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“Rustick dining in Truckee”

Cottonwood Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 116 Restaurants in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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.
Oak Beach, New York
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Rustick dining in Truckee”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We were trying to check out all the dining in Truckee and came to Cottonwood. It is very rustic but overlooks downtown Truckee and the lights at night. I had the fish stew, but wasn't told and was not described in the menu as being spicy. Make sure you ask about this if you don't like spices. Otherwise generally the food was tasty. There is not much dining choice in Truckee, especially coming from NY. They had music in the bar area and looked like fun. Ask to be seated in the main dining room if you can.

  • Visited March 2013
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boston
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Comfortable Lodge-like dining room”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We found the Cottonwood to be very comfortable with good food and attentive service. Casual but with a touch of upscale dining.

  • Visited March 2013
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California
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A must for a visit to Truckee!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Cottonwood is a must for a dinner in Truckee. Excellent choices from steak & lamb to seafood (love the basa). For romance, the beautifully lit town of Truckee glitters below the dining room windows but the hot ticket is the happy hour menu before 6pm, where you can enjoy many of the delicious entrees at a reduced price. Not an early diner? Happy hour specials are offered all night on Thursdays in the bar but be ready for a large crowd!

Visited January 2013
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Always try and go on a Thursday night when there seems to be an abundance of very friendly local Truckee folks. It makes for a fun atmosphere. Food is great and service at the bar equally as impressive even when crowded. The bar servers go out of their way to take your order and replenish your beverage.
Their burger is top notch. Entrees are very fresh and plentiful. VERY fun dining and hanging out experience.

  • Visited February 2013
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cape cod
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Love the old rustic look”
Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Went there with my daughter who lives in Truckee. We had a great table and the service was outstanding. Did not have a reservation but only waited 10 to 15 minutes for table.

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