The Original Cottage Inn

4.5
296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Greek
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm
Thursday-Saturday 11am-11am
Sunday 11am-9pm
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Phone number
(734) 663-3379
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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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Private party contact
Nick Milks: (888) 331-2365
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Catering
The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact Katee at katee@cicatering.com or 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
Metered parking. Parking structure on Maynard.
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Special events & promotions
Kids Eat Free every Monday night, 5-8pm! We have a create-your-own-cupcake station and crafts.

Deep Dish Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, enjoy half off of our deep dish two-topping pizzas, dine in or carry out!

Wednesdays: $6 for ANY of our burgers, with fries!

Every Thursday enjoy half off wine!

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 296 People Are Saying
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KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
21 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
1 review
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
16 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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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation weekend

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BG
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff took great care of us for family get-together after Navy commissioning ceremony. Thank you!

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u
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor. Most orders came out wrong or did not come at all. Food tasted ok but some of us ended up eating something we did not order because we got tired of sending the meals back.

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EW
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food and cozy ambiance! Always an Ann Arbor staple! Our waitress seemed new to waitressing and we had to ask her to clear old glasses and plates. My eggplant Parmesan was terrific

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M
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent service. Consistently a great place to enjoy a meal.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We waited nearly an hour to get our drinks and bread. Nice waiter. He was overworked though and help was provided way too late to make up for it.

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our table was ready right away, and the food was really good. My daughter declared it the best pizza she had ever eaten. It was Saturday night, however, and they were extremely busy. A second waiter had to pitch in to eventually get us drink refills and bring our food, and even then there were a few minor details missed (I asked for dressing on the side, but it came on the salad). Everyone loved the food, though, and we will be back.

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was in Ann Arbor for a college visit and thought we would try a local favorite. Hostess spent an inordinate time on the phone before seating, did not even acknowledge that we were there. The place was mostly empty on a Tuesday night and they had a trivia game going on that attracted what seemed to be some local students. Place was dated but quaint. Menu looked good - the spinach lasagna was very good and almonds in it were an added touch that I've never had before. The blackened salmon caesar salad sounded really good but unfortunately it was an entire piece of salmon just placed on top of a salad, thought it would be cut up. Salmon tasted more like crab than salmon which made it even more disappointing. Probably should have ordered the pizza instead. Waiter service was fine and friendly.

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DW
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food on the buffet was as good as prior years. There were just fewer selections.

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l
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good pizza and excellent service!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a good time at Original Cottage Inn! The owner and all employees are friendly and attentive. They have enough space to accommodate groups as well as cozy booths for two or four.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great place to eat with a big group. The pizzas were delicious.

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N
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quick meal on a work day. Always good, always predictable, a great place for a pizza, salad or a burger!

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was great and we loved the pizza and wine!

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Cottage Inn experience was awesome. From the minute we walked in the door until we left we felt like royalty. Jen the bartender and our server in the bar area was totally five stars

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MT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I thought it was a really great meal and brought back a lot of memories from when I went to school in A2. Now, the only thing missing are my 100 points for dining there!

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good. Never got a bread basket which is usually served.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza in Ann Arbor!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice waiter. Tasty food

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RS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a stop for us when returning to Ann Arbor. The service was fantastic and the pizza was delicious.

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OT
New England
94 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good family Italian restaurant. Casual dining. Big menu.

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J
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I usually really like the original Cottage Inn, but they were off this week. We had occasion to eat their twice and in both cases the waitstaff were unattentive to the point of having to reask for things. Even drink requests after ordering took quite a while to deliver. Two people at our same table ordered the vegetarian sampler. One got a sampler, the other just spinach lasagna.
Food was tasty and high quality. Best of Cottage Inn pizza was quite tasty, plentiful topping great crust.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our waiter Randy was NOT attentive, however the manager took up his slack

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N
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away, the wait staff was very friendly, and the food was delicious!

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