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, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
For the first time ever, I actually had ...
For the first time ever, I actually had a very poor meal at this restaurant. My fish entrée was overcooked and the croutons that accompanied the entrée could not physically be eaten, they were so incredibly hard. Our server was great and my wife's meal was very good so the entire evening was not a bust. After pointing out the issues with my meal I sort of expected the manager or the cook to swing by and discuss the meal but that did not happen. Additionally, there was no reduction in the price of my meal which probably should have happened. This wasn't quiet what I was looking for while celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary, but this one is in the books.
Good overall experience. Food is usuall ...
Good overall experience. Food is usually good to very good. Bread was still baking and we were one of the first customers. Drinks a little skimpy for the price. Also a pet peeve of mine is servers talking to each other. When you are paying this much for food and drinks, servers should always be attentive to the customers.
It's nice to be able to drive up to the ...
It's nice to be able to drive up to the front of a restaurant and valet your car. We were seated immediately and drinks were served. I ordered the filet and my date ordered lamb. Both were perfectly cooked and seasoned for a perfect taste. The vegetables weren't overcooked or undercooked but right there in the sweet spot so often missed. No rush, no hurry just great service. Our waiter took us down to the historic basement which is now a wine cellar and dining area for a small group special occasion. He told us all about the history of the building like a tour guide. This wasn't my first time to Cotton Row and will certainly not be my last but will remain my favorite. It was the first time for my date and she was very impressed and fascinated with all the history. If you want a great meal, perfectly prepared no matter what you order this is the place to go.
A wonderful brunch meal....deliciously p ...
A wonderful brunch meal....deliciously prepared. I Loved the ambiance for our 45th wedding anniversary celebration. The wait staff was efficient.
I had the waffle and fried chicken....delicious! My husband had the Twickenham Breakfast plate and he said the scrambled eggs were the best he has ever had. The biscuits were delicious as well.
A wonderful meal for our anniversary.
From the friendly greeting at the door, ...
From the friendly greeting at the door, until we could not possibly eat another bite, the experience was excellent. Chef Brown and the staff did a marvelous job, meeting our special requests and providing the group with some personal insights into his knowledge as a chef.
A most memorable experience and one we cant wait to duplicate.
Superb dining experience. Always an exce ...
Superb dining experience. Always an excellent choice of salads, starters and entrees. We loved the soft shell crab, scallops and short ribs. Great pairing of sides using locally sourced ingredients. Superb service.
The place is very nice. The food needs s ...
The place is very nice. The food needs some work. Almost all of the dishes were over salted and the presentations were sloppy and the portion sizes were just to big. You could tell they had quality ingredients but it seemed the kitchen didn't know what to really do with them. However, this is Huntsville not a major metropolitan city so maybe our expectations were to high. If I was visiting Huntsville again I would give this place another shot maybe it was just an off night.
We imagine that Cotton Row is one of the ...
We imagine that Cotton Row is one of the better restaurants in Huntsville. On this Saturday night, the staff seemed very occupied with the wedding up stairs. Our waitress asked me three times about why type of drink I wanted. Ok, no big deal. When we received our two appetizers each (instead of ordering a main entree), they were in the wrong order. My husbands pasta came out first followed by the soup. My soft shell crab was over battered, over fried and not very tasty. I cancelled the second appetizer because we had waited over an hour for for first ones. We skipped dessert. It's a pretty restaurant but poor service for the prices and hence we gave it two stars. I enjoy eating at fine dining restaurants but there was a lack of attention to detail and poor service. The bread and butter was nothing special. You would think they would add some fresh herbs or better rolls.
Took us up stairs to be seated...no seat ...
Took us up stairs to be seated...no seats available. Stood around for a few minutes...taken back down stairs and waited another 10+ minutes to be seated. Ordered wine...was never brought to table. Requested again...when it was finally brought to table, we were told they were out of it! Brought another bottle in its place that was $20 more expensive. Very disappointed in service and quality of meal for the price.
First, I might be slightly biased in my ...
First, I might be slightly biased in my review, since I worked in the New York restaurant scene for a decade and have eaten at very good restaurants in major U.S. and European cities. Perhaps it is unfair to compare a restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama to those in other cities. However, when I spend $80 for dinner for 1 person (salad, main course and dessert, ice tea) in a mid-sized town in the South, it had better be excellent. It wasn't.
The salad was tasty enough--kale dressed with a sesame vinaigrette and surrounded by edamame, orange supremes, quinoa, cucumbers and tomatoes. For a main course, I had wreck-fish (never heard of it before) with pappardelle and sweet corn. The pasta was really delicious. The fish, however, was overcooked, dry and almost tasteless. For $36, I expect a perfectly cooked piece of fish. (I am starting to suspect that in the South people prefer their fish cooked to death, as this has been my experience at several restaurants here.) Dessert was less than stellar--a round chocolate cake (dry) with some type of caramel topping and nuts and a small scoop of toffee ice cream on the side. The ice cream was good.
My bill came to about $66 and I left a $14 tip. The service was of a higher standard than usual. However, the time in between courses was longer than one would expect, especially for such a small restaurant needing to turn their tables in order to make money.
Overall, I was disappointed. I feel bad saying this, as the staff obviously worked very hard and I'm sure their intentions are to do the best job possible. I think this is a matter of skill in terms of the food just not being quite what it should be.
We were seated right next to the order s ...
We were seated right next to the order station...shouldn't even be in the dinning area. Waiters were continuously crowding around. When you are seated next the the order station waiters posteriors are right in your face. The bar had no gentleman or single barrel Jack Daniels and the restaurant was out of Molton Lava Cake, very disappointing. Additionally, our waiter kept disappearing for extended periods of time, leaving multiple other waiters to fill. Not the best experience for a first time customer, not sure if It is worth going back.
24th Anniversary dinner - and the staff ...
24th Anniversary dinner - and the staff treated us special from the moment we walked in until we left. Food was outstanding. My wife was able to cut the Hereford steak with a butter knife (!!), and my Sea Bass was perfectly paired with complementary flavors. Most importantly, we were able to have a relaxing meal with ambience and great service while we reflected on how blessed we are in our marriage.
We were recently in for sunday brunch wi ...
We were recently in for sunday brunch with some friends visiting from atlanta. As usual the food and ambience were excellent. Our companions are foodies as well and were shocked to find that huntsville had such progressive cuisine on par with atlanta. However, they only had two hours and we had reservations and we felt it would be just enough time. It took three hours. The service was incredibly slow especially when we first arrived. We had to ask someone for menus and drinks after being ignored for 15-20 minutes. That pretty much sums up the service for the entire visit. When we needed something we searched for a waiter and asked. No one came regularly to check on us. Too bad because it was an otherwise perfect meal.
Took my wife out for our 19th wedding an ...
Took my wife out for our 19th wedding anniversary and we loved it. The server in the upstairs dining room was absolutely exceptional. Absolutely exceptional. One of those gents who knows all his wines, food pairings, and correct service etiquette per Amy Vanderbilt. Very attentive and professional service staff made the night very nice.
Chef James Boyce did a great job on the entire dinner (short ribs) and the Peanut Butter & Jelly on Phyllo dessert will astound you--there's nothing like it!
French pressed coffee with our dessert really finished it off well.
The appetizer and dessert were fantastic ...
The appetizer and dessert were fantastic. The main course was ok. I had the cod and my husband had the NY steak. He ordered it medium rare and it was unevenly cooked. The atmosphere was nice. We did enjoy our meal.
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