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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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The roasted garlic is superb, and the desserts are to die for."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "My wife and I had never been to the Earl, but we've known about it for years and several people we know had recommended it to us as a great place to dine. Well, I'd have to say that we were pleasantly surprised. The food was exceptional, both presentation, quality, and more importantly...taste! And the wine list reads like a who's who of wine - very impressive. We will most certainly come back again."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Remarcable restaurant. Nice anbience food and service. Perfect por especial occation"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We celebrated a grat wedding anniversary at the Earle. Superb dinner and a very reasonable and large Wine list. We'll return soon."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Regularly go out with another couple to try restaurants new to us. Heard many good things about this long standing place in Ann Arbor. Started with well poured cocktails and skipped the appetizers House salads were basic but the Panzanella was a refreshing treat. Everyone ordered something different which gave us a great opportunity to share tastes. Duck breast, Beef tenderloin, Delmonico steak, and Whitefish all prepared exactly as ordered. Portions were spot on. Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The good news is that we received a discount for my husband's birthday (which I did not know of ahead of time). While the view of the restaurant from where we sat was lovely, the plaid upholstered booths where we sat were rather tired looking. The service was attentive but one of the servers was friendly in an over familiar way, calling me "ladybug" at one point. The menu was "old style" traditional; I expected to see cassoulet, for example or maybe boullabaise. But the food was well-prepared. I don't understand why they give you a bottle-only wine list "notebook," and you have to ask for the wine by the glass list. Not a bad experience; we appreciated the low noise level."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Love OpenTable Reservations. Works great and most convenient! We were extremely disappointed with our dinner at The Earle!! Scallops were ok, but the steak dinner was awful!!! Full of grizzle, not much there to eat that was any good. Expected more from a $30 entree, that doesn't even come with a dinner salad. The wee couple pieces of brussels sprouts were barely visible and nothing much for taste. Presentation? Well, frankly there was no presentation. One would think the service would be outstanding, but it was not. Barely even saw our waiter.Would NEVER go there again, unless they choose to make it up to us. We were there to celebrate an occasion, but the meal was very disappointing!!We expected fine dining, we certainly did not get that!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "In celebration of my spouses birthday, we decided upon recommendation from others , this would be a good choice. This was the BEST choice ever!!! The food was outstanding, the service was on point & the entertainment ( jazz trio) fit the bill. We are looking forward to our next evening out at The Earle !"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The staff was outstanding and the food was wonderful. Prices very reasonable for the quality of food."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The Earle is an Ann Arbor classic. I think they must have been understaffed the night we went. Took a long time to even have our order taken. The Earle is a great Fall/Winter spot. I felt like I wanted to be outside where there was a lot more action. But, you really cannot go wrong dining at The Earle."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to The Earle to celebrate his graduation and we were not disappointed. The service was stellar, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was romantic. When the pianist came over (we were seated immediately adjacent to the piano), we were worried. However, he is very talented and the volume was appropriate so that we did not have to shout over each other. It was a lovely touch to the evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This was our first time at The Earle. Everything was fantastic. The food was great and cooked just right. I had Tenderloin and my husband the Delmonico steak. It was cooked just the way we like it. Service was fast and attentive. We definitely would go back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Ate here 4 times this past year. Each time was a little less good than the one before. It is quite pricey and the food is exceedingly salty. Even the bread. And I like my food on the salty side. The lamb had so much fat removed that it was dry ... Should have sent it back. The whitefish was perfectly cooked. It paired well with the spinach except for the over-saltiness. Have been going here for more than 30 years. It has been our "special celebration meal" for much of that time. Alas, we'll not return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was very accommodating when I called to add an extra person and push our time back an additional 15 minutes. In the beginning the service was slow and the band very large. but within 10 minutes all was good, the band took a break and the waiter and the bar service was under control. The food was extremely timely and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their selection. The dessert was different and delicious along with the our guest celebrating their birthday! Thank you for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I am a picky eater and this place has awesome food. The service is great and they even gave us a $10 gift card for celebrating our anniversary with them! How great is that!?! We also loved the live music. 😃👍"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Good Food, Good Service. I'd heard of The Earle for years but this was my first visit. It's worthy of a 2nd visit."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The Earle is my Ann Arbor go to favorite. It has been around forever-- service, food, ambience -- always great. PLUS-- and a huge plus -- the level of noise is such that you can actually hear each other speak. The sommelier is great and will always choose the right wine for the right occasion. I have held private parties here too-lovely."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Loved this place!!! Best dinner we had in years. We will be back. The food was awesome. Hats off to the chef and servers."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The salmon in a pastry puff was absolutely to die for. Calamari was equally as good. Service was prompt and the staff very helpful and pleasant. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was not bad, but it used to be much better in the past. The service was very poor. The waiters barely came to our table , they never explained any of the items on the menus, we had to wait a long time before getting any food , and when it came it was almost cold."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The Duck says it all. We have to go back to the Earle periodically just so I can get my duck fix. Yum!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "Had not been to The Earle in a few years and enjoyed the food and ambience very much. Right in the middle of downtown so can walk around after eating but very secluded while at the restaurant."
    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