The Earle

4.7
3055 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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vipa2susieq
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine, food and service in a cozy setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French and Italian food. The French onion soup and crab cakes were great.

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LocalLis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated where I had requested. The calamari appetizer was just enough to pique our appetites. Four main dishes of scallops (2), pasta and chicken, and my steak were all superb, as were salads. The fellows playing music (piano, bass, percussion) added to our enjoyment. Wow! A delightful evening at the Earle, something we have greatly missed since COVID began. What a treat!

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A2critic
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food (veal dish), nicely plated with a brussel sprout and cabbage side and rice. Excellent wine list.

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vipscottw
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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PatrickC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic dishes prepared with care. Scrumptious! Excellent wine list too!

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a2migirl
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been a favorite of our family for years. Never been disappointed.

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TonyW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner with friends, the food was superb, service excellent and the wine was outstanding.

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KateL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soft jazz, romantic setting and outstanding food! The best anyone could ask for. One of our all-time favorite restaurants.

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DonW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a show at The Ark and made a reservation here for dinner before the show. The photos don't do justice - it's a lovely and fairly intimate setting.

My wife enjoyed her beet and goat cheese salad and veggie pasta. I opted for the Salmon in Puffed Pastry, which was really fabulous. Our Server, Chelsea made us feel as honored guests and provided impeccable service.

I don't know enough about wine to offer details but their Wine Cellar is so extensive that the "list" requires an index. I would mention that the Tripadvisor price range listed seems a tad low. Entrees CAN run into the $50 range. Hardly excessive for food and service like this, though.

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EricaW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We first celebrated at the Earle in 1981 as a special date night. Since then, we have come for many special occasions and last night we brought my 91 yr old mother for her birthday and it was as special as ever. She is an artist who has lived all over the world, and since moving to Ann Arbor the Earle has become one of her favorite places to dine. Our server was especially great -- thoughtful and attentive without being over bearing. Each time we've been to the Earle has been memorable.

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daves
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experience at the Earl, relaxing and comfortable. Duane is an awesome server and the wine steward was also very knowledgeable and relatable. I thought my dinner salad was a little salty, but other than that, the food was tasty and nice and hot.

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vipCAVisitor
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Waitress was outstanding and, overall, another pleasurable visit to The Earle

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Tommy
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our top 2 restaurants in SE Michigan. Never had a bad meal or experience at the Earle.

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SusanG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very expensive, especially cocktails, for the average fair. The filet was very good.

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JonahN
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greats service and incredible meal. We got acorn squash and crab penne. Both were very formidable portions! The prices reflect the portions and quality of the dishes.

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KevinG
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Earle and we were extremely pleased. Every food item was delicious and the sommelier was very helpful in choosing a wine. We will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Appetizers were good
Mushrooms
Crab cake
Shrimp
Tortellini

Delmomico steak was inedible overcooked. Service needs attention

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Scott
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Ann Arbor! All the servers were masked. Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the last classic restaurants in Ann Arbor. Very cozy atmosphere. Great French/Italian cuisine.

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Linguine dish was drenched in oil and the only notable flavor was salt. My fiancé and I were visiting Ann Arbor for the weekend and were anticipating some high quality Italian food. This was wildly unimpressive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Ambiance was perfect for our sooner.

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Robocopct
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a pleasure.

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JannieD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance great service we all enjoyed our means especially the roasted garlic appetizer, Panzarella salad, and salmon entree. Yum. Cool vibe.

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dmondayk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dinner. Scope of menu beautifully wide. Sommelier Kaitlyn was of great assistance.

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WendyB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Food was delicious. Loved the jazz combo, very special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is in the wine cellar of the hotel which makes for a very swanky ambiance. At least 50% of the walls were covered in patterned corks. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling. We happened to go on a Friday, the only night with a live music trio, though we heard other nights it’s just the pianist. They have an extensive wine list and 3 pages of creative cocktails. The bartender was knowledgeable and masterful with their techniques. The setting was perfect for a fancy dinner out. Their French table bread was tender and delicious. Appetizers were elegantly plated and seasoned. I would recommend the French onion soup. Our entrees were good but not spectacular. The price for each dish seemed a little extravagant compared to the portion. The linguine with garlic sausage had a slight heat while the noodles were well cooked. However the plating of that dish made it look and feel like a kid’s meal. The prime rib was cooked one degree longer than requested, but was very well seasoned otherwise. The side of 2 small red potatoes seemed odd and an afterthought. The desserts were pretty good. The creme brûlée served warm with a thicker sugar crust. And the pumpkin cheesecake was a perfect meld between traditional pumpkin pie and cheesecake, without it being very sweet. The highlights for the night were the cocktails, our wine choice, and the live music. I’d recommend it for the ambiance, their wine list, and other food choices. Otherwise it was a great night, a good birthday dinner, and great company.

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RyanC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I hate to write this, but the experience this time was just not great. My wife said the server seemed to be extremely busy (short staffed maybe) and we noticed it in the lack of attentiveness.

I had the peppercorn tenderloin. The meat portion was cooked well. Sauce was pretty bland. Veggies were a sort of 80's shredded/julienned jumble. Not really any seasoning on that either. The potato casserole dish was pretty good. For $42 I was expecting more.

Duck salad was decent, though it was pretty simple.

Wife had the pasta with the garlic sausage. It was supposed to have hot peppers in it. It looked like canned yellow peppers. Not really any spice to it. No real stand out garlic flavor and it just sort of looked like a bowl of pasta like I would make at home.

The wine list is of course great and the glass Syrah was absolutely fantastic. The smoke and embers cocktail was served in a weird glass, didn't taste all that great (or spicy since it said to have ghost peppers) and was still $20 for one cocktail.

Dessert was decent. Had mousse and the ice cream.

We had reservations and didn't know there was live music that night. Nobody asked if we wanted to sit near the live music. An older couple came in as we were leaving to be seated and we overheard them being asked to be sat near the music and they didn't have a reservation. We ended up being sat at a booth that had the foundation literally crumbling on us and got on our coats. I noted it to the hostess and she just mentioned that happens when trucks drive by.

I'm not sure we will come back for a while.

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mutt
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my birthday and had a wonderful meal
From beginning to end.

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marilynr
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ordered the steak very hard to chew the meat. Pasta dish a little to much pesto. Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Amazing food!

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DeeR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The Earle was one of my favorite restaurants. It no longer is. First of all...they changed their birthday policy. Used to get 1/2 off..now you get a $10 gift certificate toward your next visit. Second...the only reservation we could get was for 8:45 or 9:00. That's okay but the music should last until the place closes not just a for a few minutes after you are seated.
The food was not as good as usual. The only positive thing I can say is the server was really nice and did a great job.
It makes me sad to check a favorite spot off my list:(

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CharlesL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was very good and the whitefish was well prepared and presented, though a little lighter hand on the breading would have been agreeable. I liked it better than my wife did. The live jazz was a nice touch. The Earle feels as if it has been around for decades with little change. I don't really know how long they have been there, but our meal could have been experienced in the 50s. There is nothing trendy about the place. More nostalgic than hip. I would recommend it, but know what to expect: soft lighting (almost dark), jazz combo, semi-formal service, old timey menu. Have an Old Fashioned and enjoy!

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Marilena
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Gem hidden ins college town. This is our second time back. We seated downstairs and they had a live jazz band. Great menu and food was awesome. Wine selection is incredible!

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vipKerry
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing wine list and a beautiful ambiance.

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vipuclajax
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal, as it has been every time I've dined there over the past 30+ years! Elephant garlic is to die for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had some of the best food I ever ate!

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MARS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Duck breast and Veal were both good. Wonderful wine and tiramisu.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at The Earle for a small family celebration. The atmosphere and service was wonderful. Our server read our group well. He gave us space to converse while staying on top of our water and our other beverages. Our group thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The stuffed mushrooms appetizer and duck entree was very good.

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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 3055 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.