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Cottonwood Restaurant

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10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161-2198
+1 530-587-5711
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Mon 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Roseville, California
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170 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is perched on a hill overlooking Truckee and has beautiful views of the town, but seems to be getting by on the view alone. Or maybe we just visited on an off night, it's hard to know when you have a bad experience. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and the host and hostess, who... More 

1 Thank FPepoon
Hayward, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant, good menu with nice dinner selection. A little more casual than expected but that was a nice surprise. Food was great.

1 Thank Vicki H
santa Clara, CA
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80 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The restaurant is situated in a former ski lodge, surrounded by abandoned buildings in a former ski resort overlooking the town of Truckee. I strongly recommend that you locate the place in daylight, because you might not find it at night. When you arrive at a very pot holed parking lot with crumbling buildings around, you have found the right... More 

1 Thank travelpossum
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Cottonwood has a wonderful, sparkly view at night looking at Truckee's downtown. Friendly service. Had Caesar and wine, and dessert.

Thank DJonestravel
Windsor, Canada
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Loved the restaurant ambience and location, was not so happy with the choices. The food was good, out waitress was a little preoccupied and took orders from some of us and not others, for appetizers, drinks and desserts?? The food was good and a little pricey, would have loved another steak, I can't eat a 16oz steak.... Would have loved... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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578 reviews
438 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

A group of college friends chose this restaurant overlooking Truckee for an evening meal. The view of the town and surrounding mountains is good and the service prompt and personal. However the waitress was obsessed at wanting to charge $4 to split salads, soups and or entree items. We dined on spicy gumbo, caramelized Brussels,, sprouts,a Bavett steak, a butternut... More 

1 Thank James C
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

James C., thank you for your review. We're happy that your group came by for dinner and received good service and good food with a view. We do have a charge for splitting meals because when we split an entree, for example, the protein is divided between the two plates, but the sides are full size. In other words, when... More 

Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

While visiting friends in Truckee, they treated us to dinner at the Cottonwood, which is their favorite restaurant for a special night out. It was definitely a treat. Excellent food and service, great view, and nice atmosphere. Give the French Onion Soup and the French Margarita a try. That was almost a meal in itself. All in all, this was... More 

Thank Lance D
Foresthill, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here on a Saturday night recently. Made reservations as they were recommended. This restaurant is expensive but the food, service and view of downtown Truckee were excellent! Highly recommend it

Thank Kelly M
Norwalk, Connecticut
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Although this place looks like it is about to fall down, the food was excellent and the staff was very accommodating and friendly.

Thank mbc2012
Modesto, California
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

The food is noteworthy but doesn't match the beautiful view after sundown. Be sure to reserve a table ahead of time so you can be seated by the window or in good weather on the patio. The food is always excellent and never have had a bad entree or dessert. There is nightly musical entertainment too. Put this little place... More 

Thank Pat C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $35
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 am - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161-2198
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
  • Phone Number: +1 530-587-5711
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." 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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