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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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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
$30 and under
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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.
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)
Shelley Caughey Adams
Private Party Facilities:
The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.
Private Party Contact:
Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211
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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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.
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