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The Earle, Ann Arbor, MI

The Earle

4.7
4.7
3371 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (734) 994-0211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Buquet

  • Private party facilities

    The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Cross street

    Ashley

  • 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 entrance2) City parking structures 1/2 blocks west of The Earle and 1 1/2 blocks east of The Earle

  • 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, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,371 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for fine wines

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Service

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Ambiance

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for business meals

  • Ann Arbor

    Innovative

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for groups

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for special occasions

  • Ann Arbor

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  1. JW

    JenniferW

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at the Earle was great, as always, consistent in quality and value. We love it here, and recommend this place to our friends
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On Sundays, the noise level is exceptionally low. Seeing as the other days of the week offer live jazz, I am sure it’s more lively then. Both situations are excellent with me. My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and loved everything. Great food and drinks, great service, and even a special happy anniversary from our server! Hubs had lamb chops, I had steak tenderloin with Roquefort. We shared white chocolate cheesecake for desert. Everything was delicious, invitingly presented, and did I say delicious? We look forward to dining in again soon.
  3. MC

    MelissaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality. Exceptional service and cozy atmosphere. Classy restaurant.
  4. d

    deejaynyc

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal at The Earle. Very good pasta, a white bean soup that was nearly a stew, and excellent duck breast. A very good jazz trio was playing, which was an added plus. Oh, and their bread is too notch.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor. Always great food and an awesome environment. Highly recommended!
  6. J

    Joanne

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!! Atmosphere is special!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere!
  8. AH

    AndreaH

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn't been to The Earle in a few years and now I can't wait to go back! Our food (mushroom caps appetizer, beef tenderloin dijonnaise, duck breasts) was phenomenal and our service (Abigail) was outstanding. We were pleasantly surprised that there was live music! It was not too loud, so it was a perfect ambiance to still have great dinner conversation.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere, great music, and did not feel rushed at all. Excellent service as well.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere!
  11. W

    Wrobak

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Live music adds to the ambiance. Tucked downstairs and slightly hidden. Great choices on the menu and wine list.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Very bland food
  13. RS

    RickS

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to the Earle for birthdays because we know it will be great. No guessing, no hoping needed.
  14. DC

    DavidC

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We expected an exceptional ding experience and we got it! Crab cakes and French onion soup started the evening. I had The Earle Martini, which was great. Our entrées were the Duck Breast and the grilled salmon. Both were excellent, perfectly prepared, and served with a potato purée and roasted potatoes, respectively. I paired a glass of Cote du Rhône with my duck. Dessert was Chocolate Mousse, a perfect light confection to end the meal.
  15. WH

    WendyH

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cozy evening with good friends. Food was quite good. Many old favorites still on the menu.
  16. DM

    DMcK

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall it was wonderful! Our table was not in the best spot. We seemed to be in the way. Aside from that we had a great time.
  17. RF

    RyanF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable, relaxed, and excellent...the Earle was perfect for conversation and food/wine.
  18. KM

    KellyM

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was our first time and it won’t be the last. Absolutely delicious! Great atmosphere and vibe. We were seated far away from the music so we missed out on that. Beautiful bar area.
  19. A

    Alyson

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, the wine selection was amazing, and the ambiance was great. We will definitely be returning
  20. N

    Nurseshelly

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Earle. It’s our favorite ”date night” spot for adult conversation. Wine menu is extensive and excellent My husband always orders the duck!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The Panzanella salad was almost inedible because of the amount of garlic and onions. I was disappointed in the duck, because it didn’t have the delicious skin and was a bit rubbery, and the potatoes tasted like instant. We were seated right next to the bar which made for a mediocre ambience.
  22. L

    Lynette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent ambiance! Wonderful food! Our server's service was prompt and accurate just not overly warm and friendly. Definitely plan to make The Earle a regular stop!
  23. BS

    BrandiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely experience at the Earle for celebration date night. Our server, Mason, was wonderful - incredibly welcoming, kind, and attentive. Definitely recommend for an intimate dining experience!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience…food and service…live jazz was a bonus !!! Thank you…we will be back 😊
  25. CS

    CherylS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Duck dinner was the best duck dinner I have ever had, and I have had a lot of duck dinners! Plenty of sauce which was delicious, tender duck breasts, and best part it was de-boned which made it so easy to eat. Also had the tortalini and french onion soup appetizer which were also very good! Menu was pricey but nice place to celebrate a special occasion!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food great, service great, bathrooms crummy, worn out carpeting and decor. Hostess eating at her stand.
  27. PG

    PGoldston

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been coming to The Earle for over 10 years. We live in Kalamazoo now but when we are back in the A2 area, we love to eat here. The food is consistently amazing, the service is always friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is casual but has a respectful, upscale feel. I had my usual, the whitefish with sautéed spinach and potatoes. The beurre Blanc sauce was perfection along with everything on the plate! My husband had the sliders and fries. He said they were perfectly cooked to his liking. He usually orders the Delmonico steak but decided to do something different this time. He was not disappointed. My only complaint is the price of the mixed drinks. It seems a bit high, so I didn't order. Otherwise, we were very satisfied. Most people know there is no shortage of amazing restaurants in A2 so when we know we will be there we run through the list deciding where to go. More often than not, we end up back here! We look forward to our next visit!
  28. TB

    TimothyB

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Dwayne, our server, was excellent.
  29. B

    Brian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to the Earle for several years. We have always loved its ambiance and quaintness. It is located in a basement so there is very little outside noises. This particular evening they had a pianist playing. We have gone on other occasions when there has been a jazz ensemble playing. Their food is always amazing! I love their lamb chops and duck. Their meals are always served with a smile and a genuine quality. We no longer consume alcohol but they do offer an amazing wine selection too. We highly recommend the Earle!
  30. s

    sfrances55

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been having special dinner dates at the Earle for over 40 years, and it has never disappointed! It truly is our favorite, Ann Arbor restaurant.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect spot for NYE dinner… almost semi-private feel. Only thing I’d just slightly dim is a few of the dining room lights😉
  32. a

    aw33

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, excellent appetizers and meals and dessert! The live music added to our lovely experience. The Earle is a great place to celebrate!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice staff, ambiance was great, live music and food was delicious!
  34. F

    Fab4

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creamy pepper salad dressing was amazing. Beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. Scallop like potatoes were outstanding and the tiramisu desert was delicious. Service was tops. Just a tad bit chilly in there so would advise a sweater or jacket.
  35. WB

    WendyB

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Anniversary dinner It started well. We were seated in a quiet booth and enjoyed a cocktail. The sever did not communicate. He took our orders only. No friendly conversation. No checking to see if things were prepared correctly. No asking if anything. It was like driveby dining. Appetizers were good, entrees were really poor. Worse yet, a group was sat beside us who were obnoxious. SO LOUD. Yelling political BS. They may have been very drunk before they got there?? At the end of the meal, we were handed an envelope with Happy Anniversary written on it. We opened it when we got home - there was a gift certificate inside the envelope for another couple. Ugh!! What a shame. This used to be the place go for great food, ambiance, and incredible wine. Last visit for us to The Earle
  36. LS

    LisaS

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Earle is a wonderful place to go for a special evening out. The service is gracious, ambience is warm and the food is excellent. The use of fresh herbs in all of the dishes make the food very flavorful.
  37. A

    Aaron

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to date night location. Food is always perfect as is the service.
  38. KB

    KeithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, nice piano playing. Service was somewhat poor. We sat for about 10-15 minutes before our order was taken.
  39. AJ

    AndrewJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our experience at the Earle was most pleasant, as always. Star deductions come from a delay in the initial wait staff and sommelier time. As anyone who appreciates the french dining experience, we do not mind dining for longer than most American restaurants, but that having the wine and bread served just after sitting is much more pleasant than sitting with water.
  40. CC

    CCBlues

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was looking for a romantic dinner date with my husband, and I found it at The Earle. The ambiance was perfect, especially being next to a cork wall. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and on-point. The sommelier was also friendly and warm, and he had a sense of humor. We enjoyed the escargot appetizer, the salmon pastry puff, and the duck, with each bite so, so good. The wine list is incredible, too. It was a great night out that was much needed.

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

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 3371 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Earle

121 West Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ashley

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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 entrance2) City parking structures 1/2 blocks west of The Earle and 1 1/2 blocks east of The Earle

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Buquet

  • 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, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (734) 994-0211

  • Private party facilities

    The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211

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