About The Earle
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:45 - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-8:00pm
$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 as follows: 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 on Washington St. 2) City parking structure on East 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, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Earle Ratings and Reviews
The Earle wins on consistency. Food a sl ...
The Earle wins on consistency. Food a slight notch down from their usual high standard as it was very busy. Service was still excellent, despite a full restaurant. Steve's wine selections are always outstanding. Our go to restaurant.
The Earle, is a must stop for anyone hea ...
The Earle, is a must stop for anyone heading in the direction or visiting Ann Arbor. The food and service was exquisite, it's a great place for friends, romantic evenings and they have a great wine bar with live music.
The food was delicious, but our service ...
The food was delicious, but our service was lackluster at best. It was Valentine's night, so I understand it was packed; however, our waiter lacked interest and made several mistakes. He clearly put in the wrong entree for one of us, then after it was fixed proceeded to charge us for both on the bill. He was unfazed by any of this. Nonetheless, the food was great, so I would take my chances again.
Had a really great evening on Valentine' ...
Had a really great evening on Valentine's Day here. The food was amazing (duck)! We had a wonderful bottle of wine and the sommelier was very knowledgable and friendly. There was even a live performer paying acoustic. Great night! Thanks for everything! Will be back son.
Wife and I went for Valentine's Day dinn ...
Wife and I went for Valentine's Day dinner and were very pleased. The food was excellent, the service was great, and we were surprised it wasn't more expensive. Overall a great experience and we will be going again.
Pretty crowded on a Saturday night. Re ...
Pretty crowded on a Saturday night. Reservations were at 8:10. Arrived early and was seated by 8:00, but didn't get our food until just after 9:15. I understand part of that was the volume of people there, but still a long wait for a restaurant.
Nice place with very good food, great ap ...
Nice place with very good food, great appetizers, and a good happy hour. The live music (jazz guitar and piano) adds quite a bit to the environment, as well, and it's one of the few (only?) places in town with live music.
The husband and I went here to celebrate ...
The husband and I went here to celebrate Valentine's Day. It was our first night out in months and months. The Earle is a place I will come to again and again. It has a fantastic menu, a fantastic environment, and the staff that helped us were not only attentive and knowledgeable, but had a sense of humor as well. Beyond all of this, the food was outstanding, from appetizer to dessert. This was a lovely place to celebrate a night out with my husband.
Great atmosphere for a winter dinner: co ...
Great atmosphere for a winter dinner: cozy booths underground with a piano playing in the background. Great wine list, ranging from very reasonable to high end. Service was excellent and the food was tasty. Just be prepared for a very traditional style of food prep with heavy, rich sauces that can leave you reaching for a digestive aid in the middle of the night.
Service was extremely slow and not atten ...
Service was extremely slow and not attentive at all. Our water glasses were empty before anyone took our drink orders. I had the delmonico steak which was over cooked and definitely not the cut you'd expect for $35. My wife had the Shrimp Pesto Pasta which was WAY over seasoned. We both had about half of our meal and didn't bother to take the leftovers. The best part was the calamari app which is fried, but the light batter was nice. Very Disappointed and will not be returning.
Enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and live j ...
Enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and live jazz music. The courses were spaced apart perfectly. We were able to enjoy our food and drinks without feeling rushed. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Already making plans for another date night at The Earle in the near future.
I've been to the Earle a lot since I mov ...
I've been to the Earle a lot since I moved to Ann Arbor from NYC .I have never been disappointed with the food. Everything is cooked to perfection although I must confess I don't eat red meat so I won't speak to that. Their sauces, desserts, vegetables even their cocktails are good though not artisanal. It's a solid bet for your "old reliable" restaurant. Good food and good service are always in style and that is probably why the Earle has continued to thrive while trendy places open and close seemingly overnight . I went during restaurant week and I was surprised that the portions and the choices were as good as the regular menu items. I can't say that for some restaurants I went to during the same week. The only problem is that the tables are arranged rather close to each other due to the design of the building. There is a sort of "pit" in the middle of the room where the musicians play and there seems to be some wasted space. Still if you want a romantic dinner, you can request a booth so that you won't feel like you are on display. Altogether a great place that won't disappoint.
Have been going here for yrs. Usually si ...
Have been going here for yrs. Usually sit in bar. Due to restaurant week we sat in dining room. Their bread and duck are the best. Great wine list with good affordable wines. Chocolate cake to die for. My only complaint is the basement interior. After all these years and hundreds of meals it needs a major face lift.
The Earle is trying to be a nice, higher ...
The Earle is trying to be a nice, higher-end restaurant in a college town full of amazing restaurants, but they don't stack up. Everything was a little off and ok-not-great. The food was fine, the wine list was large (although I don't know enough about wines to say if it's a good list), and the servers were friendly. It took forever to get served and the lighting across the restaurant was very inconsistent. It was also pretty loud and the decor/tables/chairs were dated and a little tacky. I wouldn't come back here again, especially for the price, but I wasn't running for the door.
Duck breast (4/5) - Heard so much about ...
Duck breast (4/5) - Heard so much about it and was so glad it's on the restaurant week menu. It comes with two large pieces of duck breast (great for its value) with brussel sprouts and parsnip-potato puree (pretty much a mashed potato). In general, it was good. I liked the sweet and savory of the dish. The problem is that the duck kind of chewy, which is surprising because it was perfectly medium rare. I really did enjoy the flavor, but for such a fancy restaurant I don't think the duck should be so chewy.
Flourless chocolate cake (4/5) - Good, not superb. It's very dense, will be plenty even to share. Glad it was on the restaurant week menu, otherwise not sure if it's worthwhile.
The bread was mediocre, and disappointed that it was served completely cold given how fancy the restaurant was. Service was good. I think this restaurant is worth a try during restaurant week, but not worthwhile for its price tag outside of it.
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