8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.7
667 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
What 667 people are saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZackR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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DanielL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Inventive menu, wonderful ambiance, great service.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly. Restaurant was clean. Prices were decent.

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JessieS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackson was our server and he was amazing! So funny and such great service, especially for being busy and understaffed! Food was delicious and obviously the view was gorgeous. 10/10 would recommend! :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food is not good. Had a pizza margaritas that had no flavor. Wanted to order more but our server never came back to the table. We there over an hour and the server came once. We found her sitting down chatting at a table with other customers. The area is nice outside but will never go back.

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kennyg
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birthday celebration.

DB
vipDBP1914
Western KY
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was good, but not great. I went because I’d heard about the drinks and food. COVID affected the menu, but a few more options outside pizza would’ve been good. Service was excellent and the drinks are stout! 😊

JS
JohnS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately attending this restaurant right after COVID restrictions were lifted hurt the typical ambience experience. Delicious food but limited choices and a very empty dinning room due to sparse crowds in Louisville. Waiter was fabulous throughout.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

First time here. Rooftop ambiance was great. And the good ends there. Burgers weren’t just rare, they weren’t even cooked! Mahi mahi tacos were super bland and not worth $20. Server never brought silverware and never filled our waters - the basic necessities at a restaurant, right? We also got the burgers out 20 minutes before the pizza. This place has so much potential but I will NOT be back. As someone who works in the restaurant industry, and has for YEARS, I was thoroughly disappointed. Don’t waste your money.

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CourtneyF
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our server was terrible! She brought out drinks and didn’t come back for 30 mins! We weren’t even able to order dinner! The appetizers were not very flavorful. The rooftop was beautiful and the setting is great! Would definitely go back for drinks but not dinner

JB
JamesB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Place was empty yet difficult to get a reservation. Food was not good. I’m not sure how this place stays in business.

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ColleenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & attentive service! Good food & cocktail choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great!…….hsjsksmalsjfndmalalljdjdjfnskzmxmxkcmdksp

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed 8up! The food was pretty good and I loved the location and environment. I’ll be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

host was pretty rude to us about where we could and couldn’t seat and complained about her co workers as she was seating us.

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CMelton
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I have visited 8 Up several times in the last 6 years. It use to be a highlight of my business travels. The luxury of staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, the building that the lounge is in, was a large plus The bar and its staff was something I told other people about. That is no longer true. The view is to die for. Now, the only appealing attribute. The wait staff had little experience or desire to stand out. I can buy Bourbon or a pizza several other places. The bar was limited on stock. Something I was told, all of Louisville is having a problem with, but also one of the main draws of the city and the bar. I use to be able to get a seat at the bar, when there were seats available. That was also not the case. There was no fine dinning experience, which is something you would expect with a reservation. If all of these issues are a result of Covid, then good luck. I also believe that a revolving management would also be the problem.

TJ
vipThomasJ
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Liz was great! Food was good not outstanding we got a pizza and the waygu burger,. But this place is all about the location and atmosphere which is Awesome!! Had a great time!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess is annoyed by everything. Only friendly until you ask to change something. Then she is very put out and can’t hide her annoyance. The server was awesome. The chef was awesome. The rooftop is fantastic. The value just ok. Giant bowl of fries with 4 strips of steak is $25

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Logjam
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Pre-pandemic, you could get great — though pricey — cocktails with really great food at 8Up. Service has always been slow and less than stellar. Unfortunately, their cocktails and service has continued to decline. Food remains tasty (bravo! to the kitchen staff!)

It remains a great place to get food at times other restaurants downtown tend to be closed — still a plus.

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EliseC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My family and I went to this restaurant for the first time to celebrate my birthday. We went on a Monday, which meant that it wasn't too busy. I've seen a good handful of reviews that complain about the service (reservations not being ready, bad service, etc.) but we experienced none of that. Perhaps on the weekends the restaurant is more difficult to visit, but a Monday night proved to be a great day to go. The setting is very classy and fancy, and the food was well-prepared. I would definitely go back, on the condition that it is not a crowded weekend night.

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Food is excellent and the drinks amazing. Our server was excellent , very engaging. We were greeted by each staff member with a smile and they went the extra mile to assure we had a pleasant experience. I would highly recommend this establishment

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Momof7
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I don’t understand they hype with this place. The only thing that was worthwhile was the ambiance. It’s a lovely rooftop space. The staff while friendly was not the best. The food was abysmal- at extraordinary prices. The kale/spinach dip was rich and plentiful while the sparse chips were oily and soggy. I can’t decide if they were old or the cook did not know how to fry them. Crisp was not a word I would use for them. When we asked foe more chips to finish the 2/3 left our waitress said-ummm I’ll have to see if we can do that. ?!? Same problem with the tortillas for the Mahi Mahi tacos- which otherwise were tasty but a bit fishy. The pizza and watermelon salad were so ordinary I have nothing else to add. The large portion of 3 chicken sliders were a tasty standout. This is clearly a place to get plowed at with enough food to keep people from causing trouble. If that’s you’re thing. It’s great. I’f you’re looking for good food. Keep looking

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JoshJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and service was friendly. Great selection of rare whiskey, but beware insane markups. No printed list of bourbon offerings and prices makes selecting difficult.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We had reservations for 10:30 which we made online which they let us via online portal. We got there early that was totally fine to wait for the 20 mins we asked if we could just hang out at the bar where there were 2 people seated we were told no the bartender “was not ready”. I understand a busy night, needing to decompress or not being overwhelmed completely okay. However, when we sat down at 10:35 we were not asked for our drink order or brought waters until 10:50 when our waitress informed us that the bar was going to be closing at 11pm which okay that’s fine we understand service industry and Covid messing up a lot of hours. We quickly ordered our drinks then asked for our tab because we were under the impression the bar was closing at 11. Then after closing out, quickly finishing our drinks thinking they were done at 11 we noticed at 11:05 people were still being sat and having no problems getting drinks. On our way out we also noticed about 12 people at the bar with drinks no problem when we were previously told we were not able to do so and having to wait in the lobby with no sitting area. The staff were obviously ran thin and needing better management as far as communication especially amongst all customers. I’ve been a frequent patron at 8up and 5 years in the service industry but I’ve never been so unsatisfied with this service especially on my birthday weekend. I hope they can get this together because it’s a beautiful scenery and I don’t want to see Covid having such a negative impact on a place like this.

JG
vipJayG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere were phenomenal!

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NikkiH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We specifically went here for the roof top and it was under construction. No notification online or heads up from management when we made our reservation.

The server Matt was wonderful but the ambiance was that of an empty middle school cafeteria. Would not recommend.

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Currimom
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Did not realize there was only bar food now, no entrees. We had four different items and they ranged from mediocre to good. (Cocktails were excellent, however). Building is starting to look “tired” - could use some updates and a good cleaning. Parking not validated. Overall, disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was very slow, no drinks served on patio, and food was mediocre at best. Bartender was rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service was great but I can’t say the same for their food. The mahi mahi tacos were disappointing. The shells were stale and soggy. Shrimp dippers were okay, not worth the price though. Drinks were just okay, nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, just wish there was a little more selection in this limited menu

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Jennifer
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

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Britt
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Finally we found great pizza. The best margarita pizza in all of Louisville! Thin crust with olive oil, fresh mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, and cut basil sprinkled all over; I'm getting excited thinking about it!

Fries were also very tasty with sea salt and rosemary.

Drinks were tasty. We had Old Fashions, Miracle on 4th and their Pinot Grigio.

Sebastian was super nice and accommodating. Our server Kimberly(?) was okay. Didn't introduce herself, or check on us as often as needed, and didn't recommend appetizers or desserts. Plainly took our orders and dropped off the check. We wanted another round of drinks with a dessert but ultimately paid since she did that. The runners/bussers didn't seem to have any personality but were helpful.

Overall we'd visit again because the food and atmosphere were excellent.

LA
LACEYB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

we had a mothers day meal planned here. our reservation was canceled last minute, then accommodated. once there, the staff and kitchen were underprepared. they told us how bad of a day it was and to bear with them... it was a very bad experience. then, when it was time for our checks we were told they couldnt even split up our checks and one person would need to pay for the entire party...

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day was a great experience. The breakfast potatoes were amazing. All my food came out hot and fresh.

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Gggg
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was nothing special and Pricey. The shrimp dippers were very odd....basically an egg roll on a stick? The drinks we're good but we were placed in a room that appeared to be getting prepped for a larger party. So most of our dinner was filled with loud moving furniture. The front desk was very nice and apologetic but it was very disruptive since we were there to celebrate our graduation. Overall it was a lot of money for a poor experience. Will not be back.

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DestinyD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Slow service. Expensive. No bar service. Would not sit until entire party arrived. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

For being a “fine dining” lounge, this was less than mediocre. Very disappointed in the food, drinks and service. Extremely different experience from last time we went there a couple of years ago. Wouldn’t recommend going if you’re looking for a nice place to eat and drink. Spend your money somewhere else.

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vipCedric
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our initial contact was with a hostess who oddly seemed to take our presence as an intrusion. The first waiter who came to our table never came back and for the rest of the night, we had to flag down a waiter when and where we could. Beyond that, the food was really good. We went on the "Thunder over Louisville" night so we were able to watch the fireworks which was a pleasant bonus. The bourbon was good, but a little pricey for me.

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PatrickE
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The reservation experience with OpenTable was great and we were given exactly what we wanted as far as table type, location and time. Unfortunately, 8UP restaurant is still in the process of bringing their staffing and business model back up to 100%. Large areas of the restaurant and rooftop patio area remain closed minimizing the amenities that are open. Also, the menu is scaled back for lower volume of seated occupancy and kitchen traffic. We tried multiple items off the menu for our table, most of which were great. The wings, which we have had before on the rooftop, were not good at all. Other items, such as the duck tacos, deviled eggs, burger and flat breads were great.

The music was very loud and difficult to speak over at some points in the evening. I believe this was realized and adjusted by management after a short time.

Although I do recommend this restaurant for the experience and ambiance, I must admit it is not the experience we are used to at 8UP. I am eager to see them return to their former level of service as KY relaxes restaurant restrictions and allows capacity (and staffing) to increase. We will dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was so accommodating when we asked to move inside from outside as it was a bit chilly. Server was very helpful when recommending drinks and food choices. Great experience!

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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 3.7 stars by 667 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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