Top of the World opened more than ten years ago, and has had few changes from its foundations since then. The restaurant was originally headed by Executive Chef Stephen Wolff; however, it is now guided by Executive Chef Mario Andreoni, who’s been honored numerous times for awards here in Las Vegas. His reputation is solid among chefs, though he’s commercial and thus less visible than some of our other chefs here in town. His Italian heritage, French culinary training, and travels in the Dominican Republic have combined to create a classical menu with balance as well as diversity. Andreoni’s cuisine is a perfect accompaniment to the restaurant and scenery around it.
To enter Top of the World, there’s a velvet rope and a podium at the bottom of the Stratosphere, where a formally dressed staff member checks reservations, and directs diners into the foyer. Toward the left, the staff guides the uninitiated to the elevator that delivers them to the upper eschelon that is Top of the World. A helpful elevator operator warmly greets diners, and tosses out Stratosphere facts, such as thatthe elevator is traveling at a crisp 20 miles per hour. In less than 30 seconds and more than 105 floors, the elevator doors open and the elevator empties into the Romance Lounge, one floor above the restaurant. The view, encompassing both the restaurant and surrounding valley, takes one’s breath away. This floor is also where the main desk lies, where hosts and hostesses verify reservations, then direct diners down a flight of stairs, and wait staff courteously guide diners to their tables.
There really are no ‘bad tables’ at Top of the World. Unless one has a particular aversion to restaurants that rotate, every table has a spectacular view. As the sun begins to set, blinds are lowered to keep it out of diners’ eyes. The entire restaurant is a circle – kitchen, bar, and all functions are on the inside, and tables are on the outer rim. Looking at the floor, it appears that only the outer rim rotates, and the inner, working parts of the restaurant are firmly stationary.
Top of the World is an old school, classy, beautiful place to dine. The colors are rich, the carpeting is a deep burgundy, and the restaurant rigidly adheres to the Stratosphere theme. Everything, from pats of butter, to desserts, to the plates beneath them, is adorned with the image of the Stratosphere tower. The tablecloths are a sparkling white, and the plates are white with burgundy. The table settings are complete – not a piece of silverware nor a plate is absent. We dined at Top of the World on a Sunday evening with an early reservation. It was very quiet and intimate. It’s easy to see why Top of the World has built a reputation as a romantic place to dine. The atmosphere oozes romance and whispered conversations. For being a relatively confined space, Top of the World feels very roomy and open.
I’ve asserted before that any dining experience and food are only as good as those who serve it. The servers at Top of the world take special care to ensure that each diner’s needs are met. Whether it involves bringing additional silverware, making menu recommendations, or mentioning the restaurant’s soccer team, their service staff is extraordinary – each member of the team with whom we have contact is friendly, competent, and expedient. Some have also been with the restaurant for a number of years, which is not necessarily common in our transient service-oriented environment.
Service for each table begins when the server delivers bread and butter. Each pat of butter is literally shaped like the Stratosphere. It’s a nice touch, and makes something as simple as bread and butter suddenly memorable.
While snacking, we order our appetizers. All items at Top of the World are served a la carte, although couples may wish to indulge in the prix-fixe three- or four-course dinners for two. Accompanying the menu, Top of the World’s wine list features 215 wines, available by the glass and bottle. I order a glass of a 2004 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Australian Shiraz to accompany our dinner.
We begin our meal with the Lobster Bisque. The soup is thick and creamy, and served simply. Its tomato base provides a sound foundation, and the lobster lends a richness that few other ingredients can. The cognac in the bisque gives it a depth of flavor that distingushes Lobster Bisque from other, simpler soups.
The next starter to arrive is the authentic Caesar Salad. This is a traditional Caesar, with Top of the World’s house-made dressing. The romaine is crisp and fresh, gently tossed with the dressing. It is topped with a homemade crouton. This salad is so fresh and simple that even my children, picky diners that they can be, cannot get enough of it. Good food simply speaks for itself.
Our final starter is the Stuffed Portabella Mushroom. It is served very simply – one medium-sized stuffed mushroom centered on a gleaming white bowl, with sauce drizzled atop it. The mushroom is stuffed with croutons, gorgonzola cheese, and pancetta (Italian bacon). This is very rich, and tastes decadent. The sauce is thick, savory, and much like a gravy. This is a heavy dish, with visual impact, if a bit scant on portion size.
Already satisfied, our entrées arrive. Top of the World’s menu has helpful suggestions for wine pairings with each entrée, for those that might wish for a little help. First, Lobster and Crab Ravioli is placed in front of me. The large, stuffed ravioli are served in a white bowl. They’re served with a brandy lobster sauce on top, as well as a baby lobster tail. There’s not much ‘muss and fuss’ in terms of garnish. This is a rich, flavorful pasta dish with an abundance of lobster, a great, creamy, tomatoed lobster sauce. The baby lobster tail is difficult to part with – who really wants to share?
Our next entrée is the Muscovy Duck. It is set on the table and I pause and drink it in, both with my eyes and my nose. The sliced duck breast is on a plate, accompanied by slices of apple, and a wealth of peppercorns, in a flavorful fig port reduction. My only criticism of this dish: it’s wonderful, but bears little resemblance to the menu description. The combination of duck, fruit, and wine is always a good pairing, though, and the sweet and savory reduction is merely a memory by the time we finish this dish.
Our final entrée is the Prime Rib. It may be a staple to all diners in Las Vegas, but a really well-prepared prime rib is as different from a mediocre one as night from day. The perfect white and burgundy plate is delivered with a large, more than half-pound slab of rare meat on it, precisely cooked as ordered. The Angus Beef has been crusted in pepper and herbs, and slow roasted. This is served with a simple jus and a mild horseradish sauce. The beef is tender, and the herbs not fussy.
We accompany our entrees with Potato Au Gratin. A serving bowl filled with piping hot potatoes is set upon our table with our entrees. The sliced potatoes are cooked with Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Provolone and Romano cheeses. They’re heavy, rich, a fabulous comfort food, and are a sound accompaniment with several of our entrees.
Top of the World’s desserts in particular deserve special mention, specifically the Chocolate Stratosphere. It is as visually impressive as it is decadent, with the Stratosphere Tower filled with chocolate mousse and served tableside with cascading vanilla sauce.
Our meal was solid, and all of it was very good, but Top of the World is not only about the food. It is about atmosphere, romance, and quality of food, all combining to create a perfect moment. The kitchen demonstrates a commitment to serving classics, and preparing them perfectly, every time. Come to Top of the World for the view, and stay for the food, and the intimacy.
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Business casual is the standard but as long as you have nice jeans and a nice shirt.What is standard seating at Top of the World? ›
The Top of the World dining room is perfectly circular with every seat having an outstanding view of the Las Vegas skyline. Seating options include half-circle booths which face the windows and then two rows of tables. This is a fantastic spot to grab the sun setting over the city.
Top of the World Restaurant enforces a strict upscale dress code. We do not allow beachwear, gym attire including sweatpants, sweatshirts or hoodies. Athletic apparel, jerseys, hats, beanies, bandanas, ball caps, oversized or baggy clothing, tank tops, flip flop shoes and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.Can you go up The STRAT for free? ›
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod sits at the north end of the Strip, about 2 miles from the Fremont Street Experience. The observation decks are open Monday through Thursday from noon to 1 a.m., and Friday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $20. You must buy a ticket to visit the restaurant and bar.
On weekdays, tickets to enter the tower cost $25 for adults, $16 for residents of Nevada, members of the military, and senior citizens, $14 for children aged 12 and under, and $5 for guests of the Stratosphere Casino.What does upscale casual dress code mean? ›
Upscale-casual attire can be roughly translated to mean cocktail-party attire. For women, this can mean a short dress or perhaps jeans and a dressy top. For men, this usually means a jacket and slacks, but not a suit. A tie is usually not worn.
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Leggings. Leggings are certainly very comfy and have a cool edginess that works well in Vegas. Just be sure to wear a long top, long blouse, or tunic to cover your bottom. You could wear leggings with tall boots or booties in fall and winter and sandals or slip-on sneakers in spring and summer.
What Does High Top Seating Mean? The standard height of a restaurant table is between 28 and 30 inches. The standard height for chairs and benches is between 18 and 23 inches. If commercial seating is labeled as high tops, it means the stool or pub furniture typically has a height of 30 inches or higher.
According to data from the National Restaurant Association, a seat at the chef's table—the counter-style eating section directly in front of a small kitchen, where you can witness firsthand any culinary wizardry at work—is far and away the most desirable seat in the house: 42 percent of diners would choose to sit at a ...
Standard Seat means seats in Economy Class that are not in the following category of seats: “Legroom” or “Exit” or “Two by Two” or “Front of Cabin”What is the most strict dress code? ›
Saudi Arabia: bare skin for women, cross-dressing for men
Muslim women are required to wear a niqab and long black cloak called an abaya, while foreign women can get away with a long coat and bare head, if they dare.
Attire that is not appropriate for the parks includes (but is not limited to): Costumes and masks worn by guests age 14 or over. Clothing with obscene language or graphics. Excessively torn clothing.Is breakfast included at the Strat? ›
The Strat Hotel, while not offering complimentary breakfast, makes it onto this list because of their add ons. Their first add-on is the Total Vegas package, which among other things, offers a $25 food & beverage credit that can be used for guests to enjoy breakfast.
Overall – Is the STRAT SkyPod Observation Deck Worth It? There really are very few experiences like the STRAT's SkyPod and Observation Deck. For Thrill seekers, the Rides and SkyJump are a big draw and well worth a visit. For those looking for a less exhilarating experience the deck really does offer stunning views.Is the pool at the Strat heated? ›
Size of Pool Area: 67,000 square feet. Heated: Yes.
Lounge reservations are not required but are recommended to guarantee a spot for your party.How much is the roller coaster at the top of the stratosphere? ›
The rides are at the top of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod are over 900 feet high. The four extreme thrill rides are The SkyJump, the Big Shot and X Scream, and Insanity.
Upscale casual attire means you can wear your favorite pair of jeans and a T-shirt or wear a suit jacket with slacks, depending on the venue.
Unless you're hitting up one of those fancy restaurants with a strict dress code, dark denim is a solid choice for a “nice, but not too fancy” dinner out for both men and women.
No. You do not legally have to pay any hotel resort fee. Resort fees are in violation of Nevada's Deceptive Trade Practices Law. Fifty Attorneys General are currently investigating hotel resort fees for being deceptive and misleading.
The minimum money one needs to bring to Las Vegas while on a shoestring budget is around $40.00 per day. That is $25.00 per day for accommodation and $10.00 a day for self-catered food.What is a reasonable amount of money to take to Vegas? ›
So, How Much Money Should I Bring to Vegas? The average visitor spent $1,461 per trip when you add up each category above from the 2021 LVCVA profile survey. That total breaks down to about $318 per day, based on the average 4.6-day trip.
Jeans are completely acceptable at every club in Las Vegas, though any that are “too baggy” or “covered in holes” may get rejected.Can you wear jeans at night in Vegas? ›
During the day, things are very casual – it's not uncommon to see people in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. But after 6pm, it's time to get your gladrags on. In the evenings, you can expect to see people in smart-casual outfits – jeans, shirt and a jacket, a skirt and top, or a dress are all completely fine.
Regarding footwear, keep in mind that you'll probably do a lot of walking on the Strip, so you'll need comfortable sandals or walking shoes. These will be your main pair, but you should also pack some casual dress shoes or a pair of heels, just in case you go to a show, nightclub, or nice dinner.What is additional seating options? ›
The website for making online restaurant reservations is rolling out a new feature called Seating Options, which allows users to choose where they sit at the venue. Diners will be able to choose seating at the bar, counter, at a table outside or other options depending on the layout of the place.
2 : having, relating to, or being a style of restaurant seating in which customers sit at a counter rather than at tables casual counter-style seating.
If the two of you are sitting at the end of the aisle, the man should sit on the aisle, with the lady on the inside. At the restaurant. Always pull out the chair and “seat” your date if she will be sitting in a chair. If you are seated at a banquette, be sure to give her the seat that looks out into the room.
Statistically, the aisle seat is more popular among frequent air travelers. Passengers who prefer the aisle seats say it's better because they have easy access to the restrooms, the possibility of a little extra legroom, and they're first to exit the aircraft.What is the basic seating etiquette? ›
The most important guests occupy the right-hand seats, with the second most important guests, if any, occupying the left-hand seats. Unless protocol is being observed, other guests should not be seated according to their importance.
Occasionally, aircraft with a seating structure of 2+2 may letter the seats as "ACDF" to keep with the standard of A/F being window and C/D being aisle on short-haul aircraft (which generally have 3+3 seats).Is A or B aisle seat? ›
A -- Always a window, period. B -- Can be middle, aisle or even a window (eg. at the back of some Lufthansa 747s).
Dirty or wrinkled clothing. Tight-fitting or revealing clothing. Too casual, such as yoga pants, overalls, flip flops or shorts. T-shirts with inappropriate messages or offensive content.
Don't Wear Tight or Revealing Clothing to Work
Plunging necklines, midriff-revealing crop tops, sheer fabrics, mini skirts, and dresses don't belong in the workplace. A man's unbuttoned shirt shouldn't show off his chest hair. When you wear revealing attire people may not respect your professionalism.
Do not choose a suit in a fabric that's bold or attention-grabbing, such as a large pinstripe or pattern; avoid flashy patterns and colors. Do not choose a skirt that goes above knee-length, sitting or standing. Do not wear a shirt with a button down collar; these are considered casual.Can you wear jeans to top of the world? ›
Business casual is the standard but as long as you have nice jeans and a nice shirt.
Yes, you can wear a bra with spaghetti straps. There are specifically designed bras that can be worn under tops and dresses with spaghetti straps. These include strapless bras, bralettes, and bras with thin or transparent straps. The type of bra that best suits you depends on your bust size and preference.
Pair a neutral-colored bra with a white shirt so it blends in. You might assume that a white bra works well under a white shirt, but it actually stands out against most skin tones. Instead of white, wear a bra that matches your unique skin tone so it's not as noticeable against the white shirt.
To answer your question, any bags, coolers, or backpacks taken into the theme parks must be no larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high.Are backpacks allowed into Disney World? ›
Disney allows backpacks, fanny packs, totes, pocketbooks, and other types of bags and carrying cases into the parks. So long as it doesn't exceed 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high, any type of bag is allowed. Anything larger is strictly prohibited.
Make sure your shirt isn't overly cropped! But, what exactly does that mean? Well, some of it is up to the discretion of Disney, but generally, you'll want to skip the sports bras, overly cropped crop tops, super short shorts, and anything else that you'd be embarrassed to walk into church in.How much is the resort fee at The STRAT Las Vegas? ›
There is a $39.95 (plus tax) daily resort fee. The resort fee includes: Discounted entry fee for SkyPod. Discounts on attractions, dining and entertainment.
SkyPod Observation Deck Experience
The SkyPod at The STRAT sits atop the highest free-standing observation tower in the United States and offers spectacular 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Admission Includes: Access to both indoor and outdoor observation decks.
Yes, making a reservation is highly recommended.
The Strat Hotel, while not offering complimentary breakfast, makes it onto this list because of their add ons. Their first add-on is the Total Vegas package, which among other things, offers a $25 food & beverage credit that can be used for guests to enjoy breakfast.Can you ask to waive resort fees in Las Vegas? ›
Even if you don't gamble enough to get a free suite, you may be eligible for waived resort fees. If you plan to spend moderately on the tables, consider asking the casino hosts if you might be eligible for waived fees.
If you have a credit card associated with a hotel, like Hilton for example, the hotel will usually waive the resort fee if you book with points. Therefore, booking a hotel room using travel points is one of the easiest ways to avoid resort fees.
Individual Tickets are $14.00, Scream Pass is $25.00 (Includes all day ride pass, $2.00 off 5×7 photo.), and 'Family Fun Flight for Four' is $60.00 (Includes Four individual ride tickets & two 5×7 close up photos.) Locals Receive a Free Re-Ride! – Must purchase one regular priced admission. Valid NV I.D.
Between being suited up, taking the elevator ride to the 108th floor, undergoing multiple safety checks, standing on the ledge of the SkyPod and taking the 855-foot plunge, the experience totals about 35 to 45 minutes.Do I need to make dinner reservations in Vegas? ›
When vacationing in Las Vegas, reservations are a must to ensure that your trip goes smoothly. Las Vegas reservations are easy to make, whether you're looking for a hotel room, a romantic dinner or a flashy Vegas show.
The Stratosphere Tower entrance fee includes access to the SkyPod, and the indoor and outdoor observation decks on levels 108 and 109.Is the Strat hotel pool heated? ›
Allure Stradbroke Resort provides a range of on-site resort facilities including: Straddie Eats cafe (open to resort guest and public) a solar-heated outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms feature a mini fridge, 55-inch HD TV, coffee maker, in-room safe and USB charging stations. For those who need to work while they play, the room includes a designated work area with desk.