The Hilltop

4.5
216 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Our restaurant is a beautiful Victorian-style mansion, nestled among towering oak trees,offering an unforgettable experience. A Memorable Dining Experience. The Hilltop’s unique old-world atmosphere makes for the perfect setting for your special occasion. Let us help you create your unforgettable evening. The Hilltop is designed for entertaining from two people to a large party. The rooms are suitable for different sizes and styles of parties. Guests feel relaxed and at home in our Victorian Mansion. We offer served meals featuring Prime Rib with celebration desserts such as Chocolate Overload or homemade Cheesecake. For the larger parties we offer full meal buffets of heavy hors d’oeuvres menu with delights such as Grilled Salmon, Herb Encrusted Mahi Mahi with Champagne Cream Sauce, Chicken Marsala and a wide choice of salad. Luncheons are by reservation only for groups of 15 or more.
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KR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner and experience. My go to local date place.

OT
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the escargot as usual. It is so delicious. The best escargot I've ever had. We got there in time for happy hour, the $3 house chardonnay. Is delicious. Christy the bartender is always awesome..

OT
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weve been several times an always have the escargot, which is the best I've ever had. An we had the salmon with mashed.sweet potatoes. Which were amazing. Happy hour prices are awesome. An.so is the house chardonnay. This place is awesome. I highly recommend it.

OT
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had escargot, which I always get here, and I love it. Theres is the best. We made it in time for happy hour, which we had the house chardonnay, which was $3.50 a glass. We also had a salad and chicken, picatta , I think. It was alll so delicious....... for dessert key lime pie. Was all so amazingly delicious. The owners were there, they are so nice an welcoming. The ambiance is perfect. I love this restaurant an highly recommend it.

DR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was medium - not exceptional as we sat with empty wine glasses for quite a while before being asked if we wanted another. The food was good, but again not exceptional. We consider ourselves "foodies" always looking for great places to meet our friends at and we were checking this place out as an option for our next group get-together. We will not, however, suggest this to our group. Considering the price, I don't feel that the service and food lived up to it.

BT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was excellent however a large party convened & it got loud... fortunately
we were almost thru with dinner, so we got out just in time....

TB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and one of the best rack of lamb I've ever had.

WW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall a great evening. Service with Angelo was great. Prime rib great also. The seafood New Orleans was a little disappointing. The scallops were tough and shrimp so-so. Next time I will do prime rib. Prices are a bargain for all you get!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was not good. Only one waiter who seemed more interested in speaking to the people at the bar than waiting on the tables. There were only 4 tables with patrons. We had to finally ask the girl bussing the tables to let the waiter know we were ready to order. Took forever for him to come back to refill drinks, etc. my daughter asked for more rolls and we never got them

JR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to the Hilltop. It is a place where we love to bring friends and family. You can actually have a conversation around dinner and hear one another. The atmosphere, service and food and always wonderful!

LR
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience . Staff was super friendly and the food was awesome and the atmosphere is beautiful I highly recommend this place. It is a beautiful old looking home with a bar area, And beautiful area for outside wedding ceremony overlooking a Koi pond, a glass sun room dining area also over looking the pond . There are many other large rooms to host a party, wedding reception or a large gathering. This was a gem hiding in Orange Park. They say has been here 30 years. And who knew there was a hill in Jacksonville. LOL

S
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to the Hilltop in a while. We were very pleased with everything from drinks to dessert. The quality of the food was great. We were treated like family, thank you Angelo, and will return soon.

The Hilltop
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you so much for the 5 Star Review and all your wonderful words. We greatly appreciate this and we are so happy you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal very much. It had been a couple of years since we had been and it was great to see nothing has changed. The food and the service was great!

BG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for Mother's Day brunch, overall was plenty of food and good layout. Only minor complaints, the desserts weren't labeled so it was difficult to determine what each one was; also, prime rib ran out shortly before the last seating, and there was a 20 minute wait before more was available. Better planning would have made for a more enjoyable experience, but its definitely something we'll try again in the future.

DC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 30 plus years of enjoying the Hilltop, it remains a jewel in the crown of Orange Park.

MW
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantasic and plentiful. The grounds are gorgeous. Angelo, our server, was amazing!!

C
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Parking was terrible. Your website did not say it was a buffet. Felt the buffet lacked
uniqueness for the cost. Some in our party thought it all excellent.

TI
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The food and service were great. Love this place.

MZ
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Sorry, just not a fan. Shrimp was terrible, hard. The omelet station was the b st but that’s a lot of money for an omelet. Need some people checking for refills on dishes.

S
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The building was probably nice in its day but it is run down and not well kept. The food was marginal at best with a semi'tough NY strip. The service was terrible. The food was brought out and set on a stand feet away while we looked at it waiting for our server to serve it to us. My wife had to take my glass and find a waiter to ask for a refill.

MA
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The reviews on Yelp gave this place 4.3 out of 5. We just didn’t see why? My wife ordered Filet Oscar style and the crab meat was burnt and nasty, and the bernaise sauce was like custard. My steak was excellent, but I got collard greens as a side and it looked like canned spinach. This place is absolutely beautiful, but we wouldn’t go back.

CL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service, Great Scenery!! Hubby and I will be back!

SC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate my birthday with family and friends, first time there and was impressed. Loved the building, grounds, atmosphere, food and our server, Angelo, was excellent. He gave us history, descriptions of food and was generally informative, polite and not intrusive. Also appreciated the piece of cake he gave me to bring home. We will definitely be back!

D
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very slow service....
Food was great ... have been before and service was better

DH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 2couples eating 4 different meals. Each one of us loved the food. The atmosphere was wonderful. We have found our new favorite restaurant.

The Hilltop
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hello DavidH, Thank you so much for the 5 Star Review and very kind words. We are so happy you found your new favorite restaurant! We look forward to your next visit and getting to know you better! Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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TM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth visit. All were 5 star. The servings are large and presented nicely. The servers are polite and attentive. It is nice to go to a restaurant where you can carry on a quiet conversation.

The Hilltop
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi TomM, Thank you so much for your visits here as well as the 5 Star Review. We appreciate your kind feedback and look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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a
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was great. The price and value are totally matched

The Hilltop
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi ara1234, We are so happy you enjoy each visit with us. Thank you so much for your very kind words and 5 Star Review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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MS
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, and they make a good martini, my favorite restaurant in Orange Park for an upscale but casual meal

The Hilltop
Responded on March 19, 2019

Good afternoon MichaelS, Thank you so much for the 5 Star Rating! We sincerely appreciate your feedback! So glad you are happy with your Martini...Kristi is an amazing bartender! We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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a
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have dined at your establishment and I totally Love it!!!

WT
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were great. The menu had good options and there were a lot of great specials to choose from.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Quaint old place. Good comfort food. Staff very friendly but rushed and lacked training. Good value for the money

HH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Address is incorrect on Open Table. Nice atmosphere overall. Live piano was cool. Crab dip was delicious. Combo seafood was good. Pork chop was dry. Caesar salad had bitter yellow greens. According to the waitress, it's always that way. Recommended changing that. A little too pricey for the quality.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined there for Valentine's Day. Pleasant ambiance. Excellent meals and good service. Very enjoyable evening.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day where there was a special menu. Appetizers were amazing with the pork ossa bucco and coconut shrimp. The she-crab soup was delicious and I wish I could have bought a gallon of it. Main entree was crab stuffed Chilean sea bass and then there was a dessert sampler. It was a perfect valentines dinner date with great food, great service and great ambiance .

TE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We both ordered the prime rib. Mine was overdone, his was underdone. The mashed potatoes were terrible and the asparagus was overdone. The salad wasn't great. Our appetizers were pretty good. The best part was the dessert. The whole meal wasn't worth the price we paid. We were very disappointed. I made my reservation online and there was no mention of a set menu for Valentine's day. For $55.00 a person, every bite should have been divine and it just wasn't.

CV
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was beautiful and fantastic. The food was great and the service was awesome!!!!

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu for Valentine's day and the rest of the year. Staff is nice and the decor and art is nice.

H
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best Valentine's day dinner my wife and I have ever had. Great staff and great food right around were I live. We will be going back. What ever changed from the last three time we eat there is intensely great, do not change a thing. Excellent, superb and a delightful evening. Thank you :-D

WS
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had not eaten at the Hilltop in several years and recently moved back to Jacksonville. We opted for the Hilltop for Valentines Dinner as we remember it as classy and it’s near home. First thing that we found unusual was pads of wrapped butter on a plate. For a classy restaurant on Valentines Day that was something you would expect at Waffle House. My wife had the Coconut Shrimp, Manhattan Clam Chowder and the Sea Bass. I had the Baby Lamb Chops the SheCrab Soup and the Sea Bass. The Sea Bass was cooked perfectly and delicious. My wife felt the Shrimp was probably not made in house but previously frozen and prepared from a bag, the Chowder tasted like Campbells from a can. My Lamb also tasted like prepared from a bag and lacked any taste. I had remembered the SheCrab Soup from years past and my Soup failed to live up to my memories. It lacked any taste of Sherry so important to the dish. Still a nice place but as a fine dining experience failed to live up to its past.

MJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed great service and great food. And a piano player playing tunes in the background. The whole staff creates a very friendly atmosphere. Definitely recommend this gem

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