The Earle

4.6
2300 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
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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent scallops dinner (plentiful and delicious). Will definitely go back.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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BB
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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ML
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening at Earle. We weren’t rushed and service was great

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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BH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

Great ambiance with only above average food. That may be okay, however, given the prices the food should be significantly better.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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DA
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Strong performance across the board. Service was a bit slow, but food was excellent for all six of our meals.

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KB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second year in a row I celebrated my birthday at the Earle. Had a fantastic time, as usual.

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JH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is very classic in style but delicious. I will never be able to eat scallops anywhere else.

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EO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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LF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

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.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

OK food. Certainly better than 90% of restaurants but uninspired preparation.

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KE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Birthday celebration and the Earle never lets us down!

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KE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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P
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It took almost an hour to get food after ordering.

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AA
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Celebrated our wedding anniversary and even received a gift certificate from the restaurant- what wonderful surprise!

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HL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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RL
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RL
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very attentive service.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I couldn't believe how tender and flavorful the stake was, plus a very good wine at a reasonable cost

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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:)

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MD
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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EG
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MB
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccably delicious and beautifully served.

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m
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great wine list and the food was phenomenal! Always a great treat for special occasions.

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MB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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