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Erbaluce

#48 of 2,700 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
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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
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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  • 187
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 8
    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
Superb!

A truly great meal! We were greeted warmly and seated immediately on arrival. The decor is very simple/spare, but comfortable. Service was excellent, attentive and knowledgeable with good timing. The menu was not large, but had something for every taste, and there were many specials. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Mary L
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Westbury, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Westbury, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A truly great meal! We were greeted warmly and seated immediately on arrival. The decor is very simple/spare, but comfortable. Service was excellent, attentive and knowledgeable with good timing. The menu was not large, but had something for every taste, and there were many specials. A mushroom 'lasagne roll' drew raves--very light and crisp, with perfect seasoning. Shrimp and salad... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Made a 7:30 reservation on a Sunday. Started with the dandelion and watercress salad with mozzarella and cherry tomatoes--recommend. My husband had a garden salad, nothing special. I had the striped bass, perfectly cooked and with a beautiful presentation. My husband had the roasted rack of wild boar-excellent, but even though kale is the rage he found it tough unlike... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Erbaluce was hailed by local food critics several years ago as one of Boston's top Italian restaurants, primarily for its daring cuisine under chef Charles Draghi and its cozy, hospitalable setting and waitstaff. The restaurant, named after a Piedmont grape, continues to push the envelope for more adventurous diners with dishes including wild boar and rabbit, but sadly, this spot... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Excellent Food, Excellent Service! My wife and I went to Erbaluce on Sunday eve. Was greeted and seated and treated like a king and queen. This was by far, the best food I have eaten. Both of the owners visited our table (the chef brought out our appetizer plates). Just a wonderful and unexpected delight!!

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Easton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Went here with another couple on a Saturday night in the summer. The restaurant is on the smaller side, felt a little cramped as I kept getting bumped in the back when seated. The service was good, not great as the server did not know the menu as well as he should have and spoke to us fairly condescending. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was a dinner before a show for my brother's birthday. There were four of us for dinner. The restaurant was quite busy, but the service was excellent. The menu changes daily here, so it is hard recommend a particular dish. All of the ingredients are fresh and they do not use much butter, if any. The restaurant does not... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

With a warm welcome, tables set comfortably away from others to allow for conversation, and its soft and sophisticated decor, we knew Erbaluce was going to meet our expectations for a fine dining experience and indeed it was. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. Along with our wine - the fine wine list is another plus - came a... More 

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South Windsor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

All fresh food. The preparation and daily changing menu always keeps you interested. Chef Chuck Draghi usually comes to your table. We were there 3 hours- longer than most. I would think 1.5 hours is what to expect. You are not rushed. One of top restaurants in Boston.It is Northern Italian but don't expect. Spaghetti and red sauce!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I'm Italian and I can say, without any doubts, that this is the best Italian restaurant I've been to in the US. Food is prepared thoroughly, every detail is part of a strategy to get you the best experience possible. My "carbonara" was delicious with real "guanciale" made in house, it was light but definetely got me satisfied. Fish and... More 

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We recently visited Boston and enjoyed a meal at Erbaluce with friends. It was one of Trip Advisor's best-rated Italian restaurants and we were aware of the alleged controversy concerning the chef's use of vegetable & fruit-based sauces as opposed to those with lots of butter & cream. Let me settle this once & for all, foodies--the food is awesome.... More 

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Additional Information about Erbaluce

Address: 69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418
Phone Number: 617 426 6969
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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