Union Grill

★★★☆☆
40.4448 -79.9487
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412-681-8620

413 S Craig St

Pittsburgh, PA

15213

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Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM

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They have a great burger and so many choices - they cook them the way you want them and you can build your own. A friend swears they have the best sweet tea, so I'd recommend that too. Very low key place for lunch

4
★★★★☆

They have a great burger and so many choices - they cook them the way you want them and you can build your own. A friend swears they have the best sweet tea, so I'd recommend that too. Very low key place for lunch

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The favorite place of me and my friends to go when we want a really good burger and wish to treat ourselves after a hard week, or to celebrate. The meals are gigantic, and taste amazing (I recommend sticking to their sandwiches though), and you get exactly what you pay for. no better place in Oakland to go for great american food. also, I highly recommend their church perogies for an appetizer, and their apple pie for desert.

5
★★★★★

The favorite place of me and my friends to go when we want a really good burger and wish to treat ourselves after a hard week, or to celebrate. The meals are gigantic, and taste amazing (I recommend sticking to their sandwiches though), and you get exactly what you pay for. no better place in Oakland to go for great american food. also, I highly recommend their church perogies for an appetizer, and their apple pie for desert.

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I visited this place quite frequently as an employee working at Pitt. It is located in North Oakland, so you will see many college students at the tables there, and it can get pretty busy. I think for the price the food is reasonable. I have only ordered their burgers and salads (which are HUGE) but neither the people I went with nor I have never had any complaints. The decor is OK, but I have always felt like the place was just too dark with respect to lighting. There is a small patio in front for outside dining. I never liked that idea as passersby walking on S. Craig were just too close for comfort.

4
★★★★☆

I visited this place quite frequently as an employee working at Pitt. It is located in North Oakland, so you will see many college students at the tables there, and it can get pretty busy. I think for the price the food is reasonable. I have only ordered their burgers and salads (which are HUGE) but neither the people I went with nor I have never had any complaints. The decor is OK, but I have always felt like the place was just too dark with respect to lighting. There is a small patio in front for outside dining. I never liked that idea as passersby walking on S. Craig were just too close for comfort.

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back in college this was considered an upscale establishment for me. However after visiting after graduation I don't know what I was thinking. The food is average and the service is ok. I think that it is a little overpriced for the area. The desserts however were great. I love the homemade pies.

3
★★★☆☆

back in college this was considered an upscale establishment for me. However after visiting after graduation I don't know what I was thinking. The food is average and the service is ok. I think that it is a little overpriced for the area. The desserts however were great. I love the homemade pies.

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The Union Grill has quality food that not only tastes amazing, but comes in more than generous portions. Everything is made fresh daily and from the freshest ingriedients. Their Pot Roast is out of this world and definately hits the spot considering its slow cooked for hours in a wine sauce, and they recently brought back their Crab Cakes, which are so delicious they practically melt in your mouth!
I know numerous people have complained of the constant menu changes but thats is what makes this place so exciting- there is always something new and delicious to try! Besides, if you have an old time favorite dish, I'm sure that if you suggested it to the staff they would be happy to try to put it back on the menu temporarily ( the staff is excellent-very friendly and customer oriented). Oh, and the fountain drinks or Iced Tea may possibly be $2.50....but did anyone see the size of them? It's like having three fountain drinks in one- Definately worth the price!

The Carnegie Museum and college campuses are also just down the street- very convienent for anyone interested in eating amazing food after a trip to the museum or a hungry college student. They also have child friendly meals that are just as taste bud worthy as the adult dishes...all you have to do is ask!

5
★★★★★

The Union Grill has quality food that not only tastes amazing, but comes in more than generous portions. Everything is made fresh daily and from the freshest ingriedients. Their Pot Roast is out of this world and definately hits the spot considering its slow cooked for hours in a wine sauce, and they recently brought back their Crab Cakes, which are so delicious they practically melt in your mouth!
I know numerous people have complained of the constant menu changes but thats is what makes this place so exciting- there is always something new and delicious to try! Besides, if you have an old time favorite dish, I'm sure that if you suggested it to the staff they would be happy to try to put it back on the menu temporarily ( the staff is excellent-very friendly and customer oriented). Oh, and the fountain drinks or Iced Tea may possibly be $2.50....but did anyone see the size of them? It's like having three fountain drinks in one- Definately worth the price!

The Carnegie Museum and college campuses are also just down the street- very convienent for anyone interested in eating amazing food after a trip to the museum or a hungry college student. They also have child friendly meals that are just as taste bud worthy as the adult dishes...all you have to do is ask!

Pros: classy yet relaxed atmosphere/great servers/top quality food

Cons: nothing!:)

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I'm CMU student and my bf and I have been eating there very frequently for over one year. They have decent price with great food. Waiters are friendly also. Here, what I like abt Union Grill

.Their soups are fabulous (wedding soup and potato soup are my fav)
.Pittsburgh salad (salad u can eat is your main course . huge n delicious) around and price is around $13
.Five hour pot (I forgot the exact name)
.NY steak (my bf like it but they are expensive $25 at least)
.Philli Cheese Steak around $10 (I prefer authentic one not pgh cheese steak)
That's all. hope it helps.

5
★★★★★

I'm CMU student and my bf and I have been eating there very frequently for over one year. They have decent price with great food. Waiters are friendly also. Here, what I like abt Union Grill

.Their soups are fabulous (wedding soup and potato soup are my fav)
.Pittsburgh salad (salad u can eat is your main course . huge n delicious) around and price is around $13
.Five hour pot (I forgot the exact name)
.NY steak (my bf like it but they are expensive $25 at least)
.Philli Cheese Steak around $10 (I prefer authentic one not pgh cheese steak)
That's all. hope it helps.

Pros: delicious food, friendly staff.

Cons: wait time

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When I was a graduate student at CMU 5 years ago, I was introduced to this establishment. After my very first visit, I was absolutely hooked, frequenting this place at least once weekly. Sure, the menu has undergone frequent updates, but these updates only serve to improve upon the quality/diversity of the previous menu. The Union Grill has become an indispensable institution to Oakland. The crowd is diverse, and sophisticated, however, that doesn't make it the perfect spot for a family dinner! I highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends, alike. If you've never been, do yourself a huge favor, and stop in sometime !

5
★★★★★

When I was a graduate student at CMU 5 years ago, I was introduced to this establishment. After my very first visit, I was absolutely hooked, frequenting this place at least once weekly. Sure, the menu has undergone frequent updates, but these updates only serve to improve upon the quality/diversity of the previous menu. The Union Grill has become an indispensable institution to Oakland. The crowd is diverse, and sophisticated, however, that doesn't make it the perfect spot for a family dinner! I highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends, alike. If you've never been, do yourself a huge favor, and stop in sometime !

Pros: Cozy & friendly atmosphere, perfect service, perfect menu

Cons: Too crowded during peak hours

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New and wonderful menu items!! Thank you Union Grill!! Pot-roast is to die for!! Telling all my friends!! Also, what a wonderful grilled cheese (loved it!!~~) I will be back!! Everyone needs to go there now! Best restaurant in Oakland!!!

5
★★★★★

New and wonderful menu items!! Thank you Union Grill!! Pot-roast is to die for!! Telling all my friends!! Also, what a wonderful grilled cheese (loved it!!~~) I will be back!! Everyone needs to go there now! Best restaurant in Oakland!!!

Pros: everything!

Cons: nothing!

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I feel bad for the union grill..everyone is always giving it such a bad rep..I am a student who has been going to the union grill since I was a freshman, and I am now a senior. It has changed a little bit, but I don't think it's for the better or worst. I think change is essential. The union grill is a very busy restaurant, with great food and great drinks. They have always had big portions, which for me, I love because as a student I am broke alot of the time. That's one of the many reasons why us students flock there so often. I have never had a bad experience there, and this is coming from someone who eats there once a week, at least. I bring my family when they are in town, and they are always pleased. I am in marketing, and I can say that it doesn't seem like a bad idea to change things around, you want to stay on top. I do miss alot of the old menu items, and I would love to see them back, or at least some additions to the menu that they have. It's pretty uninteresting, but delicious, none the less...

4
★★★★☆

I feel bad for the union grill..everyone is always giving it such a bad rep..I am a student who has been going to the union grill since I was a freshman, and I am now a senior. It has changed a little bit, but I don't think it's for the better or worst. I think change is essential. The union grill is a very busy restaurant, with great food and great drinks. They have always had big portions, which for me, I love because as a student I am broke alot of the time. That's one of the many reasons why us students flock there so often. I have never had a bad experience there, and this is coming from someone who eats there once a week, at least. I bring my family when they are in town, and they are always pleased. I am in marketing, and I can say that it doesn't seem like a bad idea to change things around, you want to stay on top. I do miss alot of the old menu items, and I would love to see them back, or at least some additions to the menu that they have. It's pretty uninteresting, but delicious, none the less...

Pros: close to everything, great wait staff, big drinks

Cons: non smoking

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Union Grill used to be a great Restaurant 2 YEARS AGO!!!!!! Note I used to go here a lot a couple of years ago, Since I moved back to Pittsburgh recently I decided to go back to my favorite restaurant, was I in for a shock not only is the menu almost completely different which isn't a bad thing but the quality of the food has gone downhill. They no longer have crab cakes which at the time were the best around but no longer have any specials which used to be great, a totally different take on the menu so you were getting best of both worlds, even the fish selection went downhill they used to have great variety of fish. I got a burger to be on the safe side and my two friends one of which got a salad and added salmon for 8 BUX!!! what a rip, it would be one thing if the salmon didn't taste like it was sitting around for 2 weeks but come on I guess its only as fresh as the day they THAWED it out, on top of that the salad greens where bitter and wilted. My other friend opted for baked ziti, yum overcooked noodles covered with crappy marinara sauce and rubber cheese. The only highlight is that they still serve giant drinks A+. After we got our check I asked our server what happened to menu and food because its completely different from a couple of years ago and they said that they had gotten a new chef, well if that's the case get a new chef or get the old chef back for that matter get someone who knows what food is suppose to taste like. If you are used to the great restaurant Union Grill used to be move over and usher in the new era of bad food served at the new defunct Union Grill.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Union Grill used to be a great Restaurant 2 YEARS AGO!!!!!! Note I used to go here a lot a couple of years ago, Since I moved back to Pittsburgh recently I decided to go back to my favorite restaurant, was I in for a shock not only is the menu almost completely different which isn't a bad thing but the quality of the food has gone downhill. They no longer have crab cakes which at the time were the best around but no longer have any specials which used to be great, a totally different take on the menu so you were getting best of both worlds, even the fish selection went downhill they used to have great variety of fish. I got a burger to be on the safe side and my two friends one of which got a salad and added salmon for 8 BUX!!! what a rip, it would be one thing if the salmon didn't taste like it was sitting around for 2 weeks but come on I guess its only as fresh as the day they THAWED it out, on top of that the salad greens where bitter and wilted. My other friend opted for baked ziti, yum overcooked noodles covered with crappy marinara sauce and rubber cheese. The only highlight is that they still serve giant drinks A+. After we got our check I asked our server what happened to menu and food because its completely different from a couple of years ago and they said that they had gotten a new chef, well if that's the case get a new chef or get the old chef back for that matter get someone who knows what food is suppose to taste like. If you are used to the great restaurant Union Grill used to be move over and usher in the new era of bad food served at the new defunct Union Grill.

Pros: Big drinks, close to almost everything in Oakland

Cons: Food and Value

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I was at the Union Grill this week and the food, service, and atmosphere was fantastic. The staff seemed to be having a good time and helping one another out. My server was not rude at all! The food was great, I had pot-pie, (which was a special last year) my server said that so many people were requesting it that they put it on the menu. The menu is seasonal. It was very busy and everything seemed under control. Our food came very quickly, and dessert was absolutley delicious. My husband got a "Chophouse Burger" which he said was the best he had ever had. The other couple that joined us ordered off the "fresh seafood" menu and the scallops and trout were thorougly enjoyed. I recommend that you try this restaurant if you haven't, or give it another go if for some reason you had a bad experience. We were pleasantly pleased and will be returning with friends very shortly. I suggest that you do the same.

5
★★★★★

I was at the Union Grill this week and the food, service, and atmosphere was fantastic. The staff seemed to be having a good time and helping one another out. My server was not rude at all! The food was great, I had pot-pie, (which was a special last year) my server said that so many people were requesting it that they put it on the menu. The menu is seasonal. It was very busy and everything seemed under control. Our food came very quickly, and dessert was absolutley delicious. My husband got a "Chophouse Burger" which he said was the best he had ever had. The other couple that joined us ordered off the "fresh seafood" menu and the scallops and trout were thorougly enjoyed. I recommend that you try this restaurant if you haven't, or give it another go if for some reason you had a bad experience. We were pleasantly pleased and will be returning with friends very shortly. I suggest that you do the same.

Pros: Big portions, lots to choose from

Cons: Hard to find a parking spot

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I totally agree! This place has seriously gone downhill just within the past year. I understand that the restaurant may want to keep a fresh menu but these constant changes are ridiculous. Not only are the new menu items uninteresting and totally lack creativity (and flavor) but RAISING prices and LOWERING quality is not the best way to keep customers coming back. The specials have become a joke...seriously, hot dogs?! What happened to his place?

1
★☆☆☆☆

I totally agree! This place has seriously gone downhill just within the past year. I understand that the restaurant may want to keep a fresh menu but these constant changes are ridiculous. Not only are the new menu items uninteresting and totally lack creativity (and flavor) but RAISING prices and LOWERING quality is not the best way to keep customers coming back. The specials have become a joke...seriously, hot dogs?! What happened to his place?

Pros: walking distance of all universities

Cons: boring, tasteless, inconsistent menu

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This used to be one of the best go-to places for lunch or dinner around Oakland. Good food, big portions, nice atmosphere...but several changes in the last year or so have really shown a downhill trend. And why does the menu change monthly??? Just when I find something that I really like (chicken cobb sandwich), they remove it and replace it with an alfalfa sprout and cream cheese sandwich. huh? Before that, it was the buffalo chicken sandwich. Seasonal menu changes are one thing, but constantly changing what is already a relatively small menu gets dangerous if you're a creature of habit.

2
★★☆☆☆

This used to be one of the best go-to places for lunch or dinner around Oakland. Good food, big portions, nice atmosphere...but several changes in the last year or so have really shown a downhill trend. And why does the menu change monthly??? Just when I find something that I really like (chicken cobb sandwich), they remove it and replace it with an alfalfa sprout and cream cheese sandwich. huh? Before that, it was the buffalo chicken sandwich. Seasonal menu changes are one thing, but constantly changing what is already a relatively small menu gets dangerous if you're a creature of habit.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: frequently changing menu, slow service

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Waitress tried to intimidate us into ordering before we were ready, acted like ordering $12 of food a person wasn't ordering enough, and was generally absent or unhelpful the whole time. If they don't want business, they should just say so.

2
★★☆☆☆

Waitress tried to intimidate us into ordering before we were ready, acted like ordering $12 of food a person wasn't ordering enough, and was generally absent or unhelpful the whole time. If they don't want business, they should just say so.

Pros: decent food

Cons: pay $15 for a meal and being mistreated by staff, no thanks

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The Union Grill, although ideally situated, priced moderately, and chock full of good food choices is absolutely ruined as you enter the door by a hostess that should know better and should act better.

I, for one, do not like getting greeted at the door of a restaurant by a scowl. Nor do I enjoy having my party of 6 be made to stand in the entrance and clog the entire flow of the bar and restaurant because we have a 7th lagging a few minutes behind to park the car.

I especially have a problem tolerating a hostess snipping at me because we have a late party member.

The icing, is being informed that, after we protested, we could be seated but if our 7th arrived after we ordered ANYTHING, that person would be banned form ordering.

In short. I opt not to be treated as a child in an establishment where I aim to enjoy and spend my well earned money.

To the Union Grill, you hostess cost you 7 customers with high paying jobs and clients to entertain in the immediate area, 7 customers with big mouths and many friends.

if you rule was aimed at curtailing the 20 something college kids that straggle along and fill up your tables...what you have resulted in doing is displaced 7 more affluent and paying customers.

Enjoy.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The Union Grill, although ideally situated, priced moderately, and chock full of good food choices is absolutely ruined as you enter the door by a hostess that should know better and should act better.

I, for one, do not like getting greeted at the door of a restaurant by a scowl. Nor do I enjoy having my party of 6 be made to stand in the entrance and clog the entire flow of the bar and restaurant because we have a 7th lagging a few minutes behind to park the car.

I especially have a problem tolerating a hostess snipping at me because we have a late party member.

The icing, is being informed that, after we protested, we could be seated but if our 7th arrived after we ordered ANYTHING, that person would be banned form ordering.

In short. I opt not to be treated as a child in an establishment where I aim to enjoy and spend my well earned money.

To the Union Grill, you hostess cost you 7 customers with high paying jobs and clients to entertain in the immediate area, 7 customers with big mouths and many friends.

if you rule was aimed at curtailing the 20 something college kids that straggle along and fill up your tables...what you have resulted in doing is displaced 7 more affluent and paying customers.

Enjoy.

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...NO I WAS AT THE UNION GRILL! I went to the Union Grill on Craig St. the other day. The food was alright, the service was pretty good, everything was going pretty well until an argument erupted between the bartender and a server. The bartender, IN FRONT CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES called the server a C**K SU**ING F**KER! I could not believe it. Who operates a restaurant this way. The best food and service in the world could not mask the dysfunction behind this operation. I tried to call for the the owner to complain in the days afterward but could not contact her, apparently she was out of town. Obviously not such a good idea with the crew of people they have there. I have made a point to tell all of my friends, family and acquaintances about this restaurant and anyone else who reads this post. The rest of the staff behaved as if this were a common occurence. With that kind of language and how fluidly it was delivered I believe it. Beware if you have small children. A visit to this restaurant may acutally effect thier developmental outcome.

1
★☆☆☆☆

...NO I WAS AT THE UNION GRILL! I went to the Union Grill on Craig St. the other day. The food was alright, the service was pretty good, everything was going pretty well until an argument erupted between the bartender and a server. The bartender, IN FRONT CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES called the server a C**K SU**ING F**KER! I could not believe it. Who operates a restaurant this way. The best food and service in the world could not mask the dysfunction behind this operation. I tried to call for the the owner to complain in the days afterward but could not contact her, apparently she was out of town. Obviously not such a good idea with the crew of people they have there. I have made a point to tell all of my friends, family and acquaintances about this restaurant and anyone else who reads this post. The rest of the staff behaved as if this were a common occurence. With that kind of language and how fluidly it was delivered I believe it. Beware if you have small children. A visit to this restaurant may acutally effect thier developmental outcome.

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Location is everything, and Union Grill has it. It's cuisine has been described as "Californian"- I don't know where that comes from, but in everyday parlance, it's a typical American-style restaurant (think Ground Round or TGI Fridays for the menu). Because so many people go there (mostly CMU and Pitt parents taking their kids), frankly UG can afford to be rude- unless people want Asian, Italian, or deli, the Grill is the only sit-down restaurant nearby. The food is just OK- it really isn't anything special. Service is also just OK- I've had good servers and I've had truly awful servers. South Oakland has better places to go than the Union Grill- but there are enough unadventurous diners that will keep the place in business for years to come. Also, don't be surprised if you are accosted by panhandlers right outside- they can be pretty aggressive at times.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Location is everything, and Union Grill has it. It's cuisine has been described as "Californian"- I don't know where that comes from, but in everyday parlance, it's a typical American-style restaurant (think Ground Round or TGI Fridays for the menu). Because so many people go there (mostly CMU and Pitt parents taking their kids), frankly UG can afford to be rude- unless people want Asian, Italian, or deli, the Grill is the only sit-down restaurant nearby. The food is just OK- it really isn't anything special. Service is also just OK- I've had good servers and I've had truly awful servers. South Oakland has better places to go than the Union Grill- but there are enough unadventurous diners that will keep the place in business for years to come. Also, don't be surprised if you are accosted by panhandlers right outside- they can be pretty aggressive at times.

Pros: Location, menu pretty friendly to most people

Cons: Service is bad at times, and panhandlers stake out the location

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I work at a large corporation very close to this rest., and although I don't complain, I thought I def needed to write something. Some friends and I went there to have lunch. There were four of us and NO ONE waiting behind us. There was a table for six but they REFUSED to seat us because there were NOT 6 of us there. So we walked. A second instance - some friends and I came over for happy hour. Ordered food and drinks and were there for about 2 hrs on a Thursday night. Not 10 minutes after we paid our bill, the hostess told us we needed to leave because there was an 1.5 hour timelimit, and we had been there for 2. Well isnt that just a crime. Waiter was very pleasant, but he was also new....so that might explain it. Although food is good, you do NOT feel welcome to enjoy your stay. Not a place I will go again. Also, when we were there, there were also at least 12 other individuals at different tables from our exact place of employment. You can bet I will spread the word.

2
★★☆☆☆

I work at a large corporation very close to this rest., and although I don't complain, I thought I def needed to write something. Some friends and I went there to have lunch. There were four of us and NO ONE waiting behind us. There was a table for six but they REFUSED to seat us because there were NOT 6 of us there. So we walked. A second instance - some friends and I came over for happy hour. Ordered food and drinks and were there for about 2 hrs on a Thursday night. Not 10 minutes after we paid our bill, the hostess told us we needed to leave because there was an 1.5 hour timelimit, and we had been there for 2. Well isnt that just a crime. Waiter was very pleasant, but he was also new....so that might explain it. Although food is good, you do NOT feel welcome to enjoy your stay. Not a place I will go again. Also, when we were there, there were also at least 12 other individuals at different tables from our exact place of employment. You can bet I will spread the word.

Cons: The worst service from MANAGEMENT I have ever received! After you pay the bill, be prepared to leave immediately!!!

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I go hear often because I am a student and I noticed some of the other reviews posted and feel that I must defend this restaurant. The food was great. I have tried many of the things on the menu my favorites are the fish tacos and the rich boy sandwich. The mac n cheese is the best I have ever had. As a waitress, also in Oakland, I know how busy it is working in a restaurant, never expect to sit in a table for more than an hour or two here (there is a sign at the door). It is also not Luca so don't expect that kind of service. The servers have like 7 tables just relax that is the kind of place it is, get in get out, your taking up someones table therefore thier tip, respect that.

5
★★★★★

I go hear often because I am a student and I noticed some of the other reviews posted and feel that I must defend this restaurant. The food was great. I have tried many of the things on the menu my favorites are the fish tacos and the rich boy sandwich. The mac n cheese is the best I have ever had. As a waitress, also in Oakland, I know how busy it is working in a restaurant, never expect to sit in a table for more than an hour or two here (there is a sign at the door). It is also not Luca so don't expect that kind of service. The servers have like 7 tables just relax that is the kind of place it is, get in get out, your taking up someones table therefore thier tip, respect that.

Pros: great food, good service, cheap

Cons: odd smoking area

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Loved relaxed atmosphere but appreciated cleanliness not typically seen in oakland restaurants, esp. Pitt. We were seated in 3 or 4 minutes. Our waitress was cheerful and professional. We got a half-pound burger, delicious shrimp and garlic bread sandwich, a big fish sandwich, and TWO HUGE fish tacos for under 8 bucks. Incredible serving sizes for the price, had to take the second taco home. The waitress simply proclaimed, "that's how we do things at the Union Grill, huge servings of great food at a great price!" Some folks aren't used to the oakland atmosphere, you have to roll with it if waitstaff is busy... such is life. great for college kids and casual dining. For the complainers, we don't really want your type around our great restaurants anyway! PLEASE DO stay away. P.S. it should be common place to say thank you, even for water... way to be professional.

4
★★★★☆

Loved relaxed atmosphere but appreciated cleanliness not typically seen in oakland restaurants, esp. Pitt. We were seated in 3 or 4 minutes. Our waitress was cheerful and professional. We got a half-pound burger, delicious shrimp and garlic bread sandwich, a big fish sandwich, and TWO HUGE fish tacos for under 8 bucks. Incredible serving sizes for the price, had to take the second taco home. The waitress simply proclaimed, "that's how we do things at the Union Grill, huge servings of great food at a great price!" Some folks aren't used to the oakland atmosphere, you have to roll with it if waitstaff is busy... such is life. great for college kids and casual dining. For the complainers, we don't really want your type around our great restaurants anyway! PLEASE DO stay away. P.S. it should be common place to say thank you, even for water... way to be professional.

Pros: Friendly service, Great value

Cons: Parking can be tough

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After coming in with a party, where we provided our own food, we were still met with rudeness after we had reserved the room for several hours. The servers went so far as to poke some of us to get a "Thank you" after being served water. This service was absolutely unacceptable and met with more defiance and rudeness come closing time. This venue is not at all recommended because of a wait staff that believes it can treat patrons any which way it wants.

1
★☆☆☆☆

After coming in with a party, where we provided our own food, we were still met with rudeness after we had reserved the room for several hours. The servers went so far as to poke some of us to get a "Thank you" after being served water. This service was absolutely unacceptable and met with more defiance and rudeness come closing time. This venue is not at all recommended because of a wait staff that believes it can treat patrons any which way it wants.

Cons: Rude Service

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Immediately after paying the check and finishing dessert, we were told: "you can continue your conversation at the bar." We had finished a meal of two entrees, bottle of wine, dessert.

There was absolutely no wait, there were free tables surrounding us, and it was well before closing.

Amazing how decent food and value can be completely negated with such abysmal service. Not surprised to see others share similar experiences.

Will never return.

2
★★☆☆☆

Immediately after paying the check and finishing dessert, we were told: "you can continue your conversation at the bar." We had finished a meal of two entrees, bottle of wine, dessert.

There was absolutely no wait, there were free tables surrounding us, and it was well before closing.

Amazing how decent food and value can be completely negated with such abysmal service. Not surprised to see others share similar experiences.

Will never return.

Pros: leaving, never returning

Cons: service, lack of service, rude

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The hamburgers are Union Grill are delicious and enormous; waffle fries are a necessary accompaniment. Take out is simply and easy. The guy who took my order was friendly and prompt. He also ran the bar, fetched my food, and served drinks to the bar attendants and those seated at tables. I did not find the staff to be rude; they simply seemed very busy. Tons of people flood this restaurant on a daily basis, so the place is hopping. I think they simply need one or two more people to help staff.

4
★★★★☆

The hamburgers are Union Grill are delicious and enormous; waffle fries are a necessary accompaniment. Take out is simply and easy. The guy who took my order was friendly and prompt. He also ran the bar, fetched my food, and served drinks to the bar attendants and those seated at tables. I did not find the staff to be rude; they simply seemed very busy. Tons of people flood this restaurant on a daily basis, so the place is hopping. I think they simply need one or two more people to help staff.

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The only dish worth going to Union Grill for is the hamburger, but the rudeness of the staff makes the experience horrible. I disagree with previous reviewers; I don't think that anyone should have to put up with rudeness from waitstaff. The food is just not that good. If the staff thinks that you are a student, the service is worse. We've gone in "casual clothing" and in "business wear" and the difference in service is unexcusable, especially from a restaurant in close proximity to many universities. If you insist on partonizing this restaurant, then avoid the strawberry shortcake with its bland poundcake and limp strawberries, the watery pasta, the too-salty soups, and the greasy sandwiches. Stick to the hamburger.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The only dish worth going to Union Grill for is the hamburger, but the rudeness of the staff makes the experience horrible. I disagree with previous reviewers; I don't think that anyone should have to put up with rudeness from waitstaff. The food is just not that good. If the staff thinks that you are a student, the service is worse. We've gone in "casual clothing" and in "business wear" and the difference in service is unexcusable, especially from a restaurant in close proximity to many universities. If you insist on partonizing this restaurant, then avoid the strawberry shortcake with its bland poundcake and limp strawberries, the watery pasta, the too-salty soups, and the greasy sandwiches. Stick to the hamburger.

Pros: hamburger

Cons: rude slow service

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Considering the price vs. the portions and quality of the food, outstanding service shouldn't be an expectation.

The Union Grill thrives because of volume. Its a very hectic environment for a server, especially during the weekends. Also, with both Pitt and CMU down the street there is a large customer base of international students who haven't taken it upon themselves to understand the American culture of tipping servers.

But all in all, due to the large sales volumes, your chances of getting bad service is about the same as any other restaurant.

But this is about the food, right? Well I used to work in their kitchen, and they weigh their burger patties out to >9 oz. to make sure that their burgers are 1/2 lbs. AFTER cooking.

4
★★★★☆

Considering the price vs. the portions and quality of the food, outstanding service shouldn't be an expectation.

The Union Grill thrives because of volume. Its a very hectic environment for a server, especially during the weekends. Also, with both Pitt and CMU down the street there is a large customer base of international students who haven't taken it upon themselves to understand the American culture of tipping servers.

But all in all, due to the large sales volumes, your chances of getting bad service is about the same as any other restaurant.

But this is about the food, right? Well I used to work in their kitchen, and they weigh their burger patties out to >9 oz. to make sure that their burgers are 1/2 lbs. AFTER cooking.

Pros: great value, huge portions

Cons: , lack of parking

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Been there several times and have had good experiences. The portion sizes are ample for a hearty appetite. Dessert though should be saved for the really hungry... they are huge!

4
★★★★☆

Been there several times and have had good experiences. The portion sizes are ample for a hearty appetite. Dessert though should be saved for the really hungry... they are huge!

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Parking, Crowded

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The service is HORRIBLE and the staff is so rude that it is insulting. The food is just mediocre, not worth the expense, so it doesn't make up for the the ridicuolusly bad service. If you want a good meal and to be treated respectfully, go somewhere else.

2
★★☆☆☆

The service is HORRIBLE and the staff is so rude that it is insulting. The food is just mediocre, not worth the expense, so it doesn't make up for the the ridicuolusly bad service. If you want a good meal and to be treated respectfully, go somewhere else.

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Trying to make this as short as possible, my second-to-last meal at Union Grill involved about a 15-minute wait to get our drink order taken and about a 1 1/2-hour wait for our food. Our waitress did not come to our table at any point afterward (forget drink refills) and we had to actually flag her down just to get the check. After writing a lengthy letter of complaint to management with no response, an acquaintance who worked there informed us that our server WAS the manager. Unbelievable. Oh, and although a complaint during the meal got us a "dessert's on us," we were billed for one of the two desserts...the more expensive of the two.

2
★★☆☆☆

Trying to make this as short as possible, my second-to-last meal at Union Grill involved about a 15-minute wait to get our drink order taken and about a 1 1/2-hour wait for our food. Our waitress did not come to our table at any point afterward (forget drink refills) and we had to actually flag her down just to get the check. After writing a lengthy letter of complaint to management with no response, an acquaintance who worked there informed us that our server WAS the manager. Unbelievable. Oh, and although a complaint during the meal got us a "dessert's on us," we were billed for one of the two desserts...the more expensive of the two.

Cons: ATROCIOUS service, too many to list

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I called union grill to place a take out order for fish sandwiches on Friday. Because they do not have a website and I do not have their menu memorized I asked the girl what comes with the fish and what comes with it. The response I got was "Look, I am not going to sit here and tell you the menu over the phone" - Needless to say I'll never step foot in the place again. Any pros the place had have been outweighed

1
★☆☆☆☆

I called union grill to place a take out order for fish sandwiches on Friday. Because they do not have a website and I do not have their menu memorized I asked the girl what comes with the fish and what comes with it. The response I got was "Look, I am not going to sit here and tell you the menu over the phone" - Needless to say I'll never step foot in the place again. Any pros the place had have been outweighed

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great food, great ambience, best food in western pa. The location below street level adds a old fashion feel to it.

4
★★★★☆

great food, great ambience, best food in western pa. The location below street level adds a old fashion feel to it.

Pros: value, excellent food, good service

Cons: parking, crowded

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See my previous description... the owner refused to honor 1/2 price food after verbal confirmation while being seated.

1
★☆☆☆☆

See my previous description... the owner refused to honor 1/2 price food after verbal confirmation while being seated.

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This place has the best salads in town. All the food I've had at Union Grill has been great.

They also have a nice selection of beers on tap.

5
★★★★★

This place has the best salads in town. All the food I've had at Union Grill has been great.

They also have a nice selection of beers on tap.

Pros: consistent, fresh salads, inexpensive

Cons: don't deliver!

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When you don't want anything too weird, this is the place...

Great place to dress up or dress down, BIG drinks, and tasty mashed potatoes.

The desserts are so/so but most of the dishes are great when you want to relax after a long day =)

4
★★★★☆

When you don't want anything too weird, this is the place...

Great place to dress up or dress down, BIG drinks, and tasty mashed potatoes.

The desserts are so/so but most of the dishes are great when you want to relax after a long day =)

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We love going to The Union Grill. It is a great place to grab a beer and have great food. Their variety is great! Now they offer $10 bottles of wine too.

5
★★★★★

We love going to The Union Grill. It is a great place to grab a beer and have great food. Their variety is great! Now they offer $10 bottles of wine too.

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The employees are courteous and efficient.
The beer and wine are priced reasonably.
The portions are generous.
The food is excellent.

5
★★★★★

The employees are courteous and efficient.
The beer and wine are priced reasonably.
The portions are generous.
The food is excellent.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Burgers

Cons: Tight parking, location

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The Scene
The place is friendly and inviting, with tables spilling out onto the sidewalk in good weather.

The Food
The burgers--half-pounders of either ground chuck or ground turkey--fly out of theā€¦

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