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About The Earle
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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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
$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:
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)
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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Earle Ratings and Reviews
The Earle is truly a great restaurant. The duck was the best I've ever had. The service was 1st class. The cozy ambiance in a quiet booth was wonderful. Way too many good restaurants have horrible acoustics, TVs and music competing with the crowd noise. The Earle is the way fine dining used to be and still is at this location. On Mondays no live music just soft piano music. Also great discount on your birthday and a free dessert! Also a $10 gift card for our next visit! We'll definitely be back!
At first we we’re considered by the outside appearance of the building, but once we entered the restaurant we were pleasantly surprised. The live jazz band was playing and the ambiance was nice. Once seated we had a waitress that didn’t want to serve us but someone else was sent over and she was great. The Delmonico steak was delicious as well as the Salmon. We ordered crab cakes and French onion soup for our appetizers and they were delicious as well. I would recommend The Earle for a date.
My table was not ready when we got there. We were expected to wait. I did not want to wait and we were seated in the bar area in a back room. Our server was nice and offered to sell us a bottle of wine. She then sent over a man who didn't appear to work at the restaurant and was winding his watch when he walked up to our table. I asked him if I could help him. He asked us if we wanted to buy a bottle of wine, ( I think he was supposed to be a wine connoisseur). He was dressed poorly and by no mean did I think he would have been an employee. We then asked if we could just purchase wine by the glass. We then waited about 10 minutes for the wine to be brought to the table and we left the restaurant.
At one time I believed this was a 4-5 star restaurant. It was about 6 months ago the last time I was there and had an excellent experience. A lot has changed since then. The patrons were the same a person would see at a local Applebee's and so was the menu. I was so disappointed that I brought a date to this restaurant. Between the table not being ready, the poorly dresses patrons and staff, along with poor service.
The Earle is no longer a high end restaurant. It simply a restaurant and nothing more. I will not return in the future.
Went to The Earle to celebrate a birthday (on actual birthday). We had put "birthday" in the special occasion on the Open Table reservation. When we arrived, we were told if you dine with them on your birthday, you get 50% off food for table of two. Yes! Used that gift to up our wine purchase. Cuisine has choices for every palate. We'll be back, before next birthday, but definitely on actual birth dates when we can!
Haven't been to The Earle for a couple of years and all 4 of us were blown away by the food, service, ambiance. Every course was excellent, from the appetizers we shared--the bruschetta and the roasted garlic--to our entrees--grilled salmon, scallops, whitefish--to dessert--tiramisu. Will definitely be back.
The Earle deserves its many accolades for ambience, service, and delicious food. Especially appreciated were the seasonal salads, both salmon offerings, and extensive wine(-by-the-glass) list. Whether for a special birthday or a nice night out for dinner, we are always satisfied.
I love the Earle. Fabulous wine list and the sommelier always has great suggestions. Last Saturday night I tried the Coqulle St. Jacques. OMG — fabulous. The panzenilla salad was scrumptious. I was watching my calories so I passed on all of their wonderful appetizers and desserts. The restaurant is so welcoming and attractive and Maybe Best ofAll you can carry on a conversation while dining.
The Earl was an excellent choice for my birthday dinner. From the minute we walked in the friendly greeting, the excellent service, and the delicious dinner entree. The pomegranate martinis were excellent. I had a wonderful evening. Plan to return soon to bring other friends and family.
Excellent food and wine list. It was our first time there and we didn't know what to expect. It would have been nice if the wait staff told us how they work we had a waiter for drinks and desert and then a different once for the service. The waiter for the drinks did not stick around to ask his opinion so we took a shot in the dark for the wine. Thankfully it was fantastic, but it would have been nice to actually know what it tasted like before we picked it. Food definitely made up for the being service. Live the atmosphere!
So disappointed by our experience at the Earle. It was clear they were understaffed, and it greatly impacted our experience. We were never greeted by a server, instead we have different servers coming to the table frantically asking what we needed. The menu was never presented to us, we had many questions that were never answered, and felt like a nuance the whole time. Also, we went expecting some live music and after about 5 minutes of warming up, the musician left for the night so the restaurant was silent and it felt like we were eating in someones basement in a make shift restaurant.
Once we finally received our food (2 hours after we were sat), it was also disappointing. Overall, the food was salty and cold. The prices would be reasonable if the dishes lived up to their descriptions.
We had a 7:30 pm reservation on a football Saturday and it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get seated when we arrived 5 minutes early. We got a cocktail while waiting and although it was not crowded at the bar, it took 15 minutes to get our drinks and longer for a glass of water. After being seated, everything was excellent. Our waiter, Josh, was clever and appropriately observant. The food came out in a timely fashion and the cuisine was wonderful. Chicken Saltimbocca was flavorful and tender. The Duck Breast was excellent. Sea Scallops could have been the best I've ever had.
First time here. Excellent experience, always skeptical when everyone recommends something but the duck breast was truly exceptional, rest of the meals were equally good, special mention to the salmon and scallops. The servers were tremendous Cara and Kate(?).
The escargot was divine. The sommelier was helpful and the wine he suggested was outstanding. Our first time here and we will definitely be back. We had the veal (perfection) and the filet with Roquefort sauce. Food and service were exceptional. Cozy and romantic for our celebration.
The Earle has the best service ever, always on point, and the Sommelier is well educated on all wines, and always helpful. The Delmonico Steak is my usual choice, and really the best steak in ANN ARBOR, and especially for the price point, it is so reasonable. The pastas are just lovely choices. The tortellini appetizer and the french onion soup are favorites.
This was my first visit to the The Earle and it certainly won't be the last . The ambiance is perfect. The live music as well as the genre of music which was playing prior was so enjoyable .
Food was spectacular ! Looking forward to my next night out in the Wine Bar.
Incredibly, I had never been to the Earle despite the fact that it has been going strong for 40 years. I had heard about its extensive wine list. I had heard less about its French and Italian cuisine (can that really be a thing?). It lived up to it reputation. The ambiance is great in a dimly lit cavern kind of way. The food is very good, reasonably priced, and varied in the French and Italian choices. Nonetheless, it is not a foodie destination. There are a few places in town with better food, but none with its unique and fun atmosphere. There has to be a reason for its longevity.
Great time at The Earle. While it is in a basement the food and the service were outstanding. It just takes a minute to adjust to busy AA but when you get the to The Earle is is all relaxation and chillin out. our waiters were great. we had the duck and the chicken which were extremely flavorful and prepared perfectly. A really nice dinner and with an easy noise level a great conversation
Excellent food, beyond traditional. Excellent seasoning, surprising and normal people portions. Impressive wine list. Great service. Beautiful place, very romantic with a great, really great jazz band, playing at the absolutely right volume. You could clearly listen to the music and enjoying talking to your partner.
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