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About Cotton Row Restaurant

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.

100 Southside Sq
Huntsville, AL 35801
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm

Cross Street:
Madison Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(256) 382-9500

Website:
http://www.cottonrowrestaurant.com/

Catering:
A taste of elegance is precisely what one needs when planning a special event. Be it a quaint rehearsal dinner or that grand reception, we thrive in making your vision come to life. At Cotton Row, we understand the importance of presentation and sophisticated style, which is why we want to bring the exclusive cuisine, that you have come to know and love, to your most intimate occasions. We offer a variety of menu options and services to fit almost any budget, never sacrificing quality. We look forward to serving you and yours.

Executive Chef:
Chef James Boyce

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Cotton Row Restaurant is available for private parties of many sizes. Our team is dedicated to offering you an intimate dining experience in a larger setting. We will assist with customizing your menu and wine selections, to table settings, floral arrangements and parting gifts.

Cotton Row Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Romantic (37)
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Good for a Date (32)
Notable Wine List (27)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Business Meals (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Cozy (16)
Local Ingredients (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Cotton Row for the first time for birthday brunch with hubby. Food was delicious. Wish there were a few more vegetarian options but overall a pleasant experience. We’ll definitely go back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service at Cotton Row were absolutely outstanding. Our drinks were never close to being empty and the staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes. My main complaint is the seating design. I was led to believe this restaurant is one of the most romantic restaurants in Huntsville, so my fiance and I decided to eat here for Valentine's Day. We were seated right next to another couple, and could not hear our own conversation over the other couple talking. Not romantic, at all. I feel like seating could be a bit more spaced out to give a more romantic vibe. My other complaint is that the blackberries on the cheesecake made it inedible. I recommend straining the sauce.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

EXCELLENT! We truly enjoyed the experience, ambience and dining. If you'd like a more intimate experience you might specially request to be seated downstairs but the upstairs was just fine. Only regret, not enough time to try everything on the menu!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing service! Awesome food. Loved sitting in the wine cellar!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 5 days ago

Cotton Row was fabulous!! I'm so glad we chose to eat here. Both the service and food were excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great Valentines dinner. Our reservations were for 7:30, we arrived early but were seated right away. We ordered a bottle of wine and it came quickly. The service and food were both great. I will visit again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

We were promptly seated, however, our table was on the second floor in a converted apartment. We had to walk back out the front door into the pouring rain and around the building because there is no interior stairway to the second floor. Always request a main level table. Drink service was very slow. Food service was even slower. When my steak arrived I realized why it took so long. It was way over cooked. I had requested medium rare. I got well done plus. Sides and salads were mediocre. I have had excellent meals here in the past so I will give it another chance. However, there are at least two other quality options downtown that will gladly take my $200 for two of us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and atmosphere. Went for Valentines dinner and ordered steak special and fish special. Both were cooked perfectly!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for celebrating Valentines!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Our experience at Cotton Row was spectacular! The food was incredible and our server was very kind.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

Did not the like the close quarters between tables.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

This was a great place. However, I went because the menu online showed the dinner menu and I wanted the grilled scallops. Very disappointed they could not accommodate me. The food was good, just not enough of it. Only used the lunch menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful experience for day early Valentine's Day. Filet cooked to perfection. Scallops were awesome, not salty. Always a pleasure dining at Cotton Row.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 13, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Huntsville never disappoints!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Was seated directly behind host. Heard everything being discussed at host stand near door. Was difficult to have table conversation. Food and service were great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! One of the best steaks I've ever had. The drinks were very good, as was the service. All around, it was a wonderful time. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was perfect, but the service was the highlight of the night. Robert and the staff catered to our every need. We felt valued and appreciated.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I wanted to treat my four grown daughters to a fine dining experience. They loved the round table where we were seated. We all lead busy lives now so it was a way to slow down and catch up with each other, enjoy cocktails, wine, fine food and scrumptious desserts. The ambiance was superb. It’s an experience we’ll always remember.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We ate at Cotton Row the weekend before Valentine's Day. We didn't realize it at the time but assume that was the reason it was so crowded. They had 2 top tables lined up in a row about 12" apart. We were so crowded that I was closer to the man and woman at the surrounding tables than I was to my husband across the table. I can tell you all about their conversation b/c I heard every single bit of it.

The service wasn't great. We had to ask for menus. We got our drinks and bread when we started our meal. The waiter took the drinks for a refill when they were empty and never brought my husband's back. The food was amazing though! We had the filet special, and it was one of the best filets I've had. I would go again just for the food, but I would try and go on a weeknight when maybe they aren't so busy.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were offered two specials of the day, one a filet and one a strip steak, both Wagyu beef raised in Cullman County. We did not request the price of the specials, as that was not my primary concern.

I selected the strip and received a steak full of gristle. That can happen occasionally with a strip, so I was not surprised and did not complain. Unfortunately, I received the bill and learned my steak was $60, which is almost twice the price of the other menu items, including filet mignon.

I am aware that daily specials often are more expensive than other menu items. But in my wildest dreams, I never expected to pay $60 for a steak that was comparable to a $15 steak at Applebee's. Likewise, I do think it is necessary to inform guests that a daily special is $60 when the other menu items are $30-$35. Otherwise, the guests are likely to feel deceived, even if the special is very good.

Otherwise, the food and experience were very good, as always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at the Cotton row. Their short ribs main course is consistently yummy, Escargots were very nice, and the fried green tomatoes are always crispy and spicy.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We arrived early and our table was waiting for us. Love that!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is awesome, every aspect of the the service and staff are outstanding, from the host to the food runners and the wait staff, all are great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Great dining experience.

Just on annoying issue, a light aimed at our table kept going bright and then went out and repeated itself, we brought it up to our hostess and she replied with the bulbs were changed the other day. Please not the customers concern when bulbs were changed, she should have stood at our area very politely and monitored the issue we were bringing to here attention.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Was pleased to have the hype meet my expectation. Food was fabulous and the night flowed nicely so we were able to be there long enough to enjoy our special occasion.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Outstanding, high quality experience! Always my top choice for a special occasion!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My evening was perfect-a business dinner that allowed me to show off the best of Huntsville, and also enjoy a quiet atmosphere for important conversation. Service was impeccable and the combinations of flavors in all of the dishes was unique and unexpected. The (warm) peanut butter and jelly phyllo dessert w side of deep chocolate ice cream was an exquisite finale! Thank you.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I brought my daughter here for an elegant father/daughter evening (first visit to Cotton Row for both). Everything was absolutely wonderful! The staff was friendly, courteous, and attentive from the front door back. Every selection that we chose from the menu was beautifully composed and beyond delicious. The atmosphere itself was delightfully upscale yet comfortable. I really couldn’t say enough about how wonderful an experience it was to dine at Cotton Row, and I look forward to returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service, excellent food, and a very nice ambiance. I will with a doubt continue to eat here.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was excellent, the service was great, and the ambiance transitioned from a relaxing very-quiet to a pleasant buzz as the restaurant filled up. Highly recommended as always.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This restaurant is a great dining experience. Service is formal and lovely. The chef experiments with flavors and creates wonderful combinations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This is the best restaurant I have been to in a long time. Everything was just as you would hope and expect -- service was excellent, food was perfect, atmosphere was nice and the menu will tempt you to order things you might not otherwise try at another restaurant.

The fried green tomatoes were simply, perfect. I cannot imagine them being any better than they were. I would go back just to have that flavor on my pallet for a bit longer.

The scallops were meaty and cooked to perfection. I also had a small filet and, it too, was absolutely perfect. I keep using the word perfect for a reason here folks!

It is pricey, but worth every "perfect" bite!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great customer service and delectable food!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Arrived early so we sat at the bar while our table was prepared. Conversation at bar was enjoyable and welcoming. Steaks were tender and flavorful. I took a chance on the Saffron Paella and was not dissapointed. Reservation was late so we went straight for the entree. After sitting at the bar for 45 minutes our table server asked if we wanted to start with a cocktail - pay attention. Seating preference in cellar did not work out but bartender graciously gave us a tour after our dinner. Delicious upscale dining in an intimate, welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We dined with you on the night of 1/20.
2 out of 4 of our appetizers were barely edible. (octopus). 3 out of our 4 meals did not meet our expectations.
(Veal chop, short ribs, and Paella).
Restaurant temperature was extremely cold. Champagne ordered took almost 30 min to arrive. And we had to inquire about it.
Not happy!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My first visit to Cotton Row was a delight! We attended for a belated birthday celebration, and I was extremely pleased with the wonderful food selection and excellent wine list. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions and anniversary celebrations. The staff are extremely attentive and the ambiance is wonderful. Overall the experience was very quiet and private, just perfect for intimate dinner conversations. We never felt hurried and the staff treated us with a very European flair, very upscale and attentive to every detail. I will be back every chance I get!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious food and friendly staff. It was our first time to dine here. The pork dumplings are tasty. The veal chop was perfect. Good place to celebrate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very flavorful and cooked to perfection. Their wine selections were suitable to their dishes and the quality was top notch. Our server, Robert was courteous and very knowledgeable about the food/wine.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was excellent, as usual. However, the service was a bit slow. After a very long wait, I had to summon the waiter and point out that it had been a very long time since I had ordered my salad. He agreed and said he would check to find out what the problem was. There was also a rather long wait to get the wine I had ordered and additional water. Another table seemed to be getting much the attention of the staff. I was a bit surprised, since the diners at that table did not appear to be the usual Cotton Row customers. Not meaning to be judgmental, but their dress and table manners were not what I’m accustomed to seeing at Cotton Row. It seemed that members of the staff might have known the diners, since they gathered around the table and chatted at length.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had an excellent brunch, will make this our go to restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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