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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "One of my favorite places to eat!! Always good food and great atmosphere. Have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I find Cotton's to be the best restaurant in Manchester for atmosphere, food and service!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "lunch (burgers) were very good, house made pickles a great touch, topping sautéed perfectly"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "When we eat at Cotton, we always have great food & great service!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "outstanding food and service customer service with gusto"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Tables for 2 are close together thus noise level is a bit much, but everything else is 5 star."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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
  • "Just a really great place to eat. The food is always good with great service. Get the meatloaf! I know that might sound strange but it's really good. My wife had salmon and that was also perfect. We were about 20 minutes late due to weather. They held the table for us. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We met friends at Cotton and found the setting to be very appealing. The restaurant was active and had good energy but was also quiet enough for comfortable conversation. Our food was delicious and we were not rushed by the wait staff."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a great time at Cotton -- the staff was very friendly and our wait staff was extremely attentive. Will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food was great! The service was outstanding. Overall the experience was awesome. I definitely recommend to anyone who has not been there to go soon."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I booked our reservation online. We were welcomed and accomodated with a request for a quiet spot to chat. Waitstaff was prompt and knowledgable about wines and specials. Food was fresh and the presentation was lovely. We had salmon and it was crsip on the outside and medium on the inside - just the way it should be! No rush and I was glad to have a leisurely time for lunch during restaraunt week."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is a favorite of ours and it never disappoints. The food was delicious, the service great, and the atmosphere relaxing and fun."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "great value and selection. every enjoyed the food, but the pork saltumbucca w not very flavorful but very tender. the polenta was great. would go again and try a different entree. the mushroom soup was to die for."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Traveled from the Seacoast to meet friends in Manchester. Selected Cotton based on effervescent reviews from numerous sources. Food was good, maybe very good, service was good but slow - can't necessarily blame the server as seating was full and they were perhaps a bit understaffed. The martini was good, but maybe not 'Best in NH'. Price was certainly reasonable. Overall, a pleasant experience, maybe just a bit off their best. It wouldn't keep me from returning - I might go back just hoping to catch their 'A' game, which by all other accounts is exceptional! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Just right for our son's twenty-sixth! He was satisfied with this surprise restaurant selection for him."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My favorite place. Local food done well. Great martini menu"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I met my east coast cousins here and we had a great time - our waitress was fabulous and it was restaurant week, so great food and great times."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed this place immensely. Great food, staff and atmosphere that reminds you of a very upscale diner. This place offered up the total dining experience. We go out with another couple on a regular basis and pick different restaurants each time. We cannot go back to this one together but this is one my wife and I will revisit with other friends or just the 2 of us. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My partner and I enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was pleasant, professional and accommodating. Food was well prepared and timed correctly when coming to our table. The bartender mixed up a special drink for me and it was very good! We'll be back, thank you for a nice evening. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014