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Uptown Cafe - Louisville

4.6
505 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(502) 458-4212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Weber
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Cross street
Duker Ave
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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
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
What 505 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Fantastic as usual!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We have been dining at Uptown Cafe for more years than I can remember. This last visit was disappointing. My wife's salmon was bland, with no real flavor, and my shrimp dish with curried couscous was tasty, but I had to remove the tails from eight or nine shrimp, which is aggravating. Little stuff, but that's what separates the OK ones from the great ones.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The Uptown was one of the first restaurants to open on Bardstown Rd (70s? Replaced a bar?). It has thrived because of the comfortable, easy atmosphere, food that is consistently and dependably good, and some of the best service in town. Tired after a long day? Relaxing with friends? A quiet spot to meet with a new business contact? I use Uptown like my own dining room.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Very good, service excellent

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Always a favorite of ours! We can actually hear each other talk…

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I noted in my reservation that it was our 10 year anniversary. We had to tell the server, and it still wasn't a big deal. I wouldn't have booked, if I had known there wouldn't be this attention to detail.

Food was okay...however, it wasn't that impressive.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Everything was great from our food to our service!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food was delicious, as usual. Everything on the menu is tasty, including the wonderful mixed drinks. Great, fast, friendly service. A favorite place for dining.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had lemon drop martinis (excellent), smoked Gouda queso, salads and the smoked salmon pasta. All the food was wonderful. Waiter was a little slow to bring the check but otherwise a nice evening!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We met old friends at the Uptown. Food was great! Service excellent!! Ambiance was perfect for talking and catching up with a drink and great food. Wonderful evening.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

it is a good place to meet friends on a moments notice. always pleasamt.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

One of our favorite Louisville establishments!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great food, nice location. With a group of 4. We all enjoyed our meals. Great shrimp bisque, pastas, loved the liver salad. Wish we had room for dessert as there were some great choices.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I had a great experience at the Uptown Cafe and it was a beautiful and had such a great ambiance. I would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone !!! I can’t wait to go back !

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is a go to restaurant for me in Louisville. Partly because of variety and quality of menu as well as value, consistency and service.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Accepts Reservations-Post Kentucky Derby dinner-full menu available on Derby night! Great service!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was very good and great portions for the price. Fried green tomatoes were excellent! As was the Bloody Mary !!

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Food was subpar. Fish Special was bland. Pasta salmon dish didn’t taste like real salmon. Fish tacos not good. Server was excellent. Older crowd. Drinks were good

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Awesome and delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The Uptown has occupied its corner on Bardstown Road for 30 years (my guess). It has whittled away the problems and glitches, routinely tuned the menu to keep it interesting and evolved into a spot where you will invariably be satisfied. It has become "our kitchen away from home" for those nights when the day has been long, we're tired and we're too busy to restock our own larder. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

It was great! The food was very good. The service excellent. And, it was pleasantly quiet.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Best pork chop ever

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Three in our party. We ordered red fish, salmon and beef tenderloin entrees along with fried green tomatoes and the tomatillo queso. Everything was excellent. Had a chocolate ganache torte that we shared for dessert.
This is one of the best restaurants in town. Always consistent, excellent service!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

always good and always on point
we like going there because you can count on the food
we usually get the pecan crusted liver salad it’s so good
but this night we got every small plate they had on special menu all great

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We can always depend on Uptown Cafe for a delicious dinner and great environment. Plenty of entrees to choose from and a nice wine list. It is always an inviting place to dine and reliable for a wonderful dinner!

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Nothing special about Uptown Cafe. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Nice afternoon spent celebrating a friend’s recent wedding

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We enjoyed our visit to Uptown. It’s one of our favorite.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

First time here. Small, intimate setting. Good food. Good service

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Was appropriately seated, excellent service, better than average food.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Both of our entree’s were wonderful!!😃

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The basa fish in the tacos was moist, and grilled to perfection. The fish portion in each taco was extremely generous. I wish there had been more condiments for the tacos. The diced onions and peppers needed additional flavors. The slaw served with the tacos was flexors, not too creamy but had a satisfying crunch

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Fantastic as always, plus the patio is OPEN!!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was bland. Caesar salad was tasteless understated menu. No one was inside barely. Weird assortment of food

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We always enjoy Uptown because it is pleasant and consistent.
The servers are attentive and polite.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a nice time with 6 of our friends. We were seated right on time. The service was professional and prompt. The menu has lots of options, everyone at our table ordered something different. Everyone was very satisfied with their food. I would return and also recommend this place to others.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We always enjoy dinner at the Uptown Cafe. We have a few favorites and like to try new specials on occasion. The wait staff is professional without being intrusive. The bartenders are super friendly and we enjoy talking to them whenever the dining room is full and we opt to sit at the bar. A neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

In my opinion, the recent Courier-Journal review was very unfair. I am a foodie who eats in many restaurants but The Uptown is our “go to” place. We probably eat there once a week. The food is consistently good and is an excellent value for the quality of the food at a reasonable price.
Eleanor

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious each and every time I dine there. The menu has a great variety for food and drink. Everyone in my party orders something different and each person raves about their meal. The presentation is very attractive and the service is top notch - just enough attention is paid to each patron. It’s great to have a local restaurant that I can count on to deliver quality dining at any time. The prices are great as well. I’m glad to have a place like Uptown Cafe for entertaining out of town guests, especially with the Derby coming up very soon. Thanks for the great service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

OMG is how I would describe the food, drink and service. There were 4 of us and we started with cocktails at the bar and a smoked gouda and tomatilo queso. Never had "cheese dip" taste the same and I will crave it forever. Delicious and the perfect amount for the 4 of us to dip a few chips and leave room for all the other must have's. Nice wine list and the BEST espresso martini's I have ever had (and yes, I have tried them from many places). Once we were seated, we were nicely greeted and got a couple appetizers. Black bean cakes, and onion rings. Yes, onion rings. Crazy good. Cooked perfectly and not so big that eating them was awkward. The black bean cakes were perfectly cooked, not at all dry, wonderful flavor. Then, dinner...to keep this from going to long, I will list what we had and just know there was not a bite left of ANYthing! Basa fish tacos, grilled beef tenderloin medallions, scallops (cooked perfectly) and the Uptown burger. Of course we finished with a couple desserts and were instantly in a food coma! DELICIOUS!

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