Union Café - Mount Merrion

3.8
324 reviews
€31 to €50
Modern European
Our restaurant is a bright and airy, designed dining space lying at the very heart of Mount Merrion. It is a local gathering place for family and friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Our Head Chef has created an innovative menu that brings together old-world flavours and contemporary international cuisines.
Each and every plate is packed with fresh, honest, tasty food, created with the very best Irish produce.
Try one of our juicy homemade burgers, wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta, fish specials and much more.
We’re open seven days a week, serving hearty and healthy breakfasts from nine in the morning and in the evening, we offer a beautifully crafted dinner menu until ten. Enjoy a great lunch Monday through Friday, and at the weekend come and relax in our comfortable new booths to enjoy a freshly cooked brunch and crafted cocktails or a bottle of wine with family and friends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 324 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.5
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.7
Value
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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall experience was very good. The weather was very poor and during there was, regrettably, quite torrential rain which started leaking through the otherwise excellent outdoor seating area. I felt quite bad for the staff as their uniform was just a shirt and they still had to go between the kitchen and outside, etc. Perhaps for outdoor, it may be worth getting weather-appropriate uniforms for staff? The staff were incredibly accommodating around a buggy and the whole team couldn’t be faulted.

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Nedkelly
Dublin
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

It’s a great place and location and the staff are very nice and friendly.
Just the service is a little slow as it’s busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the quantity is worth paying for. Friendly staff and great indoor ambience.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving us a lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again, Tierna

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vipGerardM
Dublin
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food terrible, delayed, cold and expensive

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Gerard, It has been a difficult time with staffing levels at the moment, I am sorry to hear about your experience, rest assured I have passed on your feedback to the whole team. Please let us know if you are visiting us again and I will look after you. Warm regards, Tierna

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EdwinH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

It was a pleasant experience. Don't expect haute cuisine. Disappointed by the menu, which is limited (3 pasta dishes - all spaggetti) and has not changed for a long time. The food was fine - steak / fish and chips - but the amount on the plate is very off putting. Good service, good atmosphere.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hi Edwin, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe. I will share this feedback with the team. Warm regards, Tierna

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ValerieS
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Food was excellent. Unfortunately service was very bad. Food order was taken promptly. When we finished eating we waited nearly 30 mins to have the table cleared and that was only done because I asked about a dessert menu. Dessert menu very disappointing compared to the main menu. Bailey’s coffees were barely warm - don’t know if that’s because they were left on the bar to be brought over or if they were made that way. Last round of drinks had to be cancelled cos we were waiting so long and had to ask for the bill. When the bill arrived the cancelled drinks were still on it. While waiting on the change the cancelled drinks arrived. A comedy of errors really. Very disappointing overall - we were very impressed with the food but wouldn’t return because of the service.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Valerie, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and I am so sorry the service was not up to standards. We are having a difficult time at the moment with staffing levels. We do appreciate all the feedback here at Union Cafe and I will be sharing this with the rest of the team. Warm regards, Tierna

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vipLeonaH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Understaffed. Took an hour for our lunch to arrive. Coffees ordered but never arrived so we had to leave even though we'd paid for then.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Leona, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review we appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe. So sorry to hear you had to leave before you got to enjoy a cup of coffee. We have been struggling with staffing levels at the moment but rest assured I will share this feedback with the team. Warm regards, Tierna

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PatriciaH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Food quality poor ambience awful
Would not recommend nor would I dine there again

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Patricia, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe. We take what you are saying about the food very seriously- and have brought this to the attention of the kitchen. We aim to provide excellent and consistent service and food, so are disappointed to hear we did not meet your expectations. Warm regards, Tierna

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were lovely and so helpful, food was amazing- especially the buttermilk chicken burger.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for the lovely review and rating ! Look forward to welcoming you at Union Cafe again, Tierna

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ThreePal
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The whole experience was poor. The person looking at Covid certs was shown QR codes but didn't scan them. We felt like we could have shown a flight boarding pass and would have been allowed in. The waitress clearly wasn't listening as the one order didn't come out at all, one was wrong and the other sat there getting cold while we waited 15 minutes for cutlery. It was shambolic. We would normally order much more than we did but the whole process was painful. When the last order did eventually come (smashed avocado) it was without a core ingredient, toast. One friend was very sick afterwards.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 3 days ago

Hi ThreePal, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience visiting our restaurant. We take customer feedback very seriously and please note I have shared your feedback with the team in order for us to keep our standards high. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon ! Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Staff were all very nice but service was terrible. We were a party of 5. Got starters and main course for 3 people together. Three of us had finished our main before the other two got their main course. Everything seemed disorganised. We didn’t complain as the waitress was so nice but just wasn’t trained properly.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and are so sorry to hear about you experience dining with us. We aim to provide excellent and consistent service and rest assured your feedback will be brought to our front of house team. Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Pancakes were disappointing

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your breakfast with us. If you would like to email merrion@unioncafe.ie to discuss further please do so, Warm regards, Tierna

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NickW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service, ambiance not quite tip top.
Possibly due to time of day.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Nick, Thank you for leaving us a review! Glad to hear you enjoyed both the food and the service. Look forward to welcoming you again soon, Tierna

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Radhika
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good food, good ambience, great service. overall a great brunch experience

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Radhika, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a lovely review! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your brunch with us, I will pass on this feedback to the rest of the team. Warm regards, Tierna

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Budweisser
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Could be great, food good, great atmosphere outside, but service slow.

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JohnO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service, staff hi the extra to help

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded 4 days ago

Hi John, Thank you taking the time out to leave us a review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us at Union Cafe, Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Must have improved since previous reviews. Service was quick and attentive. Even provided water for the dogs. No complaints, will return

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 11 September 2021

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and glad you enjoyed your visit here! See you again soon! Warm regards, April

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Rachel
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Waited 35 mins just to get a coffee. Forgot order so 50-60 mins for food. No cutlery, then it arrived dirty. Forgot butter, milk and the bread. Never came back with some of it. Some of the food undercooked. Other tables complaining also. I get that its tough with staff and Covid but please attempt to train the staff. Also helpful for them as they seemed overwhelmed. Bit of a mess overall

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 9 September 2021

Hi Rachel, Thank you for your feedback and for being very patient with us. With a lot of our staff returning to college we are training a brand new team again so I am sorry to hear of your experience. I will pass on all your feedback to the team to ensure standards are kept. Warm regards, Tara

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Finny
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

We ate in Union Cafe in early August and everything was great. Ate there again yesterday and it was shambolic - waitress ignored us when we asked to move tables (out of the rain), food was charged on the bill that wasn't ordered, kids orders all wrong, food ordered that never arrived. And so on. The bill was sorted eventually, a manager did move us, we lived with the kids orders being wrong etc.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 2 September 2021

Hi Finny, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so sorry to hear about your experience! Would you mind emailing merrion@unioncafe.ie to discuss this directly? Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Very slow and poor service. Food arrived with no drinks or cutlery 45 minutes after ordering.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 2 September 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and are so sorry to hear about your experience. We aim to provide excellent and consistent service and rest assured I will be haring this feedback with our team. Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Service atrocious! Order clearly not rung through to the kitchen. We were left hanging, waitress never bothered to check if our food had come or attended to our table. After 45 mins waiting had to complain to greeter, who was absolutely excellent in handling the complaint, couldn’t apologise enough and free drink. However it’s clear that there is no training for the waiting staff… this will be their undoing despite popular location.
Food was lukewarm when it eventually arrived, so disappointing 🙁

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 2 September 2021

Hey there, I am sorry to hear about the experience you had with us. We aim to provide excellent and consistent service and rest assured your feedback will be brought to both the front and back of house team. We are disappointed to hear we didn't meet your expectations. Warm regards, Tierna

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JohnO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice pub grub level, good atmosphere, excellent service

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 29 August 2021

Hi JohnO, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review ! We will share your feedback with our team. Hope you visit us again soon, Warm regards, Tierna

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MauraT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall very enjoyable experience. Choose to sit indoors as outside very busy. Inside felt very safe in the context of covid-19 restriction compliant.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 29 August 2021

Hi MauraT, Thank you so much for leaving us a lovely review and glad to hear you felt safe dining with us here at Union Cafe. Hope to see you again soon, Warm regards, Tierna

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AoifeH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked a table easily enough Tables well organised, well spaced out. Clean, staff good, service to table a bit slow. Overall a great experience.
Lovely place, hope nit too many people at one time, is nicer not overcrowded & separation of tables fir obvious reasons.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 27 August 2021

Hi AoifeH, Thank you for leaving us a great review ! So nice to hear to enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again soon, Tierna

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CKinsella
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice, tatsy meal. Beautifully cooked omelette. NB the portions a very generous!

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 27 August 2021

Hi CKinsella, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us such a lovely review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your omelette. I will pass these comments onto the team. Hope you join us again, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Really poor customer service every time we come. We live locally so it’s a pity. We waited a half an hour for our drink. Despite mentioning this, it only arrived when we’d finished our dinner. No apology and charged 24e for the two drinks.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 29 August 2021

Hi, Thank you for leaving us a review. We appreciate all feedback here at Union Cafe and are so sorry to hear about your experience. Our aim is to provide excellent and consistent service and rest assured your feedback will be brought to our front of House team. Warm regards, Tierna

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LuzM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I and my friend both enjoyed the experience. We will surely be coming back to dine with our families or friends.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 2 September 2021

Hi LuzM, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a lovely review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us here at Union Cafe. Look forward to seeing you again, Warm regards, Tierna

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jessicac
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

It was grand, nothing special about the brunch for the price

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 29 August 2021

Hi Jessica, Thanks for taking the time out to leave a review! Warm regards, Tierna

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Shookkl
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

It was fine . Lacking in atmosphere and very rushed with reminders of count down to closing etc.
Good good .

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DylanTB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was nice was prepared in a efficient time. The service left a lot to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great brunch!

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 21 August 2021

Hey there, Thank you so much for the lovely review ! Hope you join us for brunch again. Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food again! All happy

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 21 August 2021

Hey there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review ! Hope you visit us again soon, Tierna

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RobertN
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Management and staff very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. Overall wonderful experience.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 21 August 2021

Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to leave us this review! We will share your feedback with the team! Warm regards, Tierna

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JanM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff - efficient, friendly and helpful.

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TeresaC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, helpings decent size. Staff very pleasant. Had bbq roast chicken, sauce a bit heavy over the plate but good fresh side salad and slaw. Other half had burger, decent enough and well presented… not stacked too high to tackle. Very good service, everyone happy to be back out there I guess!!

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 21 August 2021

Hi TeresaC, Thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review! I will share this with the team here at Union Cafe. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food! We appreciate the feedback. Hope you visit us again soon, Warm regards, Tierna

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Johannabananna
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 of us had a great reunion. Lovely welcome and friendly service. Most obliging staff. The breakfast was lovely and our whole experience was top notch.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 21 August 2021

Hi Johanna, Thank you for the great review and rating! Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience here with us at Union Cafe. Visit us again soon! Warm regards, Tierna

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 20 August 2021

Hi, Thank you for the lovely rating and nice comment ! I will share this will the rest of the team. Hope to see you again soon, Warm regards, Tierna

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VickiL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent but drinks orders took forever. We waited more than 15 minutes for a bottle of wine to arrive. It wasn't packed so I'd hate to see how they'd cope if it was really busy. A friend arrived a bit later and waited around the same time (almost 15 mins) for a glass of wine. Pretty poor from the bar staff.

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 19 August 2021

Hi Vicki, Thank you for taking the time to write your positive review regarding our foodservice and quality! I'm sorry to hear about the wait on your drinks, we appreciate all feedback here at union cafe. we take customer reviews seriously and please note that I've shared your review with our bar Team in order for us to keep our high standards. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Conor

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LukeO
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent spot in the heart of Mount Merrion...great food, staff and ambience

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 19 August 2021

Hi Luke, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon, April

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Doyle
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

best caesar salad evvvvver, such friendly and professional staff members make for a perfect combo in my "books"

Union Café - Mount Merrion
Responded on 19 August 2021

Hi Doyle, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you enjoyed your meal. Warm regards, April

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FAQs

Union Café - Mount Merrion offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 210 8122.

Union Café - Mount Merrion is rated 3.8 stars by 324 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 bookings at the moment.