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Michael's Uptown Cafe

102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
812-339-0900
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Ranked #2 of 295 restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Eclectic, Bar
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you are craving good cajun food go to uptown cafe. The steaks here are pricey, but you can't definitely eat good on not much cash here. I got the red beans and rice which sounds small, but the portion was huge. It was just the right amount of spicy and delicious. The dining room was a little dark and... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We have to dine at the Uptown Cafe for dinner everytime we go to Bloomington for just one reason its always great. This past weekend my wife and I both for the first time ever I think, both ordered from the menu instead of having one of there great specials.I loved the Creole BBQ Shrimp with a zesty cream sauce... More

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Raleigh, NC
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181 reviews 181 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

As others have noted, this restaurant has had some makeovers. Patrons are greeted by a large, pleasant dining room with booths and tables and a large, separate bar area. The feel is decidedly both hip and elegant--refined but laid back. The menu is somewhat eclectic, with a number of Mediterranean options such as hummus or artichoke and calamata olive dip,... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped here after reading reviews and this place did not dissapoint. We tried steak, salmon and their famous Cajun meatloaf and all delivered. Will definitely try to come back sometime. We also had a very attentive server.

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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I've dined at Uptown many times in several settings (business, friends, family, dates, work party) and have consistently had good experiences or better. It is my go to recommendation in town because I know they won't disappoint. The Cajun twist is delish, as are the rest of the dishes. Favorites on the menu are the Gorgonzola filet, their massive crab... More

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Bend, Oregon
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202 reviews 202 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Michael's is a large and attractive restaurant in downtown Bloomington which is divided between a bar and dining room. The bar has a definite classic and hip atmosphere with and original oil paintings of jazz artists, a tin ceiling, dark woods, and mosaic floors. The food is New Orleans classic: my son had the daily gumbo which featured chicken, andouille... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The first brunch i had in bloomie, i kinda like the place. So, i ordered michael's potato omelet and this omelet rocks, i like the filling potatoes and cheese and i think some ham or bacon), shud def try it. My sister ordered eggs benedict and its just fine, nothing special. My brother ordered cottage cheese pancakes with blueberry, he... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great place to eat but an even better place to drink. The menu has a Cajun theme but there is something for everyone, including incredible steaks, etc. Bar staff are great - try a sazerac if you like bourbon. It's a fun show, and a great drink.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This restaurant has a Cajun theme. It enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the most popular in Bloomington. If you haven't been here in awhile (as was the case with me) you'll me really impressed with the remodeling they have done. The original restaurant has been redone with much more comfortable seating, dark woods and a less hectic feel.... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Rather upscale restaurant in downtown Bloomington, but not as pricey as I expected. Nice white tablecloths and real cutlery, and a decent and again not outrageously pricey wine list. (They even had a special going on some of the wines.) Good menu. Something for everyone. The portions are well-sized, but I couldn't help notice the cafeteria-style servings: a blob of... More

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