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About The Cottage Wellesley

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.

190 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Cross Street:
Washington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 239-1100

Website:
http://www.cottagewellesley.com/

Parking Details:
Free Parking in the public lot at Linden Square.

Executive Chef:
Josh Gagne

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Cottage Wellesley Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
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Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The only thing that could have made it better is if the server had a smile.

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·Dined 2 days ago

My impression was that nobody really cared Service was not good, crab cakes were warm and soggy, order was screwed up. Coffee was good but you had to ask for a refill.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We hadn't been there for a while, since the renovations, but we very happy with the new decor and menu. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Sat at table next to bussing station and was sprayed by water without much of an apology. It was a Saturday night, so I understand it is busy, but service was very slow. Food was okay.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Very disappointing Valentin’s day dinner. Had to wait 45 mins (7pm reservation) for a table. Service was slow and our server had no clue about drinks or specials for the night. We used to enjoy this place in the past. No longer. The only bright spot was the food, loved it. Would not come back until service improves.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine day.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Went for Valentines. Service was abysmal. Took over an hour to get a burger. The burger tasted like it had been under a heat lamp for the hour. I told the manager on the way out and she could have cared less. Note- drinks are watered down and oysters are smallest I’ve ever seen.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Waitress was a bit pushy - probably thought she was attentive but instead was overbearing.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Have dined here for lunch and dinner numerous occasions.
Food is very well plated. For a business conversation, too
noisy. Requested a booth via Open Table a couple of days
prior to meeting and it's first come, first serve. Not a place
for a quiet/private conversation.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Good lunch menu. Great server! Acoustics improved recently. Still a fan but wish it was even more acoustically friendly.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was excellent. Waitress worked with chef to get us a roasted veggie appetizer even thou not on the menu. Food was well prepared and tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was very slow, which happens. But an inattentive server is unacceptable. The drinks we ordered before placing our food order arrived half way through our meal. A couple of extra items and condiments we asked for, never arrived. Have been here several times over the years, but the food and service are not worth the price anymore. Sad to say this, as we always liked The Cottage in the past.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was drenched in oil- appetizers and entrees. The fish was so overpowered with garlic you couldn’t taste the fish or any other seasoning. The dessert was mediocre. Service was VERY slow- we were there for almost 3 hours (most of our time was spent waiting for the bill at the end). Overall, it was not a fun experience. We will not be sad to never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love the new decor!! Food is wonderful, as always!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Waitress was uninterested in helping us with choices since it was our first time. She said the menu was what was available for drinks when I asked if there were other choices. Asked if they had any other soups as a starter and she said all they had was one choice.

Very noisy and hard to have a good conversation.

I would go somewhere else if you are trying to have a “date night”.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

There's really not that much to choose from in Wellesley, so this is definitely one of the strongest choices. Menu could use a bit of a re-do and daily specials.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This is the second year in a row I have made an reservation on open table for my daughters birthday. She lives in Brookline and we live in Framingham so it is the half-way mark for us both to drive during the week. Both times I made the reservation in the beginning of the week and both times asking for nice quiet booth and a slice of cake with a candle. This year I called about the quiet booth since I remembered last year. BOTH times we were put in a back room (last year it was next to a table of 20 guys celebrating). This year I flatly refused to be put int he back and all the booths were gone by 6:00. We took a hi-top table which turned out to be fine. We waited till the end to see about the slice of cake (we were hedging bets) and of course the waitress asked us if were were done and wanted to see the dessert menu. Why ask what special thing you want on open table if they do not read nor honor your request? Called the manager the next day to express my disappointment and she was lovely and extremely apologetic. I like the Cottage and will be back, but not for a special occasion.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

They spent a lot of money to redecorate the place which is nice but same old menu which is pretty tired and awful all around.

Gave it another chance after the reno but think I am done with the cottage

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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I was looking forward to a special occasion dinner with my family but was disappointed. The service was extremely slow which would've been ok if the food had been spectacular but it wasn't. The last time I was here was 2 years ago (and I loved it), but my most recent meal was no where near as good as it used to be. The entrees looked like they had been left under the heat lamps too long. In fact, the server said they were waiting for the French fries and held up the rest of the entrees for that. As a result the food was dry, luke warm, and didn't look or taste fresh. My fish tacos were very dry. The one bright spot was the goat cheese stack appetizer. It would almost be worth going back to have that again. For the price, the food and service just wasn't worth it. I don't think I'll be going back which is too bad. This used to be such a great restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was terribly slow; Noise level was very high, but food quality was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is generally exceptional! I love the scones at breakfast and brunch. I also have enjoyed the meatloaf for dinner. On Sunday the service was welcoming and the food quite good. The only low point was that the Brioche French Toast was soggy and uncooked in some places. I was surprised. The portion is so large, however, that I ate around these bits and was still quite full.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Generally positive on the renovation. It seems noisier now (not good) but improved the restrooms, dining room and bar area. Same good food (and safe gluten-free options) and helpful staff.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant was so noisy that our ears were ringing. It was impossible to have a conversation with out everyone yelling.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wanted to try the renovated restaurant. It looks good, but the quality of the food was very bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I was disappointed that this newly renovated restaurant still hasn't figured out how to address its acoustics (very very loud) problem. However, the food and service were excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food and service excellent as always. Like the new decor and highly recommend making reservations, i.e. Open Table

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Beautiful restaurant and varied menu options! Delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The Cottage is one of our regular places for multiple occasions - from a week night dinner to lunch to birthdays. Service is friendly and efficient and the food is reliably good. They recently redid the decor and I’m not a fan of the new look and chairs. But they kind of expanded the bar area which may lead to new options. Overall we recommend the Cottage.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Disappointing , we have been before and it was great. Not good this time. I guess everyone has a bad night

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very crowded and slow service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

First and foremost we WILL be back. This is a top rate establishment. We have been coming here for a couple years and have very seldom been disappointed. This time our disappointment was minor human error. They were extreme busy this time and recently reopened after a beautifully done renovation. The food is always top rate and good. This time we came for brunch and one meal had the wrong cheese and another was a little cool and then they ran out of the breakfast scones and delivered them as we left. HOWEVER they comp’d the whole meal for us!!!! Even though we objected and was not necessary. This place prides themselves on quality and customer service has always lived up to it. This is a great place and I’d recommend it very highly.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointing renovation of restaurant and menu. Reception area now has no where to sit. I had a reservation and needed to stand of 15 minutes waiting for my table. The new menu is less appealing than the previous version. Also, I felt the value was far less than before. For example, The Cottage's rolls have shrunk in half. When I asked for two additional rolls, I was charged $2! Seems ridiculous for a dinner tab of over $100. I would avoid The "New" Cottage.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A very good lunch. I highly recommend the stuffed avocado. It's delicious and the dressing with which they serve it is outstanding. The server was very nice; we had a lovely lunch. We will definitely return.

Only one complaint... they gave us 2 small pieces of bread (one for each of us) which was delicious. When we asked for more, the server said that he'd have to charge us $2 for it. We spent $70 on lunch (2 entrees, a dessert, a glass of wine, and a mocktail) and they wanted to charge us for a few extra pieces of bread?!? I was a little disappointed with that. Bread costs so little to make.

Regardless, still a great, relaxing lunch spot.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always love my experience there!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had lobster and salad. Delicious for celebrating a dear friend’s birthday

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Wednesday night reservation for 6:30. Wanted to see renovated space and try the new menu.
Was seated at table 3, in the back corner of the back room. Party of 2, table for 4. Hostess originally seated us in the two seats looking into the corner of the room, as if we were in a time out from kindergarten. Took the other place settings away. We rearranged ourselves to look out into the room and street level windows. Strike one.
Waited 5 + minutes for anyone to attend to us. By that time we had selected what we wanted, so when waitperson arrived we ordered: sparkling water for both of us, a beer, glass of wine, avocado toast appetizer, and two entrees.
What arrived was the following, in order of arrival: first the appetizer (avocado warm bread, not avocado toast); after appetizer was eaten, two glasses of tap water with ice; then the beer and glass of wine; then the entrees. Burger requested medium arrived burnt/charred/well done dead grey center. Sort of a puck like piece of meat. Lamb burger (entree 2) opposite problem; requested medium, got rare.
A struggle to get out of there, $60 dollars lighter and not having eaten anything enjoyable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Beware of asking for a 2nd piece of bread! The embarrassed server explained that management has a "new" rule. If you ask for a second piece of bread (the first 2 pieces that came for my wife and I were small slices of french bread), they must charge you an extra $2. Really? I bet the entire loaf didn't cost $2. If you are losing money on your bread gorging customers, then please raise your entree prices but don't nickel and dime customers. Its bad policy for your staff and your customers.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Excellent overall experience. This about our 10th visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2015

The Cottage Wellesley is my go to fit brunch, lunch, and dinner. It never disappoints!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2015

This is one of those places you can always count on to be good, although it may get a little old for some people. The menu has stayed pretty much the same over the years, but for me that is okay; especially since I LOVE their tortilla soup and chicken milanese, among the other salads and sandwiches that are tasty and nicely prepared/plated. The servers are usually very friendly and effiicient, as was Ben this week. Great pre-blizzard lunch with a dear friend at a restaurant that has become a dear friend! (Thanks for the appetizer, too!)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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