The Earle

4.6
2562 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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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic!

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Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

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TE
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The food was good. The only thing that I didn't like was that the menu was in French although the explanation of the food was in English.

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S
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there for special occasions. Never a bad meal or poor service.

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JP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place for everything--birthdays, anniversary, evenings out with friends, and for no reason at all except that it's a great place with great ambiance, great food, great service.

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V
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We usually love going to the Earle, but I was surprised by the poor quality of food and slow service. The vegetables were overcooked, the meat was tough and the fish was swimming in a pool of grease. Service, while friendly, was slow and uneven. We also had the misfortune to be sitting close to a table with a person whose goal it was to be the loudest laugher in Ann Arbor; that didnt help matters.

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N
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Earle. It’s our special date night place.
Everything is exquisite. The food , the service and of course the wine! Thanks for making my retirement day extra special

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t
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

happy hour mussels were not of expected quality - small portion plus 4 empty ones

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Fine service. Great pianist. The place is so dated. It desperately needs a makeover

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SE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great service. The Earle is a staple to Down Town Ann Arbor. They have an outstanding wine selection and the menu is always delightful. I'm gluten free and they do a great job accommodating my needs.

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Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I could come here just to experience their unmatched wine selection, presented at perfect cellar temperature. Food is always delicious; this time my veal scallopini - tender & vegetable laden- was a tad salty & sage heavy, but I’m being picky. Altogether, as always, a delightful dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place, great food and super friendly waiters.

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AM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Love this place.

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JA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Anniversary dinner. Great service, wonderful food and an excellent atmosphere. The roast duck and an an excellent red wine made it special.

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiters seemed aloof, disinterested, like they were doing you a favor, not rude though.

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Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful dining experience. Our favorite restaurant.
Great chef!!!

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BA
Grand Rapids
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and a last minute decision to stop here as we were approaching Ann Arbor. What a gem, I can't wait to visit again. Everything about it was awesome - from the staff, the beverages, the food, the ambiance, we loved it every morsel was delicious! Don't miss an opportunity to eat here.

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle has a mellow vibe and delicious, lovingly made food. The jazz adds a great surrounding! One of Ann Arbor’s gems.

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G
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was exceptional! Also, our server, Jeff, was very attentive to us throughout our dinner.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The food was delicious, the proportion generous, and service outstanding. Will come back soon.

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Z
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to share great food and conversations with friends. Cozy intimate atmosphere combined with great service made for a very enjoyable evening. Several friends hadn't been for a while and one had never been, so it was fun to watch their reactions, all positive. Excellent wine list, also!

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r
Detroit
115 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Earle for special occasions. We had two little kids with us and their wish for French fries, while not on the menu, were accommodated.

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NY
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I hosted two dinners there in three days during a visit to Ann Arbor. I think that it is a very good restaurant. For the first dinner's appetizers we had the stuffed mushroom caps and fried calamari. The first was very tasty, and the calamari no more than typical (though there might be a joke about how calamari is like sex, etc). I had the duck breast, which was so tender that it tasted like liver. Delicious. However, it was served with a fruit compote / sauce that was too sweet. My wife had the same dish and the same comment. The desserts were not memorable. The next dinner's appetizers were only the mushroom caps (!), and this time I had steak au poivre. The steak was really just perfect. The service was very good, though the wine steward was not there for the first dinner when I chose a Meursault that was not as tasty as I had hoped. Overall, two very good meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delmonico and lamb were cook perfectly, the creme brûlée was silky smooth perfection. Amazing wine selection.

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KB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jace was beyond fantastic, the best dining experience I have ever had just because of him. The ambience and food was spectacular as well, so we will definitely be coming back soon!

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KE
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best salmon entrees I have had to date!

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e
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was great. The soup starters, gazpacho and potage dauphinois, followed by the whitefish and duck breast entrees, followed by the desserts, chambord chocolate mousse and chocolate torte were so delicious. The flight of wine selected by the restaurant, 2 French and 1 Italian were perfect to accompany. Excellent attentive service by veteran server. This 40+ year restaurant still has maintained its high food and wine standards!

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KU
New England
61 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have probably written a half-dozen reviews for The Earle in the past year. We visit almost monthly, after a long hiatus due to disappointing experiences in the past. We have several favorites, including the duck and the scallops. Their soups are generally quite tasty, as the special puréed vegetable soup was this time. We have learned to request sauces “on the side” because, although they are tasty they are very rich, and the kitchen is heavy-handed on the dish otherwise. Since our return we have not been disappointed; service is attentive but not intrusive, prices are reasonable, and the setting - below ground, classic and comfortable- is conducive to conversation.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think The Earle is one of the best Ann Arbor restaurants for French and Italian cuisine with impressive food and exquisite service. Their duck is yummy.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual this restaurant is the best in town.
Their duck is the best I have ever had.

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

It had been many years since we visited the Earle. We were impressed by the nice ambiance, music choices, and outstanding food.

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s
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle is one of our favorite places to dine. It has never disappointed us. Looking forward to our next visit.

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W
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and consistent delicious food, topped by Ann Arbor’s most outstanding wine list, make the Earle a great dining experience. Yes, the decor is a tad tired, but you can hear and converse with your dining guests, and the bar offers some great values. Desserts are made in house and worth serious consideration.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner for my husband. First time there. IT is expensive, but the food is outstanding. He said the scallops were the best he has ever had. I had a pasta dish which was very good. We will definitely go back for another special occasion!

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C
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was strange, we got our place settings and water immediately, then the wait came. After 10 minutes we flagged someone to get a bottle of wine, the person taking the order was not familiar with the wine, as we had to point it out on wine list. The wine arrived promptly but another flag down to have our order taken. The food was great but they need to tweak the service.

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PS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were disappointed in the service and waiters at the restaurant. The food was above average but the waiters were not happy, had frowns on their faces the whole time. It took 90 minutes to get our food, appetizers came to the table pretty quickly but not the main course. For the price of the meals and since we were celebrating a special occasion it left a not so fun evening.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will return.

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CU
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was top notch! The Earle is my favorite place to eat! Thank you!

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Appetizers were great, drinks were ok, main dishes were — at best — poor to mediocre.

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N
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are outstanding at The Earle! Me and my friend both had the duck and it was delicious. We had chocolate mousse for dessert which was yummy and just the right size to share. I am always pleased when I eat at The Earle.

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