The Strat’s Top of the World restaurant, which I once lauded as a worthy spot for visitors looking for unique Vegas views, now charges reservation fees for its best seats. John Mehaffey of Vegas Advantage first mentioned this over a year ago:
Kristina and I celebrated a random Monday after a nice win at Top of the World at Strat. We had a great filet and seabass. There is now a $25/person fee to sit at a window table. We’d rather be in a booth anyway. pic.twitter.com/l2PU5wGFeV— John Mehaffey (@John_Mehaffey) February 2, 2021
Bar and counter seating at Top of the World don’t have a fee, but standard seating with a guaranteed window seat costs $25 per person, and a high top, non-window table costs $15 per person. That’s just for the reservation. No food or beverage is included. So it’ll run up to $100 for four people before you’ve even received a menu. You can see a breakdown of the fees on OpenTable.
I confirmed with a host at Top of the World that these fees are included even when making reservations over the phone. So there’s no avoiding them if you want one of the coveted, rotating seats.
If you plan to munch on something small to enjoy the ambiance, forget it. Each person needs to order an entree or spend at least $55. They’re also not too keen on guests bringing their own wine, but they’ll allow it with a $50 corkage fee. $56 to enjoy some Yellow Tail at dinner seems a bit steep. No word on if Franzia is exempt from this policy. There’s no cork, after all.
With a bevy of top-tier steakhouses in the valley, Top of the World isn’t worth the nonrefundable reservation fee. According to The Strat, “Top of the World is unrivaled for the quintessential Las Vegas experience.” I assure you, it’s very much rivaled.