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Erbaluce

#46 of 2,873 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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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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

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  • 169
    Excellent
  • 43
    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
Good Italian fine dining

We were staying in Boston over a weekend and tried to find a good Italian dining experience. This place fitted the bill very well. What I enjoyed was the amazing wine list (wide price range) and some pretty unique food options. Food is fresh and locally sourced. Service is very good, although... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Grant H
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We were staying in Boston over a weekend and tried to find a good Italian dining experience. This place fitted the bill very well. What I enjoyed was the amazing wine list (wide price range) and some pretty unique food options. Food is fresh and locally sourced. Service is very good, although them having a somellier would be a nice... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I had dinner at Erbaluce just before a performance of Alvin Alley in Boston. Fantastic prelude with superb Italian dinner. The service was outstanding with great attention to detail in a relaxed environment.

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Brookyln, NY
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We eat here whenever we come to Boston and have never been disappointed. Many dishes are unique. In fact, we often try an entire meal of recipes we have not seen anywhere else. The service is exceptional. The waiters know the details of every dish. It is a special place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

What a great restaurant. If you sit by the bar you can enjoy a different menu (you can also choose from the regular one) and it was terrific. The risotto with sage and lemon was amazing. The barman also gave us complimentary tastes of incredible chocolates and deserts. The bread is fantastic too. They charge for soda water, 3$. I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I have eaten at Erbaluce many times and am surprised I have never posted a review. This restaurant is not to be missed! It is tucked away in the Bay Village area of Boston. The menu changes frequently so diners can count on the chef using fresh ingredients and also putting them together in unique ways. If you are looking... More 

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Wellington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

What a great find - I am so glad it was recommended I go here. The food was just beautiful. This is somewhere you go if you want something a little different and special, not your run of the mill Italian that's served in chain restaurants. I had a small tasting of soup (chef's recommendation), a beautiful salad (my server's... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My girlfriend and I decided to dine here for a special evening and in short it was truly amazing. We read the reviews and it seems that it's the kind of place you might feel like you have to take a chance on it. So please do. We decided we would give it a chance and turned out to be... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

With the closing of Hamersly's this will be the place we come when the desire for reliably great outweighs the craving for new. We've only eaten here twice, but both meals were outstanding: fresh, quality ingredients; perfect preparation; small but varied menu of unique dishes; perfect wine list with lots of good values. I agree the place is tight and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
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174 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?