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Cottonwood Restaurant

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American, Steakhouse, Seafood, International
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10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161
+1 530-587-5711
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Mon 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
Description: Cottonwood has been a fixture of Truckee's vibrant dining scene for 25...
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." 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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  • 93
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always a nice place

We come here at least one night on each ski trip. Always something to which we look forward. It is our consistent stand-by place. The bosc pear salad is so good, and the menu shows great creativity, along with a nice wine list. The only downside is that it can be really loud.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Bill0507
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We come here at least one night on each ski trip. Always something to which we look forward. It is our consistent stand-by place. The bosc pear salad is so good, and the menu shows great creativity, along with a nice wine list. The only downside is that it can be really loud.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had another great dinner at Cottonwood with friends from the Bay Area. We were seated at a table with a view of downtown Truckee and the surrounding snow. The service and food exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be back soon and highly recommend Cottonwood for a great dining experience.

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Thank TrukeeGirl
CA
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made reservations, it was a Friday night. We had a great little table with an incredible view! The food amazing, after a day of skiing, you're so ready for a good meal! This little place does not disappoint. My date had the 1 lb. Bone In Rib Eye, it was massive... I opted for the special, a different twist... More 

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Thank Nor-Cal_Chic
Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner on the Monday after New Years weekend. The restaurant was busy, but the servers and the kitchen kept up nicely. Our whole-leaf Caesar was very good although the leaves were enormous and a little bit tough. The garlic croutons had suffered from too long waiting and we're tough. Fortunately the regular hot bread wad regularly replenished and... More 

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Thank JoAnn D
Truckee, California
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150 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Cottonwood Restaurant has been around for years. In fact, it was a ski area back in the early days...you can still see the rope tow's in the yard out front of the restaurant. The bar and eatery are the old ski lodge. Big fireplace with a super personable staff. The restaurant recently changed ownership and I hadn't been since the... More 

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Thank dank937
Incline Village, Nevada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Atmosphere - looking out the window to the lights of downtown Truckee and the River. Service is good. Food is excellent

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Thank TahoeAdventurer
Reno, Nevada
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208 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Party of five on October 30, 2015 for a birthday dinner. We had reservations and we're thankful as they were very busy. Our table and view were really nice. I had the burger and it was very good. They have a casual bar that was packed full of locals. Fun place. Will go again.

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Thank 144Y
Carlsbad, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We were told this was the place to go in Truckee. Especially for their margaritas. After a day of skiing we arrived just after 5:30 to a crowded parking lot and were excited we found a gem. We were seated pleasantly by the hostess and ordered two margaritas. The Margaritas were good but not the very best I have ever... More 

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Thank Tod B
West Sacramento, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Love, love, love this place! Great views of Truckee, delicious food! Fun in the winter, AMAZING in the summer when the patio is open.

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Thank Shay L
Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

One of my go to restaurants for a fancy meal in Tahoe, killer ambience, great food and always happy with my filet and vino

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
  • Phone Number: +1 530-587-5711

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view

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." 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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