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Union Street Public House, Alexandria, VA

Union Street Public House

4.1
4.1
218 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 548-1785
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Peter Saletta
  • Private party facilities
    We have 4 separate rooms to accommodate large groups. The grill room - 110 seats, cocktail parties up to 130. The George Washington Room - 40 seats, cocktail parties up to 65. The Regatta room - 45 seats, cocktail parties up to 60. The Whiskey Bar 24 seats, cocktail parties up to 45.
  • Private party contact
    Cheryl, our Private Event Coordinator : (703) 548-1785
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Cross street
    Wales Alley
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Trolley stops 100 yards away, King street Metro - 1 mile away
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

218 Reviews
  1. Gemvil

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  2. MicheleS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  3. RichardN

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  4. BrendaM

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish sandwich was delicious. Our sever Bryan or Brian provided excellent customer service.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    129 reviews

    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  6. DCMDNOVA

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  7. DorianM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service and a great environment. Makes for a nice night out.

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  8. KateT

    Washington DC

    135 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  9. MikeN

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, especially the gumbo, was fantastic. Service was somewhat inattentive and server knowledge of menu could be better.

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  10. Chicagofoodie

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  11. KarenF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  12. JoeDiner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  13. NicoleYS

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  14. Divine

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  15. LisaM

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch

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  16. Divine

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  17. Cajohnston1540

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service, filled up quickly and became a little loud, but in a fun way!

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  18. TLGB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  19. RICHARDW

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Love Union Street, but on this night it was very busy and patience was required. I will return!

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  20. BarbaraC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was overpriced and menu selection and prices did not fit the pub-like atmosphere. Service was slow.

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  21. KrisR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  22. SusanB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  23. KendraM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not many vegetarian options. The beet salad I had through was great.

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  24. SteveS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Real nice place and a great local! Everyone on the staff was terrific!

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  25. Houlie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good upscale pub fare... not too crowded in the dining area.

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  26. LynP

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and food. Always my “go-to” with guests in town.

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  27. Xanadu6

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  28. MauraW

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fish and chips I’ve had in a long time. Excellent appetizers and a decent Guinness pour.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  30. SallyM

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  31. Gary

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  32. Qtime

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    They said I didn’t have a reservation but seated us when I showed open table email confirmation

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  34. AnthonyP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  35. MarkS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  36. RashadR

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was damn near perfect

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  37. MisPris162

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  38. Southerngent67

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  39. joel

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  40. DavidC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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 is rated 4.1 stars by 218 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Union Street Public House

121 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wales Alley
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Trolley stops 100 yards away, King street Metro - 1 mile away
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Peter Saletta
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 548-1785
  • Private party facilities
    We have 4 separate rooms to accommodate large groups. The grill room - 110 seats, cocktail parties up to 130. The George Washington Room - 40 seats, cocktail parties up to 65. The Regatta room - 45 seats, cocktail parties up to 60. The Whiskey Bar 24 seats, cocktail parties up to 45.
  • Private party contact
    Cheryl, our Private Event Coordinator : (703) 548-1785
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