Giulia Restaurant

4.8
961 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Giulia is a chef-owned regional Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. It is the first restaurant of award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini (check out sister restaurant Benedetto in Harvard Square at the Charles Hotel). It’s reputation has spread nationally with frequent out of town guests as well as Boston area locals.

Giulia puts a particular emphasis on hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef"s table adjacent to the open kitchen. Reserve the Pasta Table for a special event for up to12 people!

Best of Boston Italian Restaurant. All Italian wine list with unique Italian varietals. Local purveyors, dry aged local beef, burrata di puglia, stone milled flours, vegetarian options. Chef’s tasting menu. House baked bread, gelato and dolci.
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New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and interesting food with always surprising combinations that work. Great service. Recommend going.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Trevor and his staff are all top notch and perform like a symphony of service. The chef and his crew continue to impress us after three years of being our go to date place. May we suggest prosciutto di’ parma starter, Bucatini Ameritriciana and Wild Boar with Parpadelle for your entree. These will not disappoint anyone who enjoys quality, fresh Italian food at its finest.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, lovely little spot with excellent service

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post holiday dinner with friends!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was top notch. Do the tasting menu to experience the best of the menu.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

For all its hype and popularity, Giulia was just ok.

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JG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought Giulia was good but for how hard it is to get a reservation I expected a bit more. The pasta was fresh and very tasty however some dishes such as the veal crudo needed a bit more oomph. I thought service was good but not great. The hostess seemed a bit bored and while I sat at the bar I felt service speed and enthusiasm were a bit lacking.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Giulia's is one of hardest reservations to score in and around Boston but now having succeeded, it's easy to see why. It's a wonderful survey of northern Italian cooking, whether with little bites, regular appetizers, pastas or other entrees, but the food is not at all stodgy--quite the contrary. Our service was professional and informative (if, perhaps, at times, a trifle pedantic). An excellent wine list. One of the greatest surprises for a first-time visitor is that Giulia's is very, very reasonably priced, including the wines. So one can look forward to returning again and again to enjoy its truly fine food, which, our waiter informed us, changes frequently through the seasons.

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MH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to Amy our server. That scallops crude was exceptional, sweet, fresh, acidic with a crunch . Loved it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, sat at the bar which was fun

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JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!!

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RF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Giulia a number of times - this time was the best. We ave said the same thing after every visit! Great dinning site - highly recommended.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal. The service was perfectly paced, prompt though not rushed. The food was great as always. Our waitress suggested a nice wine that worked for both meals. Very nice evening.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating at Giulia - waited outside in 10 degree weather to get in at 5:30pm - and it was totally worth it!!!! Everything was full of flavor and perfectly prepared, from the cocktails, the semolina cakes, to the crudo to the bucatini and tortellini special and the monkfish. Will return!

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BG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is fantastic and a great value. $75 may seem steep, but we were all STUFFED by the end. It was an incredible meal.

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good selections. Don’t be afraid to have the waiter explain the menu. Don’t expect the traditional Italian food. Rustic Italian recipes and home made pasta.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party was lucky enough to get the window seat. We could hear each other and sit very comfortably but did not feel isolated from the nice ambience of the resturant. This was my second visit and the food was superb. We all spent 65 dollars each including wine.

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AP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Giulia is a nice resturant with great food, but not worth the 1 month wait for a reservation in my opinion. The pasta was good and on the level of other restaurants in Boston with similar offerings. I felt that the reviews I read beforehand over-hyped the restaurant and while I enjoyed it, I live in Boston and would not go out of my way to travel into Cambridge to dine there again.

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MG
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a year looking for a go-to Italian restaurant in Boston - now anytime we want to go out, Guilia's is always our first choice. Excellent pastas, great balance of flavors, attentive service, elegant and cozy atmosphere.

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pasta, excellent service. Very friendly and relax atmosphere

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NK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational in every way. The staff were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and they were attentive and fun while also letting us enjoy our evening. We had a great bottle of Montepulciano and all of the food was delicious, standouts were the chicken liver crostini, lamb sausage entre, special pork antipasto, bucattini, and wild boar papperdele (pls excuse misspellings). Great birthday dinner for my wife and friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food in a friendly casual setting

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A
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was strained. Server was all business, zero warmth. As it was our 3d visit we did not choose pasta nor "todays special" duck for $45 - our server did not hide his disappointment. Wine choices are solid good, but not exceptional for the price. We chose a satisfying Valpolicella ripasso
Octopus did stand out - it melt in our mouths, scallop -very good, fresh and citrusy , goat milk ricotta was sublime, but it had a way too much fry herbs on top that was killing the delicate flavor. roasted beats work very well with powdered hazelnuts.
Overall a solid, meal, but not a gustatory revolution. On a previous occasion we had house made pasta with fresh white truffles - that was spectacular.

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CB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was outstanding. Highlights were the pappardelle and the chicken liver crostini. Jess was our server and couldn't have been more informative and genuinely sweet. Every aspect of dining here was 5 star. Thank you for a great night Giulia!.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever. Great place to go with friends. The wild boar pappardelle is the best!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Giulia last night was superb. The four of us agreed that it was one of the best meals we’ve had in Boston and we are all foodies. The pastas were delicious and very light. The combination of flavors in each dish, from appetizers to desserts, were unusual but sublime. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, advising of us the different flavors in each dish and commenting that we order whatever calls” to our palates. Kudos to a fantastic little restaurant! We will be back.

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SE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous! Wine was delicious. Service was very good. Thanks for a great night

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JP
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maitre’d was great in suggesting dishes.
Semolina cakes, chicken liver crostada were delicious
Wild boar papardelle had 2 people in our party ready to make a reservation for the next night!
Desserts were a step above.
Wait staff were friendly, helpful, and present for the right amount of time

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We did the tasting menu and requested two dishes to be included and they worked it in perfectly! I was sooooo full by the end but really wish I had an extra stomach. My only complaint is the person greeting us was a little cold/not super welcoming, but out waiters were AMAZING!

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g
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Every dish we sampled was wonderful, even if it sounded rather pedestrian on the menu. Appetizers good sized. Could actually share them. Favorite dishes: squid and octopus started, spaghetti with wild boar. Service was good and our serve seemed very knowledgeable.

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R
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and nice service. Coffee was bad though. And expensive. Impossible to make a reservation.

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great food - especially the octopus and beet and burrata appetizers - pastas are yummy as well
Love the casual atmosphere
Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff

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LM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Giulia to celebrate a friends birthday. The cocktails, food, and service were all outstanding! We tried the warm semolina cakes, the chicken liver crostini, and the buratta for appetizers. We also tried a special app which was a tartar with white truffle. Amazing! For dinner, we had the bucatini, the pappardelle with wild boar, and the beef. The meal was delicious from beginning to end. It was a wonderful night! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Reservations are hard to get, but worth the wait!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is as hyped up as it should be. Delicious food, great staff, and good cocktails. Perfect place for celebrating any special occasion.

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent, engaged and knowledgeable. The food was everything we had hoped for.

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GF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic and delicious food. A little pricey, but great food and atmosphere.

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d
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

After all the hype and waiting for months to get a reservation, we were expecting a real treat. The food was meh. The boar parpadelle was greasy and pedestrian. The spaghetti with anchovies were gooey and unappetizing. Since both of our main dishes were so mediocre, we didn't stay for dessert. Even the wine fair to meet expectations. The bread and olive oil were the highlights.

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B
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great. Entree portions were on the smaller side, but good flavor and value. Each of the dishes was tasty, especially the octopus. Bread service was great. Server was attentive, but she spilled a full glass of water on the table and on 2 out of our party of 4. We cleaned up most of it and she apologizes and replaced our napkins. I was surprised that the Manager never came by and they didn't take anything off of our $300 bill. Other that that and the service being a bit less attentive toward the end, we enjoyed the dishes.

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S
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Be wary of Cambridge parking laws. Sign may say 8-6. Really 8-8 pm. Got nabbed at 7:09 arrived at 6:05. Food as always is the best. Whipped ricotta on flat bread was awesome. Buratta and beets is excellent. Always love the pappardelle with wild boar. Sin loved he venison. Dessert was great the chocolate with mint tasted like a thin mint cookie. Only 1 complaint. The cappuccino was Luke warm. I like it hotter. Can’t wait to go back

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DZ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great ambiance for a dinner date!

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