The Original Cottage Inn

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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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RT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 13, 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
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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
1 review
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 3, 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
50 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
4 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
9 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
12 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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KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We always stop at the cottage inn when we go to Ann Arbor. Their deep dish pizza is a must try!!! It's a little dated, but that adds to the charm, I like it but could see how someone may not. We have always had good service except for our latest trip, but I'm going to chalk that up to a server that seemed to have had a long night (we showed up at 9:30 with a party of 10). Overall I would recommend and we'll be back!

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around good - friendly, great food - would definitely go back

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went online to get a table for a birthday group and nothing was done by staff to make it a Special Occasion.

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best pizza in town; other good Italian cuisine too; inexpensive and therefore popular.

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JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Cottage Inn had great food and service. We took our friends out for a celebratory dinner. Would go again anytime we wanted great Italian comfort food.

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LR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 14 people and our event at U of M finished early. They seated us early and the service was excellent. Food was hot and delicious. Really enjoyed it.

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JN
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming wait-staff, Athena!
Sentimental meal for Alumni!
AWESOME pizza....THE Original!

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TF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At server’s recommendation, had thin crust Cottage Inn special (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms). Delicious! Kids enjoyed margherita pie and wife enjoyed veggie sandwich, which I thought was strikingly tasty. Very casual, but great service, food, and atmosphere.

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B
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Vegetarian
Pizza and cranberry pecan salads were delish!! Would go back again-a cute place

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L
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! Waitstaff was outstanding! Price was right.

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EM
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This visit to the Cottage Inn was not as satisfactory as usual. My chicken parmesan, while tasty, was slightly overcooked. My friend's chicken marsala was somewhat dry, even though the sauce was tasty. The clam chowder was very good, as usual. The others in our group enjoyed their choices. The portions were very large, with most of us taking home leftovers.

Service was very friendly, and a couple of minor mistakes were quickly and cheerfully corrected. Happy Hour at the bar included several good drinks and appetizers at bargain prices.

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PS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group meeting was well treated by the staff. Our appetizers came quickly and the main course of pizzas fully met our expectations.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall wonderful experience. Excellent gluten free pizza!!!

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DR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always forget about this adorable place, hanging on to its Ann Arbor legacy for 60 odd years and still going strong. We had a lovely dinner after seeing two Cinetopia films and we could actually discuss them, not too loud like so many restaurants in town. Delicious salads and they have very nice gluten free pizza. Impeccable and friendly service. Will definitely be back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food! It was great, Aso our wait person, Athena, was really nice!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are lucky Tyler S. will be your server , he is fantastic and made a great spot even better.

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MB
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation weekend

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