The Nelson Cottage by High West

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72 reviews
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The Nelson Cottage is a unique restaurant offering a prix fixe dinner served family style. Separate from the High West Saloon, and just two doors up, it is located in a beautifully renovated historic cottage.

We offer a prix fixe dinner with a menu of the chef’s choosing in a communal dining setting on Wednesday through Sunday evenings throughout the Winter season. Substitutions are politely declined as we offer a set menu only. As our tables seat about 8 guests, for larger groups please give us a call to make a reservation.

We will do our best with advance notice of food related allergies, however it may not be possible to accommodate every allergy.

Dinner: $85 per guest; $100 on select Holiday nights
Hand Selected Whiskey Pairings: $40-$65 per guest

A credit card is required to secure all reservations. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice will result in a charge of $85 per guest.
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KH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our honeymoon/my birthday dinner so special and unforgettable. Every course and pairing was so thoughtfully prepared and explained. We loved the bonus distillery tour at the end of the meal with our table mates!

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining and venue. The whiskey pairing with the food is amazing. This is a great place to have a communal dinner. It was my wife and i’s anniversary and it was a great way to spend it over a table with great food. My wife is vegetarian and they had great options that served her as well. And you will love the hospitality of the staff and Terry. Phenomenal presentations of the whiskey.

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This has all the elements of a potentially great experience....but they need to slow it down....we had an 8:30 reservation which is the last seating of the evening and the entire experience was so rushed. We sat down and within a few minutes got our soup course followed so quickly by our salad course and before salads were even finished the rest of the meal was put down on the table. There was too much food too quickly and we didn't even end up trying it all because by the time we were ready for it, it was cold. The food was beautiful but the overall experience was flat and very expensive.

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BC
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but worth it if you're looking for a unique Park City experience. Multiple parties are seated at each table, and the food is served family style, but both the food and the whiskey are excellent. Nelson Cottage is one of our go-to dinners when we have friends in town that are new to Park City!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This private dining experience is a delight. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The food and whiskeys are delicious. It is expensive, but probably worth it if you appreciate a smaller, more intimate setting with a whiskey tasting.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Nelson's Cottage was absolutely one of the best meals we have ever had. We were still talking about it days later. The tasting menu included several courses of delicious and unique offerings, with the option to pair a whisky with some of the courses. Everything was cooked to perfection. The ambiance of the space was warm and inviting. We had to arrive late because of a long drive from Alta and they were so gracious and kind to us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, a bit pricier than anticipated. Cost will be a factor in how many times we will return.

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KB
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Practically Perfect In Every Way

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LW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nelson Cottage is a very cozy community environment with great food & great whiskey. Certainly on the upper echelon in price range. Great experience for a special occasion

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience! One seating, prix fixe menu, family-style dining. The food was perfect, and the staff was friendly. Made for a wonderful night.

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ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The cottage was a nice setting in a restored old house. The food and whiskey pairing was a very interesting dining experience and both were delicious and went well together. We were seated with 2 other very friendly couples and hit it off quickly and had a great time.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kevin is the BEST!!!!!!!! Whiskey was second best !!!!!!
The best place in town!!!!!!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner at the Cottage. The food was amazing and the whiskey pairing a must.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time at Nelson Cottage and we will definitely come back. Great special occasion meal with a group of friends. Fun and unique evening of very good food, paired with several whiskies of the High West Distillery. Food, which is a set menu, is served family style. Terry, the host, is entertaining and extremely knowledgeable about the whiskies. We had a special St Patrick’s meal with corned wagyu beef (really good) and a chocolate dessert that was outrageously good. If you like bourbon/rye and good food in a relaxed setting, you will love this.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Too expensive for a shared table

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a unique experience set in a historical building, and I’d highly recommend it. The whiskey tasting, delicious food and high level of service made for a perfect evening. Make sure to leave room for dessert.

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J
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, intimate with amazing food, service and ambiance. Not to be missed!

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ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the pairing of whiskey was super unique. The chef and host were super knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was expensive but delicious.

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AS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of four, and we opted for the winter tasting menu with the whiskey pairing. Fantastic food and the whiskey was delicious, as expected. Pretty expensive, but good for the rare special occasion.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a ski trip and were aware of High West Distillery. We thought we would try the restaurant our first night on a Friday and happened across the Nelson Cottage. My wife is vegetarian and my daughter is a preteen so the menu matters.

The Nelson has a prefix menu but accommodated us spectacularly. The pairing with the whiskeys is unexpected and a must if you visit. Obviously my daughter did not try that. Nor was it so much alcohol that you get smashed.

The atmosphere was great as it was communal and Nelson’s made us all comfortable to visit and share experiences. The historic building and feeling of a Mountain Cabin made you hungry.

The staff and Chefs were so attentive and the food was truly the star of the show.

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t
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my “don’t miss” pick in Park City. It’s an experience like no other. This quaint cottage seats ~30 and serves family style seasonal dishes. You’ll need a reservation for one of their two nightly seatings. Come early for a pre-dinner cocktail outside with heat lamps and cushioned seating to enjoy the view of downtown Park City and views of the mountains. Every meal is different but impeccable prepared, explained and served. We had fish stew and New Zealand rack of lamb.

Two tips:
1. Don’t miss the whiskey pairing.
2. Come with friends or prepare to be friendly with others at your table.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent foodie experience. Get the whiskey pairing!

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JD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love whiskey, this place is a must! Great food but the best part was the whiskey pairings.

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NH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was fun! I liked the family style dining, and the unexpected opportunity to mingle with our tablemates. The food was tasty and imaginative. Two problems, though: the noise level really made it difficult for conversation, which I think is much of the purpose of "family style" dining. The portions were just a bit stingy - there should have been slightly more generous servings. That said, I would go again - we had a great time.

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j
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and fabulous. Had the best time. Family style eating on community tables. Had a blast and will do it all over again!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Worth every penny. Expensive but so much fun and totally worth the experience. Thank you so much!

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C
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very pricey but worth it! Be ready to stay a while, interesting format which encourages meeting new people. Family style service.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food quality is great but there is not enough. After spending $75, you go away hungry. The courses, except soup & dessert, are family style. At our table we shared one medium trout with 9 people. That meant 1-2 small medallions (bites) per person. The bison was the same. The whiskey pairing is a great way to sample all the products, but is also expensive. For $60 you get (4) 1-oz tastings. You know the cost up-front, so no surprises, EXCEPT.......the Manhattan they serve everyone up-front, & then charge $14 for. It was a great evening, though expensive - about $400 for 2.

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DR
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner! The food paired with the High West whiskey/bourbon was great. We liked that the chef(s) came out to describe each part of the meal that we were having.
Definitely a great spot in Park City!

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DF
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific special-occasion dinner for couples or groups of four. The whiskey pairing was unique.

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S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

As a longtime fan of High West Whiskey I was excited to take my wife here for our anniversary. The cottage itself was very well done and had a very cozy cabin like atmosphere. We were instructed that there would be drinks and appetizers about 30 min earlier than dinner. This was outside on the deck which was fun as they had fires and seating. Little did I know this would be the last time I would have an actual conversation with my wife. The appetizers were good and were pate, foie gras, & deviled eggs. The dinner is served as a chefs choice and served family style. The thing we didn't understand that family style wasn't a meal for my wife and me, but actually family style with everyone at the table. This aspect wasn't very fun as for some items there wasn't enough food for everyone. The Chefs menu was the same menu as their sample menu on the website. So I'm not sure that the menu actually changes. The Chef never came out to discuss the menu which was disappointing. The food was good but buffalo was the best part. Dinner was very loud and I could barely talk to the person next to me let alone my wife across from me. Not exactly the romantic evening I had anticipated. For $60 extra you can get whiskey matched to the meal for each course. I got one and my wife passed as she isn't a big fan of whisky. She looked at the wine list only to find that her only choice was a full bottle of wine. It was fun to hear about each whiskey and flavors to look for. However, 4 shots of whiskey for $60 from the company that makes the whiskey and likely wants you to buy more wasn't a great showing. Save your money and buy a $40 bottle of whiskey from them afterwards. At the end of dinner they took us on a tour of the distillery which was informative. I would recommend it for the experience if you are prepared to pay for it. Skip the whiskey and your bill will be about $93.81/person. With whisky expect the bill to be about $168.86/person. Would also be more fun as a group than a couple.

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CM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. A friend recommended we go and I would do the same.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nelson’s Cottage was an exceptional experience with great food and a great concept. However, when booking we expected a $75 pre fix and $40-$60 whiskey tasting. Instead our meal was $90/person with a $75 whiskey pairing and surprise charged welcome muled wine. Rather disappointing surprise charges to an otherwise excellent evening.

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KD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A very memorable and fun experience...loved the group we were seated with! The food and drinks were delicious! The one thing that was lacking was servers not paying attention to detail when guests wanted a drink other than whiskey. Both I and another guest had to wave the server down to get drinks. Also, it would have been great to have a choice of wines by the glass. My wife chose wine and we had to purchase an entire bottle, as opposed to 1 or 2 glasses. Overall, it was a lovely experience and we intend to return the next time we are in Park City.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful whiskey paired prifix gourmet dinner in a lovely house setting

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Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals and took friends to the Nelson Cottage over the break. What an experience! It was over two hours which began outdoors on their patio where they had a fire pit and heated lamps and distributing hors d'oeuvres and drinks. We then moved indoors where the tasting menu began. It is a communal experience with family style shared food brought to the table. Its great meeting others around you, and enjoying food and drinks. We opted out of the whiskey pairing but the whiskey sommelier provided us with great knowledge about the whiskey. The food was delicious. Overall, a very high quality, unique experience and for the price, it can't be beat.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Delicious food, very special whiskey tasting, incredible service. A must for any whiskey lover and foodie.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in town!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable food and whiskey and an overall unique experience. I enjoyed the communal seating and highly recommend that you get the whiskey pairing (or go with someone who does.) It’s not cheap but it’s certain memorable.

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s
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very unique experience. Service was outstanding; restaurant was way too warm but food was very good. Very pricey and wouldn't recommend the whiskey pairing option.

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