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Cottonwood Restaurant

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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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Hours:
Mon 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent dining, rustic local feel

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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California
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Sat down at the bar for a drink and appetizers...while waiting for a table outside on the deck. Ended up eating at the bar because of the great company!Great food, great service, Steve was great. Will definitely come back!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had a wonderful experience here this weekend. The food was great and the view was really fun. We arrived at 4:35 a little early for dinner service that starts at 5:00 so we just ordered cocktails and enjoyed the view. We weren't rushed and were not disappointed.

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Fairfield, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

We've dined here many times. The restaurant is on the other side of the Truckee River from downtown Truckee. It's on a hill overlooking the downtown. The view is great. We always order their Caesar salad, even ordering it to-go when we are eating at the house. The Gray Goose martinis are excellent also. The menu changes, but is always... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My partner and I had a planned weekend in the Lake Tahoe area and this restaurant was recommended by a friend of my partner. We never like to plan our vacations to the extend that we make restaurant reservations but it was recommended that we do so. We were promptly seated at 6:00. We found the wait staff extremely attentive,... More 

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Went to the Cottonwood to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The very friendly staff greeted us and seated us on the deck overlooking old Truckee. The view of the town backshadowed by the forest covered mountains is beautiful. The food is very good and the service is excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be returning soon.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We ate here with a large group during a convention and it was wonderful. Everyone loved their food and the service was great.

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

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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, Eclectic

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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?