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Michael's Uptown Cafe

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Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood, Eclectic
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102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
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Today
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 177
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 23
    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
Anniversary Dinner

Wonderful food, great ambiance. Definitely one of our favorites for special days. Not a place we would take our 11yo to dinner, but maybe breakfast. Which is just as amazing as dinner!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
QueenMasonBee
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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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290 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Bloomington, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Wonderful food, great ambiance. Definitely one of our favorites for special days. Not a place we would take our 11yo to dinner, but maybe breakfast. Which is just as amazing as dinner!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

A great place for a date (we sit on the bar side) or for larger groups... We've always had a positive experience, from attentive service to delicious food! Excellent choices for every budget(gumbo to steak!), superb cocktails, wonderful beers on tap and great specials ($10 pot roast on Wednesdays!)

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Upland has a variety of southern fare with a classy twist. Not the cheapest place in town, but worth a visit for the brunch alone!

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Bloomington, Indiana
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been going to Michaels since 1990. I can say I have never had a bad meal from a salad to breakfast to dinner. The gumbo is fantastic anytime, the jalapeno grits are superb, any of the burger is memorable, particularly the new green chilie cheese burger with real Hatch chilie form New Mexico. Their specials are always worth... More 

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Berea, Kentucky
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Excellent steak, extremely delicious and fresh salad, and the perfect wine. Service was superb as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

She was one of the most beautiful waitresses I have ever had! It seemed like she came down from heaven just to refill my glass of water. There were twelve of us at one table and I think she was new to the restaurant. She was so cute when she messed up and yet she was still gracious. I was... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Lovely food and atmosphere. Classy and a bit pricey with parking and waits a bit dicey. I've never been dissatisfied here but remember to be patient as this is a popular restaurant that can be busy. If you're fussy about a wait, you might visit in off hours or try the bar. Plan to spend some time and thoroughly enjoy... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

So we were told there was a 45 minute wait - we went next door to the bookstore and came back. The hostesses were greeting a group of three young men as they told us to have a seat again. They seated the boys first -who did not have a reservation I overheard - then turned to us. They tried... More 

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Aurora, CO
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423 reviews 423 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Michael's Uptown Cafe is a popular place in downtown Bloomington. The food is very good, with good service and atmosphere. Definitely a place to go for a special occasion. I would recommend trying to get a reservation.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Admittedly I've never seen the purpose/value of a 16 buck eggs Benedict. Add on to that 4 bucks for a side of bacon- that was 3 narrow slices. The eggs were very good, so if that's your thing you'll enjoy this place.

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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, Bar, Seafood, Eclectic

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?