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Permanently Closed - Up Restaurant

1066 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Italian, Mediterranean
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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)
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Phone number
(713) 640-5416
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Up Restaurant has unique private and semi private dining areas that will meet every need.
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Private party contact
Lindsay Drane: (713) 640-5416
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Cross street
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet is available in front of Up.
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Special events & promotions
Private and semi-private dining available for special events.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on February 21, 2017

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

Alicia (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 20, 2017

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

RickR (Houston)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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

BillinHouston (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

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

vipDineInHouston (Houston)
2.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

TylerD (Houston)
1.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

Emmalynn (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

Susie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

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

Friendsforlunch (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

Would have preferred the salmon to have been cooked to my was undercooked.

Ladies room....the cleaning supplies were obviously stored under the sink area and not completely stored. Easy to get this right...yet....

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

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

ccoole (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Great thanksgiving experience. Food ambiance was great

vipndonbrown (Houston)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2016

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