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The Cottage Chestnut Hill
The Cottage Chestnut Hill
  • Address:
    47 Boylston Street
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    Neighborhood:
    Chestnut Hill
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Cottage Chestnut Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cottagechestnuthill.com
  • Phone: (617) 916-5413
  • 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 + LauraContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "While the cottage serves pleasant and fresh food and will not disappoint or wow in terms of flavor. It's pricing approaches that of much higher end restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I would not recommend this place. My Mahi Tacos were uninspired and quite dry tasting. Too much cabbage and not enough sauce. Quite frankly, I've had better at chain restaurants for half the price. My friend got the Salmon which she asked for well done and it was not. Also, no better then chain restaurants, at double the price. The service was not so great either. The waiter seemed quite bored while taking our order and only returned one time to fill our water, and one time to bring the check. Then, he disappeared. He never returned to collect the check. Thankfully we were paying with cash but had to leave extra tip or we would have been waiting even longer for poor service. He certainly didn't deserve his over 20%."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We received a coupon via email offering is an anniversary gift of a free entree with the purchase of two entrees. We went the other night and informed our server about the coupon at the start of our meal. He wished us a happy anniversary. When it came time to settle up the bill, he, somewhat embarrassingly, informed us that the coupon would not work since you had to purchase 2 entrees to get a third one free. Who takes 3 people to an anniversary dinner ? The food itself was ok. We particularly liked the polenta cake appetizer. The Chicken Milanese entree was soggy and lacking flavor; the lobster sandwich was fair but it was hard to find the lobster. Overall an embarrassing evening and a mediocre dinner."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "dinner was lovely and the ease of obtaining a gluten free menus for a member of our group was seamless."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Cottage has the most delicious brunch. Try the California omelet- it is divine!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great dinner with family and small kids. Menu was diverse, service great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The California Caesar salad with avocado dressing is exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were a bit disappointed in the service by our waiter and the inability of him to provide us with bread to go with our meal. He told us that it was unavailable; however, after speaking to the front desk we were told that there was bread available for the asking but not generally served with Sunday brunch due to the other starches offered."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food did not impress me, my friend's plate was flavorless and the fruits on my french toast were not fresh and given little. The service was very good, our waitress was nice and felt casual. The front desk was sitting people when I arrived but the waiters and bartenders did not bother to speak with me at all. Although, overall fine experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "There was a problem when we got there as we sat and sat and no waiter. After about 15 minutes I went up to 2 waitpersons leaning on the wall and asked for service- at this point the manager came over and explained that the waiter for our table was in the kitchen & he didn't know about us. She was very apologetic and immediately gave us a server. From that moment on everything was very good. The food was excellent, good service and I had a letter giving me a free desert since I had a birthday June 23. I ordered the strudel with ice cream and shared it with my 2 friends. It was such a large desert I took half of it home. Yes I will go back to the Cottage. The prices are very reasonable for lunch."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A nice spot for brunch. Varied menu well prepared and presented. All staff were friendly and accommodating. Located in a nicer retail strip center (enterance around the back so may confound your gps). Definitely a hit for our party and will return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have eaten at both Massachusetts Cottage locations (La Jolla is on the list to visit) The food is always consistently excellent. The ahi tuna nachos are a must, to try. Two of our party ordered the hangar steak, it was cooked perfectly, and delicious! The other person in our party ordered the Chef's Special, a swordfish dish. Also excellent. For some reason, the Chestnut Hill location is easier to get a reservation, than Wellesley. The restaurant wasn't full during our visit. Shocking really, as the food and service were excellent, as usual."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Cottage at Chestnut Hill is conveniently located in a vibrant shopping area, and great place to stop for a bite while shopping or before a movie. Have been to the Cottage on several occasions and each time I have been slightly disappointed, as the description in the menu is often a bit different than what shows up at the table. For example, I ordered Chicken Piccata with the expectation that it would be prepared in traditional Italian style. Instead, chicken breast was not cut in half and did not appear to have been browned in olive oil. The flavoring was lemony and good, so overall I was happy. After our meal, our waiter presented the check without asking if we would like coffee or dessert. We were looking forward to both!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday with girlfriends. The food was great and everyone got something different. They had summer sangria which was tasty as well. We sat for a long while after dinner and no one asked for the table. Very enjoyable night out."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great spot! Food was excellent! Service was superb. Soda was lame-unfortunately. Places around CNH should always serve soda from a bottle or can (they charge enough not sure why they don't the fountain soda is NEVER good unless you go to Cheese Cake Factory!) the food at the Cottage was very fresh (there were 2 of us) we each had different fish. Very different flavors, served differently, perfectly cooked, presention was clean, specific&served with a smile. They even asked if we'd like bread 'n butter. Once seated there was no delay, no rush&everything was completely comfortable from start to finish! No complaints...except for the soda-which I don't take lightly...maybe keeping a few cans on hand would be good? Great spot for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Went to The Cottage for Father's Day brunch. They had a vast menu with options for everyone. The peach mimosas were to die for!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great place for dinning my family had a great time"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Title says it all. It was dinner out, nothing bad, nothing exceptional. I would go again, I would recommend it, but, just a decent, run of the mill experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "User error...booked Chestnut Hill and went to Wellesley. The hostess couldn't have been more gracious and understanding and we were seated in a short time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The Chestnut Hill location is a far cry from the standard of excellence typified by the Wellesley location. For starters the eggplant fries, the calamari, and the veggie burger were "exceptionally" greasy. An unfortunate distinction that strayed from the standard fare we had come to expect when dinning at the Wellesley location. The server agreed with our disappointment but indicated he had to defer to the chef who felt his fare set the standard. I cannot recommend this location and will not return but I can recommend the Wellesley location."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The waiter was attentive and friendly. We started with blood orange margaritas and we both thought they were way too salty. The chicken piccata had chunks of chicken in it instead of a nice cut of fattened chicken, and it had artichokes in it which I really didn't care for. The spaghetti in it was also overdone. We ordered the raspberry bread pudding for dessert to share and it was terrible. It was cold and dry, not at all what bread pudding should ever look like or taste like. we did not complain at the time, but we will not be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went there for a brunch on a late Sunday morning. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I've been to the cottage in La Jolla and loved it. This one was good, but lacked the charm of being literally in a cottage. That said, the décor is wonderful, the food is quite good, and substantial, and the bloody maria was just as I'd remembered it. I would recommend this for brunch, a day time event (like a shower) and for getting together with a group of friends."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Overpriced,food was okay,service good,wine overpriced for the quality"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Why should a nearly ten-dollar kids meal charge extra for milk? Otherwise, the comfort food is always great here."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great afternoon celebrating a high school graduation. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has a crisp feel to it with a great little bar area as well. The servers are attentive and helpful and the food was delicious. We both had the red snapper, which was cooked to perfection, and it had a lovely, delicately flavored lentil side to go with it. We shared a roasted vegetable salad that was just the right amount of crunchy and tasty. They have a very good sized room which was catering to a small group of people but the noise from that was not loud or offensive. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "After reading reviews I was a bit reluctant. But went anyway and was glad I did not listen to reviews about slow service or mediocre food and especially portion size. We could not finish our meals took them home. Our group had a great dinner everyone in our party was very happy with our meals and full. Great service too. Give it a try for yourself"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "What a nice find in a mall! Beautiful room, excellent apps, entrees were well presented and delicious. Will be sure to return."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "i do have a soft spot for the cottage because of the memories over the past 2 years. however, they always try to get a little too creative with their menu....i wish they would have more appetizer options and simple dishes/salads. service is always great and the restaurant is very pretty!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The front of the house is too big a room to be a "cottage" even though the furnishings make it look like one. We like this neighborhood restaurant for the convenience of its location and parking as well as the quality of its food and service."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This place is a a good one for lunch with lots of options for salads, sandwiches and lighter fare. They also had some combo options like soup and salad. Their dessert list could use some lighter options as well. The ambience is nice - large and airy, and the tables are far enough apart so you aren't bothered by conversations around you. Service was good."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Unlike previous visits, both the food and service were disappointing. We were embarrassed, as we had brought guests and had given a high recommendation. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I am happy to give this restaurant a good review. After I had made my reservation, I checked out the reviews (obviously the wrong way round!). Many of them were negative, however our experience was perfectly fine. We were greeted in a friendly manner, when we asked to be seated at a different table from the one suggested, it was no problem. Service was speedy and pleasant and we all enjoyed our meal a great deal. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "good food, fresh ingredients, tastefully prepared, presented and serve, reasonably priced"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We always order the chicken tortilla soup, which is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. the lamb burger also includes a delightful sauted onion and spice combination. The kitchen forgot to include sweet potato fries with the burger and the staff brought them out right away. Very attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "i have been to the Cottage a few times over the last couple of years. The food is good, but the wait staff is not as attentive as they should be. If this inattentiveness had only happened once, I would not comment, but I have noticed this deficit most times I have dined there."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to The Cottage. Our first experience was "okay"... good food, but slow service. We returned in the hope it would be better. Couldn't be more wrong. We were sat our reserved time, but after 20 minutes, not a single person had greeted us. It took getting up to go to the reception to finally get someone over to our table. Shocker, you'd think the 5 times our waitress stopped at their tables during those 20 minutes, she could have at least said "Hello, I'll be right with you." But, I digress... for the rest of dinner, she was incredibly perturbed. Like, it's our fault we waited 20 minutes for your non-service. Fish plate = good. "Chef's Special" Steak = mediocre at best. Thanks, but we won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We made a reservation for a recent Friday evening. In the past, we've enjoyed the food/drinks and the California vibe. This time it felt like a very mediocre experience for a lot of money. There are lots of places in the area with mediocre experiences for less $$$. When I greeted the reception desk with a friendly "Hi! How are you?", she responded to us like she thought I was trying to sell her something. Our rez request for a booth was ignored, but I get it, busy night. Our server seemed overloaded and unable to hear any exceptions to the standard. Requests for the soup without cheese on top (I'm dairy-intolerant), a drink refill, etc. - forget it. We weren't offered dessert and we paid and left. VERY disappointing for the $$$."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Went to the cottage with a group of 6 to celebrate a graduation. It was a great atmosphere, great food and service at a reasonable price. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014