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.
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
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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: 7349940211
Banquet, 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
Our food and service was excellent at th ...
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All entrees were delicious, as was the d ...
All entrees were delicious, as was the desserts and especially so the caesar salads made with what seemed like dressing from scratch-the authentic way!
One suggestion, Veal Marsala would have been a better choice than Veal Parmigiana, which had a bit too much melted cheese.
This was my third (AND LAST) visit to Th ...
This was my third (AND LAST) visit to The Earle. I had previously given it the benefit of the doubt BUT the service has been consistently bad - the wait staff seems disinterested and even when the restaurant is half empty the interminable waiting time for food to arrive at the table is outrageous! When it does arrive the quality is poor - watery overcooked vegetables, cloying sauces and unattractive presentation. I was embarrassed to have taken guests there. At these prices I expect a high quality meal - it was far from that. The Earle no longer lives up to it's former reputation. I cannot in good conscience recommend this restaurant and will definitely NOT be back. By the way, I previously sent a letter to to the owner expressing my concerns but did not receive the courtesy of a reply.
We went to The Earle for a pleasant even ...
We went to The Earle for a pleasant evening with friends. I usually order the duck breast but I decided to try something different this time, so I ordered the veal scallops. I enjoyed them, but they would have been a lot better if they had less garlic. The garlic was so powerful that I could barely taste the meat or the other ingredients in the sauce. On the other hand, our one friend loved her whitefish and our other friend and my wife loved the coquilles st. jacques. I tasted the coquilles and wished I had ordered that instead; they were delicious.
The service was excellent and the server recommended good wines to accompany our meals. I will definitely return to The Earle, but I don't think I'll order veal scallops again.
Hi I wouldn't post this, the earl was wo ...
Hi I wouldn't post this, the earl was wonderful. And it doesn't change my opinion but if I can send in a pic please tell me, we ordered the mushrooms as an app and a veggie in the dish had a sticker on it still kind of a buzz kill. However I would still come back :-)
The food was good. Service was friendly ...
The food was good. Service was friendly, but the order took entirely too long. Most of our time was spent waiting for the food. Restaurants wasn't even half full. It was probably just an off day or mistake and others will have a great time, but for the price and time it took, I'll look elsewhere.
We made a reservation for 4 to celebrate ...
We made a reservation for 4 to celebrate a birthday. The Earl was very quiet when we arrived (it was the 2nd day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair) but we had made an early reservation knowing that it would get busy later in the evening. We were seated in a somewhat undesirable part of the restaurant (near the firehose) which was disappointing given that they were NOT busy at all. I'm not sure why were seated there as we were appropriately dressed. We did not complain. The service was good but not overly friendly. The food was excellent.
I would recommend but with the suggestion that you specify the area in which you would like to be seated.
I've loved the Earle for many years. The ...
I've loved the Earle for many years. The ambience is wonderful; it's comfortable, the wine list is fantastic and reasonably priced, and the service is outstanding. However, I am tired of the largely unchanging menu and the unchanging desserts. I've been coming to the Earle since the 90s, and while the food is good, there is no recognition that food has changed in the outside world. The main flavor in my last meal was butter. I love butter, but it was too much even for me. I'd love to see some lighter, cleaner food with herbs and spices. I want the chef and owner to take some risks and make some changes. Otherwise, I can't see it lasting much longer.
We went out for a date night and was ver ...
We went out for a date night and was very pleased. The food was outstanding and the service was amazing. Our waiters were very attentive and always had a smile on their faces (yes we had 2 servers). The scallops and steak were wonderful and would definitely visit again.
We had a wonderful evening at the Earle. ...
We had a wonderful evening at the Earle. It was a pleasant evening and we were able to sit outside (be careful as the sidewalk is not totally level). The wine list is impressive both by the bottle or glass and the menu varied. My husband had the peppered tenderloin which he found very good, and it was cooked to perfection. I enjoyed the scallops immensely.
Service was alright. All tables were full outside and I think they could have used a little more help. We were not even asked if we wanted dessert (very important course), so we walked around and got some elsewhere.
All in all though, it was a great dining experience.
I ordered the scallops and I did not exp ...
I ordered the scallops and I did not expect the sauce to be so rich. I actually got sick after dinner. We also ordered the pesto chicken, salmon and steak covered w peppercorn. The chicken was okay, my friend said the salmon was overcooked, and the steak was delicious. We also ordered escargot, calamari and stuffed mushrooms. The appetizers were generally delicious except for the escargot which tasted fishy. Service was good. Probably wouldn't come back because the scallops made me sick, however someone else ordered it from our table and she didn't get sick.
Great location. Underground. Nice jazz, ...
Great location. Underground. Nice jazz, but loud and poor entrees. Eggplant parmesan and chicken pasta were limp and tasteless. Salmon in the puff pastry tasted ok but was very salty and heavy. Felt gross afterwards. Desserts were excellent. Good wine and drinks menu but not acceptable for such a pricey place.
First time at the Earle and loved the lo ...
First time at the Earle and loved the look of the restaurant. Wine list was amazing, food was decent. I was a little surprised that the food wasn't better, but I could be picky and spoiled as I live in Seattle and have been exposed to many wonderful restaurants. Serves were fantastic and my friends loved the restaurant overall.
Overall the food and ambiance were very ...
Overall the food and ambiance were very good. The porterhouse steak was one of the most expensive items on the menu but had a lot of fat on it. The most disappointing thing was our waiter, who had the personality of an avocado. His service was efficient, but quite curt. It was our anniversary and it would have been nice to have a server who was more upbeat.
The duck breasts are the best I have eve ...
The duck breasts are the best I have ever eaten. The wine list is superb. Steve, the wine expert, is very helpful in choosing a wine that you like when describing your tastes in wine. Since this was restaurant week, the restaurant was very busy, and the service was slow. The owner, Dennis, was refilling water glasses. Desserts are always high on the scale, chocolate mousse and creme brulee. As always, we enjoy the Earle for great dinner and wine.
The Earle is one of my favorite restaura ...
The Earle is one of my favorite restaurants and never disappoints. I always get their salmon wrapped in puff pastry and this time my boyfriend had the duck, which was also very good. They have by far the best service I have ever experienced. As we are still young, we can only afford to go a couple times a year, but every time the waitress or sommelier helps us pick out a bottle of wine. Usually nice places like this will always point you towards an outrageously expensive bottle, but we explained cost is a factor and they had no trouble pointing us to a bottle between $20-30 without a second thought. Highly recommend for any special occasion!
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