Uptown Cafe

4.7
129 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A Highlands Original since 1985!

An original Louisville, KY restaurant since 1985. We serve a stellar culinary experience of seasonally inspired dishes & carefully crafted cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 129 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was friendly and fast.

L
Laser
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New owners with valet parking and bistro style menu. Casual, had

To wait for a table as our game ended early and our reservation was not for another 45 minutes. Friendly host guided us through the new menu, and we were amazed at the quality of the food for the price. We will definitely be back!

LB
vipLisaB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and appropriately priced. Service was great and friendly. A bit lacking was the bright light cafeteria feel of the back room. This room needs adjustable lighting and perhaps a different color for the walls. Bottom line, this place is great!

NP
NormaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard it was good but wanted to try for myself and was not disappointed. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The menu covered everything and prices reasonable. My only disappointment was the dessert options...don’t like chocolate. But didn’t need the calories!!

LB
LaurieB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love The Uptown Cafe . . . the food’s delicious and the wait staff feels like family. Although there's a new owner, it’s almost the same restaurant which opened in 1985 . . . and in today’s world it’s nice to know what to expect . . . and in this case . . . the best!
Go! Enjoy! Have a great meal and a yummy drink. You won’t be sorry, promise.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday great time

D
Diner
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Uptown Cafe. They have a great menu with an abundance of menu choices that will take many return visits to try them all. The wait staff was outstanding. Very friendly and helpful, attentive, yet not overbearing. We all agree that we need to return and highly recommend it to others.

JW
JohnW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

As usual, had a wonderful meal for lunch at Uptown Café. Waitress was courteous and efficient. Soup was as advertised. Food was delicious, fresh, and was plenty for lunch. Looking forward to my next visit.

TO
vipTedO
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great service - wonderful place to have an outstanding experience! We highly recommend The Uptown Cafe! The new owners are doing a fantastic job of bringing back The Uptown - and making it even better! Kudos to them!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Food - Ambiance & Service-Renee our sever was awesome

CS
CindyS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Uptown always delivers great food, great service and a special ambience that only Uptown has.

BM
BobM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the pasta dishes and the chicken piccata .
The menu has a good variety of meals that should please most

J
John
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Pork chop had no sear. Vegetables definitely came out of a frozen bag.

S
Susan
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just as good as it has always been. Service great, reasonable prices. Cocktail prices a little steep. Ordered a regular martini, not a call brand.. $12.

B
vipBoss
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve always enjoyed this place and this was our First time back since new ownership took over the restaurant. We’ll be back often.

KL
KcgLou
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a celebratory lunch. Paul our server was attentive but not overbearing. Great food and atmosphere.

BJ
BarbaraJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, reasonably priced, great service. Would definitely recommend.

K
Kevky
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in under new ownership and it was wonderful!

PS
PatrickS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably good service and excellent food.

s
scottk
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dining experience. Excellent, pleasant and consistent service. A great varied menu. I would strongly recommend.

CS
ClareS
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good, although not perfect. Service was a little surly to begin with but warmed up.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

When we first arrived we were seated in a room that had about 25 women eating lunch and the noise level was extremely loud. We were told that they were getting ready to leave but they obviously had no intention of leaving, so we asked to sit outside. It was lovely outside with a low noise level and only just a slight breeze. The food was great and we had a lovely time after the initial noise experience. I’d like to patronize this restaurant

d
vipdhome510
Louisville
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The Uptown, in its resurrection following the pandemic, has been great to have available again. The old favorites are on the menu. The décor is fresh and pleasant. And the wait staff is friendly. That said, the service can be spotty as the restaurant works out staffing issues. I'm sure that will come in time.

KG
KevinG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Jägerschnitzel was delicious. They were out of mashed potatoes but substituted au gratin and they were great.

B
vipBella
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious entrees, high quality cocktails, helpful, friendly server, Brad, and valet parking! I highly recommend this restaurant 🍸

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, good food and service. We were not rushed and were allowed to enjoy the dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The piped in music was not a good choice for an upscale restaurant. Rap music with commercials.

j
vipjill
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

We go here often and the food and service is always top notch. However, ever since they’ve reopened they refuse to seat you if you arrive a few minutes before your reservation. Last night we arrived 8 minutes before our reservation and they didn’t want to seat us. Empty tables everywhere. This has happened 3 times now. This is a ridiculous policy and will definitely affect our choice of restaurants in the future.

BC
BobC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Friday November 12, four of us went for the first time since the reopen. The facility looks wonderful. The staff was most accommodating.
We were seated in the “new room.” A group of four women were across from us. The staff said had been there for sometime and were so loud we could not carry a conversation. We were moved to another table and all was good. Again, I know these things can happen and the facility can only do so much.
We ordered our meals and the server came back to tell me the facility had no chicken livers…..my all time favorite salad and it was out. I questioned before we ordered our meal if they were having the dessert, “Gateau Ganesh” not the chocolate one. It would always sell out in the past and was only made on weekends, and when she checked came back and said No.
Much disappointment!
I ordered my meal and the rest of the evening was uneventful. Our food was good. I will return, just hope chicken livers will be back and hopefully my favorite dessert will be on the menu.
All in all, a wonderful evening.

DK
vipDavidK
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service all the way around. Poor acoustics…high noise level.

JK
JK123
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the Uptown is back. The updates are nice. Salmon was very good. My friend was disappointed that the chicken in the stir fry was fried. I wish servers would ask if diners prefer grilled or fried chicken. I remember being dissatisfies a few years ago that the chicken in the stir fry was fried. That seems weird to me.

PC
PhyllisC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy the lunch specials that Chef Matt is preparing. They’re creative and attractively plated. I appreciate the opportunity to order off menu. Keep up the good work and congratulations on a winning culinary team.

D
Dave
Louisville
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was remodeled before the current owner re-opened this year and it looks GREAT! They added a private dining room and updated the decor.
We were greeted quickly by the hosts and GM. Carolyn is the new GM and is doing a terrific job! They had our reservation ready and knew we were in a hurry. Service was attentive and quick without rushing us.
I had the Jagerschnitzel and it was GREAT!’y wife’s Chicken Piccata was the best she has had at any local restaurant. They also have a good selection of wines and cocktails.
We finished in plenty of time and it had a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back soon.

SM
vipSaraM
Louisville
64 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Marty, our waiter, was fabulous! Friendly and he made our experience so fantastic!!!

H
Hildegard
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Lunch with a friend

D
Doll
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot rave enough! FOOD WAS MAGNIFICENT! Service was wonderful. Asked for quiet table and was asked if a booth in the back was acceptable. It most certainly was. Shrimp bisque is to die for. Beef medallions could be cut with a butter knife. Breaded pork with perfectly cooked vegetables was delicious with perfect amount of "tang." The seafood fusilli had the most wonderful sauce. Oh. And the pecan crust chocolate dessert with caramel sauce….SIGH. JUST OUTSTANDING.

AN
ANON
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of choices.
We are grateful to the new owners who saved this restaurant from closing.

EF
vipElizabethF
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 4 really enjoyed our dinners Saturday night! Three of us ordered the specials - a beef medallion dinner and a grilled shrimp dinner, and the other friend ordered the salmon. Some of the sides that came with the dished included kale, dirty brown rice, spinach and a potato soufflé or gratin. Not only were the main dishes excellent, but the sides that accompanied them were too! We can’t wait to go back!

MB
vipMichaelB
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love you guys and are so happy you are back

PH
vipPattyH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed, I may have ordered the wrong thing.

FAQs

Uptown Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.