I’ve noticed that people tend to be very divided on restaurants belonging to the Hillstone Restaurant Group—a conglomerate of over 30 restaurants under 12 different brands, all serving similar, but regionally-distinct cuisine. Take this reviewer on Yelp, who was very adamant about his feelings (and not a fan of capitalization, apparently) for the brand after reviewing Hillstone in San Francisco: another american chain restaurant that consistently proves what other chain restaurant menu's reflect - same ol list of appetizers, same 'ol main entrees, and same 'ol desserts to choose from.... borrrring. for what houstons really is [an upscale applebee's] everything was way to over priced for my liking!
On the other hand, I am a huge fan of the restaurant group, having visited multiple Houston’s and Hillstone locations. I enjoy the familiarity of going into a Hillstone restaurant—knowing generally what to expect in terms of the atmosphere and menu. My first burger review on this blog was from R&D, another Hillstone establishment, which I contend is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. I actually only became familiar with the restaurant group after frequently visiting R&D during my time in Dallas, and was later elated to discover that another one of Hillstone’s restaurants, Los Altos Grill, was a mere 15 minutes away from my parents’ house on the Peninsula.
I didn’t actually get a chance to visit Los Altos Grill until I moved back to the Bay Area. While all of the Hillstone restaurants I have visit tend to have a clean and modern, but warm interior and ambience, Los Altos Grill almost has a “lodge” feel to it. The walls are wood shingles and mining timbers line the low celings. The focal point of the restaurant is the central bar (similar to that at R&D), with tables and booths lining the walls of the restaurant.
And like any good Hillstone restaurant, the burger at Los Altos Grill does not disappoint. Let me preface that my most recent meal at the restaurant was truly gluttonous; my friend and I polished off an order of deviled eggs and the dip duo (chips with guac and cold queso) before we even got our entrees.
Onto the next Hillstone restaurant…