Union Street Cafe

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£26 to £40
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Italian

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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
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LW
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is too salty in general.

Union Street Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

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 September 8, 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 6 days ago

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 September 7, 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 6 days ago

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
47 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

Union Street Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

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 September 6, 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 6 days ago

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 September 6, 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 6 days ago

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 September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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

Union Street Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

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 September 5, 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 6 days ago

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 September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Union Street Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

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 September 2, 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 6 days ago

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 August 30, 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 September 2, 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 August 30, 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 September 2, 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 August 30, 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 September 2, 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 August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very polite staff

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 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 September 2, 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 August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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 August 21, 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 September 2, 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 August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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 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.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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 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.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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 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.

Union Street Cafe
Responded on September 2, 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 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!

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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
28 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
44 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
5 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
114 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
5 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.

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