Up Restaurant
Up Restaurant

Up Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.uprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7136405416x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner Service

    Monday 5:00-10:00 pm
    Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
    Friday 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
    Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Sunday Brunch 10:30 am to 2:30 pm


    Sunday: available for private events



  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private and semi-private dining available for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Drexel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet is available in front of Up.
A word from Up Restaurant
Up Restaurant's contemporary, sleek space is enveloped with a walnut paneled ceiling and warm cream, flowing sheers that create both a warm and inviting presence. For those who prefer the outdoors, Up also has a gorgeous patio that overlooks the picturesque palm tree lined Highland Village shopping center.

Up restaurant focuses on classic American dishes by incorporating seasonal and premium ingredients from Texas to all over the world by using a classic timeless European technique. The diverse New American menu is inspired by Asian and parts from all over the Mediterranean to satisfy the varied taste buds of Houstonians.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Up Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (111)romantic (99)scenic view (97)fit for foodies (66)great for lunch (50)notable wine list (50)good for groups (40)hot spot (35)neighborhood gem (32)great for brunch (27)vibrant bar scene (25)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Return to Houston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I recently returned to Houston after two years to be with my friends and desperately wanted to connect with familiar places and food. Up was a place on my list. I met with a couple of friends and was shocked to have a waiter that was so incredibly rude. For example, he literally knocked my friend in the head with a hot plate. At first, you think odd night but not for a respectable hub of wonderful past and future experiences. Still one of my favorite places in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up on Up
    Thommy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is a lovely spot overlooking Highland Village and the city on a clear night. We had cocktails first and they were delicious. We moved on to our window table and had an absolutely lovely time. Most everything was delicious although I found my Salmon a bit over seasoned. We were having such a great time we didn't notice the crowd was gone and we ended up closing the place. The staff was wonderful and we never felt pressured to leave. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    SusanTL
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We very much enjoyed our food but the service was certainly lacking. We were seated for 30 minutes before anyone asked if we had questions on the menu or wanted to order. The restaurant was very loud. We sat next to each other and had to speak very loudly to hear one another during the entire meal. Excellent food and wine, however!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience !
    lperdue
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My only suggestion is to be careful when paying. The server added gratuity to our bill (unusual for a party of only 6) and then didn't bring the itemized bill. So I almost double tipped him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juist plain WOW
    Lovefood1260
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, service and look of the entire restaurant is top notch!! Loved it. The best Redfish I have ever had in a long time. The Creme Brulee Trio was a great finish with my cappuccino and Baileys. Can't wait to get back there for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable evening
    tex9333
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a nice view of the sunset from our seats in the dining area. The food was very good and we were not rushed through the courses. The wait staff is very efficient and pleasant. Overall we had a lovely visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    Sunroppi
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Valet was available but I dislike that. Self parking was a bit tough. Great decors with friendly waitstaffs. All you can eat desserts was nice but they were extra sweet. I guess that's to discourage second trips, lol...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Treasure
    RikkiB
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I almost slept on Up Restaurant, I've always wanted to visit but had not. I thought Restaurant Weeks would be the perfect time but I put them on the maybe list after looking at the menus. A friend told me it was excellent, so I gave them a try and boy, I am ecstatic I did!!!!! It was wonderful!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Mitch
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall, the food was excellent. They have some of the best Sushi in Houston. Dining area is great at Dusk and the staff is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor food and service
    george
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    For the money the food was mediocre and cold. The service was not good - did not acknowledge my daughter's birthday even though I mentioned it more than once. I let the manager know but did not get a reply. I wish we had gone somewhere else for my daughter's birthday. What a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant was very nice, nice view, but the food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eats
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were very disappointed with service most of all, and the food quality was not equal to the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to expectations
    RMcGr84
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Visited Up restaurant for Houston restaurant weeks. Had the lunch special. Food was amazing, service was great, and ambiance was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, wonderful view!
    SusieA
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our dinner was absolutely delicious - appetizer, entree (hazelnut crusted salmon), & dessert (Meyer lemon tart) We loved being up high & overlooking the city -such a pretty view! It's an elegant place to dine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small mistakes; hesitant to return
    Ktinc
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My fiance and I recently went to Up for Restaurant Weeks. I really loved the ambiance and you enter the restaurant through an elevator! how cool!! And our waiter Alfonso was AMAZING! He so polite and always seemed to know the right time to come by and check on us. My main issue, honestly, was the food. For the appetizer I got the octopus and he got the tempura fried lobster. The lobster was dry and the octopus was under seasoned. For the main course, he got the seafood paella - but there were broken mussel shells all in it; making eating kind of hazardous. But the ravioli I ordered and both of the desserts were delicious! But with lots of good restaurant in Houston, I would be hesitant to come back and spend so much $ again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Slow Lunch Service.
    NGHicks
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    When a restaurant is open for lunch, it must know that there are people that are there to eat on their lunch break from work. As a result, you would think an extra effort should be made to expedite lunch service or at least ask patrons if they have to get back to work etc. The service was slow and the servers brought the wrong food/drinks to our table twice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very poor service
    can2can
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A friend and I had lunch this week at UP and had the Restaurant Weeks menu. After waiting for 15 minutes, we had to flag someone down to tell them we did not have a waiter. Even then, service was incredibly slow. Both my friend and I had eaten at Up before and enjoyed it, but this was a let down. I am not sure if I would return..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food with a View
    Jules
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I love this place. It's a real gem for great food, view, and wines, our guest always love the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    mssuzumac
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Although our service was very good and server very attentive we were disappointed with our evening at Up which was an anniversary celebration. My Dover sole was delicious but at $42 should think so. My husbands Paella was completely dry... No broth. I cannot believe the kitchen sent it that way or that our server served it that way. No mention was made of our special event. For the price there are just so many better restaurants in a Houston.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my new favorites!
    taliehair
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've been to UP twice for Houston Restaurant Weeks (lunch) and it is now one of my favorites. The cheesy crackers to start, the upscale decor (biggest crystal ball chandelier that I've ever seen), and the vast array of food choices - simple to fancy - are what will bring me back time and again. The service is good and meals are delivered timely and with precision. The portion sizes are nice that you won't need a 'to go' container, but a proper size to fill you up. Don't be fooled by the signage in the area - the UP sign is on all of the marquees up and down Highland Village, so it can be confusing if you don't know where to go. Just remember: Valet is at the corner of Drexel and Westheimer. Take the Elevator to Floor 3 and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice visit during HRW
    houstonresidentVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My husband and I returned to Up during Houston Restaurant Weeks after a 3-year absence. All three courses of our meals were delicious. Yes, their regular prices are high, but it is a great restaurant to visit for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    KMCooper3
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have dined and attended several events at UP. Service is always very good. Food offerings and quality are also always very good. Great place for Sunday Brunch, special occasion supper or special date night. The bar is large and great for special happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HRW Brunch
    HtownFoodieForLife
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant itself is beautiful. It's nice and modern. However, service was nowhere to be found. Once my gfs and I were seated and our food orders were taken, it was so hard to wave down a waiter for the rest of our dining experience. The shared apps were nothing great as well as the unlimited dessert bar. The highlight was my entree which was the duck confit. Absolutely delicious and would order that again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Be prepared to wait
    yellowrose
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    we waited for everything. HOSTESS WAS FANTASTIC! We left shaking our heads and wondering.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lives "Up" to Name
    devonia58
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Up was an excellent experience. Will definately be back. The brunch was exeptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went there for the Brunch during Restaurant Week. I had been to Up before and had an excellent meal. This time, unfortunately, was completely different. The appetizers were family style -- lobster beignets (undercooked and raw in the center), duck wraps (bland and flavorless), mac 'n cheese (rubbery in texture - indicative of having rested too long under the heat lamps), and caesar salad (wilted). Then came the main course -- the bf got the fish 'n chips (fish was undercooked with raw batter in the center -- starting to sense a trend) and I got the short-rib hash (cold upon arrival at the table). Finally, the dessert buffet. We tried the creme brûlée (overly bitter) and the lemon tart (overly sweet).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WAIT AND WAIT SERVICE
    MELLO
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a reservation for 8:45 pm on Saturday. Waited 30 minutes to sit down. Waiter (George) came by and took our wine order. Fifteen minutes later he comes back and asks us what we would like for dinner. At this point we had no wine, no water, nothing.....and he is asking us what we would like to order. I don't blame him entirely.....I blame the 'Management'.....horrible. We were not waiting any longer....we left.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK food, OK service
    Muoi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food and service were decent. For an upscale restaurant I expected better. I will not return, there are better options out there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Amazing!!!!
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wow....this place was amazing!!!! The food, service, and the view from 3 stories up was beautiful. We went for HRW and every course was not only "pretty" but tasted awesome. We will definitely be going back for more soon!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Houstonfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything was wonderful. If I had one complaint, it would be I felt like I was on a double date with the couple sitting next to us, because the tables were so close together. Other than that, can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Service
    Ambone
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Either the Servers have not been trained properly or the Kitchen has very poor timing. The all courses were brought out in stages. Men were served first every course. 2nd course which was the Entree was sent out in stages again with about a 5 minute delay between my dish arriving to the table and then my husbands.My food was cold by the time his arrived. One of our guests had ordered the Bouillabaisse and when it finally arrived the server was not paying attention and poured the soup into the bowl which shot out and spilled all over his lap and burned his finger. Dessert came out at various times, the creme brûlée was not set (under cooked). Some of us were served desserts we did not order. The Floor Manager couldn't have cared less.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a wonderful lunch
    Aldeb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went for lunch during restaurant week. Excellent service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Judgmental
    MaryJane3
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've always had a problem with my baby face, but I would never expect an "up scaled" restaurant to give me that problem. They're very judgmental of how you look, and treat you poorly in accordance. It took so long just to get our order, that I started timing it on my phone. Between courses, waiters repeatedly ignored us. They wouldn't clear our table, or refill our drinks. Our food took so long, that when we finally had it, it was lukewarm. Terrible service, asked for the manager, even he didn't look like he cared much for how we were treated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Up Restaurant
    Kristinhd3
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a selection based upon the Houston Restaurant Weeks menus. It was our first time dining here and I was very meh about the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A girlfriend and I recently visited this restaurant for Houston Restaurant Weeks and the food was amazing! Definitely check it out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch at Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went to Up's Sunday brunch for the first time recently. Overall the food was good. But when we arrived, all the reservations were backed up so we had to wait a bit because they seemed to have overbooked reservations. That wasn't too bad. The food came out promptly and it was tasty. However, we had to ask several times for water refills when we were running low. Also, when my food arrived, there was a huge egg shell piece in it. It was about an inch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Up Restaurant let us down
    foodie1970
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made a reservation a week in advance and requested a table with a view. Upon arrival, without apology, the hostess brought us to a booth near the rear of the dining room. She acknowledged our reservation, but said everyone wants a table with a view and customers are accommodated on a first come, first served basis. She said a table with a view would be available in 15-20 minutes. Thirty minutes after arrival and not being allowed to speak with the manager, we left and had a fabulous dinner next door at Smith and Wollensky. We’ve made reservations at special Houston restaurants, including the Capital Grille, Mark's and Tony’s. Each time we were treated like royalty. In conclusion, we will never return to the Up Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Color us disappointed
    2winodinos
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Two couples went for dinner during Houston Restaurant Week. Octopus and salad were hits; lobster bisque, not so much. Noticable lobster would have helped. Shortribs was a definite hit. Ravioli was interesting and surprisingly filling. Seafood paella was so spicy it overwhelmed the seafood. Credit for using individual paella pan but deduction for seafood: two muscles and shrimp, maybe two scallops wasn't real impressive Bouillabaisse was worse. Two muscles, two tiny clams (freshness?) and two very tiny rubbery pieces of fish drowned in a disappointing broth was not expected. On the plus side, the recommended wine pairings were spot on and desserts, especially the Crepe Suzette Cake, were outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HWR menu was nice
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed the sea bass immensely - just fabulous! The bouillabaisse was also very good. Wait staff was very helpful with the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was over cooked. Service was horrible waiter walked by several times without asking if we need a drink.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate