The Original Cottage Inn
The Original Cottage Inn

The Original Cottage Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.originalcottageinn.com/
  • Phone: (734)663-3379x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm
    Thursday-Saturday 11am-11am
    Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Greek, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact Katee at katee@cicatering.com or 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Original Cottage Inn has two private rooms perfect for any occasion, with seating for 20 to 80 guests. Our upstairs dining area can accommodate up to 130 guests. Let our professional banquet staff make your event a night to remember!
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Parent 8883312365
  • Special Events: Kids Eat Free every Monday night, 5-8pm! We have a create-your-own-cupcake station and crafts.

    Deep Dish Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, enjoy half off of our deep dish two-topping pizzas, dine in or carry out!

    Wednesdays: $6 for ANY of our burgers, with fries!

    Every Thursday enjoy half off wine!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking. Parking structure on Maynard.
A word from The Original Cottage Inn
The Original Cottage Inn restaurant opened its doors at 512 East William, Ann Arbor in 1948. This restaurant has had the distinction of being the first restaurant in Ann Arbor to serve pizza. The current ownership acquired the building at 512 E. William in 1961 and it remains the company's flagship today. The restaurant's first major expansion took place in 1975. The restaurant was remodeled again in 1980 and 1987. In 1993, a major renovation of the restaurant was done to include the second floor, which increased the seat capacity. This renovation also provided banquet room facilities. The restaurant offers a diverse menu of Italian and Greek dishes as well as pizzas.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Original Cottage Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (11)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Cottage Inn is "Out"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had reservations for 8:00 and we sat around for 25 minutes basically being ignored. We asked three times to find out about status and they wouldn't give us much info. Finally the 4rth time we were a bit more "emphatic" and they magically found us a table. Somebody came over to our table and apologized to us for that, but then we sat and waited quite a while for our drinks to come. Their food is mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite for decades
    AlwaysSatisfied
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Whenever I want to take someone to a place I'm sure will please, I choose the Original Cottage Inn. I know I can count on a good meal, good service and a great time with my friend(s). This place does not disappoint, whether you are an older person just wanting a nicely cooked meal or a real food addict who wants only the best, it's all there. Best of all, as a person with special needs, they always accommodate me, and never complain, but do it with grace and poise. For this, I am very grateful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Deep dish pizza was exellent, with a crispy crust and not too greasy or saucy. The baked manicotti was outstanding, likely enhanced by the layer of mozzarella on top that was nicely golden and bubbly. The service was not stellar, our server seemed friendly upon first greeting our table of four adults, but all other interaction (which was minimal since he was no where to be found when we would have liked beverage refills and needed an extra napkin) he acted as if we were a bother eventhough it was not busy and not late (we finished by 8:00 pm). We've been customers here for 30 years and the service averages average but the pizza and pasta keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cottage Inn - amazing pizza & more
    MBRR
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cottage Inn is classic Ann Arbor --- has been there for decades as a great place to meet up with friends and family for good food and friendly service. Definitely one of our go-to spots year after year. Love the fried ravioli as a starter and there are so many delicious pizzas and other entrees, hard to go wrong. Service is always professional and accomodating too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun family spot
    nursedct
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great diverse menu to please everyone. A bit noisy if you want a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrunchfanVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    First time there in a while. Food was not what I remembered. I'm sure the pizza is still good, but the pasta was only ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We chose to have a quick dinner before movie at the State, and the food left us extremely disappointed. There was nothing special or tasty about the sandwiches we ordered and the crab cakes were standard frozen fare. Not worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic italian food
    cherieh
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I have always enjoyed Cottage Inn. The food is tasty, classic Italian for the American taste. Nothing fancy but satisfying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    SpeechTeacher89
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Cottage Inn. Our food was delicious and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a group of nine on Father's Day including five children under the age of five. Our waiter was amazing! He was very attentive and easy going.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 132 reviews are from the The Original Cottage Inn reviews archive.
  • Ann Arbor Gem
    AnnArborAnne
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Another great meal at the Original Cottage Inn! The free birthday meal brings my family in multiple times every year and this visit didn't disappoint. From the pizza to the create-your-own pasta, the food was excellent as always. Can't wait to visit again :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent experience for our family of four (adults). The food was great, both taste & quality, and the service was attentive but not hovering. Loved the sesame seeds on the edge of deep dish pizza crust! The lasagna and baked spaghetti both had a generous covering of broiler browned melted cheese, YUM! I was a pleasant surprise that we were able to be seated for dinner on a Saturday night with no wait (likely busier when the college kids are in fall/winter semester but this dinner was a week after graduation).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Service
    PastaLover34
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Honestly, I love Cottage Inn, but we had one of the most incompetent servers ever. He continuously forgot things, and confused orders. It wouldn't have been that big a deal if it had only happened once, but it kept occurring. Not only was our service terrible, but we were supposed to be a group of 10 and they sat us at separate tables. This made for an awkward experience. We then told the server he might as well separate our bills into two groups, and he had a BIG problem with that. Overall, I was very disappointed with Cottage Inn. The one glimmer of hope was that my food was actually quite tasty; however, that really can't overshadow awful service.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Graduation
    FamilyMan
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My family and I went for lunch after commencement and the atmosphere was warm with frindly service. Outstanding job!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Maureen
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    You can always count on The Original Cottage Inn to provide fantastic food! Everything we ordered was as expected, and delicious. Portions are generous. Our food came out really quickly - even the deep dish pizza. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Visited between grad ceremonies on May 3rd. Family including 76 year old mother-in-law in tow. Had to be re-seated because they sat us a table that would have seated four comfortably. Unfortunately we had six (with reservations) in our party. They quickly corrected and food was served quickly with the exception of my son's salmon salad. We were just about finished when it arrived. No excuse. Food was also sub-par. Very disappointing.
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  • A must when visiting
    BigFan
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I always go to the Cottage in whenever in town. Typically for the Deep dish pizza, but this trip we were there on Easter for brunch. They did a fabulous job!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night "pre-movie" dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Table was waiting for us on a Friday night at 7:30pm. Enjoyed the daily special (perch), pizza and a salad at our table. Attentive service and attractive décor. A short walk from the "Michigan" and "State Street" movie theaters nearby. Will return when back in Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service when rushed.
    AJL220
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    When we arrived for this reservation, I was told my table (for 10) was still being set up, and we waited about 10 minutes. There was a big rush, and lots of people were waiting. When our table was ready, it was actually 2 separate tables. I was not told that our group would have to be at two separate tables, nor was I asked if this was okay. When I asked if there was another table, I was told there was no other option. It made the seating arrangement very awkward, as the two different tables couldn't really be pushed together. Additionally, our service was mediocre at best - the wait staff was slow and inattentive, and our server brought the check before she had asked if anyone was interested in dessert or coffee, which we were.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The cottage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service was great many large groups. A variety of good excellent salsds
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun family evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We enjoyed bringing our grandsons to cottage Inn on William Street where we enjoyed many wonderful date nights as students in the late sixties. Great food, fun atmosphere after the spring scrimmage at the Big House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable lunch buffet
    SierraBravo
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Came here to meet family from out of town; booked the night before without any problem. We just recently discovered the lunch buffet option; it's affordable and provided options for our vegetarian family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    Kads
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I had my birthday party here - and it was a great experience. The gluten free food tasted amazing, and the staff were really accommodating with my large group. Best birthday ever.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    hillary
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a very nice meal on Saturday night, table was ready for us when we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Linda
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We love this 'original' Cottage Inn Pizza restaurant. The decor, the menu, all unsigned and Good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun & Relaxing
    Funinsf
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had relatives in from out of town and wanted them to explore one of Ann Arbor's gems. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere made is easy to carry on a conversation. As usual, the ambiance and pizza were ourstanding !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BDay Visit
    Kerry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent staff and foo. We would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All time favorite!
    TraceyandFriends
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Original Cottage Inn is an all time favorite! Haven't been there in 20 years and enjoyed dinner with our long time friends as much as we did back then! Food, especially the Greek salad, was great. The place is the same, yet updated. Love it and will go back soon and not wait another 20 years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Pizza
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We always get the pizza for four. It comes with a large salad and a large pizza. Plenty for four but my wife and I get it so we can have leftovers. We have a hard time ordering from the menu since we like the pizza so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is one of, if not, the best burger that I have had in Ann Arbor
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Ilphay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I always forget about Cottage Inn for dinner, shame on me. I have always left happy about my experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ann Arbor favorite
    JenB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love going here with the kids as there are so many options on their menu. They had some great chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day…nice surprise!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had forgotten how good it is!
    MBStrass
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the perfect location for Valentine's Day because we were going to the Michigan Theatre members' champagne evening a block away. Despite the many appealing menu choices, we fell back on the Greek salad and a deep dish primavera pizza. I'm still dreaming about the fresh veggies and feta on Cottage Inn's inimitable sesame seed deep dish crust. The small salad was perfect and huge! I had a Drambuie-bourbon cocktail--memorable. The meal ended with a huge chocolate covered strawberry, gratis for V-day! The chocolate was dark, delicious and it amply covered the whole berry. Nice surprise! This is still a go to destination for honest good food without asking for you to take out a second mortgage to pay for dinner. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original Cottage Inn
    Paula
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We discovered the "original" Cottage Inn about 3 years ago. The chain of CA's we knew for their pizzas. This is a totally different atmosphere. A nice restaurant, sit down with a varied Italian menu. It is possible to pick you own meal, i.e. chose pasta, meat, sauces that you desire. In addition there are many delicious choices of entrees, I like the baked spaghettini with fresh made meat balls. Great place for a family's special occasion or a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, unimpressive staff
    YummyYum
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a great meal here despite a very scattered waiter and an extremely rude hostess.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just great Pizza
    SeniorVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We went with friends before symphony. Two of us had pasta dishes which came with salad and good bread. One had a salad with grilled chicken and one had pot roast dinner. All of us enjoyed our meals. The pot roast was amazing. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to go
    dbcclarke
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I like going here. I took my friend here and asked cottage inn to have wine ready on the table for us two. they did. the food was good, and the service was great. i was glad to tip well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Ceecee
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    It's a fantastic place and the service is always professional. I've never had anything I didn't like here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 10
    Caj3
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Seated straight away on a reservation for 10. Optimal group probably 6-8. Comfortable, great service, great food. People at the table had everything from pizza to lasagna to salad. Great experience, will do it again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food , always great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Good food , always great place to go back to , reminiscence of college days - great Italian family food .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic