YUM-O. 1000 stars
The food and service at Cotton was amazing. We arrived with very high expectations and all were surpassed. Cant wait to go back.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just Plain Good!
I don't know what to say other than we had an outstanding experience at Cotton. The atmosphere is nice and cozy, the decor is very metro, the wait staff is tops and the food is out of this world!!! I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely eat there on my next visit to Monroe!!!!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I celebrated our 35th anniversary, with dinner at Cotton and it was an extraordinary celebration, from the moment we walked in. Our servers (Carly and Amanda) were very helpful, knowledgable of the menu items, and extremely efficient. The service manager (Drew), visited with us/checked on us, at least three times. Our food was well prepared, indescribably delicious, from our entrees to the milk chocolate bread pudding, to out dessert coffee. Cotton may very well be the finest food we've enjoyed in a fine restaurant. The staff was the most accommodating of any restaurant we've visited. It was an extraordinary experience. We'll eat again, at Cotton, as often as possible!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfection is the word to use when you think about this place. The chef will consistently blow your mind with flavor. The staff is competent in every way. The ambiance is just right inside or outside overlooking the river. Do not miss an opportunity to dine here!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious. Who
The food was delicious. Who knew down home southern cooking could taste like this. This is how food should be cooked...from scratch. The flavors and aroma even survived a night in the frig in my doggie box. Yumm.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Keep your wines in stock!
They were out of the first wine I ordered, and the second also. Either keep them in stock or take them off the list! And, I had the fish luncheon special, which was very good, but only ONE stalk of broccolini? Really? Put several on there. The fish was served over polenta, which was very good.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meeting some old friends
The restaurant has a lot of charm and a very pleasant and professional staff. We were seated immediately and the waiter (Chris) made sure we were aware of the nightly specials. The food was excellent and the presentation was first rate. We were never left unattended. After the meal, dessert, and coffee, we were left to enjoy conversation and never felt neglected or rushed. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Whether you are wanting a romantic evening, a group gathering or even an impressive business lunch/dinner, this is the place. Great for downtown Monroe and for the area cuisine. Thank you, Restaurant Cotton for a great evening!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Restaurant Cotton for our one year anniversary. It was perfect. Service was excellent, food was incredible, could not have been happier. We had made reservations and ended up being 20 minutes late because we were moving that day as well. They were so nice and still got us in with no problem.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Heaven in Your Mouth
My wife and I went for our four year anniversary. It was our first time to Cotton and it was our best anniversary meal yet. Everything was so good. Was stoked that they would cook my ribeye rare, and when it came out it was actually rare. But the best thing we ate hands down was the muscovy duck wraps. We could have eaten those all night. Also, our waitress was awesome and super helpful.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time at Cotton
This was our first time here and we were with another couple. The apps were great, we shared fried green tomatos and fried pickled okra and both were delicious. I had the shrimp and grits while my wife had the beef trio. We both enjoyed the meals and sampled each others. The shrimp and grits had the right amount of spicy taste for me but could be too strong for others. The blueberry cobbler dessert was good but a touch too much brown sugar and not enough breading for my taste.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night!
The food was excellent. We sampled the grilled oysters, duck wraps, salads, shrimp and grits, and angus filet. Everything was delicious and we'll be back!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal of my life
Cotton hands down provided me with the best meal of my entire life. The atmosphere, bar staff, wait staff, everything was perfect. The drinks, food, and dessert were to die for. Pretty sure I'm going to be dreaming of that venison schnitzel for awhile.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Staff at Cottons was reall great. The food was superb, even the chefs wife came by and talked and later Chef Cory came over and talked with us. We will be back. Great prices also.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, dessert was
Food was great, dessert was fantastic, wait staff was friendly.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
It surpassed my expectations. Everything about it was top notch.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good experience
The menu is brief, but each item on the menu is deliberate, and each element complements the other. Our table of four had a few appetizers and 4 different entrees and everything was delicious. I will be back soon to try the other things on the menu.
I had been to this same location a few years ago, when it was a different restaurant, and I remember it being extremely loud. I don't really know how Cotton made this happen, but noise was simply not a factor at all. It was truly a good experience all the way around.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is probably our favorite restaurant - the attention to detail is tremendous - very comfortable but elegant at the same time. Chef Cory's food is so special and personal - we've never had anything but perfection on all levels - drink, appetizer, main course and dessert.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time not the charm
I came to Cotton a year ago and was blown away by the ambience, service, menu, food, and even got to meet Chef Cory Bahr. I LOVED it. This time, the staff was undertrained, dressed in street clothes under an apron, and couldn't answer basic questions about menu items. Granted, this time we were a party of seven, whereas last visit, we were a party of two. I was underwhelmed by the service this time. I had the Pimm's cup, which was AMAZING, and of course the signature bacon-wrapped stuffed duck breast bites, followed by shrimp and grits. Our last visit, the food was artfully arranged on beautiful white dinnerware. This trip, the food was served on these odd green ceramic/pottery type plates that really hid the color of the food.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
We love that we can dine at Cotton when we visit family in NE La. They have needed a place like this for many years. Cotton reminds us of a great restaurant you'd find in NOLA or Charleston, SC. Service and food never disappoints. I just hate that we have to wait until November to return.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply Outstanding....A Must!!!
The four of us thought it might have been the best start to finish meal we have ever had. Oysters were the best, the filet could be cut with a plastic fork and melted in your mouth, shrimp and grits simply excellent, sides were extraordinary and the cobbler and banana pudding took it over the top. Then add in the smoky old fashion cocktail they make and present like no beverage I have ever seen.....Cotton's is a must if you are within a half days drive. For the record.... this is the first time I have taken time to post a review for any establishment.....it was simply that good of an experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rache's Birthday Dinner
Oh my goodness, I love this place. I planned for my best friend to have a wonderful time dinning at this Restaurant and that's just what happened.She had a wonderful time!!! The service was great and I really liked the fact that I made the reservations and there was no mix-up. When I went to drop off the cake, the young lady that was the greeter asked if this was the cake for the dinner and that impressed me so much. When we arrived the greeter was polite and seated us and the staff was on point with making us comfortable!! The Chef even came by the table, which added a very personal touch. I loved my experience and so did Rachel (the birthday girl). We are looking forward to going back again!!!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food, creatively
Outstanding food, creatively prepared and presented! One of our best dining experiences!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cannot say enough great things about this place! Food is fantastic. Buttermilk fried quail is excellent. Southern spoonbread to die for. And you have not had shrimp and grits til you have them here. My husband has never been a fan of grits, but he raves about these. Service is great. Attentive and knowledgeable about menu selections and wines.
If you are in or near Monroe, don't miss this place!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
had the ribeye, it was tough and chewy for the price.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live in Monroe currently
I live in Monroe currently but lived in New Orleans previously. Having just gotten back from a weekend in New Orleans I can honestly say this food stands up to some of the best from the big easy. The shrimp and grits I ordered were much better than the Red Fish Grill on Bourbon St just a week earlier. Great atmosphere and I wish Chef Cory the best and hope we don't lose him any time soon.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food I've had in a decade
I almost cried the food was so amazing! The shrimp and grits were the best I've ever had and so were the deviled eggs! I wish I lived closer!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cotton is Awesome
We loved the restaurant decor with the mix of brick and wood interior, high ceilings, attractive bar, upscale lighting, and comfy chairs, Very competent and friendly staff who gave terrific service. The food was different and superb; we both loved our appetizer and the entrees were a wonderful mix of ingredients and flavors, the sides were the perfect compliment. Chef Corey is a true artist and very personable. We can't wait to go back and try other menu options.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining for two
I brought my girlfriend for a date night and we both had awesome dishes, I had venison schnitzel and she had the trio of beef filet. Service was great and our tables view was very nice. Will definitely be coming back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Party of 7. Not for those on budget or in a hurry. A MUST for those who love food that excites the tastebuds and can't be found in others.
Menu varied with choices offered by no others. Appetizer was Duck Wraps which deserve 5 stars. Great presentation, color and smell on food. Group shared the 4 luncheon dessert items. We LOVED them. The blackberry cake with Sorbet was unexpectedly the least favorite as it was a bit dry.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bang for your buck...
The food preparation is meticulous. The server was friendly, efficient and knew the menu well. The quality of the food was top-notch. Prices are reasonable for great dishes.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My sister came to visit from
My sister came to visit from Minnesota and really wanted to try some Southern food. Cotton fit the bill perfectly as not only was it wonderful foods (great grits!) but it also offered her some fine dining (she has a fine dining culinary degree). We had very good service and everyone's meal was outstanding. I suppose the only complaint I might have is that they ran out of the quail; however, the menu offered plenty of pleasing alternatives.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Dinner
My wife and I went to Cotton for our anniversary. I ordered the trio of beef and she ordered the ribeye. One of the steaks on the trio of beef was overcooked to well done when I had ordered it medium rare. I brought it to the waiters attention and they promptly brought out another steak cooked to perfection. The staff were also nice enough to comp my meal and a desert. Overall this is a great restaruant and we will be going back again!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting Monroe and found Cotton on Open Table. It was so absolutely fabulous we visited two nights in a row. If Cotton was open on Sunday nights we would have visited three times! But as hard as this chef works we suppose he needs a night to relax!
Chris, our server both nights, is wonderful - ask for him. The only complaint is the bar service is painfully slow. We tried almost every appetizer and our favorites were the fried pickled okra, deviled eggs and the fried green tomatoes. Everything fried is lightly fried not greasy. The best desserts were the chocolate bread pudding and the banana pudding. I would drive the 4.5 hours from Dallas just to eat at this restaurant. This is a MUST if you visit Monroe!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took daughter there for birthday lunch. It was great as always. The Shrimp and grits are hard to beat. Great deserts as well. Would recommend for any special occasion and we live 30 miles away.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic dining experience!
Took some out of town family that travelled from Austin, TX to eat here on a recommendation from a co-worker. It's was truly great. Food was outstandingly delicious, always go for the Muscovy duck wraps! What might have made it the best was the staff. Our waiter and waitress in training went on our time schedule, allowing us to enjoy the wine, food, and of course the company around us. We will be back, no doubt. Thank you, Cotton!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food had amazing flavor, great service, and just overall a great experience.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Usually outstanding but not always.
I love that Restaurant Cotton works hard to use local suppliers of fresh ingredients. Some favorite items remain on the menu while others rotate off as new ingredients arrive and recipes are developed. Usually when dining at Restaurant Cotton, not only is the service and atmosphere outstanding, but also the food is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, on rare occasion, items arrive overlooked or otherwise sub-optimally prepared, as was the case with my dessert and some roasted vegetables that I ordered on a recent evening. However; the waitstaff was more than willing to deduct these items from the bill. Even on these rare "off" nights, eating at Cotton is a pleasant experience.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a terrible day at work so I decided to treat myself to a night at Restaurant Cotton. The night could not have been more perfect! I sat at the bar with my friends and we had an absolute blast! Wes is the best bartender in the area and always makes us feel so welcome! I love to get the duck wraps and the wedge salad... it's always great! The best place in town!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cotton has incredible food, a unique atmosphere, and quality service! I highly recommend this place for many occasions!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at Cottons. Brad our waiter was great. The only thing I would add is Sweet Tea.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A reason to go to Monroe
Sorry, Funroe...My girlfriend and I were recently on our way from Baton Rouge to Ruston for a family wedding weekend. We had seen Chef Bahr on Chopped and wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I cannot express in this box just how impressed we were. From the ambience of the downstairs dining room to the upstairs bar overlooking the Ouachita River, from the craft drink menu to the well-assembled wine list, from the deviled eggs to the roast shank, we were amazed at the quality of Cotton. So many restaurants talk the talk about sourcing local, but this restaurant really walks the walk. The menu is obviously elevated but really remains true to North Louisiana. We cannot wait to visit family again just for the excuse to stop in.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience. They did not have a kids's menu, but went out of their way to prepare, at our kids request, fried chicken strips which were obvious fresh, not from frozen chicken strips. Main dishes and appetizers were out of this world, comparable to the best New Orleans restaurants. Sauces were fantastic. We have to make it back for an overnight in Monroe to visit Cotton's again.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We LOVED Cotton. The staff
We LOVED Cotton. The staff mixed with the menu made it an absolute highlight of the entire trip! We ordered several smaller items and shared them all - the duck wraps were amazing and a MUST try!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service and excellent food
The retro ambience of a converted commercial building is a good setting for this contemporary restaurant. The cuisine can best be described as nouveau southern, with a fresh interpretation of classic favorites such as shrimp and grits, braised short ribs, local catfish and game. Presentation is elegant without being fussy, and the service is competent without being intrusive.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came to town to enjoy a ballgame and see some reality TV stars. We were very excited to eat a little local cuisine. We loved Restaurant Cotton. We started with the Duck Wrap appetizer and the Pimento Cheese Beignets very good. My son wanted to try the venison but no luck. So he head the Chicken and Waffles and was not disappointed. I enjoyed the North Louisiana Shrimp and Grits, excellent choice and my friend had the Louisiana Catfish, spiced just right. Restaurant Cotton was definitely worth finding!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great anniversary dinner
I made dinner reservations to celebrate my anniversary with my boyfriend and I loved the experience. He was very impressed by the food and I loved the atmosphere.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Special Place
We went there for a birthday celebration. The food was really good, especially the red bean hummus! Service was excellent and when they found out it was my birthday, they brought out some tasty gingerbread piggy cookies. I love the décor and all the extra touches that make the dining experience special.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in Monroe area
Consistently good food. Always a pleasurable dining experience.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eat at cotton
Great experience, food was some of the best I've ever had. Compares well to high end NYC, DC, and Las Vagas. Nice that its so close to home!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
11 year Wedding Anniversary
Everything was AWESOME, except for the firework show on the bridge next to the building. Which I do not hold that against Cotton at all. Our lovely police department decided to park in front of Cotton with their lights going, so it lit up the whole building. But, as for Cotton and its staff, I give them a 5 STAR.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM