Vertex Sky Bar

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$31 to $50
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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. Plus, we have one of the most exclusive wine programs in the area; the Napa Technology WineStation revolutionizes the way we serve wine by the glass. We are a members bar; however, non members can pay $20.00 for one days access. We look forward to seeing you!
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OT
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!

S
South Dakota
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

F
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
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.

KM
San Francisco
95 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
San Francisco
95 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.

RW
Little Rock
19 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.

OT
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
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.

OT
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
Philadelphia
11 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.

o
San Francisco
16 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.

EE
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.

R
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.

r
Las Vegas
99 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The view and service were excellent. However, the place definitely needs a menu update and better quality food. Food choices are limited and over priced. Overall, ok. This place is best for a nice glass of wine and cheese tray.

OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Place is outdated, dirty and hard to believe Hilton put it in its Curio edition. View at the top is amazing. The bugs in the light fixtures and trim coming off the walls not so much.

Half the menu was missing to start. What food that was avaible was eh at best. Waited over 45 minutes for dessert and place was maybe 1/4 full. Recieved a lot of I'm sorry from wait staff.

Drinks where ok when they came. For now not worth the 20 bucks day pass. New managment and a deep clean place might stand a chance. Hilton should really be ashamed.

S
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The kitchen is located on a different floor so all our food came cold....except of the beer I order...that was warm....
The servers are jumping up and down the stairwells and it’s imposible for them to provide good service. The outside roof top is nice. Definitely a god place for drinks but not for dinner

o
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I'm happy to see that this place is striving to take things to another level--Rapid City needs it. Cocktails were very good, appetizers and entrees were perhaps the best I've had in Rapid City. I was very disappointed that the recommended dress code doesn't seem to be followed at all, which kind of ruins a special night out when you've dressed up yourself. I'm not saying that they need to turn paying customers away, but I think the hotel could do a much better job of educating prospective diners about what is expected and encouraged. In this casual age, everybody just assumes that they can wear jeans and T-shirts everywhere, and they need reminding. The space is a bit cramped compared to what I was expecting, but the view is still worth it. They could stand to open yet another floor for this restaurant--or raise prices and enforce the dress code strictly. Service was very good for Rapid City but could still use some upgrading in terms of professionalism and attentiveness. Valet parking makes this a fantastic downtown option--other downtown restaurants can have a parking problem. I'll be going again and often--I really want this venture to succeed.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Vertex to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and it was absolutely wonderful! Our server was great and very personable. The food was delicious as well! It was overall an amazing experience!

DM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and seating. Perfect setting to celebrate our first Christmas living in the Black Hills. Looking forward to making Vertex our traditional dining spot for the holidays for years to come.

J
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good. Chop salad was excellent. Service was acceptable. Major issue is that it took way to long to bring the salad to the table, then the main course came only minutes later. Very poor management of this. Had a table at the window that was very nice, but the table itself would be too small for a party of two. Very nice setting, but the view is limited to North, and that is perhaps the least interesting perspective from the center of Rapid City. All in all, worth a try and recommended.

ME
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great view! Great ambience! Great service!! Great selection of wine

DW
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carrie Cisle was amazing to work with in arranging a birthday party. She was helpful, efficient and personable. The food was outstanding, as was the service. The venue with views of downtown Rapid City is impressive. What a wonderful place to host a party. Debra Watson

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Great meal! Wonderful service! Jorge is fun and knowledgeable. The Caesar salad with salmon is a BARGAIN and would order again. Get there before 6 pm and they serve really good free appetizers! Sit outside in good weather by the fire pit for a great time !

v
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food sub average.

TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We celebrated our Anniversary at Vertex, it was a wonderful place. It was a beautiful evening so we decided to sit outside, when we arrived outside was relatively empty. (8:30pm on a Sunday) we found a semi private table in the corner on the upper outside seating area. Service was awesome, Sunday happy hour was a nice unexpected treat, the drinks were amazing. I had a “Ye olde fashion manhattan, don’t know if I got the name perfect but it’s close. The only problem I had was really not about Vertex it was about the group that sat at the big fire pit that apparently assumed that we all needed to know what they were talking about, they were very loud but only stayed for a drink outside then went inside to eat. Thank heavens they didn’t screw up my whole night only about 1/2 hour of it. I will definitely eat there again, the food view, drinks and service was all amazing.

OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The Vertex Sky Bar is a FAVORITE place to gather with local friends and an anticipated adventure for our out of town guests.

s
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This is really more of a bar than a restaurant. Actually it’s a bar that sometimes serves food. We arrived for our reservation and said that we would like a window seat. The upstairs room with dinner sized tables at the window was hot as blazes so we couldn’t sit there. We ended up at a cocktail sized table on the lower floor near the window. The table was incredibly small for two people to eat at. Our waitress was also the bartender and cocktail waitress. There was only one other table having food. The food was ok; my anti oxidant mojito was outstanding. Next time we would have cocktails at Vertex and have dinner elsewhere.

ST
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Since the Sky bar has a beautiful view of Rapid City SD, we didn’t mind spending the Twenty dollars to get upstairs. We planned on drinks and appetizers outside , but the fire pits were too dirty to even eat an appetizer on, so we had a drink outside and decided to have dinner inside.
The food was horrible. 3 People in our party are familiar with Bison, so they ordered it. They swear they were not served Bison,And their food was a subpar cut of meat. I ordered a beef tenderloin. Not only was it uneatable, it was uncuttable. On the bright side our drinks were good.
Save your money and go somewhere else.
They shouldn’t be allowed to serve the public.

J
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining. The buffalo tenderloin is fantastic.

t
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable venue overall. I was a little disappointed that I had to pay for temporary membership to a place that required proper dress but then when we set down those around us were not dressed nicely at all. Made the whole evening a little less the the formal setting we thought we were getting.

L
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with incredible views

DG
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine. Very impressed with the service, food and a great view.

EA
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time and the dinner was delicious!!!! Highly recommend!

FA
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant at the top of the Alex Johnson hotel. The almost 360 view of the city is breathtaking. We had a birthday dinner with friends and the wait staff was very accommodating.

OT
South Dakota
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed our dining experience. Waitstaff was wonderful especially Rachel would highly recommend vertex

OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Always seems to be an issue with taking elevator to Vertex floor. At the door at the top of the stairs, waiter told our group and another guest to get back on elevator to gain access. Took another 10 minutes and switching elevator to gain access. Food was just okay and veggies on all plates was lukewarm. Vertex disappoints yet again.

PW
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food and presentation is no where near what it should be for the prices they are charging. Unwashed lettuce, overcooked chicken, pre-made ice cream dessert that was freezer burned.

R
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great view: outdoor rooftop on two floors. Very good food, mediocre service.

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