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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
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.
Went to Earle's for my anniversary and had an awesome time the food was great the service was awesome if there was one thing that I would have appreciated more and that's the fact that there was more live music . There was a guitar player but I prefer piano and if it had been mentioned in advertising that either piano or guitar on specific days I would pick the date for piano because I rather listen to piano. However I would recommend this restaurant to my family and friends
Great restaurant. We more than satisfied our very selective guests, who gave a rave review. Very impressed with food and presentation. Wine list might be too extensive but wine steward was very knowledgeable. Wish we did not live so far away; but will be back
Happy hour is incredible. Have returned with family (adult kids) several times. Something for everyone. Varied and extensive choices for cocktails, wine, beer. Happy hour specials are generous (mussels!). Whitefish special is great and option to order off the main dining room menu much appreciated as well.
We had not been to the Earle for many years but decided to try it again for a special dinner. At this time of year when everyone wants to be outside it's strange to go to an underground caverns and the Earle looks just the same as it has for the past 30 years. Good food and a large wine selection. Not very crowded on this Saturday night and nice to have some live music at the piano.
The Earle is an Ann Arbor institution. The menu is not cheap, but your meal will be worth every cent. If you enjoy wine, the wine selection is outstanding. They also have a nice list of wines by the glass. The menu features mostly French cuisine with some Italian dishes. If you enjoy goat cheese, instead of a more traditional salad, order the goat cheese appetizer. It is rolled in sesame seeds and baked. It is plated on greens with a walnut vinaigrette. Continuing a cheese theme, the Gorgonzola salad is also tasty and comes with plenty of the cheese. In terms of main courses, we tried two new ones (for us): A beef tenderloin which was finished with cream and Roquefort, and veal scallops in a light wine sauce. Both main courses were delicious. I'd love to write about the desserts, but we were too full to try them.
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