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Up Restaurant - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
1067 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Up Restaurant's contemporary, sleek space is enveloped with a walnut paneled ceiling and warm cream, flowing sheers that create both a warm and inviting presence. For those who prefer the outdoors, Up also has a gorgeous patio that overlooks the picturesque palm tree lined Highland Village shopping center.

Up restaurant focuses on classic American dishes by incorporating seasonal and premium ingredients from Texas to all over the world by using a classic timeless European technique. The diverse New American menu is inspired by Asian and parts from all over the Mediterranean to satisfy the varied taste buds of Houstonians.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Service Monday - Wednesday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday - Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday Buffet Brunch 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon-Sat 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Happy Hour available at the bar area only)

  • Phone number

    (713) 640-5416

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Up Restaurant has unique private and semi private dining areas that will meet every need.

  • Private party contact

    Lindsay Drane: (713) 640-5416

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Cross street

    Drexel

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet is available in front of Up.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,067 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    UP is permanently closed and should be removed from Open Table! Did not know this until I showed up.
  2. A

    Alicia

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Up is closed and no one from the restaurant let me know ahead of time.
  3. RR

    RickR

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    This meal cost $450 for 2 on new years eve. The filet was tough, the rissotto was good, the desserts just average. The wine average and the service was miserably bad. I wont go back
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    New Years. They made the evening feel rushed. Appetizers made it to the table before the drinks. Waiter requested the order as soon as appetizers came. It was hard to have a conversation without someone popping back in. With high end restaurants, a dessert bar is never acceptable. I have enjoyed this Restaurant on many other non occasion nights. On this New Years, they were not crowded, I feel they should have not been so quick to rush you through. A table that sits and drinks, pays the bills.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Good prix fix menu for new years eve. Great dessert buffet to finish off the meal.
  6. BH

    BillinHouston

    Houston

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Second visit to Up and we had another very good dining experience. We'll go again!
  7. DI

    DineInHouston

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The restaurant was not busy when we were there earlier this week, yet it took an hour for my friend to get her food, and I still did not have my food 30 minutes later. We asked and asked and were reassured the food was coming, but had to really push to get my food--and my friend was done with hers before I ever received any of mine. And I only ordered 2 appetizers! I will not be visiting UP again.
  8. TD

    TylerD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Horrible experience: 1) Bread was very dry and stale. It crumbled apart as I ate it. 2) Waiter did not know the menu and could not speak to the dishes. He stated, there were only 2 seafood dishes on the menu...well over 10. 3) Had to wait 40 minutes for food. We got up to leave and then they ran the food to the table. No apologies. No effort to make it up. We had the bouillabaisse (soup) and French Quarter Shrimp. These dishes are 90% assembly; not fancy dishes. 4) Small portions and overpriced. There is nothing special about their dishes/flavors/presentation. 5) I visited Up years ago and it was okay. I thought they would have improved but they got worse. I don't know how this place is still open.
  9. E

    Emmalynn

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. Service was a bit slow but that was only a problem because we needed to get to the theatre, otherwise it was absolutely perfect. I had the lobster bisque and tableside truffled pasta, and both were fabulous. My partner had the tortilla soup and lobster ravioli, and he enjoyed both, though he found the ravioli rather salty. We also shared the cream corn brulée and that was also lovely. The macaron sampler for dessert was a lot of fun -- we got it to-go and had them as snacks the next day. The macarons were huge! The restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere, full of warm-coloured light wood and bright sparkly lights. We had a table right by the window so we got to look out at Highland Village all decorated up for Christmas!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went for a late lunch during the holidays, and we were one of 3 tables, all sharing the same waiter. Considering how few tables there were, the service could have been a little more attentive, however it was by no means negligent. Food was fantastic, and I will definitely be returning.
  11. S

    Susie

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Love the atmosphere. The service was wonderful. My friend from Baltimore insists on going to UP every time she and her husband are in town. They actually went to UP the next evening before they left town.
  12. LS

    LesliS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very good but the service seemed juvenile. We felt rushed to order, appetizers arrived quickly and then there was a long wait for the entree. Filet had to be sent back because it was cold in the middle. Lobster Ravioli and New Orleans Shrimp were fantastic.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was very good. Very nice decor. Although our service was rather slow, the waiter was very nice.
  14. F

    Friendsforlunch

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Would have preferred the salmon to have been cooked to my preference...it was undercooked. Ladies room....the cleaning supplies were obviously stored under the sink area and not completely stored. Easy to get this right...yet....
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Every year a small group of my college friends get together for a holiday dinner. We always try a new spot & this was a great selection! We sat at the bar a bit even though our table was ready. They didn't care! The bartender & the staff were so nice & loved hearing the story of our annual get together. They sat us at our table when we were ready. Service was wonderful! Everyone loved their meals. We would all go back again & we all would recommend this restaurant to others
  16. c

    ccoole

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is really a lovely place ... located on third floor ... easy valet parking. Has a great feel to it. Food, cocktails, wine, service are superior... do yourself a favor!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great thanksgiving experience. Food ambiance was great
  18. n

    ndonbrown

    Houston

    77 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    After numerous off the menu occasions I looked forward to a buffet to answer just about all palates .. NOPE .. I expected a carvery turkey not a presliced over cooked bird. Desserts were dry .. mashed potatoes not traditional .. vegetables had sat in steam table way to long. A meat ball at Thanksgiving? ? While tasty not a wished for surprise! Next year ... pass.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Thanksgiving Brunch and pretty much everything was wonderful. The service was exceptional -- attentive, yet quiet and unobtrusive. The food was excellent all around . . . a few 'high's and a couple of 'lows', but overall the food experience was what you'd want from a high-end celebration buffet. It was comforting, yet a little challenging. And, the ambiance can't be beat. It is a gorgeous restaurant!
  20. MS

    MarcS

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, food was excellent. A little pricey but worth it.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First timers to this restaurant, as a family. It was a beautiful experience! Thank you so much for making our Thanksgiving dinner a memorable one.🍁
  22. TM

    TMIP

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Went here for the first time with a friend for a girls night and happened to have an opentable gift card. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive and made awesome suggestions - our dinner was delicious! Everything wasdelightful until it came time to pay. The waiter didn't know how to use the gift card (totally understandable, I'd never used one either) so the manager came over and our wine/dinner was well under the total of the gift card but I was told I couldn't keep the remaining balance it just had to be discarded. Then the manager had the audacity to tell us if we intended on leaving a tip we would have to purchase something else so he could add gratuity. Outrageous, it really spurs the evening and I'll never return to Up.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We took my wife to Up for a birthday dinner. Highland Village is decorated for the holidays so the views were beautiful as is the décor of the restaurant. Service was very good. Food was solid but not outstanding. The exception was the Paella - which was excellent.
  24. ON

    ONeilT

    Houston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place for a date impression, the food was plated nicely and the short rib was fork tender. I will go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu - lots of variety and very good for gluten free dining!
  26. AW

    AnnW

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was superior. We were disappointed to see so few patrons there. We certainly hope that this restaurant will survive!
  27. W

    Will

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday Brunch was an awesome experience. My guests were totally speechless of the beautiful view, the unbelievable service and wonderful food choices. Another outstanding dining experience!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was a nice experience. The food was good but nothing extraordinary. The service was exceptional. We would go back because the staff was so amazing that they elevated the experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, ambiance and food is superb!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed celebrating my birthday here! The service was wonderful and my waiter was amazing, oh and the ambiance! Absolutely beautiful.
  31. n

    natalieking

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    less than stellar, the food was nothing special at all, would not go back
  32. LS

    LSG81

    Houston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Sunday brunch. As usual. A definite go to.
  33. CT

    ChauT

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The host was friendly. Kept checking on us. The food was not bad. We had the Hongkong style red fish and Paella, but they are not great either. Just not too bad. My wife like the Paella. I thought authentic Paella should be a little more wet. The fish had good sauce, but was somewhat disrupted by the taste of the charcoal taste. The chocolate desert was great. The ambient was nice. We liked the decors. Had a good view looking down on Weatheimer. It was nice and quiet for a while, until they seated a young group if 6 on the adjacent table, and they talked loud. I do not like the complimentary valet, as I generally prefer to park my own car. When we left the restaurant, the valet attendant almost backed my car into another. My wife had to run out on the parking to signal him to stop. Nothing against the valet attendant though. He seemed nice and I thouht that was not the way he always drives.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ask for Alexa he is awesome'
  35. C

    Claire

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Complimentary Valet Friendly server Great service Clean/awesome interior Food was delicious (ordered lobster bisque, prime steak salad and shrimp pasta. Pasta was a bit salty but other two were awesome) Their bread is very good. It's the softest bread i've ever tasted and goes well with the lobster bisque :) Great experience for my birthday!
  36. AG

    AndyG

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've dined here several times, and it always feels special. The service is so professional and attentive and the food is reliably amazing. Great for a special occasion, or to make any day feel special. Classic dining at it's best!
  37. p

    poet1man

    Houston

    58 reviews

    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Had a nice lunch. Place was well decorated with a smooth elevator which takes you up to the lobby. The woman who greeted us was friendly and efficient. We were given water, humus and flat bread/cracker promptly. It took awhile before we were approached to order, but when taken it was done seamlessly. Burger was excellent Slow cooked Beef Short ribs were not as hot as I would have liked, which makes me feel like they were not cooking for more than 18 hours...or whatever is advertised. Anyway they tasted good enough. Fries were just okay, not bad, not special. Service was great! would go back again, and sample different items.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was average. Brussel sprouts were good. Tuna sashimi ok. Snapper ok. Short ribs ok.
  39. LD

    LDub

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was very good but the service was horrible!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High-end ratings across each category, from location to ambience, food quality to customer service. Hostess was welcoming, our server, Pedro, was amiable and attentitive. Great experience, will return!

FAQs

Up Restaurant - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 640-5416.

Up Restaurant - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 1067 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Drexel

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Service Monday - Wednesday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday - Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday Buffet Brunch 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon-Sat 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Happy Hour available at the bar area only)

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet is available in front of Up.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 640-5416

  • Private party facilities

    Up Restaurant has unique private and semi private dining areas that will meet every need.

  • Private party contact

    Lindsay Drane: (713) 640-5416

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