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Restaurant Cotton

4.6
355 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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Located in the heart of downtown Monroe in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Restaurant Cotton has the atmosphere of a simpler, more honest time. Executive chef, Cory Bahr, prides himself in being an innovator of unique and delicious food that exhibits his Louisiana Delta roots and allows his personality to influence every dish. Accompanied by chef de cuisine, Spencer Serrette, and sous chef, Seth Blankenship, Chef Bahr has mastered the art of creative southern cuisine. With nightly food and drink specials, it is guaranteed that there will be something new to try with every trip to Restaurant Cotton. Chef Bahr shows his appreciation and passion for authentic Louisiana cuisine by always using the freshest and most local ingredients in every dish that he prepares. Restaurant Cotton is proud to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Monroe and we invite you to join us as we support our beautiful city and the seasoned talent of our very own Chef Cory Bahr.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(318) 325-0818
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cory Bahr
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Private party facilities
We have five uniquely appointed rooms and a picturesque deck patio overlooking the beautiful Ouachita River.
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Private party contact
Mauricio Andrade: (318) 325-0818
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Catering
We have three beautiful off site facilities that are all within walking distance of the restaurant.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
DeSiard Street
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Parking details
There is a public parking lot right across the street as well as alternative parking within walking distance.
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Public transit
The public trolley system makes frequent stops right near the restaurant. There is also a public transit bus station within walking distance.
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Entertainment
Let the warm skies and beautiful sunsets over the Ouachita River and the soft breezes of the south be your entertainment as you unwind with a "Perfect Spring Fling" cocktail. The sounds of trains and their whistles making their way through downtown Monroe will take you back to an almost forgotten time when things were pure and simple.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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vipJLYt (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

The ambiance is one of the best, if not the best in town. It reminds me of the caliber of restraint that you'd see in larger cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Fransisco, New Orleans, etc. Cotton also has ample room up stairs for larger parties and privacy. The food is always good, yet they tend to run out of some of the favorite times. Service during my last couple of visits is spotty.

Bottom line: This could be the best restaurant in town if the issues mentioned above are addressed.

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momOFaULMstudent (New Orleans)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

This was our third time dining at Restaurant Cotton - for my daughter's graduation from ULM. Definitely not the best experience. The first two visits were absolutely incredible; from the cocktails (the blueberry fence hopper), the wait staff and the food was excellent!. This night, we were a party of 11. The waiter was very polite, yet could not get our order correct. The food was wrong as was the drink order. We ordered a kids chicken dinner, and he brought out a hamburger (said they were out of chicken). Should have notified us prior to bringing out the burger, as the child was under 2 and the burger was not a good option, so was not eaten. The drink order was completely wrong, brought out three wrong drinks - we politely accepted them and made the best of it. One venison schnitzel had one small piece of venison, while the other three orders had two nice pieces. There was only one option for desert - out of everything.
I guess I was so disappointed because our previous two visits ware perfect. Will certainly return, hopefully this was just an off night!
PS. Chef Bahr was no where to be found that night.

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OpenTable Diner (Shreveport)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

Very disappointed with service. Made 9:30 reservation for after graduation. They called to confirm at 5:30. Told me if we were running late let them know because they close at 10. Some of our party got there at 9. They started asking where the rest of the party was because they closed at 9:30. We all got there before 9:30. There was no one else there and they rushed us the entire time. Could have gotten better treatment at burger joint. Very disappointing service. Food was solid. Nothing special. Thursday night and no one there after 9 with neighboring places packed. Might want to try and figure out why that is.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Went for the wonderful brunch on Mother's Day. Disappointed that the menu changed for the day. Will go again but will check the menu first.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

No greeting at door. Waited till someone came from office to the right, to seat us. People at bar seam to be having good time. 1 other Tabel had guest. After being seated Did hot get biscuits and butter. Till after 3or4othee guest were seated and got thers. Grouper a little over cooked but good. My wife's vinison. Was way over and tuff and dry. BUMMER. It was her birthday. I am a local barber of 35years and had high expectations.-- LETDOWN. But on a good note. Your biscuits were great. And the duck frys were also.

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ZRebel (Mississippi)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2016

We were staying at Hamilton House and Tonya suggested Cotton. It was awesome. Gnocchi and grilled snapper were outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2016

The venison schnitzel was off the chain!

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Ezekiel324 (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

The food was delicious as always. We had a variety of appetizers and entrees. Favorites were the oysters - both grilled and raw - and the fish entrees. I had the fried drum with crawfish etouffee, which was outstanding. The dessert chef has returned! Scrumptious peanut butter pie!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Wanted our daughter and her husband from out of town to eat the best food around. They loved the entire experience. Said next time in town, that is the only place they want to go back to.

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LuvGoodFood (Houston)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2016

The food was good, particularly the black-eyed pea soup with collards. I thought the fish special was a little bland - it could have used more seasoning to jazz it up. I loved, loved, loved the french 75 cocktail - it was one of the best cocktails I've ever had - I would return just for that. We were a little disappointed in the service. Our waiter seemed to be pretty inexperienced, although he did try hard.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Such a great place! Great food and a great atmosphere. Will be back next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

Try the duck wraps as a starter or your dining experience will not be complete. This dish wraps texture & flavor into a great appetizer. Shrimp & grits one of the best I have had and I have tried a number of them throughout the South.

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vipcajunpeggy (Little Rock)
3.0  Dined on March 20, 2016

I had the oyster omelet that featured a Tabasco hollendaise sauce. The sauce needed more tabasco; rather bland. I also had to send my food back because it was only lukewarm. This place appears to be slipping.

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JB7420 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

Shrimp and grits Great!

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emwi (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

I'm so glad that Monroe has this restaurant. Definitely the best spot in the area. Delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts, wines, and cocktails. Also in a very cool building in Monroe.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The seating for our group of was outstanding. The booths were comfortable and supported cross-table conversations well! The food looked and tasted amazing. Certainly a culinary delight! Love the nighttime atmosphere and music. Exceptional service that was not intrusive. Simply awesome.

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EBS65 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Finally found a great restaurant in Monroe LA. Fresh inventive food in a wonderful setting. Attentive staff. Highly recommend

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DavidM (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

I have enjoyed dining at Cotton a few times and each time the service and food keeps getting better. The atmosphere is always warming and welcome. You can't go wrong with Cotton.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Restaurant Cotton exceeded our expectations. The food was extraordinary. We both had the blackened redfish. Amazing!!! Our server, Lance, went above and beyond to make our dinner everything we could have imagined!!! He was knowledgeable of the menu and the drink menu!! Definitely will be back!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Food is good but not worth the extra money. I had the rib eye on a bed of cheese grits. $38!!! Keep in mind that doesn't come with anything else. My wife had the fish. She liked it but said she would def try something else if we go back. They could at least toss in a salad or something for $38. after 15% tip my total was $97 for the night and we both drank water... Building looks cool and is in the heart of old Monroe.

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