Bistro Union
Bistro Union

Bistro Union

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrounion.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02070426400x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm

    Saturday: 9:30am- 10pm

    Sunday: 9.30am – 9.30pm
    *we are now open on Sunday nights*
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, British, Bistro
  • Executive Chef: Adam Byatt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Underground: Clapham Common Tube
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Union
Located at 40 Abbeville Road in the centre of Abbeville Village, Bistro Union is owned and run by the team behind Trinity, Clapham Old Town.
Union is a British neighbourhood Bistro where all things quintessentially British take presidency.
The bar houses a food preparation area manned by one of our cooks preparing ten daily changing bar snacks listed on a drop down brown paper roll.
The menu is made up of British Classics; changing seasonally to reflect the best of our indigenous ingredients.
We welcome reservations, for Brunch/Lunch or Dinner, please call us. Alternatively just walk in, we keep some tables available for guests without a reservation
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Bistro Union reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.6
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (70)sunday lunch (63)brunch (54)romance (33)special occasions (32)group bookings (25)child friendly (24)outdoor eating (24)outstanding value (17)business meals (16)afternoon tea (7)good vegetarian options (7)disabled access (5)Show More
  • Brilliant breakfast backdrop
    Benjkeys
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    In addition to excellent food, the service has always been wonderfully welcoming, professional, and accommodating. On my last visit, I made a mistake and ordered wrongly for my diet (just a stupid mistake on my part). The server kindly took it back and without any recrimination or mood-damage brought me the perfect thing. I normally go for the fry-up, it's complete and very satisfying. Try one of the combination specials to get an eye-opener or freshly squeezed OJ. Finally, a must... the coffee is excellent and they serve genuine pouring cream if you ask for it... a huge plus for me.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Amazing food, excellent service, could not fault it. Will be going back. Really enjoyed dining here.
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Abbeville favourite
    LizP
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Bistro Union is our favourite local restaurant for a Friday night out. They have a new section on the menu for weekly specials, while still offering their excellent classics. Somehow they manage to always hire staff who are adept at making one feel welcome and ensuring that the experience is fun. If you haven't been to this gem on Abbeville Road, book it, and know that you'll be back again and again...
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Sunday lunch
    nicks32
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Great food, friendly, knowledgable waiter. Good value for the quality of the food and byob on a Sunday!
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    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday Supper
    Gregore
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Hard to beat for Sunday Supper club which is BYO with free corkage. Good food, great flavours, friendly staff and buzzy atmosphere.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Shong
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Had a recommend from a friend and was not disappointed. Took a foodie friend with me for a lunch catch up. We opted for the tapas/bar snack options and pretty much ordered the entire menu from the cute brown paper scroll on the wall. The food was incredible, fresh, sophisticated and we could have left wanting more only the portions were generous so we were pretty sated. Staff friendly, attentive without being overbearing. Beautiful interiors, bistro without the tack or OTT lighting/tiling that all venues seem to go in for these days. I have already booked in for a return this week, dinner has a lot to live up to!
    Special Features:
    brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday supper club
    Rixhardb
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We went to the Sunday supper club and although we knew it was a set menu it wasn't made clear that there were no options. As nice as the food was, its a shame when everyone had to eat the same thing!
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    child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4thought
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Friday lunch at Bistro Union - three of us shared three starters which were all excellent, potted duck with sour cherries particularly good. Two of us ordered steak with a mushroom ketchup (delicious), while the other order of sticky beef ribs came with a jug of gravy to dunk the succulent meat. A good green salad, some chips and a bottle of Gamay completed our meal, as we were too full for dessert! I would recommend this place for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly service - though if you're ordering steak you need to bring a healthy appetite as portions are generous!
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    fit for foodies
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  • cnw1245
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The range of small starters is by far the restaurant's biggest winner; whilst perhaps a fraction expensive, the portion sizes were generous. The menu was somewhat limited, although the main-for-two options were very good, especially the roast chicken. The pudding menu poor, although it seemed seasonal, so there may be more choice at different times of the year.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bistro
    kingc
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    A real lazy sunday lunch place. Great location.............
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • good. very good.
    EzaB
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    a really good place- good food, good people. run by some folks who are serious and gently enthusiastic about food but completely unpretentious. loved it- having said that- pricey. a bit of a blow out for approx £50+ per head for lunch...
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    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Go for the boozy brunch
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    A great selection of brunch items with lots of choices of eggs! We went all spicy with some bloody marys as well - they cured the hangover and tasted great!!
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    brunch, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • Relaxed with great food
    LuvSherry
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    We eat here on a regular basis and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. The choice of snacks and starters is always very good, along with the fresh fish main course. Staff are very friendly. A great local restaurant.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Disappointed
    waitinggame
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    We'd been to bistro union a few months ago and had a fantastic meal. Therefore we were really looking forward to another visit but will now not be returning. The wine was warm, the service chaotic, food average and we had a bad table in the walkway from the kitchen. It just lacked the edge which it had before and we were very disappointed.
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  • I think we'll have one more...
    olbearhands
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Very nice food and excellent service in the increasingly badly kept secret that is Abbeville Village. The menu contains a relatively large section of snack-size dishes (most of them changing daily), you can sample quite a few before you're overly full... and then just eat more, like we did...
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Another good one on Abbeville rd
    FlopitaVIP
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Good food, nice tho small place. Not a huge variety to choose from, but yummy.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Amazing Fry-up
    Gracie25
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    I came here for a birthday brunch and was slightly disappointed with the disorganised way we were greeted, and then sat at a table that was crammed down the side of the bar and seemed to be in the way of everyone who needed to get past from the back of the restaurant or those coming in. I had expected to be at a slightly better table given that I'd booked, and there is quite a large space at the back with more tables. However the slow service and less than ideal table placement was more than made up by the absolutely outstanding food that came out relatively quickly after we'd ordered. The fry-up is by far the highlight of the menu and worth a trip to experience. The service improved after the usual lunchtime rush and we left happy.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    LizP
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Our local favourite never disappoints! The food is great and the friendly, energetic atmosphere makes ths a perfect place to spend an evening!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Always a treat!
    ShazzamVIP
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    It has been a while since we went to Bistro Union and we are never disappointed. In saying that. we think the menu could do with a bit of a refresher as it is starting to feel a bit old. Still divine food, lovingly prepared with local produce!
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food, mediocre service
    herring
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    The big let-down was in the service with at least 1 waitress not really having a clue what was going on. It felt like she had just been put there and asked to smile when talked to. With such great culinary offering you'd expect some interest from the person who serves the food but here I'm not sure they could even tell sausage from meatball! To be fair, at the end a waiter (who may have witnessed the spectacle and felt bad) came to talk to us, asking us what we thought of the food and talked at length and with passion about what they had on offer. I have actually never reflected on this in the past at such length but an engaging waiter really does the trick! So, overall the food was great but the service has a lot to give.
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    romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Family-friendly Sunday supper
    Anxita
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    We really love Bistro Union's big sister, Trinity but Trinity is a bit too special for everyday. The fixed Sunday evening menu at Bistro Union is an amazing idea for family dining. We came with our 2 year old at 6pm. The food was prompt (which is ideal when dining with someone who has limited patience) and delicious. The portion size was appropriate for our daughter and the staff were really helpful. Mum and Dad got to eat at a nice restaurant with delicious food while not worrying about babysitters etc. It was such good value I expect this will become a regular treat.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    SundayLunch
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    It's a lovely looking bistro with nice touches for presentation. The brunch menu looked great as did the evening menu but we had gone for Sunday lunch and the menu was limited and the food was average. 2 people £100.
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  • 12.5% service charge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Just don't like this concept and would put me off going back also £1 charge per person for bread and carafe of water. Four diners, 2 had steak which was good. One pork , not nice and tough, one sausage again not good. Overall would not return.
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  • Weds Evening Birthday meal
    Bramshill
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    Great style: menus and glassware... ice creams in Kilner jars, salads in enamel dishes. Best for: innovative food /drink, we loved rhubarb gins,smoked tomatoes and snacks. I could have eaten more of these and skipped mains. Knowledgeable service: helpful waiter clearly knew every dish/ ingredient, didn't rush us. Not sure : Loved the way the still/sparkling water kept coming. £1 per head 'table charge' fair, I just didn't know it about it until the bill. Undermined the feeling of generosity. Would have liked: wider choice of light mains, some dishes hearty for summer. Only foot wrong: my mac'n' cheese not quite hot enough in middle. Overall an unusual and delicious menu. I 'd like to eat snacks and puddings here every evening if I could.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great service, great brunch
    LonGluncher
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    Service is massively improving in the UK (in comparison to the US) after being so poor for so long, and Bistro Union is still a class above. The staff are always very welcoming, can't do enough to help, always smiling. It really makes a difference. Our favourite brunch spot in South London.
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  • Local gem
    flamanda
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    I wish we had sonewhere like this in Richmond or Kingston. Great place.
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    brunch, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good wholesome, simple food
    yumyumyum
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    4 of us came for the Sunday Supper Club at Bistro Union, which is a set menu. The food was simple but delicious, and great spacing between courses. They have a bar but you can also bring your own wine etc. to the Supper Club. The staff were informative about the food, but some were quite stern (not rude, just not particularly friendly!) however this didn't interfere our experience, we still had a great time. I travelled quite far to come here, but I had some family staying in the area, so I'd recommend it if you're nearby. All in all, great food with fresh ingredients - you can check out their sample menus on their website.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food and vibe
    EmilyB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Highly recommended, would share lots of starters/bar snacks with friends to really make the most of everything!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Easy Sunday Eating
    CharlotteD
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had been to the Trinity in Clapham and heard about their sister restaurant, Union Bistro. Atmosphere and service was spot on, love the bread that was brought, although we only had a small amount between two. When we paid for some more the amount was very generous. The main course of chicken for two looked incredible and tasted even better! So much food for what you pay for, will definitely be going back again
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    brunch, child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LizP
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Always excellent - the food and the staff! Our favourite neighbourhood place to dine...
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoxham?
    SmartazzVIP
    Dined on 24/4/2014
    A little bit of San Francisco mixed with a dash of Hoxton, all served up with a side order of Clapham. Nice, social, local dining with easy food and drinks, very difficult not to like.
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter lunch
    Pablo1
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    We had great Easter lunch at Bistro. Excellent good and extremely friendly and helpful service. Will be back there ! Thank you.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Bibi
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    Really enjoyed this place. The staff were friendly and it had a very relaxed vibe. Food was lovely. Looking forward to going there again, it is genuinely a great restaurant.
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    brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday Supper club
    utahsanddiver01
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    As Bistro Union is a local restaurant the idea of trying out the Sunday Supper Club has been something we've wanted to try for sometime. We were not disappointed. The "snacks" as a starter were brilliant giving us an opportunity to try crispy pigs' ears along with other goodies. The main course was good and the idea of poached guinea fowl interesting. The leg and thighs were perfect but the breast a little overcooked. However, the flavours were excellent and well balanced with the accompanying green sauce lifting the whole dish. The portions were huge! The treacle tart for dessert was delicious without having the "burning" sweetness. A good meal with excellent service. The additional bonus of no corkage made the meal excellent value.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Great for brunch
    Janice
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    Cute little bistro with good food. Staff were generally friendly and accommodated us when we had two extra people.
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, a pleasant experience. Gre
    Donal
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Overall, a pleasant experience. Great location, a very nice interior and lovely atmosphere let down by slightly overcooked mussels and a higher than expected bill for dinner for 2. The steak however, was excellent, as was the chicken liver pate.
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  • Great food, service and restaurant
    drwmak
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We booked a table at the already highly recommended Bistro Union for 3pm on a sunday. And from the start we were not disappointed, the restaurant has a great ambience, the service was prompt, attentive and happy to please and the food was fantastic. Fresh produce, carefully prepared with a simple yet perfectly crafted finish. We'll definitely be back.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • A local gem
    RachC
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Had been recommended this restaurant by family and the variety and quality of freshly and locally source food was superb. Went with a couple of friends and we ordered far too much but there was no way we were leaving any food. We left feeling very satisfied and I'd definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Excellent local eatery
    YumyumyumVIP
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Had a lovely meal here on Saturday night. The staff were so friendly and the food was excellent. Very high quality and big portions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    Tbags
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    Well done for providing a really lovely dining experience! Fab menu, fab staff and lots of little touches that just make the experience that little bit different! Will certainly be returning and am recommending to all my friends.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.