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The Earle, Ann Arbor, MI

The Earle

4.8
4.8
3185 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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. 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (734) 994-0211

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Buquet

  • Private party facilities

    The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211

  • Neighbourhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Cross Street

    Ashley

  • Parking Details

    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 entrance2) City parking structures 1/2 blocks west of The Earle and 1 1/2 blocks east of The Earle

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Overall

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Food

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Service

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Ambience

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ann Arbor

    Hot Spot

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Romance

  • Ann Arbor

    Special Occasion

  • Ann Arbor

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

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  1. V

    Vidmart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you! I cannot think of anything that could have made the experience better.
  2. IA

    IngridA

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Earle never disappoints. From the food, to the live jazz trio, to the atmosphere and service. All makes for a most pleasant evening!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good menu selection. Good food. Live soft dinner music.
  4. MT

    MikeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to restaurant going forward. It's disappointing that they don't offer a nice selection of draft beers, especially given the incredible wine selection.
  5. A

    Are2

    Detroit

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining spots in Ann Arbor. Great food, wonderfully prepared, and a wine list that is one of the most extensive I've seen. Highly recommended!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a beautiful dinner out on the patio. Delicious food and great service!
  7. DN

    DevinN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is SO beautiful in there! Sparkley lights, live music, it was like a dream! Recommend if you have the cash!
  8. MR

    MicRob

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Some dishes were overpriced as compared to other places that the food was just as good. The booth’s were cramped and the atmosphere of the restaurant was dark. The mixed drinks were pricey. The beer was reasonable. A bit overpriced overall.
  9. m

    madlyinluv

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Audrey was a fantastic server:)
  10. JM

    JeffreyM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great food as usual but the prices are getting a bit out of line with all entre's essentially $29 to $50. High for the amount of food you receive. Otherwise great ambiance and great service
  11. m

    madscarl

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at the Earle! Enjoyed a nice bottle of wine and 2 filets!
  12. MI

    MaryI

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The duck breast and beef tenderloin with pepper were both outstanding. Great service and nice ambiance as well.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service!!!
  14. D

    Donald

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lisa was our server and she was excellent. Food was better than expected and the live music was a nice touch. Great evening to celebrate our 17 year wedding anniversary.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We had to pour the wine into our glasses ourselves throughout the evening. It would have been nice to have the staff do that service for this type of restaurant. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal!
  16. JF

    JoeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The pasta and sausage was a little bland and not enough meat peppers were not hot at all. Three other dinners we had were delicious as were appetizers and salads
  17. D

    Dennis

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Predictably good food in a romantic setting with piano music in the background
  18. MM

    MMMM

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Been dining here for 40 years. Quality of food has declined. Steak was overdone, onion soup not flavorful. Prices very high for mediocre meal.
  19. JB

    JimB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Earle is our favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. The service is impeccable. A staff member even brought a bowl of ice water for our dog - without our asking. The wine list is just amazing.
  20. SK

    SandyK

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine at this restaurant every year we attend the art festival. Would not go anywhere else
  21. BV

    BonVivant

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Booked The Earle for my sweetie’s birthday. Just the two of us. Haven’t been there for several years. But it was as great as I remember. Fantastic food and wine but service was a little on the slow side. Arrived slightly after 5 & weren’t able to leave until after 8. No real complaints, but service was not as attentive as I remembered. Fabulous food more than made up for it!
  22. JR

    JoeRoe

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it. Scallops for me, duck breast for my wife. Very tasty. Little disappointed in the lack of flavor in the French onion soup (since it is a French restaurant). We’ll skip it next time but there will definitely be a next time.
  23. KM

    KatrinkaM

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Not the experience I’d expected! Dined inside in a wine like cellar. Service was good just not outstanding…food was okay! The best part was the Brussels sprouts and carrots! Selection of wine by the glass was limited! By the bottle was better!
  24. K

    Karen1017

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, attentive service, good recommendations and wonderful live music in an intimate environment Love the ambiance
  25. RS

    RichS

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was very disappointing. The mixed drink cocktails were expensive ($16). The Crab Cakes Appetizer ($16) didn't taste very good (my wife loves crab cakes and almost always orders them when we go out to dinner, so she's somewhat of an expert) and the Beef Tenderloin was tasteless ($45 entree).
  26. DI

    DavidI

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food (as always) and very good service. Our favorite place to eat in Ann Arbor.
  27. S

    2Sniglets

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn't been to The Earle in years. We each loved our meal, and our dessert. The service was excellent. The bill was very reasonable for what we ordered. We will definitely return when we are looking for an excellent meal in a wonderful ambiance.
  28. m

    msliz

    Detroit

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall fine experience. Crab cake appetizer was smaller than I remember, and a little dry. Duck and veal entrees were very good. The wine steward was very helpful and the wine list remains impressive. Our waiter was efficient, but seemed put out all night, a bit of a downer.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience and dining experience. Highly recommended
  30. PD

    PalmDesertnomad

    Detroit

    312 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    312 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We ate outside and it was lovely until it started to lightly drizzle. Before we knew it, the staff was there putting up umbrellas. Turned out they were barely needed - but a neat move. We have the salmon in puffed pastry. Delicious as always. Our server was right on top of things. We were celebrating a birthday and it was nice to see the return of the birthday gift certificates.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great dinner, great appetizers, great service.
  32. r

    reviewvo

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ah, The Earle is a pearl. Kind of old school and hidden away with a speakeasy vibe, live music, food served perfectly cooked and to temperature. Attentive service - a wonderful experience all around.
  33. SD

    SharonD

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We asked to be seated outside, but when we arrived it began to rain. Our waiter was wonderful and set up a large umbrella for us to stay relatively dry. The food was wonderful and we would definitely recommend it!
  34. LB

    LelaB

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate outside (our choice). It was wonderful with a background of people street music.
  35. GC

    GregC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet formal dining in an Ann Arbor casual style.
  36. NH

    NickH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great little spot to sit and spend a few hours outside. Great service from the staff there, very attentive but not overly intrusive. Food was good, great appatizers and extensive wine list. Only dinged down from 5 stars was an overcooked tenderloin. Overall well worth a visit.
  37. RR

    RobertR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Earle never disappoints. It is an unique, quality tradition in Ann Arbor
  38. GS

    GaryS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and atmosphere and service I’ve been dining here for over 40 hrs …My go to place to relax and enjoy.
  39. KB

    KimB

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very romantic evening. Especially loved the corner table and the piano.
  40. TP

    TeriseP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Earle never disappoints. I have been going there for 40 years and the quality is always 100%. Our dinners were so tasty and satisfying. Plus the live jazz band sounded awesome. If you have never eaten at the Earle, I suggest you go ASAP!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Earle using the Order Online button. The Earle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 994-0211.

The Earle is rated 4.8 stars by 3185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Earle

121 West Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Ashley

  • Neighbourhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    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 entrance2) City parking structures 1/2 blocks west of The Earle and 1 1/2 blocks east of The Earle

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Buquet

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (734) 994-0211

  • Private party facilities

    The Earle offers three separate private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Zoe Cowan: (734) 994-0211

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