Union Street Cafe

4.2
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1319 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Casual
Pre/post Theatre
Union Street Café, in Southwark, 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. Guests can also book The Olive Grove, a unique and immersive bar experience dedicated to the humble olive.

Special Offers

Christmas 2/3 course set menu

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

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 18 November 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:45 17:00-18:30 21:00-22:15

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & a glass of bubbles £23

...from a set menu 2 course £19 or 3 courses for £23.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

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

Truffle Makers Pop-Up Dinner - 5 courses for £70

Enjoy a five-course truffle menu with Truffle Makers Negroni on arrival in the Olive Grove, downstairs at Union Street Cafe.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Only available on the evening of 23rd October 2019.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 23 October 2019

Ends: 23 October 2019

Availability: Wed 17:30-22:15

Add Prosecco to your Sunday ALC 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.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 8 August 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00

Christmas pre/post theatre 2/3 set menu

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

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 18 November 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30 21:00-22:15

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & a glass of bubbles £23

...from a set menu 2 course £19 or 3 courses for £23.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

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

2 course Sunday brunch menu with free-flowing prosecco for £40

Enjoy 2 courses from the Sunday brunch menu with free-flowing prosecco for £40 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 November 2018

Ends: 1 March 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:30

Lunch set menu 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 3 courses for £23 or 2 courses for £19 from a seasonal set lunch menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 9 September 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

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

Early Dinner set menu: 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23 from our early evening set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 9 September 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

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

Express Lunch menu £12 or £14.50

Enjoy the pasta of the day with a rocket & Parmesan salad served with a choice of soft drink for £12 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: 9 September 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

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

Pre/post - theatre set menu: 2/3 courses £19 or £23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23

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

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

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 8:00PM - 10:15PM

What 1319 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was haphazard. Friend was told to go downstairs to the bar even though I was already seated at our table. Placed round the corner so hard to get waiter attention but too much eagerness to take plates when not yet finished eating.

Union Street Cafe
Responded 8 hours ago

Dear Guest, 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The stuff and manager were super nice and professional. The food is not special at all and just ok. The starters are very small portions but super nice and they have a unique taste. The decoration is quite nice as well.

Union Street Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Guest, 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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Honestly disappointing. Very average in every regard. No better or more interesting than any local cafe

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2019

Dear Guest, 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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OT
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of the best Negronis Ive ever had, both the truffle infused and the sparkling.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 8 October 2019

Dear Guest, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very tasty food although portions were rather small for the price. Music a bit too loud making it harder to have a conversation sometimes.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 8 October 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. Kindest regards

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LW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food is too salty in general.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear LouisW, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Spaghetti was undercooked and service waiting time was long. Food was generous in quantity and service staff were friendly.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Jacelyn, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I were celebrating our 30th birthdays and Union Street Cafe was the perfect place! The staff was amazing, the food and drinks were excellent and the overall experience was unforgettable.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear MeghanT, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your birthday at Union Street Cafe. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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UF
London
48 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall good, mozzarella under seasoned. Not remarkable but solid.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Guest, 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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CS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is in an up and coming former industrial area and the interior is smartly designed to capture the location. We started with the anchovies, delicious, and then enjoyed the braised ox cheek and the chicken liver ragu. The food and service were excellent and they paired some excellent Italian wines with the meal. Afterward we took an interest in the partially open kitchen up the stairs and to our surprise, the chef invited us in for a look and a photo with him. All in all an excellent meal and experience.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear ChefShiv, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Having booked our table for 5.30pm to give us time to eat and get to the Old Vic for a play at 7.30pm we then had to wait for 20mins for the al a carte menu. When booking online I ticked the al a carte menu option. The website shouldn’t allow al a carte diners to reserve a table at 5.30 if the menu is not available until 6pm. The food was nice and wine excellent. I was over charged on my bill so this caused further delay to resolve. As a result I was too late for the Theatre and had to wait outside until a scene changed before I was allowed in to sit at the very back.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Hostess was rude
Wait service was horrible
I’ll Never go back they SUCKED

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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JS
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good food, served excellently. The Olive Garden is also a nice addition for meeting, although the music is a little loud for the size of room if you want somewhere for conversation. Service is really worth it, the only negative was the bill where the 2-4-1 drinks offer hadn’t been honoured.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear JohnS, 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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C
London
92 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A great special offer, with excellent service, fantastic food and a great wine list.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Charlie, 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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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

In general a nice experience great food and very friendly service.

The drawback was the ventilation from the kitchen at times the restaurant was effected because of lack of ventilation and you could smell the grease.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear JanS, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We were seated in the worst table in the restaurant , right next to the till and the entry to the kitchen, even though there were many better tables available. I asked if we could move and this was no problem:)

The service was very very slow. We were served by 4 different servers which wasn’t great either.
Anytime throughout the meal that I needed anything, such as a drink, more bread, pepper, I had trouble getting their attention even though the restaurant wasn’t packed.
They seemed to be far more interesting in the larger tables. We had to wait ages for our bill even after finally getting the waitress’s attention and asking for it and although she apologised she left the service on the bill.

My friend and I had the Summer menu and the menu was very unclear to read and limited. There was 3 choices of starter and main but all sides and other starters on the menu were at an extra supplement.
We had the egg starter and although it was good, it was pretty much liquid and yet came with no bread or anything to eat it with. Bread was also at an extra cost.

However the food and the portion sizes were good as were the cocktails and wine. For quality of food and ambiance of venue I would say this deal is pretty good and Tbh I would have given The Union Cafe a much better review if the service had been better. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant or return.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner
Everyone was very accommodating and friendly. Food quality was excellent and ample. Fast service and reasonable cost. Overall a very good experience.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Louise, Thank you for your 5 star rating! We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our time at Union Street Cafe. Thank you for your feedback regarding food and service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! A presto! USC Team

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T
Bedfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very average, in fact pretty underwhelming.. not what I expect from a Ramsey Restaurant.
Service adequate and food ordinary without any real flavour. Overall very disappointed.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Tigger, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very polite staff

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

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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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Very welcoming friendly staff. Will be coming back. My only comment (which my friends agreed with) is that the lunch menu is too wordy, too lengthy and confusing. You have to read it a few times and still have to ask the waiter to clarify it for you. But the food is good.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Siao, Thank you for your 5 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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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my third visit. Wonderful each time. Nice casual atmosphere. Great food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear peterj, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very happy to hear that you really enjoyed the experience with us. Thank you for so much for your great comments in regard the overall food and atmosphere. Your feedback makes all our hard work so worthwhile. We will pass your feedback to whole team. We all look forward to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, USC team

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Value was excellent as £15 for a 2 course, however the menu was not a great choice, starter wasn't great either. Main was good and what sold it was the garden area downstairs, very pretty and perfect area for drinks and socialising, will definitely visit the garden area again but prob not for food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Guest, 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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W
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Summer in the city offer was good value with limited but very interesting choices which were all delicious, staff were friendly and helpful but 5 cocktails took 30 minutes to arrive, not sure why as the restaurant was half full. They arrived just before the starters which was a bit odd. Shared puddings delicious.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Wispadog, 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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SD
London
41 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pre theatre meal. Selected the “Summer Special”, which was £15pp for 2 courses. It was very good value. I had sea bass fillets - very well cooked and tasty. Service was good and the ambience lively. Will go to Union Street Cafe more often.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear Guest, 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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AY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Staff were so helpful and friendly .. the food however was a tad lacklustre. Glad we tried it however wouldn’t go back.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on 2 September 2019

Dear AngieY, Thank you for your review! We are really sorry to hear that your experience at Union Street Cafe wasn't satisfactory. We take in serious consideration every feedback and we will discuss with all the team members. Kindest regards

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was terrible, waiter was slow and rude. They made a mistake with the bill, when it finally arrived but the manager gave us free puddings to compensate. The food was fairly average but the pre/post dinner menu was good value at £19 for two courses. £4 for a Diet Coke!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We are frequent visitors to the UK and this was a real find excellent in all respects quality of the food & wine choices was tremendous.

f
Hamburg Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kleine Tageskarte, Vor- wie Nachspeisen haben sehr gut geschmeckt. Service gut und unaufgeregt

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MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely place great food

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Food was not worth the money. Menu wasn't very varied.

m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We have enjoyed the excellent food and ambience when we visited on two previous occasions during the evenings. This visit was on a Sunday lunchtime. There were six of us and we all chose different items from the menu. We all agreed the food was salty, advised at the time, and service was not up to its usual standards given it was not that busy.

DI
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Late booking - buzzing atmosphere, food excellent, service good friendly. Thought £166 for two adults and two from the children’s was high. Wine is expensive

r
London
47 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a nice evening at this restaurant with their pre theatre menu

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The menu seems perfectly tailored for warm summer evenings, portion sizes are just right leaving one full but not bloated.
We dined off the set menu and found the burrata delightful, served on charred lettuce its creaminess marries beautifully with charred, smoky flavours. We followed that with a splendid sea bream. Everything was seasoned to perfection, they might as well get rid of salt and pepper mills as we had no need for them.
We finally shared a most indulgent tiramisu.
Tip: Although we booked for the pre theatre menu, I asked to see the summer set menu which was on offer at the time of visit. Awkwardly, it turned out starters and mains are the same on both menus, the only difference is for pre theatre its £19 per person for 2 courses while the summer set offers the same two courses at £15 per head. The only difference between the two is dessert options! It seems really bizarre, and perhaps the pricing of the theatre set menu should be reconsidered while the summer offer is on. Since both menus are available simultaneously I'm not sure how the £4 per head difference is justified.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Octopus was not good with beans. It seems summer temperatures 25degC affect quality.
It was too hot in there.

JL
Minneapolis
116 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I like Gordon Ramsay as a chef. I like his creativity, the fresh approaches he takes with what might seemingly be thread-bare grounds and tried and trues. Union Street Cafe has an underwhelming name, but it is a definite place to be. I went for Sunday “brunch” _- bottomless Proseco for 20 pounds was the offer I took - snd I must say, I world do it again and again. The rocket salad w Parmesan and balsamic was basic but great, then I had an egg dish w spinach that was a new wrinkle on a likely ancient theme. Lastly I had crusted Parmesan w honey and pepper - light and tasty....net/net perfect,
Note: the menu is hard to read/interpret, so USC, you should address that. And you charged me full price at first for my Proseco - buzz kill - but all in, well done.

P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great arancini and good pasta. Bland pollock. grudgingly given tepid tap water. Blast Bellini but good rose champagne. Not particularly attentive service. Noticed too late that was overcharged but given the lacklustre service it seemed like too much effort to explain. One of those places that doesn’t try hard because of name on door and service being automatically added to bill.

LD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was alright, but there do not appear to be enough waiters, and we had to flag ours down multiple times to ask for things. The space is noisy, and the table next to us was placed so close that the back of the adjacent diner's chair was actually touching our table. A bit silly, since the overall space isn't particularly small.

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