8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.8
615 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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Experiences

  • Easter Brunch

    Apr 4, 2021 only

    Join us at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen to celebrate Easter! Enjoy a specially curated brunch menu by Chef Henry Wesley, featuring Modern American Fare, along with holiday favorites!

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 615 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Made a reservation and was told upon arrival there would be a 30 minute wait if we wanted to sit inside and a 15 min wait to sit outside in the 40 degree weather. Luckily we were able to grab a ($20) cocktail at the bar during our wait. 35 minutes later we were sat in the corner and forgotten about. We waited another 30 minutes and decided to take our business elsewhere. Don’t bother waisting your time here!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

#Louisvillerestaurantweek! Such a great deal! This was a delayed birthday dinner for my mom and we enjoyed every bit! Earlier in the week, I sent mom the menus of all the restaurants participating and she said she wanted shrimp and grits. 8 Up it is. There was so much food! I could have made a dinner out of the Brussels sprouts appetizer! We basically shared one meal and she took the other home, the shrimp was perfectly cooked with the grits and the bourbon, pineapple upside down cake was the perfect ending. I wish we had walked out on the rooftop earlier... the heaters and table fireplaces would have been plenty warm enough for us to enjoy our evening on the rooftop. Don’t be afraid... even in the 50’s with a nice sweater, we would have been very comfortable!

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Lauren
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was great! She was attentive, helpful, and accommodating. The ambiance was great as always. Love the atmosphere. Cocktails were delicious but a little over priced in my opinion. We did the restaurant week meal deal and while only $36 for 3 courses, we felt it was a mistake for both of us to do it. The appetizer of Brussel sprouts, while good, was way too large of a portion for 1 person and with it being our only option for the app, it was way too much having two servings. We felt the same about dessert. A whole dessert basically went to waste and because it was covered in ice cream so we couldn’t bring it home. For the entree, I felt the portion was good and the shrimp were delicious but the grits were grainy and lacked in flavor. There was also way too much grits to shrimp. For $36 the amount of food you got was a great deal but for $72 for two people to eat identical meals, it was regretful. Overall I would come back but probably not for restaurant week.

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DavidB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Disappointed to learn the bar did not have access to Big Ten Network for Men's Basketball games upon arrival. Returned for ACC match-up but did not have great TV screen view. The Bacon Cheeseburger, Brussel Sprouts, and Parmesan Fries were decadent and helped assuage our NCAA withdrawal.

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LateshaH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for 10pm arrived to find out our reservation he been giving to Wasn’t seated till 1035 orders appetizers the chicken was old never received our full appetizer order before they told us the kitchen was close we couldn’t place our order

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PernellB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is contemporary with spacious dining area,The Food was delicious and service was great.

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KenT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The female hostess was awful and non attentive and kept the black crowds waiting 30 minutes or longer past their reservation time without any communication. I had to continuously ask her what the hold was as she seated others who came in way past their reservation time ( I asked the patrons of their times). The manager kept walking by not saying anything about the issue, once finally seated it took forever for the waiter to even take our drink orders. The food took FOREVER!!!! for no reason because it was not a crowded night AT ALL! I got there at 830 and didn't go up until 850 for my 9:00 reservation, hostess continuously said wait because it was still a few minutes until 9, 9:00 still not seated, 9:15 she still said wait, 9:30 she still said wait! We get seated mind you just a party of two, we get seated at 9:47 and didn't get drinks until 10:00 PM and food at 10:32 PM. The menu was so little and so subpart it was ridiculous and not everyone eats duck or duck fat! All we were stuck to order with was burgers and fries unfortunately. I could've stayed home and made that. The soda was flat with no fizz in it, the wine was dry and super bitter. The worst!!!!!! First time EVER!!!!!!!! Never again will I go back nor recommend this travesty to anyone!!!!

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PaulF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

They were completely out of the 3 main dishes.Brussels sprouts were great! Pizzas were meh! Salads were not even an option. I will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Our sever was really great, and honestly she was the only thing that saved the dinner at all. She earned a good tip regardless. I should have asked for a different table to start. We were seated off in a corner without a view of the city. Our table was wobbly, but I didn’t want to be a pain. They were busy, but seemed well staffed enough for the crowd, especially considering multiple times there we saw staff standing around talking at the bar. Our drinks took around 10 minutes to get to the table after we ordered them, the bar did not seem busy. I had a bourbon and she had a signature cocktail. The bourbon was great, but you can’t mess that up. For a $20 cocktail it better be great, but it was just mediocre. I had the burger and she had the tacos. We received my burger, and were told the tacos would be right out. We split my fries and waited patiently. The fries and the aoli were great. Our waitress apologized as she brought out the tacos about 10 minutes later. They were cold, and by that time so was my burger. The food tasted great, but the the wait and the temperature ruined it. The portion of the duck tacos were small. Again thankfully the waitress sensed our frustration and took the tacos off our bill. Could have been a great experience, but for the price tag you expect great service all around. We won’t be returning there.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and staff was superb.

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AHatten
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our best stops for cocktails while visiting Louisville for small getaway and we tried a few appetizers that were absolutely fabulous as well. Will definitely be back the next time we visit!

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Mary
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone was very hospitable. Little disappointed by the limited menu due to the pandemic but everything we had was very good. Ambiance was nice for a winter night out.

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ShawnP
Western KY
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We were expecting more of a selection for food. Two of the items on the menu were at least 125.00. We did not like the selection at all we ordered a hamburger and two order of fries and went somewhere else to eat.

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vipAndrea
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good, the guacamole and truffle pizza is what we ordered. Guac gave a good amount and was delicious, however, the truffle pizza was way overpriced. Our waiter was seriously the worst ever. Hardly came to our table and when he did to drop off something we ordered he immediately turned and walked away. Went 45 minutes without water refilled, never got asked how our food or drinks were, had to ask three times for silverware, just horrible service all around. The food was good but will not return.

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Mike
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pork shoulder was outstanding and could have easily served four versus just my wife and I — but it was delicious !! Josh did a great job serving and was spot on with his bourbon recommendations. In fact we liked the food so much we came back the next night for the Tomahawk Ribeye. Thank you for a couple great nights of dining !!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years celebration! It was sooo much fun!

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RonF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for 2 on New Years Eve. Tables spread out, clean and server wore a mask. Good cocktail selection. Basic wine list. Choice between 4 entrees or bar menu. Upscale choices. Everything was very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It would be great if the restaurant could put more covered area in the outside dining area! As it was so cold that we had to leave early.

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ShawnJ
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I reserved an igloo and when we arrived, they said they didn’t have that for us, only general outdoor seating was available. They seated us in wet chairs, far from any heat source and don’t come to take our drink order for nearly 20 minutes. We got up and left. Terrible customer service. Didn’t even apologize.

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MilwPR
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Great cocktails and atmosphere. Staff was attentive and our server was awesome.
Food is diner quality at best. Not flavorful or innovative. Things like potatoes having no seasoning at all. Meats (everything we had) tasting baked, without any char, seasoning or sauce either. Based on the prices, this food should have been much better, end to end.

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keen
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We should have left when we found it difficult to even get to the restaurant! Elevators not working, wrong signage, etc....We had reservations for an igloo. They took us out on the deck and left us. Didn't tell us where to sit. Seats were wet. I went in to say we reserved an igloo. They said sure but we would have to wait an hour even though no one was in them. They gave us a towel to wipe off our seats. Told us it is a minimum purchase of $200 for an igloo That was fine but we would still have to wait! Then a waiter came out and told us it was going to rain.
We walked out. Worst experience in a restaurant EVER!!! Didn't even eat. 10 people employed just standing around yet no one helped us.

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vipKimberlyF
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
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
3 reviews
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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vipPaulC
Miami
11 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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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 631-4180.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is rated 3.8 stars by 615 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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