10142 Rue Hilltop Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Why did we dine here? – Cottonwood is one of the chief rivals of Moody’s in Truckee. We have dined so many times at their adversary, we decided it was time to try something new.
Cottonwood is located on a hill that overlooks downtown Truckee, a nice view at night. There used to be a hotel next door, but it recently closed.
Insider Tip – Eat at the bar to minimize cost. Live music on the weekends.
Cuisine – American
Location – Truckee
Opened – 1988
Service – Cottonwood had surprisingly very good service, with servers passing by fairly often.
Verdict – Cottonwood in our book was a decent restaurant but did not outdo Moody’s down the hill. If you want to kick it up a notch dine at Manzanita in the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.
Signature Dishes – Caesar Salad, Basa Fish, Curried Prawns
Cottonwood’s Menu features a good selection of starters and entrees along with some daily specials.
The Infamous French Margarita ($8) was tall and very potent.
Thin Mintini ($8) Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, Green Creme de Menthe, shaken, in a martini glass garnished with shaved bittersweet chocolate was also strong, sweet, but well balanced.
Small chopped Caesar ($4) (Caesar dressing is made to order and includes fresh, but raw, egg yolk) was very rich but solid. The dressing was a bit on the sour side.
Pine nut crusted Southeast Asian basa, tomato-dill Beurre blanc, rice, vegetables ($19) had a very small portion with some unnecessary salsa. The fish was tender at least.
Grilled Buffalo Rib Eye ($34.95) Garlic Mashed Potatoes, House Vegetables, Brandy Cherry Demi Glace was a special that evening, a good sized and tender slice of meat with lots of char lines. Not to gamey, but a good amount of tendons.
Chicken Tenders ($6) surprisingly very good.
Noodles with Butter and Parmesan Cheese ($3) was cheap and a huge bowl.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Caramelized Brussels sprouts, white truffle oil, herbed black truffle butter, parmesan ($12) had mild truffle flavors, but was dry and just okay.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)