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All 99 Truckee Restaurants

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 #12 of 99 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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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Went there last night and my husband and I remembered right away (from last year when we visited on a previous ski trip) that we LOVE the atmosphere here. Its in an old ski lodge. We both had steaks and they were top notch. My husband's filet came out quite rare and they had no issues coking it a tiny... More 

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Truckee, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Love the bar and atmosphere. Always a great vibe, great crowd and a place where locals and visitors gather. Beer selections is always surprising and the burger is delicious.

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Carlsbad, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Wow! We had a table overlooking the town of Truckee covered in snow and lit up like a Christmas tree. Great service. Have to agree that the Caesar salad is outstanding. Food was cooked to perfection. Great happy hour specials. Very busy as the night grew long.

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Truckee, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This place needs a lot of work and the food is very overpriced, all I like is the outside deck open in the summer.

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saratoga,ca
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32 reviews 32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The restaurant is up on the hill opposite Truckee which gives a perfect view of downtown Truckee how great is that. I ordered the Caesar since the dressing is made to order, It is one of the best I have ever had. For dinner I had their scampi special that was to die for. If you are in the area... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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193 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

My wife and I booked a table at the Cottonwood on Monday evening 21st January. We arrived and were served by of all things an English Lady Wendy from Bedford UK who was very friendly. We selected the Loimer Austrian Wine at $27 a bottle and it was superb as most Austrian wines now are. For starters I ordered the... More 

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Truckee, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The view of Truckee in summer and in winter can't be beat. The statf is friendly and helpful. The food is good but the atmosphere is why you come back again and again.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Cozy old ski lodge feel with a nice view of Truckee town. Service is spotty, depending on who the server is. I've had friendly and I've had attitude. Food is pretty good but don't expect a bargain. Overall- decent. There are no outstanding restaurants in Truckee.

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Philadelphia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I loved the setting and feel of this restaurant.....up on a hill, overlooking Truckee. We had a seat right by the window and it was very nice. The hightlights of dinner were the caesar salad and the steaks. My girls had the seafood stew, also pretty good. I had the veggie burger which was a huge dissappointment.....clearly frozen out of... More 

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Key Largo, Florida, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

First, a huge thank you to Pieneta for having busted pipes that evening and forcing us to find Cottonwood. Wow! What a meal. And the venue is terrific. A lot of charm and the view of Truckee was really cool.

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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 - 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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