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Bad costumer service. My buddy and I were looking to go to a fancy dinner, so we dressed up nicely and ran out the door and happened to drive by the Hilltop Bistro. When we did not order alcoholic drinks to begin our dinner with, we were completely ignored the rest of the evening. Just because we look young and "unable to tip well" does NOT mean we are too young to tip well for good service. We tipped more than we thought it was worth, 10% just to be nice. It was not good service, and all the other costomers when we were there were really snooty too, though I can't blame the restaurant for that one. I just didn't have a good experience there, maybe you will if you order lots of alcohol and decorate your dress with fifty dollar bills. All in all, the food was all right, but the service was horrible. I don't think they like young people (in our twenties) very much.
Just Like Home. My wife and I love this place! Last year I proposed to her here during dinner. (She said yes!) The ambience feels just like home but better. The food is great, the staff is great, and it is rare to find a restaurant where the owner is so involved.
Can't Wait To Return. This place exceeded any prior expectations I had in every way. The salmon had a wonderful flavor, and its preparation and presentation were exquisite. My husband loved his penne pasta. The service was excellent- our waiter was very attentive and personable. Overall the experience was incredibly charming. The next time we are in Golden we will definitely be back! Oh..and be sure to visit the bathroom! It is memorable.
A place to be avoided.
This used to be a great place for a romantic dinner with great food. The place now is to be avoided at all cost. The menu is unappealing. The pork felt like a rock, it must have been reheated from lunch. The risotto tasted like pre-cooked Uncle Ben's drowned in Velveeta. The angel hair pasta with shrimp was not edible, and the server didn't even bother to ask why I had barely touched it. The zin was probably from the same bottle of the prior reviewer.
It could still be a cute, romantic place if they hadn't placed a goofy air conditioner inside the fireplace.
Chef needs to go. Do not order the sesame scallops. They are battered and disguise the fact that you maybe get 2 full scallops and then a few battered scallop pieces. The pan seared noodls were worthless. For $20, this meal just needs to be removed from the menu. Also, do not order the Zinfadel. It had turned. Ask how long the bottle of wine has been opened before ordering. The chef has very poor manners and little if any customer service skills. The menu itself is fine if you like cream. Otherwise, the menu is dull and certainly not healty. The house salad is good. The ceasar is a poor imitation. The scallop, salmon, etc, stew is very good. We will not be returning until a new chef has been hired.
Romantic Dinner. Hilltop Bistro is the perfect place to take your loved one for the ultimate romantic dining experience. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday and she loved it. We started off with the coconut seared scallops, which were presented in sesame tuile cones and looked as good as they tasted. Next i ordered the Ceaser Salad. I usually can get a sense of a restraunt based upon the ceaser salad, and the Hilltop Ceaser was one of the best i've ever had. My Girlfriend had the house salad, a concotion of apples, tomatoes, salad greens and a ricotta vinegrette. She finished the salad so fast i didn't have a chance to try it. For my entree, i ordered the Pork Loin, wich came with creamy German noodles and potatoes and homemade apple sauce. The Pork Loin was delicious, although a little bit dry. My lady ordered the Penne Pasta with sausage, witch turned out to be a huge serving. It was very delicous. When we were stuffed to the brim, our waiter brought out a chocolate bread pudding with a candle in it. My girlfriend said this was a dinner she would never forget.
Succulent food with generous portions.. My husband and I recently ate at Hilltop Bistro. I had the miso salmon which was excellent, but I must say the tempura green beans that came with it were my favorite part. The green beans were fried in light batter and drizzled with a delicious soy-tasting sauce. At the waiters reccomendation my husband ordered the seafood stew. This interesting dish came with salmon, mussels, scallop, shrimp and noodles in a tomato broth. To my delight, the portion was more than generous (which allowed me to share). The waitstaff were very friendly and attentive. Our waiter particularly, seemed to have an excellent knowledge of the wines offered and was patient in answering all of our questions. For dessert we enjoyed the chocolate bread pudding. Not only was the taste sensational, but the presentation was beautiful. As the waiter brought it to our table other diners turned to stare and ask what it was. Overall the decorations, staff and food combined to create a cozy atmosphere and extremely enjoyable experience. Thank you Hilltop Bistro.
Superficial and Disappointing.
I am surprised and sorry that I was so completely unimpressed with Hilltop Bistro. It is a romantic setting in a lovely old house and the presentation of the courses is really nice, but the food and the service were not up to par.
Here are the problems I had: No bread was offered, there were bread plated on the table, but I suppose they were to be used for an appetizer. When we requested bread we were brought a crumbly, pale, very bland loaf that the waitress left for only a few minutes and then tried to clear too soon (which, in this case, was OK because the bread was simply not good). I had the house salad, which was quite good, but slightly overdressed. My husband had the soup, Chicken Lemon Basil. It sounded promising, but was a canned-tomato based soup with chicken and dried basil and no discernable lemon (it's early October and I still have plenty of fresh basil in my garden, fresh would have been better)--not at all what I expected. Again disappointing. I had the risotto. I really don't want to be just plain mean, but it reminded me of my ex-mother-in-law's broccoli and rice casserole (you'll find the recipe on the back of a box of instant rice). The rice was over-cooked, or at least, over-stirred and broken down, no recognizable grains of arborio rice at all. And I'm a huge cheese lover, but the amount of cheddar in the risotto was overpowering and made it flabby. My husband had the risotto stuffed chicken. I didn't taste it, but he indicated he was disappinted. The service was also not all that great. The wait staff was pleasant enough, but not terribly attentive. It was necessary to flag them down if we had a request, I don't believe anyone asked us if we were happy with our entrees, and the waiter forgot to bring the wine until he was reminded.
As you can see, I was disappointed in the evening. The restaurant isn't horribly expensive, but for the price I would have expected much better experience.
This Golden restaurant offers creative American cuisine in an elegant oak dining room..
This restaurant (once the Hilltop Café) has boasted a loyal following for years, with its contemporary offerings. The sprawling dining areas throughout the converted house include a brilliant sun porch, romantic spots by the fireplace and cozy private rooms. The chef conjures a variety of intriguing dishes--ranging from wild-caught salmon with tempura green beans to butter-roasted cod with shrimp ravioli. Lunch features several deluxe sandwiches as well as a few entrees.
Good food, unique atmosphere. I went there for dinnner twice, once with a date and once with a group of friends. Service was excellent, food was awesome, atmospshere was great. The cooking was creative. Not to mention they have a nice deck for summer hang out.
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