From the white linen to the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, this downtown restaurant promises an exceptional dining experience. Delivering elegant ... More
From the white linen to the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, this downtown restaurant promises an exceptional dining experience. Delivering elegant yet comfortable furnishings, the conveniently located restaurant offers a menu specializing in contemporary American dishes. Fresh Idaho trout and prime beef from J.R. Simplot Company, a local supplier, are among the specialties. The lunch menu includes delicacies such as Chilled Smoked Idaho Trout Filet and an assortment of soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas, including Rigatoni with Fresh Sausage. Begin your dinner with an appetizer such as Spicy Marinated Eggplant or Steamers. A full complement of wines and other beverages are offered.
The menu items that we ordered (5 in our party) ranged from lamb to seafood including their appetizer of clams and mussels. The lamb was ok but nothing to write home about. The seafood items we ordered were all over cooked and in cases of the appetizers of 2 clams and 1 of mussels they were so over cooked we were surprised the dishes were even sent out from the kitchen to be served. This happened to us once before but we decided to try again. The food when the Cottonwood first opened was a good place to take our out of town friends and clients but they definitely have a real problem in the kitchen and unfortunately after this last time we have decided to cross them off our list of places to dine.
My wife and I split the Asian Salad, which was the best we've ever eaten. Every bit was extremely fresh and as for the ingredients, very well thought out. We then each had soup, which was delightful. My wife had the special surf and turf with quite possibly the most tender filet we've ever tasted. I had an extremely good piece of prime rib, and to say the least we were to stuffed to partake of desert. Which is rare for us.
After living in Boise for just a couple of months, my wife and I have been to at least a dozen downtown restaurants. The Cottonwood Grille easily takes the number one spot. From the minute we walked in the door we felt the quality.
With a well appointed dining area, and very comfortable lounge for the busy nights, we felt comfortable and at home. The server was quick to arrive, and although we arrived at a quite busy time, never were we slighted by our server because of other tables he was covering.
Would recommend highly, and we will definately return often.
We have been eating there for years. The prices are VERY underpriced. The quality of the cooking is alweays very high. Problems are always handled in the customer's favor. Lunch is a particular high point for us. The complaints seem be from the BSers that like to knock anything.
The menu at "The Grille" is a beautiful blend of the best of rocky mountain beef and lamb coupled with a marvelous selection of seafood specialties. All beef is USDA Prime
(not often found in even most, so called, "steak houses" and I've never had a piece of fish that wasn't fresh.
The appetizer selection is first rate and headlined by a large and superb crab cocktail, or the steamed mussels and clams.
Were you to insist that I find something on the menu not totally to my liking, it would have to be the scalloped potatoes which I find over seasoned. I know, it's really a subjective call!
The wine list would satisfy the most discriminating of palates and the size of the selection is remarkable.
Personnel wise, the wait staff is extremely cordial and knowledgeable.
Finally, were I the owner, I'd chain the pastry chef to his ovens!! The desserts are totally decadent!!
If you couldn't guess, we will be returning regularly.
I will start by saying that I am a foodie that lived in San Francisco for 12 years and Chicago for 3, and have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the United States. I have been to the Cottonwood Grille on 4 separate occasions and have picked it to be my favorite place to eat in Boise. I have had everything from their pasta dishes to steaks to a fabulous seared scallop with saffron cream sause. Their wine selection is superb, where else can you get a glass of Caymus Cabernet by the glass!!!! The deserts are to die for and the selection is extensive and awesome. And to top it all off, soup or salad are included with your meal making it a great value when you consider most high-end restaurants are entirely a la carte. So as far as I'm concerned I have never experienced any of the complaints that other reviewers have submitted. The service has always been top rate, and they have always made my experience there memorable. I have also taken other San Francisco foodies there who also raved and picked up the tab because to them, the bill was cheap! Remember people, most folks are more apt to write a complaint than a compliment.
I've been to the restaurant many times for business lunches and dinners (otherwise it is too expensive). The ambiance is great. The food is a overpriced for the quality. I convinced my mother-in-law and husband to go here for a nice Mother's day lunch because the restaurant is really beautiful. My husband, son, and mother-in-law (along with many other customers) contracted Norovirus from the Cottonwood that weekend. In all, we missed 4 days of work/income, my son missed 2 days of school, and my mother-in-law had to be hospitalized. When we contacted the restaurant, they said there was nothing they could have done to prevent it and it wasn't their "fault" (the Health Dept. linked everyone who was sick to this restaurant). Regardless of whose "fault" it was, we were treated so poorly by the management after this incident we will never eat here again (even for business). The Cottonwood management didn't appologize or offer any incentives to return (a free meal or reimbursement for meals that made us ill). Lousy customer service!!
Imagine getting 35 lawyers to agree on anything. We had our annual conference in Boise and lawyers came from all over the US. We had our group dinner at the Cottonwood Grille and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, food, wines, and service. Entrees sampled included lamb shanks, New York Strip, trout, salmon, and chicken. Everything was delicious. This restaurant is a must.
very enjoyable evening-wow-friendly service in a very comfortable atmosphere with great food and presentation
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/8/06
ambiance--fire place--music--professional srvice--friendly---excellent wine list and lots of great steak and fish selections plus a world class dessert menu--great parkinf in a lovely river side setting
The Cottonwood Grille is one of the nicer dining spaces on Boise. A huge fireplace warms the room in the winter, and its riverside location is unmatched for outdoor dining in the spring, summer and fall. Its decor is not as funcky or eclectic as you might find elsewhere, but its undeniably a 'nice place.'
The servers are all top-flight, and are very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine selection. There's a degree of professionalism that you don't always find in Boise.
But for me, the real reason to return to any dining experience is the food. Unfortunately, the Cottonwood has fallen short on a consistent basis.
I've had pasta, salmon, a variety of sandwiches, salads, fish tacos, and even a plain old cheeseburger. The common thread between all these meals has been an overwhelming feeling that I've just eaten a plate full of grease. It permeates everything I've ever eaten there, and I typically can't wait to find a toothbrush after eating there. The recipies always seem heavy-handed, and while the presentation is usually attractive to look at, the flavors are surprisingly un-memorable.
The owners of this establishment are great people, they keep their establishment clean, and employ a terrific staff. Now if they could just get their food to taste better. . .
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