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Cottonwood Grille

861 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (967)
  • Scenic View (887)

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For a taste of American Northwestern fare made from fresh ingredients in an elegant restaurant with a beautiful view of the river, visit Cottonwood Grille in Boise, Idaho. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner as well as a Sunday brunch for early risers. On the menu at Cottonwood Grille are offerings of skewered calamari, fresh clams, avocado bacon wraps, shrimp pasta, vegetable rigatoni, Thai peanut chicken, grilled salmon salad, crispy scallops and fresh Atlantic salmon.

Sunday brunch at Cottonwood Grille serves hot and comforting breakfast fare that includes steak and eggs, eggs Benedict, seafood quiche, whole grain toast and Belgian style waffles. Try the Cobb salad or the chicken crepes for a late brunch meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour: Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(208) 333-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jesus Alcelay
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Private party facilities
Cottonwood Grille offers two private banquet rooms. The 'Alcove' can accomodate up to 28 guests and the 'River Room' can seat up to 75. We also offer patio seating for large parties.
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Private party contact
Maryl Sedivy: (208) 333-9800
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Cross street
9th Street
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Parking details
Cottonwood Grille has a spacious parking lot in front of the restaurant. There is additional parking on the side and back of the building.
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Public transit
Public transportation is accessible adjacent to Cottonwood Grille.
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Special events & promotions
We host monthly Wine Dinners during the summer months. Please check our website for details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TheaterPatron (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

This was our first opportunity to have dinner at the Cottonwood Grille and we were looking forward to a fun evening as many of our friends had recommended this restaurant . When we arrived, we stated that we had a reservation made through Open Table and the hostess at the desk informed us that the restaurant was no longer affiliated with Open Table, and did not honor their reservation service. She stated that the restaurant has their own website for reservations. Because there were many people coming from or going to the Morrison Center that evening, I was concerned that our reservation would not be honored, but after some polite conversation regarding the confirmation I had received from both the restaurant and Open Table, she did seat us and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a beautiful environment .

OpenTable Diner (Boise)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

I had a 4:30 reservation on a Saturday it was very quiet . The service was excellent. we had leisurely romantic dinner and had plenty of time to make a movie afterwords.

vipWatsson (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

The service was impeccable. Our starter -- croquetas -- was unique and very, very tasty. Our Caesar salads were terrific -- whole hearts of romaine leaves; fresh, shaved Parmesan; whole anchovy filets; yummy, creamy dressing. The wine recommended by our server -- a California pinot noir -- was exceptional and one of the least expensive on the small but well-chosen wine list. The sides that accompanied our mains were really, really good, especially the broccoli. The proteins, however, should have been better. I had the pheasant in a cream sauce with wild mushrooms. My companion had a steak au poivre. Both were okay, but just okay. The sauces lacked zing and zing was needed to make this a truly exceptional meal.

Lolly (Boise)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2015

We left the kids behind and enjoyed a quiet dinner for 2. It was a peaceful location that reminded me of an elegant lodge. The service was excellent and the food was great. I had the Tortellini and the cheese sauce was flavorful. The chicken was cooked till it was soft and flavorful. The Cobbler was a great top to the experience.

reddobie (Boise)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2015

Started off with drinks in the bar. Was discussing wine with the bartender and how generous the pour was. When we got to our table ordered glasses of wine, the pour was not so generous.

Waitress did okay, but the service was not what I expected for the Cottonwood Grille

After dinner had drinks in the bar.

Idaho (Boise)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

Delicious meals, great selection of wines, great atmosphere, attentive wait staff. Wonderful dining experience. We will be back for more special occasions!

OpenTable Diner (Boise)
2.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

Not the best food this time. Unusual for Cottonwood Grille. It is normally wonderful.

vipAloha (Boise)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2015

Overall a delicious meal. There were two types of fish on the daily special menu that are more customary on Hawaiian menus, so it was fun to be able to enjoy grilled ono in Boise. The kitchen should work on their house salad ingredients, though. Packaged lettuce and a slice of tomato - I expect a variety of really fresh greens at a nice restaurant. Patio dining is lovely in the summer, with the water features and lush landscaping, overlooking the Boise Greenbelt. Excellent service.

AbunDance1 (Boise)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

My husband and I took an out-of-town guest to Cottonwood. We all enjoyed our excellent fresh fish dishes and really enjoyed dining in the late evening on the porch. Cottonwood tree fluff was drifting through the have to shield your food a little at this time of year, but it was atmospheric. I'll definitely go again.

Rick (Boise)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

As always the Cortonwood Grill was a very nice dining experience.