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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

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (23)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Special Occasion (19)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Authentic (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Business Meals (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Organic (4)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Fun (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We visited this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. We got there slightly late (at 7:08 for a 7:00 PM reservation) and we weren't seated for another ten minutes. Service was slow, food was spotty, two party members had sirloin and were thrilled...two of us had pasta and it was "meh"...carbonara undercooked...pasta with mushrooms definitely something I could make for myself at home.
We had originally made reservations for another restaurant in the North End...and we wanted to branch out...it wasn't worth the effort. We were here for an overnight in Boston for my friend's birthday...nice stay at the Langham. This was a low point for the weekend.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

It was perfect.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious meal. Wait staff asked about theatre start time and made sure meal was prepared so we could get to the theater on time

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Disappointing

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food, excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, clean flavors, especially loved poached pear dessert , gnocchi, and the trout . Perfect amount of attention from service staff

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite restaurants in Boston.
Delicious food thoughtfully prepared.
If you appreciate the freshest ingredients used in ways that let them shine this is the spot for you with excellent wine selections as well.
All served by an attentive, helpful staff.
A place you will go once and know you have to return, fantastic food, wine and people.
The Best!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service, delicious food and nice atmosphere. The wait staff was very professional and conscientious to our needs even though they had gotten slammed with a huge theater crowd before we came in. Both our waiter and the hostess made great recommendations off of the menu for food and wine. Would definitely like to dine here again!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband ordered a lamb dish. After uncovering a large layer of skin and fat he found a pile of bones and gristle. We agreed that it was the worst entree we had experienced anywhere. For $30, there was literally nothing to eat. I never send food back or complain about unsatisfactory meals. . .but this was crazy. When the waiter asked about our meal, I told him the truth. The restaurant was nice enough to take the entree off of our bill. The other parts of the meal were good to satisfactory. The decor was sad. The staff seemed unhappy. I will never go back even though the location is perfect for pre-theater dining. Too bad!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Greeting great. Service a tiny bit slow but overall very good. Reading the menu is a little difficult with the script font they use and the dishes names were above my vocabulary so we just picked a few random things and the food was outstanding! All of it. Wine was a great value too. Would definitely recommend for a nice dinner or date.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have been to Erbaluce several times over the past few years and find the food and service to be consistently excellent. On my most recent visit we received an excellent wine recommendation and all of the food from the cauliflower appetizer and escarole salad to the guinea hen special and the steak entrees were all delicious. Everything is always incredibly fresh and since they make everything without creams or butter it is light and you can try several courses without feeling too full. The service is always very friendly and knowledgeable and they are very good about timing meals if you have to catch a show after dinner. I look forward to my next meal at Erbaluce!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great staff, good food and atmosphere. Very enjoyable experience in tucked away location.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Amazing, authentic Italian food and great value for money. Definitely worth the visit!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This restaurant never fails to astound me. The food is so very special that it demands your attention. There is no idle talk while mindlessly eating. Each and every dish is a new experience— and always a good one.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Possibly the best Italian restaurant in Boston - a varied but not overwhelming menu, great specials, impeccably prepared dishes, and reasonably priced for such a first-rate experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing, authentic Italian food with good atmosphere

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was impeccable. The food is very good and very interesting. Our waiter helped us choose a wine, as almost all the wines listed were unknown to me. The choice was great. Something like a Pinot Noir. He also helped us plan our entire meal. We both got started, shared a pasta special, and had different entrees. Shared a dessert with cappuccinos. The price was a little high, but such great service and attention made you feel it was a special night out.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Erbaluce is in my view the best Italian Restaurant in Boston, including the North End restaurants. I would and have recommended it to many others. The food is made with the freshest of ingredients and exceedingly well prepared. The wine list is excellent, and the service is superb.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and good services. OMG the pork cheeks!! We would certainly return. Noise level was bit over the top. Party (of 2) at a table close by was way too loud. Other guests were a bit uncomfortable with the outbursts, however, staff never said a word.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Found this gem totally by accident while researching someplace for dinner before the theater. What a find! Our reservation was for 5:30. We were greeted enthusiastically and seated immediately. The ambiance was warm as was our delightful server. The pace was wonderful and everything was creative and delicious. We will definitely return! Thanks for a wonderful dinner, Erbaluce!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Erbaluce was awesome! All the food was tastefully prepared and service was so attentive. We had razor clams that were tender and scallops that had just the right amount of spice. Trout had such an excellent crispy skin. We were in a rush to get to the theater and all the stuff catered to our needs and served us an excellent meal! This was a wonderful experience and I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and family.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (New England)·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 15, 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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 (New England)·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 8, 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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