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Erbaluce

#65 of 2,854 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Back Bay
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69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418
The nearest T stop is the Arlington Street stop on the Green Line. The restaurant is two blocks away, down Arlington Street toward the South End, on Park Square.
617 426 6969
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Charles Draghi and Joan Johnson's highly acclaimed contemporary Italian...
Charles Draghi and Joan Johnson's highly acclaimed contemporary Italian restaurant and wine bar. With Charles' simple, ever changing menus, rooted in traditional regional Italian cooking,and the best seasonal local ingredients. This restaurant has won numerous awards and kudos from critics, and many dedicated customers. Along side the Italian menus are equally lauded, all Italian wine lists, comprised of rare and traditional village wines. Joan has created the inviting ambiance of erbaluce, which is lovely, simply elegant, and romantic- recalling the classic trattorias of Northern Italy. The enoteca/wine bar is a cozy and lively meeting place, with its own menu of simple plates and a fun cordials cocktail list. Joan's welcoming presence in the dining room, along with Charles' inventive cuisine and rare wine offerings, make an evening at erbaluce a truly wonderful and unique dining experience.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 162
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good but Shy of Expectations

Came for New Year's Eve and were happy to get a reservation. We were seated quickly and the service started out well and attentive. As the night wore on and the place became more crowded the service really started to suffer. By then end we had a very long wait for dessert and the check. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
benny3345
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Came for New Year's Eve and were happy to get a reservation. We were seated quickly and the service started out well and attentive. As the night wore on and the place became more crowded the service really started to suffer. By then end we had a very long wait for dessert and the check. The food was interesting. My... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
292 reviews 292 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This place had some definite pros and cons. While my review reflects the mostly ok (but didn't knock my socks off) vegetarian food, I should note that my main issues with the restaurant had nothing to do with the quality of the food. Pros: -The bass fish dish and the carbonara pasta were reportedly delicious. -The mushrooms in the mushroom... More 

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boston, ma
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145 reviews 145 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I came with my friends who were in visiting for the weekend. We had nowhere to be after the dinner so we were looking forward to a spaced out dining experience. We certainly had that but not all of it in a good way. We waited far too long to be greeted and even longer to get our drinks and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

As an Italian having grown up going to Italy every other year in my 32 years of life I've had my fair share of "Italian Restaurants" especially in the Boston Area. Most Italian restaurants have not Italian Chef or owner's in them at all. Erbaluce is a hidden gem of Boston. Recently introduced by some goods friends, we ate a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

If you're averse to dining a foot away from strangers, steer clear of this place. The tables are so tightly packed it is difficult to leave your chair, set down your handbag, etc. The main dining room is very small with a lot of tables packed in, so the noise level is nearly deafening. My date and I could barely... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Based on Tripadvisor reviews we picked this restaurant. Trying to find a place close to the Theatre District. It not disappoint, great menu, unique flavors! Service was great and accommodate getting you out in time for a show. At end of meal the owner came by asking how the meal was and gave us a mini plate of free sweet... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Erbaluce is a well respected restaurant in a cute little Boston neighborhood called Bay Village. If you like having a sense of what a restaurant offers (as I do), you may be frustrated because there is no menu posted on the website. The offerings are fairly limited, six or so items on the regular menu and a few specials. The... More 

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Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My husband and I came to Erbaluce on the recommendation of a staff member at the W Boston. We were looking for a nice meal in the Theater District. Erbaluce definitely delivered. The restaurant changes its menu daily, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. There was a very nice variety of meat, chicken, fish and... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Interesting and tasty food combinations! Went here before the theatre and was asked if we were going to see a show so that they could be mindful of our time limitations. I had a delicious salad and the other guests at the table had the gnocchi and an extraordinary white truffle pasta. The chef came to the table to shave... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have been a huge fan of Charles Draghi since his days at Marcuccio’s in the North End way back when. Around 6 years ago, Chuck and Joan Johnson, who works the front of the house, finally opened their own restaurant where Chuck can shine without having to answer to restaurant owners where he was the chef. The result is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418
  • Public Transportation: The nearest T stop is the Arlington Street stop on the Green Line. The restaurant is two blocks away, down Arlington Street toward the South End, on Park Square.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: 617 426 6969

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Charles Draghi and Joan Johnson's highly acclaimed contemporary Italian restaurant and wine bar. With Charles' simple, ever changing menus, rooted in traditional regional Italian cooking,and the best seasonal local ingredients. This restaurant has won numerous awards and kudos from critics, and many dedicated customers. Along side the Italian menus are equally lauded, all Italian wine lists, comprised of rare and traditional village wines. Joan has created the inviting ambiance of erbaluce, which is lovely, simply elegant, and romantic- recalling the classic trattorias of Northern Italy. The enoteca/wine bar is a cozy and lively meeting place, with its own menu of simple plates and a fun cordials cocktail list. Joan's welcoming presence in the dining room, along with Charles' inventive cuisine and rare wine offerings, make an evening at erbaluce a truly wonderful and unique dining experience.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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