The Earle Downtown
Always greatHave been here a few times and it's always been great.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMRestaurant week dinnerExcellent food from start to finish: first gazpacho soup and green salad; second - whitefish coated with ground hazelnuts and breadcrumbs was delicious and so was the pesto stuffed chicken breast - both portions were huge (too much for one person); we finished with white chocolate ice cream which was nice but the much better dessert was the dark chocolate cheesecake.
We were served by two waiters, one was quick and very pleasant, the other one not so much, service could have been better.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceI'm a college student ad went here with a couple of my friends. Often times younger people like me get blown off at nice restaurants, but our server was incredibly attentive, respectful and quick. I left over a 20% tip. Definitely want to come back in the future with my boyfriend. This place is very romantic, especially with the piano playing in the background. My food as cooked to perfection! Even tasted great the next day when I microwaved the leftovers.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI love restaurant week, andI love restaurant week, and I absolutely adore the duck at the Earle and highly recommend it to basically anyone I know.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't stop talking about it!This is the closest thing to a European escape in Ann Arbor. The ambiance was outstanding, a great surprise for a restaurant located in a basement. I left my meal perfectly content and went on to tell all my friends how lovely the entire experience was.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and wine!Our food was delicious and they have a very extensive wine list. It was a very nice, romantic setting. The servers talked very loudly though, and they seemed to be in a hurry to have us make decisions about drinks and food, which was annoying since we wanted to relax and take our time talking. Also, with a very long wine list, we wanted recommendations on wine but the server simply pointed out different types of wines instead of recommending any specific choices. But, since the food was so delicious and the ambiance was enjoyable, I would go back and just hope for a different set of servers.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMfabulous spotthe Earle lived up to its reputation. Charming atmosphere, phenomenal food, good service, creative chef.
the Tuna, veal and duck dishes were superb! trio of musicians made for great background music. Would definitely choose to dine there again.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMUpscale in the cellarI booked a reservation after reading various reviews and was very pleasantly surprised by everything. An expansive wine list, interesting food combinations, great service, and a live combo playing soft jazz in the background made for a delightful dining experience. Will definitely be back and recommend it highly.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways excellent foodDinner was great. The wine steward helped pick out an excellent bottle of wine to have with dinner. I was disappointed that I had mentioned in my reservation that we were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. There was no complimentary drink or dessert offered.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambienceSubtle lighting, very romantic, great food, and great service. Take a date there and she will be very impressed.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAttractive atmosphere. ImpressiveAttractive atmosphere. Impressive wine list. Attractive French and Italian food choices - great quality.
The Tiramisu is amazing: one of the best I've ever had!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Earle is a long time favorite.I have been eating at The Earle for 30 years and I never tire of it. Best wine list in Ann Arbor, consistently very good food, nice live piano or jazz ensemble music, comfortable and gently romantic atmosphere. My favorite of all the many good restaurants in Ann Arbor.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food & ServiceLoved the Risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, breaded and deep fried, served with a tomato-basil sauce! Followed by a perfectly prepared Demonico and Beef Tenderloin, we enjoyed the meal thoroughly. Nice live music - very relaxing dinner.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLong Time FansWe have been celebrating special events at the Earle since the late 1970s. It has a perfect atmosphere and great food. I generally get sea scallops or veal. My husband always gets duck. Panzanella salad for both of course.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent graduation dinnerI took my family here for dinner after graduation, and the service and food was excellent, from the wine list through to dessert.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Occasion CelebrationWe had a very pleasant dining experience. The food was very good, unique items available, a couple vegetarian options, all perfectly prepared and presented. The wine list was extensive and the wait staff offered suggestions when asked. An excellant meal - we will definitely go back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely meal for a special occasionI took my family here for a graduation celebration. We were seated in a perfect-sized booth that lent an intimacy to our experience. The service was prompt and attentive, but not hovering. Two of us had the salmon that was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Others reported that their dishes were very good. Nice array of desserts. We shared a carrot cake that was a bit heavy and over-sweet. On the whole, this was a perfect place for our festivities.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderfulthe food, service, and ambience were all in tune with one another - all wonderful!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous DinnerOur party of five were thrilled with the service, food, and overall experience. Only great things to say about our first trip to this neighborhood gem!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat TimeThis is the first time I dined at the Earle and Loved it. The food was fantastically delicious. I was there celebrating my birthday, and will do so again in the future.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Earle staff have consistentlyThe Earle staff have consistently been nice to us!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to dineEnjoyed the meal, atmosphere and the wine list was extensive. Just what we were looking for.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMy significant other notesMy significant other notes that the duck breast is "to die for". She requested The Earle again for her birthday. The experience never disappoints.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Earle has been a favoriteThe Earle has been a favorite of mine for many years, I highly recommend it. I enjoy every experience, the food and service are amazing. The wine list is impressive.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little placeThis was the first time I had ever been here and it was a wonderful experience. The food was good, although my dish was very, very salty, which was off-putting. The appetizer was delicious, the main course was okay (salty), and the dessert was incredible. The service was exceptional; the ambiance was romantic and comfortable. I would definitely go back.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was incredible and theFood was incredible and the service was wonderful.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent!Fantastic restaurant; fantastic food; fantastic service. What a wonderful spot for a lovely, high quality meal. Well worth the prices. The meals that my friend and I ordered were both out of this world. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat and hope to come back if I'm ever in town again.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNice early dinner, would goNice early dinner, would go again and again when in Ann Arbor4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat First ImpressionThis was our first visit to the The Earle, and it was a great experience. It had very unique decor and the wine list was fantastic. In addition, the service was excellent and surprisingly fast. I would definitely recommend The Earle to a friend, especially for more of a romantic evening.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingThe Earle has been one of my favorite restaurants for over a decade. It's consistent, has great atmosphere, a lovely wine selection and the fare never disappoints.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant was great.The restaurant was great. We took the steak with cream sauce and blue cheese (forgot the name) and the veal. Both were extremely good (heavy though!)3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely delicious food.Absolutely delicious food. Also, the staff is very helpful for picking a wine to match your meal.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPredictably excellentWhat to write about the Earle that hasn't been said 100 times previously? I would eat there much more frequently if they occasionally took risks and tried experiments. Most of the menu items have remained unchanged for 10, 15, 20 years. That's not a bad thing -- preparations are spot-on, and their long-term success speaks for itself. But sometimes your palate wants a surprise or challenge. You won't find that here.
No, the Earle seeks consistency over innovation. The food is consistently fine, the service predictably fine, the wine list and ambiance predictably the best in the area. And because there are no glaring flaws or annoyances, the whole consistently exceeds the sum of the parts.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, frequent changesGreat food, frequent changes to the menu to keep things fresh. Obviously on the expensive side, but if you're looking for a delicious high quality dinner The Earle is my favorite place in Ann Arbor.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful as always. WouldWonderful as always. Would prefer a bit of Beethoven or Mozart playing in the background rather than jazz...doesn't seem to fit the otherwise elegant environment, and the jazz that was playing wasn't exactly soothing background music. Otherwise, fabulous restaurant, service and food.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe duck and the scallopsThe duck and the scallops are always my favorite, so delicious.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoying comingWe really enjoying coming for all out of town family get togethers. Food is always excellent but over the years place is really starting to show its age. We had a party of 8 this past weekend 2 of the 8 dishes were pasta meals, as I said food was excellent but pasta was served in large soup bowls they really need to work on new dinner ware and presentation, also adding white table clothes might brighten things up! Still my #1 favorite3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Food and AmbianceThe Earle is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion, to enjoy spectacular food, and to bask in the incredible selection of wines from all over the world while enjoying the sounds of live music playing softly in the background. It's a cozy, European influenced atmosphere that always leaves us wondering why we don't get in there more often!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made reservations backWe made reservations back in Dec. as this was part of my Christmas gift to my spouse. Glad you can make early reservations, but sorry to say it doesn't mean you will get good seating for being early. They first placed us by the kitchen, and did not ask us if that was acceptable before leaving us. However, with that being said, they did seat us somewhere else when we asked. After that, our evening was perfect.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe go to the Earle every timeWe go to the Earle every time we are in Ann Arbor. The food is excellent (Delmonico this time, but everything is great), wine list is stellar, and service is fantastic. We will go back.12/16/2012 12:00:00 AMWe go to the Earle every timeWe go to the Earle every time we are in Ann Arbor. The food is excellent, service fantastic, with an excellent wine menu. We always go back.11/24/2012 12:00:00 AM