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UNION Kitchen & Tap

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1108 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-5003 (J Street)
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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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San Diego, California
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband chooses restaurants largely based on the quality of their craft beer taps while I love a nice hoppy IPA, I'm looking for a great menu and cool vibe to round out the choice. Union Kitchen and Tap room delivers the full meal deal. Lots of beer options including 10 rotating taps , very cool rustic industrial decor and... More 

Thank Molly W
Encinitas, California
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much more but the burgers and beer are so great! It's a small place and always packed so you'll have to shout to be heard! The food is awesome!

Thank Pris N
San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The KC Style Beef Belly may be better than home. I'm from KC, Texas and Australia, I know BBQ and this is soo good I buy it by the pound! Friends and family expect me to provide awesome BBQ, but who has time to smoke beef for 14-18 hours. 'BUY IT AND LIE ABOUT IT!' THX Kim and Abel

Thank RE2020
San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Late afternoon, enjoyed our salads and small plates (which were actually incredibly generous). The poke was amazing! My husband loved his flatbread, and I loved the kale salad. We did not feel at all rushed, even when they got busier later on. As we slid from the happy hour into the dinner hour, the rest of our family came from... More 

Thank SandraF63
Santa Cruz, California
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit Encinitas we eat here and I have never been disappointed. The flatbread is fantastic, same for beet salad and if you've never tried Okra, go ahead and give it s try- it's surprisingly delicious

Thank Denise A
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 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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128 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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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376 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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 

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El Monte, California
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172 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 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

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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
Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
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?