Union Street Cafe

4.3
1205 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 - 4pm, 6 - 10:30pm
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
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: 4 September 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

Express Lunch menu £12.50 or £14.50

Enjoy the pasta of the day with a rocket & Parmesan salad served with a choice of soft drink for £12.50 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: 12 September 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

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: 18 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:30-16:00

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: 18 November 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 1205 People Are Saying
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food good, attentive service, ambience average but it was a slow Sunday service so perhaps not the best measure.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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PB
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happened across the union Street for an early dinner. The standout dishes were the beautifully balanced broccoli and mozzarella salad and the best truffle risotto I have had in years. Great chairs, interesting cocktails, good service- perfect for a date.

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RE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service. Made to feel very welcome with our two kids. Food tasty but very small portions for cost

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e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable ambiance, great serving staff and delicious food.

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HT
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were delighted to discover the Union Street Cafe near our hotel and near the Tate Modern and we enjoyed a quick pasta lunch, then returned the next evening for an evening meal. Both meals were excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre dinner

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stepped into Union Street Cafe about 3 years ago and have been a regular ever since! The staff were incredibly friendly, always attentive, and the food is fantastic! Their menu is seasonal - so it is based on what foods are in season. This is really wonderful because even though I am a regular, the menu changes all the time. The staff work very hard to make sure that all the guests are happy and comfortable in the restaurant. There is also a fabulous bar downstairs, along with a massive room for business meetings or for a bigger group of people. Highly recommend!

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good lunch menu but service was a little slow for a working lunch meeting - it wasn't that busy - two courses for two took more than an hour and a half. Relaxed environment - despite slow service would go back.

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LF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

booked pre-theatre menu - the food and serve was sensational. The food was tasty with great flavor balance. The serve was attentive and informative. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Very Noisy, we had to shout when speaking to anybody on our table of 4
Very, very expensive wine list, especially considering the number of restaurants in the G. Ramsey Group and taking into consideration the standard of food. Poor lack of seasoning with the Fish dishes, they were bland and Dessert for two of us was the Plumb , it was a huge disappointment ,consisting of a thin layer of what tasted and also had the consistency of Yogurt topped with very thin slice of cooked Green Plumb and finished with a thick layer of Crumble. On the upside the Starters were good as was the Service.

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W
London
40 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner before the Old Vic (5 minute walk). We got two courses and a house cocktail for a very reasonable price. Portions are very generous. Burr ate starter was delicious. As a family who have a se one home in southern Italy we found the menu had many authentic items not often found in the high street big chains. Really enjoyed it and will be returning.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food not great, I had chicken and did not taste nice. nice building and decor

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RT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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R
London
61 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

As big fans of the various restaurants in Gordon Ramsay Group we booked to go to Union Street Cafe for a pre-theatre meal. What a truly terrible experience. The service ranged from incompetent to rude and the food was bland. There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant - no wonder. We simply cannot believe that this place is associated with the other venues in the Group. Avoid.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was spectacular. Host was tremendously helpful and everyone was very friendly. Exceptional experience.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We decided to try the summer menu, really value for money, in fact, we would like to go other day “a la carte” to try other amazing dishes. However, the service was not as good as expected, we had to claim to see the different menus available and it took them more than 15 minutes to ask us if we wanted to order...there were 2 waiters and 3 tables...so not sure what happened...

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p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Matthew was a gem! His attention to detail, ability to engage both adults and our daughter provided for a wonderful experience!

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s
London
61 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orlando (GM) and his team always make dining here a special experience, with a warm welcome and attentive service. Great chilled out vibe with cool music and a bar to wait for friends or a drink after dinner.

The menu has a modern twist on Italian. The baked eggs are a must !

Thanks for a lovely lunch as always !

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d
London
38 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great setting for dinner, the restaurant is really nice inside with all the olive tree's everywhere. The food here was great and there's also a great wine list of all types. Would recommend for anyone around this area.

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SC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A favourite business lunch venue of mine and never disappoints. Love the food, excellent service and you can hear the conversation!

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Impossible to read the menu due to the font and the low lighting and too noisy such that you couldn’t hear people on the other side of your table, despite the place not being busy. We’ve had much better food here previously but this time we struggled to find anything appealing on the menu and what we did have was just average. A disappointing visit. Service was fantastic as ever though.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service. The restaurant could use a spruce up. My pasta was cooked perfectly and the chocolate martinis are a must! That said, my main had too much Parmesan & not enough sauce but still very tasty.

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TG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. That's the best word to describe our experience. Union Street Cafe is welcoming and wonderful from the decor to the staff to the absolutely delicious food. Not one thing disappointed and we would have happily spent all night there had we not had tickets for the theatre. I highly recommend visiting to anyone who enjoys fresh takes on Italian cuisine and is looking to be treated like royalty. Grazie!

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GW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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SC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect restuarnt for a busines meal. service always excellent, food great with the right noise levels to have a balanced social/ work lunch.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

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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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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m
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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LG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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WC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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P
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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IJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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

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T
London
53 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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A
London
56 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MN
London
18 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30 year marriage

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