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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
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!)
We live in Natick and this is our favorite local place. This time around, I got the Blackened Mahi-Mahi, and my girlfriend got the Short Rib. She commented that the Short Rib was one of the best things she'd ever eaten, and the Mahi-Mahi was great too - the gumbo that it was served in was spicy and delicious.
Also, do yourself a favor and sign up for their email list. They send out some type of coupon every month, and this time around it resulted in a free appetizer, in our case the ahi tuna "nachos," a very creative and delicious app.
Have gone to the Cottage often and always find it to be a positive experience. We were there early on a Sunday night and they had some new nightly specials and it was a little quieter than the usual noise fest. Our adult family from out of town love it too! Good food and fun place!
The restaurant was very crowded and very noisy and although it was before noon wasn't particularly clean. Took about 15 minutes to find a parking space. My omelet was good, but the side of potatoes wasn't. My friend's eggs benedict included two eggs and that's it. Pretty pricey too. Probably would be better during a less busy time.
Enjoyable dinner here. The food is always good and it is reasonably priced. Service was good attentive enough to make sure we were ok, but did not make us feel like she was interrupting our dinner out. We both had fish, Salmon and Mahi Mahi. Both of these dishes were flavorful and cooked just right. I have been here a few times now and I have always enjoyed it.
Went went with hubby, his mother, and my two kids (12 & 13). While most enjoyed their food, it was not really up to previous meals. As a frequent diner, we received a 'free appetizer' email which said it needed to be presented at the time of seating, which we did. The waiter gave us some dismissive response about how the coupon 'hadn't been set up properly' but he would handle it.
Our waiter was inattentive - drink order/refills were not timely, we had to ask if there were specials (there were not) and he served us 4 rolls for 5 people. We asked for more rolls (since we had not been given enough) and were given 3 more? Again - we were a table of 5. He seemed just to never be around and, when he was, we felt like we were an inconvenience.
When check came, we noted that the appetizer had not been taken off the bill. When we were able to flag down the waiter, he thanked us for reminding him about the coupon and corrected the bill.
About the food: Eggplant fries appetizer was yummy. Lobster fettuccine entree($22) was lacking taste (it was supposed to have truffle butter, parmesan crema and grape tomatoes, but it tasted like a watery alfredo with no tomato - absolutely nothing special or worth the price). Pasta in the dish was served in one large congealed lump. We would have sent the dish back had our waiter been around. Short ribs and Chicken Picatta were much better executed. We shared the cider donuts for dessert and those were sweet and tasty with the house-made caramel sauce.
We do enjoy going to The Cottage every 4-6 weeks so hopefully this was just an 'off' night for the server (we had never had him before) and our next experience will be more up to previous standards.
I found The Cottage to be a nice Wellesley spot with plenty of parking as it backs into shopping area. Pricey brunch for routine offerings, tasty, adequate, but there wasn't one item that was a standout. I would visit again, but would aim to try a lunch or dinner menu to see what is served up off of those menus that may prove more unique or better than average.
Just a GREAT upscale casual dining restaurant. Dress is nice casual, atmosphere is relaxed and the food /drink is wonderful. It was my son's birthday and everything was perfect, including the single candle on a delicious cheesecake representing 26 successful years. I'm very particular about the noise level and the few children that were there were well behaved by parental oversight. I feel it is important to teach children how to eat and behave in a nice restaurant and this is a place to provide that learning experience. A great restaurant for having a very fine meal with excellent food, service and in a very special relaxed atmosphere. We all commented that the decor was exceptional and added to the upscale relaxed atmosphere. Very professional restaurant and I don't think you will be disappointed. We visited many times and this time for a Sunday Brunch 12/28/14 and will return.
The Cottage is a very pretty restaurant and the wait staff could not be more attentive. This is my 4-5th experience there and I always leave with the same thought: Why do I like it so much when the food is only fair? This time we had the chicken salad sandwich. It was 90% bread which was impossible to eat because it was so thick. I removed the bread and just ate the chicken....it could not have been more than 3 oz of food. The spinach was soggy and way too buttery for my taste, but that could be personal preference. Last time I had the lobster salad sandwich which was a similar experience.....thick, thick bread and little lobster content. I have also had the crab cakes which seemed really undercooked. I am not a persnickety diner....if someone cooks and I don't have to, I am generally just thrilled. Would I go back? Probably, as I have four other times.....but I wouldn't go hungry. Sorry, just not a great foodie experience :-(
I've eaten at the Cottage a number of times over the past few years and had great food. This past weekend, my husband and I went back for the first time in a while, and it was not nearly as good as it used to be. We had the nachos to start, which were good... but not great. There was a ton of guacamole on top, but no salsa. There were just a handful of chopped tomatoes sprinkled on the plate that seemed insufficient. I had the arugula salad next. There was a TON of arugula, which had almost no dressing, especially considering the size of the salad. It seemed like it was just heaped on the plate with a couple of cherry tomatoes tossed in. A salad half as big with twice as much dressing would have been much better. My husband had the caesar salad, and same thing - almost no dressing. I had the sweet potato crusted cod, which was well-cooked and quite good. The broccoli rabe underneath was very, very garlicky. The roasted potatoes were basic but good. My husband had the fish tacos, which I thought were quite good. (Not the real deal authentic, but good nonetheless.)
We have been here for multiple dinners. The menu is varied so it meats the needs of our family with carnivore and vegetarians alike. I also like that they are continually updating the menu with new dishes. I had the sweet potato encrusted cod - lovely and light. My son who loves a great steak had steak frites and said it was amazing. My daughter asked them to make the fettucini without the lobster and loved it, they also charged a reasonable price for the modified dish. My husband had chicken piccata and ate every last bit. It is a bit noisy due to acoustics, but the great food, wonderful service and local feel are worth it. Desert was also delicious. We shared the apple streudel and chocolate souffle.
Food was mediocre at best. I had a hamburger and the meat was tough and not of great quality. French fries were ok. I tried some of the salads. Again, just ok, nothing that stood out by any means. Ambiance is nice and cozy and this somewhat makes up for the average-below average food that is overpriced. The waitress asked us if there were any allergies in our party. When we informed her that one person was lactose intolerant, we discovered that there were very few options that didn't contain dairy. Even the buns on the burgers contain cheese. This needs to be worked on by the management. If someone with a dairy allergy wants a plain burger this should be an easy accommodation. Otherwise, why even ask if there is an allergy if there are hardly any options.
Went for my wife's birthday. We had made a reservation and ended up arriving about 30 minutes early. They offered us the option of waiting or sitting at a high top in the bar - since the bar wasn't loud or crowded we chose that. Our server was terrific and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back.
i picked out the Cottage restaurant from the internet and was pleasantly surprised. We drove from NH to dine in your establishment. We loved the California style dining. I used the open table seating on the web page but arrived early. It was only a few minuets before we were seated at a quiet table. I ordered the Shrimp and Lump crab salad and my husband ordered a half sandwich and salad. The food was fresh and the service was excellent. I would dine in the restaurant again and will differently recommend our friends to visit the Cottage Wellesley Restaurant.
Cottage is situated right in the heart of Wellesley on Linden Street. You definitely need reservations for peak dinner hour, but it's worth it to squeeze through the tightly packed elite in the bar area. Food is quite tasty with several in our party opting for the prime burger of all things. But being our 3rd time at Cottage, several in our group have had the braised short ribs, steak tips, roasted chicken, pasta and all were very good. The truffled tater tots are so good that everyone in our party opted for those as a side dish! Wine list is good and they feature some seasonal brews. Not the cheapest in Wellesley so bring your wallet, but definitely worth it for special occasions or meeting friends you're trying to impress.
My girlfriend and I recently moved to Natick and were excited to finally check out The Cottage. We were not disappointed! She got the grilled half chicken and I got the lobster alfredo, and the restaurant proved that they could do both a reasonably healthy dish (the chicken) and comfort food (the alredo) equally well. We were in and out and got great service from Angelina. We'll be back
The Cottage food is consistently good. I had the steak tips this time with asparagus - delicious and just the right amount of food. My friend had the lobster pasta and liked her dinner too. You can never go wrong here. The only small complaint is that our server wasn't very attentive (restaurant wasn't too busy). Everyone can have an off night. Highly recommend The Cottatage.
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