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Cottonwood Restaurant

10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161
530-587-5711
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Ranked #7 of 95 restaurants in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cottonwood has been a fixture of Truckee’s vibrant dining scene for 22 years, and was voted North Lake Tahoe’s “Best Fine Dining Restaurant” for the past four. 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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cottonwood has been a fixture of Truckee’s vibrant dining scene for 22 years, and was voted North Lake Tahoe’s “Best Fine Dining Restaurant” for the past four. 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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Truckee, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

this is rated very high by the locals. Its a fun place on the weekends, they have great entertainment. Menu has food that you may not find in other restaurants. Service is good, waiters also into customer service.

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Barcelona, Spain
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29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a nice spot with great views of the city and live music. Food is however overpriced so I world not recommend it as a Restaurant. Worth going in but only for a drink.

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

Hi Gio....Thank for visiting us. We attempt to create a diverse menu with a lot of choices and a wide range of prices. Food costs are certainly a challenge, and the current drought in California will make this an even bigger issue going forward. We always try to provide large portions at a fair value, and use the same formula... More

Truckee, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Great place to visit, especially in the summer with outdoor deck seating. Good sunset view and of downtown Truckee. Food is usually consistent. Wait staff is friendly and responsive.

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Decided to go to the Cottonwood Restaurant on a Date Night with my lovely wife! We were not disappointed! As we entered we watched a Train pass through Downtown Truckee. With a Cold night & the lights down below, it felt a little like Christmas!The service was great, we ordered & enjoyed Butternut Quash Raviolis;a Ceasars Salad; and a Grass... More

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Beijing, China
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420 reviews 420 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

one of the few destination night out places in Tahoe, I was actually underwhelmed by the the experience here. The food is all fine and good (just good, no better) and overpriced for what you get - still a good option if really aching to eat out on your ski visit

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Truckee, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Cottonwood is a throw-back to the classic ski/mountain town restaurant. Classy enough to have table clothes, rustic with early Truckee/Tahoe/Donner Lake photos, Skiis and wall art and a menu with something for everyone. Priced in the middle range with a great wine list and full bar, its a great place to go on a snowy winter night or a... More

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Cottonwood is a go to restaurant if you love good food, music and a wonderful view of downtown Truckee. The Caesar salad is to die for.

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ontario
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is the best view and the best food in Truckee!! The service was what I would expect from an upper scale restaurant. cesar salad was sooo good!

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Port Elgin, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Sitting on a hilltop, ask for a table by the window for a nice view of the historic downtown. Our party of four sat in the dining room side (there is a bar area too which was bustling and had live music). White table clothes in the dining room and 5-star service, but was okay wearing jeans. Great food specials... More

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Sacramento, CA
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15 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Went here with my family of four for dinner at the tail end of President's Day weekend. The place was very busy. It sits on a hill above Truckee and has a very nice view of the town. Our kids both had pasta which they liked. I got a seafood/pasta dish which was ok. My wife had Beef Wellington (beef... More

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