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Vertex Sky Bar

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523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
+1 605-854-1215
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Orlando
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222 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did not have any food but enjoyed drinks here both nights in Rapid City. The weather was not too cold yet but we still loved the numerous fire pits and other fire features. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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Thank RandiFayeC
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear RandiFayeC, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a nice review. Our firepits are popular and this time of year really appreciated! Glad you enjoyed our staff. Please visit us again whenever you are in our area. More 

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a grand location, atop the historic Alex Johnson Hotel. Great atmosphere and food, but really you have to enjoy the 11th-floor patio and fireplaces. Once you enjoy it you will want to take friends and share the experience again and again. A nice place to conduct business or share an intimate dinner, too!

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Thank Charmaine H
Menomonie, Wisconsin
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115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this location for our dine around section of our tourism conference, due to the recommendation of the roof top views! This multi-level bar was very busy, however the wait staff did not seem to have any drive to deliver quality service, even getting water for 5 people took almost 20 minutes. We all ordered the same specialty cocktail... More 

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Thank taramarieprochnow
Choctaw, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place for eating and meeting friends before the winter comes. The fire pits are large and the seating great. The best view of Rapid is at the top of the Alex Johnson.

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Thank Steven K
Gillette, Wyoming
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was very good and the place is unique since you can see the town below. Nice view and trendy and fancy style. I am from Europe and being in this area I missed this kind of places and type of ambiance. The service a bit slow and is a shame you can only have access with a membership.

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Thank susanna547
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Susanna547, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. It is greatly appreciated. We would like to explain the membership to you. It's a membership club for locals- they pay a yearly fee to enjoy Vertex. It's a "perk" for all of our hotel guests- they are allowed in Vertex. In fact, hotel guests... More 

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

View was beautiful, waitress was terrible. My spouse and I sat ourselves and waited about 10 minutes before someone showed up. A waitress with shoulder length brown hair walked over and said to us, "Do you need something.." I asked if they had a drink menu. She took the menu and literally threw it across our table and walked away.... More 

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1 Thank jlerch1
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear jlerch1, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. We have spoken to the staff about this, stressing the importance of greeting customers in a friendly, timely fashion. Please visit us again if you are ever in our area, we know you won't be disappointed! More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The valley view from the Vertex - atop the Alex Johnson Hotel - in downtown Rapid City did not disappoint. Service was pleasant, allowing us to experience the setting while taking care of our needs.

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1 Thank Terry S
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Terry S., Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a nice review. It is greatly appreciated! We are so happy that your visit was enjoyable, please visit us again whenever you are in our area. More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying at The Alex Johnson hotel and we went up to the tenth floor to see what the Vertex restaurant was like for our evening meal, but were very disappointed at the layout of this very small venue, seating was inside and outside, the restaurant was expensive. You do get a good view of the city but there... More 

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1 Thank SUSAN H
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Susan H, Thank you for reviewing Vertex. We are sorry you weren't totally pleased with your visit. At sunset the view to the west over the Black Hills is beautiful. We cannot do anything about our size but have hopefully set both floors of the restaurant up to best utilize the space. Please visit us again if you are... More 

Bergen, Norway
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65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted to enjoy a nice dinner , but opted for a drink instead. The view was great, but the whole layout was messy with empty glasses everywhere. This seems to be a place to take your children to play on their phones while the parents have a drink because the place was full of children playing.

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Thank TrineLovheim
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear TrineLovheim, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are so sorry that you did not stay for dinner. We normally do not have children in Vertex or if we do they usually belong to hotel guests. Our hotel is not as "kid friendly" as other hotels that are more geared to younger guests. We... More 

Orchard Park, NY
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102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Great service - very, very good food. The proportions were perfect - just the right size so you didn't feel stuffed. Only sad part is that it's apparently part of a group that you have to be a member of so unless you are a quest of the hotel or a member of the group, you have to pay an... More 

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Thank Typhoon925
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Typhoon925, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a nice review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We consider our Vertex to be a special place - that's why it's a membership club for locals. They pay a yearly fee to enjoy Vertex. For out of town guests it's one of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Rapid City
  • Phone Number: +1 605-854-1215
Description
A Rapid City restaurant and bar without equal, Vertex Sky Bar combines modern features and traditional architecture with an unforgettable view. Vertex is located on the top two floors of the Hotel Historic Alex Johnson. Both levels offer indoor seating and an outdoor deck with gas-heated fire pits. Panoramic views allow guests to experience an incredible view of the Black Hills, Dinosaur Hill, the southern buttes and gorgeous prairie. Vertex Sky Bar offers hotel guests and Vertex Club members a wide selection of expertly-mixed cocktails, world-class spirits, and a variety of fine wine and beer. Our kitchen has crafted an exquisite menu, complete with decadent appetizers, gourmet entrees and savory desserts.

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