The Earle

4.7
3084 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was a big disappointment. Very low quality, poor seasoning, and very over priced for what you receive. Our server was very good. The wine options also by the glass were flavorless and seemed old. Overall we had high hopes based on the reviews but left very disappointed.

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vipCharlesF
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time and the waiter was great. Wine list is excellent and the food was good. But… I reserved for a table for 4 and noted it was a special occasion. The table was very small - better for two. It was odd - the waiter needed to keep removing things just to make room for a normal dinner for four. It wasn’t comfortable and the staff seemed indifferent to the cramped space. Probably not a $300 dinner I will repeat.

The music was nice - it would have been nice if we could have actually seen the musicians. If you go here for dinner, make sure you aren’t crammed into a corner.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening! Great music. Incredible food. Excellent wine selection. Our first time. Definitely a little old school, but The Earle still has it!

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vipWotanwinner
Detroit
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abigail was fantastic server, Caitlin magnificent sommelier. Veal and chicken paillard and bean/pork soup absolutely delicious. The wine list is second to none as are cocktails. Love this place; Ann Arbor jewel!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Went for birthday dinner, they gave me a free sorbet and my waiter was super nice

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EileenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ALWAYS go to The Earle to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and when out of town guests come to visit....
because we know it will be a fabulous dining experience!
Last night was our anniversary and it couldn't have felt more special.
Food delicious, waitress accommodating and atmosphere made the evening very special.
They even gave us a gift certificate for our next visit!

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bubblegummi
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food greatly, sometimes thought the flavors were too strong but nonetheless the meals were delicious and the ambience was great. Was a little loud but I preferred it that way so that I could have my conversations without thinking others were listening and could laugh out loud.

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vipMelissaR
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Earle never disappoints, even during a pandemic. This is my favorite AA restaurant. The ambiance is nostalgic with a live 3 piece jazz band. The bartender was very friendly and made perfect martinis! We ordered 3 appetizers for the table (crab cakes, goat cheese and stuffed mushrooms) and they came timely and were all delicious! The white fish dinner was like no other white fish, in a very good way! The filet with Roquefort sauce, OMG, so good! The side of vegetables were even so tasty and fresh. The seafood pasta dish was enjoyed till the very last bite. The peppered tenderloin was also perfectly prepared. A magnum of Nickel & Nickel 2013 Cabernet paired well with all of our entrees and was enjoyed by all. They have a wonderful wine list. The Earle is a special place that we are so thankful has not missed a beat with providing high quality food and service during these very difficult times for the hospitality industry as a whole. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Earle did not disappoint. The service was excellent. Our server Lisa was an absolute joy to dine with. The overall experience was just what we were looking for. It has ambiance, allure, mood and great drinks . The band added just what was needed to make the dining experience pleasurable for a New Year Eve celebration. The food was good some of the dishes had a bit too much salt not horrible but noticeable.

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VenusF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine list was almost overwhelming with excellent choices. The calamari, duck and sea scallops were outstanding. The staff was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great NYE dinner. Live jazz was just the right volume, not loud. Would recommend.

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AnnS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Reliably very good food. Outstanding wine selection and sommelier guidance. An amazing gem for our town. A seemingly hidden basement bistro; anyone who has been here for awhile knows about this place which accounts for its popularity.

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JDBrighton
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at the Earle is always spectacular. We love the peppercorn tenderloin.

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DonaldO
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a first date or any date night. Live jazz is an added treat. Highly recommend, .

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TheRaven
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nicely decorated room. Great service and food was simply amazing.

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DeborahS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate anniversary, everything we ordered was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Solid venue for a night out

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TeddA
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

An Ann Arbor institution which must be on every local’s restaurant bucket list.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice place, but was cold when we were there the other day.

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vipLisafromVA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely family Christmas celebration with three generations. The private room in the back was perfect for our elders who are hard of hearing. And it felt like our own personal party. The wait staff was attentive and the food was wonderful.

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner here for a date night and we had the absolute best time. Couldn’t recommend more.

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AmyM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food recommendations from our waitress.

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vipSaturdayDate
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Earle has expanded the price ranges for their menu. The duck on their menu is one of my favorites in the fall and winter and not something I would make myself. The tenderloin dishes are always a good option.

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vipPassionate4food
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday family dinner. Food and service was excellent. The jazz music was a plus. Highly recommend The Earle!

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MJGasbarre
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great music. If you're a wine connoisseur, you'll love the selection.

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DavidC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers and salads were fantastic. Then the entrée exceed that standard. Craft cocktails were perfect!

The entire staff was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable.

I highly recommend The Earle!

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DebA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipArtS
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We started in the bar, very cozy, great service. Our table in the main dining room had such unique ambience. Totally wonderful smooth jazz playing throughout dinner. Food was excellent, but I missed my favorite salmon Wellington, but the duck was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

What we got was not what was portrayed on the website.
1. The place is dated and floors dirty
2. The server didn’t remove dishes from the table until we asked
3. Kids drinks were filled with water
4. The steaks had a plastic taste
5. Scallops were salty

I could go on but feel when you spend over $350 for a meal you expect better. Now I doubt how they are able to get so many reviews especially if they are rated high. I would rather have gone to Olive Garden and would have gotten better value for money.

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jaymaak
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and Juliana is the best waitress ever!

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JimN
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Earle never disappoints. Our very favorite place! Food, wine, service is always wonderful!

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Sandyw
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got to make a reservation. Had a wonderful waitress and the food was outstanding! Only negative was that it took a while for drinks and food to come out. Such a nice cozy atmosphere

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Yooper
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great meal with our kids and their roommates/friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great, food was excellent, and there is nothing that is so relaxing than walking in the door to the Earle beautiful atmosphere, perfect music.

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DeloresW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite special occasion go to restaurant. I especially like that staff all are masking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience dining here. Always too notch service and wonderful food. Great wine selection. Don't skip dessert!

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were easily able to make reservations at The Earle, unlike other establishments in the area and of this quality. From the moment we entered the premises, the service was impeccable. The food was delicious with good portions and arrived steaming, Very fresh tasting vegetables and perfectly cooked main dishes. Due to needing gluten free, vegetarian main dishes, we decided to try the Earle. We will be back again for any other special occasion!!!

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vipAliciaS
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music.

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AshleyB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The main food was amazing! Was disappointed with the mashed potatoes though. Also sad nothing said by waitress for birthday or on desert.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Earle using the Order Online button. The Earle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 994-0211.

The Earle is rated 4.7 stars by 3084 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.