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About The Earle

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.

121 West Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, French

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

Cross Street:
Ashley

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(734) 994-0211

Website:
http://www.theearle.com/

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.

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)

Executive Chef:
Shelley Caughey Adams

Private Party Facilities:
The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.

Private Party Contact:
Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Earle Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (76)
Special Occasion (70)
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Good for a Date (68)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Cozy (51)
Live Music (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Worth the Drive (40)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Authentic (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Business Meals (23)
Happy Hour (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fun (17)
Late-night Find (14)
Casual (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Comfort Food (9)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We recently had dinner at The Earle and enjoyed many aspects of the restaurant. The service is very attentive and welcoming. We had the duck and steak roquefort entrees which were delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Server was excellent, jazz trio added a nice ambience, food was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome food. Great atmosphere. Background music is enjoyable to listen to.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

The location and wine selection is good, however the food, presentation, and service is lacking significantly.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I had heard about the Earle and always wanted to eat there. My husband and I decided to go for date night, and I can see what all the buzz was about. The food was phenominal and our waitress was professional and down to earth. It was nice that they had a coat check as well. We both really enjoyed the experience and would love to go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fun, Late-night Find, Live Music, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food, lovely ambiance with a jazz trio, great mix drink menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

A delicious experience. Service very considerate, helpful. Food delicious.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

The Ealre never dissappoints us. This Ann Arbor restaurant landmark has wonderful food, winelist, and attentive staff.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Duck is consistently the best in the area. Service is also attentive w/o overreaching.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Another enjoyable dinner at the Earle. The kitchen took about 50 minutes to prepare dinner, a little slow. But the food was good when it finally came.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

I went there for valentines day with my boyfriend and found out that his parents had gone for valentines day around 30 years ago! A good find, very good food, we had a wonderful memorable time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

The mushroom phyllo and the duck breast were both wonderful! We love The Earle as our traditional Valentine spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food and nice table. They accommodated my request for a square table for three. Seated quickly though it was Valentine's Day and we were there for a business meal. Service a bit slow due to the volume that evening. Great wine.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Wish they had more vegetarian options but it’s still a nice place to go on a date. We had made reservations for Valentines Day over a month in advance so it was a little annoying to be sat in the wine bar area but we didn’t get hung up on it and tried to enjoy the evening. Great drinks and appetizers. My date liked his steak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Requested a booth over a month ago when making reservation, they did not have one available when we came in. Put us in the corner under a breezy vent. Waited over an hour for our dinner.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

This has become our annual anniversary restaurant. The scallops are absolutely amazing, the wine and scotch list extensive, bread filling and fabulous, and the Cesar salads about as garlic laden as possible. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

A wonderful Valentine evening with nice, calm music and great service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

It was valentines and they were very busy . They sat us next to the kitchen so you could hear the kitchen noise whenever the door opened . The waiter was sweet , the food was good for the price we paid and the decor was fine . The only gripe is the entrance to the building and the stairway down to the restaurant is awful and needs restoration as it makes you feel like you are entering a dump !

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

The Earle is my favorite restaurant for happy hour and for special occasions. I take all my friends there when they come to town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

The food had zero flavor. Our servers were a mess. My glass of wine had so much sediment in it 1/3 was left in the glass. Worst dinning experience I have had in ages. If this restaurant ever had a soul it is long gone.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

We can always count on having a delicious meal when we eat at the Earle, and on this visit the food did not disappoint. The crusted white fish over spinach was heavenly! Surprisingly we did have to wait at the host station for a few minutes before we were greeted. The table service was good, but not outstanding. Overall it was a nice dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Dwayne and Bruce were fantastic! We really had a great dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were seated promptly for our reservation and greeted within a few minutes. But it went downhill from there. Our male server was patently unfriendly. His female teammate was a bit better, but was basically an order-taker. We don’t want/ need to be dazzled, but a little warmth is appreciated. Neither of them were friendly; when the dessert tray was presented, it was literally slammed on the table and dessert names were recited with no enthusiasm whatsoever (one of the desserts looked like a Hostess cupcake; none were appealing). Wine service was even more bizarre. A third server wordlessly presented the bottle (to the wrong person), poured a taste, and upon approval, simply left the bottle on the table-without pouring, and without saying a word.
It’s too bad, because there does seem to be some talent in the kitchen. Duck and Filet were both perfectly prepared and the flavors of the duck were beautifully balanced. Salads were good, but overdressed.
A note to the chef: Push for new plate ware! Those 70s cafeteria-style plates don’t do your food any favors. When entrees were served, they looked completely unappetizing. It was only about a third of the way through that I realized how good the dinner actually was!

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 (Key West)·Dined on February 9, 2018

A jem and tasteful. A treasure. I enjoy the food and the staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Not the friendliest waitstaff this time!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This was a birthday party for a girlfriend...we all enjoyed it very much. My family always chooses the Earle for special events. You can always count on it being top notch...

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely service, great vibe, feels comfortable in its skin!

Tags: Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been going to The Earle for years and the quality of the food, service and wine list has stayed outstanding. We always look forward to an evening there. Great for family or date night.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always reliable and fun. This is a go-to when we have out-of-town friends. The menu is accessible and there is a cozy atmosphere. The food is not the most adventurous but it's reliable and pleasing. The staff are very welcoming.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always good French and Italian country cuisine. Has a superb wine list.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Earle is always great. Love the live music. Food was really good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Earle is an outstanding restaurant and continues to be our favorite Ann Arbor restaurant after 30+ years of wonderful dinners and family celebrations. Highly recommend

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I like this place, this is the place for late night dating. Soft music, gentle service. I will come next time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We've always enjoyed the excellent wine list and the food continues to be remarkable. My duck dish was delicious,as was my flourless chocolate cake.
The lighting needs to be improved, though. Every time I took a bite from my plate, my head would cast a shadow over it, making it hard to see in an room that was already dimly lit. Somewhat off-putting, but otherwise a wonderful dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love that the tables are SEPARATE from each other for some intimacy ,especially the booths, instead of being banked elbow to elbow in rows. As for the food, on Thursday the duck was succulent and the salmon in puff pastry with sauce was out of this world! Fantastic.

The Earle has been exceptional for years. On this occasion, I was back with a friend who I treated for dinner 20 years ago when she graduated from U-M. This week we were celebrating her return to Ann Arbor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This was a great restaurant but the service was exceptionally slow. It took nearly an hour and a half to get our food and while the food was amazing the wait detracted from the experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Delicious food, even in Restaurant week. It was a great bargain. The fish fresh and tasty, the
salad dressing good, and the chocolate cake to die for!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 17, 2018

the Earle is always consistently good...visit often.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Reliably delicious food and attentive service, at a reasonable price. European basement ambiance, often with live (but soft) Piano or Jazz Guitar. "Happy Hour" in the bar, and Restaurant Week Prix Fixe menu are Ann Arbor bargains. Try the Duck!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The duck and creme brulee were both amazing!! I went for a first date and it was a great location.

Tags: Good for a Date
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