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The Original Cottage Inn, Ann Arbor, MI

The Original Cottage Inn

4.6
4.6
444 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
"The first 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 their pizzas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Vegan, Greek
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (734) 663-3379
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact us at 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event. originalcottageinncatering@gmail.com
  • 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! originalcottageinncatering@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Cross street
    Liberty St, Thomson St, Maynard St
  • Parking details
    There are a number of available locations to park. We recommend street parking or you can park in one of the near-by lots. The closest is located on Maynard and Thomson Street
  • Public transit
    We are close to 5, 6, and 24 public transit stops.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 444 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for brunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for groups

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for fine wines

444 Reviews
  1. Zusaa

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Excellent Italian fare and wines are consistently lovely.

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  2. MichaelR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vegan options, both vegan pizza and vegan garlic bread sticks were great. Really appreciate all the options.

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  3. Guest

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent pizza and soft chewy crust. Excellent waitstaff. Perfect for a cozy pizza dinner.

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  4. BetsyP

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last ate here 20 years ago, and food and service was even better! Excellent! Hope to return before another 20 years passes.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was great. I had the chicken and pesto sandwich. It was flavorful. The calamari was good as well.

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  6. MarleneC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the best birthday dinner at The Original Cottage Inn and our server was exceptional! Her recommendations were spot on, her gelato pick for my free birthday dessert was stellar, and our overall experience made for a perfect evening. I am sooo sooo sorry this restaurant will be sold and possibly turned into some high rise apartment building as opposed to keeping with the current, excellent restaurant fare. Try to get over there before it's too late! I'm going back soon.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for my friends birthday. It was a great time. So sad the place is closing soon.

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  8. JonathanR

    New York City

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great college town atmosphere in downtown Ann Arbor. Highlights are very good pizza with lots of options for toppings and excellent beer list including local favorites.

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  9. MaryD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance in the restaurant was fun. The server was responsive and efficient. The food was really good. It was our first time here and we would definitely return.

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  10. RobertL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great place for good food and great service!

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  11. Tictac

    New York City

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although an iconic restaurant, I felt the food was not very good. I had salmon and it was over cooked and tasted very fishy. My mashed potatoes were barely warm. The variety of veggies were very good. My husband’s chicken parm was also over cooked and bland. Service was very good. Hostess was really nice even under busy busy pressure. Ambience is still all college. Wouldn’t hurry back.

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  12. robing2748

    St. Louis

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It's been a while since we've been here. Generally disappointed Place was almost empty and we were seated practically in the kitchen. Fortunately they moved us when asked. Had the worst pan "Margherita pizza" ever. No red sauce. Just tons of cheese, anemic tomatoes and sprinkling of basal. Bland. When asked why it was made without sauce I was told I should have read the description. If it was listed as a "white Margherita"(more accurately) I would have read the description and ordered different. Just not the Cottage Inn I remember.

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  13. KateT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely to revisit an old haunt from our college days and have a great pizza and Greek salad. Our server was delightful. Thank you!

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  14. PamelaM

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    NOTICE TO GAME DAY GUESTS: We made a reservation on Open Table 14 days in advance (earliest Cottage Inn allows reservations to be made). When we arrived, we were told reservations are NOT accepted on Game Days even tho we had a confirmed one. Luckily a very competent hostess seated us in bar and ensured we had excellent service.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a build your own pizza that was absolutely delicious. The service was terrific.  We will definitely return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal after dropping kid off for the year. Had only ever had their pizza from their chain stores so we were surprised at the big choices on the menu. I had a pizza and my wife had a pasta dish and both were excellent.

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  17. NathanS

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A University of Michigan-Ann Arbor tradition. The pizza is superb and the salads crisp and fresh. The original has a very college town vibe and friendly efficient staff. A great place to take your college (or younger) kids.

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  18. PeterK

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming to The Original Cottage Inn for pizza over many years, and are always pleased. Nice place, good service, and pizza is great!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Okay Pizza. Nothing special. Seated at a table off the kitchen when other tables clearly available.

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  20. DaveM

    Cleveland

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere, great food and attentive staff. We’ll be back again when we’re in Ann Arbor.

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  21. RaviG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Just like I remember it! #Nostalgia Go Blue!

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  22. DavidL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleased that entres came with soup, mashed redskin potatoes, and a nice portion of fresh broccoli. Table was extremely close to the bench seating so that made it a bit uncomfortable, but on the whole, a wonderful dinner.

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  23. Walker

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Original Cottage Inn is a fun and charming restaurant. The food and service are excellent. I enjoyed the chicken artichoke pasta. Others liked the seafood trio and the lasagna. Salads are always very good. It's a great place for casual dining and Italian food.

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  24. Invisible

    Toledo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cottage Inn started as a primary take out pizza restaurant ( during my college days ) and expanded into one of the best classic Italian cuisine restaurants in the Ann Arbor area. Clam chowder is a personal favorite.

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  25. 11111

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    restaurant was maybe 25% full, but the three of us (ie., not a big party) were seated in the back, right next to the kitchen. Waiting staff walking by our table constantly, dishes clanking, isolated table. Horrible experience

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  26. MaryK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow, waited almost an hour for food. Wait staff was complaining about the time and apologizing constantly. Were informed that there was only one cook and a full restaurant!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and service: per usual. Phenomenal traditional pizza, salad and non-alcoholic beverages.

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  28. Downtownjb

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous meal at the Original Cottage Inn. We visited after graduation and all had great meals. The pizza and pasta was delicious and our waitress was so kind. It was a perfect place to celebrate. The pomegranate martini is so yummy!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Graduation dinner. Service was prompt, food selection good and ambiance perfect to hang the night before.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good vegan pizza! Fresh toppings, great sauce with authentic flavor

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  31. DTPKelly

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, friendly service. The antipasto salad and Spicy Mediterranean pizza (add pepperoni) was mouth watering! See you again soon! 🍕😍

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  32. Lynn

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, service and food were excellent! The blackened chicken pasta dish is outstanding and I highly recommend it!

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  33. LindsayV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, terrific pizza and pasta. Server was lovely.

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  34. JonathanR

    New York City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service!

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  35. KarenK

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food but not everyone in our party received their food at the same time. One order was delayed 10-15 min. and arrived when everyone else was half done. Appeared to be short-staffed and as a result, service was poor.

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  36. Joseph

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    placed on second floor. we had a couple people with ambulation issues. Would have been better if we were given the option to select floor. There was a option to use a elevator. Food was good with reasonable price.

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  37. Becky

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Coffee was cold, never offered a refill. Service was slow and seemed the waitress didn’t know the menu, chef came out and asked a specific question about one of our entrees. I ordered the chicken with goat cheese, broccoli was cold (menu said broccolini but it was reg broccoli, also said with garlic butter, there was non) mashed potatoes were barely warm and chicken was luke warm. Cottage Inn is one of our favorites, this visit was disappointing.

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  38. MotownTraveler1965

    Detroit

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You could tell they were short staffed but, they were doing their best and the pizza was great!

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  39. Woofer

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was jampacked and understaffed. Our server was wonderful, but had way too many tables to manage. The food was mediocre at best. The Cottage Inn should do better!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome as always

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Original Cottage Inn using the Order Online button. The Original Cottage Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 663-3379.

The Original Cottage Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Original Cottage Inn

512 East William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Liberty St, Thomson St, Maynard St
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Vegan, Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are a number of available locations to park. We recommend street parking or you can park in one of the near-by lots. The closest is located on Maynard and Thomson Street
  • Public transit
    We are close to 5, 6, and 24 public transit stops.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (734) 663-3379
  • Catering
    The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact us at 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event. originalcottageinncatering@gmail.com
  • 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! originalcottageinncatering@gmail.com
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