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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
+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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el dorado hill
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always go here whenever we are in Truckee. Food is good and you can't beat the view. Be sure to make reservations and request the deck. We have had a group dinner in the inside which worked out great too and they were most accommodating. Food is good .... wonderful caesar salad, either chopped or full leaves. Very generous... More 

Thank Cabocarey
Muldrow, OK
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are several great dinner spots in Truckee. This was our favorite. We went to it mid afternoon and found the manager working on the dinner menu. When you arrive you think you are in the dilapidated ruins of old Truckee. They were featuring a New York Strip this evening. I raise cattle and know the cuts pretty well. This... More 

Thank Kermit W
Incline Village, Nevada
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184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The property is older. Rustic would define it well. Greeting was soft but it's Tahoe. Sat on deck. Enjoy the view. The service was very good. Had live music which was a nice touch. Service was very strong, best part of visit. The menu simple. Had pork appetizer, presentation weak, flavor weak but was fresh. The entree was well cooked... More 

Thank Edward S
New York
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The family loved going here and overlooking Truckee. We started with delicious polenta, and had very good salads. I had a large burger that was tasty, but my son had the chicken chipotle pasta which we think was the best thing at the table! I would recommend going here it is an old ski resort and filled with history, along... More 

Thank suburbangirlNewYork
Las Vegas, Nevada
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for anniversary celebration- booked 2 days before and got a great table on the deck. Seated right away when we arrived; Offered beverages within 5 minutes, told of the specials, provided fresh warm bread and butter while we decided; Opted for appetizers, salads, and desert. Service was great- never waited more than a minute for our waters to be... More 

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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For whatever reason I was expecting burgers and beers. The menu is fantastic and everything we tried was delicious-Quite a step above a burger and a beer, that's for sure! Wine list is interesting and not overpriced, I enjoyed a very nice French Rose and I think it was 7- a glass. The polenta appetizer was so good, the sauce... More 

Thank ChicoStateMom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Business dinner with many colleagues and their spouses. Dinner was excellent. Wine service was first rate. The facility had great ambience but was a bit loud in the dining room. There was an acoustic group playing in the bar area that was pretty interesting.

Thank Frank T
Fair Oaks, California
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We chose this restaurant based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. However the outcome was not as good as we had hoped. Service was slow, which wouldn't have been a concern because we weren't in a hurry. However, after our order was taken I was able to drink a cocktail as well as roam the entire place taking photos and our... More 

Thank Pudditat
South Bend, Indiana
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

The food was a 10+. Service was poor. No hostess to greet us at the door. Took five minutes to find her. Our waitress was slow and hardly came back to check on us. Had to send someone to find her as well. We did not have reservations. Prices were a bit high.

Thank Jennybojune
Leucadia CA
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We had heard great reviews, but must have been there on an "off". night. The service was slow from beginning to end and the food was mediocre. When the soup was brought, the server spilled it all over the chair and table. She mopped it up with a filthy cloth and this was not a great beginning. There are much... 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, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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