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Erbaluce

69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #53 of 2,784 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Exeter, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I went to Erbaluce as I wanted to try something different. It certainly filled that requirement. The atmosphere was nice and intimate and our service good. As others have pointed out, it is a bit hard to find but really it was nice to walk through the back bay of Boston. Anyway, I ordered one of their signature dishes which... More

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MA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

awesome italian - definitely top 3 in boston for me. everything is good – homemade pastas and you can ask for half portions so you can try more. Also excellent cheese plate – takes 20 min to serve (need to let cheese come up to room temp). Highly recommend, and somewhat hidden gem. They have room upstairs for bigger groups... More

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Birmingham
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had carbonara and venison and the whole experience was superb and the service was fantastic, the only downside we found in this restaurant and most others in Boston was the price of the wine

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A wonderful, intimate restaurant in a nice neighborhood in Boston, the food and service were spectacular. First course was lightly sautéed calamari and it was cooked to just the right doneness -- warm but very tender, served on a bed of greens. Second course was pork stuffed gnocchi -- so light and tasty. For an entree my companion had the... More

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pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Whelks- great-- wonderful sauces on all of our choices- Boar For Restaurant week and good serving-- great chance for a view of this small place with tasty dressings and sauces Kinesha terrific staff knew her ingredients and wines Deserves to be popular A foodie place plus good servings - we go to many of the top places and this one... More

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2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Presentation and ingredients make Erbaluce's overall approach a little too precious. Moderate, nouvelle circa mid 80s sized portions combined with obsessive, repetitive boar based dishes particularly limit diner satisfaction. The most disturbing aspect of this place however is the absolutely hostile hostess. Avoid,avoid,avoid.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Visited to celebrate a friend's birthday and it was a wonderful find. Small, so be sure to make reservations. Food was delicious, service (and our server) were wonderful. And the wine was reasonable. Unique Italian is what I'd call it. Definitely not your North End meal.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Erbaluce fit our desire to find unconventional Italian. Service was very good and the place had nice energy. But, we were ultimately disappointed; some combinations of ingredients and flavors just missed the mark. Overall, there was two much use of "sweet" without any contrasts. The worst offender was my pasta special, a ravioli with potato, fruit, nuts, dried fruit and... More

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Michigan, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This restaurant is a real find - service is excellent with plenty of knowledgable staff. The reataurant is cosy bordering on a little tight. Seat by the heater as certtainly toasty, but it was a frigid night. The portion sizes were highly appropriate (not everyone needs a pile of food) and the combinations worked well. We had the duck and... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is an amazing restaurant tucked discreetly on a side street in the theatre district. Very special atmosphere, extremely high quality fresh ingredients. I'd recommend it for a more intimate dinner for 2 but saw several groups of people inside. Definitely one of the best Boston meals I've had and look forward to returning

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