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The Original Cottage Inn

4.4
277 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
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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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
Tim Parent: (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!

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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 277 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.0
service
4.1
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Good pizza and excellent service!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Best pizza in Ann Arbor!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice waiter. Tasty food

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Good family Italian restaurant. Casual dining. Big menu.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely delicious and surprised, but how tasty everything was!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Food quality is consistent and good. Excellent value.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Incredibly unfriendly older hostess, had no clue about our OpenTable reservation and seemed like she had no desire to help. So rude, made me not want to come back. Should be fired. If the owner, then shame on her.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Three family members met for a special occasion. It was a wonderful experience! The atmosphere was quaint and peaceful. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Convenient to Hill auditorium with nearby parking and a very competent, prompt and accommodating server were pluses, but it needs to be cleaned and the menu could use some updating. Extremely ordinary.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Cute restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor. Our service was sub par and the food was decent. Cheese bread was very tasty! We ordered the portobello pepperoni pizza and there were only tiny specs of portobello, we were disappointed.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

We went there to celebrate my friend's birthday. The food was great and the ambiance was very nice. However, I was very disappointed in the service. Our waiter was not attentive at all and when we asked a waiter to help take a picture for us, the waiter rudely replied "I'm busy - I cannot take a picture for you." However, apart from the service, everything was great.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Great Family dinner!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

The Original Cottage Inn is a reliable standby when we go out with friends. They have a very good happy hour and tasty Italian food. I ordered the meat sampler and my wife ordered the seafood trio; we both enjoyed our choices. And the clam chowder that came with both was delicious. Our waitress made sure our friends and we were done with the meal in plenty of time to get to our movie.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2017

A wonderful place for excellent homemade
Pizza and pastas. The quality hasn't wavered in years and it feels like coming home!

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