Catering >Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
100 E Franklin St 3rd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.913146 -79.055741
Great view! – This is a great place to eat outside! The view is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the food as well, but the view was even better! Great place to people watch.
Great beer and food! Nice atmosphere! – Great place to sit outside on warm nights with a good view of Franklin street. The food was excellent and they have great microbrews!
Excellent food! – Unlike some of the reviews, We have had excellent service and outstading meals at this restaurant. Their pasta dishes are to die for, and so are their salmon dishes. I always look forward to the presentation of these meals, and the desserts are outstanding. I do reommend reservations, especially on a weekend night.There is excitement in the air when you go during the fall when there is so much to witness if you sit on the patio. The bar portion is always friendly and drinks are off the charts!
Unpleasant Experience – I went to this restaurant with my family because its rating was so high on citysearch. We sat down at a table in the corner near the window which we liked, but we were asked to move to another table, and they didn't give a reason why. 5 minutes later they sat another family at that round table and it definitely didn't appear that the table was reserved by this family. The waiter we had took our orders and then disappeared for 15 minutes, which I guess wouldn't have been a problem had we not been waiting on refills for 10 of those minutes. But, to his credit, for the remainder of the evening he did a wonderful job getting us refills.
I got the pork tenderloin and I wasn't a big fan of the sauce it came with. The tenderloin also had a lot of fat in it that I tried to cut around most of my meal. My mashed potatoes were really good, though. One of my other family members got the filet mignon which was the special for the evening. I tried some of it and it was not tender at all. I chewed on the piece for a good bit. The steak also had a good amount gristle in it. The only other problem we had at the place was that they overcharged us for the filet special. Normally the filet is 24.99, but it was on special for 22.99. We had to call them on our way home because they had charged us 26.99. They quickly corrected this problem, though.
I might try this place again, because I am hoping this was just a once in a lifetime bad experience there. A lot of people apparently really like this place, but from our experience it really made it hard for us to see why.
Must do in Chapel Hill – This is a great place. I was in town to visit friends and go to a football game. The food is exceptional and the patio gives a great view of Franklin Street. You have to try the Thumbs and Toes (spicy chicken), and the Filet Mignon. Inside the bar is non-smoking, so you can actually see and converse with people. Also, being from the west, I asked if they could turn one of the HDTV's to a west coast game, and they changed it right away. I was told though if the Tarheels were playing, that definetely wouldn't have happened (It gets pretty crazy). The night I was there Stuart Scott (ESPN) was there, and was told Roy Williams, Michael Jordan, etc. are regulars. When going for dinner make sure to get a table on the railing for a view of downtown Chapel Hill.
Sorry I drove there – After checking out the "Top 10 things to do in the Triangle" I was excited to try out Top of the Hill for an outdoor venue with great views. My in laws were in town and we wanted to show them around. Being from Cary we don't make it out this far often but thought it sounded like it was worth the drive. It was not! The "server" threw 2 menus at us (there were 4 of us). The bar food was horrible and the menu options slim. I was sorry we had ordered drinks and had to stay an extra 10 minutes to finish those before driving to Southpointe were we found many wonderful dining choices. I don't know how this place got it's high rating..it is totally not worth it.
Maybe not at "Top" form - – I had dinner there with family and was very disappointed by the menu choices. Food prep and quality were fine, but choice was very narrow. This is BREW PUB and they didn't have a single burger or chicken sandwich on the menu, but we already ordered drinks so we stayed. This was really one of the more forgettable meals that I've eaten in Chapel Hill. I do like there beer much better than the other Chapel Hill brew pub.
Beyond the average Bar – There are some pretty good beers here! The menu is definitely a step above most bars - and very reasonably priced. If it's available, definitely try the decadent special - Kobe beef burger with foie gras, lobster mayo, all for a steal of $15!! We had a hard time believing you could get Kobe beef so inexpensively! Their sauteed calamari was good and spicy, and I love the fact they offer a low carb menu! The only disappointment was a cajun risotto with a bad risotto texture, which was quickly forgotten upon the arrival of their chocolate chocolate cake - so good I came back the next night for more. The service was good- very helpful and friendly. THe ambience is pretty much like a TGIF/Applebees/chain restaurant except for the brewery in the back.
Good food, good view – I've been to Top of the Hill a few times for dinner and plenty of times for night life and I've never been disappointed. The filet is magnificent, the calamari is fresh and flavorful and their salads are great. With specialty beers flowing and a great view of Franklin Street, I'd recommend this place as a dining experience or late night hang out.
OLD RELIABLE – We're a few(!) years past our college years, so we tend to avoiud late nights and busy weekends to avoid the crowds. That said, we thoroughly enjoy the pleasant, efficient service and good, solid comfort food with nice gourmet touches. We also appreciiate the fine wine-by-the-glass menu, not being beer drinkers. Hey, this place is for grownups, too!
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