The Original Cottage Inn

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352 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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GM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK. The server gave us all the wrong meals. Had lasagna and mixed meat pasta plate. Tables, chairs and floor are all pretty greasy. Need a major grease cutting cleaning. Ate there Jusy 3rd so it was really slow. Would not eat here again.

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B
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best minestrone soup anywhere! Wonderful eggplant. Great service! No wonder they've been a favorite for decades!

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KK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for nine to celebrate our son graduating high school. They gave us a great table and Jaz (our server) was AWESOME. The people that had never been to The Original Cottage Inn LOVED it.

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TR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, excellent wait staff and food was delicious with a beautiful presentation!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, and the service was great. They did their best to accommodate our large party

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J
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Original Cottage Inn in downtown Ann Arbor has great gluten free options—pizza, pasta, even rolls, not to mention a wide variety of salads and entrees. Highly recommended!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jazz, was outstanding, and the service in general (host, busboy, etc) was great and friendly. Food was excellent as usual. This is a longtime favorite of mine in Ann Arbor.

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HI
Detroit
48 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Booth seat, good server. Very good salad. Kids chicken and pasta were very well received.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks fora great traditional Italian Dinner after graduation / our family of 10 enjoyed the great food along with great service with a reasonable price! Appreciate the table being ready on time as well....Thanks again for the great experience! Tim

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GO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious.

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very cozy; good food and great service even though it was very busy with pre concert crowd

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I made reservations for Easter Sunday, but there was no indication on website of an Easter Brunch and that it was the only option. I am not a fan of these kind of brunches, especially for the price of 22.99. For this price I would expect a few more options, not pepperoni and cheese pizza. Very disappointed.

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OS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were given a table for 8 with room for our birthday cake. Gentleman allowed us to bring a cake...very generous. Alex, waiter, allowed us plenty of time to visit and we didn't feel rushed.

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MT
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Lunch buffet was quite good across the board! Luckily, we were able to largely serve ourselves because our server really didn’t want to!

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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
17 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
3 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
22 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
51 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
5 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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