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
166 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)special occasion (72)neighborhood gem (70)great for outdoor dining (62)romantic (50)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (31)hot spot (29)great for lunch (28)notable wine list (22)late-night find (10)great for brunch (8)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    hard to find and not much from the outside but very nice inside, the menu diverse, and food very good....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Romanticouting
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was a late moment decision to go here for our anniversary. Worked out GREAT, we had a great time, great environment where we could talk and have some great food at the same time. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. I would go out of my way to go here again. Made our anniversary celebration a success.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Great Service.
    hungryjack
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a gift certificate for Cotton and didn't know what to expect. It lives up to it's self proclaimed upscale casual dining. Has a great feel inside that lets you feel like you are the only ones there even if it's full. The outdoor seating was nice, and quiet jazz played the whole night. Great selection at the bar and is known for it's many unique martini's. Prices were not bad, anywhere from $15-$25 a plate. Food was delicious and served in a timely manner. We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and True
    Pipjake
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cotton is always a consistent experience. Never had a bad experience , this was the first time we got to eat outside, just made it that much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Dinner!
    NOLAinNH
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Indeed, another great dinner and a great intimate setting for a birthday celebration. Food, beverages, service were great and we'll all be back again soon! Thanks for a good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true gem. . . . . .
    travelbritVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A gem hidden in the historic Manchester mill yard. Great welcome by owner - very, very tasty food served under the grape arbor on the patio. No view, but relaxing and romantic on a Summer's eve. Inside looked very inviting and would definitely be dining there come cooler weather. Will be visiting this restaurant again when next in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always!
    Cheche
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The popcorn shrimp, and bruschetta are my absolute favorite appetizers at Cotton, you really can't go wrong ordering these. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful, we will always be loyal Cotton goers for those two simple reasons!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • back to greatness
    charlie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First I must say that the hostess was WONDERFUL, despite being busy, she was able to arrange for my preferred seating. The food was great, the brochette, to die for. Our server, Jacqui, was energetic and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Dickens
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had the meatloaf although the flavor was good I felt it was a bit dry Friend had haddock and she felt the portion was small and it to was dry
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining experience
    nhdiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The pork chop main course was prepared as requested and quite good and went well with pinot noir. The ambiance of the outdoor dining that evening was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic restaurant & great food
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We tried "Cotton" out while traveling through Manchester for lunch. THe menu offered a nice variety of items for lunch. Service was A+, food was great, they also have a nice covered patio where you can eat outside. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too close for comfort
    GrazerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They have an imaginative comfort food menu which is pretty good. I would prefer more options than mashed potatoes, though. They serve plenty of food. The wait service was attentive, friendly, and accommodating. If you go to Cotton, make sure that you are a party of three or more! The tables for two are too close together. It was hard to talk to my husband because one of the couples close to us were speaking louder than us so we got to hear their conversation instead of ours. I would go back but I would invite another couple so that we could have a more private table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.