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About Union Portland

Join us in UNION Restaurant in the heart of Portland's Old Port and located across from Portland's City Hall. Creative and elegant cuisine, Maine products and attention to detail.

119 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Shellfish

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast : Daily:7:00am – 10:30pm; Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm – 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Cross Street:
390 Congress Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 808-8700

Website:
http://www.unionportland.com/

Catering:
In-house catering within all aspects of UNION and The Press Hotel

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet provided for guests enjoying dinner at UNION.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at front entrance on 390 Congress Street

Executive Chef:
Josh Berry

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for our regular dinner menu. Dinner is served 5-10PM

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We have a 3-course prix fixe menu offered from 12:00 - 8:00 PM $55 per person.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We have a 4-course prix fixe menu offered at $90 per person.

Union Portland Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for a Date (24)
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Special Occasion (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Business Meals (10)
Healthy (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Casual (6)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I came here with my 2 kids to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Upon entering, I was really optimistic that we found a gem. But boy was I wrong.

Let me start out with the good:
- The atmosphere was great
- Most of the appetizers were superb. We had the chicken liver, Brussel sprouts and beets. All 3 were fantastic.
- We were seated right away. It appeared to be a slow night for a Saturday. I would say 30% of the tables were empty.

The not so good:
- Our waitress was extremely inattentive and rude! She ignored us most of the night and we needed to proactively get her attention anytime we needed something. She never once asked us "can I get anything for you". What really bugged me is we asked for ketchup and mayonnaise for my daughter's hamburger and she literally took 10 minutes to bring it to us. By the time we received it (after having to ask her a second time), my daughter's dinner was cold. Every time we interacted with her, we sensed attitude and it was like we were inconveniencing her each time we asked for something.
- The Venison appetizer was DRY, DRY, DRY. I literally needed to chug water to swallow it.
- The salmon / broth dish I was was beyond salty. And I like salt, but man, this broth was like I was drinking from a salt flat.
- The icing on the cake was being charged $4.00 for a Soda Water, plus another $4.00 for a refill! I've never in my life been charged for a Soda Water, let alone a refill. $16.00 for my wife and I to have 2 soda waters each from the soda fountain? Come on!

I generally don't leave negative reviews like this, but I can honestly say I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone based on our experience and the price we payed.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was ok but pricey for what we got. Lobster bisque was $16 for a small bowl with little lobster.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was creative and every bite delicious! Great service as well. One of our new favorite restaurants in Portland.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Most pleasant atmosphere and our server, Javier, was excellent. Quick to fill our needs before our requests. The food was beautifully presented and prepared. We and another couple were celebrating our anniversaries that total over eighty years. We were presented with complimentary, delicious desserts. Definitely a keeper.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our experience at Union was good; however, since I have no way of rating our service at Inkwell I have assigned an overall rating of “1.” The bar server “misplaced” our friends credit card. I settled the tab and paid for at least one extra drink that we didn’t have. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a lost or stolen credit card but it is a complete inconvenience. Through no fault of his own, our friend has now been totally inconvenienced and the consolation was the equivalent of one entree? Really? How embarrassing to put my friend’s wife on the spot to pay for her own meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A special thanks to the staff and chefs at Union. Our anniversary dinner was special.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was extremely slow, we were there for brunch and the restaurant was not that busy. The food was pretty good but I'm not sure I would go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were so pleased with our visit to Union...right up there with our favorites Davids 388 and Primo! We appreciated that they called to confirm our reservation and then were happy to move it up earlier in the evening. We had two at the table with nut allergies and they could not have been more accommodating. Such a great experience...from the hostess to the wait staff to the several servers who helped to make our dinner exceptional! And the food...oh my, so good! Every bite was outstanding! We will be back again and again...top notch restaurant in not only Portland, but our great collection on restaurants in Maine! Thank you for making our evening so memorable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent. I save 5 stars for elite restaurants, but the Union is quite good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great clean lined place with craft cocktails, good wine list and great food menu. Had a good business dinner and will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Flattered that the chef came out personally to check that we were enjoying our meals and to discuss the artwork decorating the restaurant — some of which was inspired by the local ingredients!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner with family was a delightful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My adult son and I love Union. This was our fourth time, the last three Thanksgivings and one Mother's Day last year I think. Not only is the food spectacular, the prices are reasonable for a high end place, and the service is great. And, even though it was apparently sold out all day and evening on Thanksgiving, we were not rushed and were able to linger at our table. I was amazed when we had gone on Mother's day that when we were leaving all of the Mom's were given a lovely cupcake in a pretty little box. Well, they outdid themselves on this Thanksgiving - when we left we were given two wrapped turkey sandwiches, just so we'd have leftovers! This place continues to amaze. And, BTW, the hotel lobby bar is also great.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Ate three great breakfasts there as well as the TG dinner. The TG menu was very nice ($55, choice of salad, entree, dessert) The turkey dinner was traditional and "fine". Turkey itself was very good, potatoes, cranberry and dressing fine, squash hard as a rock. Dessert was lovely. Coffee a tasty blend.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

From the moment we walked in greeted with a warm and enthusiastic smile, to having top notch attentive service with great recommendations, to just exquisite and unique food. An absolutely total great dining experience. Not only will we be back, but I will recommend this very special restaurant at every opportunity that comes my way.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I dined here last night. It was a fantastic experience. I ordered the artisan cheese plate, which was spectacular. Locally sourced, great variation of cheeses with the house made bread & fig jam had amazing flavors. My wife had the lobster chowder. Very delicious broth, big chunks of lobster. Was very delicious.
Our main courses were equally delicious. My wife had the Casco Bay scallops. They were very tender with a great lemony mildness that allowed the beauty of the perfectly cooked scallop to stand out. I ordered the braised lobster. My naïveté was that braised meant that it was in a broth. Upon trying it, I was stunned by its depth of flavors. The vegetables, the broth, the lobster tail, the cream chowder all have my dish amazing depth and flavor.

This was a delicious meal and I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great meal with above average service. Very nice menu and very attentive staff. Will definitely go back soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food. Wonderful service. Great atmosphere. I cannot day enough. This was our first time at Union and we will certainly go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Inviting ambiance, impeccable service, fresh local and creative culinary selections. A special dining experience. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was my third visit to Union and it feels like it is slipping. The waiter was the worst bit, he was a right toss pot.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food and atmosphere was Excellent! I hope to return soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy, Late-night Find, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We started at the bar and the young lady who was bartending was excellent. She came up with a few martini's that she created and they were excellent. At diner the food and service were very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great spot for a business lunch. Atmosphere was great as was the service. The meal left something to be desired. Ordered the lunch special: shrimp po boy, vegetarian chili, and arugula salad. Beans in the chili were well undercooked and the dish overall lacked flavor (review from my coworker was the same). Salad was nice and the sandwich was a pleasant surprise.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food here was great. Very creative and delicious but the cocktails lacked luster. They had great drinks to offer but the one my husband ordered did not taste good. Though they have an assortment of wines, it is listed by type (Pinot noir) and not by wine maker and year.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservations and were happy to wait in the comfy bar area where we sat in one of the lounge set ups and shared a bottle of wine while we took pics and watched the people walking by outside. After we finished our wine, I questioned the delay as our table was still not ready - we ordered another bottle of wine and eventually they led us to our table and said the appetizers would be on them (a very nice gesture and much appreciated). We ordered lots of different selections from the menu and everything was delicious. The only thing we didn't love was the brown bread in the can with the "pig butter" - we actually much preferred the house bread that had a nice salty crust. The cheese plate was nice, the scallops, the cauliflower...all great. I wasn't sure what to expect since often times restaurants in hotels aren't the best - but we all agreed it was a great meal and it's a worth a trip to the restroom to see all of the cool "press-related" décor in the hotel lobby.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Lovely and sophisticated space and service. Excellent food with many locally sourced ingredients. Brussel Sprouts a must! Scallops were perfectly prepared as was the Chefs Special of Cod and mussels. Need to ask for bread if you’re a sauce “dipper” like us.

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Top notch ingredients and composition with creative meals and fantastic results. Service is quietly efficient and engaging with good knowledge of the dishes and drinks. A must visit in Old Port.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great treat for a birthday celebration. Signature cocktail and meal was delicious. Friendly staff and convenience of valet parking while dining!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Union is our new 'go to' dining place whenever we are in Portland. Have been there a dozen times for both lunch and dinner and it never disappoints. Creative ever changing menu items, great wines and excellent service. A must have is the Chef's specially created Brussel sprouts with walnuts! From the friendly greeter to our excellent wait person Monica, it is truly a pleasure to dine here from start to finish. The staff works as a team so you are never left waiting for anything!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had a wonderful dinner tonight. The cod off the chef's choice menu was amazing! I highly recommend it!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The hight table near the wine storage was perfect for a party of 8, we felt like we were in a private wine room while still having a full view of the kitchen and dining room. Very good service overall and the food was excellent as usual, only disappointment was that 4 of us had ordered the rabbit and weren't told they had run out until after the appetizers were served. That sounded like poor communication from the kitchen and it's always less than ideal to have to make a substitution under the gun....

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and décor of Union was enjoyable. However, the service was rather lacking. The pace of the food was awkward. It took a while for our dishes to come out despite it not being a full house and the break between our dishes was really long. Our waiter's presence was lacking in a negative way. The entire evening my water glass was filled once, I think possibly after another staff overheard me saying that my glass had not been filled once in the evening though it was empty. It wasn't the worst meal ever by any means, but I don't know if I'd bother dining here again.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is our second visit and we love it! The food is wonderful! Professional staff and great atmosphere! We will definitely come again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food sever never checked on how our food was and she seemed as friendly as an IRS Agent I tipped her over 20% because I know she has tip out other people at the restaurant

The food was amazing and the menu had enough choices to where you felt you were in charge of what you were ordering but not too many where you felt you had to throw a dart Well done

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Nothing special about this restaurant. Food and service are good but not great. General ambience was good but music was similar to what you might hear in an Abercrombie and Fitch retail store. There are so many better restaurants in Portland, Maine!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dinner before show at Merrill

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Dinner before Tony Bennett was outstanding with great a great server (Monica). Berry dessert was fantastic. Pre-show dinner was timely and got us to the show ON time. Returned for post show drinks and had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday, belatedly, prior to an event at Merrill Auditorium. The staff was efficient without hovering, and very accommodating concerning requests. At one point, we feared we might not make our reservation time due to traffic concerns, and the Union affirmed we needn't worry; they'd hold our table. The food was both creative and delicious: I had the Confit Eggplant and Summer Zucchini Cakes, both small plates. Truly memorable, and together, a complete and satisfying meal. We shared a Local Corn Madelaine for dessert. It's ample, and sinfully delectable. Price is in line with Portland prices, which I think a little high, especially when much of the food is locally sourced, but that's a general complaint in Portland. I'd definitely dine here again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful food, server was knowledgeable. Meal portions were great. Dont have a bad thing to say!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We enjoyed the best meal of our sister's trip at the Union restsurant. Great service and creative cuisine that was beautifully presented. Foods were delicious, fresh, and locally sourced. Great bartenders, too.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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