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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
16:30 - 22:00
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Tue 04:30 - 22:00
Wed - Mon 16:30 - 22:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Delightful ambiance and very good food. Loved the old skis, sleds etc. The nostalgia was only surpassed by the lovely food. The Fireplace Room was the place to be. Reservations are good, especially for weekends. Our waiter was high on something and quite overpowering but we got beyond that to the great food.

Thank 15ann250
Paris, France
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Even a real big bear came to great us on the terrace . We loved the whole experience. Thank you!

Thank Florence M
Rochester, NY
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

2nd time here. Wonderful location overlooking Truckee from a hill. Atmosphere is great, but the rest is just average. All prices are a few bucks higher than they should be, especially wine. Only two beef selections, one at $49. It was St Patrick's Day so I had Corned Beef, which was tasty but very fatty, asparagus undercooked. Service was questionable,... More 

Thank DrWillie
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Not only is the view from the dining room and outdoor deck fabulous but the food is equally special. Love the butternut squash enchiladas. Everyone that works at Cottonwood only adds to the overall welcoming atmosphere. What more could you want, great food, friendly people, and a lovely view. It is also fun to sit in the bar!

Thank masjack
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the props. We are working hard to provide good service and good food; the views are already there. More 

Saratoga, California
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120 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We have visited the Cottonwood restaurant dozens of times over the last many years. It's been our "go to" place. Unfortunately this time we took new friends who had never experienced the place and they were very disappointed. First, the service was wonderful as usual. It's always busy and the servers are constantly running at top speed but always with... More 

Thank Chafffamilytravels
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your loyalty and kind comments. Please know that we have seen your points about the brussels sprouts and the pot roast, both of which we personally have eaten often and found them to be delicious. We're sorry that they weren't that way for your friends and we will work to ensure consistency in our product, a point... More 

Danville, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This place has food like a nice steak house but a nice cozy laid back feel where you feel comfortable wearing jeans. The food and service was great and I loved the feel of the restaurant.

1 Thank kurts43
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I love going here in the afternoon/evening for their happy hour. Great food, friendly staff and what a view.

1 Thank Jack P
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017

good food good service worth the drive what else can i say location easy to get to complements to the chef

1 Thank Alan B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We love to take our parents to this place when we're in Truckee as we feel it has that old school fine steakhouse feel to it and the view of downtown Truckee from the deck in summer is fantastic!

Thank Paul A
Truckee, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Have had dinner a few times in this restaurant. The best part is the view of downtown Truckee. For the most part, the food has been very good, though a tad pricey.

Thank Deedeebrim

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 35
American, Steakhouse, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
04:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?