Cotton

4.8
3470 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional farm to table comfort food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls hip, named one of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine and holds the distinct honor of Best Martinis in New Hampshire year after year by NH Magazine and The Union Leader.

RESERVATIONS:
Due to covid-19 restrictions, our patio seating is limited along with our indoor seating at this time. If you would like to request a patio table please note this when you make your reservation. Weather permitting, we will call early afternoon the day of your reservation to confirm if patio seating is available. We cannot guarantee specific seating at this time but we always do our best.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3470 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Chicken and meatloaf tasty as were the potatoes.
Service was slow despite the restaurant being nearly empty. Still the server managed to insult in the empty restaurant by rushing us along. When one of us want dine (with fork in mouth) , he asked if we were finished. We were approaching but not at their 90-mon limit. Again, with Z9% of the tables open he rushes us out. Not cool.

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AdamB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great! Will definitely return.

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vipAllison
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent! We ordered crab cakes, goat cheese dip, fried chicken and scallops. Everything was so good and the service was great too. We will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure!

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Stephen
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as always. Cotton is one of our favorite restaurants.

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LarryO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning to Cotton because the food is excellent, and the service is great.

We have never had less than an excellent meal and when we bring guests they rave about Cotton as well.

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ConnieP
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. The servers are very friendly.

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AnnH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy a delicious dining experience. Enjoyed salmon and lamb chops plus amazing crab cakes appetizer. Our server, Jules, was friendly, knowledgeable and right on. Amazing cocktails too!

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BobK
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, great food, and the staff is super friendly.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere, great food, owners even came over to say they appreciated us being there.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what I needed. A nice quiet dinner with excellent customer service! Love it! See you soon.

#table25

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Martha
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waitress very nice but dinner came after a 50 minute wait.
Like this restaurant overall. Very happy to be there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful experience. Staff were attentive and friendly. Highly recommend.
My friend said he had the best steak he has ever eaten.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Salmon for the first time. Delish!

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DonnaS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Excellent food and drinks. Be back soon.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy my time at cotton drinks and food are amazing .

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TimS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent good food, good people, good atmosphere

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NHResident
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety. Delicious food. Great service. Nice atmosphere. Following Covid-19 safety protocols.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious!! We got nitro chicken nuggets, Caesar salad, crab cakes and the raviolis. All of it was amazing

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SteveD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotton never disappoints- in over 20 years of dining I have never had even a mediocre meal. Great food perfectly prepared,
The atmosphere is warm and soft, the COVID protocols first rate and the service was excellent
Best pot stickers in New England
The scallops and sweet potato hash- a staple- is worth the trip

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barbarad
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it, a special treat. We cleaned out plates, but wish we saved room for dessert. The food is always a consistent quality

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CaitlinPaula
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! It was our anniversary and that was passed on to everyone right away. My wife is allergic to peppers and all staff were on top of letting us know about our food choices. Thank you SO MUCH!!

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mandm03431
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped at Cotton whenever we are traveling out of the Manchester airport. It is a wonderful place with great Atmosphere and top quality food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

We were excited to return to Cotton for a friend’s birthday dinner. As always, food was terrific. The downside was the 90-minute limit for sitting at the table. The server reminded us of the time limit a few times, which stressed us out. We were watching the clock rather than enjoying our meal. At the end of dinner -knowing that it was a birthday celebration - she said “I can’t offer dessert because you’ve exceeded your time limit”. So much for a nice evening. We paid and went to Giorgio’s for drinks and dessert. Perhaps we should have just done Giorgio’s to begin with. I’ll return to Cotton but only after they lift the time restriction.

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vipJenn
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, consistently delicious food, wonderful service, and felt very safe and spaced out in the environment during COVID. Love love the potstickers appetizer...you may want two servings! Caesar dressing was authentic and homemade and traditions garden salad was fresh with great balsamic dressing. Our go to entree I’d always the lobster scallop ravioli.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fiod

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scooter007
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scooter the server was fantastic. Consistently great throughout the years.

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vipgl22
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Been to cotton many times. We entered the building and there was a wait with 6 to 8 people in a small area. They need to clean that up. When we were seated we were told the table is good for 90 min. More on that later. That would have been helpful to know when making the reservation. Apps, salad, main meal, and drinks were outstanding. Service spectacular. Now comes the 90 min rule. We were OK because we didn't order dessert.
However, I noticed the couple across from us was asked to leave when they haven't finished their dessert and drinks. The woman actually chucked down her martini. While it didn't affect me, I just thought that was just wrong. They probably spent around $150.00 and couldn't enjoy the rest of the meal. Cotton was always a classy place not anymore if they are treating guess that way. Makes you think if its worth going back??

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WalterP
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals. Wife had demonic steak and Ceasars salad. I had salmon and lettuce wedge. The bacon on the lettuce wedge was absolutely to die for. Our waiter was outstanding and did not rush us even though we were the last to leave that night.

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Vlad
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely fantastic. Highest compliments to the chef, the food is out of this world!! The service was amazing too, their recommendations and conversation added greatly to our experience! Will most certainly come again!

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DebB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What we love most is consistency of quality food and service. We are so thankful to have had the pleasure of getting to know Becky - a fabulous all around person - talented server and bartender! We are sad to see her leave but so happy to have met her and wish her the best. We look forward to our next night at cotton and getting to know other servers!

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Kathie
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening out. Felt safe and everything was great.

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vipCandace
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was fabulous. This has been our special occasion place for years now and it never disappoints. Great food and wine. See you again soon!

JC
JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and excellent Martini menu. Staff was friendly.

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LeeKit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Date Night Spot! The scallops and sweet potato hash was fantastic and my husband loved his steak with blue cheese butter. Only bummer was the 90min time limit, we totally understand the reasoning and were happy to end our evening short to be accommodating to others but we would have stayed for desert and a cappuccino.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I’m going to be getting back in

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Teena
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was really really good, better than I hoped. They do need to create a better reservation and wait time system, the room is too small to accommodate so many waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff, delicious food and drinks. Perfect place for a special occasion or a relaxing dinner anytime. We’ve been going for 20+ years. We always come back for more!!

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JohnW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I have been going to the Cotton since 2010. I have reviewed every time I have gone there with OpenTable app.
I always try and be mindful of the times that we are in. We walked into the cotton door and a waitress walked by and she noticed us and said that she would let the hostess know that we were there. Thank you for acknowledging us. 👍🏻
We were seated at a table that had nothing on it. At first I was offended. Our waitress came over and brought us water. Perfect! Then we were asked if we wanted something to drink besides the water. We asked for a few minutes in the meantime she went into the kitchen and got us some awesome bread and butter. She asked us if we were ready to order drinks at which time I asked for a bottle of wine. She went to go and get it when I called her back and had to ask for silverware and small plates for the bread and to put in an order of calamari.

My only question about our meal is the calamari. This used to come premixed with the yummy hot sauce blended with the calamari but this wasn’t mixed at all and it seemed to be less of a sauce. I was disappointed by this. The calamari was good otherwise.
My girlfriend got the special sea scallops and they were incredible. We did encounter a little sand in the scallops. I got the Salmon and asked for it to be as rare as they could and it came out perfect. Hot and still nice and pink on the inside! My girlfriend had the rest for lunch today and it was just as yummy! I sadly finished my meal last night.

Thank you for a good Covid night out!
John

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RonD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotton has always been our special place to go for special occasions. We have been going there for years and just seems to be getting better and better. Server/ Bartender Dwane (hope I spelled it right) is simply awesome. Food and service is extraordinary. Will definitely keep on going back.

FAQs

Cotton is rated 4.8 stars by 3470 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.