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The Earle
The Earle

The Earle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theearle.com
  • Phone: (734) 994-0211
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:45 - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Shelley Caughey Adams
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Zoe Cowan (734) 994-0211
  • Entertainment: Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday we have solo performers (piano or guitar) that play from 8pm until 10pm. On Friday and Saturday we have a soft jazz trio (usually piano, bass and drums). The trio plays from 8:30pm until close. No cover anytime.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashley
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available nearby as follows: 1) Large public surface lot that occupies the entire city block, bounded by Huron, First, Washington and Ashley. Entrances are on Ashley (northbound) and First (southbound). This lot is "kitty-corner" from our entrance on Washington St. 2) City parking structure on East Washington (1 1/2 blocks east of The Earle) 3) City structure (very large and always has space) on North Ashley (2 blocks north of The Earle) 4) Street (no meters after 6PM)
A word from The Earle
An award winning Ann Arbor institution since 1977, The Earle serves a rotating menu of fine Italian and French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Selections include lamb chops, veal, beef tenderloin, salmon, duck breast, sea scallops and more. Live jazz plays Tuesday through Saturday in the dining room, while the wine bar offers lighter fare, twenty wines by the glass and Ann Arbor's best Happy Hour. The Earle's nationally recognized wine list (Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence) offers over 1,400 selections. Three private rooms are available and accommodate groups from 6 to 48.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great location for a friends to just hang out and never felt rushed in any way!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have always had an excellent meal here- our favorite place in town!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The Earle is one of the most dependable restaurants ever. A place you can stop by for a quiet little dinner anytime or use for the most special occasions. You'll be assured of great ambience, friendly but professional staff and great food. My wife and I shared the stuffed mushroom appetizer which was perfectly prepared and very tasty, she had veal scallops and I chose the Delmonico steak. My wife thought her veal was the best she's ever had (really - and she eats a lot of veal!). My steak was perfectly cooked, flavorful and juicy. We decided to hit the "cart concourse" just down the block for this evening's dessert - but, in other visits, dessert has been special. The Earle. Every good thing you'd want in a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I and two other couples decided to take advantage of the Date Night Soecial of a dinner for two at the price of $55.00 including one appetizer, two entrees and one desert. My wife and I each ordered a small house dinner salad , a glass of wine and a desert. The bill was $5.00 less than if we hadn't used the Date Night Soecial. None of our party could decipher the bill and neither could the wait staff. We will not decide to have dinner at the Earle again using one of their "specials.""
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A seafood night: crab cakes, salmon in puff pastry, and scallops followed by the proprietary cognac chip ice cream. Everything was perfect. A wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was attentive, friendly, and professional. I ordered the 10 oz. steak which had the flavor of being perfectly marinated - it was, frankly, the best steak I have had since coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan. My companions had the salad. All of us were very pleased with the quality of our meals. The presentation was above average for a diner and the price was excellent. While the tables are all close together the wall seemed to absorb sound adequately that the room was polite and not noisy. Diners were of all ages and the atmosphere set the stage for a romantic dinner. It was such a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had dinner with another couple and was left with feeling that the overall experience just didn't live up to past experiences. The waiter was somewhat less professional about taking the order when one of us corrected and ordering mistake and when another was confused by his comment about a dish being a replacement for a previous standard dish on the menu. Overall, the meal was pleasant, however the duck was supposed to be cooked to medium rare and it was really cooked to medium. This wasn't a deal breaker, but a little disappointing considering the waiter made a point of asking if that temperature would be acceptable. Upon billing, it was clear we were splitting the check but the general attitude was less than accommodating."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "There are a lot of choices in Ann Arbor in this price range. Decor is dated and chairs show signs of age. Very dark decor, not appealing. Food was excellent. Servers although friendly, were not quick or that attentive. Guests who were seated quite a bit after us received menus and placed orders before us. At times, we were left alone. In the best restaurants, service is immediate: used plates removed, table cleaned between courses, someone always within eye shot to provide immediate assistance. Not the case here. As attentive service is part of the fine dining experience, I will not return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The Earle is a blend of everything that makes a restaurant 5 stars--ambience, menu selection, food preparation, service, wine selection, location. The food is prepared to order so all is fresh and delicious and so worth the wait! The lamb chops were amazing, cooked perfectly to order with a port wine reduction like none I've had before. The turnip mashed potatoes and vegetables were incredible!!! I'm a transplant from NYC and i can honestly state The Earle can go head to head with any 5 star restaurant in NYC!! I can't wait to go back to work my way thru the menu."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Locals ond out of Towners alike know that The Earle is perhaps the best fine dining in Ann Arbor and probably MI. Waitstaff is attentive without being overbearing and sommelier Steve is both knowledgeable and personable. Quick with a bottle recommendation or a joke. A lot of places known for their wine oftentimes keep the best for bottle service but the Earle's by the glass menun is always full of delicious wines that you may have never tried and sampling by the glass is a great way to try out new flavones. The space is also great with live jazz on weekend nights. Overall, a great place to go for a romantic / special event or anytime you want to he treated like royalty and fed equally so."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "we love the ambience, the food is the best and we love our waitress, Julie Collins, shes a wonderful addition to an already great experience !"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food. The wine selection is exceptional. Highly recommend the Creamy Tortellini Appetizer and Veal Scallops."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We just spent our anniversary at the earle for dinner. Good was great, service was amazing and nice romantic table in the corner. Great choices on the menu, something for everyone."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My Daughter in law had never been to the Earle and was very pleased with the meal and the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was incredible (the duck was just fabulous). But as a college student coming with his date, I felt disparaged when they sat us in the far back corner when there were plenty of tables closer to the piano. Furthermore, I felt like I was treated like a child by Carla the waitress when she asked "if I was going to eat my vegetables." It is not your place to question how or what I eat and in what order I eat it. Duane was great though. The food was excellent, but for the most part, the service was questionable by one of our servers and the maitre'd."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Amazing. Even my husband used that word to describe our dinner and he uses that word very sparingly. Food was great as was the service. We were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary and the staff went out of their way for us. When I booked the reservation I mentioned it was our anniversary. A few days later I received an e-mail with a free appetizer coupon. Surprise! When we finished our dinner we were presented with some truffles made in house in a cute little "Happy Anniversary" package. On top of that we were given an anniversary card with a $10 off coupon toward a future dinner. It was a wonderful experience and would definitely not hesitate to return for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is a great place for a fine meal and drinks. The food is outstanding and the wine list is excellent without having to overspend. It is a romantic venue for celebrating a special occasion with a loved one."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We visited the Earle for a pre birthday dinner and the meals were exquisite. We dined with out two teenage daughters and the staff was very accomadating. It was a lovely experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went to the Earle for my birthday and it was a lovely meal. Wide variety of choices that are season including summer salads."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Menu always changes here and this one didn't seem as interesting as many but the end result was fabulous. Cooked to perfection, great flavors from pastas to salads to meats. Great wine choices and reasonably priced - we have homes in Sonoma/Napa area and the wines from there were excellent choices. Dining early on a Monday insured moderate noise levels. Great time!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Occasion was the 64th wedding anniversary of my parents. We had our own room and everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Made the reservation for Restaurant Week because I haven't been for years. Will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "the waitress was clueless on the wine and brought the wrong one to the table. No personal skills. Also restaurant could give parking suggestions. This was difficult"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the Earle is a restaurant you can always count on - it has excellent food, service, and ambience. We like the early cocktail hour as well as the dinner hour. Are not aware if The Earle has lunch service as well."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "special dinner, the duck was very nicely cooked and enjoyable"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Only go once a year on our anniversary.....love it every year! Would like to go more often, but since it's pricy, we can't seem to justify it. With it being restaurant week this year, it lost some of its ambience with the crowds send staff scurrying around, but the good food made up for what was lacking there."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The duck is delicious. I've had it every time I've eaten here."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Fantastic dinner!! Service was excellent and I needed a salmon puff"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It is wonderful to hear the music as you eat a tasty meal. The lamp chops were wonderful"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our meal, the service and the ambiance were all excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had been waiting for years to return to the Earle after once having a perfect meal there. Sadly, two waitstaff shared our table, which wound up meaning that no one paid attention to us. We watched tables on either side of us engage in friendly rapport with staff while we were curtly asked for our order. The food came, thankfully and was tasty, but there was no checking in with us. When asked if we wanted to take our leftovers home they brought us a box and bag instead of taking it and packing it up--which I found surprising for a fine restaurant. In packing up our own goods, my husband spilled sauce all over himself. The server was apologetic, brought us our check and kept us waiting for another 15 min to collect payment. Aggravating!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a groupon for a two appetizers and four entrees. We augmented it with a course of salads and split a dessert between the four of us. For appetizers we chose the roasted garlic and calamari. On the salads, we chose panzanella, two gorgonzola/romain and a house salad with home made creamy garlic dressing. For entrees we chose to get the duck, lamb, scallops and salmon. For dessert we had the tiramisu. From the home made bread through to the tiramisu, everything that we chose had wonderful, luscious flavors."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The Earle is consistently great. We are never disappointed with our evening when we visit The Earle. We have been dining here for 15+ years, but life has recently gotten a lot more hectic and we hadn't been to The Earle in over a year, but the Groupon brought us back. What a great date-night we had. Thanks for the temporary break from reality."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Best value for $ in A2. The flourless choc cake is awesome!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated purchase of a new home in style. Wait staff were wonderful and well informed regarding my food allergy. They went out of their way to accommodate me. Meal, ambience, live jazz trio all blended to make it a perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "No children options on the menu with the exception of pizza"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to The Earle for my 25th b-day dinner. Everything was amazing. We asked for assistance in choosing a wine and the sommelier was able to help us pick out a great wine in our price range. For appetizers we ordered the goat cheese and the fried risotto balls. The goat cheese was great, but the risotto balls were outstanding. They weren't greasy and the tomato basil sauce was to die for. For entrees, I ordered the beef tenderloin with a dijon sauce. It was very good. Cooked well and the sides accompanied the beef very well. My boyfriend ordered the scallops and still hasn't stopped raving about the sauce. For dessert, we ordered the amazing tiramisu and the server went out of his way to put a candle on top! Great meal!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My only issue with The Earle was that we were a large party (10 people) and the kitchen lost one of our orders. The waitstaff was exceptionally kind though, and apologized for the mix-up and took the missing meal off our tab once it was brought to the table. If you go here, keep in mind that it closes at 9pm (we had thought it closed at 10pm, so our reservation was for 7:30pm. It's also possible the kitchen mix-up happened because we were there so late to closing time). Aside from that mix-up, everything else was wonderful! As I said, the waitstaff was continually nice and attentive, and my group had a great time celebrating a birthday. The food was outstanding, I highly recommend eating here if you have the money for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I would recommend the Salmon, the pesto and shrimp pasta dish was also pretty good. The sauce on the veal scallops was too strong for my stomach."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Classic Ann Arbor restaurant. Exceptional, almost overwhelming, wine selection. Professional, upscale service...great atmosphere with background jazz. Very good food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014