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About 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.

1624 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Duker Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 458-4212

Website:
http://www.uptownlouisville.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Matt Weber

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Uptown Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Casual (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Comfort Food (12)
People Watching (12)
Cozy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place to have a relaxing meal. Food always good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Don’t be a minute late or you’re a “no show” and they’ll limit how much time you have to eat!!! Reminder.... LOTS of places on Bardstown to eat!!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our food took too long to arrive and my husband's flank steak was not cooked to order. We had an emergency at the conclusion of our meal which required us to receive our check in haste. I informed the hostess and she bagged up our leftovers, but our server did not present our bill promptly causing us to delay our departure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Uptown Cafe has been one of my favorites since it opened thirty some odd years ago. It is truly a neighborhood gem as well as being the owner’s “labor of love” and tribute to her family. It has a long history for excellent cuisine and scrumptious desserts, as well as a “creative “small plates menu that changes daily. The stuffed mushrooms in cream sauce is one of my favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful drinks, very good food and service. A charming place to eat

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had seen this place for years but never eaten there. We had a Louisville Originals gift card so chose Uptown Cafe. (Note to restaurant: if you say there are no restrictions for a gift card over the phone, don't change it to - oh yes, there ARE gift card restrictions once we've ordered). The restaurant has a lovely bar (dead empty) and a less lovely dining room. Very utilitarian with tables that had uneven legs and rocked. The atmosphere was odd - - dining room like a Denny's or TGI Fridays atmosphere, while the bar was totally upscale. Our server was delightful - she seemed to have all the tables in our room yet constantly checked on us and made eye contact every time she went by. She was a winner!!! She really made our meal special. We had shrimp fritters and dolmades as an appetizer. The shrimp cakes were excellent, served on a bed of smoky tomato sauce. The dolmades (braised grape leaves) had an overwhelming taste of cinnamon which means one of us loved them and the other hated them. As for entrees, the special (grouper cheek po boy) was excellent. Fish tasted fresh, was crispy and not greasy. Bread was warm and fries were double fried. The salmon croquette entree tasted great - came with a savory medley of carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and squash. The only problem was they served me a half order without asking and until we got the check I had no idea why the portion size was so small. We will probably try this place again - without the stellar service though, it's good but not great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We have been going to Uptown for years and it did not disappoint! Wonderful food and service as always.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Soup was good. Entres very mediocre. But it could have been what I ordered. Desert was very good. Service was very good.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very good! Party of ten had great service, food and loved sitting in front window. Thank you! Will be back

Tags: Casual, Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The Uptown is always very good! Excellent service, friendly staff and extended food choices.
It is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant! We always enjoy our visits!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Everyone enjoyed it very much. Service was very as well.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We eat the Uptown almost weekly. It’s one of our go to restaurants and has been since it first opened. Very consistent with excellent food and service. We feel the best tables are along the windows, great people watching.
John

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had an excellent meal with friends. All enjoyed their different meals. Had a reservation but put us in a larger table than necessary. Said all others reserved.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always great in every way. Always look forward to coming to restaurant
Thank you,
Sandi

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Uptown and our service was great. It's a wonderful people watching restaurant when you sit near a window. Be sure to try the shrimp cakes appetizer.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food. Service was terrible. Took forever to get my food and they brought me the wrong dish. Didn't offer to comp until my husband complained.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Uptown is one of our favorite dinner sites for joining friends once or twice a month. Their menu always offers creative selections with some local choices of ingredients.
We enjoy Monday 1/2 off promotion on bottles of wine which gives a chance for trying new selections and better values.
Our menu favorites always include the grilled salmon, chicken pasta and one of their special desserts! Give Uptown a try and enjoy!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was excellent. We enjoyed the night with our family.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Uptown is always good. We come here frequently with my uncle and his friends. The Chicken Picatta is amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

My wife and I visited uptown for our 13th anniversary. The atmosphere was very romantic and our sever was very helpful. Our wine and cocktails were very good. However, our entrees left much to be desired. My wife had duck ravioli, which can only be described as a bowl of salt. My wife could not eat it. I had the Coq Au Vin, which was quite the opposite. It was very bland. I actually mixed my wife ravioli with my potatoes to make one dish that was halfway edible. We had a very nice time, however, for the price I could have gone to any other restaurant in the area and had a better meal. Drinks were top notch though.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I did not appreciate the way we were seated. She had planned to seat us at a booth as she said that through Open Table she only had booths (these are not favorable seating) left.
She then sat us at a table and said
We had to be finished by 7:30. I finally told her we were being punished for using Open
Table and not calling directly. After we were seated at the table that we had to vacate at 7:30, she (the owner ) came and reseated us.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Eight of us ate there, and we were all happy with our food, et al!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was delicious, good wine prices reasonable. Nice atmosphere, friendly service.

Tags: Vegan, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

All around excellent. I always take my clients there. Maybe they should have a frequent diner program.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful luncheon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful and unique menu. Excellent service. We always make sure to dine here when in town. Highly recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Reliable as usual.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Uptown has always been a "go to" reliable restaurant ever since they opened their doors! I'll never turn down an opportunity to dine their!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent as always. We've been going there 30 years plus. NEVER had a meal to complain about. Wonderful wait staff. Would love to see some entertainment there again tho.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our "week day go to place" is the Uptown. We are there almost once a week & always look forward to the food being consistently well prepared & confident the ingredients are a good quality. Service is friendly & always accommodating. Great value for cost of meals. Keep up the good work.
E & B Maddox

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had inquired whether salmon croquettes were on the lunch menu and were told they were. That was the main reason for coming. A suggestion: perhaps instead of the rice pilaf offer an option like cold slaw or small salad. That being said the meal was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Judging from the average age, it appears this is a well-loved restaurant for many older folks, but you are missing out on some of the best food in town if you don't go check it out!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The tables are worn. What a difference a tablecloth would make to the appearance and atmosphere. The waitress was very slow. Food was good.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I'm never disappointed at Uptown. Yummy pecan encrusted chicken livers on a bed of arugula with sautéed Granny Smith apples.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Another totally satisfied dinner with friends at "Uptown". A special treat since it was a 50% off bottles of wine Monday. Could not pass up the always delicious "grilled salmon", but added the special chicken chowder tonight that was a knock-out!
Several people do not recognize the total menu selection at Uptown and should take advantage of the revolving menu items aa well as standard menu items. do not miss the desserts!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

We had a weekday night date night with superb food. The cheese dip was so good we wanted to use a spoon. Our entrees were also very good. The potion sizes were large. We are Hoosiers who don't make it over to the area enough but now will definitely add this place to our list. The only downside for us was that we wanted more water during our meal. We felt the glasses needed to be larger because our server would have had to come back to our table too much to adequately keep us hydrated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I've been going to the Uptown for years. It's one of my favorite places to eat in Louisville.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I made an evening reservation because of the seasonal small plates menu. The service was outstanding, the drinks, small plate, and desert were wonderful and all for a great value. Very pleased!

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I've always enjoyed dining at Uptown. Food is consistently good and service has always been very good. Not as quiet as I'd like but better than most. Parking can be an issue on a busy night.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Interesting menu and good food. Service is good. The menu changes seasonally.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual
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