Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge is the place to be on Monday night in Washington, D.C. It is considered a hip, sexy high-end lounge restaurant space curating amazing food and beverage experiences with an eclectic mix of entertainment. For more information on the history of Union Market click here.
I first visited Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge on January 28, 2019. My first Impression was a good one. I love the vibe in the building. The sights, sounds, and decor were over the top. Chandeliers are used to light the dining area. Velvet sofas line the walls. The tables are just large enough to hold food and drinks. Though the restaurant is intimate, there is space to move around. There was even an impromtu dance line around the dining area during the live band’s last song.
Speaking of the band, I was fortunate to sit right in the front, closest to the Union Live Band. This band is fabulous. It is easy to get lost in the music they play and lose track of time and space. The waitress had to bring me back to reality to take my order. The saxophone sounds like the movement of butter over warm bread….smooth. There were two singers on this Monday night. They were able to shine, but the band was the star of the evening. Union smells like dinner, but looks like a night out in the city. I was blown away. Monday night has never been this exciting.
My friends and I started with the buttermilk fried Calamari served with three dipping sauces including Thai Chili, Garlic Aoili, Cocktail sauce. The Calamaris was really, really good. It was light & crispy. My favorite of the three sauces is the Thai Chili. It really is the only sauce that is needed.
Before coming to Union District, I saw a photo of The Union, which is their Pepperoni Pizza with house made Marinara Sauce. I knew I had to try it. I did, and it met my taste expectations. However, it was smaller than expected. It will only feed one person. I suggest that everyone order their own pizza. It was cheesy with a hint of garlic and the correct ratio of sauce and cheese.
Next, I had the Charbroiled Oysters. Before I describe these oysters, I must say that my favorite Oysters are from ACME Oyster House in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Those oysters are impossible to top.
The Charbroiled Oysters at Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge were good. I could have eaten 20 of them. They are prepared with garlic cajun butter, shaved Romano & Parmesan Cheese and served with Lemon and bread.
My only issue with Union is the prices of the food. The Oysters were $17 for 6 oysters. The pizza is $16, and the Calamari is $15. That is a steep bill for a Monday night. I loved the food, I just didn’t like the prices. The prices are the only thing I would change about Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge. I have learned that the pizza is only $10 during happy hour from 3:00 – 6:30pm.
I would definitely recommend Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge to friends. It is perfect for a date night or just a night relaxing. There was a group of people celebrating a birthday on the Monday night I was there. Very excited bunch. Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge met and increased their excitement. I will absolutely be back. I look forward to hearing more from the awesome Union Live Band. I loved hearing them play and look forward to hearing them in the future.