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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 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Mon 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, 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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    Very good
  • 23
    Average
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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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Truckee, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We are Truckee locals and The Cottonwood was always our go to place when we had friends visit. You could depend on a great view, great service and good food. Unfortunately it recently changed owners and it shows. Although the view is still wonderful, the service and food have really suffered. Upon arriving with a reservation, we waited 15 minutes... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A timeless locals' hangout. Service was "just OK" - food was the same. Nice ambiance and view overlooking the downtown train station area. We found the food overpriced and disappointing after reading the well thought out menu. Portions were small-ish and did not live up to expectations. The menu offers something for everyone, but keeping it simple is probably your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

we were staying in Reno for our anniversary. we drove up early and had an amazing dinner and evening; atmosphere was great, service was excellent.Rich in history.Food was great. Generally unimpressed by other offerings in Truckee . .but this place was worth the drive and then some!

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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I decided to celebrate my birthday at the Cottonwood having enjoyed two previous birthday visits, when I had indulged in delicious fillet steak, allbeit at a cost of $36, two years ago. Sadly fillet steak did not feature on the menu I was given. So I chose king salmon from the specials menu only to be told it was not... More 

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great Ambiance! Great food! Great for kids as well as a fine dining experience! We go there for Happy Hour and for special occasions!

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Oakland, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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