Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently not open to the general public.  For guests staying in the resort, please contact our front desk at (832) 397-4008 for the most current information on available offerings.  We also encourage you to follow us on social media for the latest information.

The health of our staff and guests is our first priority. Thank you for your understanding and support, we look forward to serving all of you in the future!

Hilltop Restaurant and Garden, a famous East Texas landmark founded by renowned herbalist and cook, Madalene Hill, has been part of The Retreat at Artesian Lakes for over 22 years. The quaint dining room overlooks a lake and is surrounded by windows to enjoy the breathtaking view. Outside, a deck provides additional seating surrounded by trees and potted herbs.  The garden and a quiet gazebo are located within walking distance.

Hilltop offers casual resort fare for lunch and dinner, Thursday through Saturday, and custom catering menus for special events and retreats.

Holidays such as Valentine’s, Easter, and Mother’s Day are celebrated with special menus.

We offer a variety of jellies, chutneys, relishes, teas and other specialty items produced in Hilltop’s kitchen and sold both at the Restaurant and at the resort Gift Shop located inside the Hospitality House.

The Wedding Garden

Adjacent to Hilltop Restaurant, the Wedding Garden is of course a preferred venue for wedding ceremonies.  Beautifully landscaped with colorful flowers and a variety of annual and perennial plants and bushes under the shade of giant pine trees, the garden has granite-covered paths leading to a central “aisle” leading to the ceremony site, a metal arch set on a stone ledge.

The “aisle” is flanked by lawns on which natural wood chairs are set up for the events.  The garden offers several spots ideal for photography before, during and after the ceremony.  There is also a covered area where standing-height tables are set-up for Hors D’oeuvres and Champagne Toasts.

Horse-drawn carriages are offered to deliver the bride to the garden’s entrance.  

The reception rooms at Hilltop Restaurant are within walking distance.  Another option many wedding parties choose is a large tent set up on the parking lot right in front of the restaurant.

Herb Garden - Sage
Sassafras - banquet

Banquet Rooms

Perfect for holiday parties, weddings or family reunions.