Union Café - Mount Merrion

3.8
267 reviews
€31 to €50
Modern European
Our restaurant is a bright and airy, designed dining space lying at the very heart of Mount Merrion. It is a local gathering place for family and friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Our Head Chef, Darren Matthews, has created an innovative menu that brings together old world flavours and contemporary international cuisines.
Each and every plate is packed with fresh, honest, tasty food, created with the very best Irish produce.
Try one of our juicy homemade burgers, wood fired pizzas, fresh pastas, fish specials and much more.
We’re open seven days a week, serving hearty and healthy breakfasts from nine in the morning and in the evening, we offer a beautifully crafted dinner menu until ten. Enjoy a great lunch Monday through Friday, and at the weekend come and relax in our comfortable new booths to enjoy a fresh cooked brunch and crafted cocktails or a bottle of wine with family and friends.
What 267 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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3.5
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4.0
ambience
3.7
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Susan
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very tasty food. Great selection on menu. Staff very friendly.

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Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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nms22
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty. Staff were polite and attentive. All Covid measures in place. Kid-friendly. Will definitely return.

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Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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JanM
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have to say I applaud the staff here - so friendly, efficient and a lovely vibe from them - very authentic and gentle .

Really it makes a difference. Worth having staff like this in any hospitality area ...
Ordered the burger with bacon and cheese and demolished very scrap - quality. My friend chose the Halloumi and Mushroom and was in agreement on that as well!

Many, many thanks to them ...

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Responded a day ago

Hi Jan, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. I will pass on all your feedback to the team, its lovely to hear! We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quicker service this time which was great! great brunch too!

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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Nimrod
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and were very well looked after. It was all very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Lovely food great value for money however the staff were a little slow to take our order and get the bill but overall great experience!

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi There Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the food We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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Sana
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food is excellent, but there seems to be too many tables for the number of staff, had to ask for water 4 times before it arrived and waited 30 minutes for our plates to be cleared and another 20 to get someone’s attention to pay the bill despite asking for it 3 times

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi Sana, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had to wait and ask your waiter a few times. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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DamianD
Waterford
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lovely setting great buzz outside with DJ cool spot

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi Damian, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the music! We hope to see you again soon, Warm regards, Tara

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DaveandNicky
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant. The only complaint would be that we were told that 6.30 was the latest we could book and yet several of the tables around us were still empty when we left at about 7.30. The service was very good and the servers very friendly and efficient.

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi There Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. Sorry to hear that about the tables around you, it may have been a case of no shows unfortunately . We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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Tippi
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service, fab atmosphere - will be back!

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the service & atmosphere! We hope to see you again soon, Warm regards, Tara

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Traveler101
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy restaurant. Staff are very nice and friendly. Very pleasant evening.

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Responded on 26 July 2021

hi there, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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JacintaO
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service needed to be better managed but staff were very friendly.
Chips not very hot

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi Jacinta, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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LD2014
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Lovely setting unfortunately the service let it down. Had to ask repeatedly for drinks. Food wasnt all brought at same time.

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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Fitzi
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , good service and a nice atmosphere….very laid back !!

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Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi Fitzi, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Generally very good food. Service excellent.
Could do with using better quality freshly squeezed juices.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 26 July 2021

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the food & service! We hope to see you again soon, Warm regards, Tara

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Shane
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Food was nice but tad expensive (30 euro for a fillet steak)

Service was poor, staff forgot our orders twice (forgot to bring drinks we ordered and forget that we had ordered mains). It was a busy night and staff were young and new so easy to forgive!

Only major complaint was the large LCD screen in the middle of the outside dining area. We were sat next to the screen. Due to most of the table facing the screen anytime something white / bright was shown on screen half the table got blinding by the screen which got annoying by the end of the night , especially as it got darker

Overall I’d give it a 3/5

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 26 July 2021

Hi Shane, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. We hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tara

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SuzanneD
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very disappointing,food awful, service even worse

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Suzanne, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. Warm regards, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service wasn’t great we were left waiting atleast 20 mins to even order drinks and after everything was finished we asked 3 separate people for our bill and they took about 20 mins to bring to us even though we could see them all just having a chat . Food was grand though and that came quick once it got ordered

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the food here and hope to see you again. Warm regards, Tara

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SenanH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and nice food. Good value. Clean quiet outdoor dining.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Senan, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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SheelaghO
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive staff, lovely atmosphere.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Sheelagh, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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carmell
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Hi
Service was a big let down.
It you don’t have the staff you should not take bookings.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Carmell, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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JosephL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was just too poor to give a good rating. Cutlery arrived 10 mins after food. We used our hands we were so hungry. Every request was a long wait. Deserves a second chance because food was good. We are in our 50s so maybe the IBIZA loud music was not for our cohort group. Sit away from the DJ.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm very sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was extremely slow and quite rude. We left before we had the chance to order food

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. Warm regards, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Second time to visit. Unfortunately second time service was very poor also. Quick to be seated, but left sitting for 30 minutes while trying to order. Some staff couldn’t take orders which is very frustrating. Food came with no cutlery, and when it eventually arrived they were dirty. One meal was forgotten and never arrived. There for 1 hour and a half but only spent 10 minutes eating the breakfast. Such a pity as food was nice.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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SusanM
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food and drinks were nice. Drinks a little over priced. Staff are friendly but very slow at serving & attending to tables. Would go back.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and sorry to hear service was slow. I will pass on all feedback to our team. If you have any further feedback please feel free to email us on merrion@unioncafe.ie Warm regards, Tara

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BernadetteK
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ready enjoyed our lunch yesterday at Union Cafe Mount Merrion
I booked online and rang regarding having a shaded table as we would have a new baby with us
We were looked after very well staff were very attentive and the food was very nice especially our sorbet dessert!
Highly recommend a visit there!

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Bernadette, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. I will pass on all your lovely feedback to our staff! We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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LouiseK
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good service and food at lunchtime. Would go back

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Louise, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for the great rating. If you have any further feedback please feel free to email us on merrion@unioncafe.ie Warm regards, Tara

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Doyle
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all very enjoyable and extremely safe

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Doyle, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We are glad you found it safe and enjoyable! We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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Mocky
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waited 40mins after order so had to leave. Waiting service was erratic. Drinks order wrong on 3 occasions. Can't blame staff. Just too busy & not enough regular staff. Food looked ! lovely though. Would recommend if you have lots of time on your hands.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Micky, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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Dominic
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They are doing really well to get back in the flow of things after such a long hiatus and now having new staff.

Service can be a little slow / disjointed at times, but totally understandable under the circumstances. Getting better all the time, too!

Great big screen, though it doesn't overwhelm the dining. Great covered outdoor space

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Domic, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for all your positive feedback. Hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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RoC12
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First choice of drink (from stock) was unavailable, gin.
First choice of meal (BBQ chicken) was unavailable.
Drinks service was very slow, waiting over 20 mins for first drink to arrive.
The waiter apologized and said the bar was very busy.
We shared a starter (shrimp cocktail) which was very good.
For mains, fish & chips (good) and stilton burger. Burger wasn't great (couldn't taste any stilton). Have been to many of the PressUp restaurants, appreciate this is a Cafe and more casual but I wouldn't recommend.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 July 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Front of house & Kitchen Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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MarkLawlor1738
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except there was no commentary for the Lions game.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Mark, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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MelRyan
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abs love the Union Cafe, the young staff are all so lovely, food great, lovely outside dining at the moment. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Mel, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. I will pass on all your lovely feedback to our staff We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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RMal
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Staff were very friendly but service was all over the place. 25 minutes waiting for a drink. Kept having to follow up.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Rmai Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer reviews seriously and please note I've shared your review with our Team in order for us to keep our standards high. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tara

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SusieC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, wide range of options and lovely staff members.

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Responded on 20 July 2021

Hi Susie, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. Glad you enjoyed the food! We hope to see you again soon, Tara

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

All new staff! Asked for everything about 3 times and in the end had to go searching for the bill

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HelenJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Union Cafe is well set up with a covered area for outdoor dining which feels enclosed and also spacious. The staff were very friendly and attentive and we were really happy with the speed at which the food arrived as well! The only complaint was from my partner who had steak and had asked for it medium and it came well done.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 13 July 2021

Hi Helen, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review . I will pass on all your feedback to our team to help us improve on our standards. If you have any further feedback please feel free to email us on merrion@unioncafe.ie Warm regards, Tara

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EmmaH
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended for brunch! Will definitely be back

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 13 July 2021

Hi Emma, Thank you for the lovely review & see you again soon. Warm regards, Tara

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Angelique
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had dinner there with a friend on Saturday night. The food was overall nice, well seasoned. I was disappointed my starter did not come with the pesto which is listed on the menu. What really lets the place down is the service. Staff seriously need training. No cutlery provided with our starters, had to ask for them. Main courses arrived before we finished our starters. They cleared our starter plates to make room for the mains taking away the cutlery and we had to ask twice for knives and forks to be provided. At that stage our steak was getting cold. Cocktails were lovely but come in a tiny glass. With everything taking so long (getting the attention of the staff was a challenge, it became a bit of a joke) we gave up on asking to see the dessert menu, they never suggested it either or asked if we wanted coffee. Since we couldn't get the attention of the staff and they were simply ignoring our section (other tables around us were experiencing the same thoughtless service), I got up to ask for the bill at the entrance of the restaurant. To be fair it was promptly sorted then.
So overall nice food, ambiance is nice even if it get a bit loud but completely let down by untrained staff.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 13 July 2021

Hi Angelique, Firstly thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and I am sorry to hear of your experience here with us on Saturday night. We put a lot of effort into training our staff and your feedback is important to us. Please rest assure I will pass on all your feedback to our team to help us improve on our standards. If you have any further feedback please feel free to email us on merrion@unioncafe.ie Warm regards, Tara

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KG123
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service were very rude. Impossible to order and making up rules as they went along. Not friendly at all.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 13 July 2021

Hi KG123 Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and I am sorry to hear of your experience here with us on Saturday night. We put a lot of effort into training our staff and your feedback is important to us. I will pass on all your feedback to our team to help us improve on our standards. If you have any further feedback please feel free to email us on merrion@unioncafe.ie Warm regards, Tara

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Union Café - Mount Merrion is rated 3.8 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

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