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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
8:00 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 180
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 24
    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
Gluten Free Breakfast/Dinner Outstanding

This cafe is a family favorite! It provides great food selections for those with gluten allergies along with those without the allergy. When we visit Bloomington, IN we make sure to include eating here on our schedule. Great location, great staff and outstanding food choices!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Sandra V
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Alleman
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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299 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Alleman
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This cafe is a family favorite! It provides great food selections for those with gluten allergies along with those without the allergy. When we visit Bloomington, IN we make sure to include eating here on our schedule. Great location, great staff and outstanding food choices!

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Bloomington, Indiana
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Fine daily specials complement the high quality of the regular menu. The Sunday brunch is memorable. The underlying cajun tones are complemented by eclectic cuisine.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went to Uptown for brunch/lunch during graduation weekend. My cottage cheese pancakes were delicious as was my mom's French toast. My husband gad the gumbo and found it "okay." My step-son had the green chilie burger and while it was tasty, he had certainly had better. All and all, not a bad place to eat especially since most of... More 

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Chicago IL
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had an excellent dinner here for our son's graduation from Indiana University. The service was very friendly and attentive on an especially busy night. Our main complaint was that 5 of us were really jammed into a table that seemed suited for 4, but I'm sure it was just the logistics of the evening. We each tried something different;... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A great place to meet friends for drinks or to enjoy good food! A special birthday has to be celebrated!

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Beaverton, Oregon
Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Took my mom and sister here at my sister's suggestion. Had a great brisket sandwich - very tender- mom had the burger and my sister had the beef pita. Lunch was pretty expensive - $12 for brisket, $13 for burger. Ok banana cream tart - but fairly small portion. Service was ok.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Two of us had dinner there and were pleasantly pleased with our meals. We ordered two meals, both of which were delicious, especially the spicy shrimp and grits. Portions were just right. My only reason for not giving it a higher rating was due to our young waiter. He forgot to bring us rolls, and we had to flag him... More 

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West Linn
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My extended family had dinner at Michael's during my last visit to Indiana. We had along our 16-month old grandson, who was nicely accommodated. I immediately liked the restaurant space. It's a handsome old room, with good sound absorption, attractive lighting, and the tables are attractive and are nicely spaced. Despite a full restaurant, it was easy to talk around... More 

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Northville, Michigan, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Crawfish etoufee and Red Beans &rice with shrimp were terrific! Server was spectacular and the atmosphere was the perfect mix of casual and fun.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?