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The Original Cottage Inn

4.3
4.3
411 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Greek, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 411 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Kid Friendly

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for Lunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Awesome as always
  2. A

    Anamika

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went here with a party of 4 when dropping our son off at UMich. We made a reservation and were seated promptly. They were short-staffed but our waitress was super friendly. We appreciated that she took the time to tell us they were short staffed. Despite that, we don't believe we had to wait too long for our food. Appetizer and drinks came out quickly. Pizza was great. The Eggplant parmesan was delicious. Good portions. Good prices. I would go here again.
  3. NH

    NancyH

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pizza and pasta and gelato and great service from Sara! Will be returning soon.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    They’re too short-staffed to be able to provide good service and unfortunately got our order very wrong. It’s too bad because the food is good, so the restaurant could be GREAT!
  5. TD

    TeresaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We could not keep our reservation. There was no parking meters available for miles. We were unable to keep our reservation because of Ann Arbor’s poor parks ng conditions.
  6. R

    Rmvrie71

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In Ann Arbor for a wedding and went to the restaurant for a nostalgia visit. As good as I remembered. One diner has celiac disease and they dealt with it appropriately.
  7. H

    Haley

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Justin was attentive and wonderful. The food was fantastic, kitchen was very fast and our drinks were out quickly as well. Definitely a nice spot to enjoy some pizza before a night on the town.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, pizza ,salad , service , ambience and drinks were SUPERB. Pizza was memorably good per usual.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Pizza is wonderful. Had the Florentine pizza and was great. Service was ok, was pleasant but could have been more attentive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Average restaurant experience. Our food order was inaccurate, and it was very infrequent that we saw our server. No drink refills were offered, and no discount on our tab for all the mistakes with our food.
  11. CM

    CharlieM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    the wait staff was less than expected. We asked what came with the Easter Brunch and got information that indicated that drinks were included (coffee, pop, Mimosa). This was a unexpected increase to our bill. She provided no refills on coffee. Did not bring us items asked for and there was no salt or pepper on the table. And we could not ask for it. Because of these issues the bill was high in comparison to the food we ate and thus we will not be back.
  12. VL

    VinceL

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun atmosphere, good food, good drinks, and great service!
  13. T

    Tyler

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Took an hour for the food to come out, and it was fairly overpriced and the taste didn't justify the price.
  14. J

    Judie

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Requested no high top table and was seated at high top table. Received very little service from waitress. Waitress was ask for some forks and never appeared with them. Every time waitress walked and asked for something she kept saying she right back and never showed back to the table.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with great vibe!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful memories at one of Ann Arbor’s long-standing favorites, shared with friends while visiting for a campus tour weekend. Ravioli was amazing!!
  17. D

    Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    The best that can be said is that I had an edible meal. I had a reservation, but was shown to a table in a passageway between two open kitchen areas--which could be heard and smelled, as I were in the 'back rooms' of the restaurant--which I refused. I was seated at a different table after complaining, but the service, while friendly, was inept: all courses arrived at the same time. This is a landmark place patronized by students, but the patron's behavior around me was juvenile and intrusive. It was not a pleasant meal.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for college son. Great food and service!
  19. LR

    LeonardR

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Drink service and food service inconsistent. Went to the bar to get round 2 and 3. Hopefully better next time.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Sadly, it appeared that they were understaffed.
  21. h

    heidim

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We had reservations but were stuck at a bar table and honestly they didn’t really seem to care Food and service was good but I probably won’t go back. This was a special outing for my daughter’s bday and I was disappointed with how we were treated by hostess and manager
  22. DG

    DonnaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, we had a lovely evening at the Cottage Inn. It was a quiet Wednesday night, so there was plenty of room to accommodate everyone. I’m a little concerned with the redesign of the space what it’s going to be like on a crowded night. I’m hoping you didn’t give up too much space to accommodate your guest.
  23. JR

    JoshuaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Went there back in college, and it's still great!
  24. DN

    DianeN

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In this stressful time in the hospitality industry, Cottage Inn is meeting the challenge. The waitstaff was welcoming and accommodating for our party of eight . Our waiter, Travis was very attentive. The food was delicious. We did not feel rushed. A great experience for my birthday dinner.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They randomly closed their restaurant for 2 days. White sign posted on the door said their employees needed a break. Maybe they’d been busy during the Art Fair? But to neglect notifying people of this status when we have a reservation? I will never attempt to eat here again.
  26. b

    bkuehn1952

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Cottage Inn continues to be a reliable destination for pizza and Italian entrees. Service was very good during our recent visit and they did a nice job of accommodating our party of 10 on a Friday evening.
  27. DM

    DaveM

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service Friendly Knowledgeable Great food Good value!
  28. RH

    RebeccaH

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First time there in almost 20 years reliving memories with family. Service and food was great!
  29. JT

    JTobert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the cottage inn... its great reputation extends to Chicago amd beyond. A Michigan grad owns a pizza place in Chicago and takes the Cottage inn as his model... cottage inn is the best, we take our ChicGi family to the cottage in every time they visit us in Ann Atbor.Thank you Cotyage inn. We
  30. AA

    AinAA

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love the original cottage inn and were happy to be back. The food was SLIGHTLY less outstanding than usual - the greek salad was made of spinach and arugula rather than romaine, pizza a little less crispy, - but overall it was great and we will definitely be back. COVID has been SO hard on restaurants I think they get an extra pass for not being at their very best. Happy to support our local community and enjoy great food!
  31. L

    Lisa

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good, service was fast and attentive. Overall a great experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually sit in a booth but we were late for our reservation so we’re seated at the bar. We had a delightful experience interacting with the staff who , despite being extraordinarily busy, were very friendly and accommodating. As alway, our pizza and salads were SUPERB. Finished off a cold leftover slice last PM!!!!
  33. BC

    BarbaraC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are long-time customers and we’re pleased to see that, despite the pandemic, the Inn has maintained their commitment to their great customer service standards and delicious food.
  34. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent meal with an amazing server.
  35. T

    Tammy

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our service was slooooow, but he seemed overwhelmed. Everyone was seated with plenty of space between tables, and the food was awsome as usual!
  36. A

    mtmA2

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a good choice, reliable menu, excellent drinks reasonably priced ($8.50 for Hendrick's Gimlet). Staff always helpful, very polite
  37. DM

    DerM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Service was incredibly slow...so much so we sent some stuff back because it took to long. Food was average.
  38. N

    Neil

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, reasonable prices, fast service, and good drinks
  39. R

    Roger

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been dining at The Original Cottage Inn for over 30 years since I went to school in Ann Arbor and it is still a phenomenal experience!
  40. C

    Cait

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Service was quite slow, but there were a few larger parties. We did have one member of our party who didn't receive her food until almost 25 minutes after the rest of us, but the waitress was very apologetic and attentive. The food was really good and the ambiance was great.

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 4.3 stars by 411 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 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Original Cottage Inn

512 East William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Greek, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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.

  • 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!

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