The food tends to be above
The food tends to be above average but never great. The atmosphere is truly what makes it stand out.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Groovy Vibe & Great Food
I had seen a newspaper snippet suggesting Uptown Cafeteria for Happy Hour and have yet to see what specials they serve then, however dinner was very good. We shared the spicy sweet chicken wing appetizers, and I had the BBQ Brisket with Tater Tots (my favorite side). My date had the steak with steak fries - he loved the steak but was not a fan of the spears. NOt the CAfeteria's fault, just not his preference! We didn't have enough room for dessert and their breakfast menu, though limited, looked yummy. I am looking forward to going there again - for Happy Hour AND breakfast!!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun, energetic evening.
Nice place. Not overly crowded. Kind of diner like with the food. Shrimp and Grits for me. It was a special occasion so they did a very nice job of taking care of us. I called ahead to make sure that a bottle of champagne was there for us at the time of our arrival.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I got the support I needed. :)
Our group of 4 had a great time. One of our peeps was his first time and had a great time. We will be back soon.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
High energy with comfort food !
This place is FUN FUN FUN ! If you are looking for a quiet, romantic, luxurious place, go elsewhere. But if you want a great, low-key place for some serious comfort food (which will likely require you to spend many hours at the gym to work off the calorie burden), a good variety of cocktails and beers, and a festive atmosphere, then step right up. I brought 4 out of towners here to escape the doldrums of a sterile business meeting because I knew we could kick back, relax, and eat well, all for a pretty decent price. We didn't anticipate that it would also be "trivia night" to boot. Definitely louder than usual and spirited, but not crazy or unpleasant at all. Come here if you want an easy night out, good food, and some consistent fun !
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Sunday Brunch Spot
We had a great time at Uptown Cafeteria. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, offering details to multiple dishes. We received our food in a timely manner considering how busy it was. No complaints.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, great food, and great service! Taylor was fantastic (and easy on the eyes)!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Uptown Cafeteria for Mother's Day brunch, and were very, very happy with our service (prompt and friendly) and food (delicious, and my mimosa was amazing). Great for groups, people with kids, and general fun times.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time here, but not the last!
We finally made a trip from the burbs to the Uptown Area and settled on the Uptown Cafeteria for an early dinner. Early is not the word as we had made reservations for 5p, but ended up arriving at 4pm! Not a problem! We were greeted with a smile and promptly seated. We had a great server who brought out our drinks and took our appetizer order. Once the drinks were delivered he took our dinner order and we were all set. Dinner was great! Great presentation, portions, etc.
Overall a great experience!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and food fantastic. Can't wait to go back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great comfort food.
The Rosemary Chicken my wife had was excellent as was my Shrimp and Grits. Servers were very knowledgable and friendly. Loved the old school cafeteria food trays on the walls!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, waiters, and atmosphere. It was kind of difficult to have a full conversation because of the noise but overall a great place for a date.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a cheeseburger and tator
I had a cheeseburger and tator tots and the food was excellent. We sat indoors in the dining area, and it was a little chilly because they had the screens on the windows. I didn't have a jacket or anything so I was kind of cold. Other than that, everything was great.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place, interesting food choices
We chose Uptown Cafeteria because we have the Parasole dining club card and had sampled some of their food at the Red Wine Event at the W earlier this spring. Our meal was pretty good! I had the Beef Stroganoff, which was delicious but a little salty for my taste. My son had a very good steak sandwich that was also a little salty. My youngest had a grilled cheese & tomato soup which he said was "really good!". My daughter had the steak & fries that had to be sent back b/c it just tasted charred. It was to be cooked med-medium well but it came pretty well done and just burnt tasting. They happily cooked her a new one that was really good. The steak fries were excellent. My husband tried the chicken & waffles and liked it. Excellent service!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been told that the "support group" part of Uptown Cafeteria's name has to do with the way the wait staff is organized to support each other--and it shows. They are all very friendly and service is great. Our server could recommend several menu items, was careful to explain the nature of my drink (not blended), asked if we had to be somewhere after dinner, and checked back with us several times. The turkey burger was wonderful though the side salad was only so-so. My husband's Mac and cheese was delicious, I'm told. After our movie we went back for dessert. Our only disappointment was that they don't serve dessert on the rooftop.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Awesome Food
The food was creative, fresh, delicious and promptly delivered by wait staff who were clearly professionals.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed our evening
Really enjoyed our evening at Uptown Cafeteria. Great rooftop on a very nice evening. Menu on the rooftop limited, but unique and very tasty. Will definitely go again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Uptown Cafeteria was great! A little disappointed that the rooftop, on a Tuesday at least, did not have the full menu- only appetizers. But unlimited tacos on Tuesday for $10 made up for it.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor Patio is Fantastic
I went here for a Birthday party and had a fantastic time! The staff was super friendly and attentive. The birthday girl even got some cotton candy....what fun!!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at the Cafeteria
We have dined at the Cafeteria before. This was the first time on the rooftop. My family thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Food was good and our waitress, I believe her name was Lauren, was fabulous. She gave good recommendations and was very pleasant. Noise level was good for the busyness. We had no trouble with conversation. I might have even liked the music a bit louder!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We only had a couple of drinks
We only had a couple of drinks before grabbing a show but the food being served around us looked amazing! And it appears you can ask for cotton candy as a special treat :)
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The space is way cool, service attentive but not hovering, menu is elective and inventive, and the food is good. This last visit was for Brunch Labor Day wknd and the place was not overly crowded. We had reservations, and I would recommend making them if you're going there for dinner anytime. For brunch we had the pound and a half glazed donut for the table (4) and there was still some left to take home. Two of us had the Biscuits & Gravy, the other two had variations of the American (eggs, toast, hash browns/potatoes, & breakfast meat.). Good, solid food...the gravy had chorizo and I thought it could have been spicier but we live in Minnesota and we understand "spicy" means something completely different here.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good service with very friendly staff. Very quiet when we were there and we stayed a long time. We requested a table by the open screen and they were very kind to give it to us. Would definately return because the younger people in our group love that neighborhood. The food was also very good and priced right!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Drinks, Great for Dinner!
I met my mom at the Cafeteria for drinks as we waited for my sister to join for dinner. The drinks and apps available on the patio were delicious and were a great way to start off a Friday evening. Dinner after was delicious with the high quality American food! The beef stroganof was delicious!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dining for teen
We made reservations for 8 friends to celebrate my daughter's 15th birthday. The staff was very accommodating in shifting our reservations around when we realized a couple of friends would be late and worked efficiently to make sure we could make an 8:00 show at Comedy Sportz. (same building) Our table was decorate with balloons and cotton candy is served to the birthday kid.
The menu offered lots of choices. Everyone was happy with their choice. My turkey burger/side tator tots with avocado was delish!
We were comfortable sitting in the dining room but if you want to take advantage of the great outdoors, they have a fabulous patio on the roof with a view of the downtown skyline. We will visit again!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service!
All day breakfast, comfort food, happening location.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't order the steak
I'm not a huge fan of the Cafeteria, as it's not really my scene. I met a girlfriend for dinner there the other night, because it's the type of place she loves. I'm not a huge fan because it's the type of place all the Suburbanites love to check out when they "come into town." Stella's is similar in that respect. Again, no disrespect, just not really my scene.
The service was excellent. Prompt, friendly, waitstaff. The food overall is good, not great. Don't order the steak - the cut was not very good. It had a lot of chewy gristle. Other than the cut of meat, no complaints here.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and atmosphere.
Excellent service and atmosphere. Food could use some improvement.It is more like a greasy spoon type of food.
The three dollar salad is absolutely a great value and very good.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my first time using the online reservation and of course I planned wrong and I was late but they were so awesome and got me right in.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met some friends for brunch last Sunday. My first time at this restaurant. Orders ranged from steak and eggs to biscuits and gravy to mac and cheese. Everyone was happy with the their orders. The waitress was amazing too!! I'll be back.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM