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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.
PRICE RANGE
$9 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped in for lunch on our way out of town. There was a wait because the place was packed which is always a good sign. I had the seafood gumbo. I was very impressed - lots of shrimp and scallops plus some crawdads for...a very reasonable price. My wife got the burger which she enjoyed. Even though it was busy the food came out quickly and the service was spot on. Will definetly be back here on our next trip.IMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in for a quick lunch. Typical Uptown Cafe, great food, great service, and they respected that we were in a rush. Tuna sandwich, impossible burger, and chicken in a pita-all delicious. Most of all, Bloomington has done a great thing with closing down...Kirkwood for certain times. We love dining alfresco in the street. Kudos to Erin and the entire team!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 6, 2022 via mobile

One of the more enjoyable meals we've had. The food was great, reasonably priced and the atmosphere was enjoyable. Our waitor SAM was by far the best we've had in our 44 years of marriage. He truly made our anniversary meal feel special. My husband...ordered the shrimp and grits but was concerned it might be too spicy so he brought him a sample of the grits to try. Same experience when choosing a beer. He brought a sample first. Just tje right amount of time between appetizer and meal. And...oh my goodness the BEST EVER Creme Brulee. He even brought it out with 2 lit candles to celebrate. We will definitely be back. You should definitely go there for PHENOMENAL EVERYTHING!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022

Spent a week at Monroe Lake and went into Bloomington for dinner several nights. Uptown was by far and away the best meal of the trip! I had Black Bean Soup & Seafood Gumbo, my wife had a Greek Salad and Gorgonzola Crusted Filet Mignon....The food was fabulous and our server Dina did a great job.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 19, 2022

Had a wonderful Caesar salad with a well-grilled piece of salmon. Prepared perfectly. Nice place to eat on the square.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

We went for a brunch on a Saturday I was surprised the place was able to seat a party of 5. The staff was very friendly. The food is reasonably priced, and the amount of food is appropriate. The only weird thing was you have...a choice of egg style for the benedicts and poached is not offered. The strip steak on the Sam’s Benedict is one of the best steaks I have had in a restaurant in a long time. Definitely worth a stop for a brunch on the weekend.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

I have the Shrimp and Grits and they were amazing! I hear the steak is good so that will be my next try during this trip. The Old Fashioned is easily a Top 3 in the US in my opinion. And I’ve had several nationwide....The bar atmosphere is awesome and better than the dining room.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 8, 2022

This restaurant was recommended to us, and we are so glad it was - we wouldn't have found it on our own! Our server was very helpful and knowledgable about the menu. Appetizers were delicious (I especially liked the bruschetta with andouille!), if a little...under-portioned. Everyone was very happy with their meals- creole meatloaf, red beans and rice, chicken alfredo. Portions were good, but we still saved room for desserts - I recommend the lemon cake! Finding parking was a bit of a challenge, but worth the troubleMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022

I recommend calling ahead if you visit this restaurant. Food is good. The Farm next door is better especially for brunch.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Galen C, General Manager at Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2022

Hi! Thanks for taking the time to write us. Do you mind telling us where our hours are incorrect online? You can reach us at uptown@the-uptown.com. We would appreciate the opportunity to correct this mistake if you would be more specific. We definitely don’t want...More

Reviewed March 5, 2022

Our son attends grad school at Jacobs IU and this was our second visit to Uptown. The food is fantastic and reminiscent of my time growing up on the Gulf Coast. The atmosphere is special without being stuffy or pretentious. Highly recommend giving this one...a try, and definitely do NOT pass up the cheddar jalapeño grits!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 10, 2022

Three couples came here to celebrate the birthday of one member in our parties birthday. We are all seniors so we made a reservation for a Saturday evening and asked for a round table. Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated...immediately. Two people enjoyed the delicious fillet, several people enjoyed the spinach salad, the Shrimp Bisque was very good, grouper was yummy, sea bass was tasty, crab cake was very good. Several beers and wines were enjoyed by all. Desserts for the table included crème brûlée, chocolate flourless cake for the birthday woman that came with a candle, almond cake, sugar cream pie and ice cream were enjoyed by everyone. Food is always delicious at this restaurant. Restaurant was quite busy so reservations might be needed. Uptown was well staffed and has a nice variety of specials. Service was excellent and we enjoyed our celebrated much.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021 via mobile

We live here in Bloomington, so we eat at Michael’s often. The food and drinks are ALWAYS fantastic. My personal favorite is the Étouffée and my son loves the Gumbo. For whatever reason, I did not know they serve brunch. All I can say is...“what a wonderful surprise”!!!! The menu choices are always great but their breakfast & brunch is incredible!!!!! There were so many GREAT choices that it was impossible to choose just one thing. We solved that dilemma: We each ordered something different so we could share and have the opportunity to try more than one thing. * Bonus- They also have Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s that were perfect before an early noon game! Love, love, love this place. The food and atmosphere is wonderful 😊👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 19, 2021

The service was great, the beer was cold and the food was even better. The prices are reasonable except for my mixed drink. There is not a place in the state of Indiana that should be charging $12.00 for a straight up Manhattan. It is...a simple 3 part drink that requires little to no skill to mix. Other than that little gripe, I will be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 6, 2021

We enjoyed Uptown Cafe recently with friends. The restaurant was very busy. Servers wore masks while serving. The food was very good. Some problems with temperature of the food, as all the broccolini at our table was barely warm, really cool actually. Surf and turf...entree was good. Seems a bit much to pay for the bread, but we did it anyway ($3 per basket). Prices, in general, are a bit high. They also offer a half-price wine promotion on Mondays, though. That might be one reason it was very busy. Our server was good. Had the persimmon pudding for dessert which was very good.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

I was very impressed to see pate on the menu, unfortunately, we only had brunch items at our visit, but looking forward to trying more on the menu. Also liked seeing cajun items

Date of visit: September 2021
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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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Yes, Uptown Cafe offers takeout services.

Uptown Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5