8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.4
707 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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8up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, A Dazzling Outdoor + Indoor All Glass Drinking and Eating Experience, Offers the Best in Unparalleled Views.

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 currently serving our Chef Driven Modern American Bar Fare in our Bar and Lounge areas.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I expected the food menu to be larger and more diverse. The food tasted good. I think it might be a good place to go just for drinks. The service was not that great. We first had a waitress that did not talk at all (did not even answer to our "thanks"). The second waiter was cheerful and helpful.

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vipKimS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu but fun atmosphere

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DanielleD
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Bar staff were unbelievably rude. Drink options were limited. Food was okay but a little over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation on a Sunday night. Showed up five minutes early and the hostess sat us at our table. We waited over 30 minutes and no one came to wait our table. We sat there and watched multiple tables encounter the same issue. One by one we watched them all leave, until we decided to do the same. As we left the hostess never looked up from her cell phone to notice us walk out. I can understand dealing with a longer wait due to staffing issues, but this was ridiculous. I certainly will not be going back.

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RusbyG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation on a Wednesday night. For Saturday 12/11 for my birthday. I was super exited to try this place since it was a rooftop I had planned to sit outside enjoy some food and a few drinks. Well, when I get there the place was closed for a “private party” whole birthday dinner ruined. I would not recommend this unorganized place.

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Date
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

It seemed as if many staff members had just quit? I'm not sure what was going on, but this was my first experience here. Once we finally sat down we were served water in plastic cups. We were given wine glasses that were missmatched even though we bought a bottle of one type of wine. The food came out and was so salty me and my date could not eat the food. I wanted to say how wonderful our server was though. I wish I could recall his name. He was very kind and did his job well considering.

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maybaby1984
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner and drinks at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen. Our server was great and the ambiance was perfect for a date night. We took pictures and stood by the outdoor fire pit after dinner. I highly recommend a trip. It is pricey but worth it.

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Ethan
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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JennieB
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The hostess was great.When she seated us she noticed one if the chairs was Staines. She she got help and switched out all 4 chairs.

The waitress was very nice.

The food and second round of drinks were very slow coming out. We assume that is due to the current national staffing issue. So at this point would not hold that against 8up. Would not discourage going but be aware to be patient.

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SusanW
Louisville
52 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Very limited menu, and no customization allowed. The only burger comes with two patties and the kitchen apparently couldn't fix a single patty burger, even at the same price. I have serious doubts I was served the Italian Pinot Grigio I ordered, as it was sweeter than a Riesling. And both it and the high-priced Malbec were served in tumblers. Service was very good, however, at both dinner and breakfast and the breakfast food was quite good.

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Crestwooders
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Glad to see the restaurant made it through the pandemic, but it has a
VERY different menu. It is now a fast casual restaurant, and we went for a high end dining experience. The ambiance and view are still there but it is now a pizza and burgers joint rather than an" Elevated" dining experience. All the staff and views were good, just not what we expected.

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Golnoush
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor and have their burger. It's absolutely delicious!!!! Their pizza is not really good, but in overall if you want a nice place to spend your Sat, it's the best in Louisville!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed during the time I scheduled my reservation and I was very irritated with the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Restaurant wasn’t open when I arrived yet I was allowed to make a lunch reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Their hours haven’t been updated on Open Table. Our reservation was accepted, when we showed up to the restaurant it was closed. Some of our friends drove over 2 hours to celebrate a friend’s birthday here.

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s an upscale bar with a very limited food choices. The outdoor seating was closed due to weather. So the whole experience was pretty basic.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Good food. Service a little slow but I think because they’re understaffed. Really pretty on rooftop in the evening! Would go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived for our reservation we were told the restaurant closed at 10. Hours need to be updated.

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vipPredsFan
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

This was my first experience at 8UP as I'm from Nashville and was in town on a birthday weekend. The ambience is amazing on the rooftop with the numerous firepits. The drinks and apps we ordered were tasty. The service however was not as attentive as we would hope. They weren't overly crowded, but it appeared the staff was ready to clock out for the night. We arrived at 9:30 on a Sat evening and left around 11:30.

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EsmeraldaR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i came here for my anniversary and it was amazing, great service, and the environment was lovely!

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vipDinerWiner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff. Limited menu due to Covid but I am sure the full menu is good. Felt at home and service was quick and with a smile....

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Robykin
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was outstanding! Can’t say enough good things about our server.

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vipJayG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again this restaurant went above and beyond with their service! We had to switch the number of people in our party numerous times. They accommodated us without hesitation each time. Our waiter, Michael, was truly outstanding! Very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable of the drinks and specials! We had a party of nine and his service Was impeccable!Highly recommend this restaurant for the atmosphere, food and Especially the service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is phenomenal!! They were very patient in ensuring I had a spot after my event ran over and I was over my fifteen minute grace period. I asked for an outside location and it was granted. One of the spots the hostess had picked was near some loud individuals and I was ready to tell her “no thanks!” I think she saw the look on face, and located a spot that I requested on the app. It’s important to read requests and grant them, if you can. Our server Bo was great, although we would have to raise our hand or ask another server to locate him. He was busy. We already knew since we were arriving late, the cooks were probably tired, but the food taste and service should be consistent. I ordered the chicken sliders and thought I cracked my tooth. They were fried too hard and in old grease. Bo picked up on the fact that I had eaten one. I told him what happened, but said I wouldn’t make a big fuss. The pizza was delicious, and my husbands burger was one of the best I’ve tasted. The queso was not desirable, as if it came out of a can. It was cold, and the second time around, there was no change. We told our server to heat it, and after that it was perfect. That was taken off our bill. I loved dining by the fire pit and the rooftop was lovely. I will come back, but it will be before closing.

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JeffreyP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would consider the experience to be wonderful! I ordered steak frites, French fries topped with a tender flank steak cut into thin strips. The entire flank steak was coated with a chimmichurri sauce. It was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was great, the food was ok.

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SarahH
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We left shortly after arriving. Hostess was very kind to us but we were not comfortable there. Outdoor was closed due to lack of employees (it also started raining). So we were indoor.

Not a mask in sight on any staff or customer with KY Governor Beshear recommending masking indoors for vaxxed & unvaxxed, KY over 13% positivity rate and Ky Hospitals reaching capacity.

Some 8UP staff had unkept appearances. And I saw the kitchen. I inspected commercial kitchens for 10 years. Not good. Kitchen staff also unmasked, no beard nets, poor hygiene, dirty clothes.

No notification that the outdoor area would be closed or they were serving a limited menu; 3 different menus appeared before our visit, one on the website online, one on google drive, one on open table. I have been here before but not recently. Things have changed and fortunately we were able to punt & go to another place for the birthday.

Not trying to hurt business at 8UP but also don’t want others to make my mistake until these issues are remedied and corrected. I understand staff shortages but communication re: the menu should be more clear. Most important- Staff cannot serve food with poor hygiene and unkept appearances. Someone will absolutely get food borne illness.

At the bottom of this review, as I write this, it says “8 up appreciates your honest feedback” and that is what this is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I found this place in an article “Best restaurants in Louisville.” All was going well until the waitress gave another table our order. When the gentlemen told her the order was wrong, she picked up the plates and brought them to our table. She didn’t see anything wrong with this since “they didn’t touch the food.” When I refused to accept it she played the victim. No apology from her at all. When they supposedly prepared the meal for us again the sandwich was cold and the fries were colder.

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Toryqueen
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

So disappointed, save your money, time and evening. It is a beautiful patio. I really wanted to like it. But, the food was prettily prepared but overpriced for flank steak and French fries, we could get very little service, for refills, drinks, even water. And at every turn when we would have ordered more drinks or service, staff forgot us, waved us away and could or would not help. There was supposed to be a full menu but were informed it was bar only on arrival, and they advertised free valet, which was unmanned and we paid for that too. It made my romantic evening very unromantic indeed. Word to the wise don’t cash out your dining check if you want any patio service.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. We made a reservation about a week before. Got to the restaurant and was seated. Had great food, a bottle of champagne and our waiter was awesome. The hostess came out after we ordered a drink after we ate and was very accusatory about why we were sitting at a table that was reserved for guests that made a reservation. We told her we had a reservation she then came back at us asking who sat us there, and I replied. “You”. She then asked us who our waiter was and luckily he was coming up right behind her and told her he had been helping us and that we had been at his table the whole time. All 3 of us were confused by her questions. Sounds like the hostess wasn’t organized that night and took it out on us. So besides her rude tone of voice and accusing us of not being where we should be, the food, drinks and our waiter was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food menu was limited and the restaurant turned into a night club. This should be advertised.

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LaLa
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

No great views like typical rooftops. Nice overall. Food was just ok. Our waitress was very friendly

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MakaylaH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I’ve been here before and enjoyed my experience, but this time I wasn’t pleased. The lack of menu items -especially for my vegetarian friend was disappointing. The person who brought out our food was rude as well.

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ChelseaC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We went here to celebrate our engagement and we felt as if we were at an airport bar. Little to no personal touches from the staff. We were rushed through our entire meal from start to finish. The only reason to come here is for the view and even that they couldn’t get right because we were seated in a back corner overlooking a parking garage. I must state we understand places being understaffed, but that was not the reason for our terrible experience. The restaurant wasn’t busy or even close to limited capacity. Go elsewhere if you can.

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Rozzie
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely breathtaking view of downtown. Staff was amazing. The ambience and vibe of this place will keep me coming back. Date night, girls night out, or in my case, solo night out for drinks and relaxation. This place will not disappoint.

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vipPaul
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and experience. I’d definitely go again. Thanks!

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Chelsey
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

The environment was very cool but the food was very disappointing and so were the drinks. The drinks were expensive and completely iced down. They only had 2 servers and we made a reservation for outside, but when we got there we were told we were unable to sit outside.

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Levi
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Made reservations and waited roughly 30 min for anyone to even greet us.

The chef finally came out and helped us then we were seated. Our server was great for his work load.

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Will
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Had Shylnn as our server and she was great as well. Prompt and took care of us

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ZackR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They sat us promptly in a nice window seat - and then left us alone. No one came to take drink orders or talk to us or anything for about 20 minutes. Tried getting waiter attention to no avail. Left and no one talked to us or tried to stop us or anything. Could only see about 2 or 3 other tables with people at them, restaurant was mostly empty with 3 or 4 waiters visible. Not going back.

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

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is rated 3.4 stars by 707 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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