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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.
Wellesley, MA 02482
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
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Free Parking in the public lot at Linden Square.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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