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Union Bagel

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147 Cumberland Ave, Portland, ME 04101-3103
+1 207-747-4400
06:00 - 14:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is primarily a breakfast/ lunch place. It is tiny with about 3 seats in the window and 4 folding chairs outside. The bagels are wonderful. I got an (organic) egg and cheese on an everything bagel. Yummmm! I wasn't very hungry but I ate the whole thing. For take out it came wrapped in foil - a fried egg... More 

Thank Wildflower01945
Herriman, Utah
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We decided on stopping by after reading about Union Bagel on Tripadvisor. The store is in a small building and is very unassuming. If I hadn't read the reviews, I would not have stopped, but I'm glad we did. I got a breakfast sandwich and it was fantastic. From the variety of bagels, to the variety of shmears, this little... More 

1 Thank ute4lyf
New York City, New York
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286 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great shop with really good bagels and a nice variety of spreads. The scallion cream cheese is very good. Place can get busy so be patient.

Thank Mac2105
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderfully chewy and crisp everything bagel, homemade scallion cream cheese, lox, onion, capers, tomato, spinach and cucumber means a delicious and quick way to brunch in Portland. Great coffee too! Innovative approach to egg and cheese and very friendly staff. Worth straying from old port and the west end for these bagels.

Thank ebkayak
Willingboro, New Jersey
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Best bagels! Try the lox & capers with red onion; def my fav 😋. They are super friendly, knowledgeable about events in the area, and have a great product to boot.

Thank blinkydatiger
Portland, Maine
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380 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

No, it's not ess-a-bagel (Yiddish for "eat a bagel") - hailing from NYC I too love their bagels - but Union Bagels is second to none in this slighted jaded New Yorkers opinion. Add a fabulous and friendly staff - on top of authentic and, yes, delicious bagels - and Portland, Maine can clearly and proudly boast of a fantastic... More 

Thank theghostwriter
Portland, Maine
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

and, while that might not count for much when you consider the things some places call bagels between NY and Portland, this place could seriously hold its own in NY. THESE ARE GREAT BAGELS, PEOPLE! crunchy bottoms, chewy insides and just the right resistance from the top. Plus, they are usually warm and thus frighteningly addictive, particularly the everything and... More 

1 Thank Ayuh04108
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

What?!?! It's true! Deliciously crisp outside with the customary chewy inside created only by the true and traditional cooking method of poaching before baking. Decadent "smears" (which is anything BUT scant to say the least) of numerous cream cheese flavors. Try their special: Bread & Roses: your choice of cream cheese, Maine lox, all the veggies, olive oil, salt and... More 

Thank islandfoodie04679
Portland, Maine
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283 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

I showed up just before 7 on the 14th to try their bialy’s, since I was born and raised on the island (yes from away). They were not quite ready so they reserved 8 of them for me and I went back in 20 minutes later. I think they really needed about 10 more minutes or so in the oven.... More 

Thank S V
Peaks Island, Maine
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92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Subject says it -- great bagels. They have a range of spreads, or you get get a modestly priced bagel with real smoked salmon. There's space for a few people to eat standing up. That it, but we love it!

1 Thank ArthurFink

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 Cumberland Ave, Portland, ME 04101-3103
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-747-4400

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?