We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The regular menu topped the buffet!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cottage Cafe

Cottage Cafe
472 Munson Ave, Ste 1, Traverse City, MI 49686-6003
231-947-9261
Improve this listing
Ranked #109 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Fish & Chips, Soups, Sandwiches
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
West Michigan
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The regular menu topped the buffet!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We visited the Cottage on two of our three mornings in the Traverse City area. When we ordered from the menu, the food was terrific, which is why we went back the next morning. Coffee and chocolate milk were served in huge mug/glass. The omelette I ordered was fluffy and full of chunky veggies and cheese. Pancakes were an option instead of toast, which I enjoyed. My partner ordered a big breakfast option, and the link sausages were wonderful. We were so satisfied, we didn't eat again until dinnertime! The second morning, they were serving a weekend breakfast buffet, which we both ordered. It was $10.99, which is a little high, but we figured if the food was as good as it had been the previous morning, it would be well worth it. There were 2 kinds of scrambled eggs, but both of the warmers were almost empty and we had to scrape the eggs from the sides of the pan. We both took pancakes, and my partner must have gotten some that had sat in the warmer for awhile, as they were hard enough to be difficult to cut! The fresh fruit was delicious, and the biscuits and gravy looked good. There was "monkey bread", oatmeal, bacon and the link sausages, hash browns and little fried potato pancakes that were very good. I did not go back for a second helping, but my spouse made up for his tough pancakes with another helping of the sausages. It was an extensive buffet, and I'm thinking if we had arrived earlier, we would have been delighted with the selection. It just seemed that too much of the food had been warming for too long.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

106 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    31
    43
    14
    12
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Livonia, Michigan
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Not what I was expecting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

The sign says "the cottage" "comfortable food". So I was expecting good, old fashioned comfort food. Well, the food was pretty plain. I can't say anything bad about it, but it was nothing special either. The prices are average. The service was fine. The place seemed clean.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lakeland, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Nice Mom & Pop restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Large menu, breakfast served all day. Food quality is a bit above average but not enough to rate higher than average price. A lunch consisting of a cup of French onion soup, eggs benedict with spinach and tea set me back over $18. I

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ann Arbor
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Maybe my expectations were too high”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It is a pleasant place in a fine location. Friendly staff. Alas, the food is so very meh and the prices high. Find somewhere else. Poor value.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brighton, MI
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Dined on a Tuesday morning. Very few guest in the restaurant - should have been our first clue.
Juice served with ice cubes - really watered down. Eggs swimming in grease. Bacon 1/2 done. Service was average. Don't waste your time or money.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Cottage Cafe also viewed

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
 
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
 

Been to Cottage Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cottage Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.