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Temecula's newest hot spot... Uptown Tavern

Uptown Tavern, Temecula, CA


If you're looking for a craft brew or maybe you just want some gourmet hamburgers, you'll want to try Jefferson Avenue Uptown Tavern. This restaurant has casual dining but their flair is that they're a gourmet grub pub and I truly mean "gourmet." They have everything from kobe hot dogs, Italian sausage sandwiches and platters, a fantastic blackened fish sandwich, fish tacos, fries made five different ways, frittas, bruschetta, delicious salads, unusually tasty bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeno peppers, and a variety of appetizers.

A sampling of their menu.
A sampling of their menu.F. Fisher
Gourmet pub grub awaits you at Uptown Tavern
Gourmet pub grub awaits you at Uptown TavernF. Fisher

As usual, I give a restaurant 10 tries before leaving a review and all 10 times have been great! The servers and bartenders are friendly and attentive and have a knack for remembering what you drink and how you like your food prepared. The kitchen crew makes the food quickly and it is always served hot. The food is consistently very good enough to say that I give it five stars.

The nice thing about this place is that it has several pool tables, pinball machines (yes, pinball), a variety of digital arcade machines, and there's even a dance floor. Uptown Tavern has live entertainment most nights of the week, karaoke (Thursday nights), Reggae bands (Sunday), tribute bands, comedy (Wednesdays), and industry nights are on Monday and Tuesday. It's truly a place where you'll want to drink, eat and play. Starting in August, the tavern will feature the California Lotto live Hot Spot game.

Uptown Tavern has a well-stocked full bar but its specialty is that it boasts 48 draft beers including top Temecula craft breweries such as Wiens, Black Market, and Refuge as well as Stone, West Coast IPA Green Flash, Goose Island and Shock Top. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm in addition to 10 pm to 2 am Sunday through Wednesday where you can get $1 off all drafts, or $4 for a glass of house wine, and $4 well cocktails. It also features 2 ounce tasters at 1 for $2 or four for $7.

The tavern can accommodate private parties, corporate events, or any large gathering. They have ample seating and nice lighting throughout, great acoustics and good air flow. The place is always spotlessly clean and the staff is very friendly. Uptown Tavern is easy to find and is located in the same shopping center as the Liquor Depot. Their address is 27911 Jefferson Avenue in Temecula and their phone number is 951-695-0357. Check out their website at