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Michael's Uptown Cafe

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102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Sugar Land, Texas
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious intown restaurant. A large variety of items, specials daily. Very busy especially during IU events year round. But worth the wait - huge portions $$

Thank Anita R
Houston, Texas
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took my in-laws here for a special dinner. Three of us ordered Shrimp and Grits which was excellent. My father-in-law ordered the Cajun Meatloaf. It was too hot for him, but he scraped off the sauce and got by. If you're not fond of Cajun/Creole cuisine, your options are limited, otherwise you will enjoy it very much.

Thank TravelIngenue
Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've enjoyed meals at Michael's in a number of different contexts - business lunches, soccer banquets and quiet dinners with friends. We've never been disappointed with the quality of the food and the service is exceptional. The atmosphere is pleasing and their expansion made the place even more comfortable.

Thank pkonstan
Bloomington, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Uptown Cafe is a staple of Bloomington. The food is always excellent and the service is great. They serve some consistent options and provide some unique options each week.

Thank Jack S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the atmosphere to the food to the service, I can't say enough about Michael's Uptown Cafe. The staff were helpful and accommodating, even though we had to push back our reservation for four due to an unexpected delay. When we arrived, we were seated and seen to promptly. Our waitress took amazing care of us. She was attentive without... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michael's is a long-time, well-established Bloomington eatery. The menu has a Cajun twist but don't worry if that doesn't appeal to your taste buds, because there are always a variety of tasty options on the fixed menu and the nightly specials. The food and service are consistently of high quality. Be sure and try the Cajun meatloaf with mashed potatoes.... More 

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198 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

That's the Up Town Cafe, where I've been coming since 1981. Several remodeling, but the same extraordinary food. It was good during my graduate studies period, excellent during my years teaching at IU, and extraordinary in my last visits as a researcher. I'll keep coming back, and I'll bring a few of my literary characters with me, for my next... More 

Thank Nelson C
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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111 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were attending our daughter's IU orientation and wanted a nice place for dinner. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and so was the service. They are centrally located near campus (within walking distance) and parking was okay. Our dinners were excellent and the prices were in line with this type of restaurant.

Thank Sddddddddddddd
St. Paul
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't remember if I reviewed this place before but if I didn't you get 5 stars twice!!! Great food great service great atmosphere and I will return when I am back in town. Molly my server was very attentive. Thank You!

Thank BriN188
Bloomington, Indiana
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service is friendly and quick. Great location to have a business meeting for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank 812Amanda

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $38
American, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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 - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?