We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Michael's Uptown Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-3332
+1 812-339-0900
07:00 - 00:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

523 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 520: English reviews
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Delicious food. Great coffee. Beautiful art. I recommend the chorizo and scrambled eggs. Service is excellent--very attentive.

Thank Jules T
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
254 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Busted before an IU game . A Lillie slo getting to our table but once there service was excellent . The menu is interesting. A combo of many different cooking styles. I had the wedge salad which was excellent followed by the gumbo which also was good. Others had steak which we're perfectly cooked. will return

Thank Steve M
Bloomington, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our lunch was wonderful; the staff are so friendly and helpful. Uptown is one of our favorite restaurants!

Thank AJDC1971
Bedford, Indiana
Level Contributor
41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy the friendly ambiance here and my latest visit didn't disappoint. We were immediately seated and our beverage order was quickly taken. It does take us a few minutes to select from the great choices on their menu but our order was promptly taken as soon as we decided. A basket of crusty fresh bread was almost devoured when... More 

Thank Susan E
South Bend, Indiana
Level Contributor
103 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner with family & friends on a Friday night of a football weekend. Nicely varied menu and good selection of beer/wine/cocktails. The food was good, I would say that the portions are "right-size" - not too large as to stuff yourself but just the right amount of food. Would come back again when we're in B-town!

Thank FontanaBananas
Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States
Level Contributor
65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went for the drinks and stayed for the food. Both were good decisions. Negroni and Pimm's Cup were prepared with care and arrive undiluted and icy cold. We decided to stay for dinner and were happy with the broad reach of the menu. The crawfish etteufie (I can't spell it!) had a rich, buttery rue and proper heat. Polenta... More 

Thank Rick F
Bloomington, Indiana
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An all-around excellent restaurant. Not a great selection for vegetarians for dinner, but for lunch the burrito is fantastic, and breakfast options abound. If you get the potato omelet, get it with cream cheese -- trust me on this. Huevos Rancheros are really great, and not what you might think. And if you get really lucky, they'll have Indonesian Corn... More 

Thank J J
Bloomington, Indiana
Level Contributor
324 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cocktails are good. Had the sazerac and Augustus & Elisabeth. Both were good. Had dinner, breakfast, lunch, brunch here over the years. The food was never ever impressive, always average. It doesn't deserve 2nd place in trip advisor.

2 Thank TrWorldTraveler
Little Rock, AR
Level Contributor
66 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent one night in Bloomington recently and found this restaurant on the Square. Great atmosphere, nice variety of menu items. Overall we we very pleased, highly recommended.

Thank thomasgmay
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
85 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner with my wife and 2 teens. We went with the Shirimp and Grits, which had plenty of sausage and shrimp in a cheesy bowl full of grits; a pesto pasta with balsamic and shrimp; and a Cajun dish with a creamy sauce and shrimp over rice. All 3 were excellent, as were the side Caesar salads. Very nice atmosphere... More 

Thank JeffIndiana33

Travellers who viewed Michael's Uptown Cafe also viewed


Been to Michael's Uptown Cafe? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 38
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Michael's Uptown Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Fairfax, Virginia
10 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Michael's Uptown Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?