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Cottonwood Restaurant

10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161
+1 530-587-5711
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Ranked #10 of 99 Restaurants in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cottonwood has been a fixture of Truckee's vibrant dining scene for 25 years, and was voted North Lake Tahoe's "Best Fine Dining Restaurant" for the past six! Housed in a historical ski lodge, constructed in 1928 to serve as a warming hut for the town of Truckee's ski and toboggan hill, the restaurant is a virtual museum of historic photos and artifacts. With spectacular views of downtown Truckee from the Dining Room or expansive Deck, Cottonwood is the restaurant of choice for Truckee locals and visitors alike. A diverse menu consists of eclectic menu of steaks, pastas, seafood and vegetarian dishes using fresh organic produce and sustainable meats and seafood whenever possible, complimented by a full bar and adventuresome wine list. Home to a vibrant acoustic music scene, Cottonwood features free live music every Thursday and Friday nights, and features a nightly Happy Hour until 6pm. Groups and special events are welcome.

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Falls Church, Virginia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Went there with about 10 people from work. Service was great and the food was fabulous. Good selection of wine and drinks, friendly atmosphere. It's up on the hill so also have a great view. It is more pricey than the other restaurants but well worth it and a good value.

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Traveler! I hereby offer you the position of Marketing Director for Falls Church, VA! (It is an unpaid position, but one you can post on your resume). Thanks for visiting and for the kind words. Mike More

Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We had dinner at Cottonwood last week follo0wing recommendations from several friends. All-in-all, we were very disappointed. The service was good, and the wind was good as well. I ordered the seafood stew, which was a 'signature dish' according to the server. The mussels were not fresh, the spices went in about three different directions, and there was so much... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

We arrived for a 6:30 reservation and a very large party on Thursday night 10/9/14. Our waiters were very attentive. My husband ordered the seafood stew and proclaimed it excellent. I ordered butternut squash enchiladas and found them to be very spicy, in fact the spice level was overpowering. There was live entertainment afterwards with a bluegrass band and they... More

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Elk Grove, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our party of six was hesitant to enter this rundown looking resturat located above Truckee. Thank God we did. Honestly the best dinner ever in the area. All six of us confirmed this comment. From the ambiance, the views of Truckee, the impeccable service and the amazing food - we were all extremely pleased. I really hesitated to share this... More

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

You are All Heart! We know that our neighborhood is a bit shopworn, and we appreciate that so many people are able to look beyond that and give us a try. Imagine if this gem were a little less hidden! The master plan for Historic Hilltop is one that will definitely enhance the entrance and make things much more inviting.... More

Green Valley
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We've eaten here many times over the years. We had our youngest son's rehearsal dinner here (17 years ago). So a long time favorite. Their Ceasar salad is their "thing". Long leaves of Romaine, lots of garlic, more than enough for two people. The menu is pretty main stream. I had the appetizer ribs - six ribs so plenty as... More

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Phyllis, for seventeen years of patronage! We look forward to your return. Mike More

Castro Valley, California, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. Sat on the patio with a excellent view of Truckee. They supply lap robes to take care of the evening chill. The service was top drawer. The meal was very good. Anyone going should definitely make reservations.

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Raoul! We appreciate the comments, as well as the recommendation to make reservations! Well done. Mike More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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94 reviews 94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you are visiting the northern area of Lake Tahoe the cottonwood restaurant is a must visit for dinner. The cottonwood sits on a ridge above old truckee and offers and excellent view. The menu has something for everyone.......very creative meals with local ingredients to a hamburger. The service was efficient and friendly. We visited in the off season so... More

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for the kind words! We look forward to hosting you again. Mike More

South Pasadena, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Wonderful venue for a party of 12 on the patio for a birthday celebration. Staff went out of their way to accommodate everyone, including late comers and an unexpected child. Had constant attention from the staff for drinks and appetizers. Service from the kitchen had everyone's dinner presented within minutes. Comments on the food were all positive. The entertainment on... More

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Mike B, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice remarks! We have posted your review in the wait station for the staff to see. We look forward to seeing you again. Mike More

Truckee, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Would not recommend. Over priced food, average portions and subpar service. Nothing stands out. There are Much better ways to spend your money.

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Danville, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had a nice birthday celebration here this past weekend. It was our first time and we were definitely impressed with the views from the patio (gorgeous) and the relaxed atmosphere. We had a relatively large group and appreciated their ability to accomodate us. The food was just a bit above average for the price point once it got busy, it... More

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Additional Information about Cottonwood Restaurant

Address: 10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161
Phone Number: +1 530-587-5711
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic

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