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 designed to offer a lively but unpressured atmosphere. Combining Old World charm and cosmopolitan ambiance, it is sought out not only for its superb cuisine and acclaimed wine list, but for its service and professional staff as well.
The menu combines the best of French classical traditions with a more contemporary approach to flavors, textures, and native fresh ingredients. Local and organic produce, fish, meats, and artisanal cheeses are the foundation of our award-winning cuisine. The varied and accessible wine list features personally selected wines, many from small producers exclusive to Union League Cafe. Highly rated by The New York Times, Connecticut Magazine, Zagat, and Travel and Leisure, it is consistently identified as one of Connecticut’s best.
Fine cuisine—cuisine gastronomique—is a product of passion, intelligence and standards; an art that depends on an exacting eye and palate. This is what guides us every day and what we love to share with our customers—new and loyal alike.
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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, which today forms the core of the building.
From the 1880’s through the 1940’s, the building was home to the Union League Club, a private civic and social club. An elegant addition in 1902 created the atmosphere our guests experience today. Designed in the Beaux Arts tradition by New Haven architect, Richard Williams, the building is a New Haven landmark.