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Erbaluce

69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #72 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
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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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a real romantic destination. The food is quite fanciful and always attractively plated, the choices are unusual, the tables far enough apart for a tete a tete, and the staff as friendly as can be. This is a neighborhood go to place so be sure to book early and often.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just had dinner here for the first time. We eat out 3-4 nights a week. We can not say enough good things about this restaurant.We started with the cheese plate which I left to the chef!s discretion was perfection. The service and enthusiasm of the staff I also deserves 5 stars. Hope we can make it back there soon.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Hard to find using a GPS but worth the effort. Looks like an old corner grocery from the outside but the food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. Highly recommend for a business dinner or romantic evening.

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Jupiter, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A real fine dining experience from the creative distinctive and delicious cuisine to the impeccable service the way it should be done. I mean waiters waiting for all guests to be finished in order to remove plates at the same time in a synchronized manner like it used to be done in Europe in the old days.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a delightful Italian restaurant providing wonderfully prepared dishes at a fair price. The superb wine list is appropriately (100%) Italian, and it seems designed to pair exceedingly well with their food. The waitresses were appropriately attentive and the décor tasteful. Fresh , often local, food was presented in a charming local setting with table cloths which are not... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We visited on a Saturday night and got a great table in the corner of the room. The service was excellent. The waiter was attentive but not too overbearing. The food was delicious and the menu very unique. We had a great date night and recommend the restaurant.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If locavore ingredients and herbal based cooking are important to you, then you may be happy here but you will pay handsomely for the privilege. The bill came to $144/per couple, which included two glasses of house wine per person. For that my wife and I shared a wonderful fish soup appetizer and each had the ravioli with a duck... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My husband and I have eaten here several times in the last two years. We really enjoy a seat at the bar and enjoying the ambiance of the front room. Our latest visit was prior to attending an event at the Citicenter which is quite close to this restaurant. We did not have reservations so arrived early expecting a wait... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Delightful combination of food, service and atmosphere. Small dining room with well-spaced tables allow easy conversation over a candlelit table. Service was friendly, knowlegable and attentive - there whenever we needed it, but always keeping an eye on things to anticipate our needs. After being seated we were asked if we were going to the theatre (it's in the theatre... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is our second visit to a Erbaluce, but this time we brought friends and they loved it. Innovative menu items made up of fresh and local ingredients, inviting atmosphere - lots of candles - and excellent service, Erbaluce did not disappoint. Bay Village with it's cobblestones streets and brownstones is just steps away from Stuart Street

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