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Cotton Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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.***Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The meatloaf with all you can eat mashed potatoes was excellent! Had heard about this restaurant but never had the opportunity to drive up from Mass. to Manchester. Definitely worth the drive. There's something for everybody on the menu. Haddock special was tasty, good size portions. The have blue cheese stuffed olives for martini's. Restaurant wasn't overly crowded due to outdoor dining. Feel it could get incredibly loud should every table be occupied."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dissapointed in Cotton. Service was not great, waitress was rushed and didn't make suggestions about food, drink choices. I asked to be seated in a quiet spot when I made reservation, was seated in bar. Very noisy. Lamb was ordered medium rare, was raw inside. Waitress was too busy to help us as she told us- " I have other people I have to serve, just now." Hostess took plate back- offered to recook entree. Should have brought a brand new one. Didn't offer to bring a free dessert- but did take it off bill. Very dissapointing overall."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been dining at Cotton for a number of years, it is out "go to" place for comfort food with a twist. The cocktails are fabulous and the menu, while predictable, does offer nightly specials. We often start date night here!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a date night which is a rare experience for us older married couple....the food was absolutely delicious starting with the complimentary bread, the special arugula and beet salad, and then for the main courses having a steak special and the scallop and Lobster Ravioli. Our beverages were described and brought promptly. The finale was dessert that we shared - the Raspberry Creme Brulee - of which I must say it rivaled my favorite of a local Nashua restaurant! But I must say our Waitress was a delight, checking in on us at the right moments, giving extra time for decisions, and having a pleasant demeanor...Thank you to Cotton!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is not as upscale as expected, my boyfriend called it a basement bar. Free parking."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a DEELISH lunch here. Cocktails were fabulous and food was scrumptious (saved 1/2 of my crab cake burger for my husband and he scarfed it up proclaiming how great it was). We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First time here, since we had heard from many people to give it a try. We ate on the cute patio and the service was very nice! Steak Diane sauce was a little on the salty side, but otherwise we were very happy! Cocktails were very good!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined there many times and we have never been let down. We always make reservations and are usually seated very quickly. Food is always consistently great."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Rarely do I think about the effect the front desk staff has on my enjoyment of a restaurant or dining experience. Almost always you are greeted with enthusiasm and friendless. Last night at Cotton this was not the case. The manager was arrogant, inflexible, confrontational and just rude. Although the wait staff tried to make up for her behavior she ruined the entire experience. I couldn't believe how we were treated. I called the Hanover Street Chop House from our table and made a reservation. Paid for our cocktails and left. We will not be back. A special thanks to Tony and his staff at the Chop House!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Portion sizes were very large so next time we would not order an appetizer, but the app we did order was great (goat cheese). The scallops with sweet potato hash were amazing and my husband loved the meatloaf (his fav). I'm glad we chose to sit outside as inside the seating is very tight - you feel like you are sharing your meal with your neighbors on either side - under the grapevines outside was good enough on a hot summer night, and very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went for anniversery dinner. Quiet table for conversation. Waitperson has attentive, not intrusive, and quick! We do not dine out frequently, but her favorite place is Cotton. Keep those Lemon Drop martinis coming."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My mother and I were headed to the Verizon for a show and wanted a nice dinner first. The staff was aware of our time constraints and made every effort to make sure our food was out in a timely manner. The staff was friendly and attentive. The meal and drinks were delicious. As long as you communicate your situation with them, they will work with you."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I found this since we were attending a concert near by. The restaurant was in the back of the building, and not easy to find. The food was great, and service was great. However, when we arrive 10 minutes late after waiting for parking for free in their lot. We were quickly reminded that we were 10 minutes late per the Owner. Yes the owner, not the staff. This definitely started our eating experience on the wrong foot. She stated we could have park in the lot and paid. Yeah come to find out compared to Boston it was nothing, however haven paid up to $35 in Boston I wanted to wait to pay nothing in their lot."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I had read about Cotton regularly and expected an upscale atmosphere with a Southern Flair. The restaurant was neatly tucked away in one of the many refurbished mills in Manchester. Upon first blush, the atmosphere was trendy and casual. We were seated immediately at a table for 2 in the middle of a long bench of tables for 2. This arrangement meant for considerable noise. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive throughout. For an appetizer we both ordered the homemade gazpacho which was excellent. For my main course, I ordered the jambalaya which was just ok. My wife ordered the scallops with sweet potato hash. She commented that she had had better scallops. All in all, not a memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Cotton repeatedly delivers excellent food and service at a good price. We dine at Cotton frequently and find the food and service consistent from one visit to the next. They have creative specials, excellent sea food, and a lamb dish that melts in your mouth. We have always been happy with this restaurant from our first visit on."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Up to the area from Central Mass. Saw great reviews on-line and decided to try the place. My husband and I consider ourselves foodies, and love to find the best an area has to offer when we travel. Cotton lived up to it's reputation. Sat out on the vine shaded patio enjoying our food, drinks, and the company around us ( a young couple got engaged at the next table over-sweet!). Got there early and watched the place quickly fill up. Manchester is a vibrant town and Cotton adds to the "hip" feel. Hope to visit again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We decided to get our table early and they ere very accommodating. The food, service and atmosphere are all very good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We frequent this restaurant and the food was very good per usual. While the restaurant was busy, it was not packed so I found the service on the slow side. I am not sure if it was the wait staff or the kitchen. That would be my only complaint for this particular dining experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I find Cotton's to be the best restaurant in Manchester for atmosphere, food and service!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to eat!! Always good food and great atmosphere. Have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The reviews I found online before driving to the area for an appointment led me to Cotton. The service and ambiance was great. The prices were just as I had hoped. The food was excellent and very fresh tasting and looking."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "lunch (burgers) were very good, house made pickles a great touch, topping sautéed perfectly"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "A first time visit and what a surprise! Terrific ambience, friendly waitstaff, and something on the menu for everyone. We each chose something 'humble' and each was cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great place for foodies! Quality ingredients, fantastic recipes, well trained, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and wonderful visual presentation of menu items on the plate. If you've never visited Cotton, do so. For those who are regulars, you know the truth of this review."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "usually this place is wonderful, this night it was off. steak frites were a different recipe from their usual and not as good (we complained and management did make it right with a couple of complimentary desserts), salmon was vey dry (did not mention this, so in fairness management was unaware), but two off meals at one sitting is not good news. We will go back, because this place is usually great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Can't wait to return. We where celebrating our anniversary and everyone went out of there way to make us super special."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "When we eat at Cotton, we always have great food & great service!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Cotton is a nicely appointed restaurant with a bit of a dark bistro ambiance. Very good appetizers. Husband and son enjoyed their entrees - seafood ravioli and excellent delmonico steak. I ordered salmon. When asked how I would like it to be cooked I was told that medium would be a bit underdone in the center. In truth, it was a bit overdone, and I regretted not ordering the butternut squash ravioli. So overall 3 stars, although I would probably return for my son's delmonico!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was good, well served, and in a not pushed atmosphere. Cotton is not the greatest restaurant for ambience, there was adequate space in the booth next to the bar. The place was full, but the noise level was great for a relaxed conversation where you did not have to work at hearing your dining partners. There was no sense of being pushed to complete the service in an alotted time. Our waiter was cordial, attentive and low key. Each member of the party had something different and they were all well presented, obviously freshly prepared, and sufficiently filling. It was a pleasant evening, if you want pretense go somewhere else!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have eaten at Cotton many times and have never been disappointed. It's always enjoyable and fun and the food is great!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a few hours before our flight out of MHT so thought we would grab lunch in town. WE found Cotton on the open table site & took a chance. It was fairly empty when we were there but the food was amazing. my family chowed down and pretty much licked the plate. kitchen burger, grilled chicken club, veggie burger, latour (oh yum). all good the satay & the tuna tataki were also good. ambience & decor is pretty cool but go for the food!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "outstanding food and service customer service with gusto"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Nice dining experience. The weather was perfect for eating on the patio which we did. The food was very good as was the margarita. Would recommend to friends."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Always a good dining experience.. Exceptional food, reasonable prices and professional staff.. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "excellent food and service nice decor convenient location"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Product and service always consistent by FOH/BOH.Good upsells by server. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "if you are not an american,sometimes you start missing more delicate food tastes.This is the place ,where you definitely will find this.Love this place.Also good stuff and good service.Keep up "Cotton""
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dining experience with my wife. Service was top notch and food was outstanding. The best Lamb I have had in my life. My wife's steak was also top notch. The crab cakes were tender, cooked perfectly and very flavorful. I highly recommend COTTON to all-"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had heard about Cotton a few weeks earlier while traveling through Manchester. So when I was back there on business, I decided to stop by. The place was fairly busy even though it was raining out. I ordered the Tuna Tataki for an appatizer. It was cooked perfect and the wakame mushroom salad was a perfect match. I had the Salmon for a main course. Many restaurants over cook salmon in my opinion. This was not over cooked or cold in the center. A great experience and great food. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We only go three or four times a year as we live a ways away. The food and service and always been consistently great and the prices are quite moderate. We have found almost no wait time when we make a reservation, even when they are busy, like on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 5/24/2014