Earlier this year, the Husband and I received a handful of Restaurant.com gift certificates from our airline miles rewards program and we spent some of those dollars on a certificate for lunch at the Top of the World restaurant atop the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. We weren’t sure when we were going to use it when we bought it, but when we found out my brother and sister-in-law were coming to visit, we thought it would be a perfect spot to go! On Monday of their visit, while the Husband and I went off to work, they went exploring and we agreed to met up for lunch after I made a reservation for around 12pm.
Getting to the Top of the World takes some time. Once in the casino, you have to follow signs for the restaurant and you arrive at a hostess counter on the 2nd level. After they confirm you for lunch/dinner, you go through security and then are escorted by the security guard to the elevator. When the elevator arrives, an elevator conductor is inside and escorts you to the top floor. The elevators also take riders to the two levels above the restaurant which include an observation deck and a handful of amusement park rides. We decided to check those out later, though, and enjoy lunch first.
As we looked through the menu, the Husband and I decided to each order a glass of wine to enjoy with lunch. I had a glass of the Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay from Sonoma while the Husband had a glass of the Talbott Pinot Noir from Monterey, CA. When his glass arrived, it had cork in it and the staff was VERY apologetic and brought him a new glass.
Check out the view from our seats! All of the tables have the same fabulous view as they’re all on the rotating ring of the restaurant, immediately next to the windows. The rotation is slow, but you make at least one full rotation during a normal paced meal.
Here’s my brother and sister-in-law with the smoothies they ordered
And of course the Husband and myself…
If you look out one of the top windows, you can see one of the rides above the restaurant – Insanity. Their website describes it as a massive mechanical arm extending out 64 feet over the edge of the hotel, at over 900 feet above the Strip. Oh my!
To start, at my brother’s request we had the Flash Fried Calamari served with tomato sauce and wasabi sour cream. Both sauces were perfect with this dish.
We had a basket of rolls which were okay… definitely not the best rolls in the world, but we had lots of other food to fill us up.
The butter with the rolls appeared to be different flavors.
Periodically, we passed a display table of dessert options which made our mouths water.
The Husband, my sister-in-law, and I all went with the Three Course Chef’s Choice Lunch. To start, the Husband had the Lobster Bisque which was flavorful and creamy.
Julie and I each had the Market Greens Salad which I really enjoyed.
More great views…
And then we saw this warning sign…
This was one of my attempts at catching a sky jumper on film… do you see the cord at the bottom? They jumped too quickly for me!
The Husband and I each ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi Bolognese which was very airy. I thought the bolognese was excellent – clearly a traditional recipe with various meats and carrots, simmered for a long time.
Julie had the Petit File with Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Beurre Blanc which came with roasted potatoes. Also a very good dish.
And last, but not least, my brother ordered off of the regular menu with the Turkey Club, which he also enjoyed.
For our third course, we each received the following dessert tasting plate. (My brother was given one too as a treat due to the cork in the Husband’s wine – very thoughtful!) I don’t recall what the first sample was but the middle one was a gooey chocolate and the last one was a raspberry mousse.
Overall, we were blown away by the food, the view, and the service. This was definitely a splurge lunch, but was a great experience to celebrate my brother and sister-in-law visiting.
After lunch, we headed to the top deck to get an outside view and to see the amusement park rides on top of the hotel. While the view inside the restaurant was very cool, this was even more gorgeous.
It was quite a bit windy though! It was a struggle to keep my skirt in line
Above us in the center of the hotel was the Big Shot which is one of those seated rides that shoots you straight up into the air and drops you via a free fall.
Off the side of the hotel is the X-Scream which they describe as a massive teeter-totter which takes you 27 feet over the edge of the hotel!
One of the other rides is the SkyJump which we saw while dining in the restaurant
Overall, as I said before, we had a great experience. If you are looking for a nice lunch overlooking the Strip, I highly recommend Top of the World at the Stratosphere.