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The Original Cottage Inn

265 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (13)
  • Casual (12)
  • Good for Groups (9)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
Tim Parent: (888) 331-2365
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The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact Katee at or 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event.
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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!

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 265 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MotownTraveler1965 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

Funn (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Best pizza in Ann Arbor!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice waiter. Tasty food

RoswellSteve (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Good family Italian restaurant. Casual dining. Big menu.

Juxtaposition (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Nokkoi (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Went on a Sunday at usual dinner time; had a reservation so we were seated immediately. The pizza was excellent and the dinner entrees were almost as good. Eggplant was a bit overcooked but still tasty. It did get a little noisy when people with very young children arrived and were seated nearby, but that should be expected on a weekend.

Adorabledork89 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely delicious and surprised, but how tasty everything was!

JimG (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

A great place to eat during Restaurant Week. We hadn't been there for many years and wanted to take this occasion to try it once again. We were very pleased by the fabulous food and service.

vipAndy (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday before we went to a hockey game at Yost. We got the pizza and salad for four. The salad was great as always. The pizza was also pretty good but it could have been cooked a little longer. The edges were great but a little underdone in the middle. We were in a little of a hurry to get to the hockey game and I asked if they did anything for birthdays. Most places give a free desert. Our server said they give a discount but the bill was already printed so he couldn’t do anything. Too bad.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We are never disappointed when we go to The Original Cottage Inn. Very friendly waitstaff, excellent food and always accommodating to any size party.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Food quality is consistent and good. Excellent value.

KMmmmmm (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful menu, excellent pizza. Not your typical pizza, good variety! Wonderful salads and other italian options too. Love this place!

Zusaa (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Needed a casual dinner the night before Thanksgiving, and this was perfect. Friendly service and had a great time with out-of-town company. A real slice of Ann Arbor.

EMKA2 (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

The Original Cottage Inn is a dependable choice. We often come with a large group and everyone seems to find something they like. This time I had the minestrone soup and the meat sampler, which includes lasagne, meat ravioli, and manicotti. The food was properly prepared and tasted very good. Our friends who are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free all found something to enjoy.
Our server was charming and very efficient. She made sure we got to our movie on time. She did manage to charge some of the alcoholic beverages to the wrong checks, but we decided to settle that among ourselves rather than taking time to have her correct the bills.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

While I enjoy Cottage Inn - I have been to this location twice in 20 years. The rational - the kids in the loft area that have zero regard for the diners below. Our group of 4 was sitting in that area and could not hold a conversation due to the noise level of the (literally) screaming children. When our waiter was confronted about the noise level, we were disregarded and we were told that 'they will be here a while...' While I understand that there is a delicate line a restaurant can take with energic children, there are safety issues with the stairs and railing. Will not visit this location again, and probably will not support a franchaise that doesn't support all customers.

Sharon (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Pizza is the best! Very vibrant atmosphere. Large space.