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About The Original Cottage Inn
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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Italian, Pizzeria, Greek
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm
$30 and under
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The Original Cottage Inn offers a full-service catering department. Please contact Katee at email@example.com or 734-663-3379 to inquire about booking an event.
Metered parking. Parking structure on Maynard.
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!
Private Party Contact:
Tim Parent: (888) 331-2365
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
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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The Original Cottage Inn Ratings and Reviews
Several of our coffee cups had dried food on them and had to pick that off. Quite gross!
Also we were next to another huge party when the rest of the restaurant was not that busy. Could have separated the two large parties better. Had to assist the waitress because she couldn't get around the table because of the back staircase. As the customer we shouldn't have to hand dishes nor drinks down the table.
Lastly the table cloths were stained with a red sauce. Clean linen would have been appreciated.
Will definitely have to really think about going back with a large party.
Awful first impression for Easter Brunch. Stood in front of reception for - literally - five minutes as they (two young women) went over the seating charts for - literally - five minutes. I interrupted them and asked to check in and the reply was "oh, you haven't been helped?" They saw us walk in and go up to their reception table - of course we were waiting to check in. I'm not sure how you can look over a seating chart for five full minutes with a party waiting for help and not help them.
Our server was very nice and the brunch, as it is every Easter, was very good.
I went to the Original Cottage Inn with my daughter while visiting the University of Michigan. We had pizza and pasta, as well as clam chowder. Everything was excellent. The only negative was that our waiter did not seem to know he had our table and it took a while for someone to take our order. A manager did pick up on the error and came over to serve us. Despite that, I would have no reservations about coming back.
I had the lemon chicken and is was delicious, my husband had a hamburger which he enjoyed as well. We had a really good waiter that was attentive and efficient. However, two negatives; upon requesting a booth, the hostess almost denied us because she was expecting a reservation to come in at 7. We had a reservation and were there at 5! After a bit of coaxing she seated us in a booth in a dark corner, we asked to change to another booth where we were not tucked away. The dining room only had two other diners, reluctingly she complied. The last negative was the lamp shade on the sconce in our booth was really loaded with dust, not very appetizing.
In spite of this we would definitely return.
Cottage Inn has good food at affordable prices. One of the better values in downtown Ann Arbor. It's a safe choice for all crowds, especially young families with kids because of the affordability factor. The eclectic Italian decor with painted walls and ceiling is an interesting and amusing touch.
As far as the menu, I've never had a bad meal there. And the pizzas are very good, with the BBQ chicken and cilantro being my favorite.
The Original Cottage Inn is always a good place for pizza or other Italian dishes. The pizza is a step above the food at the other Cottage Inn locations around the area. This is a nice casual place after a football game in Ann Arbor or at most any time. Very good place to take kids. We enjoyed our visit even though we had to eat upstairs because we had 14 people. The main restaurant downstairs is a little nicer but we had 8 kids in the party so upstairs was fine. The pizza is especially good.
Cottage Inn's weekday lunch buffet is superb and the best bargain in downtown Ann Arbor. A great make-your-own salad, pizza galore, Mac 'n cheese, tasty dessert, and much more. Go anytime during the week or for Friday lunch before an exciting home football game.
Food was fantastic. Such a popular spot that even with a reservation, it was overbooked and our party could not sit together. Management was not cooperative. Service was marginal at best. Waiter was flustered and kept forgetting our drinks, etc. Not a great place for anyone disabled. Very crowded and noisy but the food was excellent. Probably would of had a better experience if it was at an off time.
Literally was the perfect backdrop and experience for a first date. It was such quality that once the entrees were delivered we couldn't eat it fast enough, which embarrassed us both a little. From our server, to the cocktail, to the dessert there wasn't a miss at all. I did my reservation online and walked right in on a busy Saturday. We both were so impressed.
We were in Ann Arbor for a college tour and wanted to have dinner near campus. Reservations were available for that night (a Friday night) just a couple hours in advance. There was a large group waiting to sit down for a private event when we walked in but it took only a few minutes for us to be seated. I wish I could give this restaurant a higher overall rating because the service and the restaurant itself were fine and the value was very good. However, I had to mark it down one star because of the unusual flavor of its pizza - the primary reason most would dine here. We ordered the pizza for four, which included a full tray of pizza and large Greek salad. It was reasonably priced ($26, I believe). The sauce was a little sweet as I read in another review but the cheese also had an unusual taste. We all thought it tasted like bleu cheese but the server said it might have been the feta cheese they use in their cheese topping mixture. As a result, we each only had one slice, leaving a lot of leftovers, and I couldn't finish my slice because I didn't like the flavor. We also had the clam chowder (highly recommend this) and the baked spaghettini (it was fine but with the same sweet sauce and cheese mixture). There was a good selection of beers on tap and in the bottle. The restaurant is popular and I would recommend it if you're open to interesting flavors on your pizza.
The food was so poor that we didn't have to pay at all. The side Cesar salad was way over dressed and the large margarita pizza was so bad it we couldn't eat it. The thin crust was so wet and soggy and not cooked.
But our waiter and manager was super nice and very apologetic.
When we entered the restaurant, we were directed towards a table hidden from view of the rest of the restaurant and away from the windows, one close to the kitchen. Is this because we are Muslim and my wife wears a headscarf? There were tons of empty tables around the rest of the restaurant, so we requested to move to a different one. Our waitress wasn't as pleasant to us as she was being to others; she seemed annoyed when we asked her if one of the dishes had wine or other alcohol ingredients in it. The food was great, but our overall experience was just uncomfortable and we would neither go back again or recommend to friends. At least not that location (Ann Arbor).
We made the mistake of heading here graduation weekend. Despite this, our server was very attentive. I think the only thing that suffered in our food was, surprisingly, our pizza (very average). The salad, bread, chicken and veggies and pasta were all consistently good.
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