8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

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594 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Please note, due to Kentucky State mandates, all Indoor Dining is closed 11/20/20 - 12/13/20.

As a result of these mandates, all reservations will be accommodated on our outdoor rooftop. This upscale rooftop space features large fireplaces, heaters, and Igloos. In-addition, complimentary blankets will be available for all guests. Despite these amenities, we do still ask you to dress appropriately for maximum comfort.

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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
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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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  • Thanksgiving Day

    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Join us at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen to experience Thanksgiving Day, with a curated menu by Chef Henry Wesley! Featuring Modern American Fare, along with holiday favorites, we invite you to join us on our upscale rooftop space featuring large fireplaces, heaters, and Igloos. In-addition, complimentary blankets will be available for all guests!

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
What 594 people are saying
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KimberlyF
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The coolest rooftop bars i have ever experienced! Firepits igloos, string lighting and fantastic view. Highly recommend. $300min for igloo. Ahi tuna tacos and squash bacon Flatbread to die for

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The staff members specifically Jeff and gialana were great and super helpful when I needed assistance with something

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DylanH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I have been several times and the reduction of the menu was disappointing

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on October 31, 2020

Thank you Dylan for your feedback and repeat business, it is truly appreciated. Due to COVID19 we have reduced our menu selection selection for the Rooftop and Lounge space. However we plan to re-open the dining room in early December which will have additional menu items. We look forward to your return visit, and I would be happy to personally setup a reservation for you at that point. Kind Regards, Nick Kowalski Director of Food and Beverage

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JillianS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My husband and I were looking to have a nice dinner on the rooftop with great views. We had looked at reviews and at the menu listed online before making reservations. When we got to the restaurant for our reservation the menu was not the menu we had seen online and instead was mainly snacks. This was not what we expected, we had eaten light all day and had dressed up to enjoy a nice dinner together. When we asked the staff we were told the menu had been changed that day. We ended up leaving and finding somewhere else to go. Very disappointing.

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RobertR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Due to COVID19, menu was Very limited; however our food order was excellent. Apparently it was first day of new menu and there were no dessert items at all for us to order which was disappointing. We would definitely go back even with the limits we experienced. Atmosphere was great.

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Sara
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome to eat outside with the view and a toasty warm heater right next to us. Drinks were good and food was excellent.

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ErinS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We made a reservation weeks in advance for our wedding anniversary, and put that in the reservation notes. We arrived early and they sat us at an extremely uncomfortable bar high top table outside and then nobody came to take our drink order for 35 minutes. The guy who did come to take our order eventually seemed to be the only one doing anything and he was very apologetic. But then, he took the drink order and it took another 15 minutes to get our drinks because they didn't have a bartender. There was a guy working behind the bar outside who watched us sit for that entire time, took the orders of 2 other parties sitting near us, but always avoided eye contact with us. I guess we weren't in his section, but he could have at least acknowledged us. A manager guy in a nice suit was walking around a bit too, but again, only our waiter seemed to be doing anything. Instead of having dinner, we made a reservation elsewhere and paid for our drinks, tipped the poor overburdened server, and left. We won't be going back.

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AustinH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Took 2 hours to get food and when we did it was burnt and cold.

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Holly
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Delicious food. We loved the rooftop. Accessing the restaurant was a little difficult. Someone from the hotel had to assist with the elevator. Will return. Good experience.

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YazminT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our waitress was terrible, We love the place and the food was great but the only thing wAs the waitress she didn’t know what she wAs doing. We will come back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

I used to love 8up but the quality has diminished drastically. I got the dry rub wings for dinner, which I have had on several other occasions. Unfortunately when they came to the table they were dried out and basically petrified. When I asked to have them redone the manager told me that that’s just how they were and basically told me my expectations were too high. The Caesar salad left a lot to be desired as well. On the bright side our server was amazing and did a great job trying to show great customer service despite her managers attempts.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was great! I had the Brussels sprouts and they were delicious. Our server wasn’t that attentive and it didn’t seem to be busy. We were seated outside so I’m not sure if he had tables inside and how many. It was almost like we had to chase him down. Also we sat at a high tip table that was small and because he didn’t come around often we had no space because he failed to clear the table throughout our dining experience. We had to ask him to do that as well. I love the vibe of the rooftop but they could work on training for the staff.

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PaulC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. One of my favorite places to start a night out on the town. Thanks!

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Nina
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience watching the Derby here - great ambiance and friendly people. The staff were very nice and accommodating, and Dave the bartender is the absolute best! I am vegan and was able to get their veggie pizza with no cheese and it was great - I will definitely make it a point to come here next time I'm in Louisville, love this place!

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vipJosephL
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Went to enjoy food and atmosphere early only had one server with 46 covers and manager was continually seating him, felt bad my wife never got her food, couldn’t get refills on drinks. Complained to manger she didn’t care, won’t be back. I will say my halibut was really good. But my wife looking at me with no food and drink for 40 minutes ruined it all. Learn how to manger covers and walk ins.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely nice & relaxing experience. Excellent customer service!!! Great food!!!!

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KristinaL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I gave the food a 3 star because we didnt even stay long enough to eat because or our experience. The service was TERRIBLE. We made a reservation and when we approach the hostess she rudely tells us to hold on. She proceeds to dance and talk to the bar tender making drinks and we were passed by several times before a manager came over and seated us. Took 20 minutes to get a glass of water. The view was okay..not breathtaking, but decent and I'm sure it would have been even better once the sun went down but we were so aggravated about the treatment that we got up and left. If bad service doesnt deter you, I'm sure this place would be worth a visit but, unfortunately, service is my #1 concern and this service was an epic fail. We will definitely NOT be back. They have alot if potential but their staff needs an overhaul or a more training in customer service and hospitality for sure!

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PorshaB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

This place was not what my wife and I expected. Overpriced food, poor service the only thing good was the drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We went for my son’s actual 16 birthday. We included that in our reservation notes. We asked for them to make any fuss that was possible. It was not mentioned by them, only by us. They closed out our bill before we were able to order dessert. Our server was very uninterested in us. We had to ask him to order drinks, appetizers and entrees. Our entrees were brought out 20 minutes apart.
On a positive note, the cheeseburgers that my husband and son ordered were very good.

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TravisS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think in non covid times this place would be even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was extremely disappointed with the limited menu and food quality. I had heard such great things about this place and was sad about the experience. We requested an outside table but they did not have any available in the shade so we sat inside. Perhaps we will try again post COVID.

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

John, our server, hardly came to our table all evening, when we asked for condiments he would take 20-30 minutes to bring us them, he made rude comments to us, and when we asked him why we were not being served he told us he was spending time at his other tables. It was very upsetting because we watched him be very attentive to all of his other guests, but intentionally did not come near our table. We had to ask for our bill multiple times before we got it.

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vipdanae
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience4

Our sever Stacey was enthusiastic, postive and attentive

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vipLibbyG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The service was absolutely horrible. We had our food come out 20 minutes apart with no explanation, never got plates for our pizza despite asking, never got waters refilled, never got checked on or offered another drink, had to flag down waiter for Bill, then had to get up and go to the kitchen to ask for a box for leftover pizza after asking two people for one. Probably never had service this bad before. No attempt to even try to be friendly. They did seem understaffed but never even tried to explain or apologize.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good but they’re operating on a limited menu currently which I was disappointed in seeing but TOTALLY understandable given the circumstances! We sat outside and they had great precautions set in place!

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vipDustinB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Wine selection is not good. Amazing atmosphere but the website doesn’t show the updated restrictions on the limited food menu.

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MikaylaM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Atmosphere and food were good but service was absolutely terrible.

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TeeS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Compliments to the chief.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Check it out 11/10

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kb1989
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Salad was warm and pizza was just ok. Would not return.

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JohnP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

A nice place to meet and drink. Food left little to be desired ... hang up the Apron

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on June 20, 2020

Hello John, I apologize the food was not to your liking, we are making adjustments each day and week as we re-open to enhance our menu and quality for our guests. We have recently added more items for our weekend menu and as we are allowed more guests we will be adding more items that will be closer to the our menu before Covid. We hope you let us know next time you are in to ensure your visit goes better! -Michael Pitsiladis, Food and Beverage Manager

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LindseyM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little area for cocktails and outdoor lounging. The cabana was perfect and The weather was absolutely beautiful. Perfect little bar menu to order from. The food was great and the service was top-notch.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on June 20, 2020

Hello Lindsey, We are so glad you enjoyed yourself! I am thrilled that everything was to your liking, as this is the first full week of our re-open we strive to continue to better our quality we are very happy and thankful you were able to enjoy yourself! We look forward to seeing you again soon!! -Michael Pitsiladis, Food and Beverage Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I requested outside eating and I was seated inside with the sun shining right in 2 of our eyes, even though I went up and asked for outside. Then a group after mine was seated outside. Our food did not come out together, my husbands pizza was cold by the time 2 of our burgers came out and we had to ask for the 4th meal that came out at least 10 mins later then it was not even good. The waitress tried to make up for it and offered us dessert but you didn’t even have the dessert on the menu.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on June 17, 2020

I do apologize for your less then great experience, as this was our first week opening under the new covid guidelines we are working diligently to ensure every guest has a great experience. I am sorry we let you down on Saturday. As we are growing in the new restrictions and guidelines we are quickly making adjustments to enhance our guests visits with us. Please know we are taking all feed back during these first few weeks to enhance each persons experience. -Michael Pitsiladis, F&B Manager

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Kamee
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First night opening after CoVid-19. It took 30 mins to even get a waiter to the table to take our drink order. However, they were very understaffed and not as prepared for the diners. Overall our waiter made up for it. Trial and error for a very unprecedented time. We made sure to tip generously regardless of the delay in service

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on June 14, 2020

Hello Kamee, We appreciate your business, and apologize for the long wait times on Friday evening. We have quickly made adjustments to our approach during our re-opening process, which includes steps to ensure the success of our amazing servers and bartenders that have returned. We appreciate your patience and hope to see you again soon to enjoy more times on the roof top. -Michael Pitsiladis, Food and Beverage Manager

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JasmineC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Management should have stepped up to assist servers on the roof top. The team was clearly not prepared for their first day open.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Responded on June 14, 2020

Hello Jasmine, I do apologize that your time with us was less then satisfactory. We have since made an adjustment to our management team, and have put better plans in place to ensure the success of our servers and guest experience. We would love to have you back with us on our roof top. Please call us if there is any thing more we can help with to enhance your experience with us in the future. -Michael Pitsiladis, Food & Beverage Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed so we had to go elsewhere.

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JesseH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

For the price highly disappointed. Bartender acted like she didn't want to be there. Took 20 minutes to get a menu (while seated at the bar) only after asking for it. She gave us one menu, there were two of us.

Food was meh. Atmosphere was probably the best thing overall, but for how much this place costs honestly I could have gotten better food and service at a dive bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my best friend. Great service and very informative servers!

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mumcindy
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Have been here before and it was excellent. Not this time. Service was terrible. Our “waiter” should find a more appropriate occupation. The food was not 5 star quality The managers are rude and obviously unaware of what has happened to their restaurant. Use to love this place. After this evening we won’t be back.

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JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was ok, nothing was bad but I’ve had similar food at half the price. Small portions and expensive. It is a unique space and all cool kids on social media seem to think the rooftop area with igloos etc is the place to be photographed. So if you want a great post, definitely check it out. If you’re looking for a great food experience, try somewhere else.

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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 4 stars by 594 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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