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Giulia Restaurant

Giulia Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (617) 441-2800
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "dinner was fabulous, service excellent and very welcoming staff."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "each time I come back I am so impressed with everything about this restaurant - food, staff, ambience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What a delight! Guiulia is a marvelous blend of your neighborhood favorite and a serious food destination. The ambiance is relaxed yet people do seem to dress up to their better than normal standard. The food is exceptional but served by a friendly as well as knowledgeable staff. Questions are welcomed, unknowns are explained, and you leave feeling you will be welcomed back! Of special note is the house made pasta; it is bellissimo! This is a place of many returns."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was excellent, particularly the semolina cake Sfizzi. However, the ambience in the space lacks an idea of how the restaurant wants guests to experience the evening, apart from the overly complex menu and all brown and dark interior dining space. Clearly the owners are invested in the cooking and creation of delicious food, and they succeed. A solution to the ambience does not need to be expensive - just thoughtful. Add some light neutral paint somewhere, or table cloths, get better lighting, lose the brown painted acoustic tile ceiling, and add a small amount of color or sparkle."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Everything was perfect, from start to finish: host, bartenders, service, food. I recommend the crostini del giorno, which was a chicken liver pate, semolina cakes, burrata and tuna crudo, which was bright and clean--not overly sauced like many crudos I have had. For dinner, we enjoyed the fussili and sweetbread ravioli. I could eat the gorgeous fusili--such a simple but delicious dish--every day. Don't skip dessert and make sure you have a signature cocktail and wine. The sangiovese/cab that I had--the cheapest glass on the menu--was superb! Even with so many wonderful restaurants nearby, I will be sure to make Giulia a regular stop!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We followed our waiter's recommendations and we were not disappointed. The semolina cakes were rich and delicious. The scorpion fish "cacciucco" is much like a cioppino and was full of fennel flavor and lovely. The pappardelle with wild boar was so perfectly prepared and scrumptious that I would happily return for that alone, but I look forward to trying other things on the menu. This is my favorite kind of restaurant - a place where the food is flawless and the service is personable, not snooty or pretentious. Just a fantastic neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Dinner for 4 at 10 PM. We had snacked before showing up but we couldn't stop eating! All four dishes were amazing but the steak was the definite winner. Perfect medium-rare and the salsa verde with a grilled lemon made this one of the most amazing steaks I've ever tried. Our server Justine was stellar. He had great recommendations and tolerated our bad jokes. I can't wait to go back and try the tasting menu! Cheers Giulia!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "great service, food preparation was carefully done and the presentation appealed to the eye; the semolina cakes are a must for everyone to try as is the fusili with asparagus; the day boat scallops was a winning dish, both light and having depth with great flavor; the bass was too strong-flavored (read fishy) for me; alas, too full for dessert."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had a delicious and memorable dinner here. The staff are lovely and helpful and accommodating of our infant son, who we brought with us."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This place is absolutely amazing. I've now been here 4 times, and have ordered a different pasta (pappardelle, bucatini, casarecce, and orecchiette) each time. All outstanding. This restaurant is a must try."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love everything about this place! The hostess is amazing, the service is flawless, great drinks and even better food. If I lived closer I would cozy up to the bar once a week for a bowl of pasta. If you love Italian food (I'm not talking chicken parm here) then hurry to Giulia and discover this Cambridge gem. Don't skip the semolina cakes with crisp prosciutto or the duck heart spiedini. I had an eggplant ravioli that I dream about but the menu now has a veal and sweet bread ravioli on it. Needless to say, I will be making a reservation to get try that dish STAT!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Really good food…a very welcoming atmosphere…great wine…a nice Cambridgey feel"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything was perfect from antipasti to dessert. The service was terrific and the food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I came here recently with my girlfriend for our anniversary, and we were absolutely blown away by our experience. The menu was a bit overwhelming, but our server did an excellent job of explaining everything, giving us recommendations, and taking care not to be overbearing and pushy. We opted for the chef's tasting menu, colorfully titled 'Via Giulia", and could not have been happier. Our waiter asked us if we had any food allergies or aversions (luckily we did not) and if we were "adventurous eaters", and with those parameters in place we were on our way to one of the best meals we have ever eaten. I won't go into what we were served (the surprise is the best part!), but it was incredible. Highly recommend Giulia, five well-deserved stars."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the wine list was extensive, the staff was welcoming and attentive, and the ambiance was cozy and vibrant. We will certainly return to Guilia's. After looking at the wine list I wasn't sure what wine to choose, so our waitress brought me a mini tasting glass full of one she recommended, and it was just right. My husband and I both ordered pasta dishes, and mine was perfectly cooked and mixed with asparagus and spring onions. I started with a wilted greens and sweet apple concoction, which was excellent. We shared a seasonal dessert with rhubarb sorbet, fresh strawberries and a cornmeal/olive oil cake. As our waitress said, "it's summer in a bowl." A GREAT way to start off our summer."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Giulia is clearly one of the top five restaurants in Greater Boston, and would rank equally superior in Manhattan. Exceptionally fine cuisine, beautifully prepared, plated and served, all with no attitude. Not to be missed!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The more praise, the harder to get a reservation! love being able to find a table at the last moment!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. I have dined there four times and each has represented some of the best meals I've had in this city."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Every morsel was exquisite from the bread and olive oil to the warm, perfect crostiini, and the delectable entrees (we had the chitarra and spanish mackerel and the halibut on mushroom risotto with fresh peas). Happy to savor the flavors and experience of dinner over our last sips of wine, we weren't interested in dessert, but in the end indulged in coffee and cherry almond biscotti. Again, we were fainting with happiness. I have never tasted biscotti like this - somehow chewy and crispy at the same time with the most delicate flavor, a dusting of powdered sugar I think, bursts of cherry, and a mint leaf garnish. I'll just say something really stupid: "Oh my god." If I could eat out only once a year I'd choose this restaurant every year."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Good-quality food, but limited menu. Couldn't figure out if this is meant to be an authentic Roman restaurant, because it doesn't quite fit what I encountered during a two-year stay in Rome. Good wine. Excellent service. I think I need to give it another try."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It took a while to get a reservation, and mostly I am spur of the moment, but knew I would be in the area this night, in advance and made an early reservation. from first step in the door, I loved it. great atmosphere. the staff was fantastic, memorable, the food was the best I've had in a long time! I am a vegetarian too and the accommodations were perfect. I would go often!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food and service were fine, but I am amazed by the buzz around this place. The food was fine, not exceptional. The menu was very limited anyway (with almost nothing for the non-meat eater. Yes, they will remove the meat from anything but that's not the same, especially at these prices.) and they were out of what I wanted to order. The ambiance is not bad, it's just a Cambridge storefront. It's the kind of neighborhood place I'd drop into if I lived nearby and it was relatively easy to get into. But there was nothing here to again entice me to wait two months for a 5:30 weeknight reservation, battle rush hour traffic, and deal with the parking nightmare."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Giulia has rapidly moved into our handful of favorite restaurants. Delicious dishes, artfully conceived and expertly executed. Friendly, attentive service. Very popular, so make reservations well in advance."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Giulia's as always. The food was very good. We always go for the fresh pasta (since it it prepared by the chef at the restaurant). Having been now 1/2 dozen times I'd like to see a change in the menu since it is small and somewhat limited."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "What a great evening. We knew the restaurant had great ratings, but after having experienced things from each course of the menu...we were in awe. The presentation coupled with the flavors were really outstanding. The kitchen is exposed in the back of the restaurant and it's impressive to notice how streamlined and rhythmic the team works together. The service is top notch as well. Can't wait to go back there again!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We did the chefs tasting menu and we were not disappointed! It was amazing! Portions were generous and quality was amazing. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Terrific greeter; friendly and helpful server; warm ambience; inspired and creative menu; appetizers too small for sharing and main courses are a bit skimpy so order accordingly."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Wow what a great meal. The small plates (sfizzi) and salumi antipasta were fresh and flavorful. The fish dishes they serve at Giulia rival the best seafood restaurants in Boston. The homemade pasta dishes, especially the pappardelle with wild boar, are outstanding. Add in great desserts, excellent service, a nice wine list, and you have the best neighborhood bistro in Cambridge and one of the premier Italian restaurants in Greater Boston. No wonder it's hard to get a reservation..."
    Dined on 5/20/2014