As of March 16th

The Hilltop has decided to be socially responsible and suspend being open for business until further notice.

Below is a list of resources:


Worldometers – Monitor the Spread

Employment Development Department Resources

Bartender Emergency Fund

United Way COVID-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Resources

Novato Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

City of Novato Resources

Marin County Resources

CPA Practice Advisor COVID Information

One Girls Story of COVID


I hope you find this list helpful.

Be Safe, Practice Cleanliness and Maintain Social Distancing

Erick & The Hilltoppers








Hilltop Press Releases (Prior to COVID-19)

North Bay Bohemian
Hilltop 1892 Named North Bay Bohemian’s Best Cocktails in Marin. Bay Area Residents Applaud Novato’s Famed Eatery for Innovative Craft Cocktails.

Michelin Guide Recommended 2012:
A sweeping culinary getaway with dark wood floors, caramel accents, and lazy ceiling fans spinning overhead, all set to the tune of soft jazz.

Zagat 2013:
“high quality”, moderately priced Traditional American fare with Californian spins; solid service is a bonus.

San Francisco Chronicle, Paolo Lucchesi:
Located in a century-old building, Novato’s Hilltop 1892 has one of the best views in the North Bay.

Pacific Sun, Best of Marin Reader’s Survey:
Best Restaurant in Novato

Marin Magazine, Editor’s Choice:
If it’s good enough to get the nod from this year’s Michelin Guide, we’re thinking most Marinites will also enjoy this historical-home-cum-restaurant, with a lengthy wine list and sweeping views of Novato.

Bohemian, Best of the North Bay Reader’s Survey:
Best Cocktails in Marin

Marin Independent Journal, Christina Mueller Welter:
There’s a renaissance in northern Marin and it is perched at the top of a hill.

Pacific Sun, Jason Walsh:
The “hip-but-mainstream” dining inclinations of Marin restaurant-goers. We polished off both plates within minutes – partly due to ravenousness, but mostly because we really dug the grub.

Patch Readers’ Choice Survey:
Voted Best Place for Sunday Brunch; Best Desserts

North Bay Biz Magazine, Julie Fadda:
The soup of the day was sweet corn in a vegetable stock base with a touch of cream, drizzled with chili oil. Served hot and garnished with pico de gallo, it was absolutely delicious.

Eater SF:
Hilltop 1892, a recently reopened institution.

This hidden gem is a foodie’s delight.

Bread & Butter, Anna Haight:
The best of Northern California produce and seasonable, sustainable cuisine with the traditions and impeccable craftsmanship and creativity of the finest restaurants in Europe.

Novato Business News:
Owner of Hilltop 1892, realizes his long-term dream to put his stamp on the historic spot atop Novato.

The Yummy Report, GraceAnn Walden:
If you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, you think you could almost see Japan. Chef wanted us to taste his heirloom panzanella, a bread salad moistened with the juice of luscious farm fresh tomatoes, housemade ricotta napped with basil-balsamic reduction. It was better than mine – enough said.

Marin Scope, Leslie Harlib:
Two grilled, boneless lamb T-bone chops were served fragrant and rare, as I requested. There was plenty to eat, plus all the flavors popped. I was wowed by the whole Hilltop 1892 experience. My dining companion felt the same way.

Novato Advance:
Everything feels fresh about the aerie of a building, which was built in 1892. Ask for a window table if you are a view junkie.

Marin Independent Journal, Tanya Henry:
A full bar and well-stocked wine list featuring mostly Napa and Sonoma wineries makes a glass of wine on the veranda – with more breathtaking views – or classic cocktail by the oak bar’s fireplace a must.

The Marin Scoop:
When we pulled up outside we took in the surroundings which were really beautiful, especially in the golden evening sunlight. The bar makes a great place for drinks and bar snacks with friends or date night as the amazing view really makes this place.

Inside Scoop SF, Carey Sweet:
Diners can expect tried-and-true favorites, including weekly specials like prime rib on Mondays and fried chicken on Tuesdays.

Wine and Spirits Travel, Marcia Frost:
Mixologist – Jhaun Paul DeVere – His motto is when it comes to drinks is ”Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I just do the best job with the classics.” That he does, and he proved it by starting us with a Manhattan and a Sidecar.