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Uptown Grille

Not Rated.
Uptown GrilleUptown Grille
BA SCORE
97
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.87%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 36
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3100 E West Maple Rd
Commerce Township, Michigan, 48390-3846
United States
phone: (248) 960-3344

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(Place added by: Baileyuk on 07-09-2008)
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Reviews by Baileyuk:
Photo of Baileyuk
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

It opened today and I think I am in Love. I have seen this place develop from an early stage which I think ups my review a little as i have seen what detail has been used in all aspects of the company.

The atmosphere is great. It is very large but seems to be well designed to give it a homely feeling as well.

Quality is top notch everything is done in regards of quality. From a food point the ravioli is freshly made, the fajitas were top notch and the beer battered fish and chips were very true to English style. Deserts were great too. From a beer point of view I do not know a larger selection, it is the closest competition to HopCat for taps.

Service is the weakest part, but it was opening night. I may come back and change this rating up or down. Knowledge was lower than average but this is quite a tap list they have and for 90% of the population it is daunting. The servers I talked too had enough knowledge to point people in the right direction. I gave it a 4 as the staff were extremely friendly and positive about beer even if they do not yet know to sell it.

** 10/1/08 - Rapidly improving service warrants the new rating. Up from 3.5 to 4.5 **

Selection is great. 30 taps of all craft beer (minus Guinness and Stella Artois) plus six special beers hidden in the cooler. Bottle selection is low compared to taps but it was still exceptional overall.

Rarely am I equally excited about food but everything was exceptional. A lot of things are a little upscale for my liking but there are tons of options. A very large menu that anyone should find something they like. (Pizzas, Pastas, Burgers, Steaks, Fish, Fajitas, Salads, sandwiches)

Value of the beer was great, some of the food was pricey but the quality was worth it and was not that much more than I normally would expect.

Baileyuk, Jul 22, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of swtchuck
4/5  rDev -11.3%

swtchuck, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of JDizzle
4.69/5  rDev +4%

I visit this place when out of town on the reg. Really close to the Hampton Inn off of 14 Mile.(with shuttle service!)

They always have a great tap list with a few rare beers that are not that easy to find. The service is solid with cute girls, a +, even though they really don't know a lot about the beer list. They have tap take-overs with a local MI brew that always is a plus. The pours on the high abv beers is a little light, but the selection is there, so no real complaints. Lots of Founders, Bells, Shorts, New Holland, and other greats.

The food has never failed me. So many menu items it will make you happy no matter what you like.

I will visit Uptown every time in town!

JDizzle, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of hopsandmalt
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

This bar has a GREAT draft beer selection.

I have had my employee holiday party here two years running and have been impressed by the selection both times.

I found all the beers I sampled served in the Proper glassware, at the correct serving temperature and (most impressive to me) the proper carbonation level.

As far as the atmosphere is concerned it was kind of a bummer. Very hard to park, too loud band, and too many D.B.'s but then again I was there on a Saturday night. It might be better on a weeknight.

hopsandmalt, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of dfunkadillio
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

Well I can't be sure of the prices all that much cuz It was my work christmas party with an open bar. But I have to say we had an italian buffet that was great, Tv's all around which is great cuz we were there on the first day of NFL playoffs. Also the service was impressive with how busy it was, any time I was out of drink someone was right there to get me another.
I was impressed with their beer menu and surprised to see some of the stuff they had. But either way, 1/4 of the place was room for dancing and live bands, 1/4 was a nice bar, and 1/2 was a nice looking restaurant.

dfunkadillio, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of icculus304
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%

Uptown is my favorite local place to eat and drink. Great food and a great beer selection. They are always rotating their taps!! The music is usually good during the week with jazz, jam, and some talented bands. Weekends usually have cover bands and is crowded. I prefer weekdays. It can get pretty loud if you are near the band, but Uptown is so big, you can usually avoid the loud music if you want. I met Joe last time I was there, and he took us into the walk-in-cooler with all the beer and showed us the short lines from the kegs that are cleaned every week. Gave us some samples. Really cool guy and a great system for the beer. My fiance doesn't like to drink, but she loves their food, cookies and smoothies. I highly recommend checking out Uptown if you are in the area or within 30 miles. Cheers!

icculus304, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of adamant1912
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Went here on a whim to go grab a beer with my girlfriend and walked into probably one of the best places in SE MI to get something on draught at very reasonable prices. They have a huge selection of MI brews along with other notable beers from around the country/world. We ordered 2 samplers at $6 each- very reasonable considering their options.

Went their on a Tuesday around 5 and sat at the bar. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and there was live music which was nice, especially since it was in the background and you could still hold a conversation and not talk over it.

Their food menu looked good so we ordered the calamari and it tasted great. They have food/drink/beer specials throughout the week and beer dinners featuring different breweries from Stone to Founders almost every month which is very enticing!

Will definitely be returning to try more food and drink more beer.

adamant1912, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

A_Atmosphere varies.Week days and Sundays its a sports bar attached to a great restaurant. Thursday through Saturday its like a nite club. Lots of douche-bags.

Q_Over thirty beers on tap. Always fresh. Food is just as good. Nice bottle selection.

S_Service is usually prompt and friendly. Weekends get hectic and service suffers.

S_One of the best beer bars in Southeast Michigan.

F_Everything I have had has been outstanding. From salads,to burgers, to seafood its all been great. I have heard of the occasional bad meal but have yet to have one.

V_About 4-5 bucks a beer. Some go as high as seven. Cocktails are pricey but they have awesome happy hours.

nickadams2, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Uptown Grille is a large newly renovated restaurant and bar located in Commerce Twp. I [purposely] visited Uptown on a Sunday afternoon so I missed the busy weekend night club scene that everyone talks about. As a result, there were no problems with the service what so ever.

Uptown has one of the best [bar] beer selections in southeast Michigan. They offer approximately 40 different beers on draught as well as 45 beers [including cider and mead] in bottles or cans. The offerings include a strong representation of; Michigan Brewers, Out-of-State U.S. craft brewers, German, Belgian and English, and oh yes, they do have macros as well. I am told that they do rotate their selections including seasonal offerings often.

I did not partake in their food so I can't rate. However, I did look over their extensive menu. I would recommend Uptown Grille to anyone looking for good craft beer. I sure will make a return visit.

bushbeer75, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.7/5  rDev -18%

Unfortunately I've had the misfortune of only going to Uptown on weekend nights when they are in full club mode. I had to practically yell my beer selections to the waitress and attempting to catch up with my friend who took me there was a chore. I would have scored the atmosphere lower but I have on good authority the experience is much better nearly anytime other then the aforementioned.

I was extremely impressed with the service. Even when the place is jam packed the servers will still chat with you and aren't shy about making recommendations on the many beers they have on tap. They are more than happy to bring you a sample of anything from their extensive selection if you want.

Speaking of the selection, it can be defined in one word, wow. 30 beers on tap that they seem to rotate on a fairly regular basis. Almost everything on tap is a craft brew. Selections from all over the US and a few international brews. I had Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter served to me in an awesome looking goblet. Bonus points for that.

Overall this place has to be one of if not thee best beer bars in Southeast Michigan. I will certainly be returning there on a regular basis. I just have to remember to come during the day.

Update: I went to Uptown for the 2nd time last night and I was extremely disappointed. It was a Thursday night, the atmosphere was still completely club centric. It took around 20 minutes for me to get my first beer and it was slower than the last time I was there. The first beer I ordered was out, no big deal. So I ordered a Life & Limb instead, which turned out to be a Gonzo Imperial Porter. The guy obviously knew nothing about craft beer, because he tried to sell it to me as the Life & Limb. All beers were served in standard pint glasses this time. No specialized glassware.

If I go back again and the service is more like the first time I will readjust this. I am just completely flabbergasted that the place could be so inconsistent.

DrDoitchbig, Nov 02, 2009
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Uptown Grille in Commerce Township, MI
97 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.