Cotton

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls "hip". Both a classic neighborhood restaurant, named "One of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine, and a destination for diners throughout central New England, Cotton features sophisticated and eclectic comfort food, an extensive wine list featuring over 40 wines by the glass and holds the distinct honor of "Best Martinis in New Hampshire" 10 years in a row.

RESERVATIONS:
For parties greater than 6 people, contact COTTON directly at 603-622-5488.

Cotton does not accept reservations for the patio. The Patio is seated first come, first serve - weather permitting. All reservations are for indoor tables only.
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JS
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great portions. Fabulous drinks. Excellent service (Ashley was our server)

DP
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seating can be a bit tight... but nice atmosphere. I had the scallop appetizer...excellent, Chicken breast with a wine mushroom sauce,...cooked perfect and tasty.

DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good and the ambience was good, but don’t pat yourselves too hard on the back or you might break a rib. Noisy and pricey.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Second time here. First time it was off hours. First time good was very good and service was excellent. Tonight we went with reservations before the restaurant got full. Food was good, but service was extremely disappointing. Long periods waiting with empty glasses. No smiles or apologies from the server. Cocktails were some of the worst Manhattans I have had. Sat and became watered down with melted ice? Extremely disappointed. Wish we’d went elsewhere.

h
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always Cotton does not disappoint. Becky always gives exemplary service.

RF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find that went to on recommendations from Yelp! It did not disappoint! Great service and food at very fair price. Calamari was delicious to start and I had the Salmon special that I would have again if it was on the menu.

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

While the food was fascistic, our waitress simply was not.
Never introduced herself, took forever to take our drink order, to forever to bring bread (all the other tables around us got theirs the minute they sat down), finally took our food order. She never came back to ask how our meal was. I guess the only "good" thing she did was refilling our water glasses without us asking. I'd go back for the food and give the service one more try.

OT
New England
61 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was uninspiring. My salad was overdressed and the response to this was to bring an undressed salad with the dressing on the side. This is a solution, but in a better restaurant, they would have prepared it again. The scallop starter was also disappointing. I ordered this as an entree so the fact that I had sent back the salad because it was overdressed should have been a clue that the greens accompanying the scallops should also be dressed lightly. Instead, the greens were soaked in dressing and the scallops were tough/overcooked. My fellow diners were also unimpressed with their dinners.

S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The steak Diane was cold and bland. The service was sub par.

JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff and his staff went above and beyond to make our meal one to remember. The customer service at Cotton is impeccable and they go above and beyond. Of course, the food is amazing, too! Delicious every time I've been there.

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotton is my go-to restaurant for business as well as personal dinners. The staff is welcoming, the food is always delicious, and I find the entire dinner or lunch very relaxing and enjoyable.

JF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for the fried chicken and it was the best I've ever had!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Server-Peter-was excellent! Host could be a little friendlier. (All but 4-5 tables free-I asked for table where it was warm and he seated us two tables from door and didn’t say a word after we gave him our names. ? )It didn’t ruin the great food, drinks and service but just something to consider.

AC
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant by far in the area! Food and service never disappoints.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and a step above the norm. I'm not looking to be wowed I'm looking to be taken care of and I always leave content.

C
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Cotton for 11 years now and as usual, enjoyed every minute of it.

R
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, food was wonderful, the service was great

TG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender, server and food were excellent! Our friends had never been to Cotton before and it's now on their "must go back to" list!

OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was exceptional! We had the goat cheese appetizer and the basil marinara and goat cheese were outstanding. My fiancé ordered the Delmonico steak and I ordered the Salmon as I knew I would end up with a piece of the Delmonico - both were cooked to perfection and the pricing was very reasonable comparatively.

JW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date had the pumpkin ravioli and she loved it! The cranberries were a great addition! She loved the meal. I had the Salmon. It was out of this world. The asparagus was a little overdone and the rice was just OK. Overall we had a great dinner and the ambience was perfect!

JR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great here. The service was excellent, the food was great, and I found the noise level to be perfect to allow me to hold a conversation with the person I was there with.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place with plenty of parking. Plan to go there again.

CC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent. Our server brought us some bread while we waited. It was fresh and warm. Our wait for our food was minimal. All in all an excellent experience.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived early for a 5pm reservation on a very busy night and had a drink at the bar . We were seated prior to 5, enjoyed a very good meal/drinks and left for a concert. I realized that I had left my (new) alpalca mittens at the bar and went back in....they were not there (or at the table we ate at). The hostess took my name and number (in case they turned up). Sunday night I got a call that they had them and would mail to me. I offered my credit card to pay for postage....they declined....said it was not necessary.
Normally, I would not have bothered but these mittens were new and expensive and I appreciate the extra effort the staff went through to retrieve them for me.

RF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the wait staff is excellent and engaging. I eat here at least 1-2 times per week and always walk away with a pleasurable dinner whether it is for business or pleasure. Since I eat here a lot, my selfish request would be to mix up the menu a little more frequently, but not compromise the creativity and quality that keeps bringing me back. Bob F.

DV
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new to the Manchester, NH area and Cotton was highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Great food, great atmosphere, and great service. Highly recommend reservations because it is a highly sought after eatery!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend I hadn’t seen for 4 years. Our server was excellent, she knew all the right times to come to the table. The food was perfect as were the drinks. This is one of my favorite spots in Manchester.

L
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Even though this place is known for their steaks, all of their items are delicious!! Meatloaf, fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, pumpkin ice cream with glazed pecans, pumpkin martinis...all so delicious. The only hiccup was our server took a crazy long time to bring the bill over. Other than that, a nice dinner for three with 4 courses was $100+tip. Pretty reasonable for how delicious the food was

M
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were four of us for dinner and all agreed it was one of our best dining experiences ever.

GB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Let me say that we will be back. The food was excellent - from the goat cheese and pot sticker appetizers to the fried chicken, steak diane and flat iron steak dinners to the dessert - all were delicious. Our only issue was that the kitchen was off that night and the cook just couldn't get our steaks cooked right. They came out very undercooked...twice...but once they got them right, they were excellent. The waitress and manager were excellent and handled this the absolutel right way and took care of us. They did the right thing and turned us around, especially since the food was so good. WE WILL BE BACK!

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon special with gnocchi was delicious but could've used a few more gnocchi and just the right amount of pumpkin cream sauce. The cranberry compote/buerre on top of the salmon was outstanding. Compliments to the Chef! My husband enjoyed the turkey schnitzel . The pear martini very tasty! Our server was very professional and attentive at all the right times. The bread was great as well. Keep up the great work.

RV
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad experience at Cotton, whether lunch or dinner. Always great!

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and drinks were all spot on!

Awesome wedge salad, and they had a pumpkin soup special to die for.

SB
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a go to restaurant when I visit Manchester. My colleagues joke that I mention the lamb steak as a menu favorite. The Meatloaf is also a favorite.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was par for the price, not incredible but not bad either. It took 30 minutes of staring at our server and flagging him down to get our check. This was on a Tuesday night.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal with a fantastic atmosphere

MS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere, courteous wait staff. Did not feel rushed to finish as you do in some restaurants.

OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

F
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Peter, suggested the Popcorn Shrimp as an appetizer and they were amazing! He was really a great server, took care of us, and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. This is not my first trip to Cotton - I love this place! But it is the first time there with my best friend and we were both very happy with the entire experience.