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The Cottage Bar & Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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18 La Grave Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4206
+1 616-454-9088
11:00 - 02:00
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Appetizers were bland and boring. Beer was good thank goodness. Service staff were crabby and without smiles. This place needs some updating!

Thank Mary T
Holland, Michigan
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, my fiance weren't that happy by the 5 women at the table next to us. They were very, very loud and obnoxious and it was still only 6:15 pm. We have been to One Trick Pony several times (same owners, just around the corner). There was nothing special about the hambugers....NOTHING! McDonald's is better. The cottage fries had zero... More 

Thank Mreiman2
Howell, Michigan
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55 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

My husband & I had been here years ago & the food was excellent. We went here on December 23 and invited my Dad & brother. My Dad is in a wheelchair. The bathroom situation was awful. Tables close to the bathroom door & he had to hop to the toilet. Not a safe situation. The entrance in wasn't great... More 

Thank Jodiba71
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Stopped for lunch before the Play at the Civic Theater. Good burgers and friendly atmosphere, Great location for the theater and Childrens Museum

Windsor, Canada
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114 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

After discussing several ideas about what type of food we wanted to try, friends and relatives took us to this establishment in downtown Grand Rapids. Low ceilings and interesting decor gives Cottage Bar a "pub" type of atmosphere. We were greeted and seated very quickly and our drink orders were taken promptly. The Cottage offers a good selection of "on... More 

Thank WindsorTenor
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

What a JOKE,, Burger is from a frozen Box of Dog Food for $9.00 Onion Rings are from a Bag of Frozen CRAP for $7.99 Nothing is Fresh or hand made its slightly better than McDonalds but not by much. GO TO Stella's for a good Burger... What a Shame this place can't actually Cook Fresh Food Anymore..

Thank Risen A
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Low ceilings, good and affordable food, and full bar, this place is the epitome of a neighborhood joint. The theater crowd in GR loves to stop by this place after rehearsals and shows for drink and food. That should tell you all you need to know.

Thank Brtman
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were at Art Prize and were discussing where we wanted to eat lunch. Two strangers heard us and advised that we go a few blocks away for the "best burger" in Michigan. We are glad we did. One of the previous questions asked if this was the best restaurant we had eaten in and I said no, but it... More 

Thank Richard R
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Supposed to have award winning burgers. Cottage burger was okay, not great and the other burger was dry even though ordered medium. Service was lacking. No setups on table. Had to go get napkins myself. Very dark and dingy. Needs updating. Smell smokey. We won't be back.

1 Thank Cheray5
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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1,236 reviews
586 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Long time established pub off Fuller on near west side of Grand Rapids. This has long been a popular lunch spot and their food is dependable if not remarkable. Good bar and occasional music too. Can count on them for decent food and very good service. Nice wait staff.

Thank RickMIusa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 La Grave Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4206
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-454-9088

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