The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)

4.5
179 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Union Kitchen Boardwalk Towne Lake is located in Cypress, Texas with a beautiful lake front view, features a unique menu served in a casual atmosphere. Our lunch menu focuses on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. At dinner, steaks, chops, chicken dishes and seafood take center stage. We have a unique hand selected wine list that… complements our cuisine perfectly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 179 people are saying
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Auburnresident
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great for brunch...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service! The bartenders are awesome!

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LizS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My family friend 84th birthday

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LudmilaM
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good food and service

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JulieE
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Music was way to loud by our table. Asked them to turn it down but they didn’t.

2 of our 5 meals were messed up.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

One of the meals came out cold. Server was quick to take it back and remedy the situation, however, they reheat the food and instead of bringing it out in a now clean plate, they returned it with the garnish withered and all shifted to one side of the plate.

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MelissaNATX
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their chicken fried steak is the best I've ever had in a restaurant. The service is impeccable.

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RobinL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Made a same day reservation online for 10:45 Sunday brunch, outside seating for 4 people. We arrived and there were at least 7-10 open tables outside. The hostess pulled up my Reservation and stated that since I just made the reservation that morning, we could not be seated outside due to other reservations having been made a week in advance. Why have the choice available online if the restaurant will not accommodate? My assumption, having worked in the industry myself, the waiters inside did not have many tables, in fact, only 1 other table was occupied, so they forced us inside. I should have walked out and gone to the restaurant next door, I would have rather given that $150.00 tab to someone who would appreciate it.

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HappyDiner2014
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting great lake views. Tge food was great and well prepared the restaurant was well maintained throughout the restrooms well well kept. The staff were friendly and very helpful in making food selections. I would highly recommend this location

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CarlL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent, the waiter was excellent, food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Halloween Birthday was reserved and not acknowledged, which is okay, but not sure why we were asked that when we reserved our table. We made reservations for the patio and then we were told once we arrived that we may not be accommodated due to reservations that are usually made weeks in advance. After the two hostesses walked back and forth discussing our reservation, we were seated outside as we requested. Our waiter was kind and accommodating, but was not assertive with the kitchen. We were missing food that was then brought to the table cold. The grits tasted like seafood and were extremely thick. After requesting to switch the grits back to the hash potatoes that originally came with my meal, I was brought some mashed potatoes after I finished eating. We also saw a waitress delivering multiple kiddie cups holding them with her fingers inside of the filled cups after walking back and forth and touching the door to let people in and out. My drink that came from the bar was amazing to say the least. Our family will NOT be going back to the Union Kitchen Towne Lake. Thumbs down.

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LudmilaM
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was OK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CarrieM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were top notch as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was top notch and the menu offered a great selection. Both meals that we ordered were solid, and good, but not outstanding. I had a hanger steak which was a bit underdone for my taste and it was slightly bland. Had a martini which had very little alcohol... but was iced perfectly. Would we go back, definitely. Love the vibe and the view.

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vipLydiaf
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, the location is wonderful. The service was good. Immediate reception with a great attitude, our server was very kind.
However, the serving and ordering were very time-consuming. Greeted by our Server, brought waters, took orders for a very long time to receive. We finally were able to order some appetizers and then our food. We ordered the Mimosa souvenir glass and we were disappointed as it took forever to get a refill... yet we seated next to a table that our server brought out CARAFES for them. In my opinion, someone should be walking around more often to see if we needed a refill. our other drinks took very long to fill.
Again, overall was good.

The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)
Responded on October 20, 2020

Lydia, I definitely appreciate your feedback. I want to apologize that our service was slow. We hope you give us another opportunity to redeem ourselves!

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vipBryS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at this location are phenomenal! From the chief to the GM to the waiter to the bus staff - almost every one of them go above and beyond.

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HeatherR
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our fourth visit to Union Kitchen. It had been a while since we last visited and after our dinner we wondered why we hadn't been back sooner. We invited friends from another part of town and they loved it! The hostess sat us at a table with views of several tv's (the Astros and college football was on). Only negative of our entire experience is the chairs. They are so uncomfortable! Please consider getting new chairs. The backs are awkward and the seats are hard. Our server was excellent and she had a shadow so they were both extra attentive. We started with lobster potstickers and my fave fried asparagus with crab and shrimp. Both excellent and enough to feed 4 of us with some left over. For dinner we had 4 different entrees - chicken lightly pan fried with capers, mushrooms, artichokes and a light cream sauce with fettuccine. It was so good. Other entrees were the lobster grilled cheese served with tomato soup, the shrimp and grits and the demari (seafood like stew). Not one complaint. Everything was served hot, seasoned well and so tasty. We will be back to try other items as we had a hard time choosing what to order. Oh and thank you for the birthday beignets!

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vipParker
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside on the patio was perfect. It is a great place to lunch on the water with umbrella shade. Will go again.

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PatrickD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our anniversary. The staff was so enthusiastic.

Our Server was very integral in what we ordered for appetizers and entree's. The GM (or Manager) was very proud of his smoked old fashioned and came over to get my opinion and walked me through their process.

After all of that, as we were handed the check, we were also handed a card that was hand signed from the staff.

We loved it and thank you for making it special for us!

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MarinaP
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derek was my server and he was wonderful. Making delicious recommendations! I will be visiting again 👍🏼

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AnitaS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We sat on the patio and we had 4 different shareable items. They were all very good. We wanted 5, but one wasn't available. Still we enjoyed the others.
Service was good, but they were very busy. Even with that, our server stopped by each time she passed our table.
Just wish I had room for dessert.

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used Open Table to make an outdoor reservation for 2 15 minutes befit our arrival. We were seated promptly and requested the table be cleaned. It was Cleaned immediately and our knowledgeable waitress was attentive. We ordered 2 appetizers to share: fried asparagus with garlic shrimp and sausage balls wrapped in bacon, both delicious. We shared a chopped salad and it arrived already split. We chose the red house bottle of wine on promotion “ wine Wednesday”, very good! We look forward to our next visit!

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Brandy
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely go again! The service and food were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AshtenJake
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I had high expectations from this place since I live in Houston and have been to the location in the Heights and it’s been good. The service was awful. We sat in the sun first of all and to move to a more shaded spot because for one it’s hot and two my friend is pregnant and we didn’t want her to get over heated. We bought the souvenir mimosa cup because we wanted a fair share of mimosas and we couldn’t get service or drinks, we didn’t get silverware, our plates were so empty when we got our food. At their prices they definitely skimp you on food. The food isn’t great but it’s not horrible. Best thing we had were some Nutella donut things. We never got to move sections and when it was time to leave they were like oh we never moved you and tried to make up for it by giving us dessert when we were just ready to leave. We had to ask for our check 3 times. Mind you this place was not very busy. I had fun because we were with our friends but I definitely would not go back or recommend it to my friends.

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vipLetitiaS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Made reservations ahead of time since it was a Saturday night & Covid. At check-in we inquired to sit outside since the weather was amazing. The gentleman seating us snarkily told us that there were no tables available & that we should have booked a table specifically for outside. He lead us to our table in the dinning room. Once seated we scanned the QR code for the menu - 8 menus to navigate. Luckily there was a wine & cocktail menu but nothing for the beer or spirits. Upon ordering our cocktails we were told the bar was out of Jack Daniels so my husband had to walk over to the bar to see the spirits because the waitress was not familiar with the offerings. Our friends had to also get up 2 times to figure out their spirits for cocktails as the bourbon they requested was also not available. We attempted to order the Voodoo Balls as an appetizer and was told that the item was not available. Our food was fair at best. I ordered the scallops, which were good but the risotto was puffy rice. Very disappointed and I can honestly say that I would not return.

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RASHELLEG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

A total lackluster experience. A cute place, in a nice location with a great view of the lake. The server took about 10 minutes to greet us, and after she took our cocktail order, it took another 10 minutes to receive those. Thankfully the server came back around and asked if she could bring us waters, which she did fairly quickly. The server seemed like she didn’t want to be there, and that she was bothered by having to serve us. We had asked if there was a happy hour going on, which said abruptly said “No,” not that we had missed it, or that it was at the bar. Just “no.” Which left me confused because according tot he social media pages (FB & Instagram), there was a daily happy hour. I didn’t argue with her, so I ordered a Midnight Manhattan, which was a regular ol’ Manhattan, nothing special about it (no coffee infused liquor or soaked cherry). My sister ordered a Blackberry Basil Paloma which had claimed to have fresh squeezed grapefruit (which taste more like off the shelf pink grapefruit juice and super high in sugar) and there no basil whatsoever. Overall a truly disappointing experience, and will mostly never go back.

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vipPatw
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were eating brunch on Saturday morning. The food was okay, not as good as before the pandemic. The waitress was distracted so she kept forgetting to get us items. She kept apologizing which I didn’t appreciate. This is one of our favorite restaurants so we will definitely be back, hopefully with a better waitress next time.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was very slow! We literally waited over 20 something minutes for our drinks. My husband finally went and inquired about our drinks. They finally brought them out and apologized. Told us they would be very vigilant in taking care of us the rest of the meal. They did not. The food was delicious. Service was lackluster.

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David
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freddie our server was outstanding. Our food was perfect. The only complaint was we made a reservation through open table for outside seating and when we got there we were told “oh you shouldn’t have been able to make one for outside we book those a week in advance”. There were empty tables outside the entire time we ate.

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RobynT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, service was hit or miss. The management was amazing but everyone seems to be running around like The building is on fire. Several times we watched the hostess nearly knock people over because she was walking so fast. We sat right next to the kitchen and there was a lot of commotion in that area. we will for sure be back, mostly because of the Management's service and the food.

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vipBryS
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we are here both the food and staff are wonderful!
Nina is a great waitress. Anthony is the BEST GM. Rob is a hoot!

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vipBlueskies
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Had not been to Union Kitchen in a while. It was great. Loved the Fish and Chips. My husband enjoyed his burger as well. All in all, great.

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harry
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic. We sat on the patio overlooking the water. The noise level was very high such that my partner and I had difficulty hearing each other. Otherwise, a great experience.

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DisgruntledDisappointed
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hostesses were nice and attentive. Seated immediately with reservation. Appetizers were good. Over priced entrees for quantity. Waitress admitted she never offered us the free bread which would have been excellently paired with the entrees we ordered. When we did ask about the bread we found out they were sold out when the restaurant was open for another 2 hours after the completion of our meal. We are likely to never return.

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Perfect
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. Food, service, ambiance, all of it! Highly recommend eating here.

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vipScottV
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob, the manager, is truly passionate about his work in food service and made our experience even better. Highly recommend this venue of Union Kitchen... great food and atmosphere and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall good experience. I took a long time to get food out. But we did have a large group. But overall good experience

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naywng
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Requested a lake view table, got seated around the corner with lake hardly in sight. They first attempted to seat us on the patio that did not include a lake view at all. Then got seated directly under a speaker which was blasting music to the point we had to yell to understand each other. Not to mention the sun was shining directly on us with no covering at all. Kindly asked to have the music turned down and didn’t hear back. Our server was very kind and food was great. Would come back but would not want to be seated where we did.

The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)
Responded on September 26, 2020

Nay, I want to apologize that we did not get you the table you desired. On your next visit please give me a call at 832-653-7278 or you can email me at gm.cypress@theunionkitchen and I will personally make sure we get you that table. We look forward to seeing you again soon and making sure you have the perfect experience. Please ask for Anthony

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FAQs

The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 653-7278.

The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake) is rated 4.5 stars by 179 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 reservations at the moment.