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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 October 2017

All though the parking and entrance is a bit on the ruff side, the feel, and history of the area that the restaurant is located in is True Old Truckee. Atmosphere is Rustic (in a good way), Dinning is relaxed, the staff are attentive not...More

Thank Mark O
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We recently had dinner with longtime friends who live in Truckee. They recommended Cottonwood both for the food and the view, and we agree. Even on a rainy fall evening, there was a nice view of downtown Truckee from this rustic former ski lodge. We...More

Thank canncan
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We have enjoyed the Cottonwood on several trips to Truckee over the years and returned again recently for another eagerly awaited visit. During the summer months, the outdoor patio is great (you need a reservation!!) featuring some easy listening live music and a helpful staff...More

Thank jicabo
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We enjoyed a great meal on the porch which offers a view overlooking the town of Truckee. Especially nice at time of sunset. A little pricey but worth it! A reservation is advised!

1  Thank CAtraveler94010
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Twice in one week we enjoyed the cuisine at Cottonwoods. There were excellent and some surprisingly different offerings that were simply delicious. Starters were generously sized (baby back ribs and the sautéed shishito peppers) and oh so yummy! Salads were excellent; especially the Bosc Pear...More

1  Thank ZiziinCal
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Went here with our family in August and had a delicious meal with lovely views of Truckee, CA. The food was delicious and everything was fresh. Service was good and our waiter though appearing to be assigned to a large number of tables, made us...More

1  Thank Peggy O
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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
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
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
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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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