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The Cottage Wellesley

4.1
1072 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(781) 239-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josh Gagne
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
Free Parking in the public lot at Linden Square.
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
What 1072 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Tables were wiggly. Food came out undercooked and cold. Server was very slow getting us coffee for Sunday brunch. Omelet was very boring. Breakfast sandwich was lackluster. Won’t be going back.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

The Cottage recently shut down for renovations and this was our first time visiting since they reopened. Unfortunately I was not impressed. All the beautiful art that used to grace their walls is gone and they put in these horrible black lights that don't look right. We sat at a low table and the chairs were really uncomfortable. We had a very nice waitress, who was very helpful with the menu. However, not one person in our party liked their food. We ordered the chicken caprese salad (very boring), fish tacos (also boring) and the impossible burger (tasted burnt and dry). We complained about the burger and the waitress took it off our bill, which was nice. However, the food was so mediocre overall that I don't think we will be going there again... too bad.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The cottage is always raucous and fun. Food is great and the ambience is pleasing. Don’t go here if you want peace and quiet as it’s always busy with fun crowds

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

High volume high bass disco drum music wrecked the experience for us and others. A full house of people screaming to be heard above the noise made it painfully deafening.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food and service, as always, with our 2- and 4-year-old kids and grandparents.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious! It seemed that the lunch rush was either busier than they were staffed for, or our server had a section that wasn't near our corner booth. While we very much enjoyed the food it felt like we had to look around for our server on numerous occasions. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I would still be willing to come back again as I certainly understand that the lunch rush can be especially busy!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Lunch (Nicoise salad) okay - not outstanding. Waiter very nice but slow.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food and atmosphere was very good, although the server dropped the ball! Our server kept us waiting over 30 minutes to place our order and never offered coffee and desert, just delivered our bill. The food was served promptly and was delicious! I have only gone twice, once before the renovation and once after, I would be willing to give it a try again... hopefully I have a better server.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was my first visit and I was getting together with 3 of my family members. After a long drive from Cape Cod I came into the restaurant and was told that they were closed due to a drainage problem. I asked if the 3 other people had arrived. I was told yes so they seated me with my party. We spoke with the wait staff and didn't know whether to stay or leave. We were told that the kit hen was fine but there was no ladies room open but we could use Starbucks next store. We had all traveled a distance so we decided to stay. I put my coat on and went next door to use the ladies bathroom which was out of order. After a long wait I was able to use the men's room which was the only one available. The wait staff said that there were working on the problem but the bathroom still wasn't available over an hour later. I thought that this situation should have been handled differently. It certainly affected our family get together negatively.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was a great experience for my friends and I to celebrate a birthday. Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Modern yet homey. Light yet comforting. Friendly service.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fish tacos were not very well executed. The restaurant was noisy and having high volume music did not help. At peak times the music volune could be turn down.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Was not impressed with hostess. Did not feel welcomed My frittata was sub par

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Came with a 5 year old and this kids menu was awesome! I will come back.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This is a complete downhill since opening a few years ago. Uninventive, expensive and mediocre. I have been going here for 4 or more years and the food is deteriorating and becoming more expensive. Chopped salad had nothing interesting and the added price chicken was fair. The avocados with chicken salad looked like they were prepared days ago. The chicken caprese continues to be mediocre at best. Overcooked chicken, some few greens and barely any mozzarella. Frittata is usually ok. They no longer offer bread at the table (and when we asked at lunch they say only at dinner). But the service is very good and I hope the servers can find other positions when this closes.
Done with this.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I made a 1:30 reservation for 3 of us for Easter. I called you confirm on Thursday afternoon prior to our Sunday reservation. I specifically asked if there was a pre fix menu for Easter or the regular menu. The young woman on the phone said it would be a regular menu. I asked again about Easter. She obviously didn't know because we were only offered brunch or burgers. Extremely disappointing as I invited my elderly Mother who had to order a salad for Easter lunch. I love the cottage but would never go again on a holiday.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Incredibly uncomfortable seats. Poor service. V disappointing for an Easter Sunday breakfast.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Too noisy with a baby screaming at next table and parents not doing anything. Good food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best salads around - the southwest chopped was the choice this time. The goat cheese polenta appetizer was also outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I love this place and eat here often. I miss the turkey burger and hope it returns

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Have eaten there twice now, and both times the service was exceptionally slow. Food is OK, but pricy. If you live in Wellesley, you may as well go. But it's not worth the trip from any other town.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went for brunch (brunch options in the area are surprisingly hard to come by!). Nothing special but the menu was a bit limited. The waiter explained that this is done to keep the kitchen from getting too crazy because they do a lot of brunch business which is understandable. Still took about 45 minutes to get our food and an omelette came out cold. Would maybe try again for non brunch but again, nothing really nothing special.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We came at 1:00 on a Sunday and it was packed. There was only the brunch menu presented. Two of us got the “crispy” crab cake with poached egg. The crab cake was not crispy and the egg was hard boiled not poached. The noise level was very high.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everyone’s brunch selection was delicious..
Most people had an omelette or French toast..
I had a delicious fried egg sandwich!
The Cottage got very loud and busy around noon!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was pleasant but not delicious, and it was on the cool side. It did not include bread or similar; on a Sunday brunch bread is necessary. The personnel were very pleasant, but missed a few details; and as they say, the devil is in the details. Maybe this was just a difficult day; so we will still keep going to brunch and hope for an improved experience.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I love The Cottage-the food is always delicious . This experience would have been reviewed higher but it wasn't great service. Our server was not the friendliest nor was the male server who brought over the items that were omitted after our meal was served. This included: salt and pepper, ketchup, scones that were supposed to come with our omelets and a side order of hash browns.
It was disappointing and our food did get a bit cold but I guess these things happen from time to time...

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was extremely loud and everyone at the table complained we couldn't hear one another speak

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food is always good but the noise level is terrible. Cannot have conversation. The new smaller booths and much fewer of them is a huge mistake. Very very noisy even at lunch. Terrible

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I was really surprised by the downfall of this restaurant. I have been going here for years and always enjoy the meals here. The food portions were significantly smaller than usual ( all of ours) and still proved the same, if not more. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My brother and I took my sister out to lunch for her birthday. The food was good but not outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I've been coming to The Cottage for years in both CA and in Wellesley. The renovation is lovely although no longer looks CA beachy, but still very, very pretty. Everyone was happy with their dishes except for me. I ordered the short rib and somehow it was inexplicably both very fatty and very dry. Usually short rib has a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and this was more akin to overcooked day old pot roast. Sorry but I had to send it back. I will defintielt give The Cottage another chance but just order the cod. The table enjoyed the cod and I really missed out.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

What a great server Zoe was. So attentive and made good suggestions. I will definitely lunch here more often

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We really had great service from Max. That really contributed to the overall great experience

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love the menu changes and new decor

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Not impressed,
found menu to be very limited
Overall restaurant is very loud and cold

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The restaurant has been redecorated. Instead of softening the noise level, the noise level has become intolerable. No one could hear anyone talking at the table without yelling. This does not make for a very nice dinning experience. No one enjoyed the evening.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always enjoy visiting the cottage for dinner or lunch.
I must say, I did like the cottage decor.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

WORST SERVICE EVER- went without water for 30 mins. No salt and pepper on food or on the table. Limited lobster on sandwich. Cold fries. Rude waiter- no class- didn’t want the ratatouille... after 5 great visits will never go back.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Good place for lunch...

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very noisy and hard to enjoy because of that

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