The Cottage Wellesley

4.5
2047 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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vipMumsedso
New England
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - great salads, great salmon dish with orzo and short rib pasta dish. Good distanced seating away from other diners for safety. We felt very safe and enjoyed our meal immensely. And the server and manager very accomodating. This place is def high on our Go To list.

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vipJamesS
New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place for a break from traditional fare. Food is consistently good and the ambiance is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were seated near the exterior door last night. With people walking through this door during our dinner it was so cold, we had to wear our coats during dinner. Not ideal, but everything else was very nice.

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vipRose
New England
85 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated promptly outisde. The staff immediately put the heater on for us. The waiter was very patient as we waited for one our party to arrive. Our lunch was delivered and was very good. We were not rushed, a great afternoon.

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Lucai
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has everything! Great food-nice atmosphere and wait staff! Plenty of space between tables-especially on a Sunday. Burger was one of the best ever! Fish and chips quite good and their fries rock!

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lindag
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch-the omelets were delicious and the lemon pancakes were great. The bloody Mary was excellent. Everything was fresh and made to order-hot and delicious! We really enjoyed it!

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PamG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was outstanding , very friendly and attentive. The was good as it always is.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent risotto and one of the best brownies ever

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Suzy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service . One of my favorite restaurants

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vipGailK
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening!

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DeeNee
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great place to have lunch but I recommend going late if you want to have a conversation along with a lovely meal. That way it will quiet down as folks who are seated around noon depart.

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Sherry
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad dinnerware and service
They need to update the dinnerware and chairs.
Metal chairs are the widest during the cold season!

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VictoriaW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib fettuccini for dinner is excellent.
The bacon grilled cheese for lunch is to die for.

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vipSuzanne
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks were good! Although we had a few bumps with our food order, our waiter quickly responded and made sure we were happy! The chicken tortilla soup is very good. My friend enjoyed her Caesar salad with grilled chicken.

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vipgr13
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Loud, but great food. Would recommend for brunch.

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StatLady
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch is delicious!

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Jojo7
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My drink was delicious, our waiter attentive and fun and the Salmon was delicious. I wasn’t expecting much, usually salmon is just okay most places. Last night everything was seasoned perfectly including the sides.
Great meal👍

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Marpat
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous! Excellent food and service... we will ask for Heather by name, she was outstanding!

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Beth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the expensive side but lovely setting and good food

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vipFroggy
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience although I was surprised and a bit disappointed that my main course dish was mostly cold! I had the salmon and it was the only hot item on my plate ! At this time of year I kind of expect joy items on my plate! Is it just me?

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Good was average at best

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BBelgiov
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. Indoor and Outdoor (heaters) seating.

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BonnieA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The noise level was awful. You need some sound deadening or absorption materials in the room

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RobinP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the initial ‘hello & welcome’ from Heather at reception desk, our first experience having lunch at The Cottage was wonderful. We opted for an outdoor table and were glad we did because the inside was full and the noise level was fairly high.

The food was delicious and our server could not have been better! Also, ample parking was available, which made things easy to get in and out.

We will look forward to returning! Thanks to everyone at the Cottage.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The fish tacos were delicious and surprisingly filling: 3 unusually large tacos. In most restaurants fish tacos are a small meal--not so at The Cottage. The other meals were on the small side compared to many restaurants, but the tacos were a great value.

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BGF18
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent--cooked just right, good quantities. Staff efficient and friendly. We're glad to be back!

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zoe1
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was very crowded and very noisy. Luckily, we were allowed to move into the back room so we could hear each other talk! Service was quite slow but it was a crowded Sunday brunch crowd. Great food!

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StatLady
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch is delicious and fun!

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vipKels
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The breakfast menu is basic and limited and does not have much for more health conscious options or new ideas. The coffee is just okay. Lovely dining room.

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ChrisH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and staff, the food was amazing. Our waiter Arthur was awesome helping us make the perfect selections for our drinks and meals. I’ve seen some reviews complain about the about the noise level but for an open dinning room which full, we found it to be not problem. Looking forward to going back there again. 5 Stars across the board

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LitaR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to meet a friend from out of town for lunch. We appreciated that it was open before Noon, we could get a reservation and the high ceilings and openness of the space felt Covid safe. Thank you

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GSPluvstodine
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went out for a family dinner. Two younger children, they loved their food. My husband got the short ribs fettuccine and I got the chicken Milanese, both were delicious! Our server was very attentive, friendly, and warm. We will go back again.

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JayM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good and service was very good once again.
Enjoy going there.
Recommend it to others always.

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FrancesG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and our waiter was very friendly. I’ve gone there for brunch for years, and have always enjoyed it.

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Ruth
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was so so and service was average. Good outdoor seating.

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Bran
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful time seated outside. The weather was spectacular - warm with no wind and the leaves were gorgeous colors. The Brunch was delicious and the service very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food prepared exactly as asked. Will definitely return!

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vipNancyD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a difference between just going out for brunch so you don't have to cook at home, and "brunching". Our last meal at The Cottage was truly "brunching". And, it was mostly due to the fabulous staff (TOTALLY not saying that the food didn't contribute to our wonderful experience...everything is AMAZING.) Our server was friendly, made us feel welcome, gave us great suggestions for ordering and made us smile! The friendly staff that brought us our drinks and my after-though-side-of-bacon served us with a smile (and sometimes a laugh!) We'll continue to brunch at The Cottage often :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I hadn’t been in a while. It’s much more casual and a little less special. But food food, friendly staff, nice environment

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vipFridaynightlights
New England
79 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I understand the need for patience when dining out nowadays but my patience was pushed to the limit. The server was nice and told us about the special cocktail to benefit the Ellie Fund. We ordered it which she then proceeded to spill all over me. She apologized and said she’d “ top them off”. No how about a new drink or comping me the drink. We ordered dinner and a glass of wine and I had to flag down the manager as we were finishing our dinner to say we hadn’t got the wine, didn’t have water either. The service was terrible and the food was average at best. Very disappointing.

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 2047 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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