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Most important...patio weather = patio sitting. Hillstone has a great patio, even if I did have to stalk someone for their table when they left. Lovely wine and the best, best, best spinach dip I have had in a while. So good we ordered a second one! The foccacia bread didn't look like much when it came but it was delish. Super staff, delicious food and drink, and a comfy patio. So fun:-)
Nice place for a good dinner or to grab a drink. The staff is always inviting and willing to assist with entree choices, drink recommendations, etc. Indoor/outdoor seating available. Large bar area and dining hall. Reservations are definitely advised if you're not going to eat at the bar. I love the open kitchen floor plan....not that I sit near there at each visit. But its nice to take a glance on the way to powder my nose! I've always been well pleased with this establishment.
Fantastic!! First and foremost, the service here is out of this world!! When you look up.. Bam!! Some is greeting you with a smile!! Food was awesome!! How dredging to find a great balance of what a true dining experience should be!! Our guest waitress Allison was so courteous and professional!! The general manger heard it was my visit and she brought over two fantastic deserts!! Well, my weekend is off to a great start thanks to everyone at Hillstone!! Ps: the music they play is just so soothing and makes you wanna chill!! Be back next week for sure!!! Shahe
Came here for HH with some friends. Love the vibe and feel to the place. Our server was excellent!!! One of the best servers I have had in a LONG time. Chicago-Style Spinach Dip with salsa, sour cream and warm tortilla chips: the dip is so creamy and flavorful. Too good to NOT order. Special App for the day-Brushetta: I am not sure what kind of cheese or oils was used, but it was too good to stop at one! Famous French Dip: Melts in your mouth and the au jus sauce was perfect not too salty.
Really great food. Service was awesome and never had to wait for anything. If anything, the night felt like it went too quick!
Grilled artichoke was delicious. Sushi was okay. Didn't serve sake. HOWEVER, after using my credit card here, my card was "duplicated" and used for a series of charges. If you dine at this restaurant, keep your wallet close and bring exact change in cash. Unless you want to spend a long time sorting our fraud charges. (Note that in the last 2 months, I only used my credit card once, which was at this restaurant.)
IF THERE WAS A ZERO THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH RIGHT NOW!!! This star used to be at the 5 mark especially due to their salads, BBQ, and French Dip!!!! Here's the story! To give a little background about myself it is that I am married to my husband who is 70 and I around the 40 mark. We are opposites in sight....He is buttoned up shirt and shorts and I am full sleeved tattoos and am more of a t-shirt kinda guy (The t-shirt in question is a cartoonish glow in the dark skeletal outline) Don't get me wrong I do dress up well when the occasion calls for it. On July 26, 2015 at approximately 1 p.m., my spouse and I had run errands, met with people and went home, showered and put on our CLEAN weekend work clothes. We decided we wanted a good salad and the first place that popped into my head was Hillstone. We get to the entrance door which was propped open by I am assuming the last patrons who had exited the building. We walk in and close the door behind us. We are greeted by a sweet smiling you woman all in black and asks how many; we say "Two please". She says "Right this way". We follow her up a slightly slanted ramp to a dead end and take a right to a standard table for four. She places down the menus on the table and my spouse begins to sit. As I pick my chair which was the one where my back would face the window and begin to pull it out to sit, the lady in black says "Do you have a different shirt with you?" OKAY this pissed me off! I turned around and shooed my hands towards the table in a "whatever" type of motion and walked out mumbling things I don't wish to repeat past 3 occupied tables, pushing the door open and realizing how embarrassing that was. I understand if there is a dress policy (Which we did not see anywhere and later are told it apparently is on one of the doors as we entered, perhaps the one we had to pull shut. If we were told I had "inappropriate" attire on when we walked in the door at the beginning I would not be so disappointed, hurt and embarrassed. On Yelp it states that the dress is "Casual" which could mean many a thing. I am sure professional musicians who have stepped in the doors of this establishment have not even been questioned about the dress code. I felt I was misrepresented as a client. The worst thing you can do is make a person feel so inferior for the most trivial reasons and think it can just be categorized under an "oops" moment. I am not one to play the "gay" card; however, I do feel that tattoos and the appearance of someone based on their tattoos is a different card altogether.....No! It is a different GAME altogether! I usually let things slide off and carry on with my day, but this was humiliating. I don't care what people think of me, but I sure as hell do care about other people like me who have the same type of situations happen to them. For being overpriced the food WAS wonderful! I would take clients as well as family, friends and my attorney here to eat on occasion. I think its time to look around for less judgmental companies to accept my hard earned money.
French Dip Sandwich and Spinach Dip are a must. Service is top notch and restaurant is as clean as can be. Always a classic and high end dining experience with never a let down. For a smaller appetite would recommend the appetizer chicken fingers and fries, also the burgers are to die for.
Awesome everyday every time! Staff is awesome. Mouthwatering. You can order anything and it's going to be awesome.
So I had a gift card and wanted a fancy lunch while on staycation, so I grabbed my buddy and made a reservation I got there early and had a delicious grapefruit and vodka beverage while waiting The place was packed so I enjoyed people watching for a few minutes while our table was readied My buddy showed up shortly after and we had the artichoke appetizer and finished our cocktails while catching up. We ordered entrees (burgers and fries) and more cocktails but couldn't finish the food. The service was excellent, with the exception of one bartender who didn't appreciate it when I pointed out that a patron was trying to get her attention so he could pay and leave. I had watched her ignore him a couple of times already. So, we enjoyed our fancy lunch...it was expensive but the food, drinks, and service were great. I may come back and enjoy the patio once it cools off. ;)
This place is my favorite restaurant hands down. The food is consistent, you cannot go wrong with a single item on this menu. The service is top notch, I always request to sit with Michael. He is attentive without being obtrusive and makes the whole experience a complete delight. If you are full at the end of your meal and don't think you can make room for dessert, find a way because the hot fudge sundae is a must.
A delightful and tasteful restaurant Hillstone is. Not only is the food a real treat, but the atmosphere and architecture is beautiful. A large and creative patio always adds a different vibe to your dining experience. This evening I tried their sushi as an additional appetizer and the Spicy Tuna Roll hit the spot. The chefs create and jazz up your typical sushi roll, I would highly recommend. The staples I personally order are the artichoke appetizer and Ahi Tuna Burger. The artichoke is a delectable, Hillstone prepares and cooks this dish to perfection. You are able to order a full artichoke or half if you are feeling a little stuffed. Be prepared, the Ahi Tuna is a large sandwich and filling. The ahi is cooked medium rare and placed on a bun with a delicious sauce. I have yet to try any steak/salad but this is definitely next on my list. In addition to my list, I would love a nice ice cream sundae with a warm cookie for brownie! I highly recommend Hillstone if you are in this area, you will not regret your experience. The staff are very helpful and friendly to meet your needs on any given night.
Absolutely incredible experience. Cozy upscale environment that was very neat and clean. The service was unbelievable...very attentive and timely and the food to die for. We enjoyed the mix of flavors in each dish. If visiting this restaurant, you have to order the grilled artichokes, which aren't on the menu but definitely a dish you won't want to miss.
If it was not for the old snooty hostess, this place would get 5 stars. Brought clients here for lunch and the service from out waiter was 5 star! Prompt and courtesy, always on top of our needs. We ordered the rib-eye and chicken sandwich. Both our items were very good and filling. Their ranch and honey mustard are spot on! Will definitely be back.
5/27/2015 - I must be the only one. I must be the only one because the parking lot is packed. HAVE YA CHECKED THE PRICES AT HILLSTONE? Wow! Have a look: * French Dip: $24 (really good! Still not worth $24) * NY Strip: $54. FIFTY FOUR DOLLARS! * side dishes: $8. Side dishes at Tavern on the Green are $9. * Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail: $21 THESE ARE NOT MISPRINTS. I found the menu on my phone, AND, since you are not being held captive, you, I, can go elsewhere. Donovan's Steak House serves a better steak for less money. I must be the only one. I just looked up what I thought is the most ridiculously priced menu I could think of, Tavern on the Green in New York City, and basically, Hillstone was priced the same or more on comparable items. The burger at Hillstone is $21. "Ground chuck served all the way..." What does that even mean? "...served all the way"???? The 21 Club in mid-town Manhattan, long-serving a very expensive burger, they charge $18 for a burger, add bacon, $2. MORE THAN 21 Club. Sheesh. (You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna go have a burger Hillstone [for $21!] and then I'm gonna have a burger at Houston's [$15] and I'll bet it's the same damn burger.) Shrimp cocktail at Hillstone is $21. At 21 in NYC is $21. You go Hillstone. I stay here. Side orders: $8. Side orders Tavern on the Green: $9. Well, "I may be the only one", but I'm no fool. You go. You go fill up their parking lot. Outside of Vegas, I don't believe I've seen a $54 steak. Thank God. 5/18/2015 got a message today that a burger at Hillstone is not $21 but $16. I googled "Hillstone menu" and the menu that came up is, in fact, lower -- all around. The problem is, Hillstone definitely has TWO menus on the Internet and I'm going to post this higher-than-high menu that is not correct. Â¡That's a problem! Based on the new pricing I'll upgrade: 3 stars. That was a very, very good prime rib sandwich!
WOW! one of my top 5 dinning experiences ever! featuring THE GREATEST SANDWICH I'VE EVER HAD! French Dip sandwich! Firstly the building and decor look like Tony Starks house in the Iron man movies. Super classy, and cool. Service is phenomenal. I've tried a bunch of the menu items and they were all amazing. But the real star of the show is the french dip sandwich. It's perfectly constructed, with finely sliced meat cooked medium rare, so it stays in a tight bundle as it's dipped repeatedly in the au jus without meat falling out. The bread is soft yet holds up against the significant portion of meat, and resists getting too soggy from the au jus. Its served with phenomenal fries that remind me of the shoe string fries of Ruth's chris. There is a passion for food and customer well-being that comes across in every dish. They are absolutely obsessed with quality food, and it will leave you in awe. The french dip is without a doubt the most beautiful thing a human can experience between two slices of bread. I think it's worth going to Arizona just for this sandwich and I plan on doing just that in the future.
Meh. Totally overrated. Two drinks, and two sandwiches for lunch. $60 plus dollars. For lunch... Me, a collins cocktail. Good but no punch... My date, a glass of chardonnay. Me, the veggie burger with kale salad. The kale salad was tasty. The burger not so much. It was ok but very messy and nothing special. My date, the fish sandwich. Again messy but also undercooked and nothing special.. NOT impressed. May go back for a happy hour or something but was less than impressed.
If you're looking for a truly upscale dining experience in Phoenix you must try Hillstone. My brother and I came here for a sushi lunch and were greeted by a hostess in a black cocktail dress with the appropriate jewelry. She led us past the station where we could see the sushi chefs creating artistic masterpieces and finally deposited us at a dimly lit table that felt secluded even though there were other tables all around us. This beautifully decorated restaurant has mastered the feel of Old World elegance. They appear to achieve this effortlessly, though I'm sure it is not as easy as it seems. The menu does discreetly remind you to do your part "Please refrain from using cell phones in the dining room." The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to accurately describe how each type of sushi was made. My brother and I were saddened to hear that they did not have their famous artichokes on the menu at this time of year. The waitress let us know that the artichokes produced by their supplier were better at a different time of the year and would be back on the menu when their high standards were met. We started our lunch with an order of fresh guacamole, salsa, and corn chips. The salsa and guacamole were beautifully constructed and it was easy to tell they were freshly made that day. They were gone in no time at all Our waitress was quite solicitous "Would you like some warm towels before your sushi?" Why, yes, we would. She brought us warm damp towels to freshen our hands with and chilled bowls for our soy sauce. We felt quite well taken care of as she unobtrusively came and went. My brother exclaimed "She is a ninja" at one point as she took dirty dishes and unneeded silverware aware without drawing our notice. I ordered the Thai tuna thai roll which was beautifully plated in a diamond pattern and accompanied by several dipping sauces. I tried the rolls with and without the sauces and every bite was like a revelation. Truly the best sushi I have ever had. My brother, Josh, ordered one of the pressed sushi rolls paired with a kale and cashew salad. I tasted one of the pressed sushi rolls and it was as magnificent as my rolls had been. Luckily for me, my brother is not big on kale, so I talked him into letting me have his salad. The kale and cashew salad was simply amazing and was definitely worthy of being its own main dish. Unfortunately, we did not save room for dessert on this visit, but I would like to come back when the artichokes are in season and promise to save room for the dessert next time! This is a very classy (dressy) restaurant, but it is Phoenix so casual is also an acceptable option. Most of the people in the restaurant when we were there were dressed in suits or designer dresses, but my brother and I were dressed very casually (we went hiking after lunch) and were treated with just as much respect as those who were dressed more appropriately.
I cannot say enough good things about Hillstone. I have been going here about 20 years now (when it was formerly Houston's) and I have never had bad service or food. I work very close to this location and was craving their spinach artichoke dip so decided to head over at lunch. I've been a few times and even the bar was packed and their was a wait for 1 person. I got lucky today as there was open seating at the bar! I had the side salad and the dip and it was awesome! I was in and out in less than an hour but never feel rushed. I will be back in the near future to get my Hillstone fix!
Since moving to Phoenix almost 10 years ago, I had visited Houston's only a handful of times. For many people in the Valley of the Sun, Houston's at the Biltmore Fashion Park was the standard for moderately priced comfort food with excellent service. With that said, Hillstone Restaurant has stepped in and has garnered the admiration of the discerning clients from the former Houston's. We visit Hillstone about once a month. The last time that we visited was because a couple was in from Dallas, they were requesting Lobster Mashed Potatoes or something incredibly delectable like it, which is on the menu at the Hillstone in Dallas. The evening was unhurried and I believe that we were the last ones to leave the restaurant that night. We will return again soon.
The atmosphere was really nice: chic decor. Service was excellent, very attentive. We picked the wrong dishes though: tuna roll (odd taste since it had peanuts in it) and the seared artichoke (can only eat a small part of the dish). The ribs were perfectly done. Overall, enjoyed the experience. We would come back and try other dishes. Their menu was very diverse, so worth trying different dishes. Great place to lounge and just have drinks.
Every time I come here I get either the burger or French dip. I think New York Times rated it like the 2nd best burger in the US. I would agree. I don't like that diet coke is by the bottle and you pay for refills - a little annoying - and it is a somewhat pricey restaurant but the food is really really really really really good. That makes it worth it. This restaurant group does have a number of locations, and I have been to a lot of the in different states, but this location specifically on Camelback is by far superior to the others (Dallas, Scottsdale, Boston, etc). Couple other things to know: no mashed potatoes during the daytime, baked potato only offered during weekend during lunch, not on weekdays during lunch. I usually come in jeans and polo shirt and, since it is Arizona, flip flops and I am always under dressed. Highly recommended restaurant.
As soon as I walked in this place, I knew it was a Houston's-owned restaurant. And that's not a bad thing. I have been to a number of these establishments going back to 1987 when I frequented the Houston's in Silver Spring, MD. The food is always great but they have the habit of taking the best items off of the menu, like the Santa Fe Chicken dish. I was dining at the Houston's in Scottsdale about a year ago and lo & behold, it was on their menu. Amazing. The Houston's locations in Pasadena and Irvine don't have it so....what gives? Regardless, Hillstone's is worth visiting for some really good eats!
Oh my... Not what I expected... It's Season 52 with attitude. Not much taste in the Grouper sandwich, but buried in over-mayo-ish cole slaw. Nothing new or original on the menu. The waitress looked irked and corrected my friend when she asked for ice - "oh, you'd like ice water, not just water" - we live in AZ and need to ask for ice? I could not find the entrance, and once I did I stood there for several minutes while someone (a server?) was too busy folding napkins to acknowledge us. Not impressed.