About Union Cafe
Union Cafe is a popular restaurant and bar lounge located in the heart of the Short North. Featuring Columbus' best patio, Union Cafe serves modern American cuisine from 3 chefs. Treat yourself to popularly priced dishes with excellent portions. Union Cafe is also known for having the best drinks in Columbus. Grande sized libations will leave you with a fun time.
A visually arresting interior design complements our terrific service staff. Roam from the covered patio bar to the serpentine archway bar up to the candle light dining and back around to the amber glow dining lounge.
Union Cafe is a full video cafe, so you can enjoy your favorite music videos, sports and more while you dine in style. Popular events include:
SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET
MONDAY $10 PIZZAS + $2 PINTS
TEQUILA TUESDAYS free chips + salsa and $5 PATRON margaritas
WEDNESDAY $9.99 STEAK + FRIES
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR with $5 Happy Hour martinis & appetizers
Contemporary American, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Daily: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Karaoke Monday nights
We have a Modern Catering Menu with items such as Tandoori Chicken Skewers, Meat & Cheese Tray, Dessert Samosas, Southern Pimiento and Lime Spiced Tortilla Chips.
Public Parking garage located at Hubbard east of High St, less than 1 block away.
COTA Bus #2
Benjamin P, Glenn S, Tyler B
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Union Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Loved it, met up with a few friends to h ...
Loved it, met up with a few friends to have brunch for my birthday. The service was great and the food was very good.
first time visit
We took our adult kids to the UNION CAFE to celebrate our Grand daughters grad from Columbus State. We wanted someplace close with a nice patio. The food was incredible and the service was the best ever! We are still raving about how good it was. Made our celebration really special. Thank you . And we can't wait for it to warm up, so we can come back and sit on that gorgeous patio!
I'd heard about Union Cafe's great brunch buffet and I'm so glad we finally experienced it! Delicious food, attentive and fun servers and a price that can't be beat. We went for Mother's Day and my mom loved it. We'll definitely be back!
Going to miss this place!
Sure wish I could take this place to Florida with me!
I visit Union Cafe quite often and as always the staff is exceptional.
Brunching is a Habit
Brunch Hard, Brunch Often. This place is the best in town for a buffet brunch. Come hungry because they have everything you could ever want.
Wonderful date night!
Whole experience was lovely. I felt completely comfortable here on my date. The food and service were excellent. Booked a reservation and was immediately seated once I checked in. Food is reasonably priced. Drinks are strong! The music was a tad loud so it was a bit difficult to talk to one another, making us shout at times.
I meet with a group of friends once a mo ...
I meet with a group of friends once a month at Union for Show Tunes. It's a fun place to get together, catch up, and occasionally burst into song!
I made a reservation for a bachelorette party for 13 people 3 weeks in advance. When we got to the restaurant they sat us at three different tables. When I complained they told me there was nothing they could do unless we waited another HOUR. It was very disappointing as we all obviously had expected to sit together----I don't think a restaurant should take a reservation unless they are able to accommodate the party. Our server was very nice though.
People were freat
People were freat
I Love Union Cafe, My Favorite Brunch Place!
This is a very nice place to eat for brunch on any occasion, Everything about this place from the set up, food, service, scenery, and location is absolutely phenomenal!
Had a large group in for a quick dinner ...
Had a large group in for a quick dinner before a show across the street. Our server did an excellent job of getting drink and food orders out quickly. Great service as always!!
Cool placee to eat at be for it gets crazy at night
Always a great place to take friend's
Always a great place to take friend's
Bring your ear plugs!!!!!!!
Food and drinks were very good, service was quick and friendly. Fun atmosphere, but be prepared to yell to be hear over the booming sound system. I felt like I was at a concert with almost painful noise levels. If I come back I'm ordering food to go, I value my hearing!!
We always love getting a group together to go to Union. It's such a fun, upbeat place with good food and good drinks for a price that isn't outrageous. Our server was very attentive.
We love coming here. The atmosphere keep ...
We love coming here. The atmosphere keeps bringing us back
Unique and varied menu and attention to detail
If you are looking for a quiet place for dinner the Union Cafe would not be the place; however if you want an active and vibrant ambiance then you have found your place. The hostess was very information and friendly and kept us informed regarding the availability of our table. We grabbed a drink at the bar and the bar tender was highly informed and helpful regarding possible drink options. Once our table was ready we were quickly seated and our waiter was quick to welcome us and inform us regarding the daily specials. The menu is very extensive and it runs the gamut from traditional appetizers, tapas, pizza, burgers and large plates. We started with some flavored artichokes and queso with chips. The artichokes were amazing, and I do not normally like artichokes. The queso and chips were not really memorable since they used a melted cheese sauce. My preference is for a thicker chunkier type queso. It was certainly good though. Everyone tried different entrees and all were very good. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their food. It was a fun experience and we certainly will be back, especially when it is warmer and we can enjoy the patio.
Three of us settled on Union reservations at 5:30 since it was available and fairly close to the Short North's Garden Theatre. We initially were one of only three active tables in the restaurant, but within a half hour, the place began to buzz as fun people milled in, the current and classic pop music videos drove the beat and an attentive and charming server kept us on schedule for the show. The drinks were definitely a liberal pour from the friendly bartenders who often waved across to the room to a Thursday crowd that seemed more like a Saturday crowd. All-in-all, everyone was friendly and the Chicken Pad Thai (spicy) and the grilled Calamari were both delicious. I would not have expected good food at a place like this (sorry, I know, book... cover... judge... I get it), so it was a delightful surprise in a comfortable place that's not stuffy or pretentious.
We were at Union for a party so the party atmosphere was perfect. Our waiter was fun and attentive. I ordered a chopped salad and spouse ordered Taco Salad which he said was one of the best he's had. My drink could've been more authentic, it was good, but I would like stick to beer next time.
Visited Union Cafe while on a visit to C ...
Visited Union Cafe while on a visit to Columbus, Ohio. Had dinner on Saturday and the staff was so nice, especially the new floor manager we came back Sunday. Amazing!
Union Cafe - First timers!!!
We were referred by some people we met earlier in the day for the Pad Thai that they claimed was excellent. They weren't wrong at all. Pad Thai was EXCELLENT!! Same for the Poutine and Wings!! Brunch was also EXCELLENT!! FRIENDLY STAFF THAT MADE US FEEL VERY WELCOME FOR BEING OUT OF TOWNERS!! Would definitely recommend to any friends who visit Columbus and WOULD DEFINITELY COME BACK AGAIN IN THE FUTURE!!
Phenomenal experience. I have been for c ...
Phenomenal experience. I have been for casual dining and for the tremendous Sunday Buffet. Both were excellent. By far the best brunch I have had in a really long time in Columbus. The staff are great! Pleasant attitudes makes the experience that much better.
Great for Celebrations
I hosted my birthday dinner here and am glad I did! The food and drinks were great and appropriately priced (actually, the drinks were inexpensive and quality). I love the lighting here, and the layout is cool and unique. Very vibrant crowd and energy. My only "con" is that the dining tables are a bit close to each other, but one can manage. Great, unique find in Columbus.
The appetizers were amazing. I didn't care much for our dinner. We had a lemon sauce and caper chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of broccoli. The chicken had too much pepper on it - the potatoes too much cheddar cheese - and the broccoli had too much garlic. The deserts were incredible and the staff was fantastic. Our waiter was so attentive and went above and beyond what we could have asked for. Everything was great. Just wish our dinner was better.
Great food and service
Union has always had good food but the revised menu has been fantastic! We went for 614 Restaurant Week so the value was great too. Drinks seem expensive at first but are large and there are often specials so they are really a great deal as well. The caesar salad I had was honestly the best caesar salad I have ever enjoyed. Our waiter was very attentive, conversational, and fun. No complaints at all! I have gone on many occasions for Sunday brunch as well which is also phenomenal.
Fabulous New Years must!
If you are looking for a fun and great food in a great location, you can't do better than Union Cafe!! An eclectic mix of customers and great entertainment just can't be beat!!
Best NYE Ever!
Rarely go out on NYE, but booked dinner at Union Cafe to compliment the AXIS show later in the evening. Fantastic menu offerings, excellent meals, and off the chain entertainment by Nina West, Virginia West and their special guests. Union Cafe never disappoints, but this NYE dinner sets the bar for all that will follow. My girl and I thank you all.
Crazy busy, but fun
We reserved on OpenTable, but by the time we arrived, the joint was packed with celebrators from the MLS winners (PORTLAND TIMBERS!!). They told us they wouldn't be able to honor our reservation, but when a table opened up, they allowed us to take it ahead of others on the waitlist. I really appreciated that they worked with us! It was showtunes night, which, in my opinion, is the best night of the week. Food was good and more interesting than most bar food. The waiters were also super attentive even though we were literally packed in shoulder to shoulder. Would like to revisit in the future!
I always like going to union because of ...
I always like going to union because of the ambience. The music videos are fun and it's always good vibes from everyone there. However I am becoming tired of being asked to cash out immediately after I arrive and order. I frequent your establishment usually after I get off work around 1030 or 1045, and I am also a server at a restaurant nearby. I understand the urgency of wanting to leave work, but I don't need to be constantly reminded by my server that they "get off at 11 and are trying to leave". To make matters worse, we were not transferred to another server after our first left, so if we decided we wanted another drink I had to go wait in line at prime bar time, around 11. I go to union to have a good time with friends, not to be pressured into ordering right away and then promptly ignored after.
Excellent food ! We had large party of 1 ...
Excellent food ! We had large party of 12. Very accommodating, great service, very friendly.
Enjoyed my visit
I enjoyed our visit but we went strictly to watch Buckeyes play. I picked a seat at the bar instead of table. Well, the seats we picked were in front of a flat screen that didn't work! We made the best of it. Planned on staying for the whole game, we left at half time and went to another bar.
Drinks and food were amazing. Server wa ...
Drinks and food were amazing. Server was great and very personable. Everyone has always been really great when I've been there.
Best of Both Worlds
I have gone to Union before for the nighttime bar scene, but was so impressed by the food and dining atmosphere as well! Great food with some really interesting and tasty choices. Loved it! Always a big fan of the music on Showtunes Sundays as well :)
Good place to watch OSU
We came to only drink and watch the OSU Football game. Had a great time, very lively!
Poor Handling of Big Reservations
Despite confirming in person the day before, when our party arrived the reservation was completely wrong. Our party had to split in two becasue a staff member's mother was in the large booth our group had reserved. The manager on duty tried to make things right but was flippant about the whole problem. These folks are fun for a bar night, but unreliable when it matters. Take your group business elsewhere, especially in football season.
We kept asking for our waiter. In more than occasion he would just disappear. A total bust.
The food consistently meets expectations ...
The food consistently meets expectations, the ambiance, high energy.
Brunch was fabulous ! There was a good v ...
Brunch was fabulous ! There was a good variety of food, mimosas were delicious and our waiter (Ronnie) was amazing ! Will be back !
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