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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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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 yesterday

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank SacAnnie
R0bertGreen, Manager at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

2  Thank littlelittlekitten
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Came here with a group of coworkers. Seated quickly. Waiter was good. Ordered the chicken wings and butternut squash ravioli which were good; however, the butternut squash polenta blew my mind. Hands down one of the best things I have ever tasted. This should be...More

Thank Nikki A
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you for the great review! And you called it right. The butternut squash polenta is going on the regular menu starting tonight, when we roll our our new winter menu. We're so glad you liked the dish. I think that people will like the...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Go early to see the view but evening lights are also pretty. Loved the steak and vegetables—a great Truckee experience.

Thank LBHouston11
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place for a nice dinner. I love overlooking Truckee - especially in the winter. We have had several family celebration dinners there and everyone is always satisfied with the food.

Thank MMarianne1352
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Cottonwood is one of my favorite restaurants in Truckee. I love sitting outside on a Friday or Saturday night listening to the music. It's just a beautiful spot and the food is always great. We always make it a point to enjoy Cottonwood whenever we're...More

Thank Karla S
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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
US$10 - US$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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, 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 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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