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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.

850 Lamont Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm



Dinner

Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm



Brunch

Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Redwood Boulevard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 893-1892

Website:
http://www.hilltop1892.com/

Executive Chef:
Todd Davies

Additional:
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

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (31)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for a Date (20)
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Bar Seating (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Casual (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (5)
Fun (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointed in our experience here. Incredibly overpriced, insane amount of noise coming from the bar, and unapologetic management. Lunch is much nicer; will avoid dinner here in the future.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, but service was not good. Only saw our server when he took the order and then to give me the bill. Never asked how the food was or if we needed anything else.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was good, except for the air conditioner blowing on us. Though three employees tried to turn it off, we had to switch tables to get away from the cold. All of us ate dinner in our winter coats.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The calamari appetizer was fresh and delicious. We had risotto and fish and chips and everything was really well done and tasty. The desserts were also good bread pudding, snowball in hell and pumpkin cheesecake. Everyone was pleased and satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal with the family. Our waitress was very accommodating to our needs
We'll go back again
Thanks

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I've dined at Hilltop 1892 on several occasions and have always had a pleasant experience. It's a beautiful restaurant with great food, wine, and service. It's a wonderful place to go to with friends or on a date. The calamari appetizer is a must.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary with Hilltop 1892 and had an amazing time! Our server was lovely and even put together a little anniversary 'gift' for us!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

HIlltop is a good place to meet friends for a nice lunch. Service is good. My salad was good but with a bit too much dressing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great ambiance. Slow service. Waited 45 minutes for entrees. After plates cleared, waited 30 minutes for dessert menus.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As usual, it was another wonderful dinner at The Hilltop! There were a couple of large group parties on this particular night, so it was a bit noisier than usual. Other servers pitched in to make sure we were not ignored! Nice teamwork!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Ambience and view stellar. Service ok. Food mediocre. Desserts horrible. This place could be great with a few changes. It has lots of potential.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good. Will definitely be back. Nothing earth shattering but overall very enjoyable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went on a Sunday afternoon and the food was great, but most of all our waiter Elizabeth made the whole experience a real pleasure! I highly recommend this restaurant for family get together's and window tables have an excellent view!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We did not know what to expect when we made reservations at this restaurant, but we were all pleasantly surprised. The service was great, the food was excellent and visually pleasing and the view is magnificent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Service was spotty. Had to summon our server several times.
Food was great.
Very noisy as are many restaurants these days.
Would go back again for the food.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The location and the history of this restaurant are so interesting. The pulled pork sandwich was delicious. The corned beef sandwich was one of the best I've ever had. The service was very good with the attentive staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was under cooked and cold....I've been here many times before and the service/food has not changed....I won't be back

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was our anniversary-nice touch with the comp dessert. Service was a bit slow because it was packed on a Friday night. Great views, will go back for prime rib or night at the bar and football.

Great local, historic venue.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dublin)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and I went here for a date night after visiting a couple wineries in Sonoma - it was a lovely spot with amazing sunset views and absolutely delicious food. Hidden gem in Novato.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Cozy, Organic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Love Hilltop! The scones at brunch are exceptional. The view at night is beautiful. I'm a repeat customer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Mediocre food, poor service. A shame the spot is so
Beautiful....seems like the owners just
Can't get it together

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great service. Great burger. Wine Wednesdays - 1/2 off almost all wines - was a bonus.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were celebrating two birthdays and were surprised after the meal to be presented with birthday cards - a nice touch. Desserts were terrific.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great service . Restaraunt decor very nice. We had a table by the window and we were able to enjoy the view.nice selection of brunch items and drinks. The only negative thing was I bought the food could have been hotter. It was brought to our table warm but was very tasty. I noted on OpenTable that our table was celebrating a birthday but no mention was made.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Romantic and tasty

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