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Union Street Cafe

4.2
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1404 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Dine in
Starting Sep 3, 2020

Ring in 2021 with friends, family and good food – join us on New Year’s Eve for a set menu for dinner with two sittings. Early dinner is £65pp from 5pm-6:30pm, you will have the table for 1.5 hours. Late dinner is £95pp from 7.30pm-11.30pm, you will have the table for 2.5 hours.

Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

Dine in
Starting Sep 16, 2020

Fill your Christmas this year with the things that matter most – friends, family and good food. Join us on Christmas Day for a celebration menu for £75 per person – your party will have the table for 2.5 hrs. Please note that we require the full menu price to be pre-paid in advance.

Offers

London Restaurant Festival 2/3 Course £19/23 seasonal set menu

Oct 1-31, 2020·Tue-Wed 17:00-21:30, Thu-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:30

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants Set Menus - Two courses for £19 / Three courses for £23

LOVE LONDON 2 courses for 2 people £30

Jul 6, 2020-Sep 30, 2020·Tue 17:00-21:30, Wed-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:30

Enjoy 2 courses for 2 people for £30 from a seasonal set menu.

What 1404 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very little atmosphere food uninteresting and cold wouldn’t return or recommend

Union Street Cafe
Responded 9 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. 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
14 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

There weren't enough staff on the night. Also, the food was slightly on the salty side. Otherwise, it was fine.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 5 September 2020

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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Becc
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great setting and ambience, food was good but although the serving staff were lovely, it was slow and some orders were forgotten.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 5 September 2020

Dear Becc, Thank you for your feedback. 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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vipAndrewM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I have been here half a dozen times over the years as always liked the room, the staff and the location combined with decent cooking. However, just been post lockdown and have to say the food had taken a real dive. Basic Italian staples had been given eccentric and unnecessary twists that didn't work plus the general execution of the dishes was below par.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 5 September 2020

Dear Andrew, Thank you for your feedback. 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 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We made a last minute booking and arrived 15 minutes later. They were well prepared and a table was ready for us. The restaurant seemed to be understaffed and the staff who were there seemed to be running around a lot, probably could have done with another member of staff. However they were all very friendly. We ordered a bottle of wine with our meal which we had to ask for twice; once again the staff member who served us looked a bit flustered but apologised and went to get it straight away and was very pleasant. We weren’t sure whether we wanted dessert when a staff member asked but although we decided we would get some we then couldn’t flag down a waiter to order it, so then decided not to. Altogether a pleasant experience and nice food, slightly marred by the apparent understaffing. But to reiterate, the staff who were there were lovely and made it an enjoyable evening.

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VeronikaG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was a lovely evening. Stuff were very nice and we could see they were busy. So the waiting time was extend, which is fine. The whole dinning experience was lack of some vibes and energy. It’s a new hard time and reality for food industry. I definitely recommend it but l won’t be back.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2020

Dear Veronika, 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
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and some friends went out for her birthday. Exceptional food, service and value for money. The love London menu was amazing and whole evening was 10 out of 10.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 27 August 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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JuliaM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food terrible. Complained and they reduced our bull considerably.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2020

Dear Julia, Thank you for your feedback. 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
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my partner. We had the love London menu, which was incredible value. The a la crate menu looked very tempting as well, and personally I feel that a one page menu where you have difficulty deciding what you want to eat because everything looks so good is the hallmark of a top restaurant. Every single dish we ordered was excellent, the food was very well thought out without being over complicated, with components chosen to complement without overpowering or losing focus. Having eaten in many Italian restaurant both in Italy and in London, I have to say that this is the best interpretation of Italian cuisine outside Italy that I have been to
In addition, the service was friendly and very attentive, without being overbearing which is perfect. Lastly the venue was outstanding, I was particularly impressed by the subtle lighting effects which added to the ambiance
If I could give more than 5* I would have!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 27 August 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
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolute amazing evening. Marco the barman and Davide the head Chef we’re both extremely friendly and made the evening amazing. I will definitely be returning as soon as I can. 10 out of 10. Best restaurant around.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 25 August 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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UptonoGood
London
21 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal at Union ST. We had the LOVE London meal which is very good value (even better with Eat Out). The starters (belly pork - stuffed and sliced ultra thin; and burata and aubergine) were exceptionally tasty. The main courses good - though they come without much in carbs to fill you up (so those with a healthy appetite need to buy a side dish). Desserts a bit meh.

What was in no way value for money was the wine list: I saw a wine I know - available on the Wine Society website for 9.95 - priced at £52. Price gouging or what.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 25 August 2020

Dear UptonoGood, 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
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and lovely fresh food

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 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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Luncheon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place
Excellent attentive service
Cuisine spot on
Social distancing measures in place
So too marks really
Especially with the Love London deal
Will try the other GR restaurants

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 25 August 2020

Dear Luncheon, 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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KathrynM
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Perfectly serviceable meal with friends, but nothing special and doesn’t feel authentically Italian, in service or in the food, despite clear effort being made on both fronts. The wine list, whilst extensive, is also poor value compared to the food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 15 August 2020

Dear KathrynM, 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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Dawn
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Thought it was a bit pricey for what it was. Pleasant staff though!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 7 August 2020

Dear Dawn, 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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Kevin
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A last minute lunch after a visit to the Tate Modern. Perfectly located and an excellent #LoveLondon 2 course lunch, albeit with limited choices. As expected, coming out of the lockdown, the restaurant wasn't bustling, but tables were well spaced and the service was attentive whilst remaining relaxed. The air-con was a little overzealous despite the hot day outside. I was pleased to have a napkin to cover my legs!

Highly recommended and will be back.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 7 August 2020

Dear Kevin, 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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RyanS
Angus
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love London menu is an absolute bargain. Really good sized portions for the price although we had a bruschetta to share as well and zucchini cooked in saffron which were spiralised and deep fried (they were class)

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 7 August 2020

Dear RyanS, 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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TanyaR
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal at Union Cafe. I have been in the process ot ticking off as many Gordon Ramsay restaurants as possible. That was number 7. Lovely set up and I like the fact that you can see into the kitchen. Delicious food as always and so grateful for specials like Love London/ Summer London that give me the opportunity to tick a few more off my list without spending a fortune. Although I have been to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and that was 100% worth the fortune! Always good food, great service and will definitely be back again!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 7 August 2020

Dear TanyaR, 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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vipGavinL
London
23 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, good service what more can you ask for

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 27 August 2020

Dear GavinL, 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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ISHOULDSTOPEATING
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and perfect service! Thanks team!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 25 July 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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Highly recommend the octopus.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 23 July 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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lucylu
London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Roberto was fab and the set menu delish - thanku

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 23 July 2020

Dear lucylu, 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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EmilyR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service wasn't the best, a lot of the time we felt abandoned during the meal looking for a waiter. Right from receiving a menu through to paying the bill. We were shocked that a 15% service charge was added to the bill for shocking service! Also the food did not meet expectations!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 July 2020

Dear EmilyR, 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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vipElenalaughs
London
19 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 5-6th time? Always have a great experience. Delighted they are back open and lovely menu

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 July 2020

Dear Elenalaughs, 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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vipTomC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dining experience in a while and didn’t disappoint. The pork gnocchi was my highlight but the octopus and porchetta were both delicious too. Thanks to Davide and Marco - glad to see you open again.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 July 2020

Dear TomC, 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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SharpEater
London
40 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were well looked after throughout the visit and the new changes were simple to follow. The food was good but I had higher expectations. I would visit again for cocktails and dessert though.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 July 2020

Dear SharpEater, 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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PippaP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening celebrating restaurants reopening. The team had made a brilliant effort to make us feel welcome and safe. Amazing staff & amazing food!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 9 July 2020

Dear PippaP, 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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Morjito
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first post-lockdown visit to a restaurant and we had such a fantastic time! The staff were so welcoming, the atmosphere relaxed and upbeat and the food delicious. I highly recommend the delectable octopus and the tiramisu. Thanks for letting us stay for over four hours :-) We'll be back soon for a tour of the kitchen!

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 9 July 2020

Dear Morjito, 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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vipAlanaWoking
London
215 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....

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 9 July 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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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
215 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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FAQs

Union Street Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1404 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.