Vertex Sky Bar

4.3
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79 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The art deco style of the Hotel Alex Johnson is carried through in the custom-designed bar and wine cabinet that house a premium selection of whiskeys, beers, and wines at the perfect temperature. Our bartenders are schooled on all the classics, but if you want something with a bold twist, shake it up with one of our custom cocktails. We are a private bar open to Hotel guests and Vertex Members. If you are neither a Hotel guest or Member, you may make dinner reservations and pay a $20 cover charge. Outside seating is first come first serve. We look forward to seeing you!
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Slow service. Relegated to a small, dark dormer room for old people.

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vipDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took a while to get our order but it didn't matter because the Sky Bar was such a wonderful place to enjoy! The staff were attentive and super friendly. So as long as you're not in a hurry, and want to just enjoy your surroundings - it was wonderful!

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TheresaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique restaurant to the hotel - alittle too cool that night to enjoy the nice rooftop area, however, we had the buffalo steak since we were in South Dakota, and it was delicious. We had a very nice time.

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vipStephane
South Dakota
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is consistently a good place to go. Lately there have been some minor errors where there used to be none....overworked staff????
Outside is always the beat option.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience3

Made the reservation thinking it would be rooftop, but all reservations are actually only for indoor seating which was a little disappointing. Food and drinks were very expensive, but you are paying for the atmosphere.

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Grant
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

This place is overrated and overpriced. If you’re not a guest or member at the hotel, it costs $20 to get up to the restaurant (was not made clear when o booked).

Additionally, the service was poor. No water, no silverware. At one point when my water was empty, the server came up to our table to take our order with a full pitcher of water, and then did not refill mine and refilled the rest of the patio.

Good food, but not for the price.

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MadisonC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We stayed at The Alex Johnson and were very excited to try Vertex. We walked in and simply asked if where we were at was where to check in and the lady said, “you’re going to have to wait.” Right off the bat, it was bad. Then we were sat down in a back corner of a room and got our menus by one person, water from another, and then 15-20 minutes went by and no one came to even get drink order/introduce themselves as a waitress. I can’t speak to their food, but seeing it being toted up on the elevator was a little disgusting. We will not be recommending this restaurant.

MD
MistyD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating here, it’s never a disappointment!!! Thank you for all you do!!

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vipSteveWitmer
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance! Great place to relax, enjoy a delicious dinner, and sit by the fire pit as the stars glisten above. We went there two nights in a row because the first time was so much fun!

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TMB520
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice, but I probably won’t go back. Food excellent; service was inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great experience. The bathrooms could have used some attention.

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Eejohnny
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Well the server was great with how and what she had to work with. She took our wine order then had to run downstairs to get it, only they were out of it. So she had to run down and up again for a new bottle. Anytime we forgot to ask for something she had to run up and down. The walleye fingers were disappointing and the brussetta was good but 4 tiny bites. Vertex is going down hill fast, needs improvement badly.

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ColleenJ
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dinner was good but nothing to write home about. It was average. Sauce on pasta was too thick and clumpy but taste was acceptable.

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vipSandy
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! I read that it was the restaurant with the best views in South Dakota, and it was! Our waitress Hannah was great! Delicious cocktails and food!! Loved the fire pits!! We do wish the waitstaffhad better masks, some kept slipping off and that was disturbing . Otherwise a wonderful experience and the best food we had on our trip!

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vipBrianB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Fillets I’ve ever had.

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JulieC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great ambience, great views, wonderful place for a drink. I haven't lived in Rapid City for 3 decades and went back for a visit. The food at the Alex Johnson is still absolutely fantastic - some of the best you can find in South Dakota. The service was really disappointing - horrible hardly describes it. After waiting a long time, we finally ordered our own drinks at the bar and eventually went and stood in front of the wait staff at the entrance to the bar until they took our food order.

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vipStephane
South Dakota
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were surprised at our experience. Pre-covid this place was so good! Great service, great food , everything. Maybe a bad night but definitely has dropped in quality.

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vipLoveFilets
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town and wanted to enjoy the ambiance and view of the Vertex. Always yummy food and drinks.

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CurtisL
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and hospitality was wonderful! We love this place and were very happy with the friendly staff and service. The food was top notch and the drink menu was amazing!
Will definitely be back!

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vipJRGreve
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Food was excellent, great date night spot.

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CrazyKenny
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the outside patio, they had the tables set up very nice for social distancing. Hailee was our waitress and her service was exceptional.

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a wonderful time there! The service is spectacular!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'd love to know how the chef tenderizes the steaks! They were wonderful. Walleye fingers and hogs in a blanket were also excellent appetizer choices. That view! Very nice Mothers Day celebration.

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CurtisL
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, service was excellent and we were treated
great - our table was wonderful - certainly will return!!

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tRiO
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our best meal at Vertex. The service was great and the food was wonderful. My steak was a perfect medium-rare and the salmon was excellent. I would have given a solid 5-star rating, but both levels of the restaurant were so chilly that all of us were uncomfortable. Cold air was pouring out of the vents by our table. The staff was aware that it was cold,,,not sure what was being done to remedy the situation.

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 12 + and our server, Mitch, gave professional, friendly, and accurate service. The DJ is our favorite feature!

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vipStephane
South Dakota
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipGreat
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine were fantastic. MItch took very god care of us.
Highly recommended for happy hour.

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Ditty
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An overall great experience. We arrived a little early so our table was not quite ready. We got a glass of wine at the bar and went upstairs to look at the view. It was rainy and too cool to enjoy our drink outside, but would be lovely in nice weather. We were shown to our wonderful table right by a large beautiful window overlooking Rapid City. Service was terrific and the food delicious. There was a delicious Wedge Salad and a vegetarian main course Quinoa Bowl that was excellent for one dinner. The other, a chicken dish was also delicious. The service was excellent from hostess, bartender, waitress. If you are in Rapid City this is a must try.

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vipKarineM
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As mentioned in an earlier review, the food was delicious. Great wine list but without mentions of the year. We wanted a Champagne from Duval Leroy but they didn’t have it anymore, so we had instead a great pinot noir from Oregon.

KM
vipKarineM
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Except for the fact that the waitress didn’t know the wine list and no years were mentioned in the wine list (not correct at all for some wines which supposedly received some awards), the food was really good. Plus you have a nice view of the Black Hills from the roof top.

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vipReginaW
Little Rock
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were staying in the hotel and came upstairs for our Anniversary Dinner. I was told they had no seating and were completely booked to come upstairs to find a empty restaurant. There was no one to greet us . We didn’t know where to go. Finally a food runner got off the elevator and said sit anywhere it’s open seating. After seating ourselves, we had to go find a waitress. The food was nothing compared to what we had at Talley Spoon and Delmonico’s. It was really a disappointment. Room service would have been better. On my return next year I won’t bother dining in the hotel.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had drinks and dinner at the Vertex and really had a good time. Everything was excellant from the service we received to our dinner and drinks. Would definitely come back and recommend it to any travelling to Rapid City!

KB
KenB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Ordered appetizer ahead of time. It did not come until food was ready. Should have been there sooner. Service was slow. Not once did a manager come to check on how things were.

The ambiance was great though. Best view in town. The food was good. Little pricey, but expected for the atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hotel guests. First day could not find outside table. Second day made a reservation. Much better experience.

SC
vipSeanC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food and service were very good, however we were seated in the lower dining area and another table in the area were very loud and very drunk and Vertex did nothing to address the issue which was a disappointment.

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oldwest
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vertex is a special experience for Rapid City. The summertime views from the top deck are spectacular. They are making strives toward bringing a higher quality product and service to town. They have a ways to go but are far ahead of others in the city. Wish they would encourage the dress code more, but this is an age of sloppy dressing, so understand... I appreciate what they are doing. Patronize them.

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EricE
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great in helping to adjust for an increase in our group size at the last minute. Can't thank Vertex enough for an easy unstressful experience.

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Roadrn
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We waited 1 hour before our food was served and we were only one of 2 couples in the dining room. They did not have enough staff and the staff they did have had to run up and down a flight of stairs to the kitchen and bar. Very disappointing.

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viprobin341
Las Vegas
109 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place,good food but a bit disorganized which made the meal cold

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Vertex Sky Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

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