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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.
Huntsville, AL 35801
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, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, 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
I’ve been to Cotton Row three times. Each time I was impressed with the young servers who were polite, eager to serve and do things the right way. I do have two, hopefully, constructive suggestions.
Decanting wine is primarily to remove the sediment and aerate the wine not just to put it into the decanter. While I do not expect a candle to be lit under the pour, a slow pour with an eye for the sediment would be appreciated. My last bottle was a 1998 Chateau Montrose, Grand Cru.
My second suggestion may be a little old school, but the server should not remove empty dishes under the last person is finished eating unless asked to.
Otherwise I was impressed with the quality of the food, the atmosphere, and the service.
First off, love the space. Always have. But you never change up the menu. There are still winter items on there when you should be pushing spring items. You all should be challenging yourselves vs doing the same things year after year. Cotton Row is for better or worse one the top restaurants in Huntsville but that isn't an excuse to have the same menu year after year.
I had to wait 20 mins until a drink order came that was a bit off. Took almost the same amount of time to get menus delivered to us. And this is on a Monday night. No excuse there.
Entrees were delivered incomplete. You should have your staff repeat the order verbatim or write it down vs guessing.
You all have the capability to be much more than you are. Maybe it's a product of your audience I don't know. But would really like to see some seasonal menu changes. Big changes. Overhauls.
It was my husbands birthday, and I asked them to put the cake in a freezer because it was ice cream. I thought they did, but unfortunately they didn't. Half the cake was melted off when we got it. So that was a huge disappointment. My food was good, I played it safe with a salad, so glad I did that. Other than my salad the best thing was the chicken tenders and fries. The lamb was not good, the other people had steak and said it was ok. Our waiter was amazing though, he laughed with us when he saw the frustration on our faces after sitting there for over an hour with no food.
We heard this was the best restaurant in Huntsville so when we were in town we decided to try it. We sat in the wine cellar which had a nice feel. The service was amazing and the wine list was really good as well. If you are just going for drinks I would recommend. When they brought the bred out to start the meal they were frozen yeast rolls. Horrible. Even the waitress was embarrassed. She brought us different bread but that is not a good way to start the meal. For the main meal I ordered the lamb and it was tough. I would have ate it but my wife reminded me how much we were spending and I got the short ribs instead. They were decent. She got the crab and filet but asked for just crab as she is not a meat eater. They brought just one small crab and no meat but still charged the full $48 as if we had the filet. Overall extremely disappointed in this restaurant given all the hype. We would not recommend or return.
This was my second time dining at your restaurant and both times I found it outstanding in many ways. David, our waiter was attentive, courteous, and helpful in all ways. He really seems to know his business! Everyone in my party found the portions to be generous and carefully prepared as well as delicious.
Food was excellent, but pricey. The dishes were creative and the sides completed the main course very well. My issue was the service being very slow. We waited for 30 minutes to see a dessert menu, and then waited for another 20 minutes to receive our dessert. I thought our server was ignoring us at one point.
This is a restaurant I frequent for both business and personal dining. This particular occasion was an impromptu date night with my wife. The food and service are consistently excellent here, and impressed us yet again. The main dining area is fairly tight, with seating in close proximity to other tables. If you want truly private dining, request a private room ahead of time.
Good food overall. A few missteps that made it less than it should have been - wrong wine, shells in soup, too much cheese in a dish....but overall really good and would go back again. Decent value for the money considering the food and the beautiful casually elegant atmosphere. Perhaps the. OSS wasn't in tonight, and usually a rich better. :)
The service and food were absolutely amazing. Our table of thee had four courses and no course was weak. My fried oysters, lobster risotto, halibut with truffle gnocchi, and Tahitian vanilla bean creme brûlée were all exquisite! The price is quite high. With drinks and four courses you are looking at $100-120 per person, but it was truly a memorable meal.
We dined here on a recent business trip. Service from start to finish was spot on. We had the shrimp cocktail and Manhattan style Seafood Chowder for appetizers followed by the house salad with pears and nuts and a grilled romaine. All were superb. For entrees I had the Pacific Northwest Salmon and my wife had the snapper. My salmon was perfect. Unfortunately my wife ordered the red snapper and it was terribly overcooked. Tough and dry almost an inch in. She chose not to say anything which I wish she had. She had no dessert but I had the cantaloupe sorbet which was as good as any sorbet I've had. Had a good wine with the meal. The wine list is notable but a bit overpriced for brands I own at home. Not sure of Alabama pricing structure for alcohol and wine though. All in all a great atmosphere and good people. Would give it another shot, hopefully soon.
We arrived early, was seated immediately, our waiter, Curtis, was very knowledgeable, answer all questions we ask, and made spot on recommendations. The food specials were out of this world and made with local produce. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with soft music playing in the background. Absolutely wonderful dining experience! A must try!
This trip was our anniversary dinner and we had a fabulous experience but I would really like to tell you about my first time here. Ruth's Chris screwed up our reservations for a party of 8 on a Saturday night. We called Cotton Row last minute and explained our situation. The manager told us to come ask for him and he would make something happen. We showed up 20 minutes later. There must have been 20 people waiting outside. We went straight in and they had a private dining room set up for us and we had 2 servers at our Beck and call. It was 2 of the girls in our party's birthday and cotton row saved our evening. None of the 8 in our party have ever been back to Ruth's Chris but we all have been back to Cotton Row. This will always be our go to place. Also it helps that all the food is to die for. #lovecottonrow
I've been to Cotton Row several times and it's always been excellent. I took a group of 6 colleagues to dinner this past Wednesday (22Feb17) and was admittedly disappointed with both the service and the food. Took 30 minutes to get menus. Took forever to get drink service. My food (filet and crab cake) was over cooked and honestly just wasn't good. Others expressed the same type comments on their food (except the cornmeal dusted oysters which folks said were exceptional). I took the same group to Connors the night before to rave reviews.
Ambience is great and the food is normally equally as good but when hosting in the future I'll go elsewhere. I can't afford a similar experience.
We had Sunday brunch and enjoyed eating outside. The bread and oysters were amazing, but the eggs benedict with pork and fried green tomatoes was not tasty at all. The pork was basically like pulled pork from a bbq joint...except very dry and not very flavorful. My husband ordered the special (quail) and it was not much better. For the money spent, it really was not worth it. But due to the wonderful service and great atmosphere...we will probably try again when the other menus (lunch or dinner) are available.
Service was pretty good. Had to wait about 7 mins for a beer bc waitress forgot it. No big deal. Food was delicious, but pricey. Decor was rustic and very nicely put together. Tables are pretty tight together and you can hear the conversation of the people beside you. Overall enjoyable place for specia occasions or date night.
We like to eat early so we can enjoy our evening enjoying other activities, so our reservations were for 5 pm. We were seated as soon as we walked in, and within a few short minutes had made our drink orders. We had grilled Romain salads which I highly recommend, I had the snapper for an entree and my bride had the filet mignon. We didn't have dessert (there was no room!) but thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cotton Row. Our server was very professional, attentive, and well trained. We will be back.
The food was good-but not exceptional. The server was attentive, but a little too present for our taste. The courses actually came out too close to each other (not enough time to finish our wine, and we were asked if we were done a couple times before we were.) We felt a little rushed, even though the place wasn't packed. I was disappointed in the seating (immediately inside, so all the traffic came by our table and it was drafty)-even though we had a reservation and the place was almost empty when we arrived. Now I know to make a fuss (as everyone after us did when they were seated at the other table by the entrance), but it seems common sense to leave those tables until you have nothing left and someone comes in with no reservation. It definitely affected my mood through the meal-I felt like we didn't matter as much as the others who were automatically given a quiet table by the window (some without reservations). Not sure the entire experience was worth the price tag.
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