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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.7

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Quiet Conversation (23)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Casual (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
People Watching (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Romantic (9)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Always count on a good meal and great service at Uptown Cafe. It's my favorite neighborhood restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Have dined here many times and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent as always

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This visit was for my wife’s birthday, but we ALWAYS enjoy a visit to Uptown Cafe and have for years. Can count on good food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of our favorite places! Food is always wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food and service at very reasonable prices. Never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The Uptown is consistently the best place in the Highlands and beyond. We have been going there every Friday night for 20+ years with friends. The wait staff knows us, and many of the long time customers. They remember what we like.."not to spicy, burger well done, hold the onion".
The food is inventive just enough to keep you interested.
Go if you never have , you'll return just like we do.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellence service. Food is wonderful! My go to place in Louisville

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed a lovely New Years Eve dinner with good friends

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and location. All staff had smiles and made you feel at home.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The New Years Eve special redfish was outstanding. The cauliflower bisque was wonderful. And the desserts could not have been better

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of our favorites!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Absolutely delightful! Our table of four was totally pleased with everything: attentive service without being intrusive, varied menu, and top-notch preparation of our food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The Uptown Cafe never disappoints me. Great food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I do not live in Louisville though I am somewhat familiar with it. Uptown Cafe has a long tradition of fine food and great atmosphere. My family met with another relative and two friends for lunch and it was terrific. The food and wine were wonderful. The service was quite good. The only hiccup was that my meal somehow got missed in the original order. They rushed it through and it was fine. I would like to go there again and try some of their other offerings. The atmosphere is well lit and fresh. The noise is not too great to have a conversation. I liked it a lot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The service was uncharacteristically poor. Very disappointed. Traditionally I love uptown, but the last few times I have been there the service has been inadequate. The food remains excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always good. We eat here frequently, and I didn’t order my favorite this time—the chicken piccata—I had the potato soup and Brussel sprouts (trying to keep the holiday weight gain down) and they were great and probably not the most low cal dishes on the menu—but it was worth every bite! Our party had beef medallions, pork, and the schnitzel and all was great!

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is the 2nd year we have come to celebrate our family Christmas/ birthday party. We had a fabulous time and the food and service were amazing. Thanks for such a wonderful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We were treating our friends, who moved to France from Louisville last summer, to a special night out on the town. Thanks for helping!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent as always. Never a disappointment at the Uptown!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Hadn't visited in a while, so I chose Uptown Café for a casual lunch with a friend. We were both pleased by the unique and tasty entrees.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was good but had little to much heat in 3 of the 4 dishes ordered.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Never disappointed at the Uptown. Great everything.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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