HILLTOP 1892

4.2
1181 reviews
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American
A Novato landmark since 1892, the restarurant was completely renovated by owner Erick Hendricks in 2010. Hilltop 1892 carries on decades of tradition by offering quintessential American cuisine and craft cocktails accompanied by panoramic views, friendly service and weekly specials that are sure to enhance the guest’s dining experience. Conveniently located off Highway 101 on top of Hayden Hill, at 850 Lamont Avenue near downtown Novato, Hilltop 1892 is the perfect locale for daily lunch or dinner – innovative menu, deep cocktails, and a 10 mile view.
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JE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The fish was bad. The server did not slow down enough to get full orders, requiring requests for additional help.

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DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place. Food was tasty, well seasoned and presented well. Service was friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Food was great! Nice full bar too. Definitely going back!!

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A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I made reservations for 20 people and made sure Hilltop knew in advance of everyone's food choices in order to expedite service. Despite this we sat for 20 minutes before we had our water and drinks delivered and another 20 for lunch. There was only one very nice waitress (Natalie) taking care of the whole place! A third of our group had to leave with only a few minutes to enjoy their lunch and I was very, very disappointed.

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CO
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought my friend for her birthday and it was great!! The food and service were great as well!! They gave my friend a nice hand written note and some chocolates.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of us had dinner here to celebrate my Mom's birthday. Everything is good here:. appetizers, drinks, entrees, and desserts. The view of the opposite hills is like a painting... the dining room is not noisy, and the service is perfect. When you have dinner here you should get everything. It's a little pricey, but you will not regret it.

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LV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Brioche French toast is not on anything but whole wheat sliced bread like you probably make at home. Not impressive. Crab egg Benedict doesn’t come on the usual English muffin or any type of bread/carb. Service was poor and overall, I truly think I would’ve had a better meal at ihop and it would’ve been quicker and cheaper.

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We have dined at hilltop over the years, and had hit or miss experiences that generally left us unimpressed.

This time was different.

Steak was perfectly prepared. Fries and sides were very well finished and added up for a meal that made us clean out plates.

Maybe the key is to keep it simple. Steak frites seemed to hit their sweet spot and made for a lovely late night meal.

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B
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was over the top our wait person was first class thanks for a great meal-

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OL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food and generous portions. Staff was very nice, but a little lax on being attentive to details. Difficult to chase them down for service even though the restaurant was not busy. But still worthwhile as food was good.

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R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 65th, and our sons 25th wedding anniversaries. Food was excellent. Jackie, our waitress, provided excellent service. The view is spectacular from this hilltop site. The new (since we were last there) management is doing a great job with this classic business. We will be returning.

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JC
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice views. Good food. We ordered the calamari and those were some of the best in Novato. The short rib was good too. The shrimp salad was ok. Reasonable price. Good service.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service. Beautiful views. Excellent value. What more could you ask for?

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Wonderful food, but the service definitely does not commensurate the price of this restaurant. I expected a lot more, but when a server checks in on tables next to us (literally about 16” away on both sides), and bypassed us on numerous occasions - it’s not service. She failed to check in when we ate our entree, and refilled drinks leaving with empty glasses the majority of our meal time.

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f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place!

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NA
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old house on top of the hill. Had no idea it was up there (visiting area and had been to Marin County many times). Went on a Sunday night and had a nice quiet dinner. Had the pot roast with mashers, great “comfort” food!!! Service was nice and the people very attentive. Really enjoyed my visit and would recommend for sure. The price was moderate—-not too expensive (I felt) as some of the reviews were saying.

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VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice venue, beautiful view, reliable quality overall.

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not sure how the rating on noise was to be done, more bar good or more noise? Anyway, food was great and the service was outstanding!! A great way to spend Valentines Day dinner.

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RP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and fabulous view! Feel right at home

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w
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food for our valentines dinner. Service was average at best.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice meal with friends.

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m
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, very nice staff, the chicken curry was unfortunately not up to par but I'd give it another try.

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b
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for Sunday Brunch - was looking forward to a Hangtown Fry. I was told a large party ate all the oysters. Really? You don't shuck them - and you run out of one of your main Brunch dishes. Our waiter really tried to service everyone but we were told one of the waiters phoned in sick at last minute. Assistant manager looking guy kept wandering around and seemed totally confused.

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d
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server overwhelmed with too many tables plus a private party to serve. The basket of scones not as delicious as previous Chef Todd’s. I ordered short rib hash but the meat was bland. Had to ask for salsa/chipotle sauce to flavor it. My friend had huevos ranchero with a chille relleno She said it was good. The server did not once come to ask how our meal was. He didn’t have time!
Wondered where the floor manager was because he could’ve helped alleviate the waits & stress.

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CB
Houston
90 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good varied menu. Choices of cocktails, wine (nice pinot noirs), beer, and an excellent selection of ports. The steak frites was labeled "kobe beef" but wasn't particularly tender, even under attack by a steak knife. I'll probably go back and try other dishes.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, at a great place. Food was wonderful service was excellent.

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LF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter was very rude
It was as if we were there to adjust to his schedule
The food was ok nothing special as in previous times but the service was just awful
Even the person that brought the food (not the waiter) seemed put off by a request for some olive oil: he did not respond to the request and went to the waiter to complain which made the waiter even more unpleasant

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LJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the dishes were great. I took my parent who were visiting from Chico. We had the Lamb Shank; Shrimp pasta and the Pot Roast. All were done to perfection. The only comment i would make was that not all the dishes came out at the same time. One was a little delayed. Overall - wonderful dinner with the parents.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous view. Good food. And we could hear each other. Perfect!

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M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner, pretty view of the sunset. Bar very busy and noisy at happy hour, but restaurant is quiet enough for conversation. Attentive service.

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T
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful place to meet friends for a meal. Great food at competitive prices. Ambiance is very nice. Service great.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Would have enjoyed dinner in bar but found there were kids in there. Surprised kids are allowed in bar area. Noise in dining room was louder than expected. Not a place for intimate dining.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We first had drinks and appetizers for happy hour and thought the value was good, pleasant atmosphere, good service. We moved into the dining room and although the restaurant was pretty empty, or food took an inappropriately long time to arrive. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, and were surprised to be charged for his dessert. I may be wrong, but I thought nicer restaurants usually don't charge for a birthday dessert. The food we had was really tasty and nice size portions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really easy going, great food, great drinks. We’ll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable. A little noisy.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. Able to converse without yelling. Service was terrific

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our anniversary. We will certainly be back, as often as possible. Didn't get a chance to check out the bar, it looked very inviting. Thank you.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great view, great service - what else is there to say!

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e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hilltop is one of our go to spots for good food and pleasant atmosphere.

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just discovered Hilltop and I can't believe we've lived in Novato for 5 years and only just discovered it! I brought my husband here for his birthday and it was a big hit. The service was great and prompt, our server Jenny was so friendly and on top of things. My husband had white wine and I had the cucumber martini and it was super delicious. For appetizer we had the crab dip and it was heavenly! For the main course hubby had the rib eye special with mashed potatoes and burbon sauce and he said it was the best he'd had. I chose the lighter orzo with veggies in wine sauce, it was very good. Sadly we were too full for dessert but Jenny noticed the birthday card I gave him and she made sure we got a small bag of chocolates with a card on the way out. I've never gotten such great service! The restaurant itself if gorgeous and the views were beautiful. We will definitely be back soon even if it's just for cocktails by the fire place. So glad we found Hilltop!

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