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311 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-7205
+1 734-327-9464
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

One of the best Indian restaurants anywhere. Buffet style, pay by the pound, clean up after yourself when done. No frill, because they don't need it, the food speaks for itself. Amazing dishes full of amazing flavor. Some of the best Indian food I have ever eaten, ever. Owned and operated by wonderful people. Note: they are not open very... More 

Thank Kathryn Z
Brighton, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

The Earthen Jar is one of our favorite Indian restaurants- especially on a cold winter's day. Don't let vegan scare you away- the food here is out of the world and the flavors are incredible! Always polite and respectful service. I often stop in for take out as it is a buffet style venue so I can get in and... More 

Thank M W
Lansing, Michigan
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

This is consistently good, and very reasonably priced. I get to Ann Arbor a few times a year & always stop here.

Thank RahimP_1977
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

A burst of Indian authenticity from every spoonful. They do not share their recipes as the cook learned them from his mother. There are only two chefs, which makes the dining experience that much more intimate. As it is an all you can eat buffet, and every single item is vegetarian (with substantial vegan options too!), you can't help but... More 

Thank Nadia J
Hamilton, Canada
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We had lunch buffet there on a trip. Decent Indian food, nice owners...think we chatted and they were originally living in Canada for a while.

Thank Jackie W
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

A tiny venue (crowded with less than a dozen diners), it had a very intimate atmosphere, perfumed with delicious aromas. I grabbed a quick Mango lassi while waiting for the Detroit Flyer. It was superb!

Thank Salmon Creek C
Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

My recommendation is that you go there for lunch and enjoy your share of vegan buffet options and also your share of Bob Marley music (always playing in the background). The potato dumplings are exquisite! They've got cold and warm options.

Thank Meret F
Austin, Texas
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2015

I really, really enjoy Earthen Jar. The food is served buffet style and is brimming with gluten-free, vegan options. Very flavorful and authentic. It's funny to me that when I attended U-M as an undergrad, I did not come here that often. But fast forward two decades and it is one of my staples on every visit home. The owners... More 

Thank Jonathan I
Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015

Many tasty dishes to choose from, all prepared in a delicious fashion. Tehy always play Bob Marley songs, and the owner is very friendly. Maybe the general atmosphere could be a bit more comfortable and inviting. If you are looking for a good meal though, definitely come here.

Thank Meret F
Chelsea, Michigan
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152 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a buffet get there around lunch or dinner and the food is replaced often. It can get a bit dried out during the slow time. The food is very flavorful.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-7205
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-327-9464

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?