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About HILLTOP 1892
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.
Novato, CA 94945
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For Events information and availability at the Hilltop, please call our special events team at 415-893-1892 or fill out the online inquiry here: http://www.hilltop1892.com/private-events/
HILLTOP 1892 Ratings and Reviews
The views are lovely but food just so so. Menu reads well but quality does not hit the mark. My husband had something called Yorkshire pudding but it was flat and tasteless. I had the pancake with bacon and eggs but everything was bland and the bacon was burnt.
I would only go here for a drink but there are so many more.great places to go for that.
2 thumbs down.
Server told me he couldn't do separate checks for 6 people even though I requested that ahead of time. I have a difficult time believing that he "couldn't". Food was cold when arrived at the table. Could have been more potatoes & hollandaise instead of the tiny amounts that I got.
He did add 2 additional scones to our order to accommodate all of us, that was thoughtful. Menu stated butterscotch, they were blueberry & not cooked all the way through not his fault, of course.
Friendly and knowledgeable server. We enjoyed our appetizers and food overall. I ordered a Mojito, but it had way too much lime juice in it that it was too sour to drink. I had to add sweetener to it and kept adding water to it to make it drinkable. We ordered the meatloaf, short ribs, and pork chop entrees. All were delicious, but the pork chop was very tough to cut into and was hard to chew even though it was seasoned nicely. The chocolate snowball dessert was a good dessert.
This place is going downhil. When it first changed ownership after being closed, we were not impressed, but then the last couple of times, including Thanksgiving 2017 we were pleasantly surprised and looked forward to going back. We just went for Valentine’s dinner and were not at all impressed. Our waitress came once for introduction then took our order, then we never saw her again. No more water, how was our food, etc. The manager (didn’t introduce himself but he seemed like the manager) did come over to open the bottle of very expensive wine we brought. The special menu was confusing, as it said Chef’s menu $69 per person without wine pairing, $110 with. I wanted to order that. She took the order then came back and said I couldn’t have it without the wine pairing, I had to pay that price. ??? She said the manager explained it was for their record keeping or ringing it up, etc, which made no sense. I asked again and no explanation. The chef’s menu items were not offered on the regular menu. Disappointing. Food was okay but not great, and the desserts here were SERIOUSLY lacking. My bread pudding was tasteless. Overall, it seems they are slipping but we might try them one more time.
Food took 50 minutes to get to the table, they forgot a dish, then delivered it over cooked. Server had far too many tables and wasn’t attentive. No steak knives, water, drinks left empty. Manager bought the over cooked dish which was the right thing to do and we appreciated it. Others food was terrific. This is the most inconsistent restaurant and it’s the best spot in Novato - they can do better. The bar is always inviting and busy. There is one cocktail waitress to avoid. So Roll the dice in the restaurant or go for a drink at the bar at sunset.
We went on a Friday night during Mardi Gras week so the bar area was really bustling. There were a few specials on the menu and I got the jambalaya which had chicken, shrimp, and lots of sausage. It was a little spicy but it was delicious. I couldn't finish all of mine. My husband got the blackened catfish which came with veggies and mashed potatoes. It was good but he wished it were a bit more spicy. I washed mine down with a hurricane drink so it was a great ending to a great meal. The view is always beautiful up there and the service is always attentive. We've been here several times and have never been disappointed.
Lovely spot on top of a hill with nice views. Friendly service, good place for a special, midweek birthday lunch. No reservations needed then. I enjoyed my salmon and my father his ahi tuna.
The only downside to the lunch was the fact that my 87 yo father, who likes to have bread with his meals, specifically asked for some bread from the waiter when his food was brought to the table. The waiter responded that he would heat some up and then bring it for him. It never arrived. By the time we realized it wasn’t coming, it was too late to ask for it.
It is such a small thing, but it mattered for the overall experience
Hoping for a great meal and friendly host, waiter/waitress. It was my mother’s 75 birthday and her friend of 40 plus years plus 82 birthday. So disappointed we were seated near a large group we had a difficult time carrying on a conversation because they were so loud. My mother and I ordered the special and it was barely warm, the bread on the sandwich was to much for the amount of meat you received. The bread was not a good choice lacked taste. Unfortunately when I mentioned this to the waiter he asked what kind of bread should it have been I told him I wasn’t sure. I really expected him to remove the cost from my tab which he didn’t. He came across a bit rushed. So disappointed I can’t go back and do my moms birthday over.
Beautiful view, wonderful & friendly service, excellent cocktails (loved the Corpse Reviver #2 and the classic Margarita), good selection of rye whiskey & solidly good wine list. Wednesday nights are 50% off selected bottles of wine (a good selection) and we enjoyed that. The truffle fries were excellent - I won't usually order truffle fries because most truffle oil is fake and you can get a nasty aftertaste. My friends said they didn't care and I was shocked at how good they were. I also got an order of plain fries - wonderful. My friends burger was delicious, my other friend had the pot roast - also delicious. My husband and I both ordered the Creekstone NY steak with mushroom risotto. They steaks were properly cooked medium rare as we had ordered, but they were a bit tough and didn't have a lot of flavor. It didn't bother my husband as much as me, BUT, I write on agricultural and ranching and I have the advantage of buying beautiful grass-fed West Marin/West Sonoma county beef including Wagyu that sets the bar extremely high. The risotto was the only thing I would say was bad. It was a big glop of mush. But that's okay because I just ordered more fries! We were celebrating 2 birthdays and our server brought out a very nice little bag of sweet treats for both of the birthday guests. I'm looking forward to trying their brunch. If you want a really quiet place to gather, it is very lively. Our server was wonderful helping us select a table not near other large tables and the four of us don't mind lively.
I have eaten at Hilltop many times and they have never disappointed me. Their short rib pot roast is excellent and they do a great job on fish as well. This time I had the special steak and risotto and it was excellent. My colleagues ordered the lamb and fish and were all pleased. Wednesday is half price bottle of wine night so we go there often on that day. We always ask for Natalie and she is a really outstanding server. I have known her for years and she does an excellent job. I am sure we will be back.
Over $230 for :
3 drinks (a tiny cocktail and two smalls glasses of wine)
Mac and cheese appetizer (Good!)
Duck dish (mostly fat, hard carrots)
Steak and small lobster (hard green beans and hard au graton potatoes)
Good chocolate dessert
I get that it’s New Years but don’t really need to go back for that price... they also seat you on top of one another so hope you have a party of 4 or more.
We had reservations a few weeks in advance to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We arrived at the restaurant about 5 minutes early, and we were quickly seated in the back dining area near the bar. We sat and waited almost half an hour just to get a glass of water without any acknowledgement from any staff. The special menu that was given to us was not posted for New Year’s eve online, and the regular menu item my husband wanted was not on the menu - another disappointment. Also, the prices were higher than advertised online, which would’ve been OK if there was actually music and a band that we could see, hear, and enjoy. I ordered the filet mignon, and it was superb. The waitress was very sweet, but the overall service was disappointing for the high price. It’s was very loud as well. We were disappointed with the dining experience and probably will not ever go back.
Went for New Year's Eve dinner and they sat us at a table that was so close to the next that it was hard not to bump it while getting to the bench seat. We ordered a salad and main entree. We got the salad and then the entree arrived. We sent it back. The waiter never came back to ask us if we needed anything, I had to flag them down. The noise was so loud I couldn't hear the person across from me. Not a good experience considering the price!
Food and service were excellent, but tables were crowded into the bar area rather than the main dining room despite our reservation. Very disappointing New Year’s Eve experience! Had we been told we’d be seated in the bar rather than the main dining room we would have choosen another restaurant for dining.
We hadn't been to Hilltop for awhile ( a couple of years), but decided to have our anniversary dinner there because we like to keep our money in Novato. The place is really nice and our request for a window seat was honored. Our waitress was new (first night), but handled our dinner experience very well. The manager also helped us select a wine which was very much appreciated. That part all went well although it got a little loud later, but that's really not under their control. It was crowded.
One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the food. It was just ok. We remembered that we had the same thoughts when we went years ago so we probably won't be back given the prices and the quality of the meal. Sorry, there's just too much competition around here to settle for just ok food.
The food is fantastic, service was attentive without being overbearing, and the restaurant had a charming, special occasion feel. Only drawback was how crowded/loud it was- there was a surprise birthday party as well as a large group from a daddy-daughter dance... but that goes to show how popular this place is! Our food was served in a timely manner despite the large groups that came in before us.
Server was brand new. Very good but asked for separate bills at the time we ordered and he brought one! He did correct the situation but not before a couple of us were tearing through our purses looking for correct amount. Hate that!! That’s why I mentioned it first thing!
Our reservation for two was for 7pm on a Friday evening. At 6:50 pm we called ahead to inform the Hostess we were stuck in traffic, likely 10-15 minutes late. We arrived at 7:10 and promptly seated. Then we waited....and waited some more. Our server (who was fantastic, attentive, warm and friendly) greeted us finally and then disappeared for a long time again. We realized they were working a section of tables all the way across the dinning room. When the server popped by again, we asked why they were assigned one table clear across the room. We informed we were seated in the "pick-up" section; tables assigned to no server on a Friday. Not the servers fault, we squarely blame Management's procedure and the Hostess but our viewpoint was we had a reservation, communicated openly about our tardiness and should have been seated in a properly staffed section not the "I lack a reservation section". This was our first experience at Hilltop 1892 and had high expectations from recommendations. We shared the muscles for appetizer, the broth was interesting and different. I had the Kobe Steak Frites, the steak was just okay, it wasn't the most tender cut. My dinning companion had the beef short ribs, they really enjoyed that dish. Our deserts were forgettable; i.e. they didn't leave any impression and I forgot what I had. Our tab was $132.00 w/corkage, we brought our own wine.
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