Cotton Row Restaurant

4.5
1205 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Nestled on the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, the three-story brick building that houses Cotton Row Restaurant was built in 1821 along the cotton exchange.

A vision for comfort, elegance and modern American cuisine is how the story of Cotton Row Restaurant began. We are inspired by the enduring passion of the cotton traders who once worked in downtown Huntsville, and invite you to experience our southern hospitality.
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ML
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food was delicious as always. My reservation request, however, was not honored. I had asked for a table by the window. We were seated in very cramped conditions by a brick wall. The server was nice but did not suggest an appetizer and he was a bit neglectful when it came to filling our beverages and getting our food to us in a timely manner. This has only happened this one time. Our previous visits have been superb and that's why we will be back.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is not what you expect for the price.

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CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the food is terrific! Great portion sizes also!

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PB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary! The staff helped to make this a memorable occasion!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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RS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good but the place was really loud. It was difficult to have a conversation. They also sat us right next to where the servers put in the orders and dirty dishes.

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TH
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our feelings about Cotton Row are mixed. They have a limited menu, but what we ordered was excellent. However our impression about our experience was impacted by the service. Our waiter gave us the drink menu and not with the food menu. How can a restaurant which has awards from Wine Spectator not care about food & wine pairings, therefore why not distribute the drink & menus at the same time?!
So we had to ask for the food menu. We ordered a bottle of wine & our food. However, our appetizers were delivered almost immediately, making us feel they would have been sitting around. We had no utensils, no wine & then the bread & butter was delivered.
I commented to the guy opening the wine saying it was a wine we knew well, that we had it in our wine cellar back home; crickets....silence....not even a smile! This was a different person than our waiter.
My husband.ordered the special of the night, tile fish cooked in parchment. The waiter asked always the same question...after appetizer, main course & dessert—is everything tasting delicious? My husband told him the tile fish was dull—-it was lacking seasoning. The waiter agreed & said the previous night, it was served with a dill sauce, but they ran out. Why would he say that? Why did the Chef serve something which wasn’t up to par, especially for $54?!
Our water glasses were never refilled.
So for the poor service all the way around—-that is why I’ve rated the service so bad. My husband left an 18% tip, lower than our usual. Probably would still recommend because of the food & just hope service was just off that night. Everything I had was excellent.

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CS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Staff was excellent and the food was outstanding! Couldn’t have asked for a better restaurant for our 5th wedding anniversary! Thank you!

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s
Nashville
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch dining experience - food was delicious, atmosphere perfect and service impeccable!

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WM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Probably the best meal I have ever had.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience, After a Staff Change, Service was excellent. Suggestions were informed and Spot On. Look forward to visiting again in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience and good food. Well worth the time.

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TS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Main reason for dining was for the donut hole desert they have only to find out after ordering my meal that they discontinued them.

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RB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall awesome experience. Don the bartender is very knowledgeable and did an excellent job entertaining us while we waited for our table. Our waitress Kylie was very attentive and ensured we were well taken care of. Made for a special evening.

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B
Cincinnati
61 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good . The real treat was the service! The bartender and our waitress were outstanding! Highly Recommended.

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! Wonderful place for an Anniversary celebration.

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! I went for a date with my boyfriend and he enjoyed it a lot too. The staff was friendly the food was delicious and so fresh! I would definitely come again!

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B
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!! Will definitely go back!

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LM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! Delicious food, fantastic service, ambiance...not a single complaint 😊😊

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OM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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SE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing!!! We can’t wait to go back! Best fried green tomatoes and creamy grits I’ve ever had!!!!!

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Father’s Day brunch!

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K
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and drinks!

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We made a reservation for Father’s Day a couple of weeks in advance, but were seated at a very small table that barely had room for our food and drinks. The food was not on par with the price; however, the service was as excellent. I was frankly disappointed. The competition on the square in downtown was much better and less expensive.

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AM
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My first time to Cotton Row. Loved it. A bit loud but that was from one group of "The Over-Served". lol. We had the charcuterie platter. Loved it. The Blue Cheese was over the top. Shared a grilled romaine. Just ok. Then we had the seared scallops and the short ribs. VERY GOOD. Would go again for sure. Service was good too.

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

New to the area and was looking for a special place to celebrate our 33 wedding anniversary. This place was perfect! It is our new favorite restaurant.

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LR
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I drove down to Huntsville to eat at Cotton Row for our anniversary. I’d requested to sit on the patio. The table location was great and in a quiet location even beside the street. My only complaint about the location of the table was the gnats/flies that swarmed us the first 30 minutes we were there.
We were seated and shortly after we received our water and drinks. We ordered dinner, but it was only after we’d finished dessert and overheard another staff member giving the night’s specials which our waiter never offered. That was disappointing because we would have ordered the special.
We had several staff members making sure we had what we needed. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy. However, somehow when we received our food, everyone had forgotten to bring us silverware. We sat for a good 2-3 minutes before we got our silverware with our food in front of us.
The food was excellent. The atmosphere was great. I’d highly recommend this restaurant and will be back.

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m
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent but a little over priced. Patio dining was a bad idea- sitting on a very busy street with a traffic light, leaning chairs from concrete that was not level and leaf blowers clearing debris from parking lot across the road made for unpleasant seating and business conversation conditions. Short ribs cooked perfectly and the peanut butter and jelly dessert was worth the extra calories

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Excellent food, but the service is a terrible.
We had a good meal, but the wait was totally unacceptable. We had to wait 20 - 25 minutes between taking drink orders, dinner minutes, and even longer to get the check. The waiter blew us off after we didn't by a $200 bottle of wine and left us to liquor up some drunk businessmen on whiskey. We received no bread and waited and waited. The waiter even swiped all silverware after the appetizer and left us with our entree for several minutes without utensils. It was noisy and loud. Staff appeared to be drinking and gave dirty looks at us when we tried to get their attention.
Listen. The food was excellent. The pasta appetizer we ordered tasted good. The scallops were divine. But there is more to a nice restaurant than good food and a Victorian environment. Service should come foremost. We pay the higher prices for good service. I shouldn't be waiting for several minutes for service when there are 8 servers only 20 customers in the restaurant. Was there a reason that nobody had bread? It was just kind of a cheap-cheesy jester to give everyone bread plates and knives but no bread.
If I go to Cotton Row again it will be for take out. I can take your excellent food and show people a wonderful evening; but I am afraid that taking people to the restaurant will make them mad. I was just disappointed that a $120 dollar meal had such poor service. I did not let the waiter know how annoyed I was. I didn't want to ruin the mood for the other people dinning.
Please address the long waiting issue.
Please make sure your staff is not drinking (waiter was moving unnaturally and had glazed eyes).
Please don't swipe the all utensils before the entree arrives.
Please provide some sort of bread.
Please don't change the food. It is perfect. No problem there.
There is a lot of potential at Cotton Row, just address the service issue. I would like to go back, but only if the service is improved.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Their brunch selection was limited (specifically the number of breakfast items), but the food was fantastic and they had a nice variety of mimosas which was fantastic (pineapple and pomegranate mixed was a great combination suggested by our waiter.

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EM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not great. Tables too close together to have a private conversation.

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H
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the waiter for our table was outstanding, very attentive but not in the way. The food was excellent, flounder and filet. The lower rating for this visit was for the very long wait for our table. We had a 7:45 reservation for 2. We were seated at a "temporary table" at 8:30. At about 9:00 we were moved to our reserved table in the cellar. We still had not gotten our drinks that we ordered at our temporary table, even though the large party behind us got theirs immediately when seated after us. The main dining room was very loud but once we got to the cellar, everything was perfect. Don was a fantastic server and the cellar is so quiet and cozy that it feels like a private dining experience. It was a mixed evening but ended very well.

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A
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! I just moved to Huntsville and had two friends come visit me. We went to Cotton Row reluctantly because the menu seemed very southern "meaning grits and fried green tomatoes". Being from the north, we are not used to that on a menu. To our surprise, it honestly was the best meal we've had from a restaurant in a very long time! We ended up splitting a couple of entrees and some appetizers just to try as many items as we could. Everything was delicious!! The cocktails were outstanding and the wine list impressive! Our waiter, Don was fantastic! He was accommodating, knowledgeable and very patient with three ladies who occupied his table for a very long time! Thanks Don!! I would highly recommend this restaurant and I can't wait to go back again!!!

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RM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We believe Cotton Row is simply the best food available in Huntsville. From the appetizers, to the entree’s, to the desserts, there’s just no other place that can top Cotton Row.

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AC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wellington was out server and he was amazing! It was my Mom's birthday and her dessert came out on a plate with a beautifully written birthday message and candle. Loved it!

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OM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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RL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate there for our anniversary. For the appetizer my wife ordered the fried green tomatoes. (She always orders them at Cotton Row.) They were very good but the serving was skimpy on Remoulade sauce. We asked the waiter for more and he promptly brought more. For entrees, we ordered scallops and halibut. My wife said the scallops were excellent. The serving was large and she could not finish them. My halibut was good but the crust was a bit tough and I had to use a knife to cut through. We had sorbet for desert and the quadruple of flavors were excellent. The service at Cotton Row is excellent; the best in Huntsville.

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OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, worth every minute. Thanks!

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QQ
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The filet was so tender you could cut it with a fork. Excellent flavor. The martini was excellent and a nice wine selection. Wait staff was very attentive.

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EY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner, nice evening has the patio almost to ourselves. My wife had flounder, I had Salmon. Both were very good. They had a nice Bourbon/Whiskey list and I might have opted for a premium poor, but without prices, I choose a more pedestrian label.

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