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Vertex Sky Bar

4.3
4.3
121 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 1 time today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday-Thursday: 4:00 pm-12:00 am

    Friday-Saturday: 4:00 pm-2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (605) 342-1210

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

Menu

Starters

  • Smoked Salmon$30.00

    Cured smoked salmon, assorted pickled condiments, garlic dill cream cheese, Sturgeon caviar, zest cured egg yolk, and gourmet crackers

    • Balsamic Roasted Brussels$11.00

      Sauteed Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, lardon, golden raisins, and a balsamic honey glaze

      • Charcuterie Board$21.00

        Rotating selection of cured meats, cheeses, and accoutrements

        • Bruschetta Pull Apart$11.00

          Round artesian French bread baked with garlic, tomato pesto, mozzarella, and garnished with fresh basil

          • Prosciutto & Arugula Flad Bread*$13.00

            Prosciutto, garlic, mozzarella, grated cured egg yolks, arugula, and fresh Parmesan

            • Vertex Flat Bread*$13.00

              Artichokes, garlic, caramelized grapes, fresh spinach, candied red onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, and drizzled with Sriracha honey glaze

              • Walleye Fingers$16.00

                Panko breaded & deep fried walleye with cocktail sauce and Sriracha tartar sauce

                Salads

                • Iceberg Wedge$11.00

                  Tomato, pickled red onion, crispy lardon, blue cheese crumbles, triple dressed with blush vinaigrette, blue cheese dressing, and balsamic reduction

                  • Kale Caesar$13.00

                    Pickled fennel, baby kale, fried artichoke petals, Parmeaesan, Caesar dressing drizzle, and topped with a poached egg

                    • House$7.00

                      Field greens, pickled red onions, marinated tomatoes, radishes, crushed smoked almonds, chopped dates, lemon Dijon vinaigrette

                      Salad Add Ons

                      Add to Any Salad

                      • Chicken$6.00

                        • Salmon$10.00

                          Entrees

                          • 8oz C.A.B. Tenderloin$46.00

                            Tenderloin cooked to your liking with a mushroom compound butter or blue cheese butter, seasonal vegetable, and black truffle mac 'n cheese

                            • Chicken Saltimbocca*$25.00

                              Red Bird organic chicken over a nest of angel hair pasta with prosciutto, housemade lemon sauce, and sage garnish

                              • Wild Atlantic Salmon & Crab Cake$39.00

                                Pan-seared wild salmon from Dakota Seafood with a housemade crab cake, chervil sauce, fried capers, blistered tomatoes, and pesto gnocchi

                                • Angel Hair alle Vongole*$19.00

                                  Baby clams cooked with white wine, butter, shallots, garlic, lemon, crushed red pepper over a nest of angel hair pasta and ciabatta bread

                                  • Sky Bar Burger*$16.00

                                    Seasoned C.A.B. with brie cheese, Nueske's bacon, arugula, pickled onions, garlic aioli toasted bun with housemade rosemary & sea salt French fries and roasted bell pepper ketchup

                                    • Bistro Open-Face Steak Sandwich*$17.00

                                      Sliced beef tenderloin, garlic aioli toasted ciabatta bun, kale salad, balsamic pearls, caramelized onion relish with housemade rosemary & sea salt French fries, and roasted bell pepper ketchup

                                      • Sweet Greek Bowl$15.00

                                        Quinoa, sweet potato, artichoke, kale, shaved Brussels sprouts, red onion, hummus, Kalamata olives, and citrus honey glaze

                                        Desserts

                                        • Creme Brulee$8.00

                                          Caramelized sugar crust over creamy, smooth egg custard

                                          • Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake$8.00

                                            Rich, buttery, deeply flavorful, and insanely delicious

                                            Last updated: February 15, 2021

                                            What 121 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                            4.3
                                            4.3 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.3Food
                                            • 4.7Service
                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                            • 4.1Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. LD

                                              LynneD

                                              South Dakota

                                              13 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              13 reviews

                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Very nice evening. Ryan was a great server

                                            2. W

                                              Walters

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The whole rooftop dining experience was amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

                                            3. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              South Dakota

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 11, 2021

                                              overall2food2service4ambience5

                                              Girlfriend asked for medium rare steak it came out well done(when it was remade it had very little seasoning and no compound butter), my chicken was bland and dryer than a brick. Our server was wonderful and the drinks were good. About the only redeeming qualities.

                                            4. MP

                                              MaryP

                                              Philadelphia

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on September 28, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great place for cocktails and dinner.

                                            5. CD

                                              CityDweller

                                              New York Area

                                              24 reviews

                                              vip
                                              2.0

                                              24 reviews

                                              Dined on September 17, 2021

                                              overall2food2service4ambience5

                                              The restaurant, and hotel it is in, has a great deal of charm. The wait staff pleasant enough. They were also very kind to provide a wonderful table that we are grateful. We went for the praised rooftop experience but the weather wasn't behaving so we had to eat inside. But the food... inedible. The amount they charged for a tenderloin dish and a salmon and crab cake dish did not come close to edible quality. Yet, the bill was similar to one we would pay in an upscale restaurant in Manhattan. Cocktail was nothing too memorable either. Go for a decent experience, but keep to a lite fare to avoid disappointment to your stomach and wallet.

                                            6. p

                                              philips

                                              Philadelphia

                                              13 reviews

                                              vip
                                              1.0

                                              13 reviews

                                              Dined on September 8, 2021

                                              overall1food3service4ambience4

                                              It was outrageous that I had to pay $25 to get on the elevator to the restaurant. Total surprise and not worth it.

                                            7. t

                                              travelbug

                                              Oklahoma City

                                              20 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on September 6, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The rooftop setting is wonderful; food was excellent, as was the service. We enjoyed the experience.

                                            8. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 4, 2021

                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                              1st table too small no view. No option given for outdoor dining when I made the reservation. Furnishings were dated. We did get another table with a view so it worked out. Overall a good meal and experience

                                            9. MH

                                              MartyH

                                              South Dakota

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on July 25, 2021

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Good food. Was a tad cold. They bring the food from downstairs. Waiter was very attentive. View is great.

                                            10. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Miami

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on July 21, 2021

                                              overall5food3service5ambience3

                                              Our waitress was great and the drink was good, we will be back to try the food.

                                            11. WH

                                              WindyH

                                              Charleston

                                              22 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              22 reviews

                                              Dined on July 15, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The views and ambiance of this restaurant are great! Our server was excellent and the food did not take long to be served. The hostess was a bit cold (maybe she thought we didn’t have reservations?) but our waiter made up for it. We enjoyed our dinner!

                                            12. j

                                              johnd

                                              Orange County

                                              12 reviews

                                              vip
                                              1.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on July 3, 2021

                                              overall1food2service3ambience2

                                              50 cover fee , ??? Really???? Weak menu average to below average food. & expensive… zero value & no doubt why they were at aprox 20% capacity. Homeless camped out front , saw a police foot chase with a swarm of cruisers behind. Skip this place if you have any sense.

                                            13. SK

                                              SarahK

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 23, 2021

                                              overall1food1service5ambience3

                                              The drinks were great, service was great, but the food was inedible. The food ranks at the top of the worst meals I’ve ever had in my entire life. Not only was the food awful, but some ingredients advertised were a work of fiction. For example, instead of prosciutto, they used some sort of thick sliced ham.

                                            14. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              South Dakota

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 10, 2021

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              The food was great, the service was awesome! Our Server Ryan was attentive and nice and charming. Gave great recommendations for food abd drink!

                                            15. FH

                                              FredH

                                              Washington DC

                                              114 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              114 reviews

                                              Dined on June 4, 2021

                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                              The restaurant is at the top of a European style hotel downtown. The food and the atmosphere is at best casual…not what we had expected.

                                            16. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              South Dakota

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 15, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food was excellent and the customer service was top notch.

                                            17. AJ

                                              AJME

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 30, 2021

                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                              The staff and food were great but the other customers were very loud, rude to staff and pretentious. I think the restaurant would be a great place if the customers were better, which I know Vertex can not do anything about. Helen was our server and she was great!

                                            18. AP

                                              AbigailP

                                              South Dakota

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 20, 2021

                                              overall4food2service5ambience5

                                              The staff was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere was beautiful. I would highly recommend for a romantic date or special occasion. My husband loved his food, and mine was okay. They have great gluten free options for flatbread but their gluten free noodles aren’t amazing. My husband ordered gluten free noodles, and they gave him real noodles. They looked and tasted too good to him to be gluten free, so we double checked that they were gluten free. They told us they were, but I went ahead to triple check and they ended up not being gluten free. Thankfully he did not eat enough to get sick, and I’m thankful that we triple checked. The staff was amazing about correcting their mistake and took money off of our dinner. Overall, it was an amazing experience! If you are highly allergic to gluten — I would be careful, otherwise, amazing!

                                            19. H

                                              Hance

                                              Omaha

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 3, 2021

                                              overall1food3service1ambience2

                                              My wife and I were very disappointed by our experience at Vertex Sky Bar. Our server seemed bored being there and repeatedly ignored us. It took us an hour from ordering to receive our food to the table and we only ordered two entrees without special requests. Our server didn't check on us for 50 minutes from ordering and that was only when we flagged him down. The food was alright, but not worth the amount charged. We had difficulty getting our check to the table. Again, we had to get the attention of our server. We were so disappointed that we left without dessert or after dinner drinks. We will not be returning and recommend you eat elsewhere in Rapid City, SD.

                                            20. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 27, 2021

                                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                                              We both ordered the burger. I asked for mine to be Gluten-free. It must have created quite the problem as we didn’t receive our food for quite some time. This was ok with us as we were out to enjoy each other’s company anyway. However, when the food came , my burger bun looked like it had undergone some sort of process to perhaps get it out of a frozen state. It tasted fine though and I truly appreciate it even being offered. The worst part I guess was that I didn’t even receive all of the toppings that my partner had on his burger. I don’t know what happened there but usually a burger is a very safe choice. Everything else was great.

                                            21. JV

                                              JodyV

                                              Minneapolis

                                              2 reviews

                                              2.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on March 26, 2021

                                              overall2food2service2ambience5

                                              We had reservations for six. Sat at the very top. It was beautiful. We got our seats very quickly. However, our food took over an hour to get after we ordered it. Our waitress completely forgot my Brussels and because she did that, she gave me a free flat bread, even after she was aware of my gluten allergy. When my Brussels came to me, we were ready to pay and the Brussels were under cooked. The salmon was very dry. Although the scenery was beautiful, the service and food were not.

                                            22. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              South Dakota

                                              15 reviews

                                              vip
                                              2.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on March 20, 2021

                                              overall2food2service1ambience2

                                              Would not return.

                                            23. O

                                              Olive

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 21, 2021

                                              overall3food1service4ambience3

                                              Not worth the price. My husband and I came here for our anniversary and have always wanted to try vertex sky bar out, but never committed due to the price tag. We finally made reservations and were very excited, the view was beautiful and the cocktails did not disappoint but unfortunately the food sucked. I paid $25 for a plate of bland mush, and the burger was also flavorless. Wouldn't recommend unless you're planning on not eating. Customer service was really great though!

                                            24. SN

                                              StaceyN

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 31, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Nice place, great food. Beautiful views. I would go back for sure!

                                            25. CH

                                              CyndieH

                                              Las Vegas

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on January 9, 2021

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              I was there this time for downtown Restaurant Week. It was delicious, however, I didn't think the 2 courses went together at all and there wasn't a vegetable to be seen in either dish. I would have preferred a side veg.

                                            26. TM

                                              TMB520

                                              Minneapolis

                                              24 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              24 reviews

                                              Dined on January 1, 2021

                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                              Had our New Year's Eve dinner at Vertex. Everything was mostly fine, except for the fact that we had to ask for silverware and napkins and were told at first that they had run out. Really? How do you not plan for the number of guests you are serving on NYE? The server brought us forks and paper napkins. The same server later brought a full set of utensils and cloth napkins to an adjoining table so I made the request again, which was fulfilled this time.

                                            27. A

                                              Anon

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 22, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I made the reservation at the roof top bar to see the Christmas Star. It was amazing!!!!! I forgot my binoculars but was able to take some pictures with my cell phone. Thank you Vertex Sky Bar!!!!!!!

                                            28. C

                                              Cars

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 20, 2020

                                              overall3food4service3ambience2

                                              First time in, was not what we expected at all very noise ( Saturday night in Dec) and we reserved well in advance for a table next to the bathroom?!? Food was great & outside was fabulous. Note to self....next time eat outside😒...........

                                            29. SD

                                              SoDakJoe

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on November 13, 2020

                                              overall3food4service3ambience5

                                              It’s a beautiful place they just can’t seem to get the bill correct. It’s the THIRD time I was over charged so I won’t be eating there again. I’ll stick to drinks and happy hour where it will be easy to see any bill errors.

                                            30. V

                                              Virginia

                                              Montana

                                              7 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on November 8, 2020

                                              overall4food3service3ambience3

                                              Unfortunately we were there on a Saturday and the noise level was extremely high. It was very busy and the waiters were rushed off their feet. They did as well as they could. I had the filet which was excellent and my husband a pasta, which was way over the top with garlic.

                                            31. c

                                              chrisl

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on October 26, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful atmosphere, service, cocktails and food. Had a wonderful time.

                                            32. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 24, 2020

                                              overall3food5service5ambience1

                                              Our server was attentive and fantastic, the food took a bit longer but things happen. But 2 tables near us were yelling and were so loud I literally could not hear my date. I talked to the server and he shrugged and said "well thats how it is" ummm, this place is a fine dining and expensive fine dining restaurant. These other customers were obviously drunk and were literally yelling back and fourth and just getting louder and louder.

                                            33. C

                                              jeffreyC

                                              Phoenix

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on October 19, 2020

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              We really enjoyed our 49th Anniversary Dinner at Vertex. They had a special table with privacy and great views set up for us. Beautiful scenery from top floor of hotel. Food and service were excellent. Enjoyed our dinner very much.

                                            34. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 15, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and ambiance. Had fun!

                                            35. d

                                              denny

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 8, 2020

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              We reserved for sunset time. The view was wonderful and got even better at dark.

                                            36. BW

                                              BrianW

                                              Detroit

                                              20 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on October 5, 2020

                                              overall3food3service3ambience4

                                              Great view of the city, with good service; however nothing special. Overall, the food was good, nothing special or over the top. We paid a $20 cover charge to enter the restaurant since we were not members. Only recommend to people who actually stay at the hotel, $20 for non-members or guests is ridiculous for the type of limited menu/food and cocktails that were just OK. If you want ambiance and view, go. Otherwise, save your money if food is a deal-breaker for you.

                                            37. L

                                              cathyL

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 4, 2020

                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                              Great atmosphere! We were kept warm by the gas fires. Nice view, great food, slow service. A nice date night!

                                            38. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 4, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Beautiful views! Service was alittle slow but didn’t bother us since the setting was so nice. Staff was great and the food was amazing. Price is high for the portion you get but still worth it for the view and experience.

                                            39. ER

                                              EricR

                                              San Francisco

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on September 28, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great all around experience Fabulous View

                                            40. KR

                                              KathyR

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 27, 2020

                                              overall2food3service1ambience4

                                              We ordered an Artesian Cheese Tray as an appetizer. Our food was delivered all at once, the salads, entrees and then the 1/2 Artesian Cheese Tray that then got half dumped by the waiter bringing it out. No sorry, let's get you another, nothing. The food was warm, not hot. The waitress finally stopped by to check on drinks no how is your dinner. I had to mention that the appetizer showed up AFTER our food, and then got half dumped on the floor. And that all the other food came out at the same time. She wanted to argue with me, but she then admitted the food did arrive all at the same time. I told her I was not paying for the cheese tray. A good waiter or waitress keeps up with the status of their tables and monitors the arrival of food or drinks. My SIL bloody mary showed up a good 20 minutes after she ordered it, I had forgotten she had ordered it. For the prices, I would expect better service and food.

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                                            Vertex Sky Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 121 OpenTable diners

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                                            523 6th St Rapid City, SD 57701

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Rapid City

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Sunday-Thursday: 4:00 pm-12:00 am

                                              Friday-Saturday: 4:00 pm-2:00 am

                                            • Cuisines

                                              American, Mediterranean

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Elegant

                                            • Dress code

                                              Smart Casual

                                            • Payment options

                                              MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

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