Union Street Cafe

4.3
1180 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation
Union Street Café 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. This year, Union Street Bar welcomed The Olive Grove, a unique and immersive bar experience dedicated to the humble olive.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 12pm - 12am
Sunday - 12pm - 5pm

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Phone number
020 7592 7977
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Davide Degiovanni
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Public Transit

Close to Southwark and Borough tubestation and London Waterloo East train station
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Festive Pre/post - theatre set menu: 2 courses £25 & a cocktail

Enjoy 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30 plus a signature cocktail from a festive set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 19 November 2018

Ends: 24 December 2018

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

Festive set menu £27/£32

Enjoy 3 courses for £32 or 2 courses for £27 from a Festive set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 19 November 2018

Ends: 26 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-16:00

Lunch set menu 2/3 courses for £19.50 / £25.50

Enjoy 3 courses for £25.50 or 2 courses for £19.50 from a seasonal set lunch menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 11 September 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45
Sat 12:00-15:45

Early Dinner set menu: 2 courses £19.50 & a cocktail

Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £25.50 from our early evening set menu, plus a signature cocktail.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 11 September 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

Italian Roast Menu £40

Enjoy a 5 course Italian roast menu in celebration of terra e mare, Italian dishes inspired by land & sea.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 23 March 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Sun 12:30-16:30

Thank Gord it's Summer: 2/3 courses & rose or beer for £19/£23

Enjoy 2 or 3 courses from a set menu this Summer including a complimentary carafe of rose or large beer per person.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 2 July 2018

Ends: 10 September 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:30
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:00

Add Prosecco to your Sunday Roast menu or Mangia & Bevi 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 or the delicious Italian Sunday roast menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 3 January 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00

Pre/post - theatre set menu: 2 courses £19.50 & a cocktail

Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £25.50 plus a signature cocktail.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 3 January 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 4:30PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 3:45PM 5:00PM - 10:15PM 5:15PM - 10:15PM

What 1180 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

portion sizes very small for the price of the dish. I am coeliac and asked for GF bread which was accommodated however I was given one and a half(!) slices of bread (GF slices are really small) and was charged £2.50 for this which is the same amount a "normal" bread basket is. I ended up paying £18 pounds for 2 portions of bread (3 slices in total) and a child size portion of pasta-dissappointing

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3.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Extremely loud loop music numbing all senses... How can you enjoy what you eat in such environment? Luckily the waiter shut up the loudspeaker in the room we were seated before our internal organs exploded leaving enough music pouring from main room for a disco. Food is good though.

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4.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Great service and good cooking: loved the do-it-yourself bellini’s!

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

A very pleasant restaurant for almost any general or routine occasion.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Went there with my little daughter. Food was nice, service excellent. Only thing to mention is that the free kids meal with an adult mains, as advertised on their website, only applies to certain adult menu, which wasn’t made clear to us. Otherwise everything else was good. Will go there again .

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and varied menu.
Do not forget to check out the bar, it is lovely.
Would recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Highly recommended! Lovely food, good service and overall nice venue. Food is the real gem here with gorgeous fresh flavours, especially the desserts.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Ambience and friendly staff were a definite highlight. The summer menu is relatively good value but all the extras add up!

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

The lunch deal was good value for money. The place was nice and quiet for a get together with my friend. The quality of the food was very good. And we had a bottle of rose between the two of us included in the lunch deal, which was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Great food and a very good waiter. Had a great meal.

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Bit hot inside! Food was just fine! the dining service was nice.

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4.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Nice venue in a good location. Food was delicious. The menus in fake handwritten script are annoyingly difficult to read, which is unnecessary.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

I had a fabulous dining experience using the summer menu which came with nice bottle of rosé wine. The food and service was great.

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

This is a firm favourite, so I always go back and never hesitate in recommending this great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

30 year marriage

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4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Excellent food. Really excellent. fine wine. Accoustics are a bit strange - couldn't always hear my colleagues.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Excellent service, main course a lttle too much salt for our taste which was a shame because everything else was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

We had a lovely round table which made it easy for everyone to talk and the staff were helpful and fruendky

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Amazing staff...super friendly and extremely helpful. Delightful evening ....and the most divine piedmont hazelnut cake with gianduja icecream. Will definitely be returning !

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We went to Union Street Cafe for my boyfriends fathers birthday. The ambience was perfect - not too loud, the waiters were extremely attentive and knew our orders, suggested a great wine. They added his name onto the menu for a special birthday touch, and to the dessert!

It was clear that the standards were high, and it was well worth our value for money. We had a lovely evening, and would absolutely recommend this place to anybody looking for a nice meal!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

This restaurant has become a firm favorite... Not just the great menu, served to a high standard, But mostly, the General Manager, Orlando and his team create a great athmsophere and make everyone feel welcome. They get it just right with serivce, atmosphere and great dining.

The Egg and ham starter is a must !

I would use restuarant for business, dates or a social with friends. You really cant go wrong.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

We had the set course theatre menu and it was absolutely divine. Everything was so flavourful! Will definitely be returning :)

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Lovely staff,
Food was nice but not ‘fantastic’ my quest for the perfect Italian restaurant continues....

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

We enjoyed a Friday night pre-theatre meal @ Union Street Cafe - good value set menu with plenty of choice.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Amazing experience with our son. The staff and chef were so welcoming and we even went to the kitchen for my son to cook. As a bidding chef he was thrilled. Food was perfect. Well worth the visit and we will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Main dish I ordered (sea bream) was disappointing. Very bad smell and not cooked enough. I told something is wrong and one of the waiter said it’s normal. I would not have the same dish again.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

On a trip with my daughter (5) and decided we wanted Italian food. The service was so friendly and warm, the food and wine was excellent and tasty and the atmosphere with music was very. If I lived in London I would visit this place as often as I could afford.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Awesome Italian eggs followed by sea bream , washed down with a Carafe of Italian white with the usual fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Excellent excellent excellent!

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2.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Poor quality dishes at Inflated prices. My main course of spaghetti was no better than a motorway cafe standard but cost £20. My friends chose lamb, and were served small portions of very fatty breast of lamb (this cut wasn’t mentioned on the menu), one of the cheapest cuts of lamb, for £27!

None of us will be going there again, and we’ll make sure everyone we know will avoid it. A scam, not a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Had the express lunch. Quick in and out at lunchtime. Lovely food, excellent service and good value

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3.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Food was not bad but the desserts were not good at all! Stick to starters and mains!

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

All the employees did a very good job. Kind and happy doing that. One waiter in particular offered us a “gift” because our special occasion. The food is awesome and great value. I recommend and I’ll be back there for sure.

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Had a cocktail downstairs in The Olive Grove before going upstairs for our meal, a lovely way to start the evening.

Food very good & good value for money too. However drinks less so & quite pricey by comparison.

Waiting staff very attentive but we did get asked if everything was alright by several different staff quite a few times, which got a little bit annoying.

A thoroughly pleasant evening in nice surroundings & we never felt rushed at the table despite being on a pre-theatre menu & time.

Would recommend to anyone & be happy to go back.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Our third lunch here. An unfashionable part of Southwark but a short walk from Southwark Tube Station. The menu in handwriting-printing can be tricky to read, and five what look like courses not easy to follow if you are not familiar with Italian style eating. Service was attentive.

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4.0Dined on 28 February 2018

Not very surprises me I must say, over all is good.

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3.0Dined on 27 February 2018

The restaurant is great but the food was way too Salty. I’ve been there before and it’s been great. Maybe it was the specific evening. Quite expensive for what it is to be honest. However, the atmosphere and service was good!

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Absolutely amazing! The barman was fantastic in showing me a new experience with a new gin absolutely amazing!
Management helped me suppose my girlfriend with an awesome birthday treat with champagne! Literally blown away!
Thank you all

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3.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Went for a meal with family. Ambience was relaxed and just perfect and Vegetarian food was simply average for a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 22 February 2018

First time a Gordon Ramsey restaurant, nothing memorable among the dishes recommend by staff. Not bad at all, just qualify dishes at reasonable prices. Guess my expectations were to high, will go back.

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