The Cottage Bakery and Catering

The Cottage offers everything from Grab'n go meals to catered parties; and everything in between. All made fresh daily! The Cottage Bakery has been serving the Iowa City area for over twenty years.

It started as a little cottage on Linn Street downtown Iowa City. Now, we're located on Gilbert and Benton but still provide all the basics that the old cottage used to. We make everything in store daily with fresh ingredients. So it's not just made fresh, it's baked fresh ... everyday! We can do anything from catering a huge party, to baking a cake. We have daily specials on soup and hot lunch.

Operating as usual


Happy New Year to all of you!

I hope that 2020 wasn't a complete mess for everybody and that 2021 will bring us back to a new and better normal.

All of us have started new jobs and different adventures since the closing of our beloved Cottage. Life is ever changing and we adapt well!

I have noticed the signs in the windows of The Cottage saying that we are reopening in the spring. 'We' are not. There is a new business going into that location and that business is purchasing some of our equipment. They are also keeping the awning up and, therefore, using the name. They will not have our business model, recipes, website or phone number. I am getting this out there ONLY to avoid confusion. I appreciate hearing from so many of you, and am sorry to say that we have no intention of reopening at this or any other location at this time.

I do wish this new business, and all new businesses, the very best and hope that they all become important participants in our community.

All the best to all of you! ❤




Hey everybody! We are selling a bunch of shelves, carts, cambros (coffee and full pan warmers) a 60 qt Hobart floor mixer and more! Please message us if you would like to schedule a time to browse our awesome deals!!

Please pass along to anyone you think may be interested!

All our best to everyone!

Peace ✌



Hi Everybody!

I hope this finds all of you healthy and safe. It is with a very heavy heart that I am announcing the closing of The Cottage.

I want to thank each and every one of you that were a part of it in any way.

All of the employees, past and present, are the very best people and I have been so incredibly lucky. Tracy Frakes, Keri Gates, Zach Ehl, Marian Good, Jackie Mills, Sarah Sanford, Becky Keep and Johnny Gates--there are just no words for the deep gratitude I have for you. Thank you. I will just miss you all so.

Our customers are what we did this all for, and to say thank you is not enough. Our regulars are amazing--you brightened our days, cried, ranted, laughed and loved with us. Thank you. We all love you and will miss you dearly.

A very special thank you to Lora Miller (Alberhasky) for making this beautiful Cottage a reality and such a wonderful part of my life.

Be safe and be kind.

Mad love!

Judy Gates


Hello everybody! We have made the incredibly difficult decision to temporarily close our doors tomorrow at 3PM. We really think it is best for us and the community to do so. We will see you on the other side of this ordeal. We are going to focus on our families and help our community in any way we can during these difficult times. That all said, we will have many cakes and goodies tomorrow. We hope to see some of you. We wish health and wellness to each and everyone of you, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our family. With much love, Judy, Tracy, Marian, Jackie, Sarah, Zach, Becky , and last but never least, Johnny.


Good morning!! We have loaves and loaves of fresh bread today. We can also have lasagna ready for you to take home and bake. Call (319.351.0052) today! We have all the usual too--pastries, cookies, soups and hot lunch as well as sandwiches made to order!


Happy Saint Patrick's day!! Today we have delicious Reuben paninis on rye bread, creamy ]potato and pea soup, or chicken wild rice. We will have paninis ready--please give us a call if you want us to bring it out to you!


Hello all! I hope this finds everyone healthy and safe. In this scary time we are here to help as much as we can. You can call in your order(319. 351.0052), and we can bring it out to your car or just outside if you are on foot. We will have any of our sandwiches, wraps and paninis available. We will also have soups and a hot lunch daily. We always adhere to safe food handling practices and will continue to do so. Please all be careful, practice social distancing as much as possible and take care of your elderly neighbors. At this time our hours for the week of March 16th will be 7am-4pm. Our very best to you and yours. We are all in this together.


Stop into The Cottage and grab one of our delicious scotcharoos!


Vegan cinnamon rolls. They are delcious!


Today’s hot lunch is a Chicken Stir Fry with orzo, mushrooms, broccoli, and bell peppers! Our soups are a Beef Chili and Tomato Bisque.


Our hot lunch today is Ham and Scalloped Potatoes! Our soups are Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Cheesy Potato!


Our hot lunch today is Lemon Swiss Breaded Chicken with roasted vegetables and party potatoes.
Our soups are Smoked Ham and Bean, Veggie Chili, and Chicken Wild Rice.
Lots of delicious choices today, stop into The Cottage and try one!


Today we’ve got Buffalo Chicken Sliders and Twice Baked Potatoes.
Our soups are Chicken Wild Rice and Hearty Garden Vegetable.


Happy New Year everyone! We found a lovely ring in our parking lot right before Christmas. Please pass the word!


Check out the vegan chocolate chip cookies! Yummy!!!


Thanksgiving is only a week away! Don’t forget to place your order for Holiday pies, cakes, cookies, and other treats!


Our hot lunch today is a Chicken Wild Rice Casserole! For soup we have a Beef Stew or a Cheesy Broccoli!


Our hot lunch today is a Maid Rite with chips and a cookie!
The soups are Chicken Tortilla or Corn Chowder! Stop into The Cottage and get some of our delicious lunch


Today our hot lunch is a Chicken Wild Rice Casserole with roasted vegetables. Our soups are Tomato Bisque or Chicken Wild Rice. Yum! 😋


Our soups today are Roasted Cauliflower and White Wine Chicken Stew. Our hot lunch is Beef, Chicken, or Veggie Burritos.


Our delicious soups today are Creamy Spinach Parmesan and White Wine Chicken Stew.
Our hot lunch is a Baked Chicken Asparagus Pasta.


Our hot lunch today are Buffalo Chicken Sliders with chips and a cookie.
Our soups are Tomato Bisque and Cheeseburger Chowder.


Today our soups are Creamy Asparagus and White Chicken Chili! Yum!


Today our soups are Cheesy California Medley and Chicken Tortilla. Our hot lunch is Stuffed Peppers and Oven Fries.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our many delicious desserts. We’ve got key lime pie, lemon bars, brownies, cheesecake bites, and more!


Stop into The Cottage and have one of the soups available today: Corn Chowder, Tomato Bisque, or Chicken Wild Rice. Or you can enjoy a hot lunch of Chicken Arrabbiata!


Today our soups are Chicken Noodle and Spinach Parmesan.
Our hot lunch is Mid Rites with tater tots


Start your morning on a good note with a delicious pastry from The Cottage! 😋


Today’s hot lunch is a beef lasagna!
Our soups are cheesy potato or tomato basil bisque!


We’ve got a delicious ham, cheese, and spinach quiche here at The Cottage as well as all of these goodies 😋


It's a beautiful day for a pastry! Come get one at The Cottage today! Our scones are lemon curd. They'll go quick!


Today we have Chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles! We have scalloped ham and potatoes for our hot lunch. Yummy!!


We’ve got some delicious maidrites at The Cottage today!


Today at The Cottage we have
Veggie or Chicken Burritos with cilantro lime rice,
Veggie Chili,
And Chicken Wild Rice!


Today we’ve got
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Fiesta Chicken Soup
And Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Videos (show all)



Delivery Catering Kids Takeout Walkins

Price Range


Payment Options

Amex Cash Discover Mastercard Visa


Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 6:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 6:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 6:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 6:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 6:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 6:30am - 1pm

Other Bakeries in Iowa City (show all)
Wilson's Bakery Wilson's Bakery
Iowa City, 52240

Wilson's Bakery is located at Wilson's Orchard & Farm.

Elida's Bakery Elida's Bakery
2128 S. Riverside Dr. #99
Iowa City, 52246

Elida's Bakery LLC Latina Mom & Daughter Duo Licensed In-Home Bakery - Custom Cakes, Pastries, Cake Cups, Dessert Boxes and Much More! * OPEN FOR PICK UP ONLY * Always made in small batches, Always made special. Iowa City, IA #ElidasBakery

Deluxe Cakes & Pastries Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
812 S Summit St
Iowa City, 52240-3336

Fairgrounds Coffee/ Howling Dogs Bakery Fairgrounds Coffee/ Howling Dogs Bakery
345 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, 52240

Wilson's Orchard & Farm Wilson's Orchard & Farm
4823 Di*******ry Rd NE
Iowa City, 52240

Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10AM - 8PM, Wilson's Orchard offers u-pick & pre-picked strawberries, apples and pumpkins, homemade baked goods, and craft beverages.

Confections of a Cheesecake Confections of a Cheesecake
Iowa City, 52240

Creating cheesecake masterpieces. Message me for a list of flavors!

Auntie M’s Sweet Delights Auntie M’s Sweet Delights
Iowa City, 52240

Home bakery business - I love to bake all types of bars, cookies, cakes and more. Too busy to bake - let me do some baking for you.

Panera Bread Panera Bread
1646 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, 52240

Sugar twin giirls bakery Sugar twin giirls bakery
2100 S Scott Blvd
Iowa City, 52240

Cakes for any occasion. Anniversary, weddings, birthdays, babyshower, etc.

Fly By Night Bakery Fly By Night Bakery
Iowa City, 52240

Cookies & More Cookies & More
201 S Clinton St
Iowa City, 52242

Iowa City's favorite cookies, baked from scratch, 32 years and counting! For delivery in the Iowa City area:

E's Gluten Free Bakery E's Gluten Free Bakery
1328 Dover St.
Iowa City, 52240

E's Gluten Free is a locally owned 100% certified gluten free home based bakery. We specialize in delicious Gluten-Free Goodies.