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The Cottage

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American, Bar, Contemporary
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190 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Washington Street)
(781) 239-1100
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Cottage Wellesley has it’s origin in two different lifestyles. John...
The Cottage Wellesley has it’s origin in two different lifestyles. John grew up surfing the beaches of Southern California. Laura grew up in Wellesley and is the third generation in her family to have a business in town. Our decor, service and food reflect the casualness and familiarity of So Calif and the sophistication and warmth of New England. Please take a moment to say hello on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage! — John + Laura
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
First time dining here and will be back!

I know there are a few mixed reviews for this restaurant. It depends on what you are looking for. It is very open and bright - if you are looking for romantic then this won't do it. We loved the white wood and open feeling. Yes, on a weekend night it is noisy, but I think that is because it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Rhodymom2012
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Arlington, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arlington, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I know there are a few mixed reviews for this restaurant. It depends on what you are looking for. It is very open and bright - if you are looking for romantic then this won't do it. We loved the white wood and open feeling. Yes, on a weekend night it is noisy, but I think that is because it... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was our first visit to The Cottage. We liked the reviews on TripAdvisor so decided to check it out. The menu had a good range of options for our family of four. Everyone was completely satisfied with their choices. I wanted to try something new and I had the Lamb Burger that perfect. I usually don't call out the... More 

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Amanda L, General Manager at The Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! Jeff is one of our best servers and we are lucky to have him. Thank you again for taking your time to share your experience with us. And thank you even more for dining with us. We look forward to seeing you soon. Michael Spencer General Manager More 

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stopped going here primarily because it is always incredibly noisy. Besides the noise, the food is not exceptional and quite pricy. You can certainly do better in Wellesley.

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Amanda L, General Manager at The Cottage, responded to this review

I was disappointed to say the least to read your review. I wanted to apologize as it seems that your experience with us was less than ideal. I'd love to speak more about your experience if possible. We simply want to get better for all our guest and your feed back is of utmost importance in doing that. Please accept... More 

Norwood, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I met a friend at the resturant on a Monday evening. There were a few people dining and the bar was about three quarters full. I was greeted right away by a smiling polite young woman. I said I was meeting up with a friend; and I was directed to her. The server was very pleasant; knew what the ingrediants... More 

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Mountaintop
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Pros: open air, bright glassy location. The lobster sandwich was awesome: lemon aioli mayo with prosciutto on thick artesian bread. Chicken piccata was also great. Con: the maui maui was overcooked and dry. Crab cake is not traditional: think crab in a McDonalds hash-brown. Limited dessert menu. Finally the staff had a little attitude: cool and aloof rather than warm... More 

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Amanda L, General Manager at The Cottage, responded to this review

I was sorry to read your review of your experience as it seems with a little more attention to details we could have delivered a great experience. I apologize as we expect that every visit is a great one and not a mixed bag as you experienced. If you'd like to discuss your visit more please feel free to reach... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've eaten at The Cottage now on 2 occasions for a business lunch. My boss and I decided to try it out rather than our usual haunts like Papa Razi or CPK. The Cottage was a nice change of pace, casual Nantucket vibe but upscale at the same time. The last time we both had the fish tacos which were... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It's a good place to grab lunch or dinner, but I wouldn't say it's "foodie" worthy. It's a solid good, but not great.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Nothing special about this restaurant except it is convenient. There are a lot better restaurants in WEllesley.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We had an excellent girlfriend lunch here recently. The service was attentive without being intrusive and the meals were delicious--the chicken salad sandwich in just salad form was yummy and fresh and the Parmesan fries are to die for. Everyone had a salad and they were all fabulous. I love this spot for lunch but do not go for dinner... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

$115 is usually a nice night out for us. At the Cottage it was a shared appetizer, a plate of pasta, a fish meal, 1 martini, a soft drink and a coffee. That would be fine If it was a memorable experience. The Cottage is noisy, and the servers are very pleasant. You may have to remind them to tell... More 

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Amanda L, Public Relations Manager at The Cottage, responded to this review

Hi There, We sincerely apologize that you had a less than satisfactory experience at The Cottage Wellesley. We appreciate your feedback and our General Manager, Michael, would like the opportunity to speak with you and address your concerns about your experience. Give us a call at your earliest convenience at 781-239-1100. Or email us at cottagewellesley@gmail.com. If you prefer that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 190 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482
    (Washington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Wellesley
  • Phone Number: (781) 239-1100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Cottage Wellesley has it’s origin in two different lifestyles. John grew up surfing the beaches of Southern California. Laura grew up in Wellesley and is the third generation in her family to have a business in town. Our decor, service and food reflect the casualness and familiarity of So Calif and the sophistication and warmth of New England. Please take a moment to say hello on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage! — John + Laura

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