The Cottage Wellesley
The Cottage Wellesley

The Cottage Wellesley

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cottagewellesley.com/
  • Phone: 7812391100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Ssaturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday 9:00am - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alex DeCarli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Seating for up to 28
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Rielly x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Cottage Wellesley
The Cottage Wellesley 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Cottage Wellesley reviews from OpenTable diners
218 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (104)great for lunch (102)great for brunch (78)kid-friendly (64)good for groups (64)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (43)great for outdoor dining (32)hot spot (21)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Great Food
    Sherie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was amazing but our server didnt really know the menu and could not offer suggestions on food or wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, tactless waiter
    Lizzie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I loved the restaurant. It was absolutely gorgeous. My eggs benedict was great. But, I was disappointed in two things. First, in Wellesley you cannot even get a mimosa/bloody Mary before noon. It would have been helpful if the restaurant menu online said this. I would have pushed back our reservation because, in my opinion, it isn't brunch without a mimosa! The second issue had to do with the waitstaff. When I signed up online to get the Cottage email newsletter, I got this great gift of a coupon for 20% off. I was really excited. However, since we were hosting another couple, I was surprised when the waiter loudly announced to everyone in the party..."oh, and I took your 20% off because you used the coupon!". Not cool!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance, Average Food
    SusieQ
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were really looking forward to a special meal with great ambiance. The ambiance was great with nice tables and heated outdoor seating. However, the food was bland and lacked imagination in its preparation. The salmon in particular was flavorless and tiny in portion (roughly 2oz!) Had a nice time with friends but wished I didn't use up my daily caloric intake on that food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    Zaze
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed the ambience at The Cottage, and the bar area looked fun, but the food was very mediocre. The calamari was soggy, the quality of the ahi and duck was sub-par. The presentation was nice but the food wasn't worth it. We may go back for a drink, but we won't eat here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but small mishap!
    JLWCVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Traveling to natick and found this great spot. The food was amazing. We told the hostess we had a reservation and please check us in on open table. They did not! And now open table says we did not honor our reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grammy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good place to meet up with friends. Nice wine list and good food choices. Only suggestion would be: less sauce on the dishes. Can be too rich and heavy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great but Service Only Fair
    Contented
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our party of six was very pleased with the food, especially the eggplant fries. The only drawback was that the service was spotty and slow. There didn't seem to be a reason for the service issues since it was a Wednesday night so the place was not overly packed. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal, but very noisy
    flowerlady
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our scallop dinners, which were artfully presented. The portions were just right -- we were satisfied, but did not take home leftovers. The scallops were tender, the chanterelle mushrooms were awesome, the potatoes, spring peas, and baby carrots were also very good. Unfortunately, the noise level reduced our level of enjoyment, making another visit unlikely.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but noisy
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and service on the patio. I do not go to The Cottage unless I can get outdoor seating as the dining room is extremely noisy. The patio is relaxing and quiet enough for conversation. Wish the owner would find a solution to the noise problem and we would return often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    Gerda
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had higher hopes of this restaurant -- the menu looked like it would have excellent fresh fare. Instead we received large portions of mid-range execution. The bartenders hustled. The woman bartender was fabulous at customer service, speed, and pour. The salads were terrific. My chicken piccata was chicken lumps with artichoke heats bathed in olive oil. No delicate lemon sauce. Few capers. No attention to the thinness or the quality of the meat. My partner's steak frites featured tough beef hacked in chunks sided by standard rough cut fries. Little seasoning or finesse. Desert was unimaginative and poorly done. Mostly sugar and fat. Waitress' timing bad. Many diners lacked basic table manners. Overall, not a gastronomic success.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Junior
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    the food was very good, I enjoyed the meal, the waiter was nice and friendly but not on his game at least that night. Two or three times we asked for bread and never received it at all, (even the table next to us offered to share their bread) he also forgot our drinks and we had to remind him twice. The receptionist was exceptional, we were meeting from different places and the traffic was awful, telephone and told them and waiting for arrival we were nearly 45 minlate and they were wonderful, seating us immediately. I would certainly return for dinner and or lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner!
    FoodieWannaBe
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was flavorful! The waitress was knowledgeable and very pleasant! An excellent venue!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The cottage is always good. Service is wonderful, drinks are amazing and the food is consistently good. I always know i am getting a good meal here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Came to The Cottage to celebrate a friends birthday. The food was very good. Eggplant fries, Steak Frites, Mahi Tacos, Nachos, and Glazed Salmon. Everyone in the party was satisfied with their meals. The Nachos and Eggplant fries were hits. The only downside was the service was very slow for a Wednesday night. Arrived and ordered drinks at 6:30. Decided to skip the dessert and check arrived at 9pm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    MedfieldResident
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious heart of palms salad with shrimp and lump crab--perfect for brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats
    eatwell2day
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have dined at The Cottage frequently and have found the menu interesting, the food very good, prices are not too high and we especially like that we can make a reservation, which is not possible at many good restaurants. The wait staff is generally outstanding. My only complain is at times the front desk/reception is not very attentive to the waiting guests. At one point we had a reservation and were told there would be a short wait. Not only did we wait a long time, they completely forgot about us until we asked again about being seated and we ended up waiting about an hour while walk-ins were seated ahead of us. That was rather irritating. All in all we enjoy dining there as it is a local spot with good food and close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seaside
    Reinaldo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place has the look and feel of a seaside cottage. Love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Staple
    md7716VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Another can't miss meal at the Cottage. The food, the drink, the service and the atmosphere is dialed-in. We'll keep coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Long
    aea232
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My friend and I were seated right away upon checking in. Our waiter was at our table within minutes and took our drink order. However, it took about 10 minutes until we got our drinks. We then ordered. Our waiter asked us if we wanted bread, of which it took another 10 minutes to get. Lack of efficiency was a pattern throughout the evening as it took us an hour to get our food. We both ordered the exact same thing- sweet potato crusted cod. The fish was slightly undercooked, there were 4 pieces of steamed asparagus, and 4 roasted measly potato slices. The restaurant was crowded, but we saw larger parties who were seated after us get their food well in advance. I could only take so many drink refills!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, though hoping for brunch
    FoodisLove
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I ate here on a Saturday afternoon. The ambiance is great and since we came right when they opened we had plenty of tables to choose from. While our food was good, I was disappointed to find that they do not serve their brunch menu on Saturdays (which is not apparent from their website). I overheard other people buying bloody marys and mimosas, so I don't think we were the only ones in a brunch mood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at The Cottage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I requested a table outside on the patio and that's what we got. The service was excellent - an extremely nice waiter, not too attentive but most helpful and pleasant. I wish I could remember his name.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpeted food find in Wellesley
    newenglandtraveler
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    After viewing the "READ MY PINS" exhibit at Wellesley College, we went to THE COTTAGE at 190 Linden Street. My friend had enjoyed lunch at the Chestnut Hill location for THE COTTAGE and highly recommended we try the original in Wellesley. We were not disappointed in any way. Bright, cheerful dining room, attentive wait staff and great summer food choices made the dining experience at THE COTTAGE a great ending to a wonderful summer afternoon. The location is near the WELLESLEY SQUARE MBTA train stop with an enjoyable 10 minute walk to THE COTTAGE. Because the restaurant is located on the Linden Street side of a shopping plaza, there is plenty of off street parking to be had. We will return again to this great "food find" in Wellesley.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    SailorBob43
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The four of us had an excellent lunch on an early Sunday afternoon. The crab cakes were very good, omelet more than generous, and chicken salad good as ever. The server was fantastic - cheerful, energetic, and very gracious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Brunch
    BrunchBuddy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The Oatmeal Pancakes (stuffed with choice of blueberries or bananas) and Crab-cake Benedict are absolutely fabulous! Always a lovely place to enjoy brunch. There is an outdoor seating area, but I'm not keen on eating outside listening to traffic on a busy street.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very cozy environment
    KMark1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The overall experience was good. I wouldn't say great because the service could've been a little better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kid-Friendly Friday Night Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I had a very nice meal with our 7 month old daughter and my in-laws. The menu has something for everyone. I had the steak frites which was great. I also had a couple of bites of my husband's warm goat cheese salad which was good as well. They were several families dining with their kids on a Friday evening which encourages me to come back with my daughter. I only wish the server came by so I could have ordered a 2nd glass of wine. Oh well!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    It's unfortunate this restaurant is declining in quality. Their food used to be much better. I will not be going back any soon. It used to be one of our favorite in the area. We will go back May be in a year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten Free Delight
    solly
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very responsive to gluten free requirement with a special full course menu. Able to order anything an d assured it is prepared gluten free
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Lunch
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a lovely lunch in the light-filled dining area. Service was attentive--they even responded graciously to my request to turn the air conditioning down. Food was beautifully presented and generous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable for meeting a friend
    janecanquilt
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The menu and the service were just right for getting together with a friend on a hot summer evening. The lobster Cobb salad was a perfect choice and an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was so-so
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been to this restaurant several times, and always pleased. However, the food was only so-so this past Saturday evening, so we were a bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AverageVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Cottage has consistently good food. My favorite is the goat cheese chicken salad with walnuts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We think eating at The Cottage is a delightful experience. The food is consistently tasty and the service is always personable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    ssku
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent soup and salad. the appetizers were generous sized portions. good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good-getting skimpier for $
    Lymesme
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've always loved the cottage's fresh food + atmosphere and that it is not a chain. Over the years their small, but noticed changes are putting the cottage further down on my list. First they changed their fantastic bread to their now standard generic rolls, then their prices increased, the portions decreased, and now the quality of their dishes are slowly declining. My lunch entree 'chopped' salad was a large handful of tired greens- had so little cheese I didn't even know it was there, 2 spears of asparagus (one of the highlighted veggies) and not too much more to offset the inflated price tag. I got it 'with chicken', which was also chopped- and seriously about 2oz worth- about a quarter cup- not worth the extra $6 in the least. Sad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad choice of food
    Marathon
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My daughter & I ordered short ribs on stir fry noodles. It was horrible. Rib was small & too fatty; stir fry much too greasy. This isn't a $25 dinner. I should have sent it back but that bothers my daughter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Work lunch
    BethVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Perfect place for a work lunch, and I'm sure it fits all the other marks.... thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    Diane
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great service, great atmosphere, great food.....nothing that was not really good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    md7716VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Decided to switch it up and just go with starters for a casual night. The Cottage Nachos are unreal. Definitely get them if you want some great comfort food. We love the Cottage and have nothing but great things to say. It's a date night staple for us. Cheers!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We dine at the Cottage at least three times a month.....although it can be a bite noisy, we usually can carry on a conversation with no problem. The food is consistent, & the wait staff always happy & helpful. Never feel rushed there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.