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Restaurant Cotton
Restaurant Cotton

Restaurant Cotton Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantcotton.com
  • Phone: (318) 325-0818
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American, French
  • Executive Chef: Cory Bahr
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have three beautiful off site facilities that are all within walking distance of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have five uniquely appointed rooms and a picturesque deck patio overlooking the beautiful Ouachita River.
  • Private Party Contact: Mauricio Andrade (318) 325-0818
  • Entertainment: Let the warm skies and beautiful sunsets over the Ouachita River and the soft breezes of the south be your entertainment as you unwind with a "Perfect Spring Fling" cocktail. The sounds of trains and their whistles making their way through downtown Monroe will take you back to an almost forgotten time when things were pure and simple.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: DeSiard Street
  • Public Transit: The public trolley system makes frequent stops right near the restaurant. There is also a public transit bus station within walking distance.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot right across the street as well as alternative parking within walking distance.
A word from Restaurant Cotton
Located in the heart of downtown Monroe in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Restaurant Cotton has the atmosphere of a simpler, more honest time. Executive chef, Cory Bahr, prides himself in being an innovator of unique and delicious food that exhibits his Louisiana Delta roots and allows his personality to influence every dish. Accompanied by chef de cuisine, Spencer Serrette, and sous chef, Seth Blankenship, Chef Bahr has mastered the art of creative southern cuisine. With nightly food and drink specials, it is guaranteed that there will be something new to try with every trip to Restaurant Cotton. Chef Bahr shows his appreciation and passion for authentic Louisiana cuisine by always using the freshest and most local ingredients in every dish that he prepares. Restaurant Cotton is proud to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Monroe and we invite you to join us as we support our beautiful city and the seasoned talent of our very own Chef Cory Bahr.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Brunch was delicious - our waiter Zac was wonderful and very knowledgeable about Restaurant Cotton in general - our first time for Brunch so it was a real treat!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The menu and food was exceptional! A little pricey but definitely worth it. Our server was outstanding and we will be going back!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "On a recent visit to Monroe, Louisiana, we were drawn to Cotton by the favorable reviews we read online. Our experience matched the many great ones that preceded us. The dining room, in an old cotton warehouse, has been charmingly and handsomely refurbished. The food was also of the highest standard, imaginative and expertly executed. We discovered later, speaking to a local couple (both of them foodies) that it is their favorite restaurant and they eat there quite frequently. We will return on our next trip."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We travel a lot and we saw Cotton on Trip Advisor and stopped in for lunch. Wow what a great surprise; the menu was yummy from app's to dessert! Our server Nathan was exuberant, well versed in explaining dishes and offering his expertise!! He made lunch even better with his wonderful spirit. The potato Andouille salad & bronzed fish was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were seated timely for our reservation, had excellent, helpful wait service who were knowledgeable of my food allergies and prepared with related answers on menu items, chef visited our table, and meal was exceptional from snacks/shares to entree to dessert. I have had consistently good experiences here."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Dessert terrible old dry cupcake thing looking for bread pudding but not."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Ambiance great. Restaurant is in an old brothel along the river. Very hip. We tried several dishes...the red fish and summer salad was delicious. Shrimp and grits, pork chop and quail very good. Desserts to die for. The fried peach pie was amazing. Second favorite was the creame burle bread pudding. You will love this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We always visit Cotton when we are in Monroe to see family. We live in SW FL and have great restaurants so we were excited when Cotton opened, giving us a great place to eat when in town. We ended up here 2 out of 4 nights...one night at Chef Cory's other place, Nonna. Our first night, our table enjoyed the venison schnitzel and the rib eye...all delicious. The second night, 2 fish entrees, apps, and the chicken & waffles. I loved the chicken & waffles. They certainly have fun cocktails too."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. I have loved each experience that I have had there. Ive been 4 or 5 times and not once did I walk away disappointed. I walked away with a much lighter wallet but your paying for atmosphere, and atmosphere you receive. Its great for date nights. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We went to Restaurant Cotton for our anniversary & it didn't disappoint. We had Muscovy Duck Wraps as an appetizer. I have a version of this that I do, but admit Cotton's is better. For dinner, my wife had Shrimp and Grits and I had the Venison Schnitzel. According to my wife, the Shrimp and Grits were the best she'd ever had. The grits themselves, which also accompanied my dish, were unlike any either of us had had before...a creamy texture with great flavor. I tried the venison because I am NOT a fan of deer meat. They made a believer out of me. Delicious. The waitress was friendly, attentive but not bothersome. The prices were very reasonable. The only slightly low mark we have for them is the cocktails were on the meager side."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We had a super yummy dinner here. We sampled the duck wraps, fried green tomatoes and duck fat fries - all superb. For entrees we ordered the crab and gnocchi; shrimp with Arkansas grits; and the duck entree. Each was amazing in its own rite, although the shrimp won hands down as the favorite at the table. We also tasted the bread pudding and Mississippi mud pie - the mud pie was the best!!! Only thing I wished we'd changed was our seating location. We were right by the front door, which provided a great view of passersby and sunlight, but made for a crowded feel being by the hostess station and blasts of hot air (and the occasional fly). We would dine here again...."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food, service, atmosphere. Always have a great experience at cotton."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Service was top notch. Our waiter was very accommodating and he was very attentive to our wants and needs. The food is always the best. And the duck fat fries are to die for. The only glitch was that as they were bringing our food out they dropped one of the meals. But they were very apologetic and were quick to fix the problem, bringing out a fresh order. It was the first time for my 3 guests and they all were blown away by the whole experience. Sure to return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my first time going to cotton. I never had food so so good in my life. If I could I eat there everyday. Everyone read this get the bake potato."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything down to the service was excellent here!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times. The menu I sever changing according to the seasons and EVERYTHING is great. Especially the duck wraps."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "If you can only go to one restaurant in Monroe make it this one. If this restaurant was in New Orleans it would be in the top 10! Staff, Food and Ambiance are the best. Got there early on a Tuesday night, and the place was packed when we left."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was delish, (We had the Pepper Jelly appetizer, then I had the Shrimp and Grits, my husband had the Oyster Poboy... both outstanding) and atmosphere beautiful. Thank you Cory for opening this dining experience in Monroe, LA. Can not wait to return...goal: to try everything on the menu! Waitstaff could have been just a tad more attentive, but extremly knowledable and pleasant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had read the reviews but admit to having been somewhat skeptical. This is a great restaurant with creative and delicious food, excellent service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What a great find in Monroe! Loved every aspect of it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our lunchtime visit was great! Our server, Marcel, was skilled. The food was superb. Simple fare, a pork sandwich with fries for my wife, ribs and potato salad for me. Fresh ingredients, innovative recipes, and expert preparation and presentation made the meal a real treat."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service is exceptional with friendly waiters that are happy to serve you. The food is the best in town... with items on the menu that are not available at most places."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "i took my father and stepmother there for brunch; they aren't normally foodies but they absolutely loved their choices. we had the shredded pork on a huge biscuit, buttermilk pancakes and toad in the hole with the bacon wrapped duck muscovy to start. my father had a local beer, my stepmother had a mimosa and i had a pimm's cup which she actually preferred so we traded. the waiter was a polite young man who paid us a lot of attention and had lively conversation. we sat outside overlooking the river. the building is over 200 years old and you could tell the restaurant respected that history in their ambience and decor. i would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great dining experience. We were seated up stairs in a semi private area (we were the only ones in the room) our party of 7 were able to visit and carry on conversation while sharing a great food."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Every time we eat at Restaurant Cotton we are amazed at the creative menu and just how much we enjoy dining there. The food that is served is just as delicious as the menu describes it and we always leave wanting to come back for more. At this last visit, we started with the pimento cheese beignets and were not disappointed: warm, creamy pimento cheese inside the crisp beignet, topped off with a bite of pickled green tomato - perfection! They were also kind enough to indulge my preference for scrambled eggs instead of poached when I ordered the Pork and Eggs. By the way, the biscuits are also just as you would expect - not too doughy, not too "short" - just right. Their shrimp and grits are probably the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Every time I'm in Monroe (used to live there), I make a visit to Cotton. Inventive, tasty food combinations. Two of us had the redfish, one had a salad, and another the burger (because of the bacon jam). I have never had a bad meal here. I would add some more salad to the redfish dish. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Incredible food and great atmosphere for a romantic anniversary dinner. Only complaint was lack of waiting staff. Had to wait for refills and other things, but wait staff did try to hard to make up for the lack of help. We will definitely make a trip back to Cotton. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This place is awesome. Great specialty cocktails. Great selection of beers and wines. The food is from local sources fresh and delicious. The service was too notch. One of our favorite places!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Restaurant Cotton has in the past been consistently unreliable. Last 3 visits not only was the food almost inedible, but service was extremely lacking. The only reason I made this reservation was the availability of a somewhat isolated area for our group of 10. Surprisingly, the stars were aligned, and everything was perfect. From appetizers (duck wraps always good ) to desert, food was wonderful and service impeccable. Hoping this is a new trend."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I just love everything about this restaurant! The drinks, appetizers, food, desserts, and even the decor! I've not been to a restaurant anywhere in Louisiana that I like more than Cotton. Can't wait to go back.."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great, I've never been anywhere like it. We had reservations at 6 and had most of the upstairs to ourselves, it was quiet and we were really able to visit and enjoy the experience. The food was amazing and was prepared so quickly! Our waitress really made the experience that much better. We asked a lot of questions and her help was very resourceful. The location was confusing to get to but worth it in the end. We will be going back again! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits was great.....pig board not so much"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This cajun/creaole quizine is truely remarkable. The menu has everything from a down-home southern dish to something truely unique. I definitely see myself going back. If you haven't tried Cotton yet, its truely a great experience. For lunch, the meatloaf sandwich is especially scrumptious!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Took my mom out for Mother's Day dinner on Saturday night. Most of our problems were the hostess' fault. She asked us if upstairs was OK and since we had never been upstairs we didn't know to just say no. My elderly mother almost didn't make it up the steep stairs (and coming back down was worse). Then we were put at a high bar table where my mother's legs didn't reach the chair rail. It was extremely uncomfortable (and eventually painful) so we had to ask to move to a regular table. The bar room where we were seated was intermittently very noisy (patio door slamming, dumping ice at the bar, etc). The wait staff did a fine job though. The food was great. The roasted oysters were delicious but one piece of bread is ridiculous. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food here is excellent! I really enjoyed their drinks too, and look forward to going back soon."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "You'd expect to find a restaurant of this caliber in New Orleans, not Monroe, La. This restaurant is truly a gem. On my flight from Houston into Monroe, I struck up a conversation with a fellow passenger, and she highly recommended the duck wrap as a starter. I don't typically order duck, but I have to say, it is the very BEST starter I've ever had! Just delicious! Our entrees were cooked to perfection (you could cut the filet with your fork), and the service was outstanding! Round off your meal with the pear tart -- OMG!!! Also, just loved the ambience of the restaurant; very tastefully decorated and comfortable. Highly Recommend!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was great. The wait staff was sharp. So delicious!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have spent our last two anniversaries with Cotton and have enjoyed every minute of it - the drinks, the food, the service is outstanding and we always get the table for two at the front window! Couldn't ask for anything better except if maybe he would open a Bed and Breakfast in some quaint part of the area! We'd GO!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My husband & I had a wonderful time! We was greeted by our waiter as soon as we say down! Great environment for a special evening with your loved one or for a get together with friends and/or family!! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone!!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Cotton is the rare gem that has re-engineered the palate through gastronomique artistry! Food is meant to be loved and Cotton loved exposing our table to a dynamic arrangement of magnificent flavors. We enjoyed: the oyster and duck appetizer (nothing should be as good as that duck before you eat an entree and this broke all the rules on amazing); for entrees we had the Cobia (special entree for the night) and trio of Filet."
    Dined on 5/3/2014