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“Neighborhood gem next to Theater District” 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 #42 of 2,706 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Boston
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Neighborhood gem next to Theater District”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Who knew?! I found on Open Table & Trip Advisor, had never heard of and I live 20 minutes away in a nearby suburb. It is just off the beaten path, near Bay Village/theater section of the city. It was an eclectic, Italian leaning menu. We asked our waiter for suggestions, then made our choices from there. Have to admit nothing was popping out at us when we read the menu, but everything we ordered was outstanding! Will definitely go back & bring friends. Many in the restaurant seemed to be regulars/residents. Love that!!!!

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Maine
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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279 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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