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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
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.
Waitress was great. Something happened in the kitchen and one meal was delayed significantly. They comped the meal without asking but it was disappointing. The bread on the BLTs were burnt. When we modified the reservation on Open Table, it changed the time. But when we showed up, the restaurant was empty. Just not that great overall.
We’ve been here before over the years as it changed owners, with mixed experiences. It seems to have really hit its stride. We went for Thanksgiving and I had requested a window table. We were greeted immediately in a very warm way and had the best table in the house- window in the back corner the service was outstanding, no snobbery, attentive, the lighting was perfect, and the Thanksgiving menu did not disappoint. I had the traditional turkey feast and it was a TON of food! My husband had the steak and was very pleased. The dessert was obviously pre-packaged and a little underwhelming, but it gets a pass as it was a holiday menu. This is the best location in Novato- a city seriously lacking in culture. Hilltop adds a great getaway which feels like being transported away.
Outstanding Thanksgiving meal -- great ambiance, good food, excellent service and very homey family atmosphere. Took two family guests who lost their home in Santa Rosa in the recent fires. It provided a warm and friendly environment that took away their cares for a few hours. Hilltop was just the medicine they needed. Thank you HILLTOP staff!
We came here for my husband's birthday. We brought a cake for the celebration. There were 5 guests in attendance. The cake we brought was a small chocolate moose. Somehow the cake got mixed up with another's group cake. Their cake was a large sheet cake that would feed 20 people. Lucky we noticed it before it was cut.
We were charged $3.00 per person to cut our cake. We felt that the fee should have been waived due to this big embarrassment. Especially since they sung Happy birthday to Kathy instead of Ron.
I celebrated my birthday with my family and it’s the 1st time in quite a while I have eaten here. It was very loud when we first sat down at 7:00 pm (Saturday evening) and a bit hard to hold a conversation. It got better during our evening. Dinner was very good with the exception of the fried calamari we had as an appetizer. My vegetarian meal was excellent.
Hostess should learn not to fling her hair. Service was fairly attentive, not spectacularly so.
Most of the food was good (eggs benedict, clam chowder, fries); however, I didn't like their rendition of "Toad in a Hole" and definitely didn't like the red pepper sauce on top of it.
We have returned to this restaurant for the food and atmosphere, but have to honestly say the place is poorly managed. Staff is friendly and seems to be working hard, but service has been terribly slow on multiple occasions. We waited over and hour for our dinner and requests for condiments or drink refills never happened. Management is lacking as it seemed that no one was paying attention to the ridiculously long waits for food at most of the tables around us. Too bad as we really want to like this place , but is repeatedly disappointing.
Well what a shame. Great location for a restaurant. However the service was terrible. You had to ask twice fir everything, fork, dressing, bread. Simple things. The manager was more interested about chatting with the you girl at the bar. The server even spilled Brussels sprouts in my guests lap. Food was so so and oysters were not fresh. I travel for business and eat out four days a week. This is one of the wort restaurants I've ever been to. We will not be Back!
Everything was delicious. The server was very knowledgeable in regards to the menu and answered any questions that we had. He was training a young lady where she herself was professional and lovely. Worth the drive from Santa Rosa. I'll definitely recommend the Hilltop 1892 to friends.
Started our brunch with Bloody Mary's which were bland and don't know if there was any alcohol. I ordered an open face sandwich with an egg, avacado, tomato. The toasted bread was burnt and there was very little flavor and wasn't very generous. I had been to Hilltop years ago and it wasn't good then and has not improved.
The egg plant Parmesan must have been made the day before and was reheated; we could not cut through the top layer with a steak knife. It was a very odd recipe. The margarita with undrinkable and had to be sent back. The bread was good. The wine was on the expensive side.
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