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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
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.
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.
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