The Hilltop

4.2
199 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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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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TI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MZ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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SC
Washington DC
3 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!

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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

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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
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 .

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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.

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CV
Jacksonville
1 review
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!!!!

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WS
Jacksonville
11 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.

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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

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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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SS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was fair not the best not the worst either. Quit . Great service a little rundown that I thought it would be but over all a nice place to eat for a different esperance than any other restraint in Jacksonville and orange park are. Will go again

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ZQ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! Very accommodating and beautiful! Will be returning soon

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have given 5 stars BUT upon entering the parking lot the parking is atrocious. NO handicap parking at all and there was no handicap ramp into the building. So a handicap person has to climb the front steps about 6-8 steps. That is a lot when you are handicap. Hilltop, you really need to work on this.
Once inside we were greeted promptly and shown to our table. Now the table was another issue. In a restaurant of this caliber the table was only screwed in underneath with 2 screws making it the most wobbly table I have ever sat at. We had to be careful that our drinks didn't topple over. I was going to ask to be changed to another table but it was very busy. Putting all of this aside (parking, access and wobbly table) the food was excellent and the portions are a very good size. Best prime rib I have ever had. The wait staff was very attentive and we had no issues with them whatsoever. It was busy but it was a nice atmosphere with the piano music in the background. So if you don't mind the parking and can walk up stairs you will find a very nice meal awaiting you.

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GO
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit, celebrating an anniversary. Our meal was excellent and staff very accommodating. Loved touring the antiques in all the rooms. A great place to have a special occasion.

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, atmosphere, wine list, full bar, live piano Friday and Saturday evening

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E
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The ambiance is fabulous. The piano player was great, just needed to play more. The food was good. The service was good, but slow. It took almost an hour to get our meal after our salads.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good on every aspect of dining well worth the drive

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P
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good but it took longer than necessary to serve us. The server did a good job but could have kept us informed as why it was taking so long. When the food arrived it had already cooled off...

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d
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Never have had a nice experience yet. The wait, the food ... service,etc. Nothing to really boast about or go out of our way for.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was our first time and we went at 6pm on a Wed. As we entered the bar area was loud, @ 5:45, and after a brief wait we were seated. The bar crowd soon spread and the noise level was low the rest of the evening. The menu was adequate, and it was a full meal with bread, salad, entree and two additional sides. The staff was friendly; due to a party, and decor seemed to be l980's but it has a unique charm and we believe older couples would enjoy it.

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DP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hilltop was excellent as usual. We enjoy going there, in fact we were married there!

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C
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful place to dine! Great food, very friendly staff. Warm, inviting and an overall wonderful experience. Have been for birthdays, anniversary and just for the enjoyment of dining there! LOVE IT and definitively recommend!

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We made reservations for 5:30 and arrived about that time. The waiter was not finished dressing (open shirt with t-shirt). He later put on a black shirt. We specified sugar free desert on the reservation but they did not have any. Apparently, they did not look closely enough at the reservation. The food was very good and gourmet quality. We were seated in a Florida room that was a little chilly. Overall, it was a nice dinner.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town to visit our daughter so it was only the three (3) of us. We couldn't have found a better place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thank you for being open.

The Hilltop
Responded on November 29, 2018

Good morning Kathleen, Thank you so much for this wonderful 5 Star Review and very kind compliment. We appreciate your visit coming from out of town and am so happy you had such a wonderful experience. Next time you are in town, please come have dinner and say hello. Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed holiday season. Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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D
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was amazing and the ambiance for Thanksgiving was amazing. It was nice feeling like we were at someone’s house instead of a restaurant. The only complaint was the service. I get that it was busy as I work in the restaurant business but we didnt get our drinks half way though the meal and no refills were offered. I was charged a extra meal and gave him my card and asked him to run it after correcting it and it took him almost 20 minutes to bring back my card. We will defiantly come back to try again as everything else was amazing. Depending on how the service goes next visit we will update the review.

The Hilltop
Responded on November 29, 2018

Good morning Drake, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. We are very pleased you were happy with the food and the ambiance. We want our guests to feel at home while visiting! I personally give you my sincerest apology for the lack of service you received. I'm very sorry this happened to you. We have actually started our Christmas decorating and would love for you to come in and enjoy it, as we do! Sincerely, Stacey Martorano Manager/Event Coordinator 904-272-5959

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PA
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I have come here for thanksgiving for the last few years and it's been great. This year the food was just not that good. The stuffing changed, the Turkey was dry and the roast beef was so tough you couldn't cut it. Do it the way you have done in the past and I will come back.

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