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The Hilltop Vinyard
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We just ate there for the second time in two weeks. We all loved our dishes, which is not always the case with a group. Very small, intimate place, reservations strongly recommended. The shrimp ala Serge (a tribute to our beloved Serge who owned The Chef restaurant) is a good appetizer to start with, although they do special appetizers as well. The salmon is delicious and cooked perfectly, with a delicate sauce. All food is prepared fresh to order, so be patient and enjoy yourself. They allow wine to be brought in, but they do serve wine and beer. Be respectful, and don't take in a bottle of something they might have on their list. This chef worked with Serge and it is wonderful to see him cooking in his own place, carrying on the style of food we loved from he and Serge. RIP Serge, you will live on through the food!

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Unfortunately, there was nothing memorable about this restaurant, which I visited for a business dinner at the beginning of December. That's not to say this place was bad, but it just missed the mark on too many things. The restaurant is incredibly small, seating about 30-40 people maximum, which creates a great, intimate atmosphere, but there is no ambient music playing which makes conversation at the table awkward. The wait staff here is also undertrained and had little to no knowledge about anything on the menu which was upsetting, but they were polite and somewhat attentive.

The food here was good, but not great, the price tag the menu carries is not a very good value for the quality of food you receive. Kinks that can be easily worked out, and this will not stop me from trying the restaurant again, just don't go here expecting a 'fine-dining' experience. They have a pretty decent wine menu with good prices, as well as a decent beer menu, but they do not have a "bar-scene", and if you're looking for a place to hang out and have a few drinks you'll probably want to go elsewhere.

Overall, I got a sense of this restaurant being a bit amateur in nature, but I heard it was a newer place, so that could explain a lot of things. I can't recommend this place in it's current state, but if you're looking for a quiet place to avoid lots of people, this place is perfect. There is really great potential here, but this place isn't there yet.

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1  Thank BKrunners
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

A small, intimate restaurant (40 seats) with fabulous food. Menu changes frequently based on what the chef feels is the freshest,high quality food available. This week we had filet and salmon and both were excellent. They serve wine or beer with a good selection of both. If you like great food in a quiet place so you can talk and actually hear the other people you are with this is the place. Best to have a reservation but not required. They do have music from time to time but we like the quiet nights so I can't speak to the live entertainment.

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Thank Ddavislaw
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