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Michael's Uptown Cafe

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Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Eclectic, Bar
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102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
Website
Today
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A little on the steep side

I've only had the breakfast, it was good but not anywhere near fantastic. Pretty pricy in my book for what u get. You get what's on the menu, no changing anything. I've had better for less and a lot more quantity at a lot of the smaller places in B-town, in which I've lived all my life.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Rick M
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Bloomington, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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279 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bloomington, Indiana
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I've only had the breakfast, it was good but not anywhere near fantastic. Pretty pricy in my book for what u get. You get what's on the menu, no changing anything. I've had better for less and a lot more quantity at a lot of the smaller places in B-town, in which I've lived all my life.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Michael Cassady, the "chef proprietor" as he puts it, has been a fixture in Bloomington since he started his first, diner-like restaurant nearly 40 years ago. "We seek to nourish the body, mind and soul of all our guests" is his vision, and this soft-spoken gentleman comes close indeed. In most small and medium sized towns, there is one restaurant... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Michael's Uptown Cafe was the first restaurant we visited in Bloomington over ten years ago, and we return again and again for the consistently good food, service, and experience. Breakfast is great, and the fact that they don't take brunch reservations means you can pretty much always get seated. My lunchtime favorite is the Salmon Wrap, but daily specials are... More 

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bloomington, indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've only eaten breakfast here, so I can't rate anything else. They have a large selection of choices, both traditional and items from other cultures, for the adventuresome. The service is excellent and prices are reasonable.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Since dining at the Uptown for a breakfast/lunch, the restaurant now offers another area for dining with a handsome bar. It remains a family-friendly restaurant with eating in dining area or dining-bar area. The choices are always consistently well-planned and delicious. The cuisine are always meats/fish and specialty dishes using the freshest for the season... casual for everyday and elegant... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Originally disappointed when found menu was fixed for V day. Was looking forward to trying the normal Cajun fair but the steak, lamb and crab cakes my family enjoyed were excellent. My son and I really enjoyed the Cajun liver pate. The server was a bit over chatty but attentive. The service timing was perfect. Would go back to try... More 

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Bloomington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have dined at the Uptown Cafe many times, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is always excellent, and the service is usually quite good. Several innovative items are on the menu for each meal. The atmosphere is very pleasant -- the Uptown is what a non-chain restaurant in a small city should be like!

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bloomington indiana
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Michaels is my go to place when guests are in from out of town, and when we have a special occasion. Great food and service, great atmosphere. Love their ribs.

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Bend, Oregon
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We chose this restaurant for lunch, based in part on the high ratings in TripAdvisor. It deserves the high ratings. Ambiance was very nice, and our server was very attentive. My daughter particularly appreciated her fish tacos. They were accompanied by an avocado mousse that she let me taste and zowie it was good. Our server was nice enough to... More 

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Bloomington, IN
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

When I have a business lunch or my wife can join me for a weekday lunch I find it hard to choose somewhere other than Uptown. We do eat all over, but Uptown is good and CONSISTENTLY good in food and service. I do not have to hope it will be okay if I take a business associate, I know... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Eclectic, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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