The Earle

4.6
2576 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, French, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:45 - 11:00pm, Closed Sundays during the summer
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Phone number
(734) 994-0211
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Buquet
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Private party facilities
The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.
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Private party contact
Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ashley
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Parking details
Public parking is available nearby:
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.
2) City parking structure on E. 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)
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TD
Las Vegas
56 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It may have been an off night. I'm a big man and we were placed in a booth that was pinched. It was crowded for a Tuesday evening but the waiter would not move us. The escargot and soup were good but the anchovies in the ceasar salad were pungent. Steaks came out as the two women were going to the powder room and were left on the table for 14 minutes and were cool when the returned. No effort to keep the dishes warm. Our bill for 3 was over $360 but the price didn't bother me as what I felt was an inattentive and irresponsible staff.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The duck and veal were delicious.

BH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and reasonably priced. We had 4 people, we all had 1-2 glasses of wine and we split a couple of deserts and the bill was about $200. Service was impeccable. Live music was nice - a jazz trio that played from 8:00 to 9:00 on Saturday night. The decor is cozy, kind of a cross between a speakeasy and Italian night club feel. It's in the basement so you won't have a booth overlooking the street, but a great vibe. Loved it and will go back. Our group had duck breasts, eggplant, whitefish, and beef medallions - everyone loved their dish.

E
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Earle used to be very good but there are better options now. The whole experience was non-descript.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prices for the cocktails in the bar caused me to gasp and I don’t think I’d have pre-dinner drinks there again. At dinner, all food items were excellent and priced at a level I could appreciate. I’m also very appreciative of the breadth and depth of your wine list and the availability of your wine steward/keeper/advisor. We were there to celebrate a birthday.

SF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy visiting the Earle-it is our favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor and our recent visit did not disappoint. The food was outstanding (the duck is always a favorite), the service polite and courteous and the ambience was excellent. The Earle is one of the quieter restaurants in town and we very much appreciate the ability to carry on a conversation without resorting to the need to shout. The occasion for our visit was my wife's birthday celebration and we thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. The live piano music certainly also added to a memorable evening.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in town for one night and liked the idea of seeing live jazz during dinner. We were pleasantly surprised at the fabulous atmosphere when we entered. We were seated at a table overlooking the jazz trio. The menu was extensive- making it hard to choose. We ordered both a seafood dish and a steak dish and both were fabulous. Our server had been at the restaurant for 37 years and was personable and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

PM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous music! Earlier music would be better! Attentive service.

F
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance and food is always excellent here. Huge wine selection and live background music most nights. Can't go wrong here, but the waiter did forget our appetizer order.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would love to see some women serving. The last two times I ate at The Earle I was served by men only.

TK
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent wine list & prices. Delicious appetizers, veggies and entrees. Love, love, love Friday night jazz. A perfect way to end the week!

SK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here every year, when we attend the art fair. Plan to do it again next year.

r
Detroit
117 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy the Earle. A friend visiting from Missouri was really impressed with the food and the ambiance. She loved the scallops and said they were the best she had ever had. We enjoyed the flight of wine choices.

GB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely exquisite. Service was darn good, too. It was our third time there and we’ll happily return. Great wine choices. For dinner, we ordered the rosemary boneless chicken breasts with rice and the beef tenderloin with Roquefort and potatoes. They were beyond excellent. A true, classy gem in Ann Arbor. Keep up the great work!

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic!

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

Everything was great.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

W
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.

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

Love the place, great food and super friendly waiters.

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

It was great. Love this place.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

r
Detroit
117 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.

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.

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.

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!

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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