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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nice, cozy ambiance. Wonderful homemade pasta and breads. We come often and although we do, I’d say that there is a little something almost always lacking—for instance, the sauces need a little more something. The Cacio Pepe needed both more pepper and cheese to be memorable. I asked for more pepper and added it myself. The ragu needed something—salt? Not sure. These are the things that keep it from being a great restaurant instead of just a good one. But the ambiance and service (relaxing and unrushed) are lovely and for those aspects keep us returning.
We weren't from Boston and were looking for a place to go to dinner. After reading about Erbaluce online, we decided to try it out. We had a tomato salad to share, pasta (the carbonara and the special of the night - bucatini cacio e pepe), and the lemon panna cotta. Everything was delicious and the portions were good. Although the menu changes regularly, the carbonara apparently is a staple. Instead of a chicken egg, they use a duck egg and it made all the difference. The heaviness and creaminess of the duck egg along with thicker bucatini pasta made the dish.
The initial impression was that the restaurant was cozy and charming. The low light ambiance and the table settings were nice. The server was helpful. However the food was a bit disappointing. The papardelle was reasonably cooked though the pasta could have been more al dente...a standard effort but nothing beyond the ordinary. The octopus starter was overly sweet. The disappointment was with the razor clam special: it looked very pretty with a large thin slice of crisped bread and fennel herb salad. However, the clams themselves were sandy and every chew was gritty.
Very good diversity of entrees and appetizers that vary daily. Thankfully they had their wonderful signature razor clams and rack of boar as specials. Our overall impression was diminished however by service that was rushed and perfunctory, even though there was an empty table next to us. Several times the waiter or busperson tried to take our plates away before we we’re finished. When I did complete my dinner, he scooped the plates up and cleared the table while I was literally still chewing the last bite. I also appreciate the wait staff telling you how much the off-the-menu items are, which our waiter didn’t. Although our dinner was delicious, I wouldn’t call erbaluce a destination restaurant nor would I rush back. I guess they’re trying to rush us left a disappointing experience.
Chosen on the back of Open Table reviews and the closeness to the theatre district where we were staying. We split a plate of sardines to start with and they were beautiful. My wife then had the pigs cheeks which she tells me were wonderful and I had the Bucatini with locally cured pork which was also wonderful. Good wine list from which we chose a bottle of Piemonte, Pinot Noir, which was good but not brilliant. Overall very happy
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