The Patio Español Restaurant is located within the Unión Española de California. The Unión Española was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1923, thereby bringing together associations established in San Francisco as early as 1876. For many years the Unión Española was located at 827 Broadway in North Beach.

Our Cultural Center on Alemany Boulevard was opened in 1985 and formally dedicated in 1987 by his Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain during his visit to California. In the past, the Unión Española had chapters in South San Francisco and Redwood City. Currently the Unión Española is one of many of Spanish societies in Sunnyvale, Hayward, Rocklin, Hollister, Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. More recently the Unión Española was a founding member of the California Federation of Spanish Clubs and Associations.

The Unión Española strives to expand its cultural activities and support of Bay Area groups. The Unión Española assisted the formation of, and is the temporary home of the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art. This museum was the first of its kind in the United States. Information about membership and activities may be obtained at or by calling 415-584-6917.