Wine & Dine
Known as the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country”, it is no surprise that Cottonwood is home to several renowned wineries and tasting rooms. There are also several opportunities to take in Cottonwood’s flourishing restaurant scene; dining on fresh, local fare in a historic building or on one of many outdoor patios.
Before you venture off to dine in one of Cottonwood’s renowned restaurants, take a moment to stop by the Cottonwood Community Garden, located in Riverfront Park. The intention of this garden is to provide a space where community members can grow and harvest edible food, while also providing a place for education, collaboration, and community gatherings. Currently there are 40 established, rentable garden plots within the designated space.
cottonwood wineries & tasting rooms
Wine connoisseurs, enthusiasts, or those just looking to try something new can enjoy locally-made Verde Valley wines along the ‘wine trail’ along Main Street in Historic Old Town. Cottonwood tasting rooms offer up wines that range from small batch, boutique wines at Burning Tree Cellars to big, bold varietals influenced by the love for Tribal lands at Fire Mountain Wines. Also along the wine trail, you’ll find Arizona Stronghold, a nearby vineyard that is committed to creating minimally mucked-with wines that retain their natural vitality and character; such as the 2011 Stronghold Mandala White that combines ripe peach, nectarine, apricot and tangerine flavors. To round out your tasting room experience, swing by Pillsbury Wine Company who recently won the Best Growers Cup award for their dessert wine, Sweet Lies.
If you’d like to venture off the Old Town wine trail, you can escape to one of Cottonwood’s beautiful vineyards. Alcantara Winery offers stunning views of the Verde Valley along with a kayaking excursion that ends with a tasting of their delicious varietals.
crema café & courtyard
If fresh, simple and local is what you seek, Crema Café is the place you’re looking for. With it’s beautiful outdoor patio space and charming indoor décor, Crema Café offers supurb breakfast and lunch dining options. Serving up on of the most exceptional Arizona-roasted cups of coffee and espresso as well as small batch artisan gelato and sorbet made on-site, the unique menu options at Crema Café are endless. Local favorites include their tasty walnut chicken salad, cucumber bacon dill sandwich and beer marinated bratwurst. Crema Café prides itself menu items that are eith made from scratch daily or sourced as locally as possible. They show true community spirit by utilizing their neighbors like Verde Valley Oil Traders and other local food purveyors and producers.
With a chef that has been certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples, Italy Pizzeria Bocce is the place to go if you’re looking for pizza in Cottonwood. Made the old-fashioned way, these artisan pizzas are never hand-tossed. Instead, they are gently kneaded to perfection and placed in a wood burning stove to create the most delightfully flavored, crispy crust. Specialty pizzas include the Quattro Cheese, made with bocce hand stretched mozzarella, ricotta, fontina, provolone, and fresh basil; or the Carbonara, made with fresh garlic, sautéed onions, mushrooms, pancetta, egg, fontina, and parmigiano. Every item on the menu is a mouth watering treat.
rendezvous in old town
Rendezvous In Old Town, known to locals as RIOT, is Cottonwood’s hotspot for good brews. With close to 30 micro-brews on tap, you would be hard-pressed to not find a beer you like. The brews at RIOT are always changing, ensuring that no matter how many times you come to visit you are going to find something new to try. There is, however, more to RIOT than beer. Huge garage doors open to the outdoor patio where you can relax in Cottonwood’s refreshing air and perhaps catch your favorite sports game. There are ping pong tables, dart boards, pool tables and classic cornhole that entice you to get outside and enjoy the evening with friends. RIOT also offers several events to keep things interesting; including a monthly beer school co-sponsored by THAT Brewery, weekly trivia and tournament games.
Aside from wine, Cottonwood is home to one of the only breweries in the Verde Valley. THAT Brewery is a must-see for any beer enthusiast. With craft beer brewed onsite, you can sip and enjoy one of their many options while watching the entire brewing process take place. Local favorites include THAT Knotty Nut Brown, that boasts a flavor of roasted malts and caramel flavors with hints of chocolate, nuts and pinecones; or their famous THAT Arizona Trail Ale, that offers up a fragrant bouquet and slightly spicy kick with a taste of toffee and a bit of citrus spice. A portion of the proceeds from this particular beer are donated to Arizona Trail Association.
the tavern grill
Renovated from what was once the longest running single-screen theater in the United States, The Tavern Grille offers a great menu and a truly unique atmosphere. The old movie theater was destroyed in fire in 1998, and now diners enjoy meals surrounded charred walls and old memories. As you sit and ponder the years of history this building can tell, your tastes buds will be tempted by what is easily the most diverse menu in Cottonwood;featuring items like Asian-spiced pork potstickers, lettuce wraps, prime rib sliders, coconut shrimp, and the best burger in Old Town. The Tavern Grille is the perfect place to bring your friends and family for good food and great fun.
A hidden gem just outside of Old Town with a menu that pays homage to the flavors of New Orleans and Chef Chris's fondest childhood memories. Bringing dishes that include Cajun Pork Rinds, the Southern Belle Burger, and Creole Jumbo Gulf Shrimp home to the Verde Valley makes this culinary delight a passion project for the Chef.
Abbie’s serves up high-end comfort foods in a small, 1920's home that has been renovated into intimate dining rooms providing a Cottonwood experience like no other. With a wine selection that highlights some of the best in Arizona wines and a menu that touts gourmet plates like Duck Leg Confit, Pear & Gorgonzola Ravioli, and Chicken Piccatta with Housemade Fettuccini you are guaranteed to leave Abbie’s fully satisfied. Abbie’s house welcomes walk-ins but reservations are suggested.
cork & catch
Don’t pass up this amazing dining experience where the culinary bar is raised. Cork & Catch presents a unique interpretation of All-American, Southwestern, and South American-inspired cuisine. They pride themselves on ‘thinking beyond the plate’, captivating a sophisticated desert palette, complimented by the perfect wine. Cooking their way back home with authentic, family owned recipes, Cork and Catch invites you to indulge in a gourmet dining experience off the beaten path.
colt 804 grill
Casual , comfortable BBQ Grill with modern farm atmosphere; offering full bar and large outdoor patio. Best known for their legendary smoked meats, gourmet burgers, fresh salads and craft cocktails. Sit down and catch a sports game, listen to often-scheduled live music or peruse the gift shop. Colt 804 Grill...Where your friends are!
merkin vineyards osteria
Owned by Maynard Keenan of the band Tool, Merkin Vineyards Osteria is an extension of the Caduceus Cellars family and specializes in Arizona produced wines which accent a menu comprised of locally sourced food. Touting housemade pastas, fresh gourmet salads and some of Arizona’s best wine, this is a Cottonwood gem you won’t want to miss!
nic's italian steak & crab house
Step through the front door of Nic’s and you immediately feel as if you’ve stepped into a great East Coast Steak and Italian restaurant. With its polished brass, rich dark woods, and a 40’ long mahogany bar that is reminiscent of a classic Hollywood movie set, Nic’s is definitely a unique find nestled in the heart of Old Town Cottonwood. Best known for mouthwatering steaks, chicken, authentic Italian dishes, fresh seafood, and steamed crab; but don’t miss out on Chef Michelle’s special New England style clam chowder— it’s a local favorite!
old town red rooster café
In October of 2010, the doors opened at the Old Town Red Rooster Cafe. In time, this little cafe became a local favorite in Old Town. Owner Shane Smith is passionate about creating comfort food with fresh ingredients believes strongly in supporting locally-owned, organically-sourced products. If you are looking for a cozy patio, a comfortable café setting and a delicious meal, stop by Old Town Rooster Café. There’s a good chance you’ll come for breakfast and stay for lunch!