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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 16 times today


1024 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(415) 893-1892
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Todd Davies
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Cross street
Redwood Boulevard
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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:
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
What 1024 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBunky (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

The views are lovely but food just so so. Menu reads well but quality does not hit the mark. My husband had something called Yorkshire pudding but it was flat and tasteless. I had the pancake with bacon and eggs but everything was bland and the bacon was burnt.
I would only go here for a drink but there are so many more.great places to go for that.
2 thumbs down.

2.0  Dined 7 days ago

Server told me he couldn't do separate checks for 6 people even though I requested that ahead of time. I have a difficult time believing that he "couldn't". Food was cold when arrived at the table. Could have been more potatoes & hollandaise instead of the tiny amounts that I got.

He did add 2 additional scones to our order to accommodate all of us, that was thoughtful. Menu stated butterscotch, they were blueberry & not cooked all the way through not his fault, of course.

vipJohnAndEmy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Friendly and knowledgeable server. We enjoyed our appetizers and food overall. I ordered a Mojito, but it had way too much lime juice in it that it was too sour to drink. I had to add sweetener to it and kept adding water to it to make it drinkable. We ordered the meatloaf, short ribs, and pork chop entrees. All were delicious, but the pork chop was very tough to cut into and was hard to chew even though it was seasoned nicely. The chocolate snowball dessert was a good dessert.

Shimmer (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This place is going downhil. When it first changed ownership after being closed, we were not impressed, but then the last couple of times, including Thanksgiving 2017 we were pleasantly surprised and looked forward to going back. We just went for Valentine’s dinner and were not at all impressed. Our waitress came once for introduction then took our order, then we never saw her again. No more water, how was our food, etc. The manager (didn’t introduce himself but he seemed like the manager) did come over to open the bottle of very expensive wine we brought. The special menu was confusing, as it said Chef’s menu $69 per person without wine pairing, $110 with. I wanted to order that. She took the order then came back and said I couldn’t have it without the wine pairing, I had to pay that price. ??? She said the manager explained it was for their record keeping or ringing it up, etc, which made no sense. I asked again and no explanation. The chef’s menu items were not offered on the regular menu. Disappointing. Food was okay but not great, and the desserts here were SERIOUSLY lacking. My bread pudding was tasteless. Overall, it seems they are slipping but we might try them one more time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine day

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The service was ok. We never got bread. The food coming out of the kitchen was very slow. Shouldn’t take close to two hours for 2 people. Food was very good-once we got it.

nickname (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

As a local real estate broker, I take my clients out to dinner when we sell their house. Most often, when given a choice, they choose the Hilltop. It has been consistently good and we always have a great time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Food and ambiance was delightful. Noise level was a bit high, kitchen seemed slow in getting orders out.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Went for the Monday night prime rib special.
Special thank you to Cassidy our server. We eat out at least once a week and to be honest it seems like it’s been a long while since we have had the customer service level that we received from her.

SS123 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Just a lovely restaurant. Everyone is warm and friendly and the food is delicious. Fantastic steaks!!

MarinZap (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food took 50 minutes to get to the table, they forgot a dish, then delivered it over cooked. Server had far too many tables and wasn’t attentive. No steak knives, water, drinks left empty. Manager bought the over cooked dish which was the right thing to do and we appreciated it. Others food was terrific. This is the most inconsistent restaurant and it’s the best spot in Novato - they can do better. The bar is always inviting and busy. There is one cocktail waitress to avoid. So Roll the dice in the restaurant or go for a drink at the bar at sunset.

vipPenguini (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We went on a Friday night during Mardi Gras week so the bar area was really bustling. There were a few specials on the menu and I got the jambalaya which had chicken, shrimp, and lots of sausage. It was a little spicy but it was delicious. I couldn't finish all of mine. My husband got the blackened catfish which came with veggies and mashed potatoes. It was good but he wished it were a bit more spicy. I washed mine down with a hurricane drink so it was a great ending to a great meal. The view is always beautiful up there and the service is always attentive. We've been here several times and have never been disappointed.

Yummy2m (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Lovely spot on top of a hill with nice views. Friendly service, good place for a special, midweek birthday lunch. No reservations needed then. I enjoyed my salmon and my father his ahi tuna.

The only downside to the lunch was the fact that my 87 yo father, who likes to have bread with his meals, specifically asked for some bread from the waiter when his food was brought to the table. The waiter responded that he would heat some up and then bring it for him. It never arrived. By the time we realized it wasn’t coming, it was too late to ask for it.

It is such a small thing, but it mattered for the overall experience

JudiT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Our reservations were great. We had a round table as requested. Food was delicious . We ordered several different dishes and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. We would go
there for lunch again.

Pete (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great happy hour and good entrees. Good space around tables, makes conversation easy. Good for dates.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful food and great drinks!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Hoping for a great meal and friendly host, waiter/waitress. It was my mother’s 75 birthday and her friend of 40 plus years plus 82 birthday. So disappointed we were seated near a large group we had a difficult time carrying on a conversation because they were so loud. My mother and I ordered the special and it was barely warm, the bread on the sandwich was to much for the amount of meat you received. The bread was not a good choice lacked taste. Unfortunately when I mentioned this to the waiter he asked what kind of bread should it have been I told him I wasn’t sure. I really expected him to remove the cost from my tab which he didn’t. He came across a bit rushed. So disappointed I can’t go back and do my moms birthday over.

Hungrygal (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

vipAggieFoodie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

We loved the view and the food was excellent! Our service was perfect and very attentive. We will enjoy coming back again soon.