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Never Ever Have I Ate At A Revolving Restaurant: 14 Revolving Restaurants To Try In The US

Never ever have I ate at a Revolving Restaurant.  Most of us have played that game and most of us would have to drink and sit down.  Revolving restaurants provide patrons a panoramic view without leaving their seats. The slow rotating speed allows you to relax and enjoy dinner, the surrounding scenery and a conversation.  Depending on what city you are in you may see Mountains, skylines and skyscrapers, parks, rivers, lakes, bridges, parks, plenty of roads, highways and traffic.  

Most revolving or rotating restaurant sits atop a tower or a building.  The floor of the restaurant itself rotates however the building remains stationary.  The revolving rate varies between one and three times per hour based on the size of the restaurant which enables patrons to enjoy a 360 degree view.  Fear of heights is one of the most common phobias, followed by public speaking.  So I already know this is not going to be for everyone.  It is estimated at around 10 percent of the US population suffer from so-called acrophobia.  Many believe a much higher percentage of Black People have a fear of heights.  So this may not be for those who have a real fear.  For everyone else this is something you will want to try at least once.

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History of Revolving Restaurants

The first revolving restaurant in the United States was in1961.  It was the restaurant, La Ronde in Hawaii.  The restaurant was located in the Ala Moana office building and revolved on a 16-foot turntable system.  The architect, John Graham, designed the building so that the dining platform would rotate independent of the rest of the building.  At the time the design was considered an engineering showpiece.  

Modern Revolving Restaurants

Today restaurants are so incredibly well designed that a single 1.5 horsepower motor is used to accomplish its rotation and it only takes about 50 minutes.  SkyCity, in Seattle, provides a 360 degree panorama of the Emerald City as well as a view of Elliott Bay’s, the lights of downtown and on a clear day out to Mt Rainier all in one sitting!  No place else can you dine and have that spectacular view.  The highest revolving restaurant in the world is 360 Restaurant in Toronto, Canada.  It stands 1,151 feet (351 meters).

When to go!

Revolving restaurants are great for Romantic Dinners and Celebrations.  The best time to go is Sunset.  It is also a very popular time.   Think about going to a revolving restaurant the next time you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Girls Night Out or just want to make an impression.

When NOT to go!

Stay away on a holiday that is when most people will try to go and it will be hard to get a table, unless you plan ahead.  How far ahead do you need to plan?  The best advice I can give you is to call the restaurant you are interested in today and ask them.    Ask how far in advance do you need a reservation?  Find out how far in advance do you need a reservation for Valentine’s Day?  See how far in advance do they take reservations?  Also check and see if they need use an online reservation system.  If so you may be able to get your answers online.

Don’t be afraid of the price.  The menus are comparable to a 3 or 4 Star Restaurant.  However you can cut your price by eating at lunch or Early Bird (4-6 PM).  Most also have Bars where you can enjoy a cocktail and maybe an appetizer.  You may want to check for Happy Hour as well.  The restaurants usually have Traditional American menus.  If you are looking for value, check and see if they offer a Sunday Brunch.   I eaten Brunch at a few of them and the combination and the view has been marvelous.

One thing is irrefutable: a revolving restaurant can offer a great panoramic experience for diners.  Dinner usually takes about 90-120 minutes which is about time to go around 1-2 times.  With Cell Phones I don’t have to remind people to bring a camera.  You will want to capture the memories and probably post them to social media.  Be the first in your group to experience and post a revolving restaurant.  Then see how fast your “friends” follow!  

List of Open Revolving Restaurants:

This is not a complete list of restaurants.  There are other restaurants that are not on this list.

For a complete list please do an independent search.

Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

210 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

404-589-7506

BonaVista Lounge

Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

404 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

213-624-1000

Spinners, Grand Plaza Hotel & Resort (overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg)

5250 Gulf Boulevard

St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706

727-360-1811

Eagle’s Nest

Hyatt Regency

One South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-632-1234

Rivue Restaurant & Lounge

Galt House Hotel & Suites

140 North 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40202-4227

502-568-4239

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ThreeSixty

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

668 West Fifth Street Covington, KY 41011

859-491-5300

Top of the World

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89104

800-998-6937

The View

New York Marriott Marquis

Times Square

1535 Broadway

New York, NY 10036

212-704-8900

Five Sixty

Reunion Tower – Wolfgang Puck

300 Reunion Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75202

214-741-5560

Skydome Lounge Revolving Restaurant

Hilton’s Doubletree Hotel Crystal City

300 Army Navy Drive

National Airport

Arlington, VA 22202-2891

703-416-4100

SkyCity

Space Needle

400 Broad Street

Seattle, WA 98109

800-937-9582

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Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge

Empire Landmark Hotel

1400 Robson Street

Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

604-687-0511

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Harbour Centre Vancouver

555 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 4N6

604-669-2220

Fax: 604-683-4609

360 Restaurant

301 Front Street West

West Toronto, Ontario

M5V 2T6 Canada

416-868-6937

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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