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69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #63 of 2,816 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Transit: 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.
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.
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84% Recommend
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English first
Jacksonville FL
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This restaurant has a well deserved high ranking on TripAdvisor. Without the help of this site, I never would have found it, and the family who accompanied me was astounded that I managed to locate such a perfect spot for our meal together. The restaurant is family owned, and several members work there. From the beginning, the treatment I received... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a fabulous restaurant in the heart of Boston---certainly one of the best in terms of food and price. The chef changes items on the menu daily and is devoted to using local vegetables in his unique dishes. The entrees are reasonably priced ($25-$35) and the service is excellent. We had the heirloom tomato salad (really really excellent) as... More

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San Francisco
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117 reviews 117 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This is not your run of the mill old fashion Italian cuisine. The chef creatively eliminates cream and butter, adds in fresh local ingredients, sprinkles in a variety of herbs, and turns it into some very unique dishes. The salads are fresh and have interesting flavors. The entrees shined especially the agnolinis, tiny raviolis filled with lemon ricotta in a... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice choice for Italian, and can be either a formal occasion or more casual. The service is very attentive but not obtrusive. We got the bluefish entree and the leg of lamb special, both were very nicely done. The lamb was cooked to a proper medium rare. We were too full for dessert but were given a... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We went last Saturday night to celebrate my Wife's Birthday. This restaurant is great. From Greg at the bar mixing up his infused specialties, Brandon the server with complete command of the menu to the owner operators Joan and her husband (didn't get his name) in the kitchen, you will love this place. I had the sautéed lobster. We were... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I ate out here with friends and had one of the best nights I can remember. The food is inventive, unpredictable and unabashedly delicious. I tried prosciutto with strawberries, fried dandelion and lobster soup- and that was just the appetizer course. The lobster soup was a clear broth with croutons, absolutely delicious. I tried the lamb that... More

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a real romantic destination. The food is quite fanciful and always attractively plated, the choices are unusual, the tables far enough apart for a tete a tete, and the staff as friendly as can be. This is a neighborhood go to place so be sure to book early and often.

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Boston, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just had dinner here for the first time. We eat out 3-4 nights a week. We can not say enough good things about this restaurant.We started with the cheese plate which I left to the chef!s discretion was perfection. The service and enthusiasm of the staff I also deserves 5 stars. Hope we can make it back there soon.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Hard to find using a GPS but worth the effort. Looks like an old corner grocery from the outside but the food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. Highly recommend for a business dinner or romantic evening.

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Jupiter, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A real fine dining experience from the creative distinctive and delicious cuisine to the impeccable service the way it should be done. I mean waiters waiting for all guests to be finished in order to remove plates at the same time in a synchronized manner like it used to be done in Europe in the old days.

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