommended, well worth it. Two caveats -- we don't eat red meat or octopus, the appealing menu comes up a bit short on options for us. And we found most dishes too salty for our taste, not necessary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lives up to expectations and some how exceeds them.

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JH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the pork meat balls, the charred octopus, the squid ink lumache, the wild mushrooms, and the porchetta. Great service too. Above average prices but food is worth it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome from start to finish

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic and inventive food with a great wine list. For any fan of Italian cuisine Union is a must. A little pricey, but well worth a splurge for some of the best Italian food in Pasadena

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service & food!! Every dish was thoroughly enjoyed & out of town business guests had a great night!

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AM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and impeccable service! We arrived 20 mins early for our reservation, and instead of being told to wait, we were given the option to take the chef's table at the bar. The staff highly recommended the table so we took it.

The table was perfect, right next to the kitchen. We received complimentary items (food and drinks) to sample. For our actual meal, we had the meatballs, the burrata, and the beets salad. Each dish was delicious, with every single dish with it's distinct flavor. The meatballs were my favorite and I'd have to say only my mom's homemade meatballs are comparable.

Overall, an amazing experience! Having driven from down town to Pasadena during rush hour, I'd say it was worth it!

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DJ
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my FAVORITE restaurants!! The food and service are second to none. Just wish they would buy out their neighbor and tear the wall down to enlarge their location. Way too small.

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j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the service is phenomenal! They really know the menu, food and how everything is prepared. The pasta is truly heavenly

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AM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and it will not be the last! Everything was delicious... and I mean everything!

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IS
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, a bit spartan and tight for the price. They often run out of Porshetta but I was lucky to get the last one. It was excellent if not greasy but it is pork after all.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The good: food is good, not life changing, probably one of the better restaurants in Pasadena.
The bad: right on the cusp of being over priced, but you should try it for yourself.

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PR
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Pasadena for the weekend and ate at Union twice because it was so good. The food was fresh and superbly prepared. There was a great wine list as well. Everything was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and will definitely recommend Union to others.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

❤️❤️❤️the best food and service!!!!

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NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there with friends, and we loved everything. Food was amazing!! I can’t wait to visit Pasadena and dine there again.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but the place is super small and the waiters barely can walk around (not their fault). It was so incredibly loud due to people trying to talk over each other, again not the staff’s fault. However, the price for each plate was not worth what we got. I wouldn’t recommend this place.

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i
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food is great. The cramped quarters, the noise, and the lackadaisical service subtract so much from what seems like a lot of thoughtful attention being paid to ingredients and preparation. I had been looking forward to trying the olive oil cake but the dining experience was so terrible that we couldn’t wait to get out. Such a waste of money.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as experienced before, same superb standard. Our server was great and knowledgeable about the food and wine choices. Never disappoints.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The mushroom and the squid ink dishes are amazing but the rest are mediocre

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LC
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single bite of everything we ordered was delicious. The food was filling but also light - proved that you don’t have to douse something in sauce to give it flavor. Absolutely phenomenal. Lived up to the hype and beyond. Portions are on the small side but perfect for us. We had 7 dishes among 3 of us. And our server was delightful. Highly recommend!

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