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“consistently great!”

Michael's Uptown Cafe
Ranked #2 of 344 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $38
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Bloomington, Indiana
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131 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“consistently great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

The Uptown is one of our favorite places to eat in Bloomington. It is always good with many different specials on food & wines. The waitstaff are well trained & knowledgable about the menu and drinks. Nice wine selection & drink specials. Always tasty desserts. Breakfast at the Uptown is always good. The recent expansion was very well done & the new space is excellent. The Uptown is vintage Bloomington & captures the spirit of downtown very well. A regular in our rotation of fine dining.

  • Visited September 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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522 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Love the Cajun Meatloaf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

I really like the Uptown Café. It has a great location in downtown Bloomington, is very nice inside, the prices are reasonable, and the Cajun meatloaf is just outstanding if you like your meatloaf a bit spicy. Good service with plenty of other good menu options to choose from. It is one of those menus where at first glance there are over half a dozen items I would like to order, which is much better than struggling to find something!

  • Visited September 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cajun food in the Midwest? Why yes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

I went here for a late lunch and tried their Gumbo and Crawfish Etouffée. I've been to Louisiana before and sampled all of the Cajun classics. While the food was better in Louisiana (to be expected), I was surprised at the quality of the food. The flavors were definitely reminiscent of what you could find in the south. The Crawfish Etouffée had a bit of a kick, but it wasn't overwhelming. It was quite delicious. A little overpriced, in my opinion, but overall good quality food. Worth a try, especially if you crave Cajun! Additionally, it's in the center of downtown and really close to the campus. If you're looking for a central location, it's here!

  • Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
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240 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Good for brunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Six of us met here for Sunday brunch and everyone was happy with their food choices...and no one will go away hungry with the large portions! Various omelets and benedicts with a nod to New Orleans in many items and the large, bright artwork throughout the dining room and bar areas. Pleasant room, good service.

Visited September 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Blackberry Cobbler Oh My!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Stopped here on a recent visit for dessert. The Blackberry Cobbler was fantastic! Service was very attentive for a late afternoon and busy spot in downtown Bloomington.

  • Visited September 2013
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