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The Cottage

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472 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686-3042
+1 231-947-9261
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07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Illinois
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113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I passed this restaurant so many times and finally stopped last weekend. Everything was so tasty! The soup, the sandwiches and from what the kids have said.. the monkey bread is very good! We will be back!

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Thank giggly711
Cass City, Michigan
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted a salad and thankfully The Cottage was open and a friendly male voice answered the phone and was glad to take my order. I asked for a Chef Salad. When we picked it up, I could not believe how fresh the greens, vegetables,cheese and meat were on the item. Most places end up with water in the bottom... More 

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1 Thank Martha M
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Traverse City for a vacation over Thanksgiving. We took a chance and stopped here. We didn't have a reservation but were seated right away. Very pleasant, clean, great waiter. My husband had the turkey buffet and ended up too full for dessert!! I had the breakfast burrito- since the entire menu is open all day. Very nice.

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1 Thank pam r
Warren, Michigan
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bad food slow service over priced avoid if at all possible The service was very slow. the staff was not friendly and everything was overpriced dinner was so bad that we could not finish it

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Thank Larry F
Eric D, Owner at The Cottage, responded to this review

Hello Larry thanks for the review and sorry we did not impress you at all. We at the Cottage try very hard to go above and beyond for every guest for the last 24 years in business. Sorry we failed you. More 

Flint, Michigan
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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice change of pace from chain restaurants. We've eaten here four or five times. Comfort food menu. Reasonable prices. Better than average salad bar. Most of the entrees were just plain good food. We'll be back. You might want to check it out

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Thank RevGlenn
Holland, Michigan
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We chose this place because it was high on the Trip Advisor list for Traverse City. I am not able to figure out why. We arrived mid-late afternoon, somewhere around 3 - 4 pm. There were very few diners. We were greeted at the host/hostess stand. There seemed to be one server, which would've been find at this time. We... More 

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Thank Tammy R
Edwardsville, Illinois
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245 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This is our 3rd trip to this restaurant as part of a visit to a favorite winery on Mission Peninsula. When we ate here 1.5 years ago, the food quality and atmosphere had sadly declined from our first visit a year and a half earlier. I'm happy to report that this visit was reminiscent of our first. The salad bar... More 

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Thank scirls
Michigan
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186 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Stopped for breakfast and found out this was previously in another location. We had enjoyed it before and were glad to know it was still around. Excellent food and service. great seasonal specials--like pumpkin pancakes. Great portion and reasonably priced.

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Thank buckmi
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We both had the Cod meal, cod was good slightly greasy. Was within walking distance from our hotel. Wait staff was super friendly and so was the manger. Food arrived quick and was hot.

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Thank Cheryl T
Fort White, Florida
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were staying right next door for the night and the night manager suggested eating here. The food was great and the service was excellent. Full menu all day and I had eggs and grits. Grits in MI were a surprise .

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1 Thank Skip C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 472 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686-3042
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-947-9261

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?