8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.6
648 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 648 people are saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EliseC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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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
3 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
3 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.

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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
Toronto
13 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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NicePatio
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere.

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vipRobertS
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The whole city is struggling with service and this place especially

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Bachelorette Dinner

Waitress was terrible and very very rude.
Very limited menu
Slow service
Not welcoming at all
Several attempts to confirm reservation with manager due to special occasion and zero call backs.

Would not go here again. Still left 20% because I used to be a server but was completely let down by this place.

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AmyW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Food was excellent - especially the brussel sprouts! Music was a bit louder than necessary, but didn't negatively impact our experience. Will definitely be back!

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Icgrn
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was great. Drinks were good. We ordered the pineapple upside down cake that was terrible and the french vanilla cheesecake taste like it came out of a box but was okay. When back in town will probably go back for drinks and the ambiance.

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JordanC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Showed up 15 minutes early for our reservation. Waited 30 minutes to get a table. Then after 40 minutes at an empty table we went to the host and asked when we would be waited on. They apologized and offered to comp the appetizer. Then they didn't actually comp the appetizer. I was highly displeased as this was my wedding anniversary.

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Snata
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Waitress was a little preoccupied with other tables, had to ask for water on several occasions

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Hamburger was ordered medium but came out rare. Chicken sliders didn’t come until everyone else was done eating.

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KettaM
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful time! Very few food choices. Possibly due to COVID 19. Awaiting my next visit!

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AshelyB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves my mom especially it was her 50th birthday and we will be back

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TTTT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited menu but nice atmosphere and the server was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
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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vipDavidB
Indiana
5 reviews
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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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 648 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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