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
169 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (76)great for outdoor dining (75)romantic (52)good for groups (32)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (29)great for lunch (27)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • always a must when in the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic restaurant & great food
    Janice
    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.
  • Very nice!
    KimnDave
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I eat out at nice restaurants quite often and I was very surprised at this quaint find! The table was beautiful , the service friendly and efficient. The meal was excellent. I am very wary about restaurants that use clarified butter and not so great food. ..even though its an "exoensive" place. Cotton was so excellent I was overjoyed. Their meats were grass fed and natural. The only kind I will eat but most places don't offer it. ordered Lamb loin which I haven't had in years and it was just delicious. Done to perfection and the sauce was scrumptious. Fingerling potatoes were just to die for. For once I didn't walk out feeling heavy and tired like I usually do from other restaurants! My hat's off to the chef. Cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Delightful!
    ftknitter
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food at Cotton is superb! I had the jambalaya--my kind of spicy! My friend had the "flat" steak--prepared perfectly. We each had a glass of delicious prosecco. We loved the jazzy atmosphere. Very pleasant server and service. Less expensive than we'd expected! I would recommend Cotton to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely will return
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Four for dinner on August 22nd. Waitress (Karen) was absolutely top notch - tentative but not oppressive. Martinis pre dinner were very good although my 3 martini sampler (what a lush) was a fixed selection and too sweet for my taste. I would have preferred to select 3 samples from the full list. Two people ordered steak Diane and they agreed that it was very good but would have preferred more mushrooms as suggested by the menu write-up. My lamb chop was boneless - a nice treat to not need to chew the bone in public - but overdone from the medium rare I ordered. The last guest ordered tuna steak rare and it arrived closer to medium. However all dishes, and the evening, were enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jake
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had told them that it was a special accasion and they tried to seat us in the bar area. One of the two specials for the night was out by 6:40. They did serve my wife the polenta that was on the special with another meal as requested.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come back every year
    palu22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Many great entrees made it tough to pick one. The ones we ordered were delicious. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • highly recommended
    Rudy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Cotton continues to be a must do restaurant in Manchester. We had a late afternoon dinner on the patio and had a great time. Food choices are excellent and we'll prepared, drinks and service quite good and the ability to be outside in the grape vine covered outdoor dining area only enhanced an already enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always great!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love the Cotton. We take all our interview candidates there when we are recruiting new employees. I also take both family and friends there to enjoy a great meal. I know the food is going to be excellent and the service top notch. Thank you Cotton for always being consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiger
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our first time at Cotton, since we do not live here, but this restaurant makes us wish we did! Excellent ,lay-back, no-rush, restaurant, Service was perfect with the timing of cocktails, food, dessert, etc…The food was excellent, with a decent selection other than "steaks, burgers,fish",as most other restaurants tend to have...Ambiance was very relaxing and beautifully decorated…Only one comment, smokers outside of the outdoor area, kind of ruined the air for a while, but after they left, all was perfect!!! We will visit again, if jobs allow…Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cotton just acceptable
    NotAllbad
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cotton tries to be more upscale than they are. We had dinner in the bar area and was served by a nice waitress who was multi-tasking between the bar and us. The food was served by a food runner who dropped the food off and ran back to the kitchen for more important things. My turkey schnitzel was over cooked and dry. Nice place but "Lets get it together"
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    2HappyBoomers
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Meat Loaf was recommended to us from a friend. This was both the first time visit for my wife and myself. The meat loaf dinner was by far the best we ever had. We intend to visit more often now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite Manchester spot
    Cotton
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    3rd time at Cotton Friday night. The food and service was spot on. My wife and I ordered salads before the main course and it would have been enough, as they were huge. The Sweet Potato Hash served with the Seared Scallops is unbelievable. Our server gave me the tip that they are great leftovers with eggs the next day, but there wasn't enough to take home. I will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nice choice of meals. Food and drinks were excellent. Nice place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cotton review
    vgehts
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Its in a great location near the Merrimack river. Staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. Menu had variety and the ability to keep the bill low if you need to. I did not need to. We started with a nice appetizer of Chicken with a peanut sauce, & very good dinner of tenderloin medallions. My wife had the meatloaf, which she loved. A great place for any occasion, we've decided to go back 5 times this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner in Manchester
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant in Manchester before picking up our son arriving on a late flight from the airport. We had a nice quiet table outdoors waiting for us. Service was very good. The meal itself was okay--the scallops good, the steak not so. Portions were generous. Overall an enjoyable evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    VB4GOODFOOD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Never a miss at Cotton, consistently the best food including the sides, the gazpacho was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    hate2cook
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Cotton's was an upscale setting for an intimate dinner on our Anniversary. The staff is friendly and service oriented. The food was delicious and the servings were generous. Upon arrival, they brought us two glasses of champagne to celebrate. We had the Steak Diane and the Jumbalya. Try the creme brulee for dessert, you will love it! We had a wonderful time and as we left, it was raining and we looked up to see a beautiful rainbow in the sky. One of the best restaurants in the area!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    homeisbestVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have dined here on an anniversary for most of the last 22 years and for the first time had a disappointing experience. It was a delightful night to eat outside and Jacqui was a fine waitress. We said the calamari was one of the best we ever had. Then we waited and realized others were waiting too. 40 minutes after arriving my wife was told there were no more mashed potatoes and they were not making more. Her fried chicken was good but she was craving mashed potatoes. I ordered a New Orleans stye jambalaya. This was a large bowl of rice with an overabundance of shrimp, ham, and sausage with a red sauce on top. It was very dry and tasteless other than the spiciness of the meats. We will return year with fingers crossed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvtoeatout!
    Skippy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Been to Cotton many times and love the food and wait staff, especially Scooter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Other than being seatedin the bar area, there was nothing to complain about at Cotton. Jacqui are server was friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. Prices are reasonable and portions were plentiful. Bar area is noisy, and we had to listen to obnoxius conversation from diners behind us. All went smoothly from being seated to served. Many selections to choose from, but I don't think you can go wrong with food. All was prepared and presented in an excellent fashion. They were out of the lamb when we arrived at 7:30pm, but Turkey Schnitzel, roasted chicken (huge portion), and flat iron steak were great. I would certainly recommed when vsiting Manchester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.