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Cooling our heels at the Cottage


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Cooling our heels at the Cottage

emilief | Dec 9, 2007 10:12 AM

Ventured out last night to the new restaurant in Wellesley in "Linden Square". Amazing at 5:45 that people were almost spilling out into the street and the place was packed with couples and lots of families with kids from infants to teenagers. It seems that there is a real pent-up demand for restaurants in metro west.
The "Cottage" is fairly large and open with a long bar near the front, and a few high top bar tables. They don's take reservations. We were given a beeper and told it would be 25 minute wait for a table of 5. About one hour later, we were seated. In the meantime we sat at the bar. Lots of people trying to sit at the bar holding their kids, had to be told that no one under 21 could sit at the bar. I ordered a margarita which tasted more like lemonade- pretty weak on the tequila. After 1/2 hour we ordered guacamole and chips- ok, not too much heat but a small portion for $7.95- served in a raddichio leaf.
Finally seated. We had fried calamari and artichok fritters for apps. Both were good but not outstanding. I had the fish tacos which were billed as coming in fresh corn tortillas but were served in flour tortillas. They were ok- some meager pieces of mahi mahi with cabbage and mango salsa and a small( maybe 3 oz cup) of black beans on the side. Other adults had capellini with garlic shrimp which was oddly sweet tasting.
There is a kids menu- mac and cheese, sliders, fish and chips, pasta. One kid had the sliders- odd- a hamburger cut in three pieces, each served on a bun- lots of bread which went to waste. The fries on the side were good. Other had chicken fingers- about four pieces with "fresh fruit" again, in a tiny 2 or 3 oz cup on the side.
Service was reasonably efficient given how slammed they were.
This is a nice addition to metro west. However, not worth waiting an hour for a table. Would try again on a week night when possibly it would be less crowded. Oh. and they do have a takeout menu.
Looking forward to other's opinions on this place.

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