The Cottage Chestnut Hill
The Cottage Chestnut Hill

The Cottage Chestnut Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cottagechestnuthill.com/
  • Phone: 6179165413
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Kiley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hammond Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Cottage Chestnut Hill
The Cottage Chestnut Hill has it’s origin in two different lifestyles. John grew up surfing the beaches of Southern California. Laura grew up in Wellesley and is the third generation in her family to have a business in town. Our decor, service and food reflect the casualness and familiarity of So Calif and the sophistication and warmth of New England. Please take a moment to say hello on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage! — John + Laura
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Cottage Chestnut Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (76)neighborhood gem (69)good for groups (57)great for brunch (54)kid-friendly (40)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (7)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • They seem to train the waitstaff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2011
    They seem to train the waitstaff to talk to customers a lot, which we find intrusive. We're there to talk with each other, not the waitstaff. Sorry. Still the food's good, the price is right, and the ambiance is quite pleasant. Perfect for going out during the week.
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  • Will not be going back too soon.
    ABES
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    Have been going to The Cottage in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley quite often this summer. This past visit made me rethink The Cottage as a meeting place to dine with friends. The noise level was so loud, I was screaming to be heard and had to strain to hear my friend. The restaurant was very busy and it appeared the staff was a bit frazzled. Our server seemed inexperienced and could not answer our questions about the menu. My tuna niciose salad was not up to par and we noticed many dishes being returned.
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    Not much you can do about noise if people talk. Food is always good
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second visit.
    TheBurlingtonGroup
    Dined on 8/8/2011
    This was my second visit. I had Chicken Picata this 1st time. It was very good- portions were generous and the chicken was light. I had Mahi-Mahi the next time. It was perfect- moist and flakey with a small orchid to adorn the plate. Portion sizes were large and the appetizers were huge. A fun and visually pleasing restaurant. Easy parking. I'll definitely return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great place for Sunday Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    After reading the reviews I expected an awful service:) which was not the case. We went for brunch to the Cottage Chestnut Hill and had a great time. Staff were professional and friendly and the food was really nice! A great place for Sunday Brunch, the only thing is they open at 11:30AM. You cannot do an early brunch there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    While the restaurant was lovely and the food was excellent, the noise level was too high for my taste. Could barely hear by friend talking.
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  • Very noisy restaurant. We
    mellenVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Very noisy restaurant. We went on a Friday night and they were quite busy - the service staff seemed hard pressed to keep up. Food was good, nothing spectacular but just fine for a quick dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasant decor, generous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Very pleasant decor, generous portions. Delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our dinner at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    We enjoyed our dinner at the Cottage but found it more expensive than expected. One app, one entree, one entree salad and one beer cost $60. We had the crab cakes which were good themselves but had a noodle addition on top that didn't add anything. Nicoise salad had a good amount of tuna but should have had more additional toppings-- too many greens in relation to anything else. Ambiance was lovely and no complaints about the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious-each
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    The food was delicious-each one unique and flavorful. The service was outstanding-our waiter really knew his stuff, he was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, good spot, glad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2011
    good food, good spot, glad it's in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch option in Chestnut Hill
    FrankophileVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2011
    I had had a nice lunch at the Cottage in Chestnut Hill soon after it had opened last May, and based on that experience chose it when meeting a friend for lunch recently. The Cottage did not disappoint. It's a lovely place to have lunch -- open, airy, and with a nice selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. This time I had the half sandwich (I chose chicken salad)/cup of soup (a delicious roasted red pepper bisque special)combo; my friend had a stuffed avocado salad. There are also hot entrees offered, including a quiche of the day, which I had enjoyed during my first visit. Ingredients seem very fresh, and the service is professional. The Cottage is a very welcome addition to the Chestnut Hill dining scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I love the Cottage for lunch
    JBogo
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    I love the Cottage for lunch and dinner, so i decided to try the Sunday brunch. The food was o.k. at best. My omelet was good, however it was basiclly an egg stufed with guacamole and nothing else. My boyfriend's sandwich looked deliscious, but when he picked it up- the bottom slices of bread were completely wet and soggy. I will still go to cottage for lunch and dinner, but im not sure if I will go back for the brunch.
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  • Perfect for family brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    We went with a family group and had a nice, relaxed brunch. Excellent french fries! Crab and shrimp salad was a generous portion but the crab meat was a little bland. Patient waitstaff, lots of coffee refills, pretty environment and a happy group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu - Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    I was very pleasantly surprised with this new restaurant. Great first impression; light airy spotlessly clean, well decorated. Staff was efficient and pleasant. Then the food came. There were 3 of us and we each thoroughly enjoyed all food. I really couldn't find anything to complain about - a first for for me! And we split a dessert that didn't just look good, it tasted it too. I often go out to eat alone too and the bar looked spacious and comfortable at which to eat so I plan to return very soon. P.S. I have no relationship to this restaurant. i just really liked it. a great addition to the neighborhood. Now if someone would open a late night ice cream / dessert place like we used to have with Bailey's I"d be happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A very good to excellent for
    pattiVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    A very good to excellent for all. Decoration is of a beach cottage- light and airy. Good is consistently very good- even small salads enough for a dinner for a light eater. Server was very helpful and enthusiastic. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food here is decent but
    joelawyerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    The food here is decent but the service was absolutely awful the one time we went. It took nearly a half hour after we ordered just to get our drinks and bread. When our entrees finally arrived one of them was no what we had ordered. Normally, we might chalk this up to a bad night, but we have heard reports from others with similar experiences. Hopefully, the restaurant will get their act together. Until then, I would advise staying away.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant needs to work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    The restaurant needs to work out the kinks with the on-line reservations. We had 7:30pm reservation, but had to wait for 20mins to get our table. Otherwise, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunately this place is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    Unfortunately this place is so good that soon they will no longer take reservations and we will have trouble getting a table!,, steal gem
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We don't have a lot of restaurant
    pamnessVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    We don't have a lot of restaurant choices in Chestnut Hill, so the opening of The Cottage was eagerly awaited. I found decor quite nice, the noise level excessive and the food mediocre. I will not be back any time soon.
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  • Food is very good. Like the
    TicketsVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    Food is very good. Like the "lite" aspect...refreshing. Much too noisy in most of the restaurant.
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  • Good Neighborhood Choice
    Betsy1224VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2011
    We went to the recently opened Cottage in Chestnut Hill as it's close to our home, and I ate once at The Cottage in Wellesley and thought it was quite good. Our group of 4 adults went with modest expectations and were pleasantly surprised by the variety of menu offerings and quality of preparation. While the servers are all quite young, they're anxious to please and quite attentive. We'll definitely go back as The Cottage is conveniently located, doesn't require dressing up and the food is a good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • I'm really enjoying the new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2011
    I'm really enjoying the new Cottage in Chestnut Hill since it's so close to home. Came here for dinner and was very happy with both the service and the quality of the food and wine. Normally I do brunch but dinner is definitely on my list from now on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2011
    Food and service was excellent. Comparing The Cottage at Chestnut to The Cottage in Wellesley, I prefer the Chestnut location
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  • Well it is nice to have the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    Well it is nice to have the restaurant here since we are running out of choices. It has a very nice menu. I would think to go more for lunch/brunch than dinner though we both had drinka, full dinners, steaks, salad. The nachos's were great. Nice environment The chocolate cake desert was great. Nice clean feel. I am sure it will do well there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The griddled Mahi-Mahi tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2011
    The griddled Mahi-Mahi tacos were delicious! Everyone was very happy with their meal, including my husband, who ordered the brick chicken - moist, flavorful and delicious. The server was delightful and was very attentive with refilling the iced tea on a 103 degree day. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had been to The Cottage
    SKRK
    Dined on 7/21/2011
    I had been to The Cottage in Wellesley and very much enjoyed the decor, from the beautiful wood floors to the summer-like atmosphere echoed in the lighting, wall colors and paintings. This new Cottage in Chestnut Hill is exactly the same and just as pleasant. Our server put up with our jokes and was very attentive. The food was excellent. We live and work just a few miles from this restaurant and we'll be back!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed.....sadly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2011
    I had high hopes but I was disappointed. The service was frantic and rushed. Our waitress looked terrified every time we asked for something. The staff appeared young and undertrained. 12 waiters standing around doing nothing and the next minute, service was non existent. Food was good although seemed to be just 'plonked' on the plates. My plate taken away before my two other diners had finished. Our waitress at the end of the night (when we were trying to pay) was sitting folding napkins and we had to go find her. Lovely interiors and interesting menu but doesn't make up for sloppy service.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food; fix the noise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2011
    The only issue that kept this from being a five star was the noise. The acoustics in here are really terrible and it was difficult to have conversation with my dinner date. We asked to be moved from the back room because we really couldn't hear at all. They graciously brought us into the main dining room but the noise was still at a very high level. They really need to install something that absorbs the noise better; I would recommend this place as long as you know that it is going to be a very noisy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    pjbrVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2011
    Salads listed as "grilled vegetables" and "shrimp/crabmeat" were lacking quantities of both; they were mostly greens - very overpriced. The salmon special was so "fishy" it had to be returned. I understand that this being a new entity in CH, folks are eager to try it... I doubt many will return. Malbec was reasonably priced and good; the vintage however was incorrect on the menu - listed as "2009" we got 2010.
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  • This location is so convenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    This location is so convenient its hard to pass up but still does not live up to the Wellesley location. The service was good but the food not quite up to the quality I expected though not horrible. One of our party ordered a mixed drink that she had to return, it was not at all properly mixed. The waiter asked what else she might like to drink and took the other drink back without any problem. I so hope that this location will finally get its act together.
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  • So glad there is two now...
    ScottR
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    So glad there is two now... Welleseley location is great and this is almost a carbon copy.. just love the food and atmosphere, definitely a great place to have a meal
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The Cottage has a relaxed,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2011
    The Cottage has a relaxed, beachy feeling with a cool, neutral, architecturally-savvy interior. It was full, with a talkative crowd. Both the hamburger and lobster club were large and tasty. The fries were crisp and delicious. The chicken tortilla soup had a nice flavor although I found it a bit oily. I would return here for a fun evening out.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Best Fish Tacos! Generous
    lsullVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2011
    Best Fish Tacos! Generous portions of good food, reasonable prices, good service and a nice atmosphere. Perfect for a family dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • As usual, and as experienced
    RCP1VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2011
    As usual, and as experienced at the Wellesley site as well, the food was great, the service great, but the front desk crew cold as ice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decided the try a new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    Decided the try a new restaurant and was richly rewarded with The Cottage. We had a 7:30P reservation and still had to wait another 10 minutes to get it. The place was hopping! And well deserved. We loved everything we had, including the specially made cocktails. Well done! I'll be back!!!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice dinner here. First
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    Very nice dinner here. First time that I've been to The Cottage. The highlight of the evening was our server. when I didn't really like my entree selection (decent, but bland) he switched it for what my partner was having--scallops (excellent!). Truly excellent customer service and we'll be back. The raspberry bread pudding was divine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Sustainable Rest. Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2011
    This new restaurant in a prime area offers local, sustainable, and organic food. It is unfortunate when such good product is not treated with the respect it deserves resulting in over done hamburgers, burnt "fried" artichokes, and goopy tasteless fish chowder. The LA Burger was the tipping point. The burger was ordered cooked well done. It had a tomato relish that had a bad sour taste, what seemed like a cup of goat cheese on the top, and there were no crispy shallots. Also, the bread was served with butter that looked broken and curdled. The server should have caught this mistake. I don't believe that this restaurant serves local sustainable or organic food. I would NOT recommend this to anyone.
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  • We loved it. Friendly, attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2011
    We loved it. Friendly, attentive service, great cocktails, varied menu, beautifully presented food. Lovely, fresh, open feeling decor. We enjoyed fish tacos, parmesan crusted haddock, chicken piccata, all with interesting sides, and shared a terrific chocolate dessert. We'll be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • worth doing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2011
    This is a great restaurant. I have been both to the Wellesley location and the Chestnut hill location and both were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate