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69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #38 of 2,823 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Wed 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Neighborhood: Back Bay
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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
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
Sofia, Bulgaria
Top Contributor
184 reviews 184 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

For me Erbaluce is one of those insider finds that everybody is looking for while traveling! It's not too formal, but it has style, the food is absolutely fantastic, without being pretentious, the service is great and on top of all the prices are very reasonable. There really is no downside to the whole experience and if I was to... More

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Went here with my wife and just didn't find the food to be comparable with the reviews it has gotten from others. We had the Shrimp Special App and it just didn't have any taste and the shrimp was not of the quality we have had many times before. Our main courses were just average and we were left thinking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great find. Very good food and service. Wish they had a full bar but the wine list is good and the recommendations have always been great.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were walking from Park Square to the South End and passed Erbaluce. It's tucked into a corner of Church Street. The menu posted outside was intriguing so when we made plans with friends for dinner, we reserved a table at Erbaluce. It is now one of our favorites! Our waitress, Tori, was... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Don't be fooled by the odd location and unpretentiousness of this place, all the effort has been spent where it should be: in the kitchen. This is some of the best food we have ever eaten, and I don't say that lightly. Brilliant cooking and charming service.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We came to Erbaluce serendipitously; we were in the neighborhood and there was availability on OpenTable. We were lucky. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect review was we weren't greeted quickly at our table by our server. Other than that, the service was impeccable. The wait staff anticipated our every need: water glasses filled, plates cleared, table... More

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Pensacola, FL
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a brilliant little Italian restaurant across the street from Boston Park Plaza. The interior is simple, white, and clean. Service was great, wine list was good, but the food was the best. We had pork cheeks, steak, rabbit, and wild boar rack. All were very well prepared, and ample portions. Definitely a repeater.

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Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable concerning the history of the neighborhood (Bay Village), the menu and what wines would best accompany our choices. All that was wonderful, as were the Bay scallops with a lemon fennel marinade for a first course. My husband's pasta Carabonara was a disappointment to him - it was al dente to a fault, and although... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

While the place looked nice from the outside I will not go back. It is fairly small place and loud. They do not post a menu on their website but the person I went with decided it would be fun to go. The menu which I guess changes often, not much looked like anything I would want. The dandelion salad... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My husband and I chose Erbaluce to celebrate our anniversary, based on TripAdvisor reviews. We had a completely perfect dining experience. We arrived at 6pm, had the place to ourselves, and attentive service from our server. We wish we got her name. She deserves to be acknowledged! She knew the menu, made great suggestions for food and wine, all with... 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 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

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