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69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #48 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $50
Mon - Wed 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Tucked away in Bay Village, the almost unknown gem in the middle of Boston. Chef/owner Chuck is passionate & creative "Master Foodie". An example is an appetizer of sunflower, without the seeds, which tastes like artichoke heart. Or try his signature dish of pappardelle with wild boar, it's incredibly good. Likely the best selection of Italian wine (and only Italian)... More

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Merrick NY
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This review was a long time coming. Me and my now wife went here on our honeymoon vacation in Oct 2013 last year. We decided to go nuts and do a 8 course tasting menu. Let me tell you the chef and his wife are amazing. The chef made whatever he wanted and did not disappoint. He decided to make... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I had another incredible dining experience at Erbaluce last night and i'm glad to see that after five years this is still the city's finest restaurant experiences. This is definitely the a "can't miss" for any wine and cheese aficionados, especially anyone who enjoys a little bit of education and exploration as part of their dining experience. The wine list... More

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I had dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We each had an appetizer, split a pasta and had our own entree. The amount of food was perfect and each course was super. We also ask the waiter to recommend wine pairings for each course, and the recommendations were spot on. The food is clearly Italian, but not... More

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Wayland, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you want to eat pre-show, there are lots of places. But if you'd like to dine, go here. Small, intimate, very attentive and friendly staff, wonderfully eclectic menu perfectly prepared, and reasonable prices given the quality and presentation of the food. If you ARE going to theatre, allow a couple of hours so you don't feel rushed. Enjoy the... More

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New York City, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

A nice low-key restaurant with extremely efficient and friendly staff. Everything on the menu looked great. I had a fabulous dandelion salad..mixed with green beans, beans, mint and cheese...fabulous combination. All dishes are original and unique and use in season ingredients. Will definitely be going back!

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Jacksonville FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
58 helpful votes 58 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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