The Cottage

4.8
814 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE COTTAGE, is a warm and welcoming new restaurant by Chef Brian Lewis, which embraces the local community and is greatly influenced by the artisan farmers and growers in our region. Chef Brian's creative take on American cooking offers an exciting menu of hand-crafted dishes, inspired by techniques and cultures from various regions around the globe. Our food, wine and signature cocktails are paired with gracious hospitality in a warm and cozy setting. We are deeply rooted in seasonality, focused on sourcing exceptional ingredients and creating a memorable experience for our guests.
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us scraped our plates. Food is scrumptious and innovative.
Need to bring in some organic/sustainably farmed wine for those of us with sulfite allergies. How about partnering with the Liquor Locker right down the street? They specialize in sustainably farmed wine

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with drinks that were creative and delish
The menu offered everything from burgers to raw fish
Our meal ended with a peanut brittle dessert complete with hot fudge
We were so happily stuffed we could barely budge

r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, my husband and I met a long time friend and had a delicious meal and conversation.

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Am a big fan of The Cottage, but this time, felt a little bit rushed. And not as fond of the lobster pasta as I have been of other items. Crab toast, spicy shrimp, burger though - all absolutely awesome!

CV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing food & a wonderful, friendly staff!

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. We love the Cottage.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress wished us a happy anniversary. She knew from our reservation. We didn’t order any dessert and they brought us a complimentary ice cream. Very attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious. And timely.

M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What fun! Excellent food, presentation and very knowledgeable staff. Moderate corkage fee.

HS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Melanie is the BEST ! Went on a Sunday night and had one of the best burgers available in Fairfield County.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We will be back!

WG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great experience.

e
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This building once housed a fantastic French restaurant and before that a great seafood restaurant. Now it is a cynical version of American fast food for people who don't like food. Unannounced sickly sweet sauces on bits of nondescript meat surrounded by cardboard. Painful choice of top ten music for people who hate good music as much as they hate good food. Untrained staff who ignored the fact that I might have a reservation and reported me as a no show. Trying to make eye contact in order to get service is hopeless. Horrible food, incompetent staff and music as torture.

W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Eat here frequently. Food not as crisply prepared as former visits. Pork main particularly blah. Service pretty sloppy for a restaurant this expensive. Maybe just an off night.

WB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite. The cocktail menu was as enticing.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Better every time we go. Fantastic and warm staff. A gem!

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, especially the ethereal and creamy sweet corn tortelloni, and service was wonderful.

j
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Westport!

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always top notch. Really interesting dishes, very well prepared.

GR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent, the space is inviting and relaxing and the service is generally good.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an amazing night at The Cottage. The food was excellent and the staff treated us like family. We can’t wait to go back and are thrilled with the larger space and new bar.

CD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was incredible. I would make the trip from NYC for this place!

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food quality, best taste, and unique eclectic menu options.

KK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy, good and clean food. Simple. We had theater at 8 and they pushed us through without haste.

S
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, with friendly service and superb meal. We had ordered different items from the menu, each one was simply divine. I recommend it highly. Chef Brian Lewis happened to be at the restaurant, he warmly welcomed and we had a chance to tell him what a great restaurant it is. I hear he has another Japanese restaurant in town Oko, next week we will go to that to see how it is. We had a great experience.

M
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food & service. Small space, but great execution.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

always a great meal, but thought it was a little off Saturday the 13th...
ice cream desserts were melted when we got them...
will give it another shot down the road..

JL
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was excellent in every respect.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, unique, fresh, and creative. Service was flawless.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary, they brought a candle

AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was great! The service, (Melanie), food, decor and noise level were just right!

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible!! I can't wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Our waiter have great advise when asked between two options that both sounded amazing! Drinks from the bar were great as well!

MP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second time back and we brought some friends trying not to talk it up too much (impossible). We all love the food so much we kept insisting each other try a bite of our dishes. You can tell that the chef took pride in his work. We were so wowed by every bit we had to personally thank the chef. If you are looking for a restaurant we’re you can have a phenomenal meal you won’t be disappointed and if you are (which you won’t be) call me I’ll come eat your leftovers. Enjoy!

EW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Full of charm. The service was fantastic and super friendly! Food was delicious, but just way too rich! Needs a little balance to help cancel out the use of butter and decadent sauces.

CR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Business dinner for group of 7 was fantastic. Love the unique food choices, and warm, inviting ambiance. Rave reviews on the “tasting” menu, “Bun” appetizer, halibut, deconstructed duck stir-fry, and yellowtail entrees. Our server Melanie was friendly, attentive and efficient, and had great personality. I’m already planning for my return visit!

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our recent meal at The Cottage was outstanding. We shared a few appetizers- brisket steam buns, fresh beet salad and deviled eggs. all were excellent! Then we had: lobster spaghetti, the house special spring pea sachetti and the burger. Again- perfect - we finished off my birthday meal sharing desserts: chocolate cake with hazelnut, lemon curd and berry dessert. the service is nice without being overbearing. As we went on an early Wednesday evening, it was quiet and very pleasant - we will be back as it’s a top two restaurant for us in Westport!

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Thank you Brian.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, but the salmon is described as being served medium rare, and it came well done.

W
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent fresh vibrant ingredients on imaginative dishes. Fresh pea salad sublime. Ditto the squid salad appetizer. Pastrami crepe imaginative and good. Duck fried rice solid and again most good. Rhubarb Johnny cake an ideal ending. Only ngative I thought the wine list was a bit overpriced for what it was. Provence rose for $100 plus—who’s kidding who?

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