We are new to the area and
We are new to the area and we really enjoyed our brunch. Nice view of the hills of Novato. We will be back
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
My group had a wonderful time.
My group had a wonderful time. The service was great! They had special attention.
My experience working to get a reservation was outstanding. We had help coming in and people were there to greet us. Everyone was so friendly.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a pleasant surprise!
I was very pleasantly surpassed on this, my first visit. I never even knew The Hilltop was there, until a friend told me about it recently. All the food was spot on! The service was pleasant, and knowledgable, present, but not overbearing. It's nice to have a place in Novato that's upscale, and a nice place to take someone for a birthday lunch or retirement luncheon. They have the perfect sized side room for groups, and for presentations (there was one going on while we were there, and they did not project out to where we sat, bravo!) W'ell be back, especially to lunch, but I can't wait to try dinner at Hilltop.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Both had itemd off specials
Both had itemd off specials for Brunch - Outstanding! Nice view from small deck off the bar, but away from bar noise. All menu items availalble out there.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant with a 10 mile view
The Hilltop 1892 has been through many changes over the years. The newest remodel and new ownership has been a long needed change for the restaurant with the incredible view. I had such a great experience on Easter that I will be returning soon. Our waiter Jake was personable, funny, attentive and provided excellent service. All the people in the restaurant on Easter seemed to all thoroughly enjoy working there. The food was very good. I had the poached salmon salad and it was really tasty and the price was reasonable.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's nice to dine and not
It's nice to dine and not be disappointed. Fish special is always "special". They will split things for you so that you can share with a friend.
Drinks and service are wonderful!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food for Foodies
We were 5 minutes late for our reservation so they made us wait 15 minutes. This turned out to be a good thing because of time,we ate in the bar. We were there for the food and not the view. Our server was perfect. You could tell she loves people and was a true professional. I don't care if you can memorize the spcials, she was able to make each special sound tasty. Overall the the food was outstanding and was a good value for what we had. I had the day's special, rack of lamb. The wife had sea bass which she said was over the top good. I would have liked to see what the others in the dinning room had.
I would come here again when I am in the area
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice experience, but a bit
A nice experience, but a bit too noisy for the level of conversation we desired.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great view from the restaurant
Great view from the restaurant - don't know how I lived in Marin all my life and never came here before. I had a good salad and delicious acorn squash soup. My husband really enjoyed his swordfish special. We will be back!
4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful meal and
We had a wonderful meal and most enjoyable birthday celebration. Our Server was a delightful woman and very helpful.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Food, Service and Views...
A really beautiful, elegant, yet cozy place. The salmon was perfectly prepared and the prime rib melted in our mouths. Very fresh cocktail selection and extensive wine list. The Huckleberry apple dessert was scrumptious. We highly recommend this wonderful place and can't wait to go back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was terrific. As was the service. The layout. And the prices (steak and fries for just $21). All on top of a hill with a view. What's not to like? A great find.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I brought a friend here for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Everything was very good to outstanding--especially the food and the view. Our server was very courteus and prompt as well. I haven't been here for years, but will definitely come back soon!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local Favorite and a Panoramic View
No need to travel to the City or Southern Marin to experience upscale dining. I thoroughly enjoyed the short ribs with chive mashed potatoes while my dining partner found his steelhead trout and fresh with tastily accented with a garnish of vegetables. We've also experienced Sunday brunch at Hilltop 1892 - which could include a basket of warm muffins and crab cakes benedict - yumm!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good local spot to do the "not have to cook tonight" escape! Always a great "can't think of where to go tonight, the Hill Top of course!"
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a group of six. The
We were a group of six. The waiter was patient as we took a while to select our meals and attentive, without being overbearing during the meal.. The menu was varied and explained well. Two diners wished to share an entrée and were accommodated graciously.
The food was very good and the presentation was appealing.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a wonderful lunch there
Had a wonderful lunch there with my family to celebrate a s pencil occasion. We were very happy with our food and the service was exceptional. Views from the restaurant are spectacular.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
When we arrived they did not have our reservation. I did not have my cell phone with me which would have referred to the reservation number that Open Table had sent me. It was Fathers Day and they were very busy. I was very irratated that my reservation was not in their computer, but they made the experience better by accomodating us and giving us a nice window table with a great view. The waitress also forgot to submit our order so they gave us a tray of baked goods to compensate. We did not have to wait too long for our meals. With two snafus against them, they managed to give us a very nice experience.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice surprise
We live in the area and finally made it to Hilltop 1892. It was a great experience; nice views, delicious food, super service and lovely views. We will definitely be returning.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A magical birthday
Although this was not my husbands and my first dining experience at the Hilltop, this was by far our best. Our 11 year old daughter tries hard to be a foodie, so for her birthday we brought here for her first visit. It turned out there was a crab offering for a special, which is her favorite. The attention Janeen and the staff showered upon her for her birthday was truly wonderful. We all enjoyed our meals and especially our desserts. We've always enjoyed the setting and views from the restaurant. We've always had very good service and the food has been much better in our most recent visits.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with a view
Nice place. Looked to be locals and passersby. Good food you probably won't take the time to cook for yourself. Great wait staff. Prices are reasonable and I found them to have value. Nice wine list and a full bar. Half a dozen tables for outside dining with an expansive view. We will be back on our next trip through.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was outstanding as always since the "new" chef took over a few years ago. Great views of Big Rock Ridge.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good family place with nice views
We are visiting Novato and this restaurant was highly recommended. It has a nice view of the region. The food is good, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. It is a great place to relax with family. There is something for both adults and children.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Novato restaurant
This is a Great Novato restaurant, but it is a notable place in any case. Great bar, great views, and food has been on several visits over past 3 years always excellent. I prefer it for dinner over brunch. Staff have always been very gracious and helpful.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hilltop is on an awesome site
Hilltop is on an awesome site with a commanding view of the surrounding Novato valley and plenty of windows and patio to take advantage of the view. The ramp leading to the door was awash with blossoming flowers. On a beautiful day, the patio was a great place for lunch. And the food and service was excellent.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The first visit for us was finding a true gem. The food was top notch, the presentation was beautiful and the ambiance pleasing. The biggest problem was trying to decide what to order from the diverse menu. Recommended to everyone!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Hilltop Burger
I eat here about once a month and just love this place. In addition to lovely views of Marin the food is quite exceptional. The fish is always prepared perfectly and the desserts are worth the splurge, but what I really like is the Hilltop burger with all the fixings! Hands down the best burger in Marin. So moist and flavorful with a delicious combination of flavors layered just perfectly. The service is also just right, not too much attention that you feel interupted but enough that you feel cared for. You won't be disappointed.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Brick Chicken experience
The Brick Chicken experience was outstanding. Bourbon and mustard do wonders for birds. The Hess Chardonnay was an excellent match and the least expensive on the wine list.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful birthday dinner
dinner with four friends on Monday night was nothing short of spectacular. we had the crab cakes and the artichoke appetizer to share... I had the filet mignon and the birthday boy had shrimp and grits... both were done perfectly. I had a bite of the shrimp (which was served in a quite elegant fashion) and it was out of this world. the approach through the garden looked fantastic and the experience continued inside. I can't wait to go back
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hilltop 1892 is, indeed, a
Hilltop 1892 is, indeed, a local gem. It is comfortable and attractive (gorgeous view) and I have always found the service staff accommodating and welcoming. Sadly, the food and wine are not quite in the same league. When the kitchen is firing on all cylinders, the results can be memorable, but there are occasional misses. A visually attractive plate with multiple ingredients is satisfying only when the culinary elements are also complementary, and this is not always the case. In addition, per-glass wine can be pricey (e.g., $12 for La Crema Pinot), and most customers opt to bring in their own -- a far wiser choice. I will continue visiting Hilltop in spite of my minor gripes, and it really is a great place for a celebratory occasion.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had not been there for years...what a great re-introduction from the parking space scene overlooking the surrounding landscape, to the first step into the door, warmly greeted by the hostess and quickly seated on a Friday evening, where we were able to see a slice of the sunset while others "abuzz" around the bar where out of sight and unable to interfere with a meaningful conversation at our table. The service personnel were most attentive, giving us time to complete each course before setting the next on the table...we were very gabby that evening so that consuming the morsels on each attractive plate took us over four hours...and not once did anyone make us feel that we should speed up our intake...THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY EVENING!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday celebration spot
we had a great time celebrating a special birthday with a multi-generation family gathering. Attentive service but not hovering. Not only a surprise birthday candle but also a hand-written birthday card. Good attention to detail!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kid free nite out
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, shrimp/grits and risotto. However, the best part was the grilled artichoke appetizer.
Dessert menu selection wasn't great.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and winelist, great service, lovely view. Cocktails on the patio!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, consistent dining experience.
Good, consistent dining experience. Had the sole & it was delish. Mashed potatoes were unbelievably dry, thus inedible. Green beans nicely cooked. View is gorgeous; my dining companion and I could speak in normal tones and be heard by each other. Thanks for no piped in music! Service was attentive but not hovering.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth trying again
Few of my friends and I wanted to meet for lunch and Novato happened to be the half-way mark. I am not too familiar with Novato so I looked up restaurants and noticed that this restaurant had good reviews and prices. Specifically decided on this restaurant based on their Sunday Brunch menu and was looking forward to their crabs benedict. Unfortunately they were out of them by the time we sat down. Major Bummer!!! I had to settle for the special that day but was really impressed- it was really good. The location of the restaurant is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. And the people that work there are very pleasant. I would definitely come back again- hopefully they'll have the crabs benedict when I do!!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
sense of pride
It was a pleasure to take a seldom seen couple to the Hilltop and gift them with a wonderful meal.
I am proud to share fine dining with others on special occasions. We celebrate life in that way.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice hill top view adds the
Nice hill top view adds the experience you will have while being served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Menu has a nice selection of dishes.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
fun place to go
great food and love the place and view.....hilltop is great to see at night and dine.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, served at a nice pace and generous portions. If you get the window seats, it's a nice view in the evening. If not, it's still a great place!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noise level in the dining
Noise level in the dining room was moderate and very lively at the bar.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had Sasha in the bar and she was very special. We then had Jason as our dinner server and he was great also. Food preparation was tremendous.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice menu, items generally
Nice menu, items generally well prepared. Service prompt and friendly but staff could use a little training on table setting, customer interaction, etc. Nice bar area, good views. Excellent for lunch or a casual dinner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with friend celebrating new job and happier times to come. Server was really great, view from outside seating was beautiful, heated patio made it stay lovely after the warmth of the sun moved on, food was really good and priced very fair. I think the bar was our favorite part. I had a ramos fiz and you can't find that just anywhere. Although it wasn't in the classic tall skinny glass, it tasted just the same as I recalled and packed a punch. My friend had a Bloody Mary and loved it, with just the right balance of flavors.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great local spot
I hadn't eaten at Hilltop since it reopened a few months ago. Wow! What an amazing re-discovery right here in Novato. Great food at reasonable prices. You have to check it out.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM