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Cottonwood Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Cottonwood provides rustic elegance in a historic setting and has been a fixture of Truckee's vibrant dining scene for 30 years. 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. An eclectic menu includes 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
$10 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, International
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the atmosphere. Classic natural wood interior adds to ambience. Summer dining on the deck can't be beat. Good food. Quaint cozy bar.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bbavetta
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Cottonwood has rustic charm with excellent food and a beautiful view of Truckee. I always ask to go there for my birthday!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LyndaN44
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We had a great Happy Hour, off season, at this hilltop restaurant overlooking Truckee. We enjoyed our food and the "delicious" house wine ($5). We will be back for dinner. Historic building. Very "old Tahoe" and wonderful!

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank LaurieandBrent
Reviewed November 5, 2018

If weather is warm ask to sit on the deck. Good menu, drinks and wine list. Lots of parking. Pasta and and fish special are go to favorite

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 53Enotria
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

My girlfriend and I picked the place because of Trip Advisor. We were very happy we did. Nice wine selection. Diverse menu. Scallop Special was beautiful. My chicken linguini in a rosé sauce was excellent. Créme Brûlée for desert. Made a perfect meal. It’s a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank williame462
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Some fun, unique cocktail offerings. The food was good, nothing very special or anything that really stood out. We had soup, salad and a pasta dish. Our waitress was friendly, overall good service.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank megans598
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

1 hour and 12 minutes to be served. 2 soups sent back they were lukewarm,not hot. Barbecue sauce asked for as a side for ribs came out cold from the refrigerator. Thr ribs weren't even as good as those served at Jax on the Racks....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Norma M
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Cottonwood is a bit difficult to get to, but our Garmin found the way. Service was great, and the food is delicious. I'm vegetarian, and there were plenty of options to select from. And the view is great, also!

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank LarryM708
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

What a location! Beautiful view, cozy and attractive old restaurant. Great bar area. Service good. Food between fair and good, a little expensive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chinoduke
Reviewed August 7, 2018

We love to come to Cottonwood Restaurant! The service is exceptional and the ambiance and history make this spot lots of fun! On this evening, after a terrific heirloom tomato salad, we enjoyed "small plates" of pork medallions and the Tuscan meatballs -- both were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jim W
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May 5, 2018|
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Response from mnsp1964 | Reviewed this property |
Their website has them menu there. TripAdvisor won’t let me put their web link
renee g
July 30, 2015|
Response from Mike B | Property representative |
Hello, It is Tim from Cottonwood. You and I talked on the phone and I see your gift card purchase. It will go in the mail tomorrow. Thank you!
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