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)
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.
Excellent scallops dinner (plentiful and delicious). Will definitely go back.
We were SO disappointed with our experience at The Earle! The four of us were crammed into a tiny booth at the far back of the restaurant, where it was so LOUD we could hardly hear each other talk. The service was incredibly slow, food took forever to come out, and when it did we were very disappointed! We ordered the roasted garlic appetizer, which came with 8 toast rounds but only enough goat cheese for two. Several people ordered soup, which was good. The entrees were served on tiny luncheon plates. The vegetables were a mushy mound of grated mixed veggies...WAY overcooked and unrecognizable, the lamb (which our server recommended as one of their best dishes) was $38 and swimming in a tarragon sauce that was so strong we couldn't really enjoy the lamb. The pasta dish was poor and served in a tiny luncheon bowl. The redeeming entree was the salmon in puff pastry. We had creme brulee and an apple cake for dessert, and those were both quite good. We would not go back.
What a gem! I travel every week and have the opportunity to eat at great restaurants. This is one of my new favorites. The food is delicious but the diverse, HUGE, reasonably priced wine list is outstanding. Even though the Badgers lost, experiencing The Earle was a highlight of the weekend.
Great evening at Earle. We weren’t rushed and service was great
My wife and I were celebrating our 33rd anniversary. We always choose The Earle because it was where we had our first date in 1984 and it’s always been a special place for a dining experience. Once again, it lived up to our expectations.
Live music was nice and the room has an attractive feel to it, but the food was mediocre and service was haphazard. My beak was oily, the brussel sprouts were over cooked and my husband’s sausage pasta was dry and fairly flavorless. We had 3 or 4 different servers. No kids menu for little ones.
A long time favorite. Great service and food are complemented by a terrific wine list. Wine list is notable not only for its size but also for its full range of prices. Good value wines peacefully coexist with those great special occasions wines.
Great ambiance with only above average food. That may be okay, however, given the prices the food should be significantly better.
Overall the food was great especially the entrees. We were all a bit disappointed by the desserts. The dessert selection had a good variety but the desserts themselves were good but not as fantastic as we expected especially based on how they looked.
Strong performance across the board. Service was a bit slow, but food was excellent for all six of our meals.
Extensive wine list! Soup was amazing, but entrees were mediocre. I had the salmon with spinach and the spinach was salty. My husband had the white fish on a bed of sautéed spinach and he said his was salty as well.
Second year in a row I celebrated my birthday at the Earle. Had a fantastic time, as usual.
The food is very classic in style but delicious. I will never be able to eat scallops anywhere else.
Service was a little slow at first, taking about 15 minutes to get a whiskey and a gin, but after that was quick, the server was very friendly and funny and attentive, and there were no mistakes made. The food was delicious, especially the roasted garlic, and the atmosphere was very welcoming.
Fantastic food and service. Our two servers were attentive, friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was lovely and romantic. My boyfriend and I were there for an anniversary and between the food, service, atmosphere and attention to detail we were very happy! We plan to return next year!
My first medium well steak was medium rare. My second one was well done plus! This has never happened here before. One of my favorite steak places in Ann Arbor!
Had an out of state guest with me so I didn’t have the time to try a third time.
My absolute favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor! The service, atmosphere and food are all Ryo. D excellent. I can't say enough good things about the Earle.
Loved the live music on Sat night. Many of the dishes have interesting sauces that complement the food well. A few were heavier than we prefer. The veal scallopine was a favorite.
We had a table of 12 and received great service. All food options were great. What was especially notable was the line list. Probably the best selection of wines in Ann Arbor. Also, every wine was priced very fairly with significantly less mark up than usual. Highly recommend a visit to the Earl. Truly a great experience all around.
I've been eating at the Earle for close to ten years now. I enjoy the food, ambiance and the music. Service is always spot on until last Friday night. Took my husband there for his birthday dinner and our service was absolutely horrible. Usually servers are super attentive, not that night. Didn't even check on us after delivering our meal. I had to get up and get sugar and creamer for my own coffee.
OK food. Certainly better than 90% of restaurants but uninspired preparation.
Birthday celebration and the Earle never lets us down!
The food was exceptional but the service was lacking. We have been to the Earle many times with excellent service and was surprised with the lack of attention our table received.
It took almost an hour to get food after ordering.
Excellent food and service! Celebrated our wedding anniversary and even received a gift certificate from the restaurant- what wonderful surprise!
Everyone in our group LOVED their food!! The service was excellent and the ambiance was wonderful. The food is pricey but not overpriced for the quality that you’re getting. Perfect for special occasions.
Great atmosphere, friendly reception, excellent wait staff. Good venue. Prompt, service even on a crowded Friday night. Reasonably quiet, but a little bit of properly placed sound attenuation would have made it really quiet and cozy. Nice wine list. Average food, and pricey, but that's Ann Arbor. Okay presentation. Appetizers and deserts excellent. The chef did figure out a way to make two traditional main dishes very imaginative, but not as good tasting as they could have been. For us, he/she should have left the cheese off the veal and cut the garlic at least in half. For the pasta, adding just a small amount of marinara or EVO, slightly more pasta, and reducing the amount of crumbled sausage, would have made the dish perfect. The veggies were overcooked and tasted like they had come frozen in a bag and then steamed. Having said that, this is a fine restaurant that's been around a long time. Their food has to be good on average, or they'd have been gone long ago. This experience could have been somewhat of an aberration. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone not expecting perfection.
Filet was excellent. Lake Perch was excellent too. We came too early to hear the jazz but when we do see it we really like it.
Certainly not our first time. But this was a special night - the 50th anniversary of our first meeting.
To my surprise there were a lot of wines by the bottle at very good prices (in the 20s) That's unusual these days in a restaurant. Of course they have a lot of more impressive wine if that's what you want. But for this restaurant, I'm voiding my "drink wine at home, not out rule".
The Whitefish, Veal Scallopini, Salmon, and Lamb were all excellent and generous without being absurd.
Excellent food and very attentive service.
I couldn't believe how tender and flavorful the stake was, plus a very good wine at a reasonable cost
We had a fabulous time at the Earl. It is a hidden underground gem in Ann Arbor. Highly recommend for an evening out with anyone special:)
Be prepared to spend an hour and a half from ordering to receiving food and wine which when they finally arrive are terrific. Too few wait staff and a too small kitchen for the size of the room.
This is now a former favorite. 7pm booking, order at 7:30, dinner at 9pm. We had to flag down the waiter to order drinks and food.
Wonderful meal as always. All 4 of us enjoyed what we'd ordered, and the service was excellent and attentive without being overbearing. The Earle never disappoints.
Always impeccably delicious and beautifully served.
The Earle is my favorite place to eat.
I especially enjoy the French cuisine.
The atmosphere , piano and guitar music make the wonderful food and service even more enjoyable!
I will be back soon!
My husband and I went here for our first wedding anniversary and the food, service and atmosphere was perfect! Our hostess and wait staff all wished us a happy anniversary. We had crab cakes and roasted garlic for a starter and for dinner we had sea scallops and grilled salmon. We will be going here again in the future! Would totally recommend this place!
2nd time dining here. Not as great as the first time. Service is good, ambiance is unique, however decor might need some refreshment. Food was not as good as 1st time. Would recommend it.
Great wine list and the food was phenomenal! Always a great treat for special occasions.
The Earle never fails. Delicious food cooked perfectly. Live background music. Amazing wine choices. Discreet service. This is our absolute favorite place to meet friends or dine out.