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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • 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 3 days ago via mobile

We come to the Reno area once a year and always head to Truckee for an afternoon of window shopping. Cottonwood is always where we eat. Reserve your table near sunset to see the lights come on in the town below. Creative food, fun beverages,...More

Thank Regan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd like to thank you for hosting us for my brothers rehearsal dinner. You were very easy to communicate with and the service was fantastic. The food was amazing and very flexible (for our gluten frees) and the setting of course amazing. Thanks all!

Thank GreenSki99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to ask for a waiter to take our order. The halibut was overlooked and barely warm. We ordered the pesto linguini special. My husband could not eat it. I asked waitress if we had received the right entree because we could neither see...More

Thank MillicentC888
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently had dinner at Cottonwood on May 27. We sat out on the deck overlooking the quaint town of Truckee. This is a "must see" place if you are in the area. The food is exquisite, but expensive. Loved the live entertainment on the...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The view is fabulous and the food is always good, although the menu has not changed in years. The ceasar salad is a hit and burgers are very good.More

1  Thank LaurieW384
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping in and taking the time to review. We value customer feedback and enjoy hearing from locals in particular. We do keep our primary menu intact because many people love those dishes. However, we post specials every night that are created based...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

Visited here just after Christmas in the evening. It was dark outside and inside was decorated in a quaint and cozy style. Our table was near a large window with a beautiful view of the city. Food was great and service as well. Would definitely...More

Thank lrkessel
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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...More

Thank 15ann250
Reviewed 26 April 2017 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
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank DrWillie
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,...More

Thank masjack
R0bertGreen, Owner at Cottonwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

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

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renee g
Can I buy a gift certificate for a friend who just moved to Truckee and how can I do this fromNew York
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
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, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • 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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