Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 | 3:55 p.m.
Restaurant review and reservation website OpenTable.com has named three Las Vegas eateries on its list of the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants released today.
The Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris, Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental and Top of the World restaurant at Stratosphere all made the grade on the unranked list thanks to their distinct sky-high vistas of the Strip.
Nevada claimed six restaurants overall. Those outside Las Vegas are Big Water Grille in Incline Village, Chart House Restaurant in Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Restaurant in Stateline.
The site based the list, which spans 29 states, on its body of more than 5 million dining reviews of 15,000 restaurants from verified OpenTable diners between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Qualifying restaurants were determined by the percentage of top-scoring reviews for which “scenic view” was selected as a special feature.
“A table at any of these winning restaurants is sure to be the crown jewel of your travel and dining experiences,” OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter said in a statement. “In a single sitting, you can take in the very best vistas of each city while feasting on fresh, local ingredients and specialties to help you capture the true essence of the region.”
For the complete list and more information, visit the OpenTable website.
The 47-story hotel and condo tower is the first venture for Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. It is the only resort in Las Vegas that has a five-star hotel, a five-star restaurant and a five-star spa.
The tower has 392 guest rooms and 227 residences, decorated in a contemporary design with oriental touches.
Amenities include a 27,000-square-foot spa and a pool complex with 20 cabanas. Mandarin Oriental also includes six restaurants and bars, including Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first U.S. restaurant, Twist.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.