The Earle

4.5
2489 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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LF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff were friendly and polite. The service was great. We didn't have to wait for anything as our food and drink were served in a timely fashion. I tasted two dishes and they were both delicious.

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L
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently dined at The Earle and it was amazing. The food was outstanding, the wine selection amazing, and the service extraordinary. They were able to accommodate our food allergies without compromising the taste. I look forward to going back to The Earle soon and highly recommend this fine establishment!

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HM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Good, great setting, great wine : the Earle remains one of the Best in A2. Too bad the both I was in was quite uncomfortable for seating

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JC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. Great new dishes on the menu.

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BE
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The Caesar salad had so much garlic that we had to send it back. They remade it. Our entree was a pasta dish and again was loaded with garlic. It was inedible. We went without a main as w were overloaded with garlic.
The server told us that she couldn’t eat the food either because of the garlic. We will not be returning

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LW
Brighton
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super place.

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KU
New England
59 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love dining at the Earle, especially early when it’s nicely quiet. Menu is fairly classic French and Italian, with standard options well prepared. We enjoy the panzanella and the vegetable soups, vegetable sides are always tasty. I wasn’t as impressed with the tuna this time; very heavily sauced and a bit over cooked, but I think next time I’ll simply ask for much less sauce. Salmon en croute was lovely and delicious. We skip dessert because we are always quite sated by then, although they are very tempting.

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WK
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle had been the fancy restaurant in town until the foodie revolution came to Ann Arbor. Now there are many dining choices and we strayed from going to the Earle. But our dinner there the other evening reminded us that they have wonderful, Northern Italian style cuisine. And the wine list is extensive with great selections for all palates and price points. The wait staff and the wine steward were knowledgeable and friendly. But our main reason initially for dining at The Earle was because of the lack of a lot of extraneous noise. We could have a conversation without having to lean over the table, cupping our ear in order to hear what is being said. Bliss!

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BG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for a relaxing dinner and conversation. Staff never rushed us!! The home made pasta will bring me back again!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for some more authentic Italian cuisine in Ann Arbor area The Earl has it. Live music on the weekends. Great ambiance quiet little venue to see a wonderful group or artist play. The drinks are delictable. Help to celebrate my mother's birthday! Was where she has been wanting to eat for a while. It lived up to what she wanted, as a visitor of Italy, it was on point. The service was great! The food was delicious!

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CD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice jazz and good food, though a bit over-priced. However, we had a $10 coupon that the server refused to honor because he pointed out some very fine print on it said it was valid only week days. I thought that was rather ticky tacky given the bill was $100. You would think that a restaurant that’s been around that long would better understand the importance of customer good will. The whole point of such coupons is to get people in who might not otherwise come in, and more importantly, to get them to come back.

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fabulous. It was a little expensive, but so worth the money. I will be eating at The Earle again, hopefully soon

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d
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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RB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Gin gimlet was amazing as was the roasted garlic starter and the roasted duck. Amazing place with server and assistant server providing great table service.

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YZ
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are really good!!! Will go again.

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Been going to the Earle for years. It never changes (perhaps because management has been the same since forever). Menu and food still great.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, atmosphere calm and serene. Music started at 8 pm and was very pleasurable. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the hostess to the wait staff to the busser. I absolutely love this restaurant as a symbol of old Ann Arbor. I feel special when I'm at a table, enjoying the ambiance, and listening to live jazz.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

The Earle is a restaurant known for having an outstanding wine selection. Which they do buy their wine list. We asked the waiter if we could talk to someone about it one suggestion however he said that the person responsible for the wine selection was off on Thursdays and Mondays. We said no problem could he make some suggestions or we asked if there was a bartender or manager I could possibly make some suggestions on a wine selection his answer was no there is not. I jokingly said back to him so you’re telling me a wing bar restaurant has nobody that can talk to me about any wine selections and he said yes that is correct.

We were dumbfounded by the reply. We picked out a nice sterling 1999 reserve bottle by ourselves.

Somebody did come over later and said they knew a little bit about wine and can make another suggestion but we are good at that point.

I highly suggest the manager in at the Earle teach their employees something about wines since you specialize in them and if you’re one person is not there that’s OK but I would a soon most restaurants would have a list of a few items they would recommended as good bottle of wine.

I take this as a lack of training of employees. Food was OK Ambience was good.

Normally I don’t write reviews however this is the second time that I’ve had a bad experience first time was about a year and a half ago went there for my 50th birthday was looking to spend about 500 in a bottle and have two or three bottles.

It was a Saturday night and the place was packed and very busy however we were able to get one bottle of wine we got our dinner we asked our waiter twice to see someone I who could offer us an idea for a second bottle of wine nobody came we finish dinner and we left I was very disappointed then. At that time we did ask the waiter if he could recommend a bottle wine he said no.

That’s not a great way to run a business I would think

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M
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff and

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N
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good to great food. Delmonico steak was cooked to perfection, though lacked a bit of meat flavor I've expected. Creme brulee was fantastic but other desserts overall can be improved. Coffee was done near perfection too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our birthday dinner for Rob and Melissa Lloyd, including their 5 year old son, Rob’s brother and Mom. The wine selection included a favorite blend of a Chenin Blanc and Viognier. Our meals included the duck, scallops, a steak, and a mushroom pizza for the young one; all of which were delicious. Our waiter was polite and accommodating without being obtrusive. Finally we were seated at a quiet table with plenty of space. A delightful experience!

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PS
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jazz trio always good. As are the flavors.

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SG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle never disappoints. The staff are attentive but not annoying. And the food is excellent.

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t
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place always good and the duck is amazing

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R
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food,service and wine list always make The Earle an enjoyable evening.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dining at the Earle and always enjoyed great food, outstanding service and left wanting to go back again.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Wine list is outstanding and prices are reasonable for the offerings.

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B
Charlotte
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Interesting and eclectic wine list, but nobody to help with wine questions.

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D
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but poor service on this occasion. Waiter was inattentive and slow, and was clearly more involved with the table of six than the three tables of two.

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K
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner - hostess welcoming, assisted us with a larger table as the initial booth was tight for 4 of us. Wait staff very nice - a little slow with main course. The French Martini was delicious. The salmon in pastry was very good. A nice evening overall.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle is my favorite restaurant. I’ve never had a bad dish here.

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CV
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible culinary delight. One of the finest dinners I've had in some time.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time we had duck and it was absolutely amazing, we would recommend the Earle to anyone

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F
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining and drinking experience as usual. The wine book (not list, but a book) is incredible with bottles from the world over and priced for any budget. The sommelier is always friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. Love this place!

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BF
Dubai
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The sommelier was the definition of pretentious... I guess if you are dinning alone you should not order a bottle but drink their by the glass choice...hmmpff - maybe he is in recovery and looking out for my best interest. The food was ok, not great and not bad.

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r
Detroit
74 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very reliable restaurant-high quality food well prepared and a fantastic wine list. BTW, the wine prices are quite reasonable. One quibble-the silverware is awkward to handle.

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time visiting ann arbor and took my girlfriend there, we 100% will be back next time I am in Michigan! Outstanding food, ambiance and atmosphere.

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WD
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was extreme good, but the service and ambiance not so much.

The room is very pretty and warm, but one of the first things we noticed was no tablecloths. Really, at a fine dining establishment? Which I guess was good because our "wine person" dribbled wine on the table while she was pouring and just walked away, so at least it was easy for us to wipe up with our napkins. The service was slow and our waiter was inattentive (30 minutes from when we finished our salads to when our entrees were served), when asked what was taking so long the waiter said something to the effect that "we make all our sauces from scratch" (both entrees had very quickly made "pan sauces") and rushed off, apparently offended and was not to be seen again until our food finely arrived.

I sincerely doubt we will be back.

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CB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the vegetables in phyllo as my entree. It was cooked perfectly, and very flavorful. The restaurant was fairly busy, but the table spacing/room acoustics made conversation without shouting possible. A very nice evening.

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