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Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 108
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
101 East Franklin Street, Third Floor
phone: (919) 929-8676
(Place added by: Jason)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Top of the Hill took first and second place Best of Show awards at Hickory, NC's Carolinas Championship of Beer on April 21, 2012. Kenan Lager took top honors in the International Lager category. Ram's Head IPA scored second place in English IPA style. 269 beers were entered in the blind-judged, BJCP-recognized competition. Congrats to John With, George Dusek and their brewing team. BTW, TOTH just opened a distillery.
The great beer state of NC boasts 62 craft breweries and counting (soon to count Sierra Nevada and New Belgium). Drink your hearts out!!!!
04-25-2012 12:04:56 |
More by HopsAndGrapesHickory
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Myself and 3 fellow homebrewers were in town this past weekend for a festival and was referred to this brewpub by a family member.
It was a busy Friday evening (around 7pm). Downtown was crowded and parking was not as difficult as I've read (from other reviews) to find. We parked about a block away and came up the elevator.
First off, the initial scenery of the bar was impressive. The entire brewery was exposed to the right side of the cool, modern looking bar. It was very busy, however we were seated immediately outside.
We were promptly greeted by our server who gave us the drink/food menu. She came back in a timely manner to get our drink order - 4 flights which consisted of all 7 of their house brews on tap and 4 waters. Within a few minutes she came by with 2 large trays with all 32 drinks (28 beers, 4 waters) on them and ready to take our food order. The flights were impressive in volume and came out to about 2 pints total. At $8/flight I couldn't complain. The beer was good but not great, however was worth it.
The food menu was more than just your typical pub food and had some unique offerings. I got the Locavare Burger which was fantastic. The food came out before we were able to finish our flights. After our food, we wanted to try the IPA and Porter that was cask aged and is only served in the back bar. Our waitress offered to go to the back bar to personally order and serve us our pints to add to our dining tab. I have to give her props for this, as the restaurant was very busy and typically we would have had to order these separately after finishing in the restaurant. Our tab was about $25 total before tip.
After our meal, we went to the back bar, which also had a very cool atmosphere. The darts, pool and foosball were all free.
OVERVIEW: The restaurant was excellent, I would definitely return and recommend this to anyone. The service was immaculate all in timeliness, accuracy and general execution, the establishment had a cool modern vibe and was very clean, the food was something different and delicious, beer was ok and price was very affordable. Will certainly return next time I'm in town.
08-08-2011 16:50:01 |
More by drathbone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Whenever my wife and I return to the Triangle, we make a point of visiting Top of the Hill for dinner and brews.
They brew all of their offerings on-site (in fact, the large fermenters provide enticing eye-candy from the main dining room), so don't come here looking for 20 taps or something. After all, you can only drink one beer at a time, and each of their draughts is high-quality.
The food is delicious, in good serving sizes, and reasonably priced. Best creme brulee in NC, as far as I'm concerned. The pizzas, pasta dishes, and entree specials are mouth-watering even as I sit here reminiscing.
The ambiance is nice without being stuffy, trendy without being coldly industrial. And there's a fantastic outdoor porch (with heaters) overlooking Franklin Street.
Be warned, though -- this nice date-spot restaurant changes into a college bar pretty quickly after 9:00 or so. For the best experience, go early-ish for dinner. Or mid-week.
01-08-2008 15:48:36 |
More by drperm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
atmosphere - great and love the location and area. Views of Franklin street are great as long as the weather is good.
quality- Food and beer was top notch. Actually really good for a microbrew pub. I haven;t been to a lot but this was one of the best I have been too in the category.
service- well our service was perfect and it looked like an efficeint bar overall
selection- small selection but they made their own beer. It was all above average.
food- we didn't eat much there but it looked great and the menu was creative.
value- very good and I would highly recomend this place. Probably the best beer place in Chapel Hill that I have gone to.
01-22-2009 19:12:45 |
More by CampusCrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
The location of this brewery is about as perfect as you can get for the area. Great rooftop location, great setup inside. As you would expect, the inner workings of the brewery are for all to see, and the bar layout is very nice.
The beer is my favorite part of this place. I have been a fan of the ram's head and leaderboard since I first tried them at the "all about beer" beer festival back in '06. They are not brewing anything that is going to re-write the rules on brewing, but everything they make, is very well done and fresh. I like the wild ales as much as anyone, but I like traditional drinks when they are as well done as they are at this location.
The service I had was great. The place was packed for UNC being in the final 4, and despite having eaten, I did not feel rushed out. My waiter was very helpful and attentive.
The selection is pretty standard, although they have recently added a few new drinks to their line. Any brewery with a retail end will likely have a selection ranging from lager-stout with a wit and an ipa. This is no exception.
The food is great, simple and great. Their gumbo was amazing and the portions are decent. I would say that it would be in line with the cost of eating at an applebees but the food is much higher quality, and the beer is fantastic.
06-22-2009 12:22:50 |
More by Willibomb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had lunch here while in town for a visit to UNC for my son. I have heard some comments about avoiding this place, but it was pouring rain and we were hungry...so, we took our chances. Glad we did. Took the elevator up to the 3rd floor and popped out right at the hostess stand. The brewing equipment is behind glass lining the right side of the restaurant. A large, free formed bar fills the center of the room. Nice, large, covered deck overlooks Franklin Street. Our service was fast and friendly. I had the Saison and thought it was pretty well done. The food came quick and was tasty, too. The Lizard chips were great. I bet this would be a great place to hang out for a UNC b-ball game. I wouldn't hesitate to stop back in if I was ever in town, and neither should you.
07-29-2010 21:34:40 |
More by Imstillthegman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
To start with, this is one of the best places in Chapel Hill to get a good bier and good meal. The menu varies, but there is a consistent Louisiana feel to it, the jambalaya is the best in the area--hot, spicy, and mixes well with the bier. The other items on the menu are also very good...this is not a typical sports bar, it is more of an medium scale restaurant that serves good bier.
The bier itself is of the higher quality. The IPA and stout are the best, they also try a hefe and others that pale in comparison to the German versions, but they are respectable.
I go back every few weeks for a good meal and a few IPAs. I strongly recommend this place if you are in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. It will not disappoint.
12-13-2008 22:24:00 |
More by nocheinsbitte
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I spent a few hours at Top of the Hill at an event sponsored by the Boston College Booster Club, the night before a BC/Carolina football game. The venue was awesome; we were outside in the large balcony that overlooks Downtown Chapel Hill. Inside, there is a tremendous amount of Carolina memorabilia, and the place is extremely clean. I had several IPAs, which were well-balanced with a nice kick. The beers were $5, which is a bit expensive for a brewpub even by Boston standards; luckily the club bought the first keg. All of the other beers appeared appetizing. We had a buffet spread that included excellent hush puppies, spicy diced chicken, sliced roast beef, and pork. The bartenders remembered that I was drinking the IPA by the third round.
I had an excellent time at Top Of the Hill. It is a must-visit for any visitors in Chapel Hill, especially sports fans.
10-31-2008 23:00:09 |
More by bignick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Was a little warm on the day we showed up so hung out in the bar area until dinner served at 5. Bar menu was decent, we had the crab and artichoke app which was good. The bartender was quick and friendly.
There only appears to be 5 taps available and they are all house beers. One was down, which was the stout I believe and a disappointment. I overheard it isnt served during the summer. :-(
At dinner we were promptly seated at an excellent table right on the balcony outside. The waitress was quick to arrive and got our drinks right away. My wife had wine and the pour was pretty small.
My beer (IPA) was seriously lacking head. I have to attribute this to the way the bartender pours, very sloppily. He must have lost 6 ounces of beer pouring a pint trying to get rid of the head. The mango hefe was served with a lemon of course, you would think more of a brewery if they didnt do this.
The food was pretty darn good. I had the seared tuna which was served with the horseradish mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. The tuna was topped with bit of a wasabi something. Tuna was cooked perfectly but was a bit more chewey than I would have expected for fresh.
The filet mignon was cooked to order correctly and tasted very good.
Overall this is a place to eat a nice meal and enjoy some fresh beer. I cant say I would frequent it if I lived in the area as the prices are a bit steep but not unreasonable. I would get rid of the trough type urinals though, those are OK for sports bar or bar only.
08-13-2007 18:55:08 |
More by nriech
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Wow, what a beautiful place with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Visited 10/5/08 after the World Beer Fest-Durham. Took the elevator upstairs to the 3 rd floor. Brewhouse is behind glass and runs the length of the East wall, it is spotless. Micro canner is right next to the glass and is on display. Bar and dining area is classy, table tops have engineers drawings of different facets of the brewery on them, sat at the bar and had a beer, it was clean, nice temperature, can't recall the style. One of the more beautiful places I have been to.
10-10-2008 20:51:31 |
More by jimbotrost
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