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Legacy. Forever Young.

An Award-Winning Brasserie

Located directly across from Yale University in the heart of New Haven’s historic theater and entertainment district, Union League Cafe is a French-inspired brasserie offering a lively but unpressured atmosphere. Combining Old World charm with a relaxed ambiance, it is sought out not only for its superb cuisine and acclaimed wine list but for its professional staff and service as well.  

Executive Chef / Owner

Jean-Pierre Vuillermet

Jean-Pierre is a third-generation chef originally from Aix Les Bains, located at the foot of the French Alps.  After working with world-renowned chefs, he opened Union League Cafe, on the site of Robert Henry’s (where he was a chef) in 1993. Inspired by the old-world charm of a Parisian brasserie, Union League Cafe has consistently garnered top awards and rave reviews. In 2010 he opened Bar Bouchee, an award-winning bistro located in Madison, CT.  Jean-Pierre hopes that Union League Cafe is and always will be a restaurant that provides the best in food and service and reflects the joy and passion he has for cooking. Jean-Pierre has been named “Maitres Cuisiniers de France” (French Master Chef), a title bestowed on only the best French chefs in the world.

General Manager/Sommelier

Jean-Michel Gammariello

A New Haven Landmark

Our Historical Site

The Union League Cafe found a perfect home in the Sherman Building which is situated on the homestead site of New Haven’s first mayor, Roger Sherman—the only American whose name appears on the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. One hundred years later, Gaius Fenn Warner, one of the city’s leading industrialists, built his townhouse on the site.  From the 1880’s – 1940’s, it became home to the Union League Club, a private civic and social club. Designed in the Beaux Arts tradition by New Haven architect, Richard Williams, the building is a city landmark.

Our Other Restaurant

Bar Bouchée

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Dedication. Diversity.

Career Opportunities

We are committed to making memorable experiences for our customers and know that it takes a dedicated, team-oriented staff to be successful. We seek individuals who are motivated, take initiative, act with integrity, and who will work together to uphold our standards. We also encourage persons to apply who are highly motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about the industry but perhaps lack intensive job experience.

We accept interns from hotel and culinary schools for both front and back of the house; a minimum three-month, full-time commitment is required for internships.

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Fax: 203-562-6712


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Top 10 Best Food —Zagat Guide

Diner’s Choice Award – Open Table

“Extraordinary” —The New York Times

“Best Overall, Best French, Best Service, Best Desserts” —Connecticut Magazine

“Best Restaurant, Best French, Best Service, Best Desserts, Most Romantic” —New Haven Advocate