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Michael's Uptown Cafe

102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (99 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast at the Uptown is a must! Cornmeal pancakes with blueberries or biscuits and gravy or eggs sardu, it's hard to know what to order. Clean, friendly and cool settings.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Regina T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is great for special occasions. I would not recommend for a more laid back meal. Great Alfredo pasta!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service and food. Had breakfast for lunch as it is served until 2:00, M-F. Very nice atmosphere.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FellowTraveler210208
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Excellent service and amenities (cloth on the table and in your lap, warm homemade bread). Unusual (eclectic) menu - not typical of the Midwest. For instance, Cajun Meatloaf is always on the menu. So is steak (including filet) and pasta. I recommend choosing from the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Marc W
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Met a friend here to have a meal and chat during a return trip to Bloomington this summer. We sat in a booth - there are booths, tables and bar seating available - and ate some appetizers while we chatted then the meal. This place...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank charliewarlie
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful compliments! We're glad you could join us on your trip back to Bloomington. We take pride in our consistency over the 42+ years since Michael opened the Uptown's doors. Sorry he wasn't around when you were here last. If you're...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Great restaurant. Food was very tasty.: both appetizer And Main course. Wine list is great. And the art was very Nice. Personell takes great care.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Marcissotripping
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Uptown Cafe was amazing! Brunch was very tasty! The staff were incredibly accommodating as we were with a group with small children! the food was very good and the Bloody Mary was fantastic!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank kelley_lb17
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Stopped in because it had good reviews. Had to wait about 40 minutes and the menu had good choices different from the usual breakfast fare. I got the vegetarian Popeye omelette and it was ok not great but ok. I was excited to get the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Angela_Woolsey5
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Hi Angela, Thank you for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear about the quality of the home fries. We take your comments seriously and will do our best to improve upon them. I hope we have the chance to serve you again soon!

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

With our son attending IU this has become a go to restaurant for our family in Bloomington. Great service and excellent food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RSpeerJr
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Food was ok. Potatoes were cold but entree was good. Waitress was very friendly and checked on us often. Might go back.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Roam790112
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Thank you for the feedback. I'm very sorry about the cold home fries, that is not up to our standards of quality and consistency. We hope to have the chance to serve you again soon!

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Janet B
January 15, 2016|
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Response from jonjoey | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant looks big enough to accommodate 100 dinners. I'm sure they'll be happy to answer you queries. You won't be disappointed.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $38
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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