Catering >Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
100 E Franklin St 3rd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.913146 -79.055741
Pleasant Experience for Outsiders – We're new to the area and wanted to try some new places around the Triangle area. Top of the Hill was one of the places we've tried, and will definitely go back. The outside deck is great, friendly people, and a great place to be and relax. Great exclusive beer, although one waitress was rude.
I went for an early lunch. – I ordered the lizard chips (deep fried pickle chips and halepeno pepper rings), and the wild mushroom cripsy grit cake. The lizard chips were so so. Too much batter, and kinda tough. The dipping sauce with it was tasty.
I was totally won over by the grit cake. I was nervous to order it b/c I don't generally like grits, but I felt like trying something new. It was Perfectly crisp outside , soft yet gritty inside. the cashew sauce was perfectly seasoned and very creamy. They were generous with the mushrooms, which were fresh and perfectly meaty. There wer little bits of tomato on top that were the most perfectly ripe, bright red tomatoes I've ever had.
I will go back again soon.
Good view and food,nice beers, but GREAT MAGIC – My wife and I took our daughter and her boyfriend to this place. The food was good (American Fare) the beer was great, as was our waitress, but the guy doing the magic tricks was superb. We went to the Magic Castle once in LA and I thought those guys were good. This guy was like David Blaine...he was fantastic. My daughter doesn't normally go for that type of thing, but when he had her school ring on his keyring, her jaw dropped. We're going back later this fall.
The view from the terrace was great, so if it's good weather try to sit outside. Oh yeah, get the beer with the blueberries in it. Thank you Top of the Hill.
On the Down side- parking was a little akward and we did have a bit of a wait to eat (we did go on Friday.)
Really, what's the fuss? – This is going to sound elitist, but TOTH appeals to a certain crowd - younger and/or less discriminatory palates who like the beer selection and location. Otherwise, I just don't get it. Parking is the usual challenge in Chapel Hill. Food is fair but hardly "fine dining" as some reviewers have stated, unless you're comparing against nearby fast food places for college kids (which I'd probably prefer anyway). If we call this a 5-star fine dining establishment, then what do you do with Tullulahs, Lantern, Elaine's, Crooks Corner, etc. a few blocks away? Don't get me wrong, there is nothing particularly wrong about TOTH, it's just not terribly unique. Order a fried appetizer and you'll get the usual pub fare - heavy on the batter and kinda generic on the palate. Order a steak and you'll get a steak, nothing more or less. (The menu is reasonably diverse, so most people can probably find something they like.) Order a drink, and you'll wait a long time, then probably end up getting something decent. :) It's a fine place for people watching esp. on weekend nights after the dinner crowds leave. All in all, I don't mind when people say let's meet at TOTH, but if I'm picking, I'd much rather go to the many other fine choices on Franklin or elsewhere.
2 hour limit on groups?! – I was part of a group of 15 who went to Top of the Hill for dinner last weekend. We each ordered appetizers, a couple of drinks and then entrees (the entrees took at least 30 minutes to arrive), ate our food and asked for our checks. We had arrived at 6:30, so by the time 8:30 rolled around the restaurant was emptying out - there were empty tables all around us.
While we were waiting for our credit cards to be charged, the manager (Rebecca) came over and rudely asked us to leave - and then came back 10 minutes later with an even more forceful approach, this time saying that another party was waiting for the table. We were told that there is a 2 hour limit on groups and we had unfortunately exceeded our time slot.
SERIOUSLY?! A limit on groups and once you exceed 2 hours they kick you out?! I've never heard of that before, especially at a more upscale restaurant such as this, and it certainly wasn't communicated when we made the reservation. To me, turning over tables and accommodating other reservations is a management problem - especially in the case of our group which was dining at a normal pace (not dawdling).
Further, Rebecca should have checked with her server to make sure the checks were settled before she started harassing us. I might even go so far as to suggest that she find a creative way to use one of the, I don't know, maybe TEN other empty tables around us to accommodate the next party.
I was appalled at the audacity of this manager (and the restaurant's policy) and I would recommend that anyone looking to dine with a group seek out another venue.
Decent Beer and lots of women!!! – Stopped up at Top of the Hill to try their beers......unfortunately the bar was so crowded I settled with a scotch and water since I didn't know when I was getting back up there. One thing I can say is this is where the women go!!!
Great Food, Great place to bring a large crowd. The service is very professional. Worth driving to Chapel Hill.
Average fare, good drinks and people-watching – My husband and I have been here several times; he likes their southern fried chicken dinner. The other menu options aren't great and what's there tastes average. I've had 3 different dinners and all were on par with frozen dinners. The service is always bad when it's busy (which is most of the time) so don't expect great service, though the servers do try hard and are generally nice. You will have to ask for water, for a 2nd glass of wine, and bread if you want it, and most likely will have to flag down your server at least once. There is a good drink selection, and the bartenders can help you if you're not sure what you want to drink. This is a good place to have a couple of drinks and maybe a couple of appetizers, but not a great dinner spot if you're really hungry and want value.
Great place – My husdand and I really enjoyed Top of the Hill. The wait staff was friendly and the food was pretty good. I got the Santa Fe Chicken Pasta. It needed more chicken but it was still alright. My husband's food was REALLY good. He got a stuffed chili thing with black beans and chicken. It was SO GOOD. Next time I'm getting that. Besides the food, the enviroment was nice. It's a great place to chill out after bumming around Franklin Street.
Get a bird's-eye view of downtown Chapel Hill at this Franklin Street brewery and restaurant. – In Short
The spacious interior includes a large bar with signature beers brewed on-site. Step out onto the patio and enjoy your meal at one of the outdoor tables. Menu offerings are more sophisticated than other restaurants on Franklin, with appetizers like creme fraiche shrimp cerviche and entrees such as oysters Florentine gnocchi and chef's filet mignon. More traditional diners will like the buttermilk fried chicken, and lunch options such as the Top cheeseburger and paprika chicken sandwich.
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