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Erbaluce

#36 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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: Late Night, 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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    Very good
  • 25
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
just a few doors away from the park plaza and very enjoyable

you can't always believe everything you read. I read a very critical review posted here on erbaluce and wondered how it could be so bad. I wanted to see for myself. My neice, Nikki, and I walked over from our hotel to have a nice dinner catching up on things and just enjoying each others... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
marthasleelanautable
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suttons bay, Michigan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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suttons bay, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

you can't always believe everything you read. I read a very critical review posted here on erbaluce and wondered how it could be so bad. I wanted to see for myself. My neice, Nikki, and I walked over from our hotel to have a nice dinner catching up on things and just enjoying each others' company. we did not have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

we enjoyed the food and service. Every dish that each of the four of us had was outstanding. Very good wine list, at reasonable prices considering the quality

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Found this place by accident having just arrived in Boston. Such nice people, very accomodating as it was a Saturday night and we had no reservation. The food is amazing, shrimp starter, steak bavette both great. The panna cotta and lavender caramel ice cream (really) also. Well done guys.

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Cambridge MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Erbaluce is a hidden gem, on a quiet street just south of the theater district. The food is interesting, very fresh, interesting flavors, and just wonderful. The staff is involved and friendly, an overall great experience for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Totally out of this world ! Salad perfect ; Sicilian red wine perfect. The services and the presentation of the chef himself of the plate creation give aespecial nostalgic and proffesionalidm to the plate ...like magic !!!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Unusual and interesting fare. Some dishes worked better than others. A nice, intimate dining room. Great location.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Be aware!!! Yes it is an Italian restaurant but it won’t be your typical meatballs and spaghetti kind of meal. Instead the chef puts his own spin and mojo to every dish. When you think of pasta you think of butter and creams but not in chef Charles’s house; somehow he understand that my hips can appreciate it from time... More 

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Westbury, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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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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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: Doing business, Special occasions, 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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