The Earle

4.5
2343 reviews
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$30 and under
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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, 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
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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
Shelley Caughey Adams
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2343 People Are Saying
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ME
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Earle delivered! The waitress is amazing. She’s been there really long time. The vegetables with the duck were inedible for me and had a weird texture. Getting our entrees Tom a little bit too long timewise. The biggest complaint is that The jazz combo started much later than our meal and took a really long break.

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JO
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and good service. I need more characters to be a legit length>

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B
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Earle, it's been our favorite restaurant for over 30 years!

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HI
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual.

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DW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Earle several times a year and have for years. We have never been disappointed with anything. Soft music is always a plus. The food is beyond excellent as is the service.

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RB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Rather greasy food, and inconsistent/poor service. Nice ambience.

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ED
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good pace of service and excellent wine choice. Always good to see friends at the Earle!

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend trying their Sautéed duck breasts... Made to perfection. Kudos to the Chef!

Sautéed Duck Breasts (GF)
Boneless duck breasts sautéed medium rare…pan sauced with cider, apples,honey and rum-plumped raisins..served with a turnip-potato purée.

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NG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ask for a quiet booth and they always accommodate us.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle, one of the best Italian food we have eaten in a while. Cozy,Romantic date night place. Great vegetarian options. The dessert tray was my favorite thing with too many choices to pick from. Highly Recommend this place if you are in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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CS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a miserable weather night my experience with my lovely companion was exceptional. Since there was a romain lettuce recall they substituted a mix for the caesar salad and the flavors were complex and sensational. My favorite dish at The Earle is the Salmon En Croute and it was delicious. My lovely companion is vegan and the restaurant went out of their way to serve her needs by removing cheese from the salad and a vegetarian pasta. Bravo

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service in a cozy yet trendy setting. We loved it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was terrible

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a dinner with 4 people. Everyone decided to get a different option. 1-beef tenderloin, 1-White fish,
1-Salmon, and for the birthday girl 1-duck breast. Everything was delicious!!! Everyone shared a bite so we had a taste. Thank you for a Great 61st birthday!!!!

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AP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wines are excellent, appetizer and main course idem, live music great, prices are are bit salty

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JS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have dined many times at the Earle and it’s always good. During this visit the food was superb! I’m not sure if the steak was seasoned differently or if there was a new cook but the food received 10 out of 5 stars! Simply exquisite!

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b
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, extensive wine list. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive, but worth it. Everything is good, and I'm going to sleep well tonight😋

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C
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I made reservations for a long overdue Date Night. We decided to treat ourselves...and The Earle was well worth every penny! The ambiance was amazing for date night and food was phenomenal. Every member of the staff we interacted with was pleasant and helpful. We'll definitely be going back!

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for a post game meal with our group. Had a reservation and were seated immediately.

One group member had a dietary restriction which was accommodated with no hassle. Has a great old speakeasy type vibe and the added live jazz ambience.

Everyone loved their dishes.

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MS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Earle has been a favorite of mine for 25+ years - especially the happy Hour. It's been a while since we had a meal there and we were not disappointed. We brought another couple with us who are well traveled and cuisine savvy but had never been to The Earle. The food was outstanding, the wine list amazingly extensive, and the atmosphere fantastic. It reminded me that even though it's been around many years, The Earle is still one of the best that Ann Arbor has to offer. Our friends have dubbed it their new favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor!

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Earle for my birthday, so I got a discount on my food. It's so nice there that I would go more often if it worked with my budget.

It's like a trip back in time to a classic restaurant with elegant food, impeccable service, and a quiet, adult atmosphere. The menu is not wild, but there are plenty of options from traditional recipes to modern interpretations.

I'm surprised to read some reviews that critique the service. I've always had really great service there. The servers tend to stay away from your table unless you look up or are done with your food, though, so it's really good for conversation. They really do their best to blend into the background. I never felt ignored; our food came out at a moderate pace so we didn't feel rushed, and we were able to have a little breathing room after our appetizer. It was easy to find a server when we wanted something.

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u
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had planned to go to another restaurant, but turned to The Earle when that option was closed. Our out-of-town guests were so impressed. One very well-traveled guest called his beef medallions the best meal he had ever eaten. The service isn't fast, but the time taken shows in the quality of the food. And the atmosphere, with the exposed stone wall, is always special.

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P
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. I had the sea scallops with mushrooms, sherry creme. The service was poor and slow. Luckily we weren't in a hurry, but if we were it would have been trouble. 40 minutes from when the appietizers were cleared to when the entree was served. Yes it was Saturday night, bu 40 min? then after dinner, we ordered dessert, waited another 20 minutes until the waiter wanted to know if we "want anything else?" ... "Yes, the desserts we ordered 20 minutes ago." Still, the food was so good, it almost made up for the very poor service.

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MV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The scallops were recommended by the waitress and they were outstanding. The drinks were all quite good as well but I particularly enjoyed their Moscow Mule. I will definitely be back!

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VL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Made for a great anniversary

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C
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We love the Earle and were there again for a family celebration. Service was undeniably s-l-o-w and that was disappointing. We like the Earle because it can be leisurely and allow conversation but this went beyond. The food was good enough, not great. I love their reasonable portion sizes but the prices are a tad high. Not sure why but this trip was not the usual exceptional experience we have come to expect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic scallops and great ambience for our anniversary dinner.

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WR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service and inviting atmosphere that has a 70s throwback feel to it.

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EK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Amazing food, breathless ambiance - bad service. We wanted drinks, appetizer and dinner. Waited so long just to order our meal after drinks (server took forever to come back- or would see us talking and walk away) that we forgot to order the appetizer, we were so hungry and ready for our meal! Just a small drink and dinner. We didn’t think about it until we got home, sad we didn’t get to try the apps we chose.

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5
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

While the staff was very nice, service was terribly slow and the food was only mediocre. I expected more, especially given the price.

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KC
Kansas City
65 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dinner in Ann Arbor with our Michigan students and their friends. Would definitely return. Great experience!

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ED
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this place for 25 years! Dennis is an amazing leader and we especially love Steve, Joe, Kaitlyn, Duwayne and Bruce as well as the hostess of ~24 years who was so kind to give us 2 table options tonight (34 or 78)! What a team. We are so pleased to be with them another 25 years!! Great Job Dennis!

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c
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice for dinner or drinks. Delicious food.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is wonderful on a Saturday evening with the piano player and accompaniment. Best happy hour drinks and mussels during the week!

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cave ambiance creates a most interesting atmosphere. Food is creative and well prepared. Prices are high overall interesting, tasty dining experience, makes this a viable choice for a special occasion .

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was average. Tried 6 different appetizers and all of them were meh. Lamb was good but very saucy, but great sauce. Atmosphere is weird, either too loud because of live music or deathly quiet when the music takes pauses.

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JB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal in a quiet and intimate setting. There was a jazz banding playing quietly adding to the ambience and general good feeling. The food was excellent. The wait staff friendly although a little slow at times, not always a bad thing.

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B
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The service issue was our waitpersons. This was not a general occurrence. See my reviews. I’m not a negative person. I brought two people that had never been to the Earl. Where was the manager?

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L
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal for our anniversary. They were busy, but we were attended to fairly well. The Jazz band showed up half way through our meal. That was a nice topper to an already enjoyable evening.

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