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Uptown Cafe
Uptown Cafe
  • Address:
    1624 Bardstown Rd
    Louisville, KY 40205
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Uptown Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.uptownlouisville.com
  • Phone: (502) 458-4212
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Matt Weber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Duker Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is located behind The Uptown off Duker Avenue with on street parking also available along Bardstown Road and Duker Avenue
A word from Uptown Cafe
The Uptown Cafe offers upscale casual dining in the heart of Louisville's Highlands District. Dining options include bar, dining room and patio dining. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated without pretense. The Uptown welcomes guests with a wide variety of dining options with both lunch and dinner offered Monday through Saturday. Diners can enjoy a light bite of appetizers, seasonal small plates and salads up to a four course meal. The Uptown has a lovely full bar and all wines are available by the glass as well as by the bottle. 1/2 price bottles of wine on Monday evenings offers a great way to start out the week. All menu selections are house-made daily and include regional and international influences with updated twists. The desserts here are to die for. The Uptown Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant with a courteous and knowledgeable local waitstaff. The Uptown Cafe has long been known for it's quality menu offerings and value providing a unique experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "One of our many visits to Uptown with good friends for a casual, but very tasty dinner. As always, we reserved (2) Gateau-Ganache desserts, prior to our arrival, to ensure we would enjoy our favorite after dinner treat (Yum!!). We all enjoyed our meals... but especially the smoked salmon pasta."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Our most recent visit (at the end of August) was for a small retirement celebration, but we don't need a special occasion to send us there---we find ourselves there for no special reason, other than pursuing excellent food from a varied menu, delicious cocktails (oh, that Ruby Red Basil Collins!!), and superb service. Keep up the good work, Uptown!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Your service is so perfect. Thanks for a great evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We brought two people from out of town for dinner. The restaurant was quiet enough that we could sit and talk without yelling across the table. The chicken liver salad, appetizers and flat iron steak were amazing. The service was awesome and our quests raved about the dining experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great bartender and excellent food. Very friendly wait staff and pleasant surroundings"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The Uptown never fails to live up to my expectations. Of course, the entree was fantastic. But I thought about the napoleon all day and it was worth it!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed another good meal, and we continue to recommend the Uptown, but on this visit it took a hour for our food to arrive. That's too long. We hope it does not happen next time."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Went to the Uptown Cafe for a dinner with family, and we were impressed with the food and the service from start to finish! The restaurant was a bit noisy at first, but quieted down as the evening went on. The colors are comforting, the decor understated, with the food taking center stage. Highly recommend the hummus appetizer--the pistachios are quite an amazing addition to the meal! The squash fritters were not as tasty as we'd hoped, but the breading was wonderful--not too heavy. We had jagerschnitzel, flank steak, and bowtie pasta with smoked salmon. I wouldn't normally order flank steak, but did so at the waiter's recommendation, and the meat was tender and tasty. Corn pudding--fantastic! And the au gratin potatoes were amazing!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "here's my problem, when I arrived I asked to sit outside the hotess said they were not sitting people outsied because it was too hot. When I left these were a half a dozzen tables seated outside...really now i know why i was the only one in the dining room."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Graham was our server. He was very attentive but not cloying and knowledgeable about the wine and menu."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Uptown is STILL one of our favorites. Great food, great service, couldn't ask for anything more. We were meeting an old friend from out of town and I requested a table where they wouldn't mind if we lingered. We had a very relaxing dinner, stayed til practically closing, and never felt rushed or unwelcomed. Such a great place!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "It was a great treat to go here . Super nice folks with lots of menu choices . Nice place to hang out afterwards . Would go again ."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Was looking for a new restaurant to try and we found a good one. Loved the menu. There was something unique for all 6 of us. The kitchen got a bit behind but the food was delicious. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Our party of 6 enjoyed a group birthday dinner Monday evening...greatly appreciating the 50% off bottles of wine that evening. Everyone had different entrees and all enjoyed the various menu items. The pork chop, trout special and empanadas were especially good. Had to have our favorite dessert as well.... Gateau ganache!!! Yum!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Always reliable, good food,, good service. Not trendy but you can count on consistent good experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We love the Uptown. The staff is friendly, great variety of entrees and wines, reasonable prices (especially Mondays with 1/2 price wines!), and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had a short notice trip to Louisville and Uptown Cafe was at the top of the list on several friend's recommendations. Tenderloin with chimichurri and the roasted pork chop were excellent. But the dessert menu is incredible. We were too full to eat dessert but took that with uis for later! Good decision!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Uptown is always consistently delicious, and I never get tired of going there. While the atmosphere is less than cozy, the food is fabulous. Best desserts in town along with the Cheddar Box in Middletown."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Excellent dinner for 4 but no one remembered it was a birthday celebration for 2 of the guests I had left that special comment on the opentable website L "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My go to restaurant for decades. Great value for the money. The bar serves an honest drink."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We eat at Uptown Cafe quite often. The food is always excellent. We especially enjoy the small plates items they offer. The people who work there are why we keep going back, however. We are treated like family there. The guys at the bar are the greatest; they always remember what our "usual" is, and they make us laugh. The servers are always on their game, and are very flexible about special requests. Plus, we always see people we know there. There isn't much more you could ask for, in my opinion."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A Bardstown road classic! Love the specials and cheesecakes. Friendly staff but not in your face. Small plates always interesting and fun."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was amazing. We started with black bean cakes. It was too die for. Their small plates were wonderful, too, as not everyone was very hungry. We will go back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I took my husband for his birthday and the food was outstanding !!!! We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to be back soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Uptown is the best quality restaurant in Louisville. Period. The owner, management, and service staff understand the nuances of how to create a fantastic guest experience: tying together superb service, fantastic food, excellent wine, and divine desserts. The soups and small plates are aways delicious. Everything I've ever had that comes out of the kitchen is excellent. The wine list is wonderful. If you like a white wine that isn't too sweet, I suggest you try a riesling from the Mosel. The desserts are amazing: try the Chocolate Seduction, Napoleon or Empress Carlotta. The flower arrangements are beautiful and the German and Austrian prints that hang on the walls are something you will not see in any restaurant. Here 3-4 times per month. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had the best lunch at Uptown. We had the special. Tuna Salad on a bed of greens. It was excellent. It was a no mayo tuna salad with great flavor. Mixed greens with a lot of fresh avocado, olive oil, cherry tomatoes. I had a glass of iced tea. Total check was 10.00. I tipped $3.00, excellent waiter. I will eat lunch there a lot more often. Kudos to them!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "My wife and I are new to Louisville. We took some friends who were visiting us to Uptown based upon the positive reviews. Overall, the experience was not good The prices were reasonable and the ambience was nice, but the food was average at best and the service was terrible. It took nearly an hour to receive our food, and the food was lukewarm on arrival. We received no apologies for the long wait, our waitress never asked us how the food tasted, and she didn't bring us a check until 25 minutes after our plates had been cleared. Quite frankly, I felt a bit embarrassed that I chose such a poor restaurant to take our friends to. I will not be going back again. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have enjoyed our continued visits to Uptown over the years and maintain a positive view of the tasty entrees and solid wine list. However, during our last few visits have suffered from what seems to be a reduced level of service and lengthy times to be served. Hopefully, this issue has been noticed by management and actions are being taken to return to the standards we have enjoyed here before. That said, the meals and specials remain at a higher quality and reasonable price value for this neighborhood restaurant. We will be back to again to seek the level of service we are used to. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Excellent casual dining. Room is nothing fancy but good food and service with well-made cocktails. Will visit again..."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food, service, and atmosphere were great! We were lucky to get a table and so glad we did!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great place for dinner with friends. Easy to talk and not have to shout! Service always attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I can only describe the Uptown as "steady". They make no drastic changes trying to be something else. I can always rely on the food & service whether I am at the bar, with friends at a table, or a larger group. The servers are the best in town and have been there for so long which is a testament to the caliber of the restaurant. It is my favorite place!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The Uptown is becoming one of our favorite go-to places. Prices are a notch below more trendy and upscale restaurants, but our satisfaction level is right up there with all but the most special of meals. They always have a good soup special which is great for a light supper after a movie. Ambience and service are excellent. Wine list could be more extensive and imaginative, but I'm a wine snob. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I met my 2 friends at the Uptown on a` Wednesday night- the restaurant was very busy. We ate in the bar area, spoke to John, the manager. John was our server also and managed to do it all- serve, make drinks, recommend wine with ease. By 8 pm, things were still hopping in the bar, we had finished our delicious meal, and left as people were still entering. Great place, comfortable bar, excellent service."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were able to make a reservation last minute after being mistreated at another restaurant. We were seated right away. The server, Graham, was very attentive without being intrusive. He was also really accommodating of my food allergy. The chef even made me a special pasta sauce due to my allergy. I definitely rank this place as one of the best dining experiences I have had in Louisville. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Uptown Cafe has been open for more than 20 years and over that time span they renovated, rejuvenated and kept current with dining trends while never losing their true identity as a wonderful neighborhood cafe. With veteran Chef Matt Weber turning out great cuisine in the kitchen and Manager Kelley Ledford keeping a watchful eye over the front of the house one can quickly see why this "neighborhood gem" has long stood the test of time. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food and service was verygood. Went for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food here is never a disappointment. Prices are quite reasonable for an upscale-casual restaurant."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We met friends at the Uptown for dinner. It's always a favorite. Service is wonderful and the food is delicious. We've never been disappointed and will continue to dine there whenever possible."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Louisville, a town of many many good restaurants. Consistent good food and service and desserts are amazing too!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014