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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.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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