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“A Hidden Gem in Boston” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Erbaluce

Erbaluce
69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #44 of 2,846 Restaurants in Boston
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.
Portland, Maine
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem in Boston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My wife and I had dinner on 1/24/13 at Erbaluce. This restaurant is located just outside the theater district and across from the back entrance to the Park Plaza hotel. The food was outstanding. My appetizer was sauteed brussel sprouts with spinach. they were drizzled with a light white sauce that made the sprouts very flavorful. My entree was a special for the night, it was a pork loin on the bone. the pork was not cured so it was very fresh. I've never tasted pork that was so delicious. My wife had an appetizer of mixed salad greens that she enjoyed and her entree was the "rack of wild boar". this was outstanding. We split a dessert of poached pear that was covered with a caramel sauce and the center was stuffed with a mascapone cheese--again, outstanding. the service was impeccable. Our waiter (Robert) paired our entrees with appropriate wines. If our waiter was busy with other tables, other waiters would tend to our needs (water, wine, clearing, etc). the waitstaff really works as a team rather than as individuals. The chefs wife (Joan) is also the hostess and she was very visible throughout the evening (checking on how we liked our dishes, etc).
Overall a 5 star experience. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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265 reviews 265 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Great atmosphere and interesting location in quaint Back Bay. Service was very attentive, and the food was great - had a steak that was as good as any. Also very good wine. We were a large group of over 20 and they delivered all the mains to everyone (accurately as per order) literally within a 2 minute space of time (and all hot). Pretty impressive.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Try to eat here - it's lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Great food. Great staff. All four of us had something different for starters and main course. All were delicious.

Visited December 2012
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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent, fresh food and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I was very pleased with my meal at Erbaluce. The menu has some interesting choices. The service was prompt and courteous. The food was excellent. I highly recommend it!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, Massachusetts
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Honestly I did not enjoy the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The atmosphere is wonderful, very cozy! We were there for an early dinner, so it was not crowded, maybe 3 other groups.

The service was excellent.

However I left hungry. The food was not my style, it's as if the chef makes things up as he goes along. The bread basket contained some very dry bread. We ordered the scallop appetizer, however it was RAW scallops, and we had not been advised. Of course I could not eat it.

We will not be going back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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