Union Street Cafe

4.2
1263 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
Union Street Café, in Southwark, offers an urban East End charm combined with Italian chic; a cool, convivial atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming. Italian head chef Davide Degiovanni 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.

Private Dining

Union Street Café offers quality Italian influenced food with a daily changing menu, prepared in an open theatre style kitchen. Serving fresh, seasonal produce and artisan ingredients sourced directly from the Mediterranean. Just beneath the restaurant lies Union Street Bar, open from 5 til late.

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Special Offers

Lunch set menu 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 3 courses for £23 or 2 courses for £19 from a seasonal set lunch menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 28 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

Early Dinner set menu: 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23 from our early evening set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 28 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:30-19:00

Express Lunch menu £12 or £14.50

Enjoy the pasta of the day with a rocket & Parmesan salad served with a choice of soft drink for £12 or served with a glass of wine for £14.50.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 28 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

Add Prosecco to your Sunday ALC menu for £20

Add a 2 hour serving of Prosecco for an additional £20 to either of our Sunday menus; Enjoy a selection of Italian dishes from the Sunday Mangia & Bevi à la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 3 January 2018

Ends: 28 June 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00

Pre/post - theatre set menu: 2/3 courses £19 or £23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 28 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-19:00 21:30-22:15

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:30PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 10:15PM

What 1263 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and excellent staff and service, bit expensive for the amount of food you get. I can recommend getting the pork ribeye, it was a little bit salty but it had an amazing taste.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The startes were tasty and well prepared. The mains were very disappointing and salty (special pasta and monkfish). We asked to replace the mains. We had gnocchi with mussels.. this time the dish was overcooked. Arriving to the dessert.. the idea of adding walnuts to a tiramisu is an interesting idea that unfortunately completely ruined the taste of the dessert.
The wine: a 125 ml glass of a mediocre average tasting wine was just £19... we just find this a bit of an exageration

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had express menu - pasta sauce was boring - tomato , rocket salad ok. Maybe main menu more exciting.....

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NM
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, wonderful service, excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere - love the space and overall ambiance - highly recommend.

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K
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great quality food and ambience if you’re in that part of town!

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LN
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff couldn’t do enough for you, food and drink were v good

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SO
London
102 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The brunch selection was attractive, the food was good with different flavors and textures; we liked the clear Italian-Liguria background.
Service was slow at the beginning but picked up and throughout the meal itself Tamas our server was very efficient, professional and friendly.
I suggest you insert more Brunch items in the menu, such as Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Avocado.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with service to match.
Bit of a treat as children away so was not cheap (by our standards), but had two delicious meals from the a la carte - set menu was not as inspiring.
Very quiet when we first arrived, although the noise level did rise as more Saturday lunch diners came in.

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant drink in the downstairs bar to start the evening, followed by a very nice meal in the restaurant. Would go back again.

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JT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sommelier was excellent! Very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations! Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like this place! Great food and service, in what is an amazingly designed space. I will definitely visit again!

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Monday lunch and quiet as expected, so you wouldn't expect service to be so hard to get and staff to look like they'd had a tough weekend.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sommelier didn’t empty bottle into decanter claiming sediment. It was a 2012 Brunello and we checked- no sediment. Then waiter removed bottle before we finished. He also placed cork from another bottle on our table. Not our cork. Very unprofessional.

Cod mousse appetizer- very fishy and inedible.
Charcuterie was very nice.

Son ordered spaghetti w/ mussels. There were no mussels. He originally asked for pappadelle w/lamb but they substituted duck for lamb.
Wife ordered lamb dish— was not asked temperature. Came out very rare.
Other son ordered arrosto - basically a dish that was cream sauce with a side of beef.
Only I had a good meal- meluzzo.

Decor/layout very pleasing.

Food/service Very disappointing.
Can’t imagine G. Ramsay would be happy.

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FW
London
25 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, service impeccable from the moment you walked in, and such tasty food at reasonable prices. Will definitely be back.

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JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The menu choice was very limited and I think we paid alot of money for average tasting food. Starters were great but mains average, the lamb and cheese was a very overpowering combination and lamb was very chewy. The service was not great as the waiter made an error and once it was highlighted he screwed up the receipt in front of us and stormed of to get a correct version! very poor behaviour and very unprofessional

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g
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and Service brilliant but it was quite difficult to talk above the music and other customers voices.
If the music was just background then people would be able talk without raising their voices.

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R
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely setting-spacious and beautifully designed. Food was tasty and service was attentive

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m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a friends birthday so we wanted somewhere a bit nicer with a great atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was great

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LG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was okay, nice food but the waiter cleared my plate away whilst my colleague was still finishing her starter.

We also had to ask for our wine to be topped up as were left with empty glasses and the bottle was in the cooler.

Lovely food but not my first choice.

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KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Very pleasant , good service and food very tasty.
Wine pricey

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SF
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good food. I Will be coming back.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I would dine here again! A lovely experience!

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OT
London
59 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool interior and slick service. Food was very good and the menu is interesting with some twists.

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TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite local restaurants and the set menus are great value. The staff are lovely and the service is always top drawer.

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MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time visit and loved it again!

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LH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at Union Street Cafe. Beautiful food, attentive service and great ambiance. My friend and I loved that we could actually hear each other and that it wasn't deafening noise levels like so many places are these days. I found it a bit £££ for what we had but the quality really was outstanding. Would return.

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l
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice restaurant where you stay near to Waterloo area, however the waitress service is not impressive to Asian customers

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great , very kind

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food at Union Street cafe was very average.. We're so spoiled for good restaurant choices in London so there really is no need to have a mediocre dinner especially for the price level (I paid 30 pounds for a main).

The service was fine, cocktails and wine selection too.

Ambiance was similar to the food, but maybe that's what you get on a Saturday around South bank, it's quite touristy. and brings in a random crowd.

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TR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a bit tucked away but that didn't seem to put anyone off as it was pretty full by 18.30 on a Saturday. We had the January/February offer of two courses for two people fo £30.00 and it was outstanding value. The food was seasonal and absolutely delicious and the service was perfect, really professional but unobtrusive and genuinely friendly. When we were there our fellow diners ranged from families to glossy ladies rounding off a day's shopping or starting an evening out. I am already arranging a repeat visit for lunch with girlfriends.

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W
London
46 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner catch up with a friend. The food was delightful - I chose from the a la carte menu - artichoke starter and delicious truffle infused risotto to follow. My friend went from the fixed price menu and had pumpkin and orange soup followed by seam bream with chickpeas. Very generous portions of attractive tasty food at £30 per head excluding service and drinks. Ambience relaxed and buzzy without being too noisy. My second time here and I would recommend.

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N
London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We arrived early and had a cocktail in the bar downstairs which was pleasant- the barman was friendly and helpful.
Our table was ready and there was a set menu and a la Carte
I found it difficult to choose, I felt there were limited meat free choices - especially for the pasta dishes which I was looking forward to. I chose the baked eggs for a starter which were nice but wasn’t great followed by the risotto which was very liquid. I think I made bad choices. My partner enjoyed the pork ragu pasta although we both found the food salty.
Good wine choice at various prices. We had difficulty paying the bill, all the front of house guys seemed to disappear leaving one very hard working and pleasant woman juggling us and others paying, the cloakroom and new arrivals. The barman popped up again before we left and asked about our evening which was nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good and ambience brilliant
Wine list is very good and I had many options to choose from.
The service was great even though it was busy
I will definitely return

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CA
London
35 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and in general would recommend. The staff were very helpful with translations of the menu, the food was very good but the experience was tainted by the extremely high cost of the wine and cocktails. Maybe fine in happy hour!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good, the place was relaxed. Too bad the waitress was impatient/border-lining rude

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HF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Underwhelming. I guess you get what you pay for. We had the January deal, which meant it was £15/head for two courses. The food was alright but nothing to write home about. Appears to be living off its name - go to any other restaurant in the area and they'll be trying harder and doing a better job.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The band was way too loud. And not very good.

I thought it was inconsiderate for the management to book a band that was unsuited for the space when mostly everyone just wanted to be able to have a chat.

It was truly an awful experience

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m
London
47 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall on the £30 for two January deal

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JC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere

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