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“Thanksgiving Dinner ” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hilltop House Restaurant

Hilltop House Restaurant
1240 Fort Bragg Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28305
(910) 484-6699
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Ranked #65 of 450 Restaurants in Fayetteville
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Thanksgiving Dinner ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Everything was great...the food the desserts....the setting. Very classy and romantic. However it is pricey and it was just my husband and I and as were charged automatically a 20% gratuity which was annoying because there was no sign up front regarding that. As well as that, the only reservations left were for 4pm however the restaurant closed at 5pm so by the time we wanted desert the servers were clearing the food area. It was irritating not worth my money.

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English first
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Brunch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been eating Sunday Brunch at the Hilltop for a few years now as its the only option in Fayetteville until recently. What I can say is in those 2 years the menu has not changed once and the food is average at best. For the price, similar to places like the Thayer (New York) the Hilltop is wanting. Like much of Fayetteville the restaurant is over priced for what you get simply because its the only place in town. Additionally, a 20% mandatory gratuity on all checks for a self service brunch is appalling. In over 30+ visits I have never had a waitress refill my glass with OJ, water or even their "bottomless mimosas & bellinis" without being told; who charges 20% to not do their only job! My other huge complaint is that they advertise bottomless mimosas & bellinis but the past 3 weekends they have been out of the bellinis and failed to mention this fact until after I ordered it.

Visited November 2013
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Hilton Head Island
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Worth a trip.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Restaurant ambience is unusually pleasant for Fayetteville. Service was attentive and. Not rushed. Acceptable wine list. Menu is varied and food well prepared. It is a good choice for a good night out - business or pleasure.

Visited October 2013
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Eastover, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Met friends for lunch here twice in the month of October. The interior is a renovated house, with separate rooms for dining. It is tastefully decorated in a formal design, and they use real tablecloths and elegant place settings. The food has always been excellent. I live the lunch choices, from salads and sandwiches to casseroles. The only downside during my last visit was a very long wait for our lunch. There were very few customers seated, and it was over a half hour before our food came. There was no explanation at all. The service that day was "okay", but normally the waitstaff is friendly and attentive. I will go back!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lumberton, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Superb does not begin to describe our evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This review is going to be divided into sections: Ambience, Our overall dining experience, the food itself. Then I want to take a moment to counter some reviews I see below, so bear with me...

The restaurant is in a preserved and slightly updated historic home. It's ambience is warm, inviting, tastefully decorated, romantic, and relaxing. We loved just looking around at the stained glass, wood floors and lovely divided dining rooms.

Our Dining Experience: We arrived a little before they opened for dinner, but they let us come in out of the heat (15 minutes before they opened) and choose our table. That was a nice touch, some places would just let you wait outside... Our attendant for the evening was Audrey... I am mentioning her by name b/c without her, our evening would have only been 1/2 as good! She is friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, helpful! Can't say enough good things about her! We told her from the beginning we were in no rush. we were celebrating my husbands bday and wanted to really enjoy the entire evening. She did not rush us or hover, yet she made sure that we were not sitting with empty glasses or plates at any time. Her timing on everything was wonderful! We had told her we wanted to try the 'Wine Flights' with our Lobster Fondue (amazing by the way) and once she picked up that we love wine, she then said..."would you like to start off with a glass of champagne to cleanse your palate before your meal?" Why YES. What a fabulous idea... we decided that every wonderful restaurant should suggest this! Anyhow... Audrey really made our evening special... and we hope to request her on our return. She should probably be in fine dining management someday, great person!

Food: Lobster Fondue, house salad, Chateaubriand for 2, Key Lime Pie and Chocolate croissant pudding. Everything was prepared beautifully! Presentation... gorgeous. Taste... unique... each one and completely delicious! Enjoyed every morsel! The Lobster Fondue was so insanely good that when we ran out of the baguette it came with, we ate he rest with our spoons as if it were a soup... and it could have been! (and btw, Audrey upon seeing we were running low... came right over and asked if she could bring us more, we said no though as we were afraid it would interfere with our meal, but again, nice touch.) The Chateaubriand... we have never had this before... only 'heard' of it, so were excited to try... the meat was so tender, so flavorful... just amazing... savored every bite! The twice baked potato was delish and so was the asparagus! The desserts (and even the coffee) were just fantastic. I seriously do not have a negative comment to make on anything at this Hilltop House Restaurant.

Was it expensive? Yes. But worth every penny. My husband and I don't own fancy cars or TV's, or anything really... we are not into 'things', but we are into travel, good food and wonderful experiences and those are our splurges... this was an almost 4 hour meal for us... so the price of it all was 4 hours of entertainment... and worth it!

So now, a couple of reviews I want to address. The reason I want to address them is by reading them, I almost cancelled our reservation, and after going last night... I realize what a mistake that would have been! So, first of all, the roaches review... well, their sanitation rating is 100. it's certainly one of the higher ratings in many restaurants in the Fayetteville area. from what we saw, it was very clean and that included the bathrooms (which goes a long way with me). The reviewer says they 'trained' their, it's possible things did not work out for them and this could be revenge, who knows... I see only 1 review for this person and it's this one, so I don't put weight on it at all. However, even if the reviewer is stating fact, this is the south... we see them from time to time everywhere no matter how clean we are... my house is an example... thing is spotless and every once in awhile... there they are! Second, the person who did not think the chateaubriand was worth it... yes, it is very expensive... it's not the 'splitting' fee that makes it a 50$ plate... chateaubriand is a very specific area of the cow and each cow only has one and preparing it is an art. Now, I'm not some snob that knows all this, 1. Audrey told us where it came from and what it is... then I looked it up too so I could see. It's not something you want to spend on every time you go b/c it is pricey, but a special occasion? SO worth it!

So that is our experience in a nutshell and we hope you will enjoy yours as well! Happy Dining all!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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