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The Cottage

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$$ - $$$
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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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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went in for soup and found out the "soup chef" had been working on the perfect white chicken chili - and we think he got it right. Good to know that it's not food just thrown together - thoughtful, creative dishes. We'll go back.

Thank Chips2615
Summerfield, Florida
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first time I'd eaten at this restaurant, even tho I've been to Traverse City many times. I had liver and onions and they were done to perfection. Others in our party had hamburgers, fish, and salad bar. Everyone commented on how good the food was and we all agreed it would be on our stop of places... More 

1 Thank kathyj60
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119 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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!

1 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 27 November 2016

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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94 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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 5 November 2016

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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101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 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

1 Thank RevGlenn
Holland, Michigan
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

Thank Tammy R
Edwardsville, Illinois
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246 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 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 

Thank scirls
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198 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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.

Thank buckmi

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
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?