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
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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: 7349940211
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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The Earle Ratings and Reviews
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!
I took my husband there for his birthday. It's his favorite restaurant. He has been a customer from the day it opened. Since we married I have become a great fan. The ambiance is our style. I haven't seen my husband so animated about a restaurant in a long time. That include the "Best of..."
Food is consistently good and well prepared, attentive service without hovering. On our most recent visit we were a group of five, we covered the whole range of the menu with our entrees. Two fish, veal, a steak and a shrimp pasta dish. Everyone loved their choices. We split three desserts, which we understand are prepared in house and were delightful. We were celebrating a birthday and it was all good
My wife suggested the Earle for our 22nd anniversary and we were not disappointed by the decision. The food was excellent, it was quiet enough to have pleasant conversation however we did not go on a Jazz night so I am sure things get a bit louder with the live music.
Great wine list, good food
Overall, The Earle was good. The meal is started with some fresh baked bread and the butter that is served with it is unbelievable. The wine list is quite impressive and they have a resident wine expert who can handle all of your questions and suggest something for you to try. The wine is quite pricey though and it does not say anywhere on the menu that wine by the glass is available (it very well could be, it is just not on the menu). The french onion soup was delicious and I split two pasta dishes for the main course, both of which were good. For dessert I tried their cheesecake, which was pretty average.
I would come here again and would recommend for dates but it was not a restaurant that I will go to all the time because of both the price and the fact that the food didn't really knock me off my seat.
Good, but could be better
Food was well prepared, portions reasonable, prices on the high side given the menu was not unique or up-scale. Food was more on the comfort side than on the trendy side. Location was nice, but seating was tight. Atmosphere was a bit casual for the price of the meals and the décor was a bit outdated. We enjoyed our meal, but even our teens did not rave about it (liked it, but it wasn't a WOW - albeit they are foodies so hard to impress). For the price, we would rather try another spot, however, I was not dissatisfied with anything specifically. Menu was diverse enough to satisfy most tastes. Service was good and everyone was pleasant and attentive.
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