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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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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“caesar salad” (32 reviews)
“seafood stew” (14 reviews)
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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 via mobile

This is our first visit to Truckee and we were lucky to find this gem. A hilltop setting overlooking the town was beautiful. Very comfortable warm and inviting the food and service were excellent. Friendly staff and filled with happy customers everything ordered at our...More

1  Thank emorga
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Great Food - Fun Atmosphere - Best Caesar Salad- sits up high above the town with good views and great food.

Thank js1313
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Got there around 6:00pm and were seated immediately in nice spot overlooking the town. Very friendly wait staff that was knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We had the days special soup, which was claim chowder and excellent. Wonderful burgers and the chipotle linguini with...More

Thank Jdk_mn
Reviewed 26 January 2018

I love this place. The restaurant feel like it belong in the mountain setting. The steaks and meat dishes are great. Good selection of wines. Service is great. If you are looking for a fine dinning experience in a very casual atmosphere try this place...More

Thank drastler
Reviewed 20 January 2018

We eat at the Cottonwood several times a year, whenever we are in Truckee from the Bay Area. We were engaged here in 1996 and now take our teenagers with us. This restaurant holds a special place in our hearts. We went last Saturday and...More

Thank SFIrish69
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

SFIrish69, thank you for a well written and balanced review. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and your awareness that we have restructured the kitchen staff. In house, we are receiving fabulous feedback about the delicious look and flavor of our new winter menu and the...More

Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and years. It is in a lovely location – their view of downtown Truckee in the winter, with sparkly lights, is wonderful – and the food itself is very very good. However, the service is the worst I’ve...More

3  Thank SacAnnie
R0bertGreen, Manager at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Hello SacAnnie, Cottonwood just read your review of a recent visit and are very concerned that your service was not acceptable. Do you have a receipt from that night? It would help us research the breakdown in service and take appropriate actions. We do pride...More

Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant was fully booked and lots of opportunities for slipups....but all went perfectly. Traffic was good , so we arrived 20 mins early. They initially suggested we wait in the bar, but nicely rethought that and let us have our table for 8 early....More

Thank patsenoj
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Wonderful quaint and rustic family style Resturant. We went in a large group of 18 and they served good food!

Thank VeenaKaul
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Cottonwood restaurant is a real treat from it's rustic Tahoe/Adirondack decor to the food, it feels like you're away in Montana or an old lodge in the Northeast. The food was yummy and the service was very good.

Thank hudson214
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Where to begin.. I typically don’t write reviews because I’m busy and tired but I feel it’s necessary. I lived in Truckee for many years and own a business there. The past few years I’ve lived out of town but I’m here pretty often so...More

3  Thank littlelittlekitten
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renee g
31 July 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
USD 10 - USD 35
Dinner, After-hours, 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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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