About Cotton Row Restaurant
Nestled on the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, the three-story brick building that houses Cotton Row Restaurant was built in 1821 along the cotton exchange.
A vision for comfort, elegance and modern American cuisine is how the story of Cotton Row Restaurant began. We are inspired by the enduring passion of the cotton traders who once worked in downtown Huntsville, and invite you to experience our southern hospitality.
Contemporary American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A taste of elegance is precisely what one needs when planning a special event. Be it a quaint rehearsal dinner or that grand reception, we thrive in making your vision come to life. At Cotton Row, we understand the importance of presentation and sophisticated style, which is why we want to bring the exclusive cuisine, that you have come to know and love, to your most intimate occasions. We offer a variety of menu options and services to fit almost any budget, never sacrificing quality. We look forward to serving you and yours.
Chef James Boyce
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Cotton Row Restaurant is available for private parties of many sizes. Our team is dedicated to offering you an intimate dining experience in a larger setting. We will assist with customizing your menu and wine selections, to table settings, floral arrangements and parting gifts.
Cotton Row Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Wine Cellar Seating
We had an amazing meal seated in the wine cellar. We love the ambiance and the intimacy of this room. Entrees were perfectly prepared and well presented. The server was excellent as well as the food. I will definitely return.
Excellent food-must admit was not expect ...
Excellent food-must admit was not expecting this quality of food in Alabama. Wonderful surprise to find Charleston SC quality food! Scallops were so well seasoned and perfectly cooked. Plus excellent wine list and desserts to die for! Fantastic service. Definitely a must go to restaurant
Always top notch
My most recent visit to Cotton Row was about my 10th overall. The food is always perfect and the overall experience (service, atmosphere) is incredible. We are lucky to have CR here in Huntsville...
30th Birthday Dinner
My sister and I wanted a really nice place to celebrate the big 3-0 and she was really wanting to try Cotton Row. We picked a nice seat out side and felt like it was a great to have a nice dinner just he two of us. We wanted to order a bottle of champagne, but they seemed to be out of (sorry to say) the cheapest brand there. I am not much of a wineo, so I wish the waiter was more skilled at offering a comparable option, but he just said sorry what would you like instead. We ended up just having a beer and a cocktail. the food was really good, came out fast and hot which is always a plus. All-in-all, we had a great time and a great meal. f
We arrived at 9:45 (late for our reservation due to a ceremony running late) and received outstanding service although the restaurant closed at 10:00 PM. We left the restaurant after 11:30 PM and never once felt rushed. Our waiter was wonderful! Our food was delicious from starters to entree to dessert. We have always been extremely pleased with Cotton Row. Our favorite restaurant in Huntsville!
My favorite place
I have dined here over 50 times, never a bad meal. Bar well stocked, the end table is my favorite. The short ribs and the grilled romaine salad are a must.
A Place for Foodies
Cotton Row is definitely the place for foodies in Huntsville. The food is excellent and service team is very attentive, although lacking some personal touch. Foie Gras and Beef Short Ribs did the trick for me. Both are excellent, very tender, literally melt in the mouth, and very tasty.
This is the second time I have gone ther ...
This is the second time I have gone there and the fish is over cooked. Same drink serve differently to each member in the party. Service was very good and the venue is pleasant. The cake that was the dessert was burnt on the bottom. I think chef Boyce needs to spend more time at this restaurant and not spread himself so thin.
I've been to Cotton Row about 6 times and until last weekend it was good but not great. I was really pleased with everything about our dining experience. The meal was simply outstanding and rates as one of my top 10 dinners.
New to town. First time to get out witho ...
New to town. First time to get out without kids in 10 months. First choice. We sat and waited to be acknowledged for 6-7 minutes at least. We basically had to ask to place a drink order. It wasn't like they were busy. The tuna on the tuna app was incredible, but the dressing was not. The snapper was excellent. The short ribs were ok. Crunch cake was good, but too rich for me. Experience overall was ok, but when paying these prices your service can't be this bad. Don't believe the hype.
Excellent Service, Good Food
This was our fourth visit to Cotton Row and, as always, the service was superb. The wine we ordered was out of stock so they went next door to their sister restaurant to get the bottle we requested. Very impressed. Our only complaint was that our steaks were a little over done, though the flavor was terrific. We will be back!
Best of the Best
With a diverse selection of food, but a very brief menu, it is a southern masterpiece. Three guys went after work, a client-vendor dinner... that was a home-run. I was the client, so I did not have to pay the ample bill, but for what we were exposed to, there was tremendous value. The grilled warm salad, was a winner, and the braised short rib is among the best beef I have had. With a high price comes excellent service, so we were not disappointed. And we had high expectations. Overall, it was fantastic, and I am happy to recommend Cotton Row to anyone.
Favorite dining spot in Huntsville!
This was my second time to Cotton Row and it (again) exceeded expectations! The food and dessert were incredible. I was so excited to come back and try a specialty cocktail and was not disappointed! Great atmosphere and selection of bites and adult beverages. Love this place! Service both times has been top notch.
Ridiculously Expensive, small portions,
The meal was outlandishly expensive. And the quanity of food was a joke. The waiter suggested I add scallops to my fish entree. He failed to tell they were $6 a piece. SO my small plate fo food was $46 (that's just entree, no sides) This place is for those people that like to brag that went to s high price resturant or impress their shallow dates. The atmosphere was nice and the food tastes great ( what little is there) but it is NOT worth the cost, even if your wallets fat. Just because I make high salary doesnt meant I will be scammed.
Menu seemed to be more French inspired t ...
Menu seemed to be more French inspired than American. Most items on the menu contained truffles. All of the food had too much salt. The service was great and atmosphere was charming.
Excellent! One of our favorites
Cotton Row is always excellent. Food is great, service is always just right and love the atmosphere. Great for either a special occasion or for groups. When we have vendors in town, Cotton Row is always on the list for dinner.
Always a great experience. Seated close ...
Always a great experience. Seated close to entrance in early evening meant car noise making it difficult to hear. Food had great flavor as usual, but a bit rich tonight.
disappointed on Easter
I ordered a salad which consisted of several lettuce leaves and a few small pieces of fruit/nuts.... and French toast DRENCHED in syrup and whipped cream. loaded with berries....both very overpriced. It was so sweet, I could barely eat any of it. My husband's food looked a lot better....crab cake and an entree I cannot remember. It was also freezing cold with the AC on (chilly day) and the one-man band was way too loud and the music inappropriate for an Easter brunch. The one bright spot was our efficient, kind server. I wish I could remember his name. I felt ripped off.
Fabulous food and great staff!
Fabulous food and great staff!
Cotton Row Review
The restaurant was very upscale and nice. I really enjoyed it as usual. Every week they almost always have a special feature(s) which makes it well worth coming back to every week for me.
Food was fabulous as was the service. Emily, the General Mamager, and Tim, our waiter were top notch. We are looking forward to many more visits.
Absolutely perfect, from beginning to en ...
Absolutely perfect, from beginning to end!
The food & service were amazing! Very cozy restaurant. We loved the vibe & feel - great ambience. We had some special food requests & they were honored with ease.
My wife and I had a friend in town so wanted to take her somewhere special for dinner. As usual Cotton Row was perfect. We had three different dishes and all were wonderful. Having a group of 40 in a couple of weeks and can't wait to introduce them to Cotton Row
Consistently excellent dishes
We have eaten here three times, and have always enjoyed the food. The service is good. This is not an inexpensive place, but it is about what you would expect for an upscale restaurant in Huntsville.
As a fairly regular diner, we were disap ...
As a fairly regular diner, we were disappointed this trip. Party of 7 on a Wednesday night , March 9. Requested a glass of house Merlot & simply told "we are unfortunately out". Seems to me, there would be a back up plan. Also, I believe we had a rookie waiter. I understand and appreciate the learning curve, but should be practiced on smaller parties. Cotton Row is my preferred dining for parties of 5+ . See you again soon.
Starting with the service (Curtis) and every course...... perfectly fried oysters, the trout entree and the shrimp mac and cheese... a perfect meal! The updated lunch menu did not disappoint.
really good food but not the most comfortable
I would definately recommend the food, it was really good, not just the taste but also the look of it. Seated close to the door it was a little cold though and the atmosphere wasn't the warmest and most comfortable. Nevertheless I would go there again since my review is based on a single visit only.
Hands down our favorite restaurant in Hu ...
Hands down our favorite restaurant in Huntsville.
You'll be glad you came.
For my 5th wedding anniversary, I wanted to try someplace new with my wife. Having met Chef Boyce on other occasions, I thought we would try Cotton Row this time. When I booked my reservations, I did specify the occasion in case there were any special accommodations that could be made. On the day of our reservation, I received a call from the restaurant to let me know we would be dining in their loft which seats fewer people and will be quieter and more private than the main dining area. Once arrived and were seated, Dakota, our waiter, welcomed us and got us started with drink menus. I had a Sazerac cocktail which was fantastic. After hearing the specials, we did have a fried oyster appetizer which was a great start to the meal. Our entrees were the oven-roasted red snapper and the pan seared Atlantic flounder. Both dishes were cooked to perfection, excellently presented and as flavorful as the menu descriptions of the dishes detailed. We finished off our meal with the hazelnut mousse cake and torta di amore desserts. It was a flawless service. Great atmosphere, attentive staff & delicious food. I could not ask for anything more from a dining experience. Kudos to Chef Boyce and his team.
Cotton Row Family Reunion Dinner
Three generations of family members gathering to dine and talk. Cotton Row was the perfect venue. Everyone agreed the food was excellent. Often there were multiple servers taking care of our needs so the service was exceptional. Conversations were easily enjoyed without noise or other disruptions. A very pleasant experience for all.
Terrific restaurant and delicious food. Service was impeccable. We hope to come back again.
Cotton Row Great Experience
First visit to Cotton Row. We got an early reservation so the crowd was light and the atmosphere pleasant. We enjoyed the ambiance, the service and the food. The spare ribs, fried green tomatoes and PBJ dessert are a must! The spare ribs were so tender and juicy I cut them with a fork. The fried green tomatoes were a perfect blend of tangy and crisp, best ever! The wait staff were attentive, professional, and very pleasant. It was a special occasion as we celebrated our 20th anniversary. We loved Cotton Row but will frequent it only on special occasions as the meal was a bit pricey.
The service is impeccable and food delic ...
The service is impeccable and food delicious. A bit pricy, but worth the treat.
While this is a very nice place and the food is good they are stuck in the place where so many restaurants find themselves. Very nice setting, good food, good service but nothing outstanding. You pay a lot of money for eh here.
The food was excellent. I had written of ...
The food was excellent. I had written off grouper as a boring fish, but the special that night totally redeemed it in my eyes. The chef must know what she is doing, but the result is excellent if she does. Be prepared to pay, but be prepared to get what you pay for. I will return on my next special occasion!
Great for special occasions
Delicious food and wine! Outsanding service. Friendly servers. Amazing Chef!
Great Food, A Little Too Cozy
My wife and I had a great meal. Our chief complaint was that the seating was entirely too cozy. We were sat every closely along a bench - we hate that. It's hard to have an intimate meal with your spouse when your neighbors can pick food off your plate. Other than our server disappearing towards the end of our meal (making it longer to get a dessert menu, check), we had no other complaints.
Great food great service great atmospher ...
Great food great service great atmosphere
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