Union League Cafe

4.8
2166 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Reminiscent of a Paris brasserie it is where old world charm meets the new. Warm and welcoming to New Haven's cafe society, it is located across from Yale University old campus. The restaurant offers menu and ambiance in a casual elegant style. Always using the best ingredients of the moment, Union League Café's food combines French classical traditions with a more contemporary approach to flavors, textures and native ingredients. Local and organic fish, meats, cheeses, produce and rare specialty products from around the world help our chefs create our award-winning cuisine.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 2166 People Are Saying
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vipLeslieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was beautiful with effective heaters. The food was delicious, presentation outstanding and service wonderful. The wine list offered great variety with reasonable price range. Checked out indoor space and we thought it took all necessary adjustments to make it safe and felt comfortable going back and eating indoors.

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vipRalphC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was as perfect as can be service abeyance food desert wine

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vipBoblerm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food, service and ambiance.

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vipNewHavener
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, one of New Haven's best restaurants and that is high praise.

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wineismyfoodgroup
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the atmosphere, service and food are extraordinary; it never disappoints!
Ive found my home away from home!!

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Operagoer
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there for dinner, but it is a nice lunch place as well. Everything at this restaurant is good. It is known for its raw bar items, which I did not order this time. I oredered l'escargot and for the main course a pan fried snapper, both excllent. My husband had a veal chop, and he said it was excellent. For dessert we had their famous hazelnut-chocolate cake.
They hava a good although short wine list, which offers a suitable wine for every occasion, and they offer champagne by the glass.
The restaurant is a large room with a high ceiling, and the tables were far apart.
This restaurant was particularly nice to go to now with fewer customers there because it was quiet. When the place is full, the noise level can get to the level that it is hard to have a conversation at the table.

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NicoleVR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Would recommend the Chef's Tasting menu and wine pairing.

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BoxesOfChocolate
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallop pasta and chocolate crepe were both amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for Sunday Brunch!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
106 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with good friends on the open air patio. Meals were a filet that was perfect. Grillet Halibut also perfectly done. Finally the third meal was gnocchi also exceptional. The corn soup app was delicious too. Great experience .

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marianv
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service!

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joyceg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner all around! Food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful!

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LenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambience all great. Flavorings in French food very memorable. Will return and recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipJohnCindyFitz
27 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant outdoor setting, even in a city environment, for a midday brunch. Good food and service. Liked the menu and choices.

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EdWaz
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional experience. Great room, excellent food and service.

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RaymondR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the experience here and will return to try other menu items as the 3 course $79 special was amazing. The service is unmatched, the food delicious, and a historic building with a wonderful history also adds to the zest of the
Union League Cafe. Everyone must dine here to experience what a really superior restaurant is like.

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WDEd
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fabulous drinks and wine list.

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MarkW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Renee's 60th birthday at ULC. As usual the staff was superbly accommodating and professional. The food and drinks are second to none in New Haven, and I should say the entire state of CT. The ambience is lovely! We have always enjoyed our experience at Union League and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a top notch dining experience. Tutti Bravi to the entire staff!

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DavidG
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Union League is always outstanding ... food, service, atmosphere

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RosalynD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet tuesday night near the fireplace was the occasion of our 50th anniversary of meeting in New Haven. We wanted a special, memorable meal with impeccable, warm service, and found just what we'd hoped. Wild boar osso bucco with scrumptious polenta and duck a l'orange--dishes we can't get where we live.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon and scallop dish was amazing. Also there is a gluten free chocolate dessert that was just perfect.

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Luvfood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First came to UL in 2013 and continue to visit. Food is always amazing but we also love Dennis who we will request every time. Recently we brought 2 friends for a birthday and they loved it as well.

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vipScottS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a colleague’s work anniversary. The anniversary chocolates you provided were a wonderful surprise. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an incredible experience!

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PDennin
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took clients to a holiday lunch. Excellent service, very good food & good for conversation. I hate loud restaurants - this was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance and was a nice compliment that the waiter knew the history of the location and the story behind the unique painted window scenes.

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John
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job, once again, folks. We have not been there for New Year's Eve for a few years, and was glad to see that Union League still is at the top of the list for special occasions. It was a little loud, as we were two tables over from the band. But the food and service more than overcame that inconvenience.

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GDTRFB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal as always. Great service. Pairings made this NYE Dinner one to remember.

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Peter
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The "Frenchness" of the ambience and service was a pleasant surprise to the European visitors after the intial delight at the menu. Generally outstanding except for being rather noisy in the main dining room. Very attentive wait staff. Super wine list.

First time visitors will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is simply wonderful as is the service. Despite how elegant the restaurant is, the staff is very conscientious to never make you feel out of place, if you are not terribly knowledgeable. I highly recommend the pate en croute!

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Stevo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual a great experience

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Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such civility. It is just outstanding in every way. The food, servcie and atmosphere - it just delivers on all counts.

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Lynne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Always fabulous ambiance!! The Union League is a landmark restaurant in New Haven not to be missed.

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Catherine
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, very attentive service. Can't say it was the best meal I've had out, however it's a special and lovely place. Will return

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Firstclass
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest fine dinning restaurants in the heart of New Haven next to Yale.
Owners and service is excellent and numerous French and other options to enjoy.
Lovely atmosphere and terrific for special occasions like anniversaries and holidays as well as business lunch or dinner..

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vipLovegoodfood
New England
144 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot. Service was perfect, tables amply spaced to have a private conversation but close enough to feel like a bistro/cafe. Lovely and lively room. Food was very good - could have been seasoned just a touch more but otherwise delicious. Definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our son’s 25th bday. Food and service phenomenal! Dennis, our server, was on point and full of fun facts ! Thank you to all for making our evening a memorable one!

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NHDiner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with great service. Everything was wonderful, and the restaurant was decorated so beautifully for Christmas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner here with my sister. Everything was top notch. The service and food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this place for special occasions. It is also reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it!! It was a surprise evening for me because I hadn’t felt well. So he proceeds to take me to a movie and then we end up at this lovely, upscale restaurant for dinner!! I was the only one concerned that I wasn’t dressed up! We were brought to an intimate, quiet spot where we had the most delicious cocktails made to order! Our waiter was so professional and gracious and warm!
I ordered the prixe fix meal and my husband had duck and escargot, so delicious. I had Dover sole and I’ll be dreaming of it for a long time!
We will return!

FAQs

Union League Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 562-4299.

Union League Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 2166 OpenTable diners.

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.