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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” (97 reviews)
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American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Marc W
Reviewed 3 November 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

Thank charliewarlie
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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 30 October 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.

Thank Marcissotripping
Reviewed 22 October 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!

Thank kelley_lb17
Reviewed 21 October 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

Thank Angela W
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 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 15 October 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.

Thank RSpeerJr
Reviewed 11 October 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.

Thank Roam790112
Galen C, General Manager at Michael's Uptown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 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!

Reviewed 10 October 2018

Although the breakfast menu is rather limited, it is highly creative and we loved the whole experience. My friend and I are big coffee drinkers and the Dubuque coffee (even the decaf) was out of this world. I ordered the eggs benedict with fresh crabmeat,...More

Thank Sherlockian
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Almost everything Michael's Uptown touches is worth getting. Recently expanded it also sports a handsome bar area. Their speciality is Canjun cuisine, which they do very well, but they handle lots of other traditions with care and attention to details.

Thank Harry S
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

I was disappointed that I couldn't get just regular French toast or pancakes, which was what I was craving. I ended up getting the andouille omelet and it was one of the best omelets that I have ever had.

Thank Loves_October
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Janet B
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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
US$6 - US$38
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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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