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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: Drinks, Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    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
very good and pleasant atmosphere

the setting is very nice if you eat outside, you have a view at the town. Wait staff young and very pleasant. We had starters: polenta, good but blend, african peanut soup, excellent, very tasty and perfectly seasoned, pork tenderloin excellent. They have happy hour 5:00- 6:00

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
Nathalie S
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Oakland, California
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We usually love this restaurant. We went on my husband's birthday at the end of June. We made a reservation and I told our server this. We barely saw our server after a large table came in after us. We were outside and they were inside. He NEVER came out to the deck! We had to constantly ask other servers... More 

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

Dear Disappointed Diners, Thank you for sharing your experience. Although we get mostly four and five star reviews, we realize that we sometimes fall short. Please feel free to contact me personally at thill@cottonwoodrestaurant.com and we hope to make it up to you somehow. We plan on being here for some time and hope you will give us another chance.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We come to the Tahoe area every year during the summer and always stop by the Cottonwood. Deck seating is wonderful, with a lovely view of downtown and the mountains. Food is excellent, highly recommend the squash ravioli, calamari, heirloom tomato salad, and the day's catch has always been superb. Creme brûlée or root beer floats for dessert! Yum.

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Boise, Idaho
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Visited with friends for a late dinner - the place was busy with the lovely location atop a hill above old town Truckee. Comfortable ambiance in an older building. We waited in the bar for an outdoor table, and it was worth it. Good beer on tap. Once at a perfect view table, we enjoyed delicious scallops and tender calamari... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

the setting is very nice if you eat outside, you have a view at the town. Wait staff young and very pleasant. We had starters: polenta, good but blend, african peanut soup, excellent, very tasty and perfectly seasoned, pork tenderloin excellent. They have happy hour 5:00- 6:00

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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We enjoyed a very pleasant meal, hummus, ravioli, scallops, at this busy restaurant on the hillside above Truckee. We have rebooked!

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Modesto, California
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a wonderful little restaurant in a rustic setting with the best view in all of the Tahoe area. Be sure to make a reservation for a window table before sundown and you won't regret it. Once the sun sets you will see the magical little town of Truckee light up. The food is excellent and we have never... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The food is excellent , make sure you make a reservation and if you do it online when you get there be sure to tell them you made it online because they sometimes don't look. Food $$$ but sit outside and enjoy the view, live music and wonderful food. This is a restaurant you must try.

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California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Warm summer evening out on the deck, high on a hill, offered lovely view of Truckee and gorgeous summer sky. Food was excellent. Ceasar salad was one of the best I've had and huge. Even split we could not eat it all before enjoying fresh wild caught king salmon. Super fresh, cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend for summer dining. We... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It was such a pleasure to sit out on the deck at sunset on a warm summer evening. I enjoyed the salad with the cumin/ cilantro dressing and the pork medallions appetizer, although it was pricey. We waited at the bar when we first arrived and the two bartenders virtually ignored us while they continued their conversation. The young host... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Traveled with spouse and kids, food for everyone, great views, great food and desserts. highly recommended.

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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 - 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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, International

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, International

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?