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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, Louisville, KY

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.6
3.6
769 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
8up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, A Dazzling Outdoor + Indoor All Glass Drinking and Eating Experience, Offers the Best in Unparalleled Views for adults 21 and over (after 8pm)

8up Offers A Myriad of Drinking and Dining Experiences Designed to Please the Sophisticated Palates and Celebrates the Spirit of Fun that Defines Louisville.

Please note we are currently serving our limited Chef Driven Modern American Bar Fare in our Bar, Patio, and Lounge areas. The dining room and separate menu will be coming back soon.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 631-4180

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry Wesley

  • Catering

    Catering is provided for the adjacent Henry Clay event center. Contact the catering sales manager for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    8UP boasts several unique and customizable event spaces to suit your private event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Dustin Stutzman: (855) 286-6641

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    Enter Rooftop through lobby of Hilton Garden Inn or in 4th Street garage.

  • Parking details

    Self-parking is available in the Clay Commons Garage.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music on Friday & Saturday!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 769 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

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  1. AE

    AlexE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It is a great spot spot if you’re able to sit outside in the evening, but overall it’s not kept up well and it is very overpriced. We don’t mind expensive prices for quality drinks and food, but the drinks were basic, small, and not fantastic especially for their very high prices. Not many food options and not many price variability. All very expensive for moderate food. Slow service and we were the only people there.
  2. BG

    BettyG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Service and food were great. The downside was the cleanliness from the bathrooms to the table being sticky to the chairs being very dirty. Also, the temperature in the at space was so warm, on an almost 100 degree day, the sugar rim on my drink melted.
  3. TH

    TerryH

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ordered an old fashion with four roses I was told it would be the bourbon price +4 dollars she charged me 26 dollars a drink I asked which four roses was used she said the small batch which was 16 dollars plus the Four dollars would be 20 dollars and on top of that the regular four roses was 10 dollars my wife told me to let it go so I did, but there should be a better system definitely put a damper on my evening.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Our server was so rude and condescending. He also tried to promote his business after giving awful service.
  5. AT

    AlazaeT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Steak was terrible very over cooked and no flavor, drinks took 20 min to get, okay service, they “ran out of steak” after we ordered when really the manager came over and told us that the steak was over cooked and they took it off the floor to serve. So they served the main guest of our dinner the last steak that they knew was bad. Spent 56 dollars on my bill for a terrible over all experience. The appetizers was good but again, took forever to get. After voicing our grievances to the manager, he stated he would “take care of all of us” and only took the ruined steak off the ticket. That’s it. No discount for everyone else that didn’t get the food they requested and waiting anywhere from 20-30min for a drink. We ordered a round of drinks at the beginning of our meal and didn’t get them till we were all done eating. By that point we sent the drinks back because it was pointless and we waited too long.
  6. SR

    SummerR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Service horrible. Good subpar. Potato fritters came out burnt and way too salty. Order pizza and they came out saying they were out of pizzas!
  7. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I believe his name was mike(older gentleman that used to be in the service) did an outstanding job and helped me big time with our proposal. Always made sure are drinks were full and got us everything we needed. Definitely will be back. Thank you guys!
  8. TP

    TonyP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overall awful service and awful drinks. In Kentucky how can you not know what a Kentucky mule is? Also to put sweet and sour in it, yikes! Also it cost us 45 dollars for two drinks what the hell. Two drinks with sweet and sour in it!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. The decor is nice and the outdoor patio space is fun— definitely too hot to eat outside right now as there is not much of a breeze up there, but a decent view. Food was pretty good but overpriced. Pepperoni pizza was the best liked of the selections we made. Cocktails were great. Brought some out of town friends in to celebrate a special occasion, and we enjoyed ourselves but were not overly impressed. Probably would not return unless the menu is expanded. Desserts were delicious but are not made in house.
  10. j

    johns

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Staff was great, place was real nice roof top. The menu was bar bites. I would have liked a real menu with dinner items. So if your doing bar bites this is your place.
  11. TC

    TheCosmicGarden

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    This is not a place to go for dinner to, but to just go for cocktails and bar food. Their lamb ribs were terrible, way too salty and with every bite you would spit out a bunch of small bones, and the entrees don't come with any sides.
  12. r

    rbnsxm

    Columbus

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Dined outside, most umbrellas were in disrepair, server bumped their head numerous times. Seemed understaffed; many tables were not cleared, way too many tables were filled with dirty dishes for too long which dampened the ambiance quite a bit.
  13. AR

    AmandaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Awful service, inattentive staff and just general experience was poor. Drinks never refilled, never checked on after receiving food, never received plates, wrong drinks prepared. I could go on-avoid.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    The hostess that seated us wasn’t friendly and seemed stressed and bothered by people in general. I didn’t see her smile the entire evening. I’ve been a host before and it’s amazing what a smile can do. Then our waitress chose to take the orders of a table with nearly a dozen people before she took ours (party of three). There were flies swarming us and our food all night. The food was mediocre. I had the chicken sandwich, the breading was excessive and the meat was minimal. My husband and daughter had the burgers and loved them. My daughter has lived in Louisville for over 2 years. 8Up has been a place we’ve wanted to visit for awhile. It was a disappointment.
  15. JJ

    JaqJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked a reservation to take my partner, who was in town visiting from Canada, on a date. I told her borehand about how awesome the restaurant was - both the food and the views. Sadly, we ended up leaving after 25 minutes passed without service. The servers passed the table we'd been sat at multiple times (one of them even cleaned the table next to ours), but not once acknowledged our existence. I don't know if it was a bad day for the place, or if the restaurant has simply just gone down hill since Covid (this was my first visit since).
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Great view/location with good food spoiled by terrible service and blasting music. The food was a little pricey but good. Beer list had minimal information . Service was almost non existent. There seemed to be 3-4 wait staff with a table each outside (plus whatever was going on inside). We had to keep grabbing another waiter to ask ours to come out otherwise we never saw him. Not sure anyone was in charge or knew what was going on .
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Beautiful view. However the fried chicken sandwich I got had maybe one ounce of actual chicken and the rest was all breading. It was so beyond disappointing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was not great and the food was not worth the money. After getting the wrong pizza we were not compensated anything. The experience was disappointing for our out of town guests.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect location to celebrate our anniversary. Will definitely return!
  20. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Strong drinks are a plus! Wonderful staff who are excited to talk to you.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    I had a reservation for 8pm. The manager decided to close down at 9pm and I never received a call.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Was a nice place with great view and our host was awesome. Was hoping for more unique options for food but everything we got was great
  23. WD

    WilliamD

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a great time at 8up! It was a beautiful evening with great views galore! A great place for tourists, locals, anyone who wants to have a good meal and a great time!
  24. AJ

    AudreyJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Server did not check on us. My entire party received their food, I ordered a salad at the same time and I never got my order. I had to go track down a hostess to inquire about my food as it was going on 10:00pm and I had not received my salad. The server saw me at the hostess stand and had an attitude about me asking the hostess about my food; even though she had not come back to check on our table. Once she returned to my table, she still did not have my salad and blamed it another server/kitchen staff by saying "someone else must have taken it." Even so, she would have known I did not receive my order if she had come back to check on our table. Personally, I don't think she even entered my order. In the end I never got my salad or any food for that matter, or an offer to compensate me for the the extreme inconvenience. I will not come back, and they were not busy and with service like this, I can see why.
  25. K

    Katz

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Service is great but food went downhill after the pandemic.
  26. NO

    NicoleO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The place was smokey and smelled like gas station food. Outside furniture was dirty and worn. Food was very mediocre.
  27. SI

    SuzanneI

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing. Views are really unique. Food was wonderful. We had pizzas, mushroom appetizer and orange dreamsicle cake. Received food in a timely manner. Server was not on top of everything but ok.
  28. LM

    LindseyM

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This place has more hype than it's worth. It was just middle of the road food and the whole atmosphere seemed run down a bit. The menus and bathrooms were dirty. We went because it was on the Urban Bourbon Trail and the patio looked nice. Unfortunately, we were sat way in the back and the patio wasn't open. The server was super nice, but you could tell they were a bit understaffed and struggling. It was fine but I probably wouldn't go back.
  29. a

    ajs1mom

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    It was a hot day, so we asked to be seated inside. We were seated in the furthest possible corner of the restaurant by ourselves. Our area was not as clean, and one of our seats was broken. There was plenty of room elsewhere - closer to other groups and the bar. We were out of sight and out of mind for our server. We ordered 1 drink and left. Disappointing experience for us.
  30. DM

    DebraM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was good. We received our drinks quickly and they were very good. We were served our food quickly as well. The fried chicken sandwich was very good. Not as spicy as I thought, but it was crunchy and moist. Overall, very good. The french fries were a bit disappointing. They had no salt and were not very crunchy. One of my friends ordered the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were huge, the grits were creamy and the dish was well seasoned. We were disappointed that the patio was not open because of the threat of rain. We will go back when we can eat outside.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! A bit hard to find, but the food was very good and the service was even better! The hostess was the absolute sweetest, and so was the waitress. When my food was taking a very long time to come out, they immediately removed it from the bill, which I really appreciated. Pizza was wonderful, and all the other menu items looked good too. As soon as we left we wanted to go back for breakfast the next morning. The view was a huge plus too!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and our server was really nice! She was timely and friendly even as the restaurant filled up.
  33. DH

    DavidH

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Mothers Day brunch at 1:30. Very few people there was first clue we might be disappointed. Kitchen was closed other than buffet. Buffet food had obviously been sitting around for quite awhile and was so unappetizing we left without having a bite.
  34. N

    Natalie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience3
    When I originally booked for Mother’s Day, it was their normal menu. Then a couple days before they advertised a Mother’s Day brunch that was $55/per person. In the list of action stations on the brunch was a mimosa bar, which we assumed meant it was included. I tried calling the restaurant SEVERAL times the day before to confirm, but no one answered the phone. We went to our reservation time and when we were seated, we asked our server and she said that mimosas were not included. At this point, it was too late on a busy restaurant day for us to go elsewhere. We hoped the food would be worth the price. The buffet food was cold, servers at the action station used their hands to pick up slices of meat to place on our plates. Not only was the buffet advertised late, but it was also advertised in an incredibly misleading way. Tea and coffee was not even included in the buffet price. A very disappointing way to spend over $200 for 3 people…will not be returning.
  35. a

    amby

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Overpriced buffet for Derby weekend. Buffet only option; not even appetizers in bar. Never informed of this when making reservations or prior to arrival. Food had been sitting and was not good. Pork was tough and prime rib flavor was good but it was cold even under heat lamp. Lamb overcooked and little meat. 20% gratuity was added to our bill on a table of 4 people at a buffet. We didn’t see our server for a large gap at the beginning of our meal. Definitely not worth the $95 per person charge. Skip this place!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Unfortunately our server was not very attentive. We were able to order a couple round of drinks, but had to flag the server down for service. Quite disappointing since we were celebrating something special and wanted to end the night at a rooftop bar.
  37. DR

    DebbieR

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We realized it was a busy night due to proms & such but we waited for over an hour for our salads. We were told it was because we ordered corn bread & that the oven space was in short supply. Noise level made conversations impossible.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Just drinks, nothing special
  39. LT

    Live2Travel

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great roof top spot. Lots of tables with shade for super sunny days. Food and drinks were on point.
  40. PK

    PeterK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, good food and service. We had a great time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 631-4180.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is rated 3.6 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

350 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Enter Rooftop through lobby of Hilton Garden Inn or in 4th Street garage.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self-parking is available in the Clay Commons Garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry Wesley

  • Entertainment

    Live Music on Friday & Saturday!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 631-4180

  • Catering

    Catering is provided for the adjacent Henry Clay event center. Contact the catering sales manager for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    8UP boasts several unique and customizable event spaces to suit your private event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Dustin Stutzman: (855) 286-6641

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