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About The Cottage Chestnut Hill

The Cottage in Chestnut Hill is a relaxed and spacious restaurant serving flavorful American fare. The full bar has beers from both the New England region and California, a nod to the restaurant's sister location in California.

The lunch menu at The Cottage features sandwiches and burgers, along with a quiche of the day and big salads with ingredients such as Maine lobster and Peruvian-spiced grilled chicken. Dinner entrées include roasted Icelandic cod, crispy chicken Milanese and sliced hanger steak. Quite a few options are gluten free. The Cottage also has a nice Sunday brunch menu, with omelets, frittatas and scrambles, as well as specialties such as oatmeal pancakes and crab cakes Benedict.

47 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Cross Street:
Hammond Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 916-5413

Website:
http://www.cottagechestnuthill.com/

Executive Chef:
Todd Kiley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Cottage Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1252)
Good for Groups (1084)
Great for Lunch (963)
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Fit for Foodies (925)
Great for Brunch (682)
Special Occasion (602)
Kid-friendly (574)
Hot Spot (236)
Romantic (184)
Notable Wine List (173)
Vibrant Bar Scene (173)
Great for Outdoor Dining (53)
Late-night Find (35)
Scenic View (14)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Recently, I dined with my mom at the cottage and once again, we weren't disappointed. Everything from the bread to dessert was amazing and every time she comes into town, we have to eat here. Brunch here is also amazing. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a change of pace and to escape from reality for a little bit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2015

A disappointing experience due to the lack of attention from our server. The 3 cheese quiche was acceptable, but not very warm when I received it. The donuts bites for dessert were very disappointing because they tasted VERY fried and definitely over-cooked. The coffee was weak and not worth ordering. Overall, our experience at the Chestnut Hill restaurant was very sub par and I would not recommend this particular location.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2015

Nice restaurant for a rare weekday lunch with a friend. Peaceful vibe. Lunch was completely not rushed. Delicious bread to start, filling salads, attentive (and funny) waiter.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2015

In the summer I mentioned that the crab cakes had gone from 2 to 1 and seemed like less food. I ordered it again and it was delicious with a generous veggie topping. It was solid crab and so filling I almost felt like the crab cake, the rolls and the wine were enough for a lite dinner. Chicken picata was rather bland but the chicken Mirabela was excellent as were all the polenta dishes. The polenta appetizer was fantastic. Salad nicoise was lovely with fresh tuna. Wait staff were very helpful for our party of various food allergies. For a celiac person they even provided a warm gluten free roll. You can't ask for more than that. And yes this time they offered fresh ground pepper something that was sorely lacking in the summer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2015

Great food and service whenever we have dined there. I prefer the bar area where you can people watch, but the SO prefers the classic dining room. Can't go wrong in either case.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2015

My wife and I brought our 3yr old out to dinner and we all enjoyed the food and the service. We prefer a noisier atmosphere when bringing our daughter but in general you can have a nice romantic dinner and still have a nice conversation even with the noise. Great brunch also and have never had a negative experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2015

Arrived for the reservation on time and was told they just needed to clear tables. 20 minutes later we were seated right by the door. Looking around we immediately noticed nobody had their food and there were lots of irritated looking customers. We ordered drinks and a different waiter brought us all another tables drinks. Then when our drinks arrived they were missing one. The food took 55 minutes to arrive. The waitress felt terrible and kept apologizing but it was obscene. This restaurant was not at all prepared to handle this volume of business. No excuse for a restaurant that has been around for quite some time. The table next to ours it was even worse... they still had not gotten their food by the time we left and they ordered at the same time we did.

The food itself was less than spectacular. The brunch menu looked more intriguing than it actually tasted. Nothing was particularly great, just very mediocre.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2015

The items that taste good, are excellent. I just wish more items tasted good. the service is always good and they take allergies very seriously.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 10, 2015

As if they don't care if you come back. Minimal effort to make you happy. Food was lower level than a fast food restaurant. Very disappointing.
The question here is if I would recommend anyone to visit the restaurant. Open Table should add an option to recommend NOT to visit the restaurant.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2015

Our server was new and he was awesome. He was very meticulous in checking for allergies and he took good care of us during a working lunch!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2015

Excellent mahi mahi with jumbalaya. Delivery of meal was slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2015

Great service, however everything we ordered was overcooked and also dried out from what appeared to be over exposure to a heat lamp. The Manager comped one of our meals which was nice, but unless the kitchen/food improves we won't be back and I simply can't recommend this to others.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2014

even though ny friend was in the Wellesley Cottage and I in the Newton one, I wa allowed to stay at the table to wait for her

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2014

Daughter was in from California, and her favorite place is the Cottage--she loves the Aloha Chicken Tenders--so the first place we ate, within hours of her flight, was the Cottage in Wellesley. Then to mix it up a little we decided to try the Cottage in Chestnut Hill for her last meal before she left to go back to Cali.
She and I had the burgers. I got the Texan which I ordered with no bun- it was smoky and delicious, and possibly even diet friendly with the asparagus instead of fries option :). She had hers plain.
My other daughter got the salmon with the glaze on the side, and we all enjoyed the meal with perfect service.
The waiter was there when you needed him, friendly and helpful and quick with refills, but also invisible when we were caught up in talking.
Always recommend the Cottage to friends and family.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2014

We were sent by the Host to "Just go take that booth and I'll bring menus". She did not bring menus and the waiter accused us of seating ourselves and then he forgot to bring the menus or the warm rolls they have always served. When I asked if they had a pot of fresh decaf the waiter answered " well, it's from sometime this morning (it was 1:30), but I'll keep my eye on it and let you know when I see a fresh pot". My warm goat cheese salad with chicken had no warm goat cheese and wilted, almost squishy greens. My husband's tuna melt looked good, but the fries were over-salted and not quite fresh or crisp. My friend's salad arrived without the avocado she had ordered. Would not wast my time here again, although the dining room is beautiful and because it was only half full the noise level was tolerable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2014

I always find something I like on the menu, but I don't always get served what I ordered. The service has been unreliable the last few times. Last time it was almost comical how many things went wrong. At least they took something off the check in compensation.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2014

I ordered a salad with shrimp, which was tasty and nicely done, but it cost $21!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2014

The Cottage has never disappointed me or my friends. On my most recent visit, the food was top notch, the server was attentive and knowledgeable. I had reservations, and the manager who was on duty that evening took special care to see that we were seated in a comfortable booth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2014

Really good casual restaurant with a good variety of dishes to satisfy picky eaters. Great place for group get togethers, although a little noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2014

Great place to have conversations since the tables are well spaced. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. The Caesar salad dressing with avocado is fabulous!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2014

Had a nice Friday evening dinner with my wife and daughter recently. Service was very prompt and efficient. Food was all good all around (burger, salmon, sides). Very nice ambiance in this location as well. Recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2014

Per usual, The Cottage menu offered delightful selections and the food was good. The service was a bit lacking. Two of the three of us were delayed in arriving. The third person had placed her order just a tad before we arrived due to her time constraints. So we two who arrived a bit late ordered salads with lobster (very tasty). The waiter did not ask if we wanted the first order delayed nor did he delay the first order to be timed with the two additional orders. The salads took a good amount of time to arrive, which should have been quicker and the waiter should have asked the kitchen to help move it along. The ambiance and food were quite good. I would recommend this restaurant for food and ambiance but caution those looking for good or great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 4, 2014

I was expecting an old-world cottage atmosphere, but found it to be a lovely, modern decor. Food was very good. I had the lobster fettuccini, which had large chunks of lobster, mushrooms, and white beans. It was scrumptious. My daughter had the tenderloin tips, also excellent. My husband had the duck. We had the calamari appetizer and I loved the savory salad that accompanied it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2014

Asked in advance for a quiet table but did not get one. Bread on sandwich could not be cut without a very sharp steak knife. Not outstanding in any way.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2014

We went to the Cottage to celebrate our 32nd anniversary and had a fine time. The service was terrific and the food and drinks were too. We'll be going back, just don't know when.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2014

This restaurant makes you feel like you're at a trendy beachside grille in San Diego---but youre in Chestnut Hill! Menu is always interesting; cappuccinos are DELICIOUS. Went here for a baby shower and had amazing nachos and a burger. Good wine list! Went here for lunch on a Saturday and had a great veggie burger - real veggie burger - not frozen or anything.

I do wish they offered brunch on Saturdays - they only offer it on Sundays.

Love this place - a little pricey but really a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2014

Cordial courteous service. Food was great. Conversation impossible .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Relatives were visiting from out of town and we went to The Cottage with a party of six. Very enjoyable evening at a great round table booth. Food was wonderful with a broad selection - something for everyone. Workable noise level, excellent beers and nice aspect to the service.
Lamb burger was a standout.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Very good go-to restaurant for getting together with friends and family.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Found The Cottage a few months ago. Have been back for lunch 3 times. The decor is beautiful! Service, above average. Menu choices and specials provide satisfying options for all tastes. I'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2014

excellent food and service, friendly greeting. waiter was excellent

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2014

We went here with some friends for my husbands birthday. The mixed drinks were delicious and Nachos with Lobster were FABULOUS!! All the entrees were wonderful. I was a little disappointed in the cut of ribeye for the special. It was very thin and my was very fatty. We will definately come back to try out the other menu items.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2014

The location, menu and ambience make it a great place to reunite with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2014

Reliably good meal in pleasant surroundings, where it is easy to visit with friends or have one-on-one meeting. Convenient and bright; good food without pretense.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2014

The place is fine, better than most, but with a little attention and refining it could be much better. In general, the food is good, but some of the dishes are sloppy... the tuna tacos for example, a giant mess, more of a salad... and the tuna not especially tasty. Very good service. Nice ambiance at lunch... can be terribly noisy on weekend nights.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2014

This was our third visit and we love it. The atmosphere is really nice; funky but not too funky. Food is very good and not super expensive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2014

A lovely evening had by all. A terrific wait staff. The steak was a bit overdone so another choice on the menu might be better although my lamb burger was tremendous.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to try Cottage out for my birthday dinner. In an effort to save our appetites, we decided to skip lunch and try for an early dinner instead. Our reservation was for 4:45pm. The specials menu was not yet prepared, so that was our first disappointment. It also seemed like our dishes weren't quite ready yet. There were elements missing, and they were generally under-seasoned. However, it was a still a decent meal in the end. While the lobster fettuccine wasn't my favorite (where was the truffle butter?), the goat cheese polenta appetizer was delicious and beautiful.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2014

Have been to Cottage often for lunch and dinner, other than a few missteps along the way, have had positive experiences. After Sunday, we will not be returning. I would not have made a reservation for 8PM had I known the restaurant closed at 9PM. Servers doing clean up duties around us the entire time. We had specifically requested a round table (I know they have only one) while there were only 5 occupied tables when we arrived, the round one was taken. Why could they not have seated that party in the booth we were given. Once we had declined any additional drinks, the waiter kept returning to see if we had changed our minds. The experience certainly put a damper on what we hoped would be a festive birthday celebration.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2014

I had brunch with three other ladies and we were all extremely happy with our food and service. I wish it were closer to Boston and I'd make it my usual spot!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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