Cotton
Cotton

Cotton

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cottonfood.com/
  • Phone: 603-622-5488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Paige
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stark Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot adjacent to restaurant with Public Lot across from restaurant.
A word from Cotton
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls "hip". Both a classic neighborhood restaurant, named "One of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine, and a destination for diners throughout central New England, Cotton features sophisticated and eclectic comfort food, an extensive wine list featuring over 40 wines by the glass and holds the distinct honor of "Best Martinis in New Hampshire" six years in a row. ***Cotton does not reserve tables on or take requests for the patio. The Patio is seated first come, first serve - weather permitting. All reservations are for indoor tables only.***
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cotton reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)special occasion (75)neighborhood gem (73)great for outdoor dining (54)romantic (49)vibrant bar scene (34)good for groups (31)hot spot (31)notable wine list (27)great for lunch (26)late-night find (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Place To Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I decided to go to Cotton for our Anniversary dinner. She had been there before but was my first time. The service was professional and friendly, the food was excellent, the dessert was wonderful. We both left there satisfied and delighted. We definitely will return for this was a great experience without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another good meal
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    All four of us were happy with our meal choices (as usual). The service wasn't bad, just not quite as good as usual. The host wasn't at his station when we got there, maybe because it was busy and he was helping out elsewhere. The waiter was busy and not as attentive as he could be, but certainly not terrible. We weren't in a hurry, so it was fine. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night with friends
    Deffs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere ! Easy parking . We tried several appetizers and I had the lamb steak which was excellent. No complaints from the four of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular customer
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've been dining at Cotton for years and always have a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waitress was excellent, we always have a great meal. A family favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. The atmosphere, food and service were amazing. Our server was able to recommed meals for both of us as well as drinks. It was a perfect date night without the kids!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our first dining experience at Cotton was a huge success! From the atmosphere, wait staff, food and martini sampler, very enjoyable dinner date. We were also pleasantly surprised at the reasonable bill. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yes, creative and fresh
    JoeR
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    That's all we want: a creative take on the things we like; fresh ingredients in an uncomplicated style. Lamb finsged with house tzatziki. Enjoyed very much. Will be back. My wife loved the martini flight. My Zin was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had clients in town and they had gone to another restaurant in downtown Manchester known for their steak the night before. They all thought that Cotton was FAR better than the other restaurant and one of them had ordered steak again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food, good cocktails
    MJ1203
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had an enjoyable meal with a friendly waitress, would return again. Loved the swordfish special and the group's cocktails were all fun and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just run of the mill ~
    FLfolks
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    No pun intended. Cotton offers an eclectic blend of consistency with comfort foods prepared with a twist. Have visited 3 times in past 2 months - each time experienced something new. Salads are always fresh, crisp and hearty. The main meals are delicious, served with sides that are exciting, and compliment the main dish. We will return ~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back!
    malandkev
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    2nd time here and the food and drink are very good. Nice mix of comfort food and dishes with a twist! Service has been exceptional both times. Ambience is very nice and prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    RedBeard
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was good. Service was very good. Wait for food was a bit long but worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    PatsFans
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    You must have a reservation to dine at Cotton on a Friday night. The place was full. The waitstaff were great. The food was good but slightly pricey. Our favorite was the calamari appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go again!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The restaurant was very busy as usual, so don't go without a reservation. The drinks were great. We had calamari for appetizer. It was tasty, but a bit too greasy. The breading fell right off the squid. It was nicely spiced and served hot. Two of our members had the schnitzel. It arrived cooked perfectly and piping hot. The other member in our group had the swordfish special, and he said you would never know it was swordfish. It was excellent. We managed to fit in a dessert to share, the bread pudding. A dish that satisfied the three of us. Wish that Cotton would change up its menu sometime, maybe with the seasons.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice variety something for everyone
    Hard2please
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good menu variety. Something for everyone in our party of 5. The chocolate cake special and vanilla almond gelato was the highlight of the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servuce
    Connie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I do not remember the name of the server but she was very good and great attitude for older ladies who go for lunch just to get out and have some pleasant conversation. She satisfied all the needs that everyone had and was quite pleasant. Please thank her for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a regular yet
    Justalittlewine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love the service and staff. Smiling and friendly all the time. Never a hitch in ordering or in delivery time. Deliciously made martini and very tasteful dinner. Was slightly noisy, but perfectly acceptable. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toya
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food, had the popcorn shrimp as an appetizer and the lamb for the main course....no regrets here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5* food and drink, great ambiance.
    PeteCritique
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We really enjoyed every phase of our dining experience at Cotton. Salads were terrific, Main courses hot, tasty and copious, serene desserts all surrounded by well-created cocktails and by-the-glass wines. Everyone needs to try this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dinner was good, not outstanding. Felt very rushed and had a 530 reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, relaxed atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Met two college friends for first time in over 15 years. We enjoyed amazing food in a truly leisurely, no pressure atmosphere. Our waitress came just the right amount of times and never made us feel rushed to put in our order. I bet we say sat and chatted a full hour before finally ordering. My friends enjoyed both of their meals (swordfish special, carbonara special) and I had the jambalaya, which was absolutely out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Manchester location
    JoMKessVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went to Cotton on the recommendation of a local. Decent food, service and the like. It's described as being very "hip" but I didn't see that; it was pretty generic. Menu had some imagination, not overly eclectic, but not "safe" either. Portion sizes were good. Turkey schnitzel was interesting and quite a surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and Service
    Drekious
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A nice place down near the river in downtown Manchester, NH. My wife and I went here for our anniversary. Service was very friendly and prompt. Food was excellent all around. Noise is moderate, but I didn't have trouble hearing my wife. All in all, a great experience. Parking was a minor issue (don't let this stop you from going!) It is to the side of the restaurant, not directly in front, or in the pay-to-park area further in front of the restaurant. It's not easy to spot and It's on a one way street. Give yourself a few extra minutes to find the parking lot and you should be fine. All in all, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    NHDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was just great! Service and timing of delivery of courses was superb, not too fast, not too slow. Waitress was very professional and knew the ins and outs of the menu. We go to Cotton regularly because we are always completely satisfied with all aspects of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lastminute
    Lastminutediner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great food waitress knowledgable of menu and made great references
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service driven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great willingness to deviate from menu to provide what we wanted. Excellent service, large portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    diningout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we sat in a booth near the bar which I originally was not happy with but the seating turned out fine. I had the lamb steak with almond mint pesto that was fantastic. Others in my party had seafood and steak and they were all very pleased. nice variety of drinks. service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mamaG
    mamaG
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Cotton's is still one of my favorite restaurants and I enjoy coming here. Love it when the weather is good and you can sit outside(which we did this time). I have my favorite dish, which I always order, but decided to try one of the specials, a stuffed Haddock dish. It did not disappoint! Always ready to come here to eat!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Sara
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful!!! The brochette is the BEST!!! We all enjoyed our meals and said that the next time we are here on business we all plan to return to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent Diner
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our third time here this year and they never disappoint. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always a must when in the area
    greatplace
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I visit the Manchester area one week a month and always make it point to have dinner with coworkers and friends at Cotton. Excellent food made with fresh ingredients and great drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food choices are good, service was knowledgeable and prompt. Food was good and as described, cooked properly. Drinks were quick and tasty and as ordered
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business lunch
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had a very important business lunch. The food was great the atmosphere was good and impressive for the client. The waitress did not rush us as we secured the business. All in all it was a successful lunch and I will be coming back. Thank you !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    great dinner.. had the meatloaf and it was very good. nice retro feel to the place.nice martini list.will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our 3rd time dining at Cotton. First two visits were GREAT. This visit was not on par with previous. The waitress was very distracted and service took way too long. We had bruschetta for app and I would not recommend. It was soggy and had too much crema on top. Salad was overdressed and wilted. We will chalk it up to an off night and try again as our other two experiences were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Bobt
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Amazing! Great food, great atmosphere. Left the restaurant pleasantly surprised as we come from New York and never expected to find this quality restaurant like cotton in new hampshire
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They do it right
    Dlhussier
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Cotton is one of our favorites when there is a special occasion. But don't let the special occasion comment make you think that it is stuffy and overly fancy (that's right I said fancy). It is not either of those things, it is just done right. Servers have great timing, the food is not only presented nicely, but it is delicious and there is plenty of it. It is good from Appetizer(try the goat cheese) to dessert/coffee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It has become our favorite place to celebrate our wedding anniversary the last 5 years, besides regular dinner stops.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We three ladies went to Cotton to celebrate a new job. One of us had the lamb steak and the other two had the steak Latoure (sp) Each meal was delicious. One friend who used to live in Santa Barbara, CA commented that she hasn't had such a dining experience since she left CA. We were able to relax and talk and enjoy our meals. The service was friendly and timed perfectly. I would recommend Cotton to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.