Union Street Cafe

4.2
1295 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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.

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:30PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 10:15PM

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food.

W
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 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.

SD
London
41 reviews
Dined on August 1, 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.

AY
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 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.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 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 July 18, 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 July 15, 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 July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place great food

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

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

m
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 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 July 4, 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
41 reviews
Dined on July 4, 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 July 4, 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
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 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
109 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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 June 26, 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
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 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.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was good but the food was very average. A bit disappointed if I'm being very honest.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very warm and welcoming staff, with excellent service of gorgeous food, all in a setting that had atmosphere without being intrusive. Would happily return.

LM
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just not a great experience. The food is overpriced and very average for a Gordon Ramsey restaurant. My veggie pasta was around £20 for over cooked spaghetti and raw peas.
We wanted dessert but weren’t served for 40 mins at which point other waiters were clearing up the tables and bar, and when our waiter finally came over, he seemed surprised had decided enough was enough and that we weren’t ordering anything else.
The room is also pretty soulless. I wouldn’t recommend...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I consider myself a regular guest to USC.
When flying in from Denmark 3-4-5 times a year, I ALWAYS book a table. I wouldn’t miss a meal for the world, and I’ve built so many good memories over the past few years, always giving my absolute recommendation to friends that goes to London.

Authentic Italian cuisine, mainly Italian staff, and mainly Italian coziness and ambiance. Love it... 10 stars from me if it were possible.

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night good food and service.

EM
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I have been here a few times and had good experiences, but last night was very disappointing. Food was very, very salty which we complained about but although we were offered a different main course, we had almost finished by this stage and no adjustments were offered to the bill. Service wasn't great, we had to ask for drinks twice and they took an age to arrive. Overall it was a real shame as it is normally a lovely restaurant.

P
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were exceptional.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, great food and service. Highly recommend

ID
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and nice venue but a bit pricey, particularly the wine list

PB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting combination of location, spartan interior and good food.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It was ok but not as good as the last time I went.

p
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a reliable post theatre option and good value for money, the food is always great

f
London
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a bank holiday afternoon for a lunch and although it wasn’t busy the staff were lovely and made us feel Very welcome. We had a few antipasti and a cocktail and then the lunch special pasta which was delicious. Would definitely return

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had the early evening dinner which was very good and good value. However we were given 2 different menus, we pointed it out and was after a wait given the same menu. A couple of minutes later we were given a third menu which looked the same as the second. When the bill arrived they had put the wine but not the food. We were honest and joked a limoncello would be great for our honesty. Unfortunately honesty didn't get one. A small gesture missed.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good but too slow for a working lunch menu.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and excellent staff and service, bit expensive for the amount of food you get. I can recommend getting the pork ribeye, it was a little bit salty but it had an amazing taste.

B
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The startes were tasty and well prepared. The mains were very disappointing and salty (special pasta and monkfish). We asked to replace the mains. We had gnocchi with mussels.. this time the dish was overcooked. Arriving to the dessert.. the idea of adding walnuts to a tiramisu is an interesting idea that unfortunately completely ruined the taste of the dessert.
The wine: a 125 ml glass of a mediocre average tasting wine was just £19... we just find this a bit of an exageration

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had express menu - pasta sauce was boring - tomato , rocket salad ok. Maybe main menu more exciting.....

NM
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, wonderful service, excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere - love the space and overall ambiance - highly recommend.

K
London
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great quality food and ambience if you’re in that part of town!

LN
London
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff couldn’t do enough for you, food and drink were v good

SO
London
111 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The brunch selection was attractive, the food was good with different flavors and textures; we liked the clear Italian-Liguria background.
Service was slow at the beginning but picked up and throughout the meal itself Tamas our server was very efficient, professional and friendly.
I suggest you insert more Brunch items in the menu, such as Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Avocado.

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