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Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery
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Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 101
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
101 East Franklin Street, Third Floor
phone: (919) 929-8676
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
Top Of The Hill is located on Franklin St on the Third Floor with the entrace off Columbia. You can take the elevator or walk up.
Once up there the place is surrounded by glass or you can plop out on the covered patio (is it a patio when 3 stories up?). The bar area was clean, but a perimeter shelf had no seats and seats were missing at some of the bar area tables. Very odd! The best things were the view and the total lack of smoke.
The taps were pitiful. 6 total taps, 2 blown at the time of the visit. Pale (ESB), IPA, Summer (Lager), and Porter on at the time. We sampled their ESB and their Porter and neither quite cut the mustard. We had free drink coupons for the beers, but the standard price was a bit much for a substandard brew. We sampled the Nachos which were good and a nice complement to the ESB since both were corny.
Ouy server was good, but clueless about the beer. He thought they used roasted barley in all their beers. We didn't have the heart to correct him. It was immediately clear that TOTH is not a beer destination and the beer is not cared for like some other establishments in the area. Nice for people watching though.
07-15-2005 13:56:28 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had lunch here while in town for a visit to UNC for my son. I have heard some comments about avoiding this place, but it was pouring rain and we were hungry...so, we took our chances. Glad we did. Took the elevator up to the 3rd floor and popped out right at the hostess stand. The brewing equipment is behind glass lining the right side of the restaurant. A large, free formed bar fills the center of the room. Nice, large, covered deck overlooks Franklin Street. Our service was fast and friendly. I had the Saison and thought it was pretty well done. The food came quick and was tasty, too. The Lizard chips were great. I bet this would be a great place to hang out for a UNC b-ball game. I wouldn't hesitate to stop back in if I was ever in town, and neither should you.
07-29-2010 21:34:40 |
More by Imstillthegman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Having been to Chapel Hill a few times, I was excited to finally hit this place, which makes itself known with its presence for both the physical height, the fact that it's a restaurant and micro brewery, and that it's in the heart of Chapel Hill, nestled between the bars and all the night life one could want from the area.
I went with a few friends, and it's interesting at first that you have to get there, of course, by stairs of the elevator. We ended up taking the elevator. The top floor is fairly dark though with nice lighting, there were lots of attractive women (if, like me, you're into that sort of thing), and the bar was really nice, with many bartenders, lots of booze, and a decent amount of places to actually get a pint of the microbrews on tap. It wasn't too smokey either, which is certainly a plus.
It took us an hour to get a table, which wasn't too bad considering it was a Friday around 7-8 P.M. So we got beers, hung out at the bar, and had a good time hanging out and waiting.
We got a table outside, which was nice for an early November night as the temperature was warm without being too warm, which was just right. Our waitress was very nice, though what surprised me was how fast the food came out. We had 6 people and I swear it was less than 20 minutes, which surprised all of us. Unfortunately, at least for me, that reflected on the food. I got the NY strip which was $19.99 and came with horseradish mashed potatoes and skillet veggies. The potatoes were good, but nothing I couldn't concoct. The veggies were brocolli and that's it--and nothing was all that great about them. The steak was cooked more medium than medium rare, which is what I requested, and it wasn't a $20 cut of meat in my opinion. So the food was definitely disappointing, for me, for the price.
The beers they had were a Wit, an IPA, a Dunkel Weizen, a Lager, some Mango beer, a Porter, and maybe one more. A decent selection, especially for the season. I tried the Wit, which was tasty, especially for a micro.
Overall it's a decent place to go for a party of, I'd say, more than 2. I wouldn't want to go there just on a single date. I'd almost rather go and have a few beers or drinks at the bar, which was the best part about it to me. Not sure I'd be thrilled to go again, especially as far as the food goes (though I can only talk about the NY strip), but it's certainly a place you may want to hit if you're in the area and looking for some microbrews and food.
11-19-2006 00:09:17 |
More by asabreed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
atmosphere - great and love the location and area. Views of Franklin street are great as long as the weather is good.
quality- Food and beer was top notch. Actually really good for a microbrew pub. I haven;t been to a lot but this was one of the best I have been too in the category.
service- well our service was perfect and it looked like an efficeint bar overall
selection- small selection but they made their own beer. It was all above average.
food- we didn't eat much there but it looked great and the menu was creative.
value- very good and I would highly recomend this place. Probably the best beer place in Chapel Hill that I have gone to.
01-22-2009 19:12:45 |
More by CampusCrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
This place has a great location. It's on the third floor right in the middle of downtown Chapel Hill. The balcony area is a main factor in this establishment's popularity. The interior is nice, the bar is big, and the brewery is very visible through walls of glass.
The beer's and the brewer are of English style. The stout the IPA and the pale are the beers that I would recommend tasting. The brewery doesn't have lagering capabilites, yet a lager is produced here? The brewers are very nice and will come out and chat with you at lunch if they're not too busy.
The food here is very iffy to say the best. I've had good experiences and bad ones. The menu attempts to provide unique choices, most of the dishes are on the expensive side. The clientele and staff are often times arrogant and this makes for an interesting situation (is there a winery here too?)
This place is only a few minutes from my house, but like many other beer nerds in the Chapel Hill area, I would rather hit the Carolina Brewery.
08-14-2003 11:32:00 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well, this place is what it is. It's a fun college bar that also happens to brew beer. You've got a bunch of dude/bros in their obnoxious Carolina blue (I'm a Duke fan) as well as a bunch of coeds. There were about 5 house brews on tap when I went, although it seemed like most of the clientele was drinking well drinks, BMC, and other crap. The beer is better than I expected, which is to say it's about average. Some selections were enjoyable, while others were uninteresting. I ordered a mushroom and sausage pizza, and that was pretty good. Prices are about average for the area. It gets crowded, so expect to wait for your beer, and don't expect the server to be very patient. As a final remark, not that I'm looking (getting married soon), but the tail quality here is respectable. If you're a young guy looking to find a nice young lady for...um...pleasant conversation, this is your place. If you're a young woman looking for a nice young guy though, you're probably out of luck because this place is full of Carolina d-bags.
04-29-2011 22:31:11 |
More by nickd717
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
This is the place to be in Chapel Hill; Tar Heels (and Blue Devils, although dont say anything) alike climb the 2 floors to top story of a building situated at one of the main intersections in town. The inside boasts a somewhat elegant host of tables, a large bar and glass-lined wall behind which are beautiful copper brew-kettles.
Outside a set of double doors is a covered patio which overlooks the beautiful town and part of campus. On a nice night (which can be anytime from March-November) you can sit at tables with friends, drink some homemade beer and watch the passersby below.
Beer: I wasnt terribly impressed with their beers; I tried a Porter, Summer Lager and an IPA. They were also out of 2 of the 6 beers they were offering and getting to the bar can be a hassle.
I do say stop by here to check out the scene and decide what you think about their beers for yourself.
11-02-2005 19:51:02 |
More by sinistrsam
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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 |
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Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC