Union Street Cafe

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1376 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Union Street Café, in Southwark, offers an urban East End charm combined with Italian chic; a cool, convivial atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming. The expert team has crafted a menu that’s influenced by authentic family recipes and the myriad of Michelin-starred restaurants he’s worked for, serving seasonal, daily-changing dishes packed with as much flavour as they are flair. Well suited for any event Union Street Cafe has several spaces for hire including a private dining room and mezzanine. Guests can also book The Olive Grove, a unique and immersive bar experience dedicated to the humble olive.

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vipAlanaWoking
London
213 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Once again, fantastic service, great food and lovely atmosphere.
Thank you and all the team, long may you continue in these very difficult times. Keeping everything crossed.

We will be back as soon as we can....

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Lurpy
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service and really lovely surprise that they recognised my birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

All our dishes were denied. Tastes are awful , very bad experience:(

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 10 March 2020

Dear guest, thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry to let you down in this occasion and we hope to get another chance. Many thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service;attentive but not over bearing staff. Had a lovely relaxed evening. Food wasn’t bad either 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Czech Republic
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice experience. Tasty meal with very friendly service.

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vipAlanaWoking
London
213 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming “front of house” warm welcome & great service throughout. Food was both interesting and tasty,
Pleasant ambience, Have rebooked already!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Alana, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Philip
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this restaurant, such beautifully balanced dishes, relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 29 February 2020

Dear Philip, Thank you for taking in time to write your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us. We will pass your feedback to whole team. Please don't hesitate to let us know when you will be back at Union Street Cafe. A presto!

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vipDeniseD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just impeccable. The pasta is so fresh and the sauce so light - I could literally eat here every day. We came for lunch on Monday and had to come back for this pasta and sauce tonight foe dinner. The artichoke salad is so fresh and the bruschetta with ricotta so light and flavorful. Such a highlight and memorable meal. Highly recommend

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 29 February 2020

Dear DeniseD, Thank you for taking in time to write your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us. We will pass your feedback to whole team. Please don't hesitate to let us know when you will be back at Union Street Cafe. A presto!

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Speed0898
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing service - felt really welcome and looked after. Food was fantastic - the cuttlefish in particular was beautifully cooked

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 24 February 2020

Dear Speed0898, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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AdamN
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal pre show. Lovely staff and awesome food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 17 February 2020

Dear Adam, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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MichaelP
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottimo cibo ispirato alla cucina italiana con un uso Smart di ingredienti eccellenti Inglesi. Servizio e prezzo eccezionale

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 February 2020

Caro Michael, Grazie per la vostra valutazione a 5 stelle! Siamo lieti di sapere che avete gradito la vostra esperienza all'Union Street Cafe. Non vediamo l'ora di rivedervi! A presto! Squadra USC

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vipzero
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an infant with us. There was a high chair prepared for us and everyone was nice. The foods are great!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 15 February 2020

Dear zero, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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vipJonM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Overall the food was tasteless, barely edible. The prep seemed fine, it was just the recipes. We had an artichoke salad that was dressing with too much olive oil a bit of vinegar and that was it. No distinctive flavor. Next we had a chicken ravioli that tasted like canned chicken. The ravioli was grainy like it had been undercooked. Last we had a veal dish that was the consistency of shoe leather with no flavor. This was an extremely disappointing me. The service was very good and well trained but delivering sub quality food I'm afraid.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear JonM, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards, USC team

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Jasev
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a modern stylish venue. The staff was attentive and helpful. We will be back.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Jasev, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Londoner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

No up to the usual standards of the restaurant. Booked a table for 9pm but didn’t get a table to 9:45pm. Slow service this time round, staff also brought up politics which made everything very uncomfortable

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Londoner, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards, USC team

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ErikV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, with the Love January Deal we were able to also grab some cocktails and desert for a decent price

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 31 January 2020

Dear Erik, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Rake
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lunch menu was a bit limited - starters choice was poor and I didn't like what I had chosen very much. But my main course (Ox cheeks) was excellent. Wine is quite pricey, but they did have pretty good quality. Service was patchy but friendly.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 27 January 2020

Dear Rake, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Mayzie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service and good tasty wholesome food. The card that came with the invoice worked! We’ll be back for the beef Wellington!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 22 January 2020

Dear Mayzie, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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GillT1
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a reasonably priced meal, good food and excellent value for money.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 21 January 2020

Dear GillT1, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Ajpl
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After reading some good reviews, we looked forward to trying out this place. It is a good space for groups, big round tables and lovely entertainment space downstairs. Equally welcoming, if you are solo and would like to eat at the bar.

I've been to most of Ramsay's restaurants, this place isn't up to much and I won't be back. The food was bland. To begin with we placed an order, 20 minutes later the waiter appeared to take our order, when we had already ordered. We ordered a carafe of wine. The gentleman poured red wine into the glass which still had white wine in there. He apologised profusely afterwards.

The arancini was very salty, almost over cooked. The gratinated eggs was good. We both had the taglioni, it was bland and what a rip off. I love pasta and am more than happy to pay over £20 if it is exceptional.

After a number of slip ups, they offered us a dessert and coffee on the house. The penaut dessert which we shared, wel lI had one spoon was not my thing at all, it had a creme caramel texture. We didn't think much of the meal. I love Italian food and this made me appreciate more the Italians we have on Bermondsey street. Sometimes you think try the new, FOMO, yet what you have on your doorstep is very good.

I returned to our new local for the 5th time yesterday, they provide complimentary water, fresh oven baked bread, a notch above. Antico (F&G) as well is consistently good, yes maybe it is a different dining experience, however I leave feeling satisifed.

Bill was £135 for 2 starters and two main pastas, one carafe of Valpolicella, 1 G&T, 1 WW. Pretty steep seeing I paid locally for three of us £150, for wine, 2 courses each and 2 desserts.

I'm sure others will have better luck. Enjoy your experience.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 21 January 2020

Dear Ajpl, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards, USC team

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Gulnara
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

It was a nice dinner and good food but nothing to rave about. We did enjoy it

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 21 January 2020

Dear Gulnara, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Evelyn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING. The food was incredible and the service was even better. We were so well taken care of - 4 waiters were checking on us and they all made incredible cocktail, wine, and food recommendations. One of the waiters recommended a vegan dessert that was to die for. Highly recommend this place and will be back soon for sure!!!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 14 January 2020

Dear Evelyn, Thank you for taking in time to write your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us. We will pass your feedback to whole team. Please don't hesitate to let us know when you will be back at Union Street Cafe. Many thanks, USC Team

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vipTonyA
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The staff were friendly although did lack a bit of attention. The overall atmosphere was good. The food on the other hand was simply disgusting. If you want a good food this is not the place to go. We had artichoke soup which was mainly made of potatoes, the other starter was simply two half boiled eggs which tasted awful. The mains were not any better: a small bowl of uncooked pasta (there is so Dante and not cooked) and myself in had a sliver of fish overpowered by pickled cabbage. We ordered sides which came after we finished the meal: salad was so salty we couldn't eat it. Might be Gordon Ramsay but if you want good food (italian or not) this place is a no no for me.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 January 2020

Dear Tony, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards, USC team

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The staff were very friendly and professional, but unfortunately were not attentive enough for the upper area.

I personally found that the dishes while well cooked, didn't have a great amount of flavour, and at the price on the menu was fairly disappointed with the small portion size.

I will say that the one very good dish was the risotto, which I would recommend if you intend on visiting.

This may have been a uniquely poor experience on this particular day, but no one on our table felt like we were keen to return.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 January 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards, USC team

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Cena fin de año

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 January 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. Kindest regards USC team

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Kyri
London
31 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the quality of the food along with great wine to wash it all down. Also not badly priced considering it has a Gordon Ramsay badge on it!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 30 December 2019

Dear Kyri, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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vipcrazu4
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Sevice was quite good and the restaurant looks amazing. However, food was way too salty and didn't really taste like anything. Second time I try gordon ramsay's beef wellington and the second time I am disappointed. Starting to wonder how it's so famous!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 30 December 2019

Dear crazu4, We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards USC team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was really slow. My daughter had to wait more than 30 mins between her appetiser and main. When everyone got dessert they didn’t bring her dessert and ask us if we want it. We paid £35 for children Christmas day menu and you have to ask if we want to have dessert??
Taste of the food was just alright & the waiter got one of our order wrong. Didn’t seem like anyone want to work on Christmas day. Might as well stay closed like all other restaurants than charging ridiculous price for bad service.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 30 December 2019

Dear Anonymous, We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards USC team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo muy bueno, servicio excelente!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 30 December 2019

Dear Anonymous, thanks for this beautiful review, we are glad you liked your experience with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Many thanks USC Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are in London for s holiday and chose this restaurant as a treat and to finally visit a Gordon Ramsay restaurant..... I must say it was perfect from the moment we walked in to the very end. The staff are friendly and helpful and always smiling.... service is top notch.. and the food... oh my God the food.... divine to say the least!!!!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 25 December 2019

Dear Anonymous, thanks for this beautiful review, we are glad you liked your experience with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Many thanks USC Team

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vipDavid
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and location. Only question: why so little choice on the wine list below £40? We had a superb Muscadet for £37, but there were very few other options. Cocktails reasonably priced and lots of choice.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 23 December 2019

Dear David, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pre theatre Xmas menu. Food pleasant but not memorable. Service fine but not special. Add a couple of drinks and a £100 bill for two leaves you feeling there’s better value to be had elsewhere.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 23 December 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards USC team

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vipGemstone
London
136 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyable family Christmas get together. All generations had a super time. Food was great. Service was pleasant, but felt restaurant was understaffed.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 December 2019

Dear Gemstone, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Snfoodie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We did not enjoy our meal here.The quality/ taste compared to price was not worth it. Very overpriced

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 December 2019

Dear Snfoodie, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't totally satisfactory. Kindest regards USC team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

OpenTable advertised set menu, they don't do it on Saturday...

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 15 December 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and superb food..

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 11 January 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starters were great, not fan of the mains, for the money not as good value as would be expected.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 20 December 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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MedhaW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, a little slow on service. But very family friendly

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 9 December 2019

Dear MedhaW, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, ended up being not too far off The River Cafe price-wise but it didn’t fee quite as special. We were a group of six and were early - the downstairs bar was great. We were sat at a nice central table but it was a bit too big for our group size so we struggled to hear each other and felt quite spread out.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 December 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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BryanT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Union Street Café is one of my favourite "secret haunts" in London. It is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant but very relaxed and informal. The food is excellent and the service impeccable whilst being also incredibly friendly.

My only slight reservation is that on the Monday night when I last visited with a friend, we had deliberately booked an early table at 5 pm so that we could go on to a theatre. Whilst we were welcomed and provided with appreciate a menu, we were then left in splendid isolation for half an hour whilst the staff obviously were having a briefing/meeting. No apology was given for this or explanation provided.

When service resumed and we asked for the à la cart menu, we were told that this was only available from 6 pm. (although the waiter checked with the chef and agreed to take an order from that menu earlier if we wanted to order from it). This restriction was certainly not clear from the information provided at the time of booking or when we arrived.

That – admittedly slight –criticism aside, I would unhesitatingly recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants a good meal in very friendly surroundings. It is also not terrifically expensive given its pedigree – our bill was £180 for two which included three courses, a glass of wine each and sparkling water.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 4 December 2019

Dear BryanT, Thank you for your 4 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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Union Street Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1376 OpenTable diners.

Union Street Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/union-street-cafe/gifts-and-experiences/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.