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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Our meal, the service and the ambiance were all excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It is wonderful to hear the music as you eat a tasty meal. The lamp chops were wonderful"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "The Earle is a gem in Ann Arbor, with great steaks, vegetarian dishes, and wines. We've never had a bad meal here. Obviously, since it was mother's day, the restaurant was packed, so it was a little noisy and the service was a little slower than normal, but it was still great!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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
  • "My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate my birthday. Nice atmosphere, quiet noise level, the food was fine, but the service we received from the beverage server was sub-par. He was virtually non-communicative; his conversation was: "what would you like to drink?" ( before showing us a beverage list) and, "would you like some more?" (indicating wine). We were not rude or demanding in any way, and I was confused and offended by his demeanor towards us. He never smiled, and performed in an perfunctory manner. His cold manner put a damper on the evening and I'm not sure we will go back because of his poor service. The Earle is an expensive restaurant, and one should expect excellent food, atmosphere, and service for the price."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food is in our top 10 meals of our life! The beef tenderloin with pepper and brandy sauce was perfection, melt in your mouth! Potatoes and veg were equally as delicious. French onion soup was superb! Only 1 thing was amiss, the bread served was ok. I feel the restaurant should have rolls in the bread basket.. Very not like the rest of the meal, kinda out of place to have a few pieces of ok bread in there when rest is fancy and DELISH! Service wasn't as good as the food, it could be improved upon (dishes not cleared, coffee slow to refill) Can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "One of those rare restaurants that gets better and better. We have been enjoying evenings with friends and happy hours at the Earle for many years. Recently our meals were excellent, the choices varied and presentation and service a delight - even the pricing was not out of line as The Earle showed it's community spirit by participating in the Washtenaw County Cancer Society's Passports for Fine Dining. With so many restaurants to choose from in Ann Arbor, we are delighted the Earle has found a charitable way to remind us they are there. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We wanted to try your place for years. Finally on our anniversary we made it! Sorry we waited so long. I called my dad on the way home and told him....I found the perfect Father's Day spot!! We will be back "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed two wonderful French wines from Alsace and Burgundy pairing them with delicious French Foods of lamb, veal and a delicious Salmon fillet en croute! Wonderful Hazelnut Soufflé Desert and an Italian Cassata cake! We gathered here to make plans for our trip to France in three weeks and chose The Earle specifically for its fine wine list! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed dining there. The food was excellent, my wife had the white fish and it was amazing. I highly recommend the Calamari. We will definitely return. Service was friendly and well-timed."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our 18th wedding anniversary. We had an outstanding wait staff team, Paul and Julie. Everything was phenomenal. Drinks, appetizers, dinner and the bottle of wine! We told Paul our waiter, it was our anniversary and when we cashed out he gave us a card with house made truffles. When we opened the card it had $10 gift certificate in it. We will definitely go back! Wonderful experience! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The first thing that strikes you is the warm glow of dim lights and the feeling of being somewhere special. Then, when the wine book comes, you know it's a special occasion. This is not a wine list but a book of delicious offerings, all expertly described by the sommelier. The food is finely prepared and always delicious. The food and wine can be had at a wide range of prices, making it affordable for those looking for a modest dinner as well as those looking to shoot the works. Great dining and drinking experience."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our entire family often chooses The Earle for our special occasions. The service is always excellent and the entrees unique to this restaurant. We all have our favorite items and look forward to them as well as any offerings for the evening. Knowing that everything is made fresh for your individual order is a plus."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been to The Earle 3 times and every time it has been amazing. Awesome food and service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Earle remains one of Ann Arbor's best spots for a high quality dinner. The wine list is unbelievable and the food and atmosphere are both great. Only negative is that we felt a bit "rushed" on a Sunday night. I guess everyone wanted to get home..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been attending the Earle for over 20 years, probably about twice a month. It replaced the venerable Pontchartrain Wine Cellars as my go-to restaurant for fine dining and romantic atmosphere. The food is stellar and service is excellent. Their veal dishes are my favorite and some of the best in Michigan - right up there with the old Lelli's and Detroit Larco's. Scallops are also a favorite. The menu is refreshed periodically but usually retains a few of the favorites. The tortellini appetizer with prosciutto in an Alfredo style sauce is sublime. The bar is a cozy haven and has a great food and drink happy hour weeknights. Now if they would only bring back their chocolate gateau..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "On a busy warm day, when downtown Ann Arbor was hopping this was a perfect spot for a business dinner. The addition of live music at just the right level added to the feeling of a special occasion. My clients and boss were happy with the selection. We could hear each other while enjoying an excellent meal and attentive wait staff. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time and the food was great. It was the perfect restaurant for our anniversary celebration."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A group of "girlfriends" spent the weekend together to celebrate a milestone birthday for one of our dear friends. The Earle was the perfect place for her birthday dinner! The surroundings were lovely, but not stuffy so that we felt we couldn't let loose a bit. The menu was varied, allowing each of us to choose something that particularly appealed to us. We couldn't stop raving about the food! The service was exceptional... I believe the best I've received anywhere. The soft jazz that began at 8:00 PM was wonderful. I have already been recommending the restaurant to others. I hope to return again and again!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went to The Earle to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Would highly recommend this restaurant -- love the long, wooden bar and the cork wall!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Love the older wines that are available - most restaurants do not have these older wines. And most of them are at relatively attractive prices."
    Dined on 5/9/2014