Union Street Cafe

4.2
1275 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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.

Special Offers

Father's Day; 3 courses - £40

Enjoy an Italian 3 or 4 course Father's Day Menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 16 June 2019

Ends: 16 June 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:45

Lunch set menu 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 3 courses for £23 or 2 courses for £19 from a seasonal set lunch menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

Early Dinner set menu: 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23 from our early evening set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:30-19:00

Express Lunch menu £12 or £14.50

Enjoy the pasta of the day with a rocket & Parmesan salad served with a choice of soft drink for £12 or served with a glass of wine for £14.50.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

Add Prosecco to your Sunday ALC menu for £20

Add a 2 hour serving of Prosecco for an additional £20 to either of our Sunday menus; Enjoy a selection of Italian dishes from the Sunday Mangia & Bevi à la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 3 January 2018

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00

Pre/post - theatre set menu: 2/3 courses £19 or £23

Enjoy 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £23

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-19:00 21:30-22:15

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 1275 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night good food and service.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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P
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and wine were exceptional.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening, great food and service. Highly recommend

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ID
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Interesting combination of location, spartan interior and good food.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

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

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p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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

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f
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 May 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

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 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.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very good but too slow for a working lunch menu.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 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.

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B
1 review
Dined on 20 April 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

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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

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NM
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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K
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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LN
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

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SO
London
107 reviews
Dined on 31 March 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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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food with service to match.
Bit of a treat as children away so was not cheap (by our standards), but had two delicious meals from the a la carte - set menu was not as inspiring.
Very quiet when we first arrived, although the noise level did rise as more Saturday lunch diners came in.

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very pleasant drink in the downstairs bar to start the evening, followed by a very nice meal in the restaurant. Would go back again.

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JT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The sommelier was excellent! Very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations! Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really like this place! Great food and service, in what is an amazingly designed space. I will definitely visit again!

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Monday lunch and quiet as expected, so you wouldn't expect service to be so hard to get and staff to look like they'd had a tough weekend.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Sommelier didn’t empty bottle into decanter claiming sediment. It was a 2012 Brunello and we checked- no sediment. Then waiter removed bottle before we finished. He also placed cork from another bottle on our table. Not our cork. Very unprofessional.

Cod mousse appetizer- very fishy and inedible.
Charcuterie was very nice.

Son ordered spaghetti w/ mussels. There were no mussels. He originally asked for pappadelle w/lamb but they substituted duck for lamb.
Wife ordered lamb dish— was not asked temperature. Came out very rare.
Other son ordered arrosto - basically a dish that was cream sauce with a side of beef.
Only I had a good meal- meluzzo.

Decor/layout very pleasing.

Food/service Very disappointing.
Can’t imagine G. Ramsay would be happy.

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FW
London
26 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great, service impeccable from the moment you walked in, and such tasty food at reasonable prices. Will definitely be back.

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JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The menu choice was very limited and I think we paid alot of money for average tasting food. Starters were great but mains average, the lamb and cheese was a very overpowering combination and lamb was very chewy. The service was not great as the waiter made an error and once it was highlighted he screwed up the receipt in front of us and stormed of to get a correct version! very poor behaviour and very unprofessional

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g
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food and Service brilliant but it was quite difficult to talk above the music and other customers voices.
If the music was just background then people would be able talk without raising their voices.

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R
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely setting-spacious and beautifully designed. Food was tasty and service was attentive

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a friends birthday so we wanted somewhere a bit nicer with a great atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was great

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LG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was okay, nice food but the waiter cleared my plate away whilst my colleague was still finishing her starter.

We also had to ask for our wine to be topped up as were left with empty glasses and the bottle was in the cooler.

Lovely food but not my first choice.

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KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Very pleasant , good service and food very tasty.
Wine pricey

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SF
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good food. I Will be coming back.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I would dine here again! A lovely experience!

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OT
London
71 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cool interior and slick service. Food was very good and the menu is interesting with some twists.

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TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my favorite local restaurants and the set menus are great value. The staff are lovely and the service is always top drawer.

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MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good service.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third time visit and loved it again!

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LH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at Union Street Cafe. Beautiful food, attentive service and great ambiance. My friend and I loved that we could actually hear each other and that it wasn't deafening noise levels like so many places are these days. I found it a bit £££ for what we had but the quality really was outstanding. Would return.

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l
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Nice restaurant where you stay near to Waterloo area, however the waitress service is not impressive to Asian customers

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