Union Street Public House

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Union Street Public House is, and has been for 30 years, a casual dining classic American restaurant. Colonial brick front, beautiful adornments, with 3 bars and 3 separate dining rooms, there is ample space and variety for all sizes and tastes! A local favorite, Union Street has an ever evolving food and beverage program, nightly specials and our famous oyster bar.
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G2019
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food2service2ambience2

Waiter was distracted talking to employees. When we said the starter didn’t taste very good he said it happens sometimes didn’t offer to change it, ordered steak which was very good but asked that the sauce garlic butter be on the side plate came out swimming in oily butter ruined the mash also wrong side came out and by the time the correct side was served meal was almost done. Not impressed

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MicheleS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of ten with two children under four. At first the waitstaff were wanting to get orders quickly but we let them know that we needed more time to look over the menu, and we hadn’t seen each other in quite a while so we would need some time to ourselves together. They were wonderful- attentive but not overly so. Food was wonderful!

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vipRichardN
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! We were promptly greeted and taken to our table! Service staff was very attentive without being overly intrusive. Food was cooked to perfection, and restaurant was able to accommodate other diner who has Celiac disease. Bonus, that "bar" section is physically separated from dining area that reduced noise level and enabled diners to have a conversations at normal tone. Highly recommended and will be back!

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vipBrendaM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish sandwich was delicious. Our sever Bryan or Brian provided excellent customer service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our "go-to" place to take our out of town visitors to - never a disappointment, very good service, beautiful surroundings and just a block from the waterfront. The other thing, the menu has something for everyone, including "Kid's Meals" that are winners with the young ones. This was a July 4 visit for lunch with cousins visiting DC for Independence Day and they loved Union Street Public House. The Local Oysters were great, Crabcake sandwiches were a hit with two of the adults, I really enjoyed my Steak Sandwich (recommended by our waiter who was terrific), fish & chips rounded out the adults' main courses. Servings are plentiful, the fries on the side are really good. All in all, a really nice lunch and we could all hear ourselves talk, too. Our waiter, Hassan B. did a very nice job, was helpful and friendly, good with the kids. And our Host, Andrew, at the check-in desk was very outgoing and fun to talk with.

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DCMDNOVA
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Not what we had expected based on previous reviews. Had a large group so maybe that had something to do with it, but only 2/8 people had their entree delivered as ordered.

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DorianM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and a great environment. Makes for a nice night out.

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vipKateT
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The hostess was very accommodating - allowing us the choice of several quiet spots as some of our group members are hard of hearing. Our waiter, Guillermo, was magnificent! He ensured we were comfortable, explained the specials and the regular menu items, checked in with us but did not interrupt us when he saw we were deep in conversation, and gave us enough time to plan our menu items and then enjoy them. Around the table we had mussels, chef salad, trout, and a burger - everyone was happy. Several types of wine were enjoyed among the group. We are a group that meets about 10 times per year and we will certainly return to Union Street Pub! Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food, especially the gumbo, was fantastic. Service was somewhat inattentive and server knowledge of menu could be better.

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Chicagofoodie
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sitting upstairs is a different experience than downstairs - for quiet conversation, that's where you want to be.

The menu offers good choices for everyone - seafood, meat, vegetables and gluten free options. Good for date night or families.

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KarenF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready when we arrived. Ivan J. was very attentive as were the other staff who assisted. Appetizers, salads and entrees were all scrumptious. Priced right. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you!

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JoeDiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not memorable. Poor food execution. Chicken hash was particularly disappointing. Same with shrimp and grits. This used to be a solid restaurant. Not now.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made a last minute reservation for Mother's Day and they could accommodate us. The fried oyster omelette was divine, as well as the waffles. Definitely will go back!

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vipDivine
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is tops. Beautifully prepared, delicious sauces, fresh ingredients and wonderful, friendly service.
However,a large group of 20 came in after we were seated—ourfault fornit asking for a booth in the other room or a quiet corner—and once that happened we could not carry on a conversation. It was deafening . We just wanted to hurry our meal and get out of there. That’s why I took off s star.

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vipLisaM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch

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vipDivine
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of had the crab cakes—meaty and delicious—and the other a dinner salad. Menu is all encompassing; from appetizers and foods to share, to entrees, delicious sides, desserts, sandwiches—something for everyone. Great service, too

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Cajohnston1540
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service, filled up quickly and became a little loud, but in a fun way!

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vipTLGB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious. The service was terrible. We were seated in a corner and we had to flag down other waiters and managers to order our entrees, get water refills and get the bill.

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RICHARDW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Love Union Street, but on this night it was very busy and patience was required. I will return!

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BarbaraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was overpriced and menu selection and prices did not fit the pub-like atmosphere. Service was slow.

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KrisR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Great place for a beer, but that is it. Food was mediocre at best. Price for it was way too high. Carb bisque was cold with barely any crab. Steak was dry and bland. Duck mac and cheese bland and no cheesiness. Wouldn't eat here again.

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SusanB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved the place and the food.was really good. I had the market fresh pick and it was very good and very freshly made.

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KendraM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not many vegetarian options. The beet salad I had through was great.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real nice place and a great local! Everyone on the staff was terrific!

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Houlie
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good upscale pub fare... not too crowded in the dining area.

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LynP
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and food. Always my “go-to” with guests in town.

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vipXanadu6
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a nice dinner on a Saturday night. I don't eat oysters but my husband and son said they were not the best they've had and the cocktail sauce tasted like ketchup. I enjoyed the GF Trout and Green Beans and my son enjoyed the Chopped Grilled Chicken Salad. My husband ordered the Gumbo which looked a little soupy but he said it was pretty good. The atmosphere was nice in the left side of the restaurant where we sat.

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vipMauraW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish and chips I’ve had in a long time. Excellent appetizers and a decent Guinness pour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had 4 meals and 3 out of the 4 had major issues (cold eggs, cold potatoes, missing cheese, no fries, and half a sandwich was missing). We asked the waiter about the half sandwich and whether it was supposed to have fries and he said it’s only supposed to be a half sandwich with no fries and was condescending about it. He clearly didn’t want to be bothered hearing about the many issues we had. We also asked for another round of drinks and he never came back with them. The manager Portia was lovely and tried to fix all the meals and was the only positive aspect of the dining experience. We have had awesome meals here before, so hopefully it was just a random bad experience, but we won’t be in a rush to go back.

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SallyM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was Friday night and pretty quiet and we just got a crabcake sandwich which was OK but not the best and another person got a huge piece of card and fries and he love that somebody else got the beef and cheese sandwich and was very happy. The service was nice and not obtrusive and the price was relative Lee

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vipGary
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

On this occasion, we had the "Whole Trout" entree, and the Fish & Chips. The manager indicated the Whole Trout was a new item. It was very tasty (hazelnut gremolata stuffing). The portion was not as large as expected, but adequate. The Fish & Chips was outstanding. It was a generous portion of fried haddock with golden brown light batter coating. The accompanying fries were crisp and equally satisfying. This was an improvement over the previous version of this entree. We sat in the bar area which was (understandably) very noisy and we needed to talk in a loud voice.

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vipQtime
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Only the brunch menu was available, however we want the grilled chicken sandwich that is on the lunch menu. The waiter offered to check with the kitchen, who was able to accommodate our request. That was much appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

They said I didn’t have a reservation but seated us when I showed open table email confirmation

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AnthonyP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

1st visit. Valentines dinner with my wife. Portia was our server and did an awesome job.
Will certainly be back again

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

we were able to make a reservation on Valentine’s Day for a party eight at the last minute. The downstairs dining room was packed but we had the second floor pretty much to ourselves. The menu had a nice diverse selection with everything you would expect and a few surprises. The fish and chips were spot on with a huge portion of haddock. A couple of us went for the perogies and kielbasa, would definitely recommend!

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vipRashadR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was damn near perfect

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vipMisPris162
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with excellent food and service. There are two bars and a regular sit down area as well. The one bar is a whiskey bar with a very extensive list. The cheesecake was delicious and would highly recommend getting it if you stop by. Some of the best I've had in a long time. Highly recommend going here for a meal or a drink though you won't be disappointed.

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vipSoutherngent67
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having brunch and was a very nice experience with a window table on Union Street. Was not crowded on Saturday morning, so quiet with fine attention by waiters and manager. Nice choices on the menu, and as a pancake lover, was most pleased with the pecan cakes with maple syrup. Interesting if you just want bacon, eggs and toast/bread, they are all only as sides which can be ordered. Look forward to returning. And living in old town Alexandria, it's nice to be able to say that the owner of the restaurant is very generous in giving back to the community by hosting events for non-profits.

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vipjoel
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal just a little off the beaten path of King St. in Old Town. Nice old style wood room. The food was good - I had the prime rib special which was a good size portion and wound up being a pretty good size after cutting away all the fat, and she had the whole trout which she enjoyed. We were allowed to substitute the sides for both the dishes (which were originally both potato side dishes) to brussels sprouts and mac & cheese so that was good. And the chocolate cheese cake with cherries on the side was excellent and I'm not a big cheesecake fan. The waiter was very helpful if not overly knowledgeable about the dishes.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing food with great portions! We sat next to an older couple who talked really loud, but once we got our drinks and food... we didn't care anymore. The food was delicious and we were impressed by the portions.

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Union Street Public House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-1785.

Union Street Public House is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.