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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (27)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for a Date (17)
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Special Occasion (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great stop on our way North. We had been before for Brunch and loved it. Equally happy with this visit. Good food, great and friendly service. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I have a lunch group that meets the second Monday of the month. We wanted to revisit Hilltop because we liked it so much the first time we ate there. Everyone enjo their lunch and also the service. Thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were a party of eight with one in a high chair celebrating a birthday at Sunday brunch. The staff gave us the private room in the back, and it couldn't have been more perfect. I was worried they'd forget about us back there, but we had wonderful service. And the food was plentiful and delicious. They even accommodated us with two omelets that were not on the menu. Portions were so large that several of us took half home. It's been a week since we were there, and everyone is still talking about how perfect our brunch at the Hilltop was.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Samuel was great and a wonderful server. She was delightful and explained the menu well. My husband and daughter enjoyed the prawn salad. My sister liked the fresh mussels and pasta dish. Price was modest......we love coming here!! The BEST view in northern Marin especially at sunset♡

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Delicious dinner with great service! Nice place for those special occasions! It was my husband's birthday and the waiter even gave him a nice thoughtful birthday gift!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food and service were very good; the noise level was too high to enjoy a quite dinner. Beautiful panorama from the restaurant window.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Best pot roast ever! Will definitely come back and bring the rest of the family.
Loved the crispy parsnip chips. They should be on the menu as a side dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We have enjoyed Hilltop in the past. One year ago it was excellent, from top to bottom. This visit felt like both quality and price had been lowered. Still tasty, for the most part, but not at all the special meal that we had enjoyed a year ago. It was very disappointing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great view,service and food. We throughly enjoyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

food very good, view delightful, easy parking and the service was attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The menu gets better and better...Chef Todd is making changes regularly to keep the regulars coming back. The views are incomparable and the staff very friendly.

A great place to celebrate and for just a casual meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The best thing about Hilltop is the view, especially on a warm summer evening. Service was spotty. We had made reservations for the patio and the restaurant was unprepared for our arrival. Hostess expected the server to put tables together for our group of 5 even though he was busy with other customers. Food is OK . Dessert options are best.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our meal at Hilltopp 1892 was great. It's such a nice spot to sit and look out over Marin and enjoy a drink and a meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Haven't been here in years. The view was beautiful and the food was delicious. Will try to come here more often.

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