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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

ambience

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)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was good but not outstanding. The waitstaff stop by the table and ask how everything is, but don't seem terribly concerned with the answer or interested in making things better. I'm a little mystified by the hype that follows this restaurant.

There was nothing that we ate that I would return to this restaurant to try again.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Pasta in carbonara was dry and hard. Waiter did not seem to care that the meal was bad.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We love Erbaluce ; a favorite of ours. Chuck is one of the most innovative chefs ever- we had his stuffed sunflower appetizers. One of my favorite season dishes.
Joan is a gracious host- her front of the house presence is very welcoming.
Its is just a special place for us.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The roasted sunflower-head appetizer was really great. We appreciated that the chef brought a wedge of gluten-free bread from the oven for our gluten-free diner, and returned when dessert was served to make sure we knew the buckwheat crepes were safe, too.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was very good--onion soup and sea bass were excellent. Raviolini with mushroom broth was flavorful but an awesome light summer dish. Service was outstanding and made our experience; excellent wine recommendation. We were pre-theatre and both the server and maitre'd kept the dinner moving to make sure we made our show on time. Would absolutely recommend this spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The servers were knowledgeable and professional. The food was creative and fun, but with enough choices that my teenager was happy. The wine selection was immense. With a wide range prices. Quick walk to the theatre district.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Thanks for another fantastic meal at this great neighborhood location which is easy to miss or overlook. This continues to be my favorite restaurant in Boston. The Italian flavors and style are not to be missed by those who truly appreciate authenticity in this most unlikely of spots at the edge of this tiny Boston neighborhood.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

My husband and I dined at Erbaluce to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary, before heading to the theater. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the wine list was something special. Overall, the experience reminded us of our visit to Italy several years ago. Thank you for making our special night perfect!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Organic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was fine, nothing special. Service was bleak. The main server knew little about the wine list and steered us in the wrong direction without a bit of hubris. Two servers had strong, competing perfumes, which distracted nastily from the experience. The manager loomed overall with a grim, lonely face that was a little scary to look at.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The freshest ingredients "modern " Italian. The Chefs specialty is to prepare dishes without butter, cream etc. but to infuse the essence of veggies and broths to make rich flavor. Home made pastas white summer truffle ala peppe and bucatini carbonara made with egg yolk you stir at table for creamy deliciousness with restaurant cured guanciale a light taste of heaven. Top it off with a bottle of Finano a perfect accompaniment

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

More like a local place, with your regular "older" clientele mixed with younger ones. Food is honest. The waiter was very knowledgeable with the menu. He was great!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I can't believe more people do not know about this best kept secret. The food was excellent and staff very professional and friendly. We had the specials and everything was extremely fresh and prepared with great care.
Beer part was gelato: made in house and better than you find in Italia. Bringing my hubby back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent dinner. One of Boston's best Italian places. Creative and unusual dishes. Service attentive and friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We had a very enjoyable meal. The wild boar and the pork chops were perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was friendly and helpful when we were ordering. A small detail I noticed was that the glassware was quite thick - both for the champagne flutes and stemware. You might expect a bit finer tableware from this category of restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was outstanding and the chefs wife spent time with us at our table ( they own the restaurant ) explaining the history how they choose their menu etc. we will definitely return!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Everything was great especially the pastas. The lamb special was a terrific dish for sharing. Top notch wine list. Top marks.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening there. The menu was creative and used many local ingredients. Service The excellent. The pork cheeks were wonderful! An overall great dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Italian through and through. I visited and went here on business. Good Italian wine list but no other regions represented - waiter recommended a good bottle. Food had very interesting range of items - all sounding attractive. Would like to do it again to experience more

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The staff here are friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. The food was elegant and delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

enjoyed our meal here very much. The waiter was very helpful with a wine selection. Some very unusual items on the menu. Not your same old Italian restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Erbaluce is a lovely little Italian / seasonal restaurant tucked into the Bay Village area of Boston. A great get away from the theatrics of similar caliber Boston restaurants. The staff are very attentive and know the menu and wine selections very well. I like going there for their carbonara which is always served al dente and with egg on top. The main courses rotate nicely with the seasons and any of these choices are excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The food was unusual and delicious. The service was particularly outstanding, given that I'd had a bad interaction with a cab driver trying to find the restaurant and actually hit my head and cut my hand when he slammed on the brakes. Greg, the host, gave us directions all along the way, and when we pulled up near the restaurant he came out and retrieved me. He was patient and concerned, and moved me and my friend to a bigger table and brought us prosecco. He saved the day for us, and the lovely dinner was the frosting on the cake (so to speak). We enjoyed the evening despite the tumultuous start to it.
Marcie

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice restaurant - food was good, but not outstanding. Great location near the theater, but pretty slow service. Very limited beer choice - lots of wine by the bottle.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Outstanding! We were greeted by a wonderful hostess and immediately directed to our table. The dining area was energetic but not too loud to enjoy our conversation. Our server was gracious and informative. He assisted with a sparkling wine selection which was spot on. His description of the specials made us want to try everything. We were on a mission to find the best Carbonara and we were not disappointed. Our server made sure we knew that chef built his sauces on natural ingredients and did not use butters or creams as a base. I do love my butter and freely admit that I was a little apprehensive but the dish was outstanding. We also selected the Cacio e Pepe with Truffles. After a recent trip to Italy we were hoping that this dish would match up and after one bite we thought that Chef might want to head over to Italy and teach them this recipe! It was delicious. If you are looking for wonderful dining experience, you have to visit erbaluce!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

erbaluce is an amazing restaurant!!! Chuck and Joan have created such a comfortable space for dining on the most well-rounded and crafted dishes you can find in Boston.

The pasta is the freshest, most perfectly cooked pasta you will ever eat.

The meat is always cooked to perfection. The plating is beautiful. Ever dish is full of flavor and delicious.

I recommend the caccio pepe, bucatini and pork cheek. Or anything on the menu. I've also heard the bar menu is great!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Really enjoyed it before theatre. Nice setting very good food. Nice ambiance and people.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We went here for my birthday and our waitress was so knowledgeable and kind! She recommended a great wine for us and made sure we made it to our 7.30 pm show. Highly recommend!!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great restaurant with delicious pasta dishes. The interior needs a facelift.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Maitre D' looked really stern and could sometimes be seen reprimanding other waitstaff. Dining environment would be improved if staff were better treated: they all seemed to be working under a lot of pressure. Food was excellent though!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Very unique dishes. Must have an open-mind to trying new foods. Service was excellent. Food was good but not outstanding.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We had a great night! My wife has a gluten allergy, so she was thrilled when the chef brought out his own gluten free bread, fresh from the oven. Pretty much everything but the pasta is gluten free and they usually have a gluten free pasta to replace it. The menu changes daily, but the steak and bass we had were both phenomenal. We can't wait for our next visit!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Comfortable seating in this pretty space. We enjoyed a ricotta-herb filled ravioli in mushroom broth and the spaghetti carbonara. Serving sizes were generous. Interested carefully culled wine list. Service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was our first visit and we couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding service and food. We were told this is a hidden gem and one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston, and it turned out to be just that. Will be dining here again soon

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We are from out of town & have eaten here before. The food is great, but both times we've been seated at the table in the middle section closest to the kitchen! Next time we would prefer a quitier spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Extremely well done cuisine, thoughtful and mature spicing, great attitude from the staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was awful. The sauces were odd tasting, the fish unremarkable and nothing was vet tasted. I brought business colleagues from out of the country and was embarrassed

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I was a solo diner and they were very attentive to my needs. I thoroughly enjoyed the razor clams (bread dipped in the broth was heavenly) and the gnocci. The menu looked small but them they offered like five specials. A delightful evening

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We found Erbaluce on Boston Magazine's list of top 50 restaurants for 2017 and were not disappointed. The space is beautiful and perfect for a romantic date night. The article raved about the Carbonara and I was happy to take the recommendation - it is as excellent as advertised. My husband had the rack of boar which was perfectly cooked and presented a wonderful combination of flavors. Our dinner at Erbaluce was a highlight of our weekend getaway to Boston and would suggest it to anyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Consistently excellent food & service in a lovely setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This is not your typical Italian restaurant. The first thing the server will tell you is that the chef does not use any butter or cream in his cooking and that almost everything they use comes from a local farmers market. I found the dishes to be unique and interesting. I had grilled octopus app and tautag entree - both cooked well and described appropriately. It's worth a try if you're looking for something out of the box.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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