The Earle
The Earle

The Earle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theearle.com/
  • Phone: 7349940211
  • 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 7349940211
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Earle reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (141)romantic (132)notable wine list (129)fit for foodies (112)good for groups (60)neighborhood gem (50)vibrant bar scene (21)late-night find (17)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Great place for a conversation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Love that there is no T.V. sets blaring. Good music, quiet atmosphere. Love to go here when I really want to "catch up" with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    In recent years, we've found the restaurant less consistent than it had been in previous decades...less than stellar service sometimes and not the usual excellent food. I'm happy to report we had a spectacular experience at the Earle this week. We had a veteran waitress who provided absolutely perfect service. And the food was terrific. Two at our table had duck, one had salmon, one had pork tenderloin and I had lamb. I also had the Mediterranean salad....one of my faves. Everything was served hot and nicely plated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food for Grown-ups
    Nightout
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ambiance was nice, seating in booths was not enjoyable. Booths are close to table and little wiggle room on very hard seats. Food was excellent. Wait staff was great for drinks, food ordering was slow but prompt with delivery. We enjoyed the beef dishes and will return. Wine list is extensive, and beer selection very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Love the jazz trio while dining, but disappointed in the salmon wrapped in puff pastry. The salmon had a very strong flavor and I love salmon. My husband order the veal and was also disappointed. My apologies, but will definitely return for drinks in the bar and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The earl restaurant
    Jnice
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was ok. Service seemed to take awhile. The restaurant was extremely busy when we went. It was Saturday evening at 7. If I go back I would rather go when there are less people leaving the option for better seating and service. I also like the happy hour during the week better prior to dining.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience.
    Roseffin
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of my favorite spots for a romantic meal. The food is delicious. The service is friendly and efficient. Great atmosphere and they have a live band. Couldn't recommend more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional elegance!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my first time dining at The Earle. As a wine lover, I appreciated the cork motif throughout the restaurant. The menu was varied, and a bit pricey. Bread and butter were served shortly after waiter's greeting. The bread was delicious, but I wish it was served warm. The butter was good too, which sounds weird, but many places serve butter that is hard and tastes like the refrigerator. We ordered the risotto ball appetizer, and filet and Delmonico entrees. Nothing disappointed, but I'd love to try new options next time. The cocktails were tasty. When our waiter discovered the bar didn't serve what I requested, he took it upon himself to create a reasonable facsimile. I thought that was considerate. Service overall was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debw
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Fantastic experience. Our only negative comment is that we weren't sure who our server was. At first, a man approach us and took our drink orders, then a woman took our meal orders, then a man took our dessert order and the woman brought the check. (Which was wrong because we initially gave the man a coupon when he first approached us.) In the end, it was fixed but was a little confusing as to who was who.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The experience was overall fine. The staff wasn't overly informative unless asked. There was only 1 pinot noir offered by the glass and no by the glass wine menu. The food was good. However, the overall experience lacking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place to dine
    Penguin
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Nice setting , food is fantastic , even my son who doesn't usually enthuse about things, said it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    Lamont
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food at the Earle has been consistently good and we have our favorites (sautéed duck breast, veal scalolops, sea scallops) but most everything can be counted on to be excellent. Service is usually relaxed but attentive - no rushing us to clear the table. They have an extensive wine list with a range of prices to suit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bday Here
    meep
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Celebrated sis's bday here. Great food - get the scallops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but slow
    Sharkrescuedog
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It over two hours to have dinner.... Way to long. Food was good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bates2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The environment and staff were great but the food was not at the level of the prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The Earle proved to be just right for our daughter's birthday celebration. Food was excellent, service was prompt without rushing. (Laurie was especially friendly and accommodating.) The kitchen was spot on in its adjustments to meet my wife's dietary restrictions. The lamb chops were outstanding, as were the scallops of veal--although a little heavy on the tasty sauce. A bit pricey, but a fine restaurant usually is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Fit4kings
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    You can never go wrong at the Earle. It's a great place to meet friends, great food, great service and friendly staff. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place for birthday
    italianchick
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I chose The Earl because I wanted a special night to celebrate my husband's birthday . It was my first time there but we will definitely go again. The crab cakes were a wonderful start , crispy on the outside , creamy on the inside. I had the whitefish, very yummy, a little heavy for me but so delicious. My husband had salmon with basil and tomato sauce , very good, cooked just right with olive something that was different and added an interesting flavor. They brought out the tempting desserts which all looked amazing, and we tried the creme brulee, sooo creamy and wonderful and it came out with a candle for hubby. The staff was perfect and I do mean perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't ask for a booth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Everything was perfect but the booths really seem to test your posture and are built for men who are 6 ft or above.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food / Very Good Service
    NewEnglandSteve
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A great place for a romantic dinner, with dark, private booths and live piano in the main room. After a brief misstep where the hostess didnt acknowledge our OpenTable request for a booth, they were able to accomodate this request after I mentioned our preference. As we werent starving, we passed on appetizers, having a cocktail with the bread (pretty plain). Our dinners came promptly for a Saturday night, as did our glasses of Cabernet to have with the entrees. My wife's Filet in Roquefort sauce was excellent, and my Veal Scallopine was very good as well. Our shared Tiramisu dessert was a great finish, although more chocolate shavings on top than I would have preferred. Overall, service was professional and prompt.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good/service a bit slow
    2csodinersVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Earle has been in Ann Arbor for a long time, and is one of the few restaurants that takes reservations on a football Saturday. We had a party of 7. Although it is located in a basement, the Earle had an upscale feel. The waitress was pleasant enough, but a little too formal. Drinks and food were very slow to arrive, probably due to most people arriving after the game. The food was good. The bread brought before the meal was very good. The veal scallopini, the whitefish, and the salmon were tasty. There were good-sized portions. Our party thought the atmosphere was nice. A pianist and bass player played in the background - not too loud at all. Overall, we felt it was a very nice place and we would definitely consider returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winthorpe
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food and selection. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boeuf au Poivre is excellent
    beefdate
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Earl is our go-to restaurant for birthday and special occasion dinners. We have stuck to our two favorite "boeuf" dishes (poivre and roquefort), but change out the hors d'oeuvres which are always excellent. Desserts are always a treat-when we have room for them!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winealittle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A great restaurant! Its unique atmosphere complements its great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST WAITER EVER
    hoot
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We can here for my roommate's birthday. The food was great - especially the duck. The ambience isn't really my style - a bit dark and serious - but our waiter was hilarious. We joked that we wanted the leftover currants boxed up to take home, and the waiter came back with them in a tiny container. He was actually my waiter previously and was similarly hilarious. Great service as well, of course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Earle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Easily one of the top five restaurants in Ann Arbor and I rank it as the best. Super nice place that most days of the week has a piano or two piece band playing nice mello music. It's more of live background music and you do not need to raise your voice at all for the people around you to hear you. The food is amazing especially the steak. They have the reputation of being a super nice, but super expensive place. The dining room is this way, but most people do not know about the wine bar. You still get to hear music and it has great seating. And they have a regular priced menu there too so that you do not have to spend a lot of money and still get great food. They also have a great happy hour where you get X% off on drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    CrossgrovesVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Enjoyed a leisurely dinner with five companions for my 65th birthday. Menu was very comprehensive and wine list to match. Dining area is in basement but enhanced by a large wine bar. No piano player on Mondays, but did receive a generous discount in recognition of birthday (ID req'd)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to go wrong at The Earle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The Earle is a long-time Ann Arbor standout. As always, the menu is varied, the food uniformly good, the service attentive, and the wine list excellent. The whitefish is especially good. I wish they had lake perch on the menu more often. We recently took fussy east-coast guests there, and they were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goof Find
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant is a little hidden being in the basement. It was a good dinning experience and good food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    opfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were with our 2 daughters for Parent's weekend. We had a nice alcove that was cozy and allowed us to visit with each other without a lot of noise interference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner on a busy night
    sapmich
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a group of 7 at The Earle during Michigan's parents weekend. There were lines everywhere and we were really glad to have a dinner reservation. The entrance to The Earle is kind of weird, as it is below street level but once you get past the nondescript entry door and narrow stairway and cramped entrance, the restaurant has great atmosphere. We were ushered right to our table even thought a couple of our party were still dealing with parking. Waitstaff had their hands full that night, but did a very nice job. It was hard to find appetizers that were good for a group to share. They were all small portions even though they were pricey. Everyone loved their main course. High quality beef, delicious sauces. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Presentation Matters
    Earlefanbut
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have dinesd at the early many times through out the years. This experience was disappointing. OK parents weekend at the University of Michigsn had the placed packed to capacity. When we arrived and seated, we were told that dinners were taking 45 minutes in the kitchen once the order was placed. Given the Earles tenure and experience, yes crowded, but this was a bit of a surprise. Not that we were in any hurry. This signals a bit of stress on their operating system and made me count the time (actually 55 minutes). The meals were good, but not to their usual. Plates seemed hurriedly put together with no attention presentation. I had the lamb chops were medium vs the medium rare I ordered. Same was true for two duck orders.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A restaurant well past it's prime
    GoBlueCrewVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant located in the lower level of a landmark downtown office building features musty, dirty carpeting that should have been replaced years ago as well as lighting that flickers for you due to improper installation. The service was reasonably attentive on this busy evening but the salads were small and soggy. As for the entrees, all six members of my party judged them just OK and I think they were trying to put a positive spin on things. The house made carrot cake was soggy like my salad and lacking in taste. Until they sink some money into a physical and emotional refresh for this place, you can avoid it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A terrific date night
    Jeff2362
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Earle is a favorite of ours. For this visit we enjoyed a quiet table in one of the side rooms. The noise level was much lower than on the main part of the floor. We both enjoyed the escargot; there was no hint of rubbery-ness that comes from overcooking. The salmon entree was terrific, with the lemon offsetting the tapenade nicely. The filet au poivre was finished with a deli-glacé, potatoes au gratin, and carrots and brussel sprouts. The carrot cake was among the. Best we have had. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Od favorite, still going strong
    DTWOB
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our 25th wedding anniversary dinner at The Earl was worth the 2 hr. drive across town from Shelby Twp., through rush hour and 1.5 hr. drive back home. The goat cheese and roasted garlic apps were fantastic. We highly recommend the duck breast, roasted herb chicken, salmon in puff pastry and the veal. Nice to see that the corkage charge was reasonable at $30. Very attentive staff, knowledgeable somm (Steve). Only downside was that nothing special was done to help us celebrate our anniversary. Not necessary, but it would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timer.
    K1983
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    After researching online me and my boyfriend decided to make reservations here for my birthday. We were not disappointed! Our server was awesome and we loved the ambiance. We ordered the delmonico and the duck breast dinners and we were both in heaven:-) And the best surprise was since it was my birthday we got 30% off our bill. Was not expecting that! Definitely will be returning to this gem:-D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice and convenient...
    JGinA2
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had been a few years since I had enjoyed dining at The Earle. Being local and seeing how new restaurants flow in and out of Ann Arbor, one can never go wrong here. While it is a bit on the dim side because it is in the lower level and not one window to be found, it emits classical and historical Ann Arbor. The brick and stone walls give a "homey" feeling, paired with simply wonderful food and such pleasant servers. The menu is very appealing and the portions were VERY generous. Desserts are numerous and simply wonderful. There are more expensive restaurants in Ann Arbor, and The Earle is not on the low end, for moderately expensive dining, The Earle gives much more than your bill will reflect. Will not wait a few years to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New favorite
    Foodcritic
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Anyone who goes to the Earle know the Earle. It's in the basement of a building but it's nice and cozy and great for any special occasion. The food was excellent and they have a notable wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Treat
    pettimaxVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Enjoyed a fantastic meal and evening with a good friend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant.
    Inowloveduck
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The soft music, dim lighting and all around ambiance of the Earle make it an extremely pleasant and romantic place. I would recommend not only the "duck" but the entire place. Five out of five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.