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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about private dining options for groups ranging in size from 10 to 200.
Boston, MA 02116
Italian, Seafood, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday: 5 PM - 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 5 PM - 12 AM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
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
A surprising and unassuming find just steps from the big chain restaurants around the Park Plaza. The menu contained some very interesting combinations and I went with two that were total novelties for me -- dandelion greens with soft cheese and a citrus finish, and pasta with pumpkin and olive tempanade. Both delivered fresh flavors and delightful new tastes.
Comfortable setting, tables not too crowded on each other. Our server was attentive and informative. Portions are generous -- my husband and I split both a salad course and a main course (the boar specialty of the house, which was delicious) and the restaurant was very accommodating in playing our half portions.
Can't say enough about how wonderful this neighborhood culinary gem is.
The warmth and attention, the great service and ambiance beckons you to relax.
They prepare you for what's to come...the wine and the food. From the appetizers to the pastas to the entrees and the desserts, magnificent and all with the freshest of ingredients.
Bring your appetite for a unique menu of exquisitely prepared food. I can't wait to go back!
This is definitely the place you want to go for a romantic evening. It has the perfect atmosphere, really cosy, the light all coming from candles and a great service that perfectly knows how to treat you. The food is delicious and very creative, I had the best risotto ever. A great selection of wines and sweet also available. A bit expensive, but definitely worth it for a unique occasion.
I've dined in many fine restaurants in Paris, London & Italy and this gem matches and exceeds many of those in both food & service. The menu & flavors are wonderful & change with what is fresh. I can't say enough about the knowledgeable, friendly waitstaff. They really made the evening & the flavors of the dishes come alive. I can't wait to go back!I've already recommended it to friends.
Erbaluce is a good restaurant. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed most of our time here (Sat. 4 top at 8 pm). But after 20 minutes for a reserved table (granted, same day, but don't take it if you don't have the space), another 15 for water, another 15 to hear from our waiter, a good 30 for our prosecco to chill past room temp (after having to ask for the wine list), the waiting coupled with the elaborately written menu had us very eager for the food. It was straight-ahead tasty, but for no one at the table did it match the ambitious "palate prep" from our knowledgable server (specifics of ingredients and prep), nor the $25-30 entree pricing. This felt to me like a top notch "neighborhood joint" gussied up and sold as a top city place.
The service here is fantastic. We asked for recommendations for a wine, and the waiter insisted that he wait until he knew what we were eating to ensure we would enjoy a good pairing. The selection was great, and went very well with my meal. For an entree, I ordered the venison, which was prepared perfectly. It had a great balance of flavor and did not seem at all "gamey" like venison often does. The accompanying greens and potatoes were equally delicious.
I had a bit higher expectations for the razor clam appetizer and the chocolate-blood orange tart dessert. The clams seemed a bit rubbery and overcooked, and the tart was decadent, though tasted obviously of orange.
Overall, a wonderful experience and a fantastic entree!
My wife and I have been to erbuluce three times and each time the food has been excellent and unique. The wait staff are always friendly and very knowledgable about the interestingly prepared Italian dishes that one would not find anywhere else in Boston. My favorite aspect of the restaurant is that the husband and wife owners, Joan at the front of the house and Charles the chef always participate in the dining experience. Joan has helped me pick out an interesting wine from the list every time and Charles always comes over to the table to ask you if you enjoyed the meal and to thank you for coming in. It is now our favorite restaurant in Boston.
Absolutely extraordinary! The freshest, local ingredients, always prepared and presented with a creative twist. Fresh scungilli, giant scallop served in-shell, pasta with heirloom pumpkin and black olive sauce, whole roasted black flounder delicately seasoned, no butter anywhere and loads of fresh herbs. Professional waiter (really) whose knowledge of the ingredients and preparations were matched only by his command of the vast Italian wine list. Truly one of the best restaurants in Boston in a sweet and funky neighborhood setting. And prices are fair given the quality of the experience. This is authentic Italian and, as in Italy, the menu is driven by the very best local, fresh edibles seasonably available from the earth and waters.
The menu offers choices that few restaurants do i.e. wild boar, leg of venison, speck, and unusual fish species, as well as a nice selection of pastas with creative sauces. The seasonings are superb. The service from our waiter was somewhat slow, and not particularly attentive, but it was a busy evening. This was forgiven by the appearance of the chef at our table, twice in the evening. The chef took time to bring a small dish of truffles (made in their kitchen) to every table at the end of each patrons' meal. Just before leaving, he came by our table to talk again.
Since this restaurant is not very large, I would recommend for small groups, and couples dining.
The front room near the bar is very cozy. The back room was crowded. The staff (except for the water and bread waiters who were great!) seemed like they were too busy to care about our dining experience. We had to wait to order, wait for our wine. The hostess waited on and served us. Where was our waiter?! We saw him once the entire evening - at the end.
Erbaluce is a great find. Tucked away in the Bay Village on an unassuming street, it's focus on local foods with a fresh and refreshing and light take on cuisine makes for a tremendous meal. It's a great place for adventurous foodies looking for something new and unique to try since the night's menu is never published, as well as a comfortable place to take a small group to enjoy the night out.
My wife and I needed a special restaurant close to our hotel for a relaxing weekend away. Erbaluce seemed from what I read to fit the bill. In person, from the initial greeting through descriptions of appetizers, entrees and dessert, from an education on unfamiliar but delicious wines, we found all to be first rate, friendly, accessible and quite delicious. We will be back, and highly recommend.
Really disappointed w/ this place. Was so excited as I had met the chef at the Copley market stand. Hostess was not welcoming & she tried to sit us at a crap table. My friends went there a week earlier & had the same experience w/ her. Service provided by waiter was excellent. Super nice guy.
I'm not sure if Erbaluce is not accustomed to a larger crowd, as I was there on valentines day. However, I still don't find that a good excuse for our experience. I wasn't aware that they didn't have a liquor license (only beer and wine), so was thrown off when I ordered a martini. Ordered a bottled beer and my date had a drink off their drink menu, which was essentially wine mixed with vermouth. I thought it was horrid but she got through it. The bread came out about 15 minutes after we sat down and was bland. The dip was essentially sour cream mixed with olive oil. She had the steak - tough and hard to chew, even though it was medium rare. I had the bore - same experience. Spent $120 with tip, left hungry and extremely disappointed.
Good ambiance, very good service, but in the end it's all about the food, and the food is EXTREMELY overpriced and VERY ordinary. I'm quite sure the contents of my dish could have been assembled for under $7 but I paid nearly 4 times that amount for an uninspiring entree. Face it folks, you're paying for this restaurant's location. Nothing special going on here.
The evening was very special. The staff is warm and welcoming. The waiter knew about all the wines and was helpful in our selection. Wine list is from Italy. The meal is nicely paced. Outstanding flavors. Price range is $$$. The owner/hostess came by to check on us and thank us for our patronage. A great place in Bay Village. Try it
I was stunned that this restaurant scored an average 4+ points.I would say it was nothing more than just "fine", and then quite expensive for "fine". My dining companion had the raosted turnips as a starter.I tried them and found them totally uninteresting but he seemed to enjoy them.He had the short ribs.Server did warn him they were "fatty" but it truly seemed there was more fat than meat on his plate.Even having agreed to "fatty", he was stunned.I had the wild mushroom risotto, which I was really looking forward to and which was entirely disappointing.There was so much pecorino cheese that you could not even taste the risotto, which was far more grainy than it should have been.Panna cotta was very good.Bill was $125 incl. 2 beers each!!
Wonderful food. The lobster soup was excellent as was the turnip appetizer. The service was good, but we had to ask for water to be refilled (which is a pet peev of mine) and it took nearly 40 minutes between our appetizer and main courses, which seemed a bit long. Luckily we weren't in a rush. The food was very good, especially the greens and sides. Next time I am here I am going to consider getting a vegetarian entree, as the chef seems to do an amazing job with vegetables. They are like a highlight of the plate and not just a "side". The bread pudding dessert was also fantastic.
It was a nice, intimate place - however nothing spectacular, and, in my opinion, undeserving of the rave reviews. Food was ok but surprisingly somewhat bland. Wine was probably the best part- good recommendation and at a very reasonable price point. Plus they let me have one additional glass with cheese even though they did not sell that particular bottle by the glass- so I give them extra marks for that. :)
Would I go back? Probably not. There are far better restaurants in Boston and Providence (and even in the 'Burbs for that matter!) at that price point. Also, the arrogance of the staff alone would make me not overly inclined to go back.
You would never know this place was there if you weren't looking for it. And I recommend you look for it. Located in that triangle between the Theater District and the Park Plaza, Erbaluce has delicious Italian food, great wine and outstanding service in a comfortable, homey environment. And homey diesn't mean red checked tablecloths, but rather low ceilings, ambient lighting, crisp decor, and a feeling of real warmth. Many of the guests who also ate at the bar were recognized as regulars in a delightful way. I'm sure if I went back I'd likely be re organized too.
This was a "Best of Boston" disappointment: I was expecting a lot more from a restaurant got this type of recognition. The food was not equal in taste: risotto was average at best, lamp was very fatty, side were fine and the chef prepared dessert... well just ok... Service was sufficiently attentive. Ambiance is similar to a French bistro... Overall not a repeat on my list.
Great time, great food and great service..
Wow is the first word to come to mind.. My first time at the well known eatery. The staff is warm, friendly and knowledgable.. And the food was really over the top. Chef Chuck I recognized from years ago at Marcuccio's in the North End. One of the best meals of my life, and this was no exception. You've got to et in here and treat yourself..
Can't wait to get back and thankyou Justin..
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