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Restaurant Cotton

4.6
355 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.5
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4.6
ambience
4.1
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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

The venison schnitzel was off the chain!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2016

Shrimp and grits Great!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Overall, we had a good time at Cotton's. It was my first time there. The service and atmosphere was really nice. Only issue was the food was not really that impressive. The duck wraps were great for an appetizer. I do recommend them. The entrées were just ok. The bread pudding we got for dessert was not edible and it was a disappointment being the total was over $100. To spend that much, I would go somewhere else next time.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on January 9, 2016

My wife and I and friends have dined several times at Cotton in the past. Then the service was exemplary and the food excellent. However standards last weekend seemed to have slipped, waiter service was slow, drink delivery was pedestrian and while my wife and mines food was good, a fellow guest diner returned a steak because it was not cooked to his desire. To top this off a restaurant manager came to the table and gestapo style questioned him as to what "his definition of medium rare was" and what the restaurants definition was. When your paying $36.00 I would think the customers definition would always take precedence. When his steak finally arrived back it was again not what the diner had requested, but resigned to the fact that it was probably not going to be cooked right, had it boxed and took it home. The fact that the restaurant manager who was obviously offended that a patron would return food to the kitchen and then take a confrontational stance instead of trying to please the client is the main reason we will not eat there again or recommend it to anyone.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2016

The food was excellent and the portion sizes were perfect. Appetizers and small plates were enough for sharing. The menu wasn't repetitive, offering a nice variety. I wish, however, that there would have been at least one vegetarian option that was not a salad. The drink menu was creative and tasty.

My only complaint was the service. After we were seated our waitress brought us water and said she would be back with menus. It was a full 15 minutes before she reappeared, without menus. She seemed distracted. Once we received our menus and ordered drinks, it took a long time before the drinks were brought out and our orders taken. The entrees were brought out staggered, which allowed some of the dishes to become cool before we began eating.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

The food and atmosphere at Cotton have been enjoyable every time I have gone. The last couple of visits the service has been less than superior simply because of the waiter/waitress. They don't know the specials or how to explain the menu and they have been almost gloomy in attitude. The food and atmosphere are so good I will continue to go but I sincerely hope the dynamic of the wait staff returns to what it once was.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

My wife and I ate here for the first time. The service was awesome and food even better. We will definitely return again.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Had a nice quiet lunch brunch on a Saturday with some out of town friends - everything was fantastic as usual and the service was outstanding! Thanks Chef Corey!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

We loved our dinner at Cotton! The food is always delicious! They did run out of shrimp and grits during dinner service..which is our favorite dish at the restaurant! We did branch out and try a few new things and they were as yummy as usual!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2015

A delightful meal at restaurant Cotton in Monroe. The duck pepper appetizer was perfect with cocktails, shrimp and grits was excellent and the pepper steak was very tasty. Wines selection was fine and the service was outstanding. We will return gladly.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Great Food - Great Service. The shrimp w/ grits and the filet were tasty. The lemonaide drink - can't remember the name, but it was very good.

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2.0Dined on November 2, 2015

Big disappointment! Food just not worth the money. Stick to duck wrap appetizer only. Monroe only has couple of restaurants listed on open table so choices are very limited. Google restaurants for more choices.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2015

Every time I come into town, I make a point of eating at Cotton.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2015

Quite a custom crafted menu with subtle nods to local flavor. Variety from visit to visit varies and provides exciting new culinary experiences. Definitely a "special occasion" priced experience. (Atleast for me:)

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

The Server was excellent. Our food was out of this world. I also want to give the duck wraps a 100! Soooo good! Our drinks never got low and our food came out very quickly. My Husband said his steak was the best he's ever had.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2015

I had a business luncheon and it is a great place to impress a client. I had a blackened fish similar to redfish which was prepared very well, accompanied with grits and covered with a crawfish sauce. I enjoyed my meal immensely.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2015

When we arrived for lunch on a weekend, there were only a few people. However, the music level was quite loud. I asked the waiter... nicely... to reduce the volume "by 10%"... but was ignored. The food was OK in quality but not in quantity. French fries for $12?

It was the most expensive lunch I've had with my family in the region. Problem? I had trouble hearing what my family was saying because the acoustics were too loud.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2015

Food was very good! We had the duck wrapped in bacon and blue crab for our appetizers. They were very good. For entrees, the pork shank and venison-phenomenal. We are definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2015

Cotton was recommended by a foodie friend in NOLA. It did not disappoint. And bar service from Zach et at was extremely friendly. The menu recs from Zach were spot on. I couldn't finish the pork so I packed it up and took it cross country for lunch the next day. I'd skip the deviled eggs unless you are a huge fan them generally. The crab and corn hush puppies were a good replacement as an app. But by the time my pork and sweet potatoes arrived, I was already stuffed! Moral? Dine with a friend:)

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2015

The food was excellent. However, we were the first to arrive for brunch & had to wait 15 minutes for menues. There were three other tables full, yet we had to wait for drinks & refills. The server rarely came back to check on us & it was disheartening because we brought friends from out of town & drove several hours to enjoy the experience. Thank goodness the food was good because the service was not what we expected.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2015

The food was delicious. We didn't have to wait at all for a table with our reservation. It was pricey but for a special occasion it isn't too bad.

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2015

This is without a doubt a gem in the delta regions of Arkansas and Louisiana. Excellent food and service. Love the fact that the beer and food change seasonably with what is fresh and available.

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