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“Different” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Erbaluce

Erbaluce
69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116-5418 (Back Bay)
617 426 6969
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Ranked #53 of 2,784 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.
Oswego, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Very good. Different, strange new combinations. Lobster soup with beans? Agnolini with pistachios and sunflower seeds? The blue fish was fantastic. Expensive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The food was so good I... I got a tear.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Brilliant cooking. The waiter was more knowledgeable than most chefs. Cozy atmosphere. The owners checked on every table. Well priced.

This was one of the best meals I have ever had.

  • Visited August 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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Boston, Ma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed Erbaluce!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We really had a nice dinner. The owner recommended a gorgeous wine and the food was outstanding ! The service was also very good. We will be back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I had been looking forward to this meal with my family after a special event, as I love the restaurant's location and style of cuisine. Unfortunately, the entire experience was disappointing. The restaurant was busy but not filled to capacity. Therefore, it is hard to understand or excuse the fact that the food took ages to arrive and, when they did, some of the dishes were cold and practically inedible. At that point we had waited so long that sending it back wasn't a reasonable option. The food that was at the appropriate temperature was good overall, but not spectacular (based on pricing/expectations). To top it off, the dining room (even when not full) has no soundproofing and was so unbearably loud that we could barely hear each other at the same table. So, not good for a romantic dinner or anyone intending to hold a conversation (unless you're OK with shouting). Doubt I'll be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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boston
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good but reviews are overrated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We have lived in boston for 10 years and love food! When walking in, we were very happy with white table clothes lighting and overall ambience. After sitting down menu looked great. Our appetizer of burrata salad was delicious. Entrees were good but not over the top mouth watering. However biggest a dissappointment was skimpy glasses of wine and there was no circulation of air. At the end of the day service was great food was good but the bill was over 200 dollars for good food in a hot place with no buzz!! For that expense many other options in Boston!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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