erbaluce
erbaluce

erbaluce

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.erbaluce-boston.com/
  • Phone: 6174266969
  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 6174266969
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
erbaluce reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (92)romantic (89)special occasion (88)notable wine list (67)good for groups (19)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was my 2nd time dining at Erbaluce. It is a lovely restaurant and bar tucked off Stuart St. Our server, Robert,was very attentive to our need to make a show that evening. He advised us well and paced our meal without rushing us. The food is very good and presented beautifully. Many wines are offered by the glass and there is a specialty cocktail menu. The menu is varied and creative, without being overwhelming. We each enjoyed a first course and a pasta dish. A dish of sweets was offered to us as a wonderful compliment to a great meal. Next visit I hope to have alittle more time to sample a second course!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just...wow
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The guinea hen and tautog seafood entrees were spectacular. My friend swooned over her scallop app. A shared poached pear stuffed with mascarpone and topped with just enough caramel (not too sweet) was the best autumn dessert I have ever had (and I'm not a dessert person). Service was attentive, fun, and personalized as always. They run a beautiful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and wine!
    aggiemary04
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went during the Head of the Charles weekend and was desperate to find someplace that took reservations. I found this place on my Open Table app and am so happy we got in! The food and wine were amazing.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Wonderful dining
    plateitup
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were so glad we found this great spot. Easy parking on Stuart Street in front of the restaurant. The staff are attentive and friendly, and for once, actually know the proper way to serve and clear a table. We never felt rushed and the timing for each course was just right. The food was wonderfully different and combined great flavors. The only down side was that they don't have a liquor license, but that's the only negative we found.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boston goodie
    BestofBirmingham
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a delightful experience. Food and service were excellent!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience until the end...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a family dinner here celebrating a birthday. The restaurant had an elegant but understated atmosphere, worthy of a special occasion. Our waiter was terrific and patient, from recommending a place to park to explaining the menu and recommending wines, and also was a great sport about taking photos for us. The menu was full of interesting and thoughtful choices, and the food was outstanding. However, we received an odd and somewhat condescending comment from a hostess (we think) when one of us (the birthday girl) struggled with opening the door on the way out: "All doors in the United States open out." The comment was neither helpful nor called for. It put a real damper on an otherwise lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    hard2plz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A superb restaurant for special occasions. We were fortunate to be seated upstairs which is better suited for quiet conversation (on a Friday night). Staff are superb, very knowledgeable in their recommendations, and the food has just the right balance of novelty and creativity with old favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Quiet & Civilized
    Sheldon
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    They serve classic Italian cuisine done the way I have had it in excellent restaurants in Italy. The Bolognese sauce was perfect. The flounder dish after that was also excellent. Creative plates (or at least new to us) included a sunflower dish; it was also excellent. Wine list is all Italian, and first-rate, with a good range of prices, for those who don't want to spend top dollar. We were able to sit and talk to an old friend for hours--no noise, discreet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Good Food, Atmosphere and Service
    tippy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The waiter was helpful when choosing wines. Our appetizers were good. Sunflowers with an amazing sauce & salad. The entrees, were a little disappointing. The stuffed pasta w/ herbs and riccotta was not cooked enough. It was like cardboard, though the filling was tasty. The boar was kind of tough. But other dishes are probably better and we got dishes that were not given much attention when we were there. They were busy that night. Fresh herbs used generously on every dish to a point of being redundant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an off-night for a great restaurant
    MikeSVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a restaurant that we always love, but our dinner last night reminded me that pastas are what we should stick to here. We had a 6 PM table on a Wednesday night, and every table was full. Our waiter had too many tables to tend to, and the service was slow; the "bus-staff" were excellent and patrolled constantly. My pork cheeks and my wife's fish entrees were forgettable, unfortunately, although each dish had wonderful accompanying vegetables and sauces. I love the wine choices by the glass here. We will be back -- but next time, pastas for the main course!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and unique
    hardtoplease4636
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    First time here (my husband had been in once with a couple of his buddies), and I loved this sweet spot. Nate, the bartender, couldn't have been more pleasant and accommodating, suggesting food choices and wine. Everything was fabulous! Only one glitch.....I had the pork cheeks which were outstanding, but when they were served to me, they were only lukewarm. Highly recommended.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night special
    JenP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a new spot for a special anniversary dinner pre-show this past weekend. I searched Open table, read some reviews & then made reservations. We were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. Our server was friendly & had wonderful suggestions for food as well as wine pairings. The restaurant decor is very simple, white walls, white table cloths & settings & "mood lighting". We had tickets for a 7:30pm & our reservation was for 5pm. We were expecting a leisurely meal, but we just made it to our show on time with the 5 pm reservation. It was well worth it, but that's just a note for planning ahead. My husband also suggested that this would be a great place for dinner after a matinee. I wholeheartedly concur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eats
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fabulous from start to finish. One of the finest meals we've ever had and we've been to dozens of top rated restaurants. Every detail was impecable. The food was superb and the personal attention by the staff, managment and owners was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Every Time
    cindyeoVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent innovative food, prompt service, peace and quiet (which is becoming rare in restaurants), but the restaurant is always full of people, so it's not dull. One of our favorites
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Exceptional, Inventive Dining!!...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Highly, highly recommended! A real, personalized touch from the owners, a rare and exceptional approach to creative dishes beautifully prepared and presented ::: Italian but of a form and style rarely seen, we were completely blown away and loved, loved, loved it!... Erbaluce would rate a "12" on the 1-10 scale if they would only improve as soon as possible the very insufficient and poor interior lighting. The kitchen works hard to make beautiful presentations, we noticed others struggling to see what was composed on their plates...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian for special occasion
    beanosbeantown
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    great service. great food with menu that changes almost daily and a long list of specials. liked the fact that most entrees are cooked with no butter and cream. pricey though ($30/entree) so is fit for a special occasion
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Want to go back soon!
    DrBam
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The menu at erbaluce is interesting and offers enough unusual items that I want to go back and try them all: razor clams, pork cheeks, boar, sunflowers... The chef uses local ingredients and does not use butter or cream- this and the Italian-style way of cooking makes the food fresh, clean and delicious. The service was excellent- you feel as well taken care of as you would in a much more fancy/expensive establishment. The wine list is interesting and the server was very helpful in guiding our wish to try something new. Easy walk to the theatre district, and they are used to pre-show diners so they help you get out in time. No negatives at all. Highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Pete
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I was told about Erbaluce by a foodie friend, and I now go there frequently. Everyone I have take there has loved it. The food is excellent, it's healthy, and everything is just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything is done to perfection here, from the moment of seating. Jonah crab soup, prosciutto with apples, local tomatoes, buccatini with shaved truffles, blue fish, a blueberry and peach crostada .............. I have been going to Erbaluce and it is a singular experience in Boston, THE most authentic Italian restaurant outside of Piedmont.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything about the dining experience was good. The food was fresh and exciting. We had truffle pasta that was perfectly presented and cooked. It was a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary special
    Tomtom
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had our 40th anniversary dinner here and had a most wonderful experience. Courteous staff, excellent food, lovely ambience. A South End restaurant just not in the South End. The chef was very engaging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Gem Outside the North End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our food was delicious! We started with the sunflower appetizer as well as a special scallop appetizer. The sunflower was surprisingly good. The flavor was similar to eggplant, while the texture reminded me of an artichoke. For our entrees we had the braised pork cheek and the rack of wild boar. I asked our server to recommend a wine to go with the boar and it was spot on. We split the chocolate budino for dessert, which was very rich but paired very well with my wine. At the end if our meal the hostess brought us a plate of complimentary truffles and meringues.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Excellent service+ allergy friendly
    IloveeatingVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waiter was amazing. He knew so much and explained all the words we didn't know without us even having to ask. He recommended an amazing bottle of wine in our price range. He handled the food allergy at the table without a problem (as did the kitchen) and made us feel comfortable. And the food, as always, was creative and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caring chef and staff
    lafoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everyone cares so much about the food - the chef came by twice and the staff gave us great wine pairing recommendations. A special place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique
    David
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Different take on Italian food. Wild boar was excellent. Steak cooked very well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing food with great thought
    Bobygeorge
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Extremely well thought out daily menu with good wine list. Food combinations I would not usual think to pair up but they worked effortlessly. Price very reasonable as well
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatest restaraunt EVER
    Bunny
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Ok ALL restaraunts should be like Erbaluce ! I don't mean they should have the same food, but the incredible care and thought with which Chef Charles designs and prepares his menu is just amazing.There is no cream and no butter in any of the dishes so you can eat more and taste the freshness and flavor of each food.The homemade pastas are always the right texture and innovative ,yet down home satisfying !Fish is cooked like you have never experienced it.Would you ever think a grilled sunflower could be a great appetizer? OMG ITS DELICIOUS! The chef and his staff are dedicated to their food and patrons! It's such a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My fiancé and I had a fantastic time! Everything was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underperforms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Noisy; people at other tables raised their voices to be heard and the waiter had to lean in so I could hear him. Service was slow; about 45 min between seating and appetizer arriving at table. Food was not consistently well executed as would have expected for fine dining: spaghetti was softer than al dente, roasted potatoes were undercooked and not soft inside with crisp exterior. There are other places Boston with better food at a similar price that I would recommend
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  • As good as advertised
    geofreywyatt
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had high expectations after reading the press that were shattered by the even better experience I had up-close and personal!Food was transcendent. Noise was ear-shattering. Wine list eclectic, fair and varied (throughout Italy). Breadsticks rival the best I have ever had. Could I please have the recipe? An over-the-top dining experience. Only thing less than great was the service, which was so harried by the crowd that it took a long, long, long time to order and get our food. Nevertheless, the food itself was so good it made the service issues all but disappear.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delivers as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    One of my fav restaurants in Boston. Food is amazing. This time the kitchen was probably understaffed so we had to wait long for our entrees, but my friends absolutely loved the food! Staff is very nice. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vera cucina moderna italiana
    Pantaiulik
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is the only place in Boston where I've eaten a real italian meal. The chef knows what he is doing and don't look for compromises and easy tricks. The true Italian cuisine is simple and light. Don't expect strong flavors that mute the savy armony of the ingredients. The balanced mixture of details is all. They don't serve american-italian food at all. And they are very nice. If you don't eat your pasta because you don't like it, they won't charge you that pasta. And when they are so busy that your entrèe comes five minutes later, they will recompensate you with a free dessert. Did I say that they make superb desserts?
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding in every category
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I were visting Boston and found Erbaluce on Opentable. From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed. The dandelion and radish salad was excellent and the spaghetti with truffles was to die for. The service was informed, friendly and not rushed. And the coffee was hot. The next time we return to Boston, Erbaluce will be high on our list!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was excellent. The herbs are fresh and the blend of flavor was amazing. A bit pricey so I would recommend for special occasions.
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  • The highlight of our trip to Boston
    jemanhattanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a "girl's" weekend in Boston with a friend from Chicago and a friend from NY--both cities with pretty amazing restaurants that are easy to find. So we were very happy to find Erbaluce, and find a rez available after 10p (we were in town for Boston Calling music fest). The restaurant is pretty...and in a pretty neighborhood close to theater and good hotel...so that's all good. But the food was great and was reasonable. We had the grilled squid, the skate with limas, the burrata salad, and the bucatoni (a decent sampling) and 3 of the wine recommends and everything was wonderfully prepared and delicious. Our server was very willing to discuss pairings and seasoning, and even go to the kitchen to find out more about ingredients. A++
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Our go-to for Anniversary Dinner
    DaisyD
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is our third time celebrating our anniversary at Erbaluce, and it was great, as always. The service is attentive, but they don't rush you through a meal. It's a leisurely pace that is perfect for a special occasion. The food is great; the noise level is not hushed but quiet enough so that you don't need to strain to hear you dinner companion. Most of all, I think we will keep going to Erbaluce because they are consistent. On a special occasion, you don't want to take a risk that the service will be bad and spoil your evening. One thing that did annoy a bit was that once we got the bill and were ready to go, we suddenly couldn't get our waiter's attention. Finally we gave it to a bus-boy and he tracked the waiter down.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There are many better Italian Restaurants in Boston. The greeter/FOH mgr was sitting at the bar with her back to the door doing a crossword. The first 2 wines we ordered that didn't have the correct vintage listed on the menu. 45 min for apps (all salads) & an another 45 min for entrees (3 pastas & a medium rare steak). The Sirloin was poorly butchered (1" on the outside, 3" at the middle, sciatic nerve left in the middle of the sirloin that should have been removed). When we commented to the FOH manager that it had been a very long time waiting on entrees, the chef/owner finally walked out & blamed us for stating we had allergies (scallops & shrimp which weren't in the dishes ordered). All dishes were poorly seasoned. Go elsewhere
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fabulous service and food. Everything was fresh - we had a great experience!
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    fit for foodies
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  • backbaydiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    the food as usual was delish and the service made the evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    CurtVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Erbaluce is serving some of the freshest, most exquisitely prepared food anywhere. This is one of Boston's very very best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic