on September 14, 2006
For our most unusual dining experience while in Vegas (and best view in town), we chose the Top of the World Restaurant in the Statosphere Tower. Located 1,149 feet above the city, the Tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and is home to the highest restaurant in Las Vegas at 800 feet up! The dining room revolves an entire 360 degrees in 1 hour and 20 minutes while you dine, so you get a view of the whole area from the Strip to the Red Rock Canyon. We enjoyed lunch, complete with dessert, during the Labor Day weekend and preferred the daylight to view the area from above, although the night lights of the Strip are said to be quite a sight as well during dinner. Since it was a holiday, the lunch menu also included a brunch selection, which is normally reserved for weekends. There were three and four-course meals available, as well as a la carte options, from Japanese beef, king crab eggs Benedict, and pistachio french toast to candied walnut salad, lobster ravioli, and fancy duck. There were only a couple vegetarian options, and the kitchen did not offer any items off the menu, so we settled for salad and eggs Benedict (sans crab). The food was tasty and of good quality, although be prepared for a pricey meal. The course meals for lunch ranged from mid-$30 to mid-$40, and the separated items were around $17/salad to high $20s for main dishes. Dinner is even more expensive. Don't pass up the desserts as samples revolve by your table during your meal, from espresso creme brulee to the chocolate Stratosphere tower filled with mousse!Reservations are highly recommended for lunch (11am-3pm) and required for dinner (5:30pm-10:30pm, 11pm on weekends). Also, the host and website states that a dress code is enforced, although people in shorts and sandals dined near us at lunch. We had no problem finding parking in the free parking garage at the Stratosphere Hotel/Casino, and valet services are also available.
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