Cotton

4.8
3576 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:
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.
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the restaurant is lovely. We plan on returning as soon as the Covid situation improves.

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Opp75
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service! Hosts were smiling and friendly, food was great. Atmosphere was nice and volume level was good, even with a lot of people in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular customer because everything is consistently wonderful at Cotton.

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DianeC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately upon arriving and were approached by a waitress very quickly. The meals were delicious, the waitress very friendly and attentive. All in all it was a very pleasant experience.

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vipRachael
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Perfect for our 16th anniversary!

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Barbie
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere both inside and outside is beautiful. Dinner there is always good - large portions so good for men and women get a lunch later!
A little loud if inside but can have a conversation. Spacing between tables is good. Service is good but a wait for drinks.

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JohnM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met my wife for dinner here after she got out of work. It was busy, but our service was timely. We had excellent meals, and shared a desert, which was just right. The conversation was fairly loud at times, but not to the point of ruining our dining experience. This is my second time dining at Cotton. It did not disappoint.

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Grant
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was brand new but was very professional and did an excellent job. I highly recommend this restaurant. Really enjoyed our dining experience at Cotton!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We started with the farmers salad a d crab cakes which we loved. This could have been our dinner. Our entree was scallops with sweet potato and corn. We were overwhelmed by the amount of sweet potato served. The plate was covered with cubed sweet potato. Serving 1/2 of the portion of potato would have allowed for the corn mixture to be more enjoyable.

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Scoop
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Didn’t eat my meal because it was over cooked and they still charged us. We didn’t even take home; vegetables were lacking flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always outstanding food. Love jambalaya. My wife loves the chicken and creme boule. Only slight criticism is slow bar service.

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vipJackW
Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful server.

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JenLav
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotton always presents a consistent meal and service. It's the first place we recommend to anyone looking for a nice night out.

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RogerR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice night out> Our server Louise was great! pleasant atmosphere.

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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vipSteve
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Bistro Steak was terrific; done as ordered and the accompany mashed potatoes were great. The Crab cakes, sold to us as Lump Crab, were very disappointing. They were chopped fine, to the point of mush. As usual, we had the pistachio Gelato for dessert, and, as usual, it was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

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TomL
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lobster scallop ravioli tasted like cheese ravioli. Nothing else but 6 ravioli. Very disappointed

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DFlocal
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner was wonderful! Food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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carrie61
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant with delicious drinks and everything we had to eat was excellent. Louise was a great server!

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NancyJ
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ashley, was outstanding! Friendly, happy, and her timing was excellent!! Food was delicious! My steak was cooked perfectly, so were my veggies! Will be back, and will definitely recommend!

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vipJackW
Las Vegas
47 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. The drinks were made well also.

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BobbyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fancy yet affordable, great time and very nice service. Would recommend anytime to go here! We each ordered different items and they were fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Cotton to celebrate our friend’s birthday. As always, the foods don’t service was exceptional. Our server Lydia was friendly, knowledgeable and available. We had an awesome evening and look forward to visiting Cotton again soon.

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Junkman
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first time there, but our first since the pandemic. Good as it was before.

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JackC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service always very good. Just the menu has become boring after all these years. Needs an overhaul truly not representative of the quality of the Chef

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Rhippied
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night. Service was great as always. The popcorn shrimp is the best.

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Brent
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Milllyard restaurant with consistently great food, drinks and service. A must return for sure.

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vipAnnMarie
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful night out. The food was great and the service was outstanding.

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KathleenC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked scallops, lamb, and crab cakes. With generous portions. The cocktails were very good and the wine was excellent. Our server was perfect... checking in just enough, but not hovering. The only quibble was that the noise level was a bit higher than we’d hoped for, but it quieted down after a couple big parties left and the rest of the evening was fine.

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EdRaw
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great service and an excellent meal!

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vipmike4all
Memphis/West TN
57 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place & excellent service. The Delmonico Steak was outstanding.

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MelanieL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We haven't been to Cotton in about 15 years, so we gave it another shot. Omg, I'm glad we did. I absolutely loved it. The seats in the booth were not super comfortable, but everything else was fantastic.

We decided to share a large caesar salad ($11.95), the Delmonico ($38.95), which came with mashed potatoes and a lovely mixed veggie, and the fried calamari. A little play on surf & turf. The salad was delicious, well dressed and plenty of shaved cheese. The steak was perfectly cooked, was very tender and delicious. The calamari was just what you'd expect, a little greasy, we'll probably skip that next time, but it was still really good.

The service was good, the drinks were ok, I think they could use a better, more upscale beer list. But the martinis are plentiful. And one of the best parts about this place - they ask you if you'd like some bread while you wait. I am a fan of the bread while you wait. I would even pay for it if necessary. Anyway, there were 2 of us, and they gave us 3 pieces of bread, so we arm-wrestled for the 3rd piece and I bathed in my glory the rest of the meal. It was wonderful. We'll definitely be back sometime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a favorite place to go. Food is excellent, farmhouse salad is amazing ‼️

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Celitc
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone from the Manager Pam to the server Louise and all others were so amazing and made our special dinner even better! It’s our go to!

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Chrise
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a great experience. Would go back over and over again!

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Frank
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotton’s is wonderful! I had the lamb for the first time — tender, perfectly cooked, delicious. Brought back great memories. I rarely order it out as I have such high standards for this dish. As always the service was good, very professional on a busy night. In the decade I’ve lived in NH, this is the best restaurant I’ve been to. Whenever I’m in Manchester, we are sure to return to this restaurant. Comfort food presented with style and excellence.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louise was a fantastic server. Great food and overall experience. Thanks!

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AliciaE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food Always; consistent and great service

FAQs

Cotton is rated 4.8 stars by 3576 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.