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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 am - 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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La Mesa, CA
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255 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate at this restaurant a year ago and enjoyed it more the last time. The menu seems awfully brief, with not a whole lot of selections. The Truckee Enchilada is delicious, but sort of pricey for a vegetarian dish! The halibut is always delicious, but the Wagyu beef comes with plain broccoli and fries. For the price, there should... More 

Thank Vacationers62
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely restaurant with great steak and seafood. I was surprised at the quality. Desserts are great too. Children friendly.

Thank EA43
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had not been to Cottonwoods for two years and it is not the same experience. Service was good with attentive waitress and busboy. The menu, however, was limited in variety for entrees. A halibut special was listed for $40! A little pricey for this venue. The hamburger for $17 was pedestrian at best. The outside seating was nice.

Thank Terry O
Monterey Peninsula
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cottonwood was recommended as being very popular and it seemed so as we entered through a political fund-raising party! The host/hostess was very pleasant and found us a table for two on the deck over-looking Truckee. The old photos of Truckee on their walls and other old ski items ie. boots, poles and skiis were fun and interesting to look... More 

Thank Kathy K
Carmel, California
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256 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner on The Deck at this iconic location is a true joy. We had great weather, superb entertainment and exceptional service. The food is very good and comes in sizable portions. A classic menu item is the Caesar salad which is unique for sure but comes in a portion that almost makes it a meal for 2 people. The seafood... More 

Thank Jim W
Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunset, beautiful view, great food--it doesn't get much better than this. Cottonwood was highly recommended by several people as we shopped and explored Truckee. We were not disappointed. Interesting menu. Don't miss the Caesar Salad--lovely presentation of a signature dish. Attentive service.

Thank MCK012345
Sebastopol, California
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a birthday gone sideways. So we went to Cottonwood to get a view of the town of Truckee. The host got us outside (2 of us) and the magic happened. Just had a great time and saved an off day! Love this place. Reward yourself and go!

Thank Mary Ann M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

New owner. This use to be one of my favorite places. They now have a smaller menu and neither my husband or I liked the food. It was ordinary and certainly not worth the money.

1 Thank Suzy R
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

We're sorry you were disappointed. We try to make every guest's evening fantastic. We are fairly new owners, but the Executive Chef and Sous Chef are the same as before and have primary control over the menu. They do a terrific job on most occasions, so I'm hoping you will come back and give us another chance. More 

Berkeley, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is always exceptional. I love the Butternut Squash Enchiladas--not traditional and only available here. The Chipolte Linguini was creamy and spicy. The menu is varied. Something for everyone. The view from the deck is beautiful, but it is also very nice from the dining room in winter. Don't hesitate to try Cottonwood.

Thank Jayne M
Auburn, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here with friends in late July on a Friday night. Booked several days in advance through Yahoo booking and requested to be on the deck or at a table with a view. We were greeted and seated right away out on the deck. It was delightful there. our waitress was a bit slow, but we didn't mind other... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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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