The Original Cottage Inn

4.7
410 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. Needless to say, we continue to serve a lot of the best pizza in town."

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
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AinAA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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Lisa
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 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!!!!

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BarbaraC
Cleveland
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.

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vipPhilC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent meal with an amazing server.

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Tammy
Detroit
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!

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vipmtmA2
Detroit
6 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

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vipDerM
San Francisco
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.

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Neil
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, reasonable prices, fast service, and good drinks

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Roger
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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!

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Cait
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.

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Donna
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn’t been to Cottage Inn downtown for about 25 years as I live in Alaska now. It was just as wonderful as I remembered. It used to be the place to go for date night in high school or college as it wasn’t too expensive and the food was always good. I found it to be just as warm and friendly as always and enjoyed ourselves so much we took other friends there the next night too before the symphony. Great food was had by all of us! Thank you for always being there for us Cottage Inn!

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Roger
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I've had Cottage Inn's pizza for years, but wanted to visit the original location. Service was good, but at times wondered where our waiter was. The food was great. Many with our group commented about it. We came a large group and I wasn't a fan of having two round tables put together. It appeared they had room for us at a long, rectangular table, but didn't place us there. I liked the character of the old place and did take a look around. I'd go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A busy night, but the speed and service was better than expected, and really good food. Definitely an Ann Arbor classic to enjoy!

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scioJohn
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay. Price reasonable but food did not over wow us

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viptpmg
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pizza as well as a variety of other dishes. Excellent clam chowder, and the lunch buffet of salads, soups, pizzas and other dishes for $18 for two is hard to beat! An iconic A2 restaurant with friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and our server, Joe, was excellent

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Al6K
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server, very accommodating. Great price break on our meal as well

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GaylNess
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food was very good, as usual. But the wait was TERRIBLE. It took more than an hour for us to be served. Obviously you did not plan on the crowd that you should have expected with the AASO Christmas Sing and did not have enough cooks to serve that crowd. Shame on you!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I hate to say it, but we would never return here. We were on a special event night before seeing the symphony, taking extended family on a night out for the holidays. Our food order was wrong, two of our group didn’t get their food until just before we left, we had to alter an order because time was running out. They ended up just throwing some pasta and sauce on a plate - which wasn’t great and definitely not what was ordered but at least it was something to eat. Then they charged us for it. It was just unprofessional all around, and the food wasn’t good enough to make us beg for more. I don’t like leaving negative reviews but since it kind of ruined our one night out with our group, it’s a heads up for anyone else considering the same thing.

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EMKA2
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the better meals my friends and I have had at the Original Cottage Inn. The restaurant had a good selection of pastas, sandwiches, appetizers, all of which included vegetarian and vegan options. I enjoyed the chicken parmesan, which was especially good this time. It was too much for one serving; I enjoyed the rest of it for lunch the next day. Everyone else in our party took some of their order home, too.

My only complaint was with the billing. We had five people: a group of three and two singles. Neither the bar nor the restaurant seemed to be able to get the idea that the two of us were on our one. Both brought a single bill for the two of us. Wait staff should pay attention when people say they are singles or on a separate bill.

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OraGeek
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve been a customer for 45 years. Every bit as good as it was in 1975. It’s no wonder they’ve more than doubled the seating since then.

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SplashKK
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a town classic, and always a great place for pizza on football saturday!

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dinesalot
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in after a football game with the reservation that had been made a week before. They were about 20 minutes late on the reservation and it took a long time to get our food order in, but other than that everything was excellent. I do highly recommend them. Our server Lauren was tremendous.

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vipBrad
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!!!!

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DonnaT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good. They have much more then pizza on the menu. I had a delicious pasta with grilled chicken. Someone at our table had a pizza with chicken. Someone else had a vegan meal. Our waiter was pleasant and considering we went on a football weekend, our food came quickly.

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SteveR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great. They do not usually take reservations on game days for Michigan football, but OpenTable saved us. We made a reservation earlier in the week and had no problem getting in and getting our table. The line was big and the wait was over an hour for just walk in. Food was hot and service was fast. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun a welcoming place!! Good food & generous portions!

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RobertW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The main issue was the service. We had a large table and 2 dinners did not come until the other 10 had finished eating. We brought it up to the server who was apologetic but did not seem to speed up the orders.

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cecelia
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's a classic. Love the crust, the flavor. I never get anything but the pizza and it always delights.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hometown favorite. Keep up good food!

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noah
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

seating arrangement was very cramped and un comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good! Serving sizes were quite large. Waiter was very friendly, yet gave us all the time we wanted to enjoy our dinner. Never felt rushed, but also never felt unattended. Nice mix. Lovely restaurant.

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PhilipG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Hail to the management. They were very accommodating to get a table for 7 on football game day.

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vipLuke48114
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cottage Inn is one of our favorite places to visit in Ann Arbor. Once again the restaurant and the team that works there exceeded our expectations!

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MartinS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It would be a great place if there were more television screens throughout the restaurant.

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vipAmyLisa
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cottage Inn is one of the things I miss the most living in NC.
Best pizza ever
Best service ever

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CarolynR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The service was *horrible* (we got our appetizer after our entrees as one example) but it was a new server so we don’t blame her. She obviously was not trained at all, and after speaking to the manager, who was very rude and condescending, we completely see where the problems stem from. The food was fine, typical Italian and the signature pizza, but I wouldn’t recommend this place until they get new management. We won’t be going back.

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vipAndy
Detroit
58 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We love Cottage Inn and will be back but we didn’t have a good experience this visit. Our server wasn’t up to par. We waited a while for him to show up. Then he said he would be back with water. After 10 minutes he showed back up and left saying he forgot the water. My wife got a salad to start and I got a cup of soup. The soup came quickly but no salad no entree then came right away before I even started my soup. Still nothing for my wife. They brought our daughters sweet potato fries after being seasoned fried first. Then my wife’s salad finally showed up. Not the way things abound have gone. The food was all very good but not the experience. Half way though the meal our glasses of sangria also showed up.

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ValR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The quality of my dinner and my waitress were not on par with what I have received in the past.

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 4.7 stars by 410 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.