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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 #11 of 101 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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Running Springs, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great ambiance, wonderful staff, good food, and music on Thursday and Friday. A bit pricy but not for the Tahoe area.

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

Thanks, Mr. Bonnano, for visiting! We appreciate the kind words and the scrumptous photo! Mike More 

Israel
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I've set on the bar for a beer and a light dinner - and was pleasantly surprised by the not-your-standard courses, enjoyed it a lot.

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Portola Valley, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We've been going to Cottonwood for years: in the winter for savory, warming fare; in the summer for dinner on the deck overlooking Truckee. We love the combination of familiar servers, good food, quite a nice wine list, and a warm and funky ambiance. As usual, we were not disappointed this week, but concerned to hear that the restaurant is... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Great place to go if you want an authentically rustic atmosphere with good views of downtown Truckee. Get reservations and ask for a table with a view to downtown. I have been here at least 6 times now. Food is average; like another reviewer my salmon was rare despite asking for medium well. Menu is fairly unimaginative. I do recommend... More 

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San Francisco, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Way over priced for very average food. The service was below average. Took 5 minutes just to get some hot sauce. The salmon came rare when we asked for it medium well. Nothing was above average other than the wine. Not sure what people like about this place.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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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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10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

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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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