The Cottage Wellesley

4.4
1976 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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BobW
New England
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been here a few times. Food is always good. Service average. Ambiance is nice up beat and friendly.

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vipBrianT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Brunch! We will definitely be going back soon.

JF
vipJoeF
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The kitchen was a disaster, left before got our food.

CS
CherylS
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the outdoor patio. Had sea scallops which were excellent.

AC
vipAngelaC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from making the reservations to paying the bill. Great food! Excellent service! Great place for a girls night to catch up with old friends. We closed the place down, but never felt rushed or pressured to leave. Will be back again very soon!

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ShawnH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great business lunch spot that is sophisticated enough to cover any meeting but also casual enough to be enjoyable and pressure-free. Had a great lunch here with our team ordering from all sides of the menu. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

DP
DotP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location and lovely place to eat both inside and outside. The staff wear mask which is welcomed.

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vipRobert
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner with friends and family. Excellent food, wonderful service.

KM
KennaM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful lunch outside at The Cottage! Salad, fish, and eggs Benedict were all good.

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vipGourmand
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our first time at this restaurant. Overall good but not anything special.
Very noisy. They poured a ton of salt in our food so much that we could almost see the results in our hands, etc., We are not likely to go back.

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Ilovedogs
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The smell of fish when you enter the restaurant was overwhelming, especially when you need to stand there to check in.

The service was actually good, but may too good. Our drinks came out in five minutes and our dinner followed in about four minutes. The food was not cooked to order. I understand that seating outside is at premium as the tables needed to be turned over. My fish tacos did not serve well under those conditions. When the food arrived within ten minutes of our sitting down, I felt rushed. I hope this is useful feed back.

DH
vipDavidHuckins
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The fish tacos were not good. They used to be so flavorful with sides of guacamole and picante. Now they just have a mound of cabbage thrown atop. Please talk to the chef. The fish tacos you made a couple of years back were profoundly better.

Entree Salads are very small for a meal.

Please add more menu items. The menu is old and a big ho-hum.

Nice server who was very attentive and efficient!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was extremely nice and friendly

RW
vipRobertW
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4th time dinning at The Cottage. As a resident, it remains my favorite local restaurant in town.

DR
DebraR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Enjoyed my lunch at Cottage with my friend a few days ago.

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vipMontyspringsteen
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Oh cottage you are back to your unfriendly days and slovenly ways.

Nothing says ‘We suck’ more than a hostess being nasty to customers on the phone, filthy floors, sticky menus or the waiter refusing to bring us a dinner because brunch isn’t over for 16 minutes!

Ps we left but many thanks for confirming we completed our reservation - ignorance is kind of the overall vibe.

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Fooddude
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went to the Cottage to celebrate my wife's birthday. Overall, we had a positive experience. Like most in the restaurant industry, they were under-staffed. However, our server did the best she could to serve us in a timely manner. The food was quite good, and we especially enjoyed our calamari appetizer. My only complaint would be the noise from the street (we were seated roadside). But it was a small complaint given our overall experience.

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vipRobert
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have such a wonderful restaurant. We generally come once a week. Your food is great and you have a wonderful team – everyone is so nice (and professional). We wish it were easier to get a table outside, but I suppose everyone would like that. Inside can be a little noisy, although not too bad, so we ask for the PDR. We also like to east at your bard, which is very nicely done. Your attention to detail is excellent – it shows in everything you have done.

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vipcami
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here frequently....why, because it's about the best there is in New England.
The ambience, food and waiters are superb!
They totally aim to please you and they do, no matter how unusual your request
might be.....like requesting a second cloth napkin to make a placemat!
Bottom line........it's a wonderful restaurant.

SL
StatLady
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch menu!

ES
vipEllenS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good just ok. Probably won’t return especially for dinner.

BG
BrianG
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Steak was …unfortunate

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vipGlutenfreediners
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent service—friendly and attentive to our gluten-free needs. Always feel safe and welcome at the Cottage

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Awesome
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great night out. The food was so good. Lobster sandwich is not to be missed. And our waitress Gabby, outstanding!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were seated in the back alcove by ourselves. It was cold and the waitstaff was largely nonexistent. Food came out a dish at a time. Mine was the last dish, delivered more than 7min after the others had their food. It was the easiest dish. Overcooked fish tacos with a little pool of oil in the bottom of the soft taco shell. Spicy, with guacamole and sauce. Guacamole and sauce were unseasoned and did nothing to cool the spice. Flooded with cabbage. Sweet potato fries were mediocre.

MP
MargieP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal and service were good. The pit side seating was nice. I feel that the prices are high for what you get. My salad was small and had just five shrimp in it for the price. I think the value is not there. It was not before the pandemic and is still not there during the pandemic.

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MicheleS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Love the ambiance. Would highly recommend this restaurant!!!

BM
BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Lobster sauté entree cost was $35. Dish consisted mostly of zucchini and cream sauce. Lobster might have been 3-4 ounces. Ripoff!

DC
vipDebbiC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & service as usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waiter. Great food. Has the burger. Perfectly cooked and AMAZING fries

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

MR
MaryR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a friend’s birthday. The service was terrific and the food was delicious. The food is always consistent and all of our meals were exceptionally good yesterday. Nice outside area to sit and was not too noisy inside. One of my favorite places to have lunch!!

MC
MichelleC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a friend. Nice atmosphere, plenty of parking, fresh food, friendly service.

DP
DotP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely Patio with nice flower edges on a quiet plaza.

BC
BrantC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our visit, had excellent food and service. We were concerned about noise and so we arrived early for dinner (around 5:15PM). The restaurant was mostly empty at that time so we got a nice table and were able to converse at a normal voice level. By the time we were wrapping up a couple hours later the noise level was rising and we were starting to have to raise our voices. But every other aspect of the meal was top notch. Truly attentive service, diverse menu, great wine selection. So definitely recommend but if you're there at prime dining hour you might find yourselves shouting.

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jenni
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service!

D
vipDinner
New England
91 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Kevin. He’s great

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dot3
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a great lunch!! Service was very nice. Patio seating was warm but the wait staff moved the umbrellas aground. Would highly recommend!! Dessert was not impressive.

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lizM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun!
If you don’t want this review as is just forget it!

JS
vipJamesS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. A neighborhood gem.

FAQs

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

The Cottage Wellesley is rated 4.4 stars by 1976 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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