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UNION Kitchen & Tap

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1108 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-5003 (J Street)
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here on their taco Tuesday. I tried one of each, steak, chicken and crawfish. They were all amazingly tasty and cooked to perfection. The crawfish taco was my favorite. If you go try the 'Beetnik', a cocktail made of beet juice, basil, ginger, cucumber and gin. It was so refreshing on a warm humid day. Great service, great... More 

Thank pmccarley54
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here in Aug 2016, great atmosphere & the food was excellent. Very busy but a lively/enjoyable crowd. Good choice of beers. I had beef tacos, wings & a brilliant steak. Highly recommended. Encinitas is such a cool place too.

Thank Matthew J
Carlsbad, California
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92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Union is sort of a sports bar, with a multitude of TVs tuned to various sporting events, even horse racing at the nearby Del Mar Turf Club. But the real reason to come here is for the food. Outstanding shrimp and grits, pretty good burgers, and interesting flatbreads. I came with a group and everyone proclaimed their meal to be... More 

Thank friskycelery
Phoenix, Arizona
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367 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe it doesn’t take much to please me, but give me a spicy Bloody Mary and delicious fried chicken breast with tasty waffles and I am smiling. My friend who had the burger thought it was one of the best he has had. It is just off the center of down town but Encinitas is not that long. It is... More 

1 Thank Phoenixroby
El Monte, California
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169 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I read they had one of the best burgers so we decided to try...it was awesome! They make their own tomato "jam" which is so good! A friend, who owns a restaurant, once told me she always checked the restroom before she ate some where because if the bathroom is clean then there's a good chance the kitchen is clean...thus... More 

Thank Frances G
San Diego, California
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bad: music was some type of dub step. I almost left cause I found it kind of annoying. The average: burger was cooked well, but unremarkable. Brussel sprouts were tiny and kinda flavourless. The good: the bar staff was really great. Super nice and very helpful.

Thank Filip Z
Carlsbad, California
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177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Union Kitchen and Tap is located on the West side of Highway 101 in Southern Encinitas. There are lots of tables and a bar and televisions viewable from most areas. They have an interesting menu with brunch served on weekends featuring bottomless mimosas. We were there for brunch on a Saturday and the food and service was good.

Thank DarylJ552
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met a frined who took us to lunch and enjoyed everything about the place. We are regular annual tourists and Union will be added to our list. Friendly server , menu with great variety and good beach bar environment,

Thank Charles H
Encinitas, California
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has to be one of the best burgers in the county! But there are a ton of things on the menu besides burgers. Tacos and flatbreads are also really good and they have a very good beet salad too. The place is a bit on the noisy side but no worse than many places around lunch time with a... More 

Thank Pris N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Found this place in an article that ranked it as one the top 30 burger places in San Diego. Stopped by before we drive down the 101 on a beautiful day in San. We were greeted right away by Brittany who also was our waitress. Started off with Orange Ave beer which very refreshing and ordered. I had the Union... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $50
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1108 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-5003
    (J Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-230-2337
UNION Kitchen & Tap offers New American Cuisine in an inviting, warm, and comfortable restaurant setting. The frequently changing menu relies heavily on organic, local ingredients and offer a variety of options to choose from including seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches, and a number of signature dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. UNION Kitchen & Tap also offers a full complement of local craft beers, small vintage wines, and signature cocktails.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?