Uptown Cafe - Louisville

4.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was great!! service was great!! had the jaegerschnitzel & marinated shrimp. both were wonderful!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our trips to Uptown. I had the Jaegerschnitzel and my wife had the salmon cakes. They were both great.

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vipgaylea
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was very chilly.

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vipIntlRRTraveler
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it immensely! Food and service were excellent!

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nancyc
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very accommodating for our large group.

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vipCarlM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a business lunch! We will be back again soon.

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vipSaraM
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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Hoosiervisitor
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not over-the-top, very nice place to dine. One of our favorites for years.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Has fish special. Loved it!

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vipAnnH
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in from out of town—Spain to be exact. They love The Uptown! It did not disappoint. Great food! Great service! Thx for being here!!

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vipIntlRRTraveler
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall great, although I had to remind waitress to bring my wine

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StevenS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This long-time favorite has kept its classics and has developed a varied and interesting diversity of menu options. Everything was delicious and great price-value. And, I never get tired of seeing all the turn of the century posters!

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MichaelP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never walk away unsatisfied. One of the better places in a city that has a lot.

Great bar, great food, great service.

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huffmansintheville
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day at Uptown Cafe and had a wonderful night. Food was delicious, great staff and service. I have already recommended Uptown to a few friends. Will definitely be going back!

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WillieF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Uptown, we were celebrating Valentine's day. Nice establishment, excellent service and friendly staff. The food was delicious! We had onion rings for an appetizer they were really good. The wife had the beef medallions and I had the pork tenderloin both were very good. Only slight complaint was the seasonal veggies were a little bit too raw still, and the mashed potatoes could have used more salt. They were good, could have been just a little bit better. All in all though, great spot!
Also to add, don't know if it's the normal crowd but we kind of felt young again as literally every other patron in there was at least 20 years older than us (and we're 40/42).

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MarkW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We have been to Uptown many times over the years. Usually on holidays and special occasions. Service is always impeccable and the food usually is as well. On this particular Valentines Day evening the service once again was outstanding. My husband ordered the beef tenderloin medallions and I ordered the salmon. We were under the impression that the medallions were filet. Whatever they were, they were full of fat and gristle and very tough. My salmon was good, but nothing special. I ended up eating what I could of my husband’s medallions, as he could not get himself to eat them. All he had was the vegetables and salad. We never send back a meal in a restaurant. I guess we’ve never had to. We paid the bill ($90 after tip) and left. I felt so bad for my husband that I took him to Outback the very next day for their Victoria’s filet.

Hopefully this was just a fluke. I’m sure we will go back again, but maybe get burger instead.

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vipB123
Louisville
61 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon pasta was wonderful.
The salad was crisp and cold
The chocolate ganache torte and the strawberry napoleon were great.
We were disappointed that they had run out of the Empress Carlotta before we arrived, but that only attests to how good it is!

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Bill
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Server was nice but not very attentive. I tried twice to get their attention when passing by, but to no avail. The third time I was able to place a late order for soup. But, when the main course came, I asked to cancel the soup order. The request was completed without comment (when I placed the order, I asked if it was too late to get the soup before the entree). We will likely return to Uptown, though parking is an issue.

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surveyor
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like the feel of the restaurant, very relaxed. The large, open windows provide a lot of natural light in the early evening before sundown. The bar area is comfortable and quaint and a bit nostalgic.

The service was excellent.

We shared the smoked gouda and tomatillo dip, which was very good.
Wife had the cornmeal encrusted Basa Fish with Cole Slaw. The breading was light and the cole slaw was nice and coarsely chopped.

I had the salmon croquettes with rice pilaf. Delicious flavor. Only issue for me was my preference is a more coarse salmon and this was very fine, almost creamy.

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vipIntlRRTraveler
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our Valentine’s Day dinner, a day late.

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Chevas924
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. only caveat would be privacy. the tables were so close that it was impossible to have a conversation without being in on the conversations at each table beside you. For a Valentine's day dinner, that was a bit intrusive. maybe some background music might help keep conversations private to each table?

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Service was a bit slow but they were busy.

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GregoryW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive service together made for a wonderful celebration of a new job. Certainly worth a visit!

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JaneR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Uptown Cafe has been a consistent reliable restaurant for many years. Their food is wonderful especially the desserts!

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vipAnnH
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual. Had a family gathering, and everything was terrific.

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Njn2m9
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Uptown is a nice place that has great food. We have been there before and will certainly go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated friend’s birthday. Great service and fantastic food! Highly recommend.

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vipIntlRRTraveler
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Thanks so much for the birthday dessert!

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AnnieS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

While I felt our server continuously rushed us (my brother and I were twice asked if we wanted boxes, while we each had forks in our hands and were spearing our next bites of food), the food was outstanding.

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JaneB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Uptown has been my favorite restaurant in Louisville for decades, whether eating alone, with my husband or taking friends. I have to comment though, the overall quality of the food coupled with the rising cost over time has been a disappointment. The quality is uneven. The desserts continue to be superb, service and ambiance superb; entrees not so much. Last week for lunch with a friend, the salmon croquette was so dry and unfavorable, even with the hollandaise sauce, that I only ate a third of it. I thought the total tab was surprisingly high for a small lunch for two. We split a huge piece of Empress Carlotta Tort for dessert, and it was a huge treat, as always.

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PamF
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Uptown! Always wonderful and our favorite go to place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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vipSaraM
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food! All great! One of my favorite places for dinner ❤️

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MiichaelH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous New Year Eve's meal! Attentive staff, no shortage of food or service! Happy New Year Uptown Cafe!

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StevenP
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Monday night, so the restaurant was relatively quiet, which we liked. Our server came over immediately after we were seated and took our drink orders. BTW, the walnut Manhattan is fabulous! The service all night long was exceptional. There were 7 of us and everyone enjoyed their meal. Each entree was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of flair. A truly exceptional dining experience.

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vipPaulClifford
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Table location, The specials were explained by our server, Kelsey, all questions were answered
concerning the Wine choice.
Food was served to the 4 of us, all together, all entrees , were exact, hot & delicious.
Kelsey, came back to our table multiple times, to be sure we were happy, and all water glasses, were
filled. Great time with our friends, from out of town, GREAT Food & Service

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BrianB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection. Food was outstanding, and portions were large. Service was exceptional.

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MarkF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A fan since the original Cafe Metro opened in 1980, the Uptown Cafe continues to hold up the standard very well.

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PatrickN
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The duck ravioli is wonderful with the Caesar salad! I get the same thing every time! I will be back for sure!

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Uptown Cafe - Louisville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 458-4212.

Uptown Cafe - Louisville is rated 4.7 stars by 776 OpenTable diners.

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