Cotton Row Restaurant

4.7
1636 Reviews
$50 and over
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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JamesL
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

creatively designed entrees, perfectly cooked

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vipslazuka
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Cotton Row. Everything was exceptional. Our server was top notch without being annoying.

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JordanR
El Paso
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was amazing. The spot my wife and I had been seated was a bit loud as we sat next to a large table. A quiet table by the window would have made the night perfect. It was our first time at this restaurant and we both really enjoyed our dinner. Due in part to our witty and professional server as well as the wonderful meals. Next time I will request a specific spot. Hopefully if possible, we can be accommodated. Overall a great night out!!

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DonnaG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience! Best restaurant in Huntsville

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vipCarlyew
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We were visiting and told to try Cotton Row! It was a great place and had great atmosphere. Our only compliant was the service. Our waiter was nice but obviously brand new. We had to wait forever for our bottle of wine, I think he forgot about it until I said something and he forgot to add to our bill. My husband and I were discussing what we wanted and would share in front of him and then gave him our order to share. He must have gotten confused because we never got our lobster ravioli and he didn't split the fish, instead brought me the fish and my husband the short ribs (which we decided not to order). After mentioning the lobster, it was brought out. The food was good and we enjoyed it overall!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service. The food was good, but nothing special in my opinion. I had salmon and my husband had the red fish. We both said good, but not great.

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Mikey
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was fantastic. Our table was ready on time. Our courses came out in a timely fashion. The Only issue that I had was that my scallops were very salty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there. The staff was outstanding and made it memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience dining outside with friends. Waitress was very attentive and helpful.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
We dined outside and it was very nice.

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JuneM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is the second time I have been to Cotton Row. I came back because the first time was excellent (braised short ribs done to perfection). This time, the Foie Gras was cold inside. When I pointed it out to the well-mannered server, he should have taken it back to the kitchen to inform the chef that he was putting out something cold and raw in the middle. But instead I got an apology, with no real follow-through and was charged for the item.

The second issue was that the duck was under-seasoned and needed salt. I had to work hard to get eye contact with the wait staff to bring me some salt. It seemed that they were walking around in a frenzy but also in a trance, impervious to my efforts to flag them down. I expect more from a fine dining experience. At one point my husband was going to get up chase someone down because I was sitting there too long, letting the meal get cold because it needed salt.

Thirdly, when I go out for fine dining, and pay those kinds of prices, I expect some kind of dress code: Not someone coming in with jean shorts and a t-shirt sitting next to me. There are plenty of casual sidewalk restaurants in Huntsville where that kind of attire is appropriate. This was our anniversary, so to be sitting next to someone dressed for cleaning up around the house detracted from the specialness of the experience.

The creme brûlée was perfect, the brandy Alexander was delightful with strong chocolate notes, the mashed potatoes were great with the lemon zest (though there were some lumps), and the flavor profiles were excellent in general, except that there was too much emphasis on the sweet flavors in the sauces. I don't need the foie gras (with sweet pineapple chunks) to basically have the same sauce as the duck, which was quite sweet balsamic reduction.

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JohnsonBroFoodies
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Don, was great and made excellent recommendations! We had the charcuterie board, foie gras, crab cake, duck, and rack of lamb...and it did not disappoint! I will say it was all good but the rack of lamb was like a flavor bomb. It was hands down the best but the duck was a very close second. I believe you will be impressed with this restaurant and I would recommend it.

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bbCleveland
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our Anniversary with our daughter and granddaughters. From the initial greeting to the final sip of after dinner coffee our experience at Cotton Row was awesome. The service was friendly, informative and attentive. The dishes served from the kitchen were absolutely delicious! Lots of flavor and beautifully plated. We enjoyed a delightful evening at Cotton Row and look forward to a future visit. Great!!

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DebbieM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my son and daughter-in law to dinner to celebrate their birthdays. Everything was perfect. Will definitely return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Food was great!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best place to eat in Huntsville. Celebrated our anniversary with family. Dinner was superb.

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vipSallyQ
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joshua was an amazing server! The oyster and BBQ shrimp were amazing and took me back to New Orleans. This was my first visit, but it will not be my last. Definitely on my love list.

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GeorgeC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We arrived on time at 6:45, and it took 45 minutes for the food to begin to arrive. Yes, it was tasty, but that seems a bit much. Caveat tempor.

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claudiat
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good, but we waited a long time for the entree. Server forgot to bring bread til the meal was over.

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Sawbuck
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not the best. Was very hopeful that this experience would be amazing. You may be happier elsewhere.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience1

Don't let them set you next to the safe! Don't let them set you next to the safe!

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TerryM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely go here again if I ever make it to Huntsville, Al. Everything was perfect!

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vipmaryr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service by Joshua and team. Overall a five star experience!!!

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GregC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding wine selection, food and service. Would recommend to friends and business associates.

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Lmdd
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was not up to par to what we usually see at Cotton Row. They needed more staff or something so that the service would be top notch. Our waiter was stretched between a lot of tables and simply could not give us attention. On several occasions, we sat at the table waiting for the waiter to do something ( bring us a menu, clear our plates, order drinks....). For the price tag, the service should have been better. Food was great.

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vipCaptFlounder
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for Mother’s Day brunch with our six year old daughter. The food was outstanding as was the service. I wish I could have gotten a picture of my daughter’s face when the staff called her Ma’am. Priceless. We love Cotton Row and look forward to many more return visits as things return to normal again. Well done!

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Cory
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Mother's Day lunch was exceptional. The food was fabulous as was the service. The waiter was solicitous. The ambience was just perfect. Cotton Row is keeping its standards very high and we really appreciated it.

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Mike
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was just ok.

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Fynproewer
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going here. Look forward to next time already..

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and wait staff was very attentive! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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WilliamB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the bread and butter
To desert was first class. Wait staff went out of their way to take care of our every need. Will be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Adrian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was amazing. Our waiter Chris was awesome. He was very friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable. However, I was not very impressed with the food quality/temperature. I was told that it may have been due to the late reservation that maybe the kitchen staff was just ready to go. There was also an order of crab cakes that never came out. So maybe an earlier reservation next time would provide better results. But overall the experience was good. Again, our waiter Chris was top-notch and ensured that we were well taken care of.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Husbands birthday

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BeverlyK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal and plating was exceptional! The servers were truly professional! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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KellyW
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Will certainly return.

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Pops
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit at Cotton Row....we were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary and wanted something out of the ordinary and we weren’t disappointed in any way! Service was great and we were very impressed with the food.....the presentation was incredible only to be surpassed by the flavors! From the starter to the grilled head of romaine lettuce that was beyond awesome.... I swear I closed my eyes and thought I was eating a very tender steak....the grouper and beef short ribs....both were delicious! It was an amazing meal and a wonderful experience for our anniversary! Thank y’all so much!

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KevinH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant. Incredible menu. Incredible service. We already cannot wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The service took forever. We waited an hour to get our meals. Not what I expect out of Cotton Row.

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PierreR
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice when you find a great chef running a kitchen Food was excellent.

FAQs

Cotton Row Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (256) 382-9500.

Cotton Row Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1636 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.