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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Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know we won’t be disappointed at the Uptown. Love the setting, service, staff, and food.

JF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening. The food and service was excellent.

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

Uptown is your go to restaurant when guests come to town. Don't even try to get a better meal!

TH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was old and cold.
The waitress was spectacular.

K
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once I got into the restaurant, everything was excellent! Parking was a nightmare though! I’m a stroke survivor and was attempting to find a spot that didn’t require a long walk. Many of the spots in the parking lot are reserved.

V
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere A, service B+, appetizer A, entree D
Our appetizer was the tomatillo queso which was the highlight of the meal. For dinner, we had the fusilli pasta with scallops... the sauce was bland and the scallops were overdone, rubbery and dry; a very disappointing meal. Have had this same dish many times before, and it was always delicious. The chef definitely dropped the spatula this time!

SM
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as always!

MM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We are out of town, visiting Louisville for the art show. Found the restaurant via Open Table. Enjoyed everything! Delicious food, good portions, fair prices. We will come back:

RH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a coworker's birthday. The food was DELICIOUS and our server was great!!

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Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Highlands restaurant. Good for dining with your mate, family, or friends. Always friendly and professional staff and tasty food. And you can people watch from one of several tables next to the large windows next to Bardstown Road.

M
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value in going early—before the dinner rush. Food was outstanding! Service as well! We will
Be returning soon.

KR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for our needs. Love the small plates options on some of the dishes.

GF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

60th birthday of my college roommate! Food, wine and dessert were fabulous.

JB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our dinner and service were not as good as usual. The back room was very noisy and we were visiting with friends from out of town. Hard to talk when it’s so loud. Service was more nonchalant than attentive and even the food was not as good as we normally experience. The Uptown is one of our “go to” spots, so we felt a little let down - especially since we were entertaining dear friends.

B
Louisville
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PC
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 13, 2019
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
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food in a friendly, casual atmosphere.

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Birmingham
13 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
71 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
13 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
78 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
6 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
37 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
36 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.

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