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
164 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (74)neighborhood gem (67)great for brunch (55)good for groups (50)kid-friendly (35)fit for foodies (31)special occasion (27)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (11)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good lunch to chat with old friends
    biglee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Met old friends we haven't seen for a couple of years for late lunch at 1pm on a Monday. Were able to get a good booth at a window, the place was mostly empty and the noise level was low enough we could easily talk. (That's not true when the place is busy on a weekend night - one big open room with no dividers and lots of hard surfaces makes talking and hearing each other difficult at those times and no feeling of privacy.) Service was attentive without being intrusive. Didn't pay much attention to the food so it was at least good or better. I'm a large man and I appreciated that the booth table was movable. They let us linger over coffee - the place was empty and they didn't need the table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveLegal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was terrific. We had a variety of entrees and one appetizer. The noise level was great and our service was great. The manager even came over and gave us a card for a free appetizer to use the next time we go. The prices were a tad higher than I expected but not overwhelming. The portion of a glass of wine seemed a bit small but again not overwhelmingly small. They had no stouts or porters on the menu which was a surprise. Overall, we were pleased and would go again. Even though the parking lot is crowded since there are several businesses in the same area, we were able to find a good space.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delightful - Delicious - Not Noisy
    Gloriacharlene
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner. Tuna nachos appetizer messy to eat but tasty with drinks. Good portions made entrees shareable. Waitress was outstanding. We felt unhurried and it was quiet enough that we could talk comfortably. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Place
    theyoungfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Recently, I dined with my family at the cottage and once again, it was spectacular! The homemade bread, nachos, salads and burgers are delicious! I highly recommend going !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Very tasty with great service
    EatingOutATreat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was a little reluctant to meet in a mall for dinner but this was a gem. Outside was beautifully landscaped and made it feel more like a neighborhood restaurant. Our waitress was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Overall but...
    KpriscellaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had reservations for 4 for 7:00. Warning - The Cottage won't seat you until your entire party is there (which I feel is a bit annoying - I much prefer Legal Seafood (which is next door) who will seat you right away). One of our party was a little late so we had to wait. Once we were seated, we waited more. Our server seemed overly busy (the restaurant wasn't that busy) and then we also had to wait a long time for our meal. The food was good but I have to say that I had the lobster cobb salad and there wasn't much lobster on it for $21+, the service was OK. I guess it was just an off night. Honestly, next time I'll probably go to Legal - a little more consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK not Great
    Boston
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent drinks! Would have been nice to have a napkin under the glasses when you are sitting outside.Condensation dripped through the table slats onto our feet. Food was a little disappointing. Used to get two crab cakes now there is one. It was a generous size but seemed like less than when there where two. Salmon also seemed smaller and the piece was broken apart, perhaps they were checking to see how done it was? The duck was boring. Tasted OK but had no sauce to speak of and very little in the way of vegetables with it. We ordered mixed grilled vegetables on the side which also seemed to lack much specific taste or grill flavor. It would have a nice touch to have been offered fresh ground pepper or to have a pepper mill on the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    uzzy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They were overwhelmed and the wait staff just kept apologizing for the ineptitude of the kitchen. This was supposed to be a birthday celebration, but it was a disaster. When our dinners finally arrived, one was missing and my daughter had to wait twenty minutes more because they said they lost the ticket. Food was cold and our waiter had to be tracked down several times just to get water or drinks. He said they would comp the appetizers yet when the bill came, they were still there. When he left to adjust it, he returned with someone else's bill. We will not be returning.
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  • Nice ambiance and food
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service at this location can be spotty depending on the time of day. We typically dine early with a toddler and have had trouble getting good service. However, at peak busy times service is more acceptable. Food here is good and consistent quality. They do update their menu with seasonal items too which is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our second time there ..great.
    Bostonlover
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We loved "Cottage" the first time we dined there and loved the SUnday brunch this past weekend. The food is so fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented. The service was great and the setting is bright and inviting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • creativefoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our waiter was less than enthusiastic! We had to stop him 3 times for different needs. The food was good----a bit sparse. I was still hungry and so w's the rest of my group. Very uninteresting presentation of food. Even at home we try to present in accretive way!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for families
    TonyM
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My wife and I along with our 8-month old dined at The Cottage for our 7th anniversary. The place was at about 90% capacity which is impressive for a Monday evening. We ordered the duck, salmon, and crab cakes (apps), all were delicious, particularly the duck which was quite scrumptious and highly recommended, great flavor. The salmon was grilled well, full of flavor, not heavy on any sauces or spices that take over a great fish, and the crab cakes had nice large chunks of crab meat. Our waiter, Michele, was very attentive to our needs even when we didn't ask, he was excellent. Overall it was another excellent experience at The Cottage.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We celebrate my husband's birthday here and everything was wonderful. The food as usual was great. My husband ordered the BBQ steak tips and he loved them (although he doesn't really eat steak). I ordered the sweet-potato crusted cod and it was light and flaky. Let's not forget to mention the Asian ribs (phenomenal). The best part of the whole night was our server (although I can't recall her name at the moment). She was very attentive but not intrusive at all. I would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu changes
    McjcVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    When the cottage first opened in chestnut hill, we would have given the food a much higher rating. Not sure if there's a new chef or not, but the changes are not good. The crusted cod dish was great and now is mediocre. Salads are still very good but skip the entrees.
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  • B+ Food for A+ Prices
    RSquareVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
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  • Not so great...
    lookingforgreatfood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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%.
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  • Misleading and
    PaoloC
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
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  • disappointing
    KimSVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The fish tacos were very disappointing this time. We usually like them.
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  • Good food
    ArielleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food and drinks! It's a little expensive so I only go for special occasions.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mindy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    dinner was lovely and the ease of obtaining a gluten free menus for a member of our group was seamless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch!
    Girl
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Cottage has the most delicious brunch. Try the California omelet- it is divine!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great dinner with family and small kids. Menu was diverse, service great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Lunch spot
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The California Caesar salad with avocado dressing is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Nice experience overall
    Lizz
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy birthday
    fineday
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than most.
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great!
    Neighbor
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning & Shopping Experience
    whiteflower
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Night to Celebrate.
    Designgirl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cottage sounds beachy
    JunkMail
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch options!
    OllieG
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Buttons209VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great place for dinning my family had a great time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner out at a restaurant!
    Rick
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    Suncactus
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing - A Frequent Diner
    GeorgeDVIP
    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.
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  • Would not recommend
    reviewer
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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  • tiila
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went there for a brunch on a late Sunday morning. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great bloody Maria
    tasjtime
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shoshy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Overpriced,food was okay,service good,wine overpriced for the quality
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