Horse Drawn Carriage Ride to Breakfast

Complimentary Horse-drawn carriage ride to Saturday Breakfast - Available Seasonally - With Log Cabin Rental


Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Enjoy a unique, lakeside dining experience.


Hilltop Restaurant and Herb 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 herb garden and a quiet gazebo are located within walking distance.

Hilltop’s cuisine is based on the herbs grown in the adjacent herb garden. The herbs provide also the basis for the variety of jellies, chutneys, relishes, teas and other specialty items produced in Hilltop’s kitchen and sold both at the Restaurant and at the Gift Shop located at the Hospitality House.

Special Holiday offerings include lavish brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving; Valentine’s and New Year’s Eve five-course Dinners.

Because seating is limited, reservations are always required.

Call 832-397-4008

Featured Meals

Featured Meals

Executive Chef Jim Condra applies his international experience and his passion for cooking with fresh ingredients to the restaurant’s seasonal menus, continuously building on the herbal and culinary legacy of Hilltop’s founder, Madalene Hill.

View our Featured Meals
Sassafras - banquet

Banquet Rooms

Perfect for holiday parties, weddings or family reunions.

Herb Garden - Sage

Herb Garden

The Hilltop Herb Garden is a direct legacy to its founder, the late Madalene Hill.  The dozens of culinary herbs, leaf vegetables, and edible flowers grown here are used daily by our Chef in the preparation of meals and our line of Specialty Items, as well as for decoration throughout the resort.

The Herb Garden is also a popular setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies.  It has seating capacity for up to 150 guests and a ceremony arch with a magnificent background.