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erbaluce Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.erbaluce-boston.com
  • Email: info@erbaluce-boston.com
  • Phone: (617) 426-6969
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Charles Draghi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: erbaluce has several private dining options ranging from two private rooms upstairs for parties of 8 to 22 in the smaller room, and up to 60 in the larger room. Cocktail parties for up to 100 guests. erbaluce is also available to contract larger events encompassing both floors upon request and availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Cheryl Centeno (617) 426-6969
  • Special Events & Promotions: erbaluce offers regularly scheduled regional Italian wine tastings, farmers' market tastings, and guest chefs. for more information, please sign up for our newsletter on www.erbaluce-boston.com. You can also find us on facebook at erbaluce(boston).

Getting there

  • Public 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.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking available in a small lot adjacent to erbaluce, as well as many large parking garages surrounding the restaurant, and there is ample street parking available as well.
A word from erbaluce
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My fiance and I tried this restaurant on our walk to the theater and were very impressed. Service was excellent and our waiter made sure to ask if we had a time constraint due to the show. It took a few minutes to get the full menu as the chef was still out shopping, however, our meal was well worth the wait. The razor clams were extremely fresh. The duck entree was perfectly roasted and apportioned nicely. The sea snail pasta special was a delightful surprise. The sauce was extremely flavorful and the pasta was al dente, a quality hard to find at many Italian restaurants in Boston. We are so happy friends recommended this hidden gem. The menu changes nightly based on what the chef finds at the market so we will definitely be dining again."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "This is the kind of place we love. Complex dishes with many ingredients leading to complexes flavors and aromas. We had three appetizers, 3 entrees (including the signature wild boar dish) and we passed plates so we each got a third of each. All delicious. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Looking for something convenient to the Revere Hotel I checked out Boston Magazine for theater district restaurants and erbaluce was one of the choices. It is convenient to the hotel but set back from the bustle of Stuart Street in the Bay Village neighborhood, which has a lot of charm. We had the first reservation of the evening at 5pm so we were promptly seated and our waitress quickly took our drink order and told us about the evening specials. We tried a carrot appetizer that we had never seen on other menus; it was very tasty and we would order it again. I had the carbonara and my husband had the fish special, both were very good. With our coffee we received complimentary sweet bites, a nice touch. We'll recommend to others."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "erbaluce is a fine Italian restaurant. The address is not easy to find. Various GPSs failed miserably but Google Maps prevailed. Apparently even the cabbies of Boston can't find it. Once found it was worth the trouble. The staff was attentive without hovering. It was lively without being so noisy that we couldn't carry on a conversation. The food was quite good and the wine was excellent. Boston has many fine Italian restaurants but not many take reservations. erbaluce was a great choice for us."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Erbaluce offers a creative menu with fresh ingredients. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. The apps were amazing. The wild boar was outstanding, but think twice about the black tail whole flounder with almond pesto. I'm a big fan of flounder and don't mind working around the bones, but there wasn't much meat to be had and what I got was either gelatinous or mealy. I would have sent it back if we weren't running for a show. Still, I'd go back as, overall, it was a very positive experience despite that one entree."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "2nd visit. Was looking forward to returning. Service was fine. Food was terrible for all (party of 4). There are too many other great options. With all 4 apps and entrees being so poor, we will not return. Ok with a miss or two but not all misses."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I needed a place for a fun, celebratory dinner with a friend. Erbaluce did not disappoint It never does. Food was great and the service, friendly and generous. Busy and buzzy without killing dinner conversation."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We love Erbaluce. The food is always excellent and the service attentive. We have discovered several wonderful wines there. Do ask the servers advice. I am disabled and the owner is always willing to open the side door and make way for the scooter I and dependent on. They are sensitive about seating me where I am comfortable. It is confusing that they don't have a fully accessible bathroom. There is no grab bar. This simple step would make the whole experience perfect."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first visit to Erbaluce was a lovely evening with excellent food and service. We put it on our short list for a return visit a few months later. This most recent visit the restaurant was noisier, the service was average at best, and the food flavors were more bland. One of us had the same entree as before and it was noticeably inferior in presentation and in taste. Not sure what happened, but this last experience does not leave us as eager to return as the first visit did."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Seated promptly, excellent service from the entire staff. Appetizers and the entree were well prepared and enjoyable. Would recommend and would go again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been here several times and never have been disappointed. The food was excellent as always. Great spot!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I sought a Boston restaurant to host a small group of friends while visiting the city. Erbaluce was very well located and was a great atmosphere and provide a great selection and warm, thoughtful service."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Came here with my husband to celebrate my birthday during restaurant week. A lovely meal that wasn't heavy despite it being an italian restaurant. Starters: squash and crab soup, and speck (prosciutto-like) w/ apples and sesame oil. Both were yummy. The mains: he had the rigatoni while I had the wild boar. Delicious overall! Great flavors, well cooked. The only flaw was the desserts: Chocolate bread pudding (just ok); lacked zip. The candied pear was in a caramel sauce but it just wasn't sweet enough. The owner did stop by to thank us for coming and gave complimentary dessert treats -- candied kumquats, honey meringues, and cocoa dusted fudge -- those were SO GOOD!! Overall service, ambience, and food all recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Unique dishes with twist - - venison, wild boar, not your plain old pasta and the fresh catch. Rare finds in wine; good but not great service; friendly and very yummy deserts ( best boschoti ever). Lives up to its website description.. Definitely make a visit or two or more...."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, and our waiter helped us choose g I od wine pairings. The price was pretty good for what it is. My one critique is that the dining room is tiny, so you don't get a lot of room to spread out. All in all, one of my favorite boston spots!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Friends and i recently dined here prior to a show. The restaruant handled our needs exceptionally well including accomodating our slightly late arrival, due to traffic, and our time constraints due to attending a show. Our waitress was knowledgable and friendly. Our food was delivered promptly and we all had excellent meals and yet we did not feel rushed. Definitely would recommend it and also would plan to return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my second and last time at Erbaluce. The food is overly complicated and the combinations don't work for my palate. We shared an appetizer of cured ham w/shaved raw butternut squash. It was strange and neither the texture nor flavors worked. We each had the fish wrapped in escarole. I found them bland until you got to an odd sauce. For me the food is pretentious and trying too hard to be unusual. Finally, we specifically noted we had ballet tickets yet our main course arrived such that we "inhaled" it and had to run (literally) to the Opera House."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We experimented with a number of new foods and flavors. The food was outstanding and a wonderful experience"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We got lost looking for the restaurant. But the hostess was nice to seat us right away. The service was slow. The server basically told us the full menu as "specials for the day." The service was slow. The hostess was walking between the tables, but not paying attention to the dinner orders. I never saw the server going into the kitchen to check if dinner was ready. It was not spectacular:("
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My partner and I had the displeasure of dining at Erbaluce this evening. The food was medicore at best. The tagliatelle were bland and soggy. The calamari were tasteless and overcooked. The buccatini were slightly redeeming of the meal but left quaite a lot of be desired. The service was inattentive and hurried. There is better Italian food to be had elsewhere in Boston. Avoid if you can!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I was recommended this restaurant by a good friend, and I was not in any way disappointed. In fact, my lady and I went in for Dine Out Boston week, but ended up ordering off the normal menu. Our server was splendid, and gave us some valuable suggestions as to what type of wine to pair with our respective dishes."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a light dinner before the opera which was overflowing with flavors. The salads were perfect starters. Then the special bay scallops and '31' ingredient pasta with the restaurant wine selection was an excellent finish."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was good, fresh ingredients and very well cooked pasta! But the rigatoni with mascarpone was a little bland.. Service was outstanding and the ambiance is really nice. Did not make it to my personal favorites"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "After almost a year's absence, we had dinner again at Erbaluce this past weekend. I'm not sure why it took us so long to get back. Our visit reminded us that Erbaluce is unique little gem. The menu is always interesting, the food is wonderfully prepared and the wine list is carefully selected and reasonably priced. We went with another couple and the four of us left giving Erbaluce a resounding thumbs up. We will be back again soon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Not your standard Italian fare -- unusual ingredients and flavors, very well prepared. The bar matches that with creative cocktails mixed from the cordial selection allowed under a "beer, wine, cordial" license -- remarkable what can be done by someone who knows their craft. Ginny, at the bar, has a warm, welcoming and generous personality that, combined with her mixology skills, is earning her a following. (Confession: we have taken mixology classes from Ginny in Cambridge, so may have a special bias). The restaurant is small but lively, with soft lighting that make it very comfortable. All the details seemed right."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved the restaurant. I had the Cabonara. The homemade pasta was heavenly. We had a great waiter too!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to my dinner at Erbulance, it is rated very highly through a few publications, and I was expecting a great meal. I was incredibly disappointed, and generally shocked that anyone considers this food anything more than mediocre at best. We ordered: Razor clams: not good, full of sand, tough, and chewy. Toro does razor clams wonderfully. Erbulance really just mangles the preparation. Carrot & Turnip Salad: Reasonably good. Tagliatelle with Mushrooms: So incredibly bland, not worth eating Gnocchi with wild boar: Actually this was the one good dish. No complaints Buccatini Carbonara: bland bland bland A special Ravioli: Actually inedible. Really just horrid, one of the worst things I have tasted."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Straight off we like Erbaluce, have taken people a few times and been taken a few times. Food is good & wait staff competent. This time we got stuck at a table in the back right corner of the room, beside a wait station. Do you know that sound of emptying your dishwasher when you out your flatware in the drawer ? Imagine three people there doing it. That's what it was like. That's an extreme reduction in quality for the price you pay. Despite a sweet tooth, we skipped dessert and headed for quite spot where the flatware storage is well away from the table. Will continue to like Erbaluce, but not quite as much."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was sited where cold air was blowing under my feet and also food was cold when it arrived on my table disappointing..."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Specials are amazing. And twice the chef "whipped up" something for a vegan friend of mine, which was outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Simply put, one of the most amazing meals I have ever eaten. The tagliatelle was delightful and the rack of boar was succulent and delicious!"
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "We returned to Erbaluce after some months of being away. The food was as reliably delicious and the addition of more specials was a treat. Creative without being weird. Our waiter was fun, informative and helped us select an excellent wine."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is the third time I have been to this restuarant and the third time that I got the same waiter. When I realized that he was going to be our waiter, I should have requested a different table. Don't know if it is really this waiter or if this restaurant just has bad service. No one asked us if we wanted drinks. We had to flag another waiter to order a bottle of wine. The waiter was not engaging and really could care less about us. As indicated, this is the third time and I have received the same type of service from the same person. I give up."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This may have been one of the worst meals I have ever had.How it got on the top 10 restaurant list in Boston is beyond me.We had a reservation for 8 o'clock. Got seated at 8:20 .waited another 20 minutes for a waiter to show up at our table. finally ordered two appetizers which were both horrible and left uneaten. We waited another hour and a half for our dinners which arrived luke warm and tasteless. We ordered three different pastas with many fancy gourmet ingredients that I think they forgot to include. The bread was even dry,no butter or dipping oil. This was a classic example of going to a "hot" restaurant because its the place to be not because its any good. Will never go again or recommend it to any one."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I recently visited Erbaluce as part of a romantic weekend get-away w/o the kids. We both thoroughly enjoyed our dishes and found the evening's menu to be sophisticated and appreciably innovative. The staff was exceptionally friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to going back again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was the second time I dined here. The previous was a private party. The food met all my expectations. I strongly recommend the fish entrees. The appetizer portions are large, so choose carefully (so are the entrees). Keep room for desert. The peach with mascarpone desert is something not to be missed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Not knowing anything about erbaluce we were happily surprised by how great it was. The food was delicious, the service was great and the location was ideal for the theater district. The scallop appetizer was amazing - light, intensely fresh and beautifully prepared. The duck was the best prepared duck we have ever eaten. Our waiter recommended a wonderful wine and we would have had more if it weren't for the long drive home. The sweets (chocolate truffle, gorgeous nougat and a gem of a meringue) were an incredible surprise at the end of the meal and created the perfect end to a fabulous meal. We would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very good food here and excellent service. One disappointment was that they only have beer and wine - no liquor. It is a much better pre theater option than most of the restaurants in the district though."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The carbonara was amazing. The rack of wild boar was fantastic. The apple crostarda w/ rosemary ice cream was outstanding. Our bottle of Barbera was delicious (and a great price). And service was spot on. It was the perfect date night. My boyfriend and I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went here on NYE, so they may have been over capacity, but the service was very slow and the waiter was somewhat rude and not helpful. He seemed like he was annoyed that we were there and not purchasing the $100 bottle of wine. I had the duck entree, which was very good, but the other three people in our party were underwhelmed by their choices. No liquor license is kind of a bummer, so you have to stick to beer or wine. Atmosphere is weird too, just a couple of boring rooms with no character. Been there, done it, but probably won't go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013