The Cottage Wellesley

4.5
2084 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Cottage, an upscale-meets-casual eatery in Linden Square Wellesley known for dependable, fresh, SoCal inspired menu options.

We partnered with Taniya Nayak, a featured interior designer on popular Food Network programs such as ‘Restaurant Impossible’ to transform the once light-flooded, beach-like, SoCal atmosphere to a warm, lively, and New England-comfort interior. Enjoy an emphasis on natural woods, live greenery, and pops of welcomed fresh color in the new interior and brand.

The Cottage will remain the same tried-and-true neighborhood eatery with a re-defined focus on local, fresh, and honest product, for the whole family, every day. The Cottage Wellesley’s new menu is created by Culinary Director, Peter Hansen, who brings his vast experience from all over the world to Wellesley, MA. In his career, Hansen has appeared on six episodes of Iron Chef and has worked alongside incredible culinary talent such as Michael White and Bobby Flay.
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KevinD93
New England
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great as usual, including service and quality of food.

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KevinW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch is a dying art--The Cottage is an exception to that rule. Interesting choices, Lemon Ricotta pancakes were perfect and my dining companions said the eggs beny were terrific as well. Will make this a frequent stop on Sunday.

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vipChristineW
New England
41 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious! Love,love the chicken Milanese and had a a yummy cocktail too. Would definitely recommend.

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vipCarolandcompany
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch! Service was great and staff is so welcoming !

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JoseM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Food! Menu not overwhelming and features a good variety of dishes to cover all kinds of tastes.

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agbmom
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an extremely tasty meal with superb service by Arthur. Highly recommend the chicken tortilla soup, arugula salad, chicken Milanese, chicken piccata, and the scallops. The chicken Milanese was exceptionally special. It is also worth pointing out that the restaurant is spacious and the seats are not close together at all.

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Omnomnom
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yummy lunch date! It was very loud, service was a little slow but they were packed so it’s understandable. Friendly waiter and the destress drink was soooo good!! Thank you for a great lunch

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Darrell
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy lobster sandwich and great calamari!

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lbcb
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and great to see so many really good gluten free options as well. One member in our party has a gluten allergy and it can be difficult finding restaurants with enough choices for them, especially choices that are appealing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food is always amazing, their Nacho’s are a stable

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Susie
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. I will definitely come back!

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RogerG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Hamburger was tasty and not overpriced. Service above average. Gluten free menu available

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Arthur
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding . Food was good, highly recommend for dinner and cocktails !

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Reba
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably tasty, and super fresh. nice selections- including healthy ones. Nice wines too. Service is always kind and sincere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice lunch. The staff was mostly attentive & accommodating, however it was a little noisy & difficult to have a conversation.

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BeneNight
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable. Food is very good. Chicken Milanese is exceptional. Highly recommend.

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Rachel
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent! I will definitely return.

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vipMelissaR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience here. As someone with a dietary resource felt well taken care of. The food was great. There were no waits and the service was awesome.

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XBud
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had lunch here with a few friends and we were quite disappointed. The ambience is great but the food and drinks were both mediocre. Overpriced for the quality of food.

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Paula23Review
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A favorite

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vipRickD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The wine was awful and fish taco tasteless.

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vipThomasY
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall good experience but it looks like they are struggling like most places with line lever staff. The server we had was personable, but needs some development on service basics (touching water glasses at the top of the glass, not using trays when bringing over cocktails (ordered a martini and he came over with drink in one hand, spilling it all over the place, and olives in the other hand, which he placed directly on the bare table instead of in the martini or even on a beverage nap).

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PamK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I put the ambiance as a 3 because the restaurant is so loud. We love eating here, but my 95 year old mother can hardly hear any conversation because of the noise level. Food is fantastic and servers very helpful.

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JonS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service, thank you for a lovely meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service

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JudyN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken picata was yummy ,
Service was good and we liken the gluten free options. Our waitress was nice and the the food was delivered in a timely manner.

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vipLInda313
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wait person was slow checking on us. Needed a drink refill & didn’t see her for a while. Didn’t offer or bring bread.

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Brie
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Our food was good. My chicken picatta was delicious, one out of about 6 pieces of chicken was a bit tough but the flavor made up for it. My Dad's short rib pasta was great. My mother's cod hash wasn't very flavorful at all. The bread and butter here is always warm and yummy. My cocktail (which I ordered without the elderflower) was delicious.

HOWEVER...the noise was terrible. I know many families with young children come here but there were plenty of seats towards the middle they could have sat a family with three unruly kids and two even louder parents, besides in the booth right behind us. The waiter would match their volume when he visited their table as well. I had to wait for rare moments of slightly dulled yelling to be able to speak to my mom sitting next to me in the booth. We will be going much later, after the kiddos are home, next time.

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WendyS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and service. Scallops are amazing. Only thing is the Sangria has a very strong alcohol taste and not fruity enough.

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Pesce168
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I miss the Chestnut Hill cottage so was delighted with the opportunity to try the Wellesley site. I was delighted the eatery took us earlier than our reservation when I called as we'd finished our business in the area.

The ambiance was great but I was a bit disappointed in the food. The ambiance was outstanding with spaciousness, high ceilings and seasonal decorations. It took a while for waiter to get to us and while he was very pleasant it was slow. That seems to be the norm these days. Somebody else took our drink order and was knowledgeable enough to point out something suitable for my tastes. I enjoyed my Harvest Moon and my companion liked her seasonal sangria. She loved her garlic crusted chicken appetizer but thought the side mashed potatoes were boxed. Her caesar salad was excellent. My fish was not sufficiently cooked-my fault for not stipulating well done. I liked the accompanying mashed potatoes and tomato melange.

I would return to to give it another chance since some aspects were good.

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ColleenB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service! We had a really nice dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and atmosphere were great. Only glitch (which got taken care of quickly) was that there was a live moving moth in my friends salad. We told the waitress and she took care of it and brought out a new salad that we were comped for. Will definitely be back. A silly moth can’t keep me away from the cottage nachos.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the management was extremely helpful in arranging a large party reservation! Great food and cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. Beautiful place. Food was delicious, we had the Cottage Benedict. and an goat cheese. and sausage omelete,

The healthy drinks are great. We had the watermelon one and a carrot juice/ ginger.

Our server Arthur was very attentive

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vipMaxie
London
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it first time there but it won’t be my last!!!

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marcies
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was delicious. Honored our reservation on a busy Saturday night. I would definitely recommend.

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Hammer
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great experience. Food and service was excellent. Ordered our food and were served in less than 10 minutes

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vipMichaelR
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great. Service was fabulous!!!
But $7 for a latte is too much by any standard!
Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice table, good waitress and enjoyable food; we had a pleasant dinner.

Three diners - we ordered a cheeseburger, fish & chips, and a lobster salad sandwich. Sandwiches and fish & chips were prepared nicely and tasted good.

A quality casual food choice but with prices up a bit, expect to pay $30 - $40 per person with tip for dinner and coffee or a soda.

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katsr
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lunch time reservation and were seated immediately. We waited a reasonable amount of time to get our food. Our waitress was attentive and our lunches were good. Two of us had the harvest salad, one had a delicious burger and fries and two had fish tacos. There were three choices for dessert. I wished one of them was fruity. We wanted to share and could not agree on a dessert. Coffee was very good. We'd go there again.

FAQs

The Cottage Wellesley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 239-1100.

The Cottage Wellesley is rated 4.5 stars by 2084 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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