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  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.uprestaurant.com
  • Email: megan@uprestaurant.com
  • Phone: (713) 640-5416
  • 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: available for private events

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: David Coffman
  • 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
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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Diner Reviews
  • "Went there on Friday night before going for a movie. I booked through open table 45 min before and found it very easy to get a table for 2. The experience was really good. We had an early reservation and although the music is loud, it is just enough to cover everyone else's conversation without preventing you from following your own. The food was very good and in just the right amount. The server was very professional and always available right away. The view and atmosphere makes this a unique venue in the area. Approved!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I enjoyed a fantastic evening at Up. While I have been to Up numerous times for lunch and have rarely been impressed with the service, this night the service did match the food. Our waiter was very good and easily managed our table of 10 and ensured our wine glasses remained filled and our needs were all met. While one of us had a bad side of black rice, our waiter, the manager and the chef were quick to address it and came out to our table to apologize. Every other item we ordered was amazing and I will definitely think of Up next time I have a larger group. Great evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for Valentines. We actually went the day after Valentines to try and avoid the crowds. It was our first time here. Initially we thought it was beautiful and really enjoyed the ambience. However, shortly after we arrived a table of 20+ teenagers came in and they set up a photo booth about 20ft from our table. A PHOTO BOOTH. Also, they were blaring loud music, it felt like suddenly our romantic night was the background to a tween party. The teenagers were walking all around, not sitting at their table, it was very distracting. The food was okay, nothing remarkable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a really nice experience at Up. The service was outstanding. The hostess was warm and inviting and we couldn't have asked for more from our server! The food was really good- not outstanding but the service made up for it and we had an amazing evening!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The ambiance at Up was fantastic however the food was merely ok. The brussal sprouts were very good but the lobster ravioli was a bit salty."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Read some reviews on yelp and saw the food reviews werent so great. But, i liked the location and the ambiance looked interesting. First off, the pre- dinner rolls were cold in the middle. However, i was quickly brough another. I thought it was going to be downhill from there. Appetizer (some sort of lobster/crab dip) was alright. Just as a i was going to throw in the towel.. the lamb chops were AMAZING! good wine list, and service was great. Its very pretty inside. My sister had some ravioli which was also AMAZING. i give it 4 stars bc the lamb was that good. Kinda over priced but expected it. worth trying."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My visit to Up was most delightful! Conveniently located in Highland Villa. Loved the upscale look and the scenic view was a bonus. I had the red fish....which was incredible. I'd rate the service at par level. Will definitely recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a great evening. Good Food, Fantastic Wine and very nice service. No complains."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant.Great food, wine and ambiance. My first time to Up and will definitely return!!! ADDED BONUS........Gigi Huang making the rounds!!!! So happy she landed at Up as she will be such a great asset to the business"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to UP for a romantic dinner, and it did not disappoint. The service was wonderful, the good was great, and the salted caramel macaroons are to die for. Definitely want to go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. I have no complaint about it. Once we were done with a plate it was almost immediately taken from our table. :) The only problem I came across was that my medium-well filet mignon was NOT worth the money I paid for. It didn't come with any sides and the flavor just wasn't as outstanding as I was expecting. I have had some good steak, but this just wasn't up to par."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was at dinner Saturday evening with my 83 year old almost mother-in-law for her birthday. I mentioned her name and birthday in my comments on the open table reservation form. I also mentioned it when we arrived--but I didn't have to. From the lovely hostess who first greeted us and made a point to stop by our table a few times during the evening to speak to the birthday girl, and the wait staff --none could have been more quietly attentive and kind. The dinner was delicious and the ambience was wonderful. the valets outside made the long walk to the front door through the construction in the rain unnoticeable. The lovely lady who was celebrating her birthday was so thrilled with the attention she told me it was her best birthday ever."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was even better."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Recently we (my wife and I) discovered this gem and feel apologetic to one another for not finding it sooner. The food and ambiance are wonderful and when coupled with the excellent service we've become accustomed to, we will be going back at least monthly. For the best view and most romantic experience request the corner table by the windows (table 138 - I believe?). Thanks Up!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "However, the quality of the food wasn't commensurate with the pricing. At all. Service was okay. Didn't like the fact that we were served bottled flat water and charged while other tables were refilled with pitchers. Not at all opposed to paying, but the server was rude when someone inquired and flat out lied when providing an explanation. Environment and ambiance are beautiful however so if I were to go back I'd just sit at the bar."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overpriced, adequate service, but incredibly noisy made far worse by a continuous Las Vegas disco bass beat at ridiculously loud levels. Has potential, but I'm not going to pay this much money only to have to scream to be heard at the table."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Options on menu diverse, quality varied. Oysters too small ..had to hunt for the meat. pasta dishes bland and petit Soups were gourmet status Special was excellent. Desserts outstanding. Espresso beans stale...needed new source. Presentation and service world class"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Went for a girfriends birthday lunch and it was excellent. The food and service were great. We all really enjoyed it and there was a small crowd so very quiet. All around A1 experience."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "From the time my wife and I sat down, our experience was perfect. The staff was knowledgeable, courteous, and attentive. The food was excellent! It was a great night."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Lovely dining space with fantastic service and excellent food. Great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I took my wife here for a pre-Valentine's surprise dinner because she always wanted to try this place. Everything was excellent from the complimentary valet to the prompt service to the food. Our waiter was very attentive and the noise level was perfect for the scene. The only thing that was a bit of a let down was the lobster mac and cheese. It could have used a bit more seasoning and a thicker cheese sauce. Other than that I have NO complaints. We will definitely be dining there again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "All of the elements that make a restaurant good were there but I felt the prices for wine were too expensive. I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food, service, and ambience superb. Every time all the time i come here. Really good wine list."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Arrived early for a 8pm reservation, waited at the bar for 50 minutes while later reservations and walk-ins were seated ahead of us. Paid for the drinks, left the restaurant and may never return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was great 5 course meal didn't like the desert to much but everything else was great for me and my fiancé we paid $212.00 for two people a I little price but it was worth it will go again"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went for diner the day after valentines. The food was very good but the service was slow and inattentive. Overall not bad, but not great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great as a change-up spot; especially considering the superb view. But the food is not good enough to come back regularly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food and great service. We went Valentines night. They where busy, but never rushed us. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time based on friend's recommendation. Very impressed by staff and ambience. Highlights of the night were the appetizers and entrees. We enjoyed, but were not overwhelmed, by the cocktails and desserts. Service was excellent, and we plan to go back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I took my daughter on a long overdue night out without her little brothers. We had a great time. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Time and money well spent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was good, but overall experience was worth the price."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night. I don't know how to describe this restaurant except to say that it is mixed signal. The interior is lovely and very sophisticated. The hostess was not fitting to the restaurant. The music was pop-style and too loud. The menu was varied and sophisticated. The waiters seemed to be brand new to the job. The food was absolutely delicious. The dumpy christmas tree with dime-store ornaments and a cheap blanket underneath looked so crazy out of place. I just don't know how to describe it better, but something was just simply off. Again, our food was great. But to pay five-star prices and not have the complete package is probably something I won't do again."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The brioche was wonderful. I have the beet salad. It was so large I had to share. The mussels were good but a bit small to my liking. The short ribs were excellent."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This was my first time coming there to spend a very special birthday dinner for my boyfriend! We loved everything about it! I will come back again! The waiter was so sweet and attending to us!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Our evening got off to an odd start. We walked in with a group, since there is only one elevator. The hostess assumed we were with that group and refused to seat us. I had to advise her that if she even took a look at our reservation she'd notice it was for 2 for our anniversary, but she was oblivious. Once we got past that, the service and food was great. The crepe Suzette dessert was delicious."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "From the time I steped out of my car to the time I walked back. It was nothing but the best service, food &, ambiance. I would highly recommend coming to this beautiful restaurant. Thank you to everyone at up for helping me with a special night."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was a great experience but a few things seemed a bit odd. I felt a bit rushed throughout the meal and I would have preferred to make the experience last a bit longer. My date tried the salmon and it was cooked excellently but the flavors were odd and displeasing. Nonetheless, the short rib entrée is perfection and the macarons are heavenly. Our waiter neglected to tell us his name which seemed a bit impersonal, but other then that he was great. He took care of us and made sure we had a nice time. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. Everything was great."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Lovely evening but as it was a New Year celebration we did get a feeling of being slightly rushed. Admittedly there were 6 courses to get through!!! Lovely ambience and attention was impeccable."
    Dined on 12/31/2013