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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
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fast and solid lunch. No qualms, but nothing above and beyond either. Lemonade was perfect - not too sweet. Cute little lending library.

Thank roach808
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

The food is about what you should expect. I had a burger with waffle fries. It was a good price and the service was great. Will rerun.

Thank Brian H
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I like the atmosphere... kind of a pub style... not for everyone, but it is for me. Some would say it needs a little updating, and some of the booths are a little uncomfortable. The prices are good, the service is very good, and if you like burgers, it is a great place to go.

Thank Steve A
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Went here the first time for Kbs week keg tapping ordered the cottage burger it was delicious juicy and huge. Definitely won't leave hungry. The staff is very attentive.

Thank diaza49509
Cleveland, Ohio
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

We have been stopping in this little bar/restaurant for the last 5/6 years when we are in Grand Rapids for a convention. We have never been disapointed! Within walking distance of the hotel we always stay at. Very friendly staff and the owner is always welcoming. The burgers are quite tasty! One of my favorite appetizers is the fried green... More 

Thank Lora C
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I lived away from Grand Rapids for over 15 years when we moved back 3 years ago upon my retirement. We finally got the chance to "go back" to the Cottage Bar and Restaurant. Crowded on a Thursday evening but manageable. My wife and I both had burgers. I had the Cottage Burger. Yummy. Grilled to perfection and I loved... More 

Thank Drumisl
Zeeland, MI
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398 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We stopped here for a late dinner. We both ordered the Cottage Burger which is on a dark rye bun, with green olives, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, Swiss and American cheeses and hickory mayonnaise. It is was very good. My husband also ordered a side of Cottage Fries, which are potato wedges, skins on and fried. A good amount of potatoes,... More 

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Macomb, Michigan
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Went downtown GR last night and had a good beer and burger. Had the cheddar cheese burger and a blood orange beer. Nice small homey place. Wait staff very friendly. Sister had a burger salad which was excellent and my wife had the fish and chips, also excellent. Fish had three huge pieces. For my burger I really like the... More 

Thank newadventure53
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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136 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Cottage Bar is an institution in GR, always a fun place to bring your friends. Their Cottage Burger is always listed on the menu as a winner, I don't get in here often enough to try the other menu items so I always go for the " cottage burger" which is very good.

Thank Sue D
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I've been eating at the Cottage for 15 years now and it's always just as soon as it was the time before. You can depend on the Cottage to have wonderful burger, great chili and cold beer. It's a comfortable, casual environment. This place is a Grand Rapids staple.

Thank Jessie D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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: 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?