Up on this rooftop there are no reindeer paws, nor will Santa Claus jump out, but this rooftop restaurant and bar does offer some great food, drinks and one heck of a view of Downtown Greenville from atop of the Embassy Suites.
Up on the Roof is divided into two areas- the bar and the dining room. The bar area dimly lit with a few hightop tables and seating at the bar, and also leads to the patio outside featuring fire pits and lounge seating. This is probably the main attraction as it gives beautiful views of downtown.
Up on the Roof’s menu has quite a few small plate options, such as Upstate Provisions Charcuterie Block (full of locally sourced meats and cheeses), Humpty Dumpties (deviled eggs) and forest mushroom flatbread, which are all great for sharing. You could even choose not to share and get something a little more filling, such as the Duck N’ Waffles, the Wagyu Strip Loin, or the Miso-glazed butterfish.
The drink menu is also packed full of wonderful goodies, such as local craft beers, a few classic cocktails that have been taken to the next level with fresh squeezed juices, and some bottle cocktails made with fresh ingredients in house.
The Southern Fellow’s Experience
So, I have actually been to Up on the Roof twice. My first time, I did not eat. I only visited the bar area on opening night, which I enjoyed two of the bottled cocktails- It’s Strawberry Thyme and Up in the Air. It’s Strawberry Thyme is muddled strawberries, gin, cointreau, thyme and lemon sour which is bottled and carbonated. Up in the Air consist of gin, fino sherry, lemon sour, prosecco, orange juice and vanilla bitters. Both are fantastic drinks!
During my second visit, I had the Rooftini, another bottled cocktail but without the fizz. The Rooftini consists of Hanger One Kaffir Lime, Skyy vodka, rosemary simple syrup, blueberry-blackberry simple syrup, cranberry juice and triple sec. If you are a cosmo fan, this is for you!
During my second visit, I had dinner with my friend “B”. We shared the fried chicken lettuce wraps- fried chicken topped with a soy sauce in a piece of lettuce, served with goat cheese ranch. We also shared the oyster bake- Atlantic oysters with spinach topped with a parmesan-bacon crust. (If you aren’t a bacon lover, the oyster bake is not for you, but it is quite delicious)
I had the grilled octopus for my meal, which is served with tempura fingerling potatoes and smoked sausage. This should be on your list of things your must try.
“B” had the Heritage Farms Pork Ribs served with ginger slaw, which I was fortunate enough to taste. They were nice and juicy.