Vertex Sky Bar

4.4
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68 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. 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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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
36 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
9 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
15 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
10 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!

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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.

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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
106 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSarrianian
Tallahassee
12 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

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oldwest
San Francisco
17 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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DawnM
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.

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vipJerry
Pittsburgh
108 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.

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

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

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vipDebraW
New Orleans
18 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

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BillH
Dallas
13 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 !

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victoriavonbrock
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food sub average.

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