The Original Cottage Inn

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338 reviews
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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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SB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best pizza in town and the servers are always great!

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w
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I hadn't been to Cottage Inn since I graduated many years ago and I decided to try it again. The service was excellent (attentive but not intrusive), the atmosphere was comfortable, and the food was very good. I'll come back the next time I feel like having Italian food.

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t
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a real treat to relax here for my family and me. The pizza is as good as it was back in the day when I went to school at U of M.

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S
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great however, the air freshener was overwhelming and should be lightened up.

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JS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place in Ann Arbor! Been going there for 36 years! Order the deep dish pizza / greek salad for 2 or 4. Great value and great food. Another great thing about this place is that you can usually get a table, even on weekend nights when other places in Ann Arbor have waits of 1.5 hours. GO! You will love it.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent from the hostess to the manager checking in with us on our way out. The restaurant is family friendly and as always, the food was excellent!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

For the price, thought spaghetti/meatballs should have had at least 3 meatballs. Sauce was very tasty and noodles were perfectly cooked. Temp was great. Pizza was terrific. Good soup choices, though only a couple options. Minestrone was terrific.
Enjoyed the ambience. Online reservation worked well. Food came in a timely fashion. Waitress was attentive but seemed not to want to deal with details like changes in order and particular requests of diners.

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HK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Although the service was good and the staff was friendly, I went to the original cottage Inn to eat. I had meat lasagna and it was extremely salty. They didn't even ask how I like to have it. The taste was so disappointing. The atmosphere was good.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of ours for over twenty years, never disappoints. Something for everyone! You have to try the raspberry poppyseed dressing.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Vegies tasted and looked frozen out of a bag. Grilled salmon subpar. Blackened chicken pasta average and clamchowder was good. Bread was poor for a Italian restaurant.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

The food was subpar but the service was great.
Our dinners arrived before we could finish our 'cup' of soup, hate that. Ordered lemon and rosemary chicken, the chicken had too much rosemary on it so you couldn't taste the lemon or the chicken for that matter. Also ordered the chicken Marsala, had to send it back because it was so tough you couldn't cut it with a knife or chew it. Reminded me of freezer burn meat. The server brought out another dinner which was better but the sauce tasted like beef gravy, not Marsala wine. I used to frequent this establishment when I worked in Ann Arbor, a lot has changed. I know they are known for their pizza but the chicken entrees are subpar.

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TB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly, great service, not too loud with a floorplan or multiple rooms/levels. Great pizza and selection of craft beers.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual! Great food, nice service. Nice opportunity to catch up with loved ones.

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CH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent meal with excellent service! Hadn't been here since my college days and brought my own kids along for a very enjoyable evening.

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BS
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fun evening.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Awesome pizza. The service was a little off. The place was not busy and we were set right next to a huge party in a corner. We asked to be moved. Getting water took a little while. Bathrooms were pretty gross by way of being dirty. Nice environment just needed a little help.

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A
Detroit
50 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza dinner for four. Lots of food and a good price. The garlic bread was very good also.

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RT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and normal prices for the area!
Very plentiful dishes!
Many people come to ask for a pizza and take them!

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KD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This was my very first visit to the Original Cottage Inn. I was excited as a restaurant doesn't stay in business for as long as this one has without having something going on (even if it is in a college town). Our group of 7 was seated in the upper level of the restaurant where it appears all larger parties are seated. The ambiance was very much different than on the first floor and lacked much character. I almost felt we were in a VFW hall. Our server took some time before he recognized our existence and was not very engaging. He was an adequate server, but did nothing to make our experience anything other than fair. Food was very good however, as were our cocktails, once they finally arrived.

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CB
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST PIZZA in Ann Arbor...we visit every time we are in town.

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G
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (one in training) was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoy the food here, lot of good choices on the menu. Good place for a casual dinner.

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TL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their baked spaghetti is by far the best I have ever had. One of my favorite spots to eat in Ann Arbor. Great menu for any palate. Service always consistently great. And you always get yummy bread! I love it too that you can make a reservation ahead of time. Sometimes eating in the area on a Friday can be challenging without one.

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DS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been to the Original Cottage Inn in decades but was pleasantly surprised. Good food, excellent service, fun atmosphere. We're putting this place back in our Ann Arbor restaurant rotation.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have eaten here many years ago, and will say I was disappointed in the food. Chicken Marcella and way more sauce than chicken - the chicken and grizzle -never like that before.

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u
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, especially the vegan options (garlic bread, pizza, and pasta). Everyone had a great time and our server was attentive and awesome!

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R
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza anywhere! Right around the corner from the State Theatre

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

It's a very good thing that we came after the basketball game rather than before because we would have been late. It took our server forever to come to our table after we were seated, then another eternity before he brought our drinks. He didn't bring the bread I asked for until I asked again 20 minutes later, and then he only brought bread and plate for 4 of us rather than all 8 (awkward). Our salad and soups finally showed up, and then before I had even taken a bite of my salad, our entrees were delivered. I thought maybe they were short staffed, but everyone around us had different servers, and they seemed to be served quite promptly. Once we were done eating, we had to spend additional time getting the bills corrected. Overall it was a disappointing experience. I rarely reduce someone's tip due to poor service, but I would have done so this time if it had not been automatically added in. As for the food, my salad was delicious. I'm not sure about my entree, because I never got the chance to eat it. It's in a box in the fridge.

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MB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great vegan menu but you have to ask for it. They will not offer it.

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JD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had a waiter who didn’t speak English as his first language so got 2 of the 4 orders incorrect. My daughter asked for no mushrooms in her pasta dish, came with mushrooms. I ordered a
Seafood trio and even pointed to it on the menu. Twice a
Server came by trying give us a Trio Sampler appetizer which we didn’t order. Then when the meals came what should come back again this time quite cold but the Trio Sampler. At this point we realized that the waiter had ordered me that instead of the Seafood Trio entree. Since this was a pre concert dinner we didn’t have time to wait another 20 minutes for the correct entree so I had to split my daughters dinner. We have always gone to Cottage Inn before concerts at the Hill but I think next year will be looking somewhere else.

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for 10, but it changed to 21 at the last minute. They were more than accommodating and put together one huge table upstairs for us. The service was great and the food is always was great. One of my favorite spots to visit whenever I come to Ann Arbor!

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TG
Cleveland
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Favorite pizza place. During my college years the university did not serve Sunday dinner. Cottage Inn became a favorite go to pizza place. Years late it still does not disappoint. We have introduced our daughters to this place and it has become a favorite of theirs too. Love going back to the Original location. Food was great as always.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Football weekend dinner with college friends.

Pizza was good. The other food was meh at best. Service was pretty poor.

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ND
Charlotte
53 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

In town for a football game. Wanted casual, good food, and lively. It is all of those and affordable.

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PS
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Someone needs to train the hostesses in this establishment. They don’t seem to realize that the are in a SERVICE industry. The two young ladies working the front of the house were not just rude, but hostile. Unbelievable. Totally turned me off to Cottage Inn. Food was delicious and satisfying, but I’m not likely to return. There are so many choices in this part of AnnArbor, and I just don’t need the attitude

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b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to the cottage inn in many years. It was like old home week. I love the ambience. The lasagna was excellent but two larger portion for me.

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a
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We hadn't been to the Original Cottage Inn for a number of years. But, since the restaurant has been in business in the same spot, with the same ownership, for many decades, you know what to expect. I would rate the food very good, reliable Italian cuisine. Its not elegant but any stretch, but you won't be disappointed. My only complaint would be the booth we were originally seated at was extremely tight and uncomfortable. Fortunately, we were there before it was busy, so were able to move to a booth with more room.

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KW
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As a public service I will tell you to always check Open Table prior to actually going to the restaurant. We walked in on a football Friday around 7:30pm and were told that it would be a 2 hour wait. I searched on Open Table, found the restaurant and there were MANY openings available. We sat down 15 mins later.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We hadn’t eaten at Cottage Inn for years & were glad we’d made a reservation. Even on this chilly, rainy evening, the place was full by 6:30 with lots of families & couples. Service was very good as was the food & value.

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G
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, our server Lisa took very good care of us, allowing us to browse the menu and offered assistance with any questions we had. We started with a bruschetta then had pasta with pesto sauce and lasagna with a soup and salad. All was prepared well and flavorful.. meat sauce for the lasagna was very meaty... just the way I like it. It was a nice casual dinner never felt rushed and price with drinks was reasonable. We'll be back as we seen many other dishes on the menu we would like to try.

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IS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was good. The Service was terrible. It took so long for the waitress to take order and never came by to see if we needed anything. We had to ask for Bread. We were not happy the tip was included.

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