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Michael's Uptown Cafe

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102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have eaten here several times....its our go to place whenever we are in town. As of yet we have never had a bad experience or bad meal.

Thank Stacy Z
Winnetka, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife, son and I celebrated my birthday and my son's birthday at Uptown Cafe for dinner on President's Day weekend ... our food was very good and the service excellent ... since no reservations are taken, we enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while waiting 45 minutes for our table ... artichoke dip appetizer was excellent ... my son... More 

Thank Andy O
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Perfect to show up a little after 11 and be able to get the late breakfast, and the crawfish etouffee at the same meal! Crawfish was flawless, but we did need to send the eggs back as they were undercooked. Very good on the second pass.

Thank Jeffreypjacobs
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've never had a bad meal at the Uptown. Breakfast, lunch or dinner... it's all good! LOVE the wedge salad & the salmon.

Thank Chris W
Carmel, Indiana
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129 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Chose this restaurant for lunch based on Trip Advisor reviews and what a great choice! Seated in the bar side we enjoyed the wonderful artwork and the welcoming, prompt and professional service from Wilson A. The menu had a nice selection of choices, good for vegetarian and meat eater's alike. The menu even offered a few yummy looking breakfast choices... More 

Thank Suzanne I
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good service, tasty food, great menu, and decent price. The presentation was great, cozy atmosphere, wonderful place to take a friend or spouse.

Thank Teresa B
Bloomington, Indiana
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great food, waiters have improved, location excellent, and facility most adequate, the owner is on the floor most nights

Thank FredW54529
Bloomington, Indiana
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is known for dinner and a great bar but breakfast is excellent also. Pancakes, eggs, potatoes and all the usual breakfast fixings presented in interesting combinations. The setting and service is always great.

Thank jd502016
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. My family and I have been in Bloomington for over 13 years, and we consistently go to Michael's Uptown Cafe. The restaurant has an inviting atmosphere with a hard boiled detective, jazz venue feel. The food steals the show. I especially love the New Yorker, creme brulee french toast and huevos rancheros.

Thank Pilar T
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were greatly appreciative of the beautiful bar and decor, first off. Secondly, received warmly by greeter who quickly expanded on seating options. We selected to dine in the bar area. Robert our server was perfectly attentive and answered all our queries and made recommendations. We each started with Caesar salad $9. The anchovies were a salty yummy necessity and... More 

Thank Dorothy D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 38
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-339-0900
The Uptown Cafe has been a Bloomington landmark since 1976. We serve Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. We are also known for our beverage program - serving fine wine and spirits, and craft beer and cocktails.

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