8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.6
682 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
16 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
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was great, the food was ok.

SH
vipSarahH
Louisville
11 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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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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DanielL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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.

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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

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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
9 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
4 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
3 reviews
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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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 682 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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