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About erbaluce

Erbaluce has been named "Best Italian Restaurant" for the fifth consecutive year by The Improper Bostonian.

Located centrally in the Bay Village area of Boston, Erbaluce serves Italian cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and Piemontese flavors.

Contact events@erbaluce-boston.com to inquire about private dining options for groups ranging in size from 10 to 200.

69 Church Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday: 5 PM - 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 5 PM - 12 AM

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 426-6969

Website:
http://www.erbaluce-boston.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Charles Draghi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our two private dining rooms can accommodate groups ranging in size from 10-100 guests. We can also seat up to 175 guests in a full restaurant booking. Whether you are hosting a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner, corporate meeting or family gathering we will work to exceed your every expectation.

Private Dining

Erbaluce Restaurant can accommodate parties of 10-100 people in our private dining rooms, or up to 175 people for a full restaurant booking.

erbaluce Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

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4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (25)
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Neighborhood Gem (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Cozy (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Local Ingredients (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Organic (3)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent and the prices were very reasonable for the quality of food. The lamb was delicious, but a bit too fatty; everything else was outstanding, especially the scallop appetizer (special that evening) and the lobster and squash soup.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Went here for a birthday. While the main course was very good, the other parts of the meal were average at best. The "sour dough" bread was terrible- strange taste and nothing like any sour dough we've ever had. The bean dip was inedible.
Service was pushy and uncaring when issues were raised.
The dessert was supposed to be panna cotta with fresh raspberries. When it came, it was covered with an orange substance ("citrus compote") with golden raisins. While apologies were given, it should have been simpler for the server to inform us of the change- and we wouldn't have ordered it.
Too bad because the sardine app and pork cheek entree were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Service is definitely rough around the edges. Music was loud and raucous. They may consider putting a door between the fluourescent lit, pot banging, chef yelling kitchen, and the cozy and inviting dining room I would presume that they would want to maintain. But still, the music. Food was lukewarm, uninspired. Had a similar experience a few years ago but thought I'd give it another shot. I'm done now.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We randomly saw this restaurant when looking up places code to the Park Plaza and it looked intimate and cozy and the menu seemed interesting. Everything we ate was delicious and the service excellent. There was another party of 42 guests in the restaurant and kindly warned us about it ahead of time, and were still attentive throughout. We didn’t feel like our food was overly delayed and were given time to eat each course at our leisure. A wonderful place to go out for a date

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The host was amazing and graceful. Checked on tables often and was very accommodating and professional throughout. Unfortunately the high bar he set did not last.

We began with a few glasses of wine at the bar as our table was prepared. The wine list consisted of all Italian wines that had great range and covered the full spectrum. Also the homemade bread sticks/snaps were splendid. The bartender was courteous and friendly, but overstepped a boundary at the end—it was a lack of professionalism and judgement.

Food was okay but very overpriced. Servers were nice but inexperienced, describing ingredients/preparation of specials with general statements like “..and other stuff like that” despite reading off of a list.

The arugula salad was slopped together and the dressing did a poor job of taming the pepperiness of the arugula. The cacio pepe, while tasty, certainly did not warrant the $40 price tag, black truffles or not. Lastly, despite good preparation, our lamb entree was a fatty cut of meat that did not impress or live up to the $36 price tag.

It was new years eve and some kinks can be expected, but our experience overall was underwhelming. We won’t blame the restaurant for the fire alarm blaring mid-service, but this place wants to wear big boy pants and simply does not live up to the standard. Perhaps if the food was priced more fairly our critique would be less harsh. Would recommend Erbaluce to anyone looking for evening drinks and an Italian wine list, but would not suggest staying for a full meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year's Eve (which is also spouse's birthday), and had a lovely dinner. Food was great (Spicy Saffron Tomato Cavatappi, Porcini Tagliatelle), apps were also tasty. Server had said apps were sized for sharing, and they really were not, so we were glad that we couldn't decide between cauliflower and brussels sprouts - we just got both. Wine selection was also good. Dessert was amazing, and the complimentary little bites at the end were a nice touch. Tables were a little too close for private conversations or seamless service. Prices were not too high for the quality of the food. I'd return (and probably will, when it's a little warmer out!)

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had never known of this little gem! Very close to the Park Plaza, much better ambiance than many restaurants in the same area. Creative cuisine, excellent wine list, quiet enough to enjoy dinner conversation, and great service. Authentic. Only place I could get reservations on New Year's Eve--what a find! We'll be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a wonderful little spot that I've been meaning to try for ages now. A rather long, lengthy description of the specials for the day seemed a little much, but our server was absolutely lovely. Had a 1/2 portion of the mushroom tagliatelle -- delicious. My dining partner ordered the lobster special which was "interesting" -- I'm not sure I would have included the largish beans, and the pieces of radicchio were very large, but certainly decorative. I had the black bass which also had the beans, but I thought more appropriately. Fish was a little overdone to my taste, but loved the crispy skin left on. The Erbaluce tiramisu is excellent! And the little sides of tidbits was a nice touch. I'll definitely come back to this very romantic eatery. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I went to erbaluce for a day night and it was the best food we have had since our trip to Rome. Authentic Italian dishes and great wine! Our server was friendly and attentive! Definitely our new favorite spot!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Dinner wasn't so great. Pasta dish was undercooked. Al Dente is ok but this was well below that. Lamb dish was very fatty. The lamb itself was tremendous, delicious, but there was a lot of fattiness to the cut. The restaurant is very dark making my lamb dinner and accoutrements almost impossible to see. The staff is fantastic. We had a wonderful waiter but he seemed to lose some attentiveness steam as the restaurant filled up. Finally the value just wasn't there. Very expensive for the quality of all dinners.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We don't eat out regularly, but this was our third visit to Erbaluce. As was true in our first two visits, we had a fabulous and completely original meal. Every dish clearly is prepared with care and flair. We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The waiter had a bit of an attitude and the dinners too close to an hour to come out. Would not recommend, food was ok, nothing special

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our second time dining here. The food was delicious. The waitstaff knows the menu well, and is able to answer all questions regarding it. The waitstaff is very attentive. We plan to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was delicious. My parents said it was one of the best meals they have had in years. The sauce on the food was exquisite, and each course had distinct and unique tastes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

First off our server was fantastic. Super attentive and helpful. Our starters (razor clams and octopus special) were alright not as flavorful as I would have liked. I got the truffle pasta special for my entree and it was delicious. The dessert was the best part we got the tiramisu and Panna cotta. We would return especially because it is in the best little area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was very good and service was attentive and excellent. They asked if we had theater tickets so they could move us along which was appreciated.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went after a Ballet with 2 adults/3 children 7-13. The kids are adventurous eaters and loved the food! I had an amazing carbonara and gelato. The breads were fresh and yummy, the deserts were amazing. The service was fantastic our waitress noted the girls special dresses and really made them feel welcomed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very nice spot! The waiter was very attentive to the fact that we had theatre tickets and took good care to ensure we finished on time (even after we arrived late due to inclement weather)! Food was really good (not quite mind-blowing, but definitely high quality).

Also, it was pretty crowded for a snowy evening, so they must be doing something right!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Tight space, did not have 3 basics condiments needed, menu limited, did not have champagne, soda. Very disappointed and hard to believe the stellar reviews. Never again.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. It’s intimidate & welcoming. The food is always delicious. We get the carbonara & share it as an appetizer. And the pork cheeks are cut-with-a-fork delicious.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Still my favorite Italian restaurant in Boston . Razor clams, calamari, pumpkin pasta, terrific !!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Not a very good experience at all. The restaurant was extremely loud - we couldn't even hear the waiter, nor could he hear us. Our appetizers showed up prior to his taking our drink order, menu details were either not very forthcoming or incorrect altogether, and the food itself didn't live up at all to what had been described. Sorry, not impressed.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our dinner was fabulous, had the Carbonara
definitely one of the most memorable dishes we have tried outside of Italy...

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Erbaluce is always always a great experience all around. The food is exceptional .

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The waitress and the manager had bad attitude. The food was poor. The pasta with truffle was over cooked. The octopus was too salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is a favorite. They always ask if you need to make a show, so they can plan their service accordingly. We told them we were there for the night, not to rush us. It was a great evening with friends, a nice leisurely evening with good friends and good service and food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Grilled octopus was fabulous. Special pasta of the day with black truffle was not hot and not a lot of flavor. Two of my guests also found their apps to be a pretty flavorless - can't remember what they were though off the top of my head. Guest liked the braised pork cheek.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Elegant, but low-key, comfortable atmosphere. Unbelievable walnut-encrusted steak! Loved that no butter or cream is used so natural flavors come through and you can eat a full meal without feeling overly stuffed. Waiter recommended the perfect red wine for our meal. Excellent service. They even recommended a fun place to hear live jazz as we were leaving.
They didn't hear our 2nd appetizer order so we were disappointed we didn't get to try the wood-grilled ocotpus. The salad was nice, using winter greens and pistachio dressing.
We were so satisfied after the meal we did not order dessert. We did miss cream on the dessert, as herbed sorbet did not appeal to us. We would definitely return to and recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We first ate at Erbaluce in 2013 while attending a convention in Boston. We ate here again in November of 2017 for the same reason.

This is a genuinely good restaurant. Ingredients taste fresh and high quality, preparation is simple and clear. You can get really nice glasses of wine for $10 apiece.

We like northern Italian food that steers clear of butter, cream, melted cheese, and tomato sauce. This is just such a place. It's not cheap by any standard, but the price seems fair for the quality.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very average. Disappointing.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We LOVED erbaluce. Truly some of the most wonderful combinations and dishes we have had on our travels yet. Their food isn’t covered and smothered in cream, sauces, or cheese...It’s flavorful and perfectly proportioned—well done!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Lived in Boston until 2015 and dined at Erbaluche every 2-3 months. It was always a great experience. So on a recent visit, my wife and I decided to return there. We were not disappointed. Even a simple dish like bluefish was done very well and delicious.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Erbaluce. We arrived right at opening because of a later commitment at 7 pm. We were seated promptly and our server inquired early on if we had a show or other event we needed to make. My fellow diner and I split a salad and an appetizer, the each had our own entrees. The app was a half order of a pasta entree and was large enough to enjoy the dish without having to eat (and pay for!) a regular portion. My pappardelle with wild boar ragu was flavorful, but could have taken more meat and sauce. The portion was plenty. My partner's special pasta was also very good. Our server was informed, attentive and available. My only suggestion would be that the wait staff not gather by the entry to the kitchen and conduct personal conversations within earshot of the diners. This was likely due to the fact that the dining room was relatively empty because of our early reservation. Ironically, my usual complaint is that servers can't be found in an empty dining room because they are congregating in the kitchen. I am happy to have the staff in the dining room, but try to mange the conversation. In sum, Erbaluce was an excellent dining experience, and we would go there again.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The problem here is the menu and the cooking is not based on taste or authenticity. The menu is created by a non experienced, certainly not Italian cook, not chef. Way too many ingredients, which do not necessarily marry together but look good on paper. It is sad, in a town that excels in seafood and Italian fare. The website and the menu on line donot reflect the actual food that is served. Example the pork, was fall of the bone, came with a very savoury gravy and covered with candied Christmas cake like fruit and dowsed with honey. Should have stopped at the gravy... The greens were over cooked and could not tell you if it was kale, spinach or weeds from the front lawn. It would not have mattered because it was so over cooked and tasteless. The black bass smelled bad, and I could smell it from the kitchen. The skin had scales and the fish was ridiculously Bonny. The rest of our table had at least one disappointing dish out of their choices. The waiter was really good and funny but sorry his brother in law, the cook, blew it that night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My favorite Italian restaurant in Boston. When friends from Italy come to Boston this is always a place they appreciate and applaud. Not ‘Americanized’ but the real thing. And some of the best, fairly priced wines in town. Not to mention the desserts. A plus!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The just so so food doesn't agree with the beautiful ambiance. The octopus appetizer was rubbery, and the rack of boar very bland. My wife's razor clams were full of sand. Service was passable but not great. Just not a great experience. Maybe it was an off night ; the place is so charming that it may be worth exploring again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Erbaluce is always amazing, but this was one of our best experiences. Particularly notable were the boar pasta, the raviolini , the mackeral and the baby octopus special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Interesting, slightly different flavors and creative dishes. They don't mention anything about gluten-free, but when my brother said he didn't eat gluten, they brought him a special bread with no great fuss. Nice touch. Boar was great.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have had two great meals here.
One in which a little girl overheard I was having a birthday, drew a pic. And presented to me. The other was with three dear old friends.

Tags: Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

most excellent Carbonara with guanaciale, home made pasta, egg yolk

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