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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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Truckee, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Quaint old building overlooking historic Truckee. Wait staff was excellent. The caezar salad is wonderful. Main courses expensive and food decent. Overall a good place to eat and is overpriced like much of Truckee restaurants.

1 Thank rolfTruckee
Tenafly, New Jersey
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57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent hilltop views of downtown Truckee. Nice menu, though a bit pricy. Recommend peanut butter pie for dessert!

1 Thank joneo
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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Cottonwood for New Years Eve. We started with the Brussels sprouts - pretty good - and then I had the filet minion - good but not great - and then finished with the chocolate peanut butter pie - to die for!!! I'm giving a 5 star based on the pie alone. The service was also good and... More 

1 Thank Lesley B
Southport ct
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved Cottonwood! It is a very charming restaurant with delicious food. The waiter and service was excellent. We had a table by the window with a beautiful view overlooking downtown truckee! Highly recommend dining here if you are in the area! The restaurant is child friendly with a children's menu.

Thank ctmom79
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19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cottonwood Restaurant sits up the mountain above Truckee, CA with a spectacular view of downtown Truckee and the passing Union Pacific trains. It is idyllic in its rustic setting both in the summer and the winter. Plan on making reservations prior to sunset so you can enjoy the setting sun and various yellow, orange and red shades as it slides... More 

Thank breton l
Roseville, California
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170 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This restaurant is perched on a hill overlooking Truckee and has beautiful views of the town, but seems to be getting by on the view alone. Or maybe we just visited on an off night, it's hard to know when you have a bad experience. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and the host and hostess, who... More 

2 Thank FPepoon
Hayward, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant, good menu with nice dinner selection. A little more casual than expected but that was a nice surprise. Food was great.

1 Thank Vicki H
santa Clara, CA
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91 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The restaurant is situated in a former ski lodge, surrounded by abandoned buildings in a former ski resort overlooking the town of Truckee. I strongly recommend that you locate the place in daylight, because you might not find it at night. When you arrive at a very pot holed parking lot with crumbling buildings around, you have found the right... More 

1 Thank travelpossum
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Cottonwood has a wonderful, sparkly view at night looking at Truckee's downtown. Friendly service. Had Caesar and wine, and dessert.

Thank DJonestravel

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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
US$10 - US$35
American, International
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
Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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?