Uptown Cafe - Louisville

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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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B
Louisville
46 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious. Service attentive. We will be back!

PC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of THE Beat neighborhood Resturants in Louisville.
Kelly, and Her staff are so helpful with their menu, With daily soups, and specials, Explanations are
great help. The Food is always an A+ Service A+
Anytime we take new friends, They can't wait to go back.

M
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The dining room was to warm. Waited over 90 minutes for dinner to be served and was over done. I asked to speak to the manager and was told there was no manager on site and a could talk to somebody on Monday. They gave us a free dessert

Uptown Cafe - Louisville
Responded 3 days ago

Marc, thank you so much for your recent visit to Uptown Cafe. We deeply regret that it was not a positive one. Experiences like your visit are an extreme rarity and we do apologize. It is always our goal to give all our guests the best experience possible.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 9 for dinner. Most of us were from out of town and the owner of our rental house suggested that it would be an upscale place with great food that was not too noisy, so that we could hear the conversation. All of the above were true! Everyone raved about the food and we were able to enjoy our visit without being rushed. Highly recommended!

k
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our food was delish, service was great, we all enjoyed our time at the Cafe. My only complaint was when our server returned my change of $6.00 from my bill of $14.26, to which I gave him $20.26 he asked me if I wanted my change back!!! I think that is so rude of any server. I did give him a $3.00 tip, but I did think long and hard about that amount. No way was his service worth 40% tip. This won't keep us from coming back to the Uptown Cafe but we all agreed this was rude and unacceptable!!!

J
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I have been to Uptown Cafe. The service was friendly and accurate. Food was served just as it was ordered. The people in my party all said their food was delicious.
The atmosphere was quiet so that you could have a conversation without shouting or having to repeat what you said so the others could hear you.
Definitively a place to do repeat business.

W
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food in a friendly, casual atmosphere.

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Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful Highlands restaurant gem. People watch as you dine. Delicious food and plenty of choices to choose from.

MG
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

AA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great service and cuisine as always. Nice outdoor dining

T
Louisville
68 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Uptown Cafe always meets or exceeds our expectations for a wide selection of appetizers and entrees. It is especially a great value on Monday evenings with their 50% discount on all bottles of wine.
We recommend this Highlands location as a pleasing spot to meet other friends for a relaxing dinner, plus a decent bar scene. Enjoy!! We recommend "Roland" as an experienced server with a wealth of knowledge of the entrees and wine list.

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Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Long time Highlands gem. Comfortable setting with most tables having view of Bardstown Road sidewalk traffic. Great food value for this type of restaurant.

f
Louisville
77 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We took my mom at for dinner, she arrived before we got there. The staff was so attentive. They helped her and her walker to a comfortable easily accessible table. They helped her choose a glass of wine, and made her feel so welcome.

L
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Service could have been a little better. Apparently not a lot of servers there for lunch. Seemed like server would disappear for a while but then eventually come back.

JH
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a birthday dinner. Just enjoyed one that 3 generations thoroughly enjoyed. Always a winner!!

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We like the ambiance of The Uptown whether its sitting by the windows that face Bardstown Road or dining alfresco on the patio.
Our meal this past Friday was average at best; the tofu was hard as a rock and the hamburger was not fully cooked. We questioned the waiter thinking they had changed the way they prepare the tofu and were told it’s been prepared this way for years-Somehow we remember it being easy to chew And much more pleasant to digest. The best part of the meal, the french fries! We opted Not to have dessert because we did not want to be disappointed in what we remember as being so yummy.

G
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in louisville.

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M
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought family from NY, California and Washington for dinner and they loved it!

L
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We usually have very good service at Uptown Cafe. As soon as we were seated, we were served water and bread basket. We needed a few minutes to look at the menu and our waiter needed to be flagged down to come to our table and then it took a while to get our food. When it did arrive, it was delicious. Two of us got the shrimp and couscous and my husband really likes the Jaegerschnitzel. The people at the table next to us arrived after we did but finished their meal and left before we were served. Hoping just an off night because we really like Uptown Cafe.

CF
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a late lunch with several relatives and only the bartender was providing service, but he did an excellent job. Food was great and enjoyed our food & drinks.

CD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Uptown! The food is always delicious, the service warm and knowledgeable and the art work is stunning! We had our wedding dinner there with family and the menu/atmosphere was perfect for our guests of all ages. Don’t skip the black bean cake appetizer or linguine with sesame chicken!

LG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many wonderful things to choose from. Everything on the menu looks delicious.

PM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very friendly staff and a really nice menu. It is not a flashy venue but I would certainly go back as I had a very pleasant experience.

b
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy this place. They have something for everyone from small plates or salads to entres.

SM
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server was a little slow in getting our drinks and our salads to us; dinner came while we were still eating our salads

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday. We were both happy with the food and service.

s
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our food, from start to finish was very good, desserts great. Service was prompt and server was not only very good but witty. ALWAYS excellent martini's, cocktails and wine. It is fun to watch so many different kinds of people walk by on the sidewalk.

u
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I joined a former colleague for lunch, and it was great. Other than server being in a hurry (maybe he was just attentive) to get our order but then not returning to check on us once the food came out, it was a delicious, leisurely lunch.

SJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nice variety in the menu. Save room for Chocolate Seduction!

LM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. We were so impressed with the super nice waiter, the atmosphere, and of course, the food! A wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back ☺️

PS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were, as always, excellent.

JF
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on a Saturday. We weren't disappointed! The food was top quality, service was perfect, and the wait didn't take long at all. I'd been wanting to try their cake dessert that resembles Almond Mocha Duquoise, a cake I had lpved years ago. We took a piece home and enjoyed it immensely.

4
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s perfect as usual-only tooo cold for summer!
Food always great and great value

B
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our dinners were wonderful. The soups were great and the desserts fabulous. We will be back!

SW
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The Uptown Cafe is a neighborhood gem. It’s great that you can make a reservation. Their menu offers not only the normal appetizers, salads and entree but also small plates which is great if you are dieting or have a small appetite. Our service was good and the only complaint was the Prosecco was not very cold. Our server tried to find a cold one and offered to get me a different drink. It was a very enjoyable evening.

CH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a neighborhood jem! I got to sit outside and enjoy a wonderful meal of pork and shrimp wontons and salmon.The Kentucky mule was quite well done too.

SL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uptown is ALWAYS a wonderful meal and experience. We go there often and are never disappointed.

d
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I've been going to the Uptown Cafe for years now. From back when Nancy Shepherd first opened it. It has always been a comfortable, friendly place with good food.

All meals have a standard menu. Some of the items, such as chicken croquettes, a fish sandwich with slaw and a wonderful hamburger, have been on the menu for years. And the fries are some of the best in town.

Daily specials with soups and entrees change regularly. Plus there is a small plate menu full of tasty, imaginative servings that are just right when you really just want something on which to nibble. And that menu changes regularly as well.

My wife and I were discussing the Uptown recently. We typically dine there together but not always. It's a good place to take clients or just grab a quick bite on a busy day. Both of us had noticed that the place has become gradually more expensive. That's without going back over old receipts. Rather, it is a comparison with some other restaurant in a similar class where we sometimes dine.

Also, just in the past month or so, the service has slowed. It's still friendly and courteous ; our servers have seemed to handle more tables. There have been longer waits to get the check or to have my card picked up. Or my entree is half finished before the wine I ordered comes. And that only after I ask another server to ask my server about it.

Perhaps I'm imagining these issues. Perhaps the Uptown is already taking steps to remedy the situation. It's still one of my favorite restaurants in town.

BT
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great value.

b
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a "best of Louisville." Quiet, great food, wonderful service and a great location, Uptown Cafe satisfies my hunger for a wonderful restaurant.

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