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The Cottage

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472 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686-3042
+1 231-947-9261
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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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 6 days ago NEW

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 

1 Thank Martha M
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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.

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

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

Thank RevGlenn
Holland, Michigan
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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 5 weeks ago 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 

Thank scirls
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186 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

Thank buckmi
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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 .

1 Thank Skip C
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch out of convenience. Man that greeted us was very sloppily dressed and waitress had on soiled pants and shirt. This may not mean much to some, but didn't leave a good first impression. We both ordered breakfast. Bacon and toast were both burnt and eggs over cooked. Restaurant itself looked tired. Too many other places... More 

1 Thank Sallye H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?