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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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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ordinary

Such a lovely setting, easy parking, great service. Nice menu, but the food is Ordinary. I had the lobster cobb salad. The lobster was previously frozen - was wet and rubbery. Salad lacked finesse - little dressing, stiff presentation.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Boston MA
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Boston MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Such a lovely setting, easy parking, great service. Nice menu, but the food is Ordinary. I had the lobster cobb salad. The lobster was previously frozen - was wet and rubbery. Salad lacked finesse - little dressing, stiff presentation.

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Natick, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My family frequents The Cottage. Last night we had dinner there and I ordered The hanger steak which I've gotten before and it has been great. We waited an hour to get 4 meals and we had young hungry kids with us and the restaurant was not crowded. I had asked for my steak to be cooked medium. When the... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On a Spring Sunday morning, I wanted to find a family-friendly restaurant for my son and his school chums. It is a good thing that we made reservations in advance, however … almost everyone else in the Natick / Wellesley area had the same idea. And I can understand why … the variety of selections was wide, the food was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Went for Sunday brunch. Food was good. The bartender (a male) was condescending and didn't make eye contact. He didn't say good bye as we left. I hate bad customer service.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My first visit here a year ago was a pleasant surprise. I came back and found the experience sub par but thought maybe it was an off day. I was here again and found the experience exactly like last time. The food is average and the mahi tacos are tasteless not to mention the pasty, flavorless salsa. My guest had... More 

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

Thank you for your insightful review. It seems apparent that we had some issues beyond normal execution issues. You bring up some very good points and we will look to improve on those areas. The food see to all be very flat and not up to our standards at all. Thank you again for your feed back and we will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Our grandchildren love the place, and we like the food and nice staff :) . Lunch or dinner same consistent quality.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

OK food - not fabulous but good. Wine was expensive--Service was good - Not sure what I would order next time

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Natick, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

One of the best looking restaurants in Wellesley, looks upscale and has down to earth menu. Very pleasant atmosphere, good for families. Interesting menu that changes from time to time..

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My only hesitation about recommending The Cottage is that it is in a shopping center and on a noisy road. Sitting outside on the patio was very nice but it would have been nicer if there hadn't been so much road noise. That said, the menu offered a range of interesting options for lunch. Food was fresh, attractively served. Service... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

We liked the open, airy atmosphere here, although it can probably get a bit noisy when busy. Dinner was very enjoyable; we liked their eggplant fries appetizer, the fish and chips, and their nice salads. Portions are adequate, and their prices are quite reasonable. They have a nice small bar that we look forward to eating at on our next... More 

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Address: 190 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone Number: (781) 239-1100
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Wellesley
Average Prices: USD 14 - 30
Cuisine: American, Bar, Contemporary

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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: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business

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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