Union Street Cafe

4.2
1417 reviews
£26 to £40
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • 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 Dec 31, 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 Dec 25, 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

Festive Set Menu - 2/3 courses for £25/30

Dec 2-26, 2020·Sun 12:00-15:45, Mon-Sat 12:00-18:30

Enjoy 2 or 3 courses from our delicious festive set menu this Christmas.

What 1417 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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neet
London
17 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, friendly staff and good value, we will definitely go back when the restaurant opens after lockdown

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were given a very warm welcome and allotted an amazing table for our date. Our waiters were exceptionally attentive and friendly as they made us feel extremely comfortable which added even more to the ambience. The food was exquisite and wine choice delectable. We will certainly be back!

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GeoffS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - impeccable but friendly service, best Risotto in London according to my partner - and a well balanced and affordable wine list - perfect spot for a relaxing Saturday lunch

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Responded on 21 October 2020

Dear GeoffS, 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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Marina10
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal

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Responded on 21 October 2020

Dear Marina10, 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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GinnyH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were very friendly and professional. The food was excellent - especially the fish The set menu offers very good value too.

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Responded on 21 October 2020

Dear GinnyH, 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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KevinO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good restaurant. Pleasant, prompt service and very good food. The pizza Wellington is really clever and the cod over polenta was exceptional.

A bit pricey but really not off the chart for London.

We will definitely go again.

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Responded on 21 October 2020

Dear KevinO, 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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JeffS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good and food was incredible. My beef wellington was soooo tender, it cut like butter.

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Responded on 21 October 2020

Dear JeffS, 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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Freya
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service. Food is great value! I would definitely go again.

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Responded on 16 October 2020

Dear Freya, 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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vipKenM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food ! Incredible value for money - £23 for 3 seasonal courses. Good portion sizes and so tasty ! Well done 👍

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Responded on 13 October 2020

Dear KenM, 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
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Well set out for social distancing. Would visutvagain

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vipMedhaW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great. They forgot to bring the salad until the very end of the meal! with 10 pm curfew everything was a bit rushed, but otheriwse a good experience!

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Louise
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First thing: the staff take the covid restrictions very seriously ( rightly) so make sure you have you have your mask on entry. The QR for covid app is just to the right of the desk.
However, once seated, the staff are as efficient & charming as ever. Our first choice of wine was unavailable & the wine waiter readily recommended an alternative.
Food lovely & unpretentious. The uovo were soft so if you’re a fan of hard boiled eggs, think carefully.
I had hake which was lovely. My partner had lamb which was perfect. Also courgette ‘fries’.
Double espresso fine. Partner thought his filter coffee might have been marginally burnt but I can’t confirm this as he still drank it! All in all a lovely evening. Many thanks x

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Responded on 30 September 2020

Dear Louise, 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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vipCRUAZ
London
81 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The setting is lovely and super spacious so perfect for social distancing. The food was good - nothing incredible but good.

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Responded on 22 September 2020

Dear CRUAZ, 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
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 17 September 2020

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.

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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
7 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.

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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.

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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
24 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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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

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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!

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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
12 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Highly recommend the octopus.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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FAQs

Union Street Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1417 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.