Cottonwood Grille
Cottonwood Grille

Cottonwood Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cottonwoodgrille.com/
  • Phone: 2083339800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jesus Alcelay
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cottonwood Grille offers two private banquet rooms. The 'Alcove' can accomodate up to 28 guests and the 'River Room' can seat up to 75. We also offer patio seating for large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Maryl Sedivy 208-333-9800x
  • Special Events: We host monthly Wine Dinners during the summer months. Please check our website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street
  • Public Transit: Public transportation is accessible adjacent to Cottonwood Grille.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Cottonwood Grille has a spacious parking lot in front of the restaurant. There is additional parking on the side and back of the building.
A word from Cottonwood Grille
Cottonwood Grille is a casually elegant, fine dining restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with a focus on local products, in a relaxing riverside setting.
Local specialties include buffalo, elk, lamb, trout, pork and seasonal fresh vegetables as well as wine from several local wineries. Also available are Double R Ranch premium Northwest beef and fresh seafood from around the world.

Cottonwood Grille offers an award wining wine list, featuring unique and limited wines as well as daily favorites.
Looking over the Boise River, surrounded by sandstone, alder wood, and luxurious furnishings, one can’t help but feel at home in this magnificent space.

Cottonwood Grille accepts online reservations for parties of 6 or fewer guests. Please call for reservations for groups larger than 6.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Cottonwood Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (80)special occasion (76)scenic view (59)romantic (46)great for lunch (36)good for groups (33)fit for foodies (31)great for brunch (23)neighborhood gem (19)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great Game Menu...
    Unie77
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The on-line menu looked good so I booked a table. I had oysters on the half shell and the first oyster was excellent with that wonderful sea taste flavor, a creamy body, and a nice brine finish. The first was the best and the rest not quite as good (believe they were not all of the same variety) but still fresh. The Caesar Salad was nice but most of the ingredients were separated - not how I would do it but still quite acceptable. Elk was the main course... the meat was seared to perfection, the asparagus was outstanding, the red skin potatoes just right, and the sauce was heavenly - a genuinely well put together dish without the fuss. Highly recommended entree. Caveat: the main dining room is big and cuts down on the intimacy factor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food...great location
    allen
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wife had horseradish crusted salmon and I had hazelnut crusted sea bass...both excellent dinners
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • greatfriends
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The servers and greeters were very friendly. The food was very good and thought the presentation of the food was nice. I would definitely come to eat at Cottonwood Grille again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary outing
    Valendine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The hosting staff were somewhat stuffy as we walked in. We were seated immediately and our server was very friendly and attentive. The water glass my wife had, was not clean. She picked off a chunk of something crusty off the rim before she could drink. The prime rib was ok but not great. The sirloin was very good. The price for what we received was high. I may return but I may look elsewhere before.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A 4 hour lunch says it all.
    JCJC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Terrific service, no rush, an outstanding outdoor setting and excellent food choices for a fun afternoon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for my friend at Cottonwood
    bevg
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This visit was the third time I had visited this restaurant. Every time it has been someone's birthday and this time I took my friend to lunch for her birthday. The food was very good and presented very nicely. I hope to be able to bring my husband there one of these days because he loves fish and chips and I'm guessing he will love yours also. We moved from out-of-state about a year ago, and so far this is my all time favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wonderful food & service. A beautiful location to have our family get-together. We were visiting from out of state & everyone had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improved
    Ales4me
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had dinner several months ago and must have gotten the "B" team. Much better other than dirty glassware.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice place
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I dined alone early on a Sunday evening. The large dining room was nearly empty, but service was prompt and efficient. The insalata caprese was nicely done, and the pasta was very flavorful. A nice quiet dinner that was very pleasant and enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rah60
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food has been very good the past 6 months and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were celebrating our 34th anniversary. I mentioned it to the server and at the end of the meal we were served a surprised dessert. we had not gone to this restaurant for years, and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and enjoyable
    luv2entertain
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The quality and taste of the meals clearly identity the Cottonwood Grill as one of the "go to restaurants" in Boise when entertaining your high end customers. The presentation of the meals were impressive and were a joy to eat. The atmosphere and staff complement the meals by presenting a professional yet relaxed atmosphere. The Cottonwood Grill is one of the best restaurants to entertain my customers and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • R2KJR
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went to Cottonwood Grille for our fortieth anniversary celebration. I couldn't have been better!! We've eaten there in the past and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    swoe44
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Cottonwood Grill was an epic experience and I was thrilled with the food, service, and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food!
    CJohansen
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Absolute perfection, the only other experience that rivaled the Cottonwood Grille was the "Dell Bar" (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) in WI Dells. The Cottonwood Grille was able to successfully & properly prepare a steak "medium rare" which may sound simple but is actually quite a rarity (pun intended). As a result of this superb dining experience, I now have a renewed belief that Boise does in fact have its own culinary niche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to watch the World Cup
    Zoey
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went to the bar at Cottonwood Grille specifically to watch the World Cup. We had that written in the notes to the restaurant when reserving through Open Table, and also received confirmation from the person answering the CG phone that we indeed had reservations in the bar. When we got to CG however, the hostess informed us that the bar area was open seating and we didn't have any reservation. Thank goodness about that same time, a booth opened up for us. So, CG's communication regarding the Open Table reservation wasn't good. Other than that, the food was good, the service great, and we had an enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cottonwood Grille
    cmarlow41
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Cottonwood Grille is a wonderful place for leisurely, scenic dining. The waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable and the food is well prepared. The serving sizes are generous (in the case of the veggie wrap, way MORE than generous!). I would recommend the Grille for leisurely dining; there did not seem to be any sense of hurry. We were celebrating a birthday and were given a complimentary ice cream dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch meeting
    LSBdining
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We conducted a lunch meeting here. The food was excellent, the wait staff was great and understanding of our time and plan. Highly recomend for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Good food and really good people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Kritter
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The wedge salad was excellent. The pork with leeks was very good and the New York Baseball cut was perfect. We were there on a Saturday and there was a pianist. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place for friends.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It is wonderful to find a restaurant where you can actually hear your company talk to you. We enjoyed our time and went for a stroll along the river after dinner great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Yummy drink selections for happy hour with tasty appetizers. The bar area is spacious and comfy, the bartenders are very attentive and knowledgeable. Totally recommend hitting up the happy hour first and then sitting down for a tasty meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable evening
    DES11VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Coming back through town on a Monday evening, hoping the experience would match previous visits on other weekends. We were not disappointed. Service was energetic and helpful. Meals were high quality. Staff did not appear to suffer the Monday lag. Surprised the restaurant was as crowded as it was. Overall great time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Bird special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We did go a little early in the evening so I can understand the older crowd. The service was Dennys worthy from the word go. Waiter was very spot sloppy and not knowledgeable of the wine list. Food was mediocre and very over priced for what it was. Will not go back or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect as always
    Crewzzer
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our server (I think I recall her name was Natalie) was just lovely and every bite of our dinner was delicious. Equally wonderful was the patio dining, the impossibly beautiful setting for an evening, and the gardens. This is much more than a gem. It is unmatchable. This is the place I bring special guests when I have out of town visitors. It represents Boise in the most lovely way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak was fat
    Fred
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    One of the members of our 4-party group said there steak was very fatty. I think it was a rib steak. She didn't tell me until after we left. I told her you would have brought another steak, but of course it was too late.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The prime rib was overcooked. Even though they replaced it, it was still not great. Try the many other good things on the menu, including many of the great appetizers, instead. The waitress, originally from Poland, was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs a visit from Robert Irvine
    idmsdiner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The place has not aged well. The best part of the meal was the baked brie. The two past dishes where in a soupy and very heavy sauce. My daughter's salad had a hair in it and one of my four scallops was not cleaned well so i was biting down on sand
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • southgategal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A beautifully designed restaurant with suburb food to match. Perfect place to dine and entertain.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Ghelfel
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The steak was tender and flavorful, good wine selection, helpful staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    KER1
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This reservation and experience were fraught with issues from incorrect orders being presented, food being delivered at different times (they forgot all of our salads) and a general lack of attention to our table by the wait staff. While the restaurant was not overly busy, we seemed to be an after thought by the server on multiple occasions and had to actually 'wave' her over a couple of times. Disappointing service to a mediocre meal. The Grille is close by so we often go there for business lunches, but may have to re-think that consideration in the future.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This has always been one of our favorite dinner spots, however the last couple of times we were very disappointed with the food. It was to the point where we did not trust the restaurant as being one we would take guests to. The atmosphere is always so wonderful but if the food isn't good, we would choose to entertain guests elsewhere. Hopefully, it was just a low time for them and things have turned around. I want it to be our "go to" favorite again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but not great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This place was okay but my overall experience was not that great! When we got our food the plate was super hot but the food not so much. The food was ok but honestly I've had so much better and to top it off my husband got a dirty spoon with his soup but didn't realized it until he took a bite of it and realized there was something stuck to the spoon. It was pretty nasty! We told the waitress and she offered us a dessert on the house so we got the cobble which wasn't very good it tastes like the cobble had been sitting there for a long time! I also ordered a mojito and the mint in my drink was black like as if it was going bad! I don't think I will go back to this restaurant again. We really were not impressed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointment
    Tova
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Even though I made our reservations a month in advance, we still were seated in the traffic lane from the patio to the kitchen - and this was the 2nd attempt - her first was right in the lane! Service was hit 'n miss as our server constantly reminded us he was very busy, and always was going by saying "I'll be right with you." This was a special dinner to show my sister from CA, who had never been to ID before, a nice atmosphere and place to eat (which I mentioned when I made the reservations). We were never asked if we wanted appetizers, we had to ask if there were specials, and I had to turn back our bill, as we wanted to order dessert.We will not repeat this mistake again when we plan special events.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • raiders
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Excellent meal. Salmon was great, and sitting by the river made for a nice evening. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In or out
    Out2eat
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    One of the things I love about this place is the flexibility in a/c cool interior or breezy nature-cooled patio. I like their specials but like that favorites stay on the menu. I come back to the Idaho trout here as the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 7
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We had reservations for a party of 7 on the patio. None of us does well in full sun, but the table that was set up for us would have resulted in 4 of the 7 of us sitting in full sun. The staff was very accommodating to our request to be moved elsewhere, which necessitated moving a couple of tables together and then readjusting one more time to get us all in the shade. It was a nuisance for them but they were very gracious. The food and service that we then enjoyed was excellent, as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AndrewC
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The Cottonwood is my favorite lunch place. Gracious ambiance, friendly service, delicious food including great salads. And no hassle when you sit there for a coupe of hours deep in a business discussion. Five star !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This place was recommended by hotel stuff as place with great local food. And they did have some real gems. Totally worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh, Friendly and Fine food
    WaytogoVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Superb ingredients with a very friendly atmosphere with many great food choices
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd Dining experience
    Tracy
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    There were 5 of us and we all had a great meal. The wine list is nice and the menu provides a variety of choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.