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Cotton Row Restaurant
Cotton Row Restaurant

Cotton Row Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cottonrowrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (256) 382-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chef James Boyce
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: A taste of elegance is precisely what one needs when planning a special event. Be it a quaint rehearsal dinner or that grand reception, we thrive in making your vision come to life. At Cotton Row, we understand the importance of presentation and sophisticated style, which is why we want to bring the exclusive cuisine, that you have come to know and love, to your most intimate occasions. We offer a variety of menu options and services to fit almost any budget, never sacrificing quality. We look forward to serving you and yours.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cotton Row Restaurant is available for private parties of many sizes. Our team is dedicated to offering you an intimate dining experience in a larger setting. We will assist with customizing your menu and wine selections, to table settings, floral arrangements and parting gifts. We offer several options for a memorable intimate private dining experience: The Cedar Pipe Cellar and the Loft Area
  • Private Party Contact: Kent Ordway (256) 382-9500 x4

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cotton Row Restaurant
Nestled on the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, the three-story brick building that houses Cotton Row Restaurant was built in 1821 along the cotton exchange.

A vision for comfort, elegance and modern American cuisine is how the story of Cotton Row Restaurant began. We are inspired by the enduring passion of the cotton traders who once worked in downtown Huntsville, and invite you to experience our southern hospitality.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Cotton Row is top-notch restaurant. We are well-traveled foodies, having lived in Europe. This was our first time at Cotton Row. We wanted a special experience for my wife's birthday. We were very pleased. There was one item which surprised us and is one of those "touches" that really marks a great restaurant. Cotton Row serves a foie gras from a notable area, the Hudson Valley. There should be one or two items on the wine list that are there specifically to go with the foie gras, typically served in a smaller dessert wine glass. No such item was available. If they had a serving of foie gras with such a well matched wine, especially a larger portion, we would have gladly paid a higher price. It is a special item for a special time."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great ambiance! Always a special experience."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Cotton Row is one of the finest, friendliest places to dine in the area. The staff is so "on point" and intuitive, that when a simple passing statement in a conversation mentioned a birthday during our initial meeting of our server , a fabulous fit for a gourmet magazine photo shoot presentation selection appeared when the birthday boy ordered dessert. It was one of the most elegant surprises I have witnessed. Complete with lit candle. (How did you know blue was his favorite color?) As always, the food is angelic in deliciousness. Chef creates magic for your palate. Your taste buds become lonesome for the last experiences and must return. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "This was my 6th time to dine here while visiting. It's always been exceptional food. This time something went terribly wrong. Oyster Fritters sounded interesting to share. They were simply fried oysters. Nothing special but okay. But the entrée was a real problem. I discussed the preparation of pan-sautéed fish, saying that I preferred a very lightly cooked fish and would choose based on the attitude of the kitchen. The waitress assured me that the chef could and would accommodate, and would err on the side of "rare". However, it was served "crunchy" and obviously overdone. Perfunctory apologies from the waitress and no effort to make it right by the kitchen. All in all, not a very good dining experience."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We went to Cotton Row to celebrate my wife's birthday and she was overwhelmed by the atmosphere, the service and especially the food. The heirloom tomato salad had a great mix of flavors with the grapes and figs, the short ribs were perfect. The sorbet selection was great. Overall a perfect meal."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I will say up front the service was very good. The food however was disappointing, as was the fact that they only had 3 beers available and none were locally brewed. My wife ordered a salad and the scallops. She said the salad was good but really could not taste the dressing. She said her scallops entree' was very good. I ordered the southern seafood chowder and filet mignon. The chowder was supposed to have shrimp, clams, and red snapper. There were no shrimp or clams in my bowl and the snapper had the texture of pork, chewy. My filet mignon was tough even though it was cooked a perfect medium rare. Honestly, it was the toughest filet I have had in my life. Our bill was $200 with tip."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Such a blessing to have a restaurant of this caliber in Huntsville."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Choosing cotton row for " date night" was the smart move. Great service, attentive, personable, yet non-intrusive. Outstanding dishes . . Everything that came to the table had lot's of love in it. Atmosphere was pleasant."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "A couple of colleagues and I went for Restaurant Week. The whole meal was delicious. We had appetizer fries to share, fried green tomatoes, gulf shrimp pasta, and mini creme brulee and they had an inventive cocktail list. I loved the look of the place and would def. recommend for special occasions and business outings. The waiters were also very attentive and accomodating."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Cotton Row continues to offer seasonal dishes and great service. James took good care of us. All of the dishes were cooked and prepared to our expectations. I am looking forward to a return visit soon. Thanks for a great evening!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "34th Anniversary dinner. Everything was awesome ! Alaskan Halibut was perfect as were the Scallops. Fried Green tomatoes wonderful light and slightly crunchy batter made these my all time favorite. Desserts were beautiful and as fantastic as the entre'. We enjoyed a great dining experience and cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have eaten at Cotton Row numerous times and have loved everything we've had. The service is always fabulous and the food superb."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Everything about dining here was fantastic, definitely worth the splurge!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Truly a jewel in downtown Huntsville's crown! I enjoy upscale dining with a local flair."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for our 9 year anniversary. We aren't generally accustomed to that kind of atmosphere. The waitstaff was very polite and attentive. I had the Alaskan seared halibut. It was very flavorful, especially the mushrooms and mashed potatoes. My husband had the special South Carolina pheasant which was to die for. If that's on special, I highly recommend getting that. As wonderful as it was, it's definitely not an everyday restaurant for us since we would break ourselves. It was worth every penny though."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My wife and I had a lovely dinner prior to her knee surgery. The oysters and scallops were superb choices as was the homemade sorbet dessert."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This has become quite the place to be! It was our third visit. The food, wine and service was all excellent. However, the management decided to open the glass walls on this evening. It was an evening in July, very warm. If we had chosen to sit outside, the weather would have been our choice. We chose to be inside and it was uncomfortably warm. This would be a great idea for a spring or fall evening, not July."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I've been here many times, and ALWAYS superb service, food, and atmosphere! This was the perfect night to dine on the patio. Music across the Square, gentle breeze, candlelight, and delicious food and wine, complimented with the best service ever. They even accommodated our request to tour the cellar with a personal tour by Chris, who included historical info on the building. Just great!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The tables are very close together so privacy is not existence. If your only 2 people the table can barley fit the food. They tried to give us a table right in front of the front door. If you sat hear you would be constantly interrupted. Also the fish was over cooked but they did offer free desert."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I are foodies and we love the best restaurants in Birmingham, but James Boyce is the best chef we have found. From Starters through Entree and Dessert, the meal was a symphony of exquisite tastes."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "You'll enjoy the meal weather a food critic, ammature chef, or simply out on town for a dining delight. The chef has created some fantastic entres with sauces that balance the flavors. From local salads to Alaskan Salmon and Halibut with unique sauces to complement the taste and texture of the fish to very unique deserts, you'll find a mouthwatering delight to suite your tastes. A splash of French Pressed Coffee rounded out the evening. Though the price was higher that anticipated, the unique downtown atmosphere and the knowledgeable table servers made for a memorable evening event."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I had our anivesary dinner here and it was a very good overall experience. A little pricey but we knew that before going there."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our favorite place for all of our special occasions:)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The staff that waited on us at Cotton Row each made it a point to tell me Happy Birthday. The food was fantastic! We ordered the Grilled Romaine and Oyster Fritters to share before our entrees. Both were excellent. I had the Halibut and my husband had the Duck. The halibut was cooked perfectly and the truffle mashed potatoes were to die for. My husband enjoyed the duck as well. We split the PB&J dessert, it was so unique. The chef actually invented the dessert at a group function when he forgot his dessert ingredients at the restaurant and had to use what was in the pantry at the facility. This is a must in Huntsville! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The short ribs were excellent, but the smoked duck was not up to that standard. The duck was overcooked, but the fat wasn't properly rendered, and the chef's choice of sides didn't work very well. The service was excellent, except we had an unusually long interval before our dessert was served. The staff seemed properly trained, but some of them didn't seem quite confident in their roles. The noise level was a bit high for our tastes, and even though there were plenty of tables when we arrived, we were seated next to the door to the kitchen; there should have at least been a partition between the door and our table."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere and the food! Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was good, the service was good and the atmosphere was good. I would go again"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Celebrated son's 21st birthday in the wine cellar. Wonderful food and wine. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I were out for a date at Cotton Row on the 3rd of July. It took 45 minutes to get our drinks which came with our appetizer at same time. My wife's halibut had the consistency of a fish stick and side order was wrong. Many around is were not pleased with time waiting to be served and drinks. Once the bartender lost her customers suddenly the drinks came on time. Bottom line. A great place but on this night didn't have enough servers and the food was adequate at best. It ruined our date night. Be along time before we come back"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was my 5th visit to Cotton Row and the food is always consistently good. I've never had a bad meal. A lt's good value on higher end restaurants. Steak, fish, salads always great. I had a great filet cooked perfect medium rare and I'm not easy to please when it comes to my steaks. I do miss the Duroc pork shank, it should be back on the menu."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Amazing, delicious food! Everything was so fresh and the pairings on the menu are perfect. The free range chicken was the best I've had anywhere. The salad, dessert, rolls- all so, so good. The service was truly outstanding, always nearby if you need something but not intrusive. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The Cotton Row staff had everything just as promised. Most enjoyable evening, dinner and wines."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent balance of flavors that highlighted simple well chose be ingredients."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A great location, and attentive staff, with an interesting menu, but about twice the price of comparable restaurant. The food was well prepared, but somewhat small portions. $100 for one salad, two entrees, and two waters (Pelligrino and something that tasted like filtered tap water)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I have been to French restaurants and their servings are more than cotton raw. Very disappointed. We had lobster special and three small pieces of lobster for $36. Had ordered appetizer and desert but came home hungry. Ambience is good but chef needs to improve the taste and quantity."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had an awesome experience at Cotton Row. It was our first time there although we'd thought about going for a while. The waiter (Chris) was awesome... very knowledgeable and attentive. He went out of his way to make the evening wonderful with a couple nice surprises thrown in as well. We'll definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The CEO of our company wanted to introduce me to Cotton Row and I'm glad he did. I enjoyed all aspects of our evening - atmosphere, food, wine, after dinner drinks - all were excellent and made for a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and Zi had a great evening at Cotton Row. The entire staff was very attentive starting several days before our arrival with emails and finally a call on the day of our reservation. Food and beverages were fantastic. The manager and our waiter responsive to our requests. It was a great evening."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "First timers. Food was fantastic but the table by the safe was awful. I felt like we were outcasts. We would definitely go back but would not accept sitting at that table."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at Cotton Row and it did not disappoint; from the complimentary valet parking to the cozy atmosphere, just right service and wonderful food. We usually don't order a steak at anything other than a steakhouse, but we were both in the mood for a steak and decided we would give Cotton Row a chance. We were glad we did. The filets were perfectly prepared (both a nice juicy medium) and they were delicious. The Lyonnaise potatoes and asparagus were the perfect complement."
    Dined on 6/11/2014