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Erbaluce

#32 of 2,689 Restaurants in Boston
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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, Late Night, 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
  • 23
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  • 8
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  • 9
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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
So good!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
richard1941
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South Windsor
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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South Windsor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This hidden Bay Village gem offers what is easily the best Italian food in Boston. The food was so fresh and unique - rosemary white bean puree, dandelion greens salad, wild boar pasta, kale and chickpea pasta. It is not the typical heavy oil-laden pasta dishes you find in most Italian restaurants. Everything tastes like it just came in from... More 

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Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This was a wonderful experience. In our group we had multiple people that were vegetarians or did not eat shell fish. The menu was interesting and varied, different from crusted salmon and batter dipped fish offered at every other restaurant in the area. The chef is known for shopping daily at the local farmers market and adjusting the menu on... More 

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Sydney, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Went here for our 21st wedding anniversary. What a disappointment. The service was very good, the servers knew how to properly serve a table. That was the only highlight. The place was small, cramped and noisy, we could hear each other talk over the clambour and other tables were nearly on top of us, not a romantic feel. The food... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Where do I start, the spectacular service, or the outstanding food! When I walked into the restaurant, the hostesses immediately greeted us and they sat us right away. The breadsticks on the table were great. Then the server came to our table and knew the specials right off the bat. And when it came down to wines, he was very... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I made reservations here based on the reviews I found on TripAdvisor to celebrate my husband's birthday, and Erbaluce provided a magical setting for the event. We were greeted in a friendly and efficient manner and shown to our table immediately. Out waitress displayed a dazzling knowledge of the evening's menu and was most helpful during moments when the selection... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Erbaluce is set off of the main roads and slightly below ground. Our table had views of trees and sky. Each table had a small potted Rosemary plant, a lovely touch. The waiter was very accommodating finding us a lovely bottle of white wine for about $30. The bread basket was fabulous, served with a creamy chickpea dip with olive... More 

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Schenectady
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Was in town for a Red Sox game and this restaurant was suggested by a friend. Now understand this is not your typical Italian restaurant...no red sauce or chicken parm here! What you do get is an amazing culinary experience. The restaurant is small but not loud, it was full and we were still able to carry on conversation without... 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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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