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Erbaluce

#37 of 2,674 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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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, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 172
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
Lovely hidden restaurant.

We loved Erbaluce! Just a lovely little restaurant right around the corner from our hotel, The Revere. Setting is intimate, quiet, cozy, beautiful. Our view of the kitchen was great, watching Chef manage the outgoing plates. Server was wonderful and her knowledge of the food and wines was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
DRobert831
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LaPorte, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
LaPorte, Indiana
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We loved Erbaluce! Just a lovely little restaurant right around the corner from our hotel, The Revere. Setting is intimate, quiet, cozy, beautiful. Our view of the kitchen was great, watching Chef manage the outgoing plates. Server was wonderful and her knowledge of the food and wines was excellent. Drinks were creative and delicious. Her wine choice was perfect with... More 

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Pennsylvania, US
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316 reviews 316 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I chose Erbaluce based upon the TripAdvisor reviews and we had a wonderful meal. The bread with white bean puree was an unusual starter but we all loved it. They have several great wines by the glass and our server helped to guide selections based upon our entrée choices. iI started with the Lobster Minestre which was a delicious soup.... More 

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a really nice large restaurant in Boston. Service is extremely professional and very rapid. Food comes to the table very quickly. The salad we ordered was great, the razor clam were also good. The boar was very good, nicely coked, a bit chewy and quite expensive. The bavette was OK, while a fish was nothing special.

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New York City, New York
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263 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Easily the highlight of our trip to Boston was a spectacular dinner at Erbaluce. The dining room was lovely and the ambiance fantastic. Dinner started off with an amazing puree white bean to go with the bread. An appetizer of razor clams was amazing- huge razor clams- great broth- best razor clams we've ever had. White shrimp were excellent as... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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

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
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219 reviews 219 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 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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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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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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