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Cottonwood Restaurant

10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161-2198
+1 530-587-5711
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
10142 Rue Hilltop, Off Brockway Road, 1/4 mi south of downtown, Truckee, CA 96161-2198
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Should have known better than to try to have a Special Birthday Diner for six people. One really like it, one ordered a hamburger, one ordered chicken wings, one a full on meal another complained about the service. Because it was sundown, several had to...More

Thank John I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most of the reviews I’ve read about Cottonwood damned with faint praise, so my wife and I weren’t expecting much other than a good view when we went tonight for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the service and the food. We...More

Thank Dean T
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Cottonwood has been around for many years and always well thought of, especially by locals. Our visit last evening had been after a considerable time lapse and we were looking forward to seeing what had and hadn’t changed. Physically not much. The site overlooks the...More

3  Thank AVLocal2013
Reviewed June 26, 2018

The view was the best part of this place. This is a favorite restaurant of our hosts, but it was difficult to order. I found the menu limited and very pricey and nothing I really wanted... until the specials were announced. If it weren't for...More

Thank GoodKarmaTraveler
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Went back with friends after a long absence. Still a great place, terrific waiter and service - three excellent meals but one clinker - spouse ordered medium rare steak - came well done. She refuses to send a meal back - I would have but...More

Thank thomasgC9895MK
Reviewed June 5, 2018

Located high up on a hill overlooking the Truckee River and City by the old Hilltop Lodge (currently being torn down). Even tho it was May, there was still snow on the ground! We sat at the bar and Jason was our friendly bartender who...More

Thank gypsylady002a
Reviewed May 19, 2018

Tried the chipotle Linguini- excellent also the ahi tuna appetizer service great too. Highly recommend

Thank mingo707
Reviewed April 28, 2018

A nice little restaurant on the hill overlooking the town of Truckee. a surprise find. glad we called for a table last minute on a Friday night. service is prompt and friendly food is great I had the mussels and he had steak nicely done...More

1  Thank mnsp1964
Reviewed April 24, 2018

Cottonwood has it going on!! The view is beautiful, the waitstaff was attentive, and the food... WOW!! We had a lot of questions about the menu and the waiter was very knowledgeable AND patient! I will most definitely go here again... Excellent spot!

Thank WhiteMtnsFolk
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $35
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, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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
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Cottonwood provides rustic elegance in a historic setting and has been a fixture of Truckee's vibrant dining scene for 25 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. 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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