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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (28)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Special Occasion (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Casual (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (2)
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Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2013

This was my first visit to the restaurant after seeing it up on the hill for years. The view was very nice and the food was very good. Our waiter could not have been more attentive. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2013

Menu has very good selection of meats, seafood, and vegetarian plates, usually with a few specials. Good wine listed, moderately priced. The views of Big Rock Ridge and Novato are pretty especially at sunset. Lunch on the lanai outside is great in warm weather. Good bar/bartender.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2013

new owners, new chef and it was great........... will definitely go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2013

Varied menu that should satisfy all tastes; service very attentive but not intrusive. All of our special requests were dealt with. Portions generous. Calamarie and crab cake appetizers were just done just right. The filet mignon was done as ordered; desserts are a highlight- moulton chocolate cake with caramel sce! Nice place for family, group dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2013

The food was fine but the children's menu was so bad that we had to adjust our adult orders to feed the kids. Because of this we didn't get to try what we wanted. Also, the kids pasta with butter was drowning in grease my daughter wouldn't touch it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2013

A very noisy and rude 'VIP' table was seated next to us just as our food was presented. The 'din' was so loud that we could not hear one another and we were forced to go find our server and ask her to move us. We were moved to the booth area and while the sound was some better it still was enough to interrupt our dinner and our conversation. We asked the manager to ask the table to be more quiet and he told us that they were VIP's and there was nothing he could do and he didn't see what the problem was. Our server tried to be helpful, but there wasn't much she could do. Others were leaving because of the racket and so, subsequently, did we.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2013

Always have had a good experience there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2013

A little pricey for brunch, but it's a nice place to meet friends and enjoy the view.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2013

Ribs were fantastic, will definitely come back again with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2013

Food and service was great. I think the the key is to come early. Had dinner @ 6:00 on Saturday night. Will come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2012

Our family very much enjoyed the restaurant and our meal. It was beautifully decorated and the service was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Great views, food & service. We were there for the holidays-beautifully decorated. Very accommodating to our party of 8- 4 kids & 4 adults. Love the brick chicken. Grit fries rock. Fried green olives-fun! Go there-you'll love it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2012

celebrating a birthday Christmas Eve was challenging, seating at 4:15....but service was excellent, food always good.
Outstanding attention to detail, at the end of our meal, our server brought a hand written note wishing a Happy Birthday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 23, 2012

Very nice restaurant. Great service and great food for moderate price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2012

The food was overpriced and service was poor. Decor was great and the view was nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

Fabulous night. Our waitress, Sasha, helped make it a spectacular evening. She was attentive and just a delight all around. The noise level was extreme but that was because of a party of about 25 people near us. However, it's holiday time and that was okay. Our party of 4 all had a different entree and each dish was wonderful. The only complaint I would share is that the Rack of Lamb only had 3 chops, a light serving but not a light price. The Eggplant and Acorn Squash were spectacular!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

We were able to be seated in the quieter section near the window.
The noise level in the main dining room was too loud to carry on a conversation.
The wine list was affordable and the Bella Pesca cocktail was very good. Our waitress was sullen. My wife was served a different salad than she ordered. Her filet mignon was tasty but it was room temperature when it arrived, while her potato au gratin was very hot. They did warm it up, but when it was returned to the table she was done with the rest of her meal. We liked the choices on the menu and will give it another chance.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

We had a wonderful meal from apps to desert with our group of 6 recently. Only complaint was that the service was a little slow. Our server, while pleasant, was preoccupied with a larger group she was also waiting on. Empty dishes sat on the table a while. She made some adjustments to our our final bill as a result. Corkage fee is only $10 here, so we decided to bring our own wine. Overall, we had a very good meal. The restaurant was decorated beautifully for Christmas and we would all recommend to friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2012

On my second visit to the "new" Hilltop I had a cup of the soup special - chicken vegetable - which tasted like cream of mushroom with a lonely pea floating in it. The shaved prime rib sandwich which was just fair. Dessert was magnificent - the Guinness brownie with raspberry sauce and ice cream was served piping hot and I scraped the plate! The biggest problem was the service. In a half empty restaurant at lunch, my friend and I sat for 10 minutes without menus and then had to flag down a waiter to order. No one ever checked back on refills for our drinks or water and we had to ask for a dessert menu. The check came promptly however. The great view and friendly hostess don't make up for the shortcomings.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2012

I was sad when the Hilltop closed and so happy to have it reopen. The food and service doesn't live up to the hype and new prices. I go for the view but wish the menu would have a bit more to offer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2012

Loved the crab benedict! Did not try any, but the cocktail menu was uniqet and tempting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2012

Our meal was simply delicious and the service was fair; however, it was an extremely busy night and everyone was VERY busy!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2012

after waiting over an hour for our entre we left

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2012

Food and service always great! Decorations for holidays adds to a special setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2012

My wife and I love this restaurant! A wonderful location for a delicious meal in a scenic, comfortable, relaxing environment. Worth the drive up from Sausalito, and a perfect central location to meet up with our friends coming down from Santa Rosa and points north. The staff is cordial and attentive. The menu is diverse and full of unique touches. Oh, and the paté is to die for. We'll be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2012

Good food, good service, nice view.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2012

I don't know if it was just an off night, but two of us ordered the Brick Chicken after the waitress raved about it. The sauteed kale and polenta sticks were excellent! The chicken was ho hum! My son ordered a wedge salad which arrived half dressed...noted by the waitress, my husband ordered the pork chop which arrived half cooked. Another of us ordered the Butternut Squash Ravioli, as described on menu "topped with brown butter sauce, asiago cheese and crispy sage". It arrived with a creamy cheese sauce...not what you would expect. The desserts were great. We had the Melted Pumpkin cake and the chocolate mousse. Both were delish! Too bad the mains marred the experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2012

I had made this reservation for my team at work and had never been there. I was told it was a great place for a special event and that comment proved true. Thank you for an enjoyable brunch experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2012

We had a wonderful time and the staff was wonderful. Had a wonderful Bithday and the mudpie was sooooo good. The Bar Manager took excellent care of us hes a real gem!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2012

Made our Thanksgiving Day very special!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2012

Wonderful thanksgiving dinner, great service and bountiful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2012

Would definitely recommend this place. Beautiful and warm setting with great views. The steak with the cabernet reduction sauce was out of this world. The biscuits baked with blue cheese was deliciously creative. The service was the best--friendly and attentive. We want to thank our server, Sean, for making it an enjoyable evening for our family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2012

Food is consistently delicious with a varied menu selection. Good waiters ready to attend all dining needs. This is one of our top three places to dine in Marin. The noise level is sometimes high which is expected near bar lounge area, but I am one who likes quiet dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 20, 2012

The remodeled Hilltop was better than EVER! Our waiter Zack was friendly, knowledgeable, professional and patient. We stuck around after eating and felt very welcome. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2012

This is my first visit back to Hilltop since it reopened. I had the petrale sole and my friend had the roasted chicken. Both were excellent. Server was very accommodating and switched out the vegetables for me. We had a very enjoyable evening! Only word of warning is if there is a local game on TV, the bar can get very nosiy!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2012

The brunch at Hilltop 1892 was a very pleasant surprise. The views are phenomenal. I had huevos divoricados with a chile relleno. The chile was wrapped in a fantastic breading--crispy and tender, thicker near the top like a fluffy beignet. My partner had a crab cake benedict and said that the cakes were mostly crab. Bloody Marys were horseradish spicy and a hummingbird cocktail (St. Germain and sparking wine) shined. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2012

We save this restaurant for special occassions because it's a cut above the rest and, again, we weren't disappointed in any respect. Worth going out into a raining evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2012

Superb service and food. They even gave us a nice Anniversary card and surprise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 13, 2012

Went for our one month wedding anniversary! We always love the deserts!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2012

Fish special was wonderful. Drinks are always a treat! I shared a couple of things with a friend and they split the dishes before they brought to the table which makes it so much easier than splitting at the table. Server was professional and fun. Nice evening.

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