Giulia Restaurant
Giulia Restaurant

Giulia Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 6174412800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Pagliarini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Giulia Restaurant
Giulia is a chef-owned Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. This is the first restaurant of award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini. Our focus is on inspired food and great service with true Italian vigor. We put a particular focus on our hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef"s table adjacent to the open kitchen.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Giulia Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (136)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (92)romantic (48)notable wine list (43)hot spot (34)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (11)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Real Italian food
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place exceeded my expectations. We had all but given up on good food in the Boston/Cambridge scene after many meals that looked amazing, but lacked real flavor. At Giulia, we had great fresh pasta with seasonal ingredients and a fresh sardine main course. The food was really fresh and flavorful. We'll be back in the fall when all the wonderful braised meats and seasonal veggies hit their next menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum.
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The problem with the menu is that there are too many interesting choices. While I tend to get a big plate of protein for dinner, I opted instead for a pasta dish because they make their own pasta and they're very proud of it. They should be. My wife's swordfish was perfectly prepared. Each dish seemed to have multiple ingredients but they didn't seem muddy or competing with each other. To the contrary, they married perfectly. Even the raw oysters got a complex treatment with a gooseberry mignonette. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Variable Experience
    SMGDAB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant dining area was clean and we were greeted quickly, politely and seated. The wait staff was attentive and took good care of us. We found the items we ordered very to be very different in taste. One might be flavorful and delicious and the other was either bland or bitter. Whether by design or our tastes, it suggests you need to know what you ordering to have the best experience. The most disconcerting thing about the visit was the men's room. The tiles above the sink were dirty and needed to be cleaned and there was a lot of paper on the floor. We did advise the hostess of this, but not sure if it was attended to. Overall a mid range experience and probably would not go back any time soon given the price value equation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diner20
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    a little too noisy for me. No quiet spaces. Food wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A prototypical restaurant
    HVS05
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    not too big, not too small, not too fast, not too slow--everything here is just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had an outstanding meal. The food was fresh and well prepared and there was a nice combination of flavors. Very highly recommended. Reasonably priced and much better than some high end places nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jesse G.
    JesseG
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything was excellent, but the pastas are out this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2mangoesahead
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Always really good food. Not too fussy. GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Ate at Giulia recently before attending the theater nearby. It was an exceptional visit with wonderful food, attentive servers, excellent choice of wine recommended by server, and casual atmosphere. I ordered papardelle with wild boar which I have never eaten before, but feeling adventurous and being told it was the restaurant's most popular dish, I took a chance. The sauce was rich and succulent and the boar tender and flavorful. Dessert was also unusual and delicious, panna cotta prepared in a very different way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tasting menu dinner!
    SadieEats
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Celebrated my birthday with the tasting menu. Had 11 different dishes, from small bites to pastas to entree to dessert. All were good, some outstanding. Excellent service! Our only suggestion would be to lower the lighting a bit to enhance the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb, authentic Italian food
    TakeABiteOutOfLife
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A memorable meal from start to finish. The pasta is made on the premises as are several other items, e.g. sausages, so every dish has a distinct artisanal quality. From the oysters to the pate, the striped bass, their amazing gelato and every other dish that my party of three enjoyed, this is fine dining. Best of all, the atmosphere is casual, the prices extraordinarily reasonable for the calibre of food and the staff is genuinely caring and attentive. Enjoy it all and get the five course tasting menu...amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    Beth
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Always great food. Incredible consistency. Wish it were easier to get a reservation but there is always the bar if you get there early enough. Always worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Italian Food in Boston
    zen2goVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is one of the few kitchens in Boston (or anywhere in America) that understands the essential simplicity of Italian (NOT "Italian-American") cooking: fresh, superior ingredients; distinctive flavors and textures; as few ingredients and as little handling as possible to bring out those flavors and textures for the enjoyment of the diner. All pastas are house-made with great care, and presented with equal attention. The 5-course tasting menu, at $65.00, is one of Boston's best dining bargains. Helpful, well-informed service. What else could one wish?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious every time
    Cariocagirl71
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was my third time dining at Giulia and it was just as enjoyable as the first time I was introduced to it. Each time I return I bring friends who have never been and they always leave saying they have to come back with so-and-so! The atmosphere is simple yet there is nothing simple about the food or the attentive service. Giulia is my go-to place now in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    MathildacooksVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything we had was delicious, esp the wild boar pappardelle. Staff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still hard to get into but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was very good. Best panna cotta I've had, probably anywhere. I don't know much from wine so I can't comment on the wine list. Worth arranging your schedule around whatever reservation you can get, because a year on and it's still hard to get a reservation on short notice. Service was good, competent and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Go Back In a Minute!
    Food4goodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Guilia! The food was fantastic and creative; the wait staff were attentive but not intrusive and they have a Grappa list!! There was a very knowledgeable manager who went through the grappa list with me and then offered to do a "grappa flight" of 4 kinds! It was such a treat and at a very reasonable price. We felt very taken care of and the atmosphere was very comfortable. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food not as good as our last visit
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We raved about the food on our last visit & could not wait to return. However, things changed. Our appetizers of brussels sprouts were burnt & sitting in a puddle of oil. The eggplant was prepared similar with the same faults. My pasta with bluefish had the skin left on it, on top of the overcooked pasta with a very uninspired tomato sauce. The other dish we ordered was a pesto with wholewheat pasta. Again, they really over did the amount of very oily pesto sauce. I don't think the pasta was really wholewheat? What happened here? Maybe an off night? The food was so outstanding last time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pasta dishes
    chopinOK
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    With appetizers, desserts, beer, (no bottles of wine here) etc., price adds up quickly. However, the food is very good and the experience was a good one. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    OMG the "5" course tasting menu was phenomenal and more like 11 small courses!! BRAVO to all the kitchen staff and servers
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Sunny
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fresh made pasta and creative preparation, Giulia is a really great spot! The service was spot on and the wine options were delicious. My only complaint is that the lights were a bit bright. My husband and I went in for a special occasion and it felt like the overhead light was a spotlight above him. If the lights were a bit dimmer, it would have felt much more romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bobby
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Really creating delicious, non fuss food. Everyone aims to please and the menu,especially the pastas, are hearty yet refined. Worth a short trip into Cambridge for a slightly different take on Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have been to Guilia's several times and it b=never disappoints! There are some tried and true items on the menu...tagliatelle with wild boar and the arugula and prosciutto salad...and always something different to try. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong! It's a great vibe, amazing food and great service...the recipe for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice apps
    arch
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lovely appetizers, main dishes good too but next time I'm going to try more apps.
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  • Always Amazing
    Kate
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My second trip did NOT disappoint. The staff remembered me, the food was better than I remembered, the wine was again, spectacular. There is a reason this is my favorite restaurant in Boston. It just screams GENERAL EXCELLENCE. Everything from the anchovies to the tuna crudo to the casarecce and bucatini to the gelato, you really have one of the most satisfying meals in one of the most intimate and beautiful restaurants. Will go back again and again (and again)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible service
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I gave you 5 stars because i know how hard it is to own and operate a restaurant. In reality, one of the worst dining experiences. 55 minutes for our apps. No acknowledgement or an apology. After apps arrived in 55 minutes, another hour for main course. Terrible. We ordered your most expensive wine on your list, ordered 3 apps, 3 pastas and 2 entrees. When I have guests like this, I always check to make sure this type of guest is taken care of because these are the type of customers you want to come back to your restaurant because they help your revenue stream and are good tippers. Even though the service was horrendous, I still tipped $80 dollars. I will not be returning to your place or recommend it. terrible terrible service.
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  • Outstanding dining!
    SusanA
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I celebrated my birthday with my family on a recent Saturday night. The food was outstanding and the meal was leisurely but well-paced. I had the warm semolina cakes with crispy pancetta, the pasta with bluefish (absolutely outstanding) and the pistachio gelato. Giulia is a perfect spot for any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    dinner was fabulous, service excellent and very welcoming staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    each time I come back I am so impressed with everything about this restaurant - food, staff, ambience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite in Cambridge
    TabletalkerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our second time dining here: loved it so much the first time, we came back...spot on fine-dining Italian dishes...excellent food, good wines and not insanely expensive. Warm brick interior walls, careful service, and thoughtful cooking. Grazie!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be better!
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have had nothing but excellent dinners at Giulia. Michael and his staff are creative chefs, the wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly as well as efficient.The greeters are always ready to welcome you. Terry makes a fabulous Negroni. My most serious problem there is deciding what to order--the amazing pastas, perhaps a dinner of all apps, wonderful entrees. And I always have a dessert--affogatto, pistachio gelato, chocolate terrine... I live two hours away, but when I am in Cambridge, this is where I go.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything here is fabulous!
    MLaurieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everyone and everything was fabulous -- from the host to the bar tenders to the servers to the food and wine. My new favorite place in Greater Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Restaurant... Great Chow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Why can't all restaurants be this good? The atmosphere is fine, simple, very casual. The tables are a little too small... and too close together for real comfort but you're willing to pay the price for such exciting chow. Some dishes took a little more time than you'd expect, but no matter as they were all served perfectly hot, right from the kitchen. Becomes a bit pricey as you can't resist the amazing food. Pastas are fantastic. Also loved the scallops. But don't go without ordering every vegetable dish that you can... the vegetables are absolutely stunning. Kudos to the chef, his kitchen team as well as the front of the house staff. A collaboration of excellence. Very exciting.
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  • utterly fabulous
    winegeekVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been several times before, but this time we took friends and they were mightily impressed also. As a result of it being their first time, we overindulged, to say the least. The semolina cakes are to die for, as were the tiny clams "in brodetto". Really like the burrata and beets. Great (huge) veal chop special. The desserts were good, too. Their wine list still leaves us wanting. Their average price is about 2.25 time retail, and higher, and the quality doesn't match the food. Still, we'll undoubtedly be back.
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  • Fabulous Modern Italian food
    mkmw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Giulia is an amazing addition to an already great dining neighborhood. Their modern take on classic Italian flavors, ingredients, and techniques is consistently impressive and delicious! The menu is designed to work equally well for sharing or not. Sharing is recommended, of course, so one can experience as many of the vibrant flavors as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable meal
    KJM1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant lived up to its billing--wonderful Italian food, highlighted by fresh house-made pastas. The service was friendly but not overbearing; the dining room was warm and inviting and had the feel of a nice neighborhood destination. The popular dishes--semolina cakes, pappardelle with wild boar--delivered as promised, and the oysters were terrific. Only quibble was the tight spacing of the tables in the front room, but that didn't keep us from having a very enjoyable meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the best
    FoodieFav
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Cannot stop thinking about our lovely dining experience @ Giulia. The entire evening was perfection and the food exceeded our expectations. Fabulous service and atmosphere as well. The lights could have been a bit dimmer but that is a minor detail. Loved!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a great meal at Giulia. The sfizzi at the outset of the meal was a treat. My anchovy bites were prepared perfectly. My wife and I share the salumi plate to begin. Often this is an overpriced tasting of scant offerings...not so at Giulia where we received generous portions of salumis. My wife had the papardelle and I the orrechiette, both of which were excellent. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and professional. I wish we had ordered the chef's tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    DuckConfit
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Delicious homemade pastas, farm fresh vegetables, interesting combinations of ingredients (raw tuna, grilled celery, grapefruit), plus impeccable service (spot on wine pairings, splitting dishes that we said we were sharing, surprise birthday wishes, and great pacing before/between dishes)...our meal was spot on! Thank you Giulia!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in Giulia!
    MartaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was our first time in Giulia and it was definitely a great discovery. The food is very good, all very fresh and cooked well. The service was attentive, and, even though we had to wait a bit for our entrees, the rest of the evening was almost perfect. I now understand why the reviews are so good and I have to agree with the rest ... even though this might make it more difficult to find a table next time around!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate