The view’s the thing at Up on the Roof, the new bar/restaurant atop Embassy Suites at RiverPlace. And what a view it is (see page 6)! From this ninth-floor vantage point, the Reedy River and Falls Park fan out in one direction and the distant Blue Ridge Mountains frame the other. At night, watch as the downtown cityscape dons a shimmering mantle.
A novel idea from Sizzling Steak Concepts— parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House— Up on the Roof features an indoor dining space furnished with tables of different heights, so no matter where you sit, you can savor the scene through large picture windows.
Weather permitting, the 5,000-square-foot outdoor rooftop deck is the place to be. Low-slung couches, glass-enclosed fire pits, and TV screens bedeck this lofty lair adjacent to the bar. “We wanted this space to be completely different from Ruth’s Chris [off the hotel lobby], in terms of its lower price point, and more casual atmosphere and style of food,” explains Greenville area manager Kirk Watkins.
The menu, conceived by Chef Eric Omick, transforms regional ingredients into global small plates such as juicy, ginger-and-soy-glazed fried-chicken lettuce wraps; ahi sashimi nachos; and a quartet of deviled eggs, each with its own accoutrements—trout roe, crispy bacon, a baby dill pickle, and “devil’s dust.”
Good Spirits // At Up on the Roof, house-crafted cocktails are bottled daily and served with a corresponding fresh fruit garnish in an ice-filled glass. Enjoy them with a diverse selection of appetizers and sharable plates, like the fried chicken lettuce wraps and deviled eggs, while taking in the jaw-dropping view.
Centerpiece of the bar program, batches of hand-crafted cocktails are mixed daily with fresh-squeezed juices and muddled fruit, then poured into 6-oz. soda bottles and tied with hand-lettered labels. Flavors pop in eight alcohol-spiked combinations with witty names like “It’s Strawberry Thyme” and “My Tie.”
Bottle Rocket // Up on the Roof at Embassy Suites Downtown takes spring cocktails to new heights
Classic cocktails also share the menu with local craft beers, an eclectic wine list, and an impressive roster of bourbons (note to aficionados: the bar stocks 13- , 15-, and 25-year-old Pappy Van Winkle).
You may come for the view, but the cocktails will keep you here.
Up on the Roof, 250 RiverPlace, Greenville; (864) 242- 4000, eatupdrinkup.net; Open daily, 11am–midnight