The Earle

4.6
2232 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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.
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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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RJ
5.0Dined 3 days ago

We came for a date, so we wanted it to be special. We drove 1.5 hours for mostly the ambience. When we got there we were pleasantly surprised with the look and feel of the dining area. It wasn't loud, the lighting was fantastic and dim, and when we got there the live music started. It wasn't overbearing but it was so nice and casual. Our servers were Jeff and Anna, and I couldn't be happier with our service. They were on top of everything, kind, funny, and recommended things to us. Overall, it was worth the drive and we had a fantastic evening.

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z
4.0Dined 4 days ago

The Earle is an oldie but goodie. Classic Steak Au Poivre and and decent options to choose from. Live music.

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M
4.0Dined 7 days ago

Very good food and enjoyable. I would say for the price it is not as consistently excellent as I would have hoped. My beef dish was excellent but the accompaniments were mediocre. The dessert was just okay. The last time I ate here the dessert was excellent but the food was mediocre.

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GZ
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The Earle is like stepping back in time. And I mean that in the most positive way. When you get things right, stick with it.

Great atmosphere, attentive service, outstanding food, light Jazz on the weekends.....it doesn't get much better.

I can't go there without having the smoked whitefish appetizer and Panzanella salad. The Veal and Sea Scallops have been on the menu for years, and they get it perfect every time.

Highly recommended you won't be disappointed.

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OT
2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

I would not consider this fine dining! It was old, out dated and smelled of musty basement. The food was ok and the service was pleasant but the overall experience was sub par. We will never return.

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r
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We always enjoy the Earle. Since we thought that they were closed Sunday and Monday in the summer and went on a Tuesday. We could not use the birthday special, but used a groupon. Everyone enjoyed their meal altho the veal scallopini had so much cheese, it overwhelmed the flavor or the dish. Will order something else next time.

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t
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was my first time visiting the Earle. I was quite impressed. The atmosphere, the food, and the music were fantastic. Even if you don't want to have a full meal here, I would highly recommend having a drink or two while listening to the live jazz music.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Cocktails now rival Knights! Great meal!

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PI
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

As usual The Earle was a wonderful dining experience. The service was impeccable. The menu has so many selections, there is always something for everyone. We were celebrating a 70th. birthday & The Earle did not disappoint. Also we enjoyed the music.

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Y
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

One of our favorites. Love the food. I do wish they would change up some of their dessert options. They make a great tried and true creme brulee, but I wouldn't miss the rest...tired.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Earle certainly lived up to it’s reputation. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal and thought it was one of the best they ever had. Wine list is outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Enjoyed the music.

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r
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great food. Basement and no windows but intimate and quiet

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JF
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Top flight food and drink; great service by attentive staff; nicely paced meal. Will we be back? You bet!

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LL
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Seemed very understaffed. Had to keep asking for service to get drinks, order and finally get food. Food was great. Did not seem too busy but was busier than usual I guess on a Wednesday night.

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VM
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

everything was fantastic. the ambiance was great, as was the food, the music, and the service. my only knock on the whose thing is that it was a little loud, so much so that my wife and i overheard a guy obliviously crashing and burning on a first date... while it was pretty hilarious, we could have done without it.

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J
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We visited the Earle to celebrate our 57th anniversary and it was terrific - great food and wine and especially the service by Caitlin. It was a little noisy, but the hostess seated us in the most quiet place possible. Every employee seemed to know it was our anniversary and wished us a happy anniversary. extremely satisfied and will certainly return. - James

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FG
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Returned to the Earle after a long unexplained absence. The food and service were as remembered, impressive. Absolutely no reason to stay away.

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j
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Always a great time for our small group! Great ambience, appetizers & wine.

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LB
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Hostess seated us per our request and was welcoming. Servers were great, friendly and attentive. We ordered our favorite dish, salmon en croute, always wonderful. Desserts were delicious. A perfect Father’s Day Dinner.

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DD
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day dinner

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H
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a lovely evening at the Earle! Delightful entrees and desserts. We enjoyed Celebrating our anniversary with you.

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p
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent meal as usual!
We had our usual Salmon Puff
And it was as always ....Spectacular!!

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EF
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Always a great experience. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly, attire can be mixed despite the status of this restaurant. Been going here for years and will continue to do so..

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ST
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The Earle is just consistently good! The menu and service make the dining experience a relaxed and fun night out!

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r
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The Earle does not disappoint. They keep the menu fresh, yet have some of my favorites. Brought two new people with me for restaurant week and they enjoyed the food

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OT
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant in the best possible way.

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EC
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We went for downtown dining week, and it convinced us we need to go back another time!

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A
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Absolutely wonderful place! Amazing food! Desert was to die for! Great service! Very quiet, although I was there before the live piano player. Great selection of wines and just overall an amazing experience.

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E
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

First time eating here. It was fantastic. Amazing wine menu, very good food, the ambience was perfect for date night. The live jazz made it even better!

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p
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Have been to the Earle many times and it is always good. The food is great and they have a nice selection of mains and starters so you can pick something heavy or light based on your interest.

The wine list is very good with some great wines at a very reasonable price, we had the J Lohr which is an awesome wine for the price.

The calamari appetize was very light and well made for a fried dish!

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AM
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

An Ann Arbor institution, The Earle is as solid as ever. High quality European cuisine, at a reasonable price...try their signature duck breasts! Not necessarily the most innovative or exotic, just reliably delicious. Cozy (but not small) brick basement atmosphere, often with light jazz guitar or piano. Huge wine list, but something in every price range. Happy hour in the bar offers dining bargains. Give us an excuse, and we're there!

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DL
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

nice atmosphere, and the food was very good. very friendly waitstaff.

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MH
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was good but it had to be sent back on the first serving try because the server served the wrong Salmon dish. 2nd attempt was correct order and very good to eat. Ultimately the server didn't clarify which Salmon we wanted even though it was stated clearly to her.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in town. Food is always good and the ambience can't be beat.

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w
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

A consistent gem. While I enjoy the "latest greatest" restaurants, I will always revisit The Earl for pleasant dining, classic recipes, and well prepared dishes. And, the bartenders are excellent, professional and creative.

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JA
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Everything was perfect. The bar was at its best - you have to have the Manhattan and Old Fashioned.

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KF
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I have loved going to the Earle for almost 40 years. I've lived in Houston, TX most of that time, but still go to the Earle as often as I'm in town (4+ times a year). Service is always great, including your host. They always put us at Table #36, our favorite. This trip, however, I missed some of my favorite dishes including Steak au Poive. Also, I've starting to notice the general deterioration of the space. The carpet to the bathroom is old and dirty. The bathrooms are very dated (still have an ashtray mounted to the wall!) and the kitchen and bar area looked dirty. It kind of broke my heart.

Please do a renovation in the near future. I don't want to see this space go the way of so many other Ann Arbor institutions. Competition is stiff, but tradition is a big deal in A2. Good luck.

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l
2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food was not as good as in the past. They changed their menu and many of the items were bland at most.

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w
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We have come here frequently over the last 10 years, and the Earle remains one of Ann Arbor's most consistently great dining establishments. The wine list is - by far - the most extensive and fairly priced in the area, even considering Detroit. While the menu has changed little from season to season, food preparations and quality are exemplary. The duck breasts, served skinless, is perfectly cooked and deliciously sauced. This evening we also had Roquefort Tenderloin, Whitefish in chive beurre blanc, Grilled Salmon in wine & caper sauce, & Scallops with mushrooms in sherry & cream. Served with appropriate carbs and vegetables, all dishes were superb, both in presentation and execution. We didn't have dessert but the selections looked enticing and are house made.Service is always utterly professional & friendly. We've never been disappointed and always delighted.

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