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About 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.

1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 441-2800

Website:
http://www.giuliarestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops

Executive Chef:
Michael Pagliarini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Giulia Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Special Occasion (36)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
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Good for a Date (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Romantic (21)
Casual (16)
Cozy (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely evening all around everything was exceptional. A really special evening

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·Dined 5 days ago

Finally made it here after trying to go a year before for my birthday and I was not disappointed. The pasta was great and the portion sizes are just enough to leaving you feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. Great ambiance and service too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

WORTH THE HYPE. We had an amazing meal with an amazing server, great specials, and a wonderful evening. Fully lives up to its hard-to-attain reservation status.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

My group enjoyed our drinks, wine, appetizers, small plates, and dessert but the entrees were way below our expectations and quite off the mark from everything else we dined on. I was told this was 'the' restaurant in Cambridge but it missed the mark for me.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Creative tasteful and varied menu, well executed, with pleasant staff. Great good but with causal ambiance.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Exceptional dining experience!

My sweet potato agnolotti was to die for!
My husband loved his octopus and squid dish.
Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Once again this gem exceeded expectations. We came for a birthday celebration, which they observed without creating a huge fuss--just perfect. Our meals were extraordinary. I am vegetarian, but no one else in our party is, which means we need both good veg options and your usual meat eater delights. Everything was spot on from the wine to the appetizers all the way to the exceptional desserts. Service is low key, attentive but not intrusive. It's hard to maintain excellence over time, but they are doing it. We were there on one of this winter's coldest nights, and frankly were concerned it might be cold. It was both literally and figuratively warm inside.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Best meal I’ve had in ages. A special place.

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 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food at Giulia never disappoints -- fresh, flavorful, complex, delicious. Everything we ordered was tasty -- semolina cakes, burrata, gnocchi with lobster, pappardelle with wild boar -- and the wine was excellent. This servers are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, but never pretentious. The atmosphere is relaxed but festive. It's our favorite restaurant in Cambridge (where there are now a number of excellent places to choose from).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Really Bad experience at Giulia. The only redeeming quality of the restaurant was our waitress who was kind and professional. Though the rest of the staff that we interacted with were rude, unprofessional and offensive. I had a special request due to physical limitations and the staff seemed so put out, annoyed and frustrated by my request that I actually over heard them complaining and poking fun about it. Needless to say the service was horrible and I would not pay an average of $30 a plate to be made feel like I’m an inconvenience. There are plenty of good restaurants in Boston and the service would be 100 times better than this place. On a sidenote, genuinely did not like the food and didn’t even finish what I was eating. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Really.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I usually give Giulia 5 stars for everything, but this last time we went the service was not as good as usual (e.g., wine glasses taken away before our bottle of wine was finished!).

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My first meal here . Lovely atmosphere , limited menu though - good service , lovely ambiance , tasty food a tad on the salty side

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A perfect dinner! Everything was delicious. And it's very reasonably priced for the high quality of the meal. Pastas were al dente and wonderful. Whole flounder was incredible. Dessert was homemade pistachio gelato and very tasty!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I rarely leave feedback, but Giulia is a true gem! Absolutely delicious dishes! My top pasta place in town, hands down.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

By far my favorite Italian restaurant in Boston. While it's tough to get a reservation, it's worth the wait. The dishes are flavorful, inventive, and oh so fresh. You definitely can tell they make the pasta in house. Everything my husband and I have tried at Giulia, pasta and beyond, has been perfect. It makes us feel like we're back in Italy, but dare I say better?

In addition to the phenomenal food - the experience is top notch. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive and the atmosphere is cozy and romantic. Perfect for any occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Nothing special

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Incredible dining experience! Trevor, the manager was so hospitable and had the most incredible recommendations. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very interesting, tasty food. Very attentive, but not hovering, waiter with excellent recommendations for wine. AND if you get in line to be one of the first in the door at opening time, you can sit at the bar and get the same menu but not have to wait 3 weeks for
a reservation. Service is great at the bar. Go for it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Third time eating here and it continues to impress me--a major statement from a self-described food snob. I eat pescetarian--no shellfish--and am abled to make things work--although I do wish there were more options that didn't require removing ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent all round; the best Italian in Boston. You will not be disappointed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of the best meals EVER, and I'm 62 years old. Wonderful service, very detailed menu, food was scrumptious. We enjoyed every bite. Be careful not to over order - everything sounds great and it's easy to over order. Everything we ordered was out of this world delish. The duck confit pasta in some kind of creamy mushroom sauce was my favorite. CAn't recall what others at our table had but everyone was enthusiastic about their own meal. Am happy to recommend this wonderful place to one and all.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a really outstanding dinner here. Every dish was unique and marvelous; especially loved the anchovies and the tagliatelli. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. The only downside was the gusts of freezing air blowing in every time someone opened the front door.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the most memorable dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Great quality food and very knowledgeable servers.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great as always. This time we did the chef's tasting. It was so much food. We had to take home some duck we just couldn't finish. It was so good though! They've mastered comfort food with incredibly balanced and nuanced flavors. Giulia is definitely a favorite restaurant of ours.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We've been to Giulia a few times now, usually for an anniversary or birthday. We always get wine, a small plate, two pastas, and cappuccinos. Pastas, wine, and dessert were great this time but Brussels sprouts left something to be desired (good but not "wow"). The service is always excellent - just attentive enough. Nice ambiance although the bathrooms aren't as nice as you'd hope.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Giulia’s never disappoints! The food is fresh and beautifully presented. The tuna crudo, antipasti, pasta dishes are delicious. They do a great job preparing fish. Do not miss the pistachio gelato. Jane

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Giulia is very difficult to get a reservation on through Open Table. I don't know if all of their tables are available through Open table, but when a new set of days open up, you need to reserve right away (Friday's and Saturday's) or you will be eating at 10:30 PM.

But the food was terrific. My wife had the pasta and I had the scallops. Both were fantastic. My wife loved my dish so much she stole more than a bite to "sample". The only complaint was that the bread was a little slow in coming at the start. We'd go again in a heartbeat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Top rate, genuine bent Italian Food. This is not your "spaghetti and meatballs/Chicken Parmesan" kind of place, but a restaurant with a well thought out, creative-yet authentic menu. Very comprehensive wine list that is too much of a stretch on one's wallet. The Pistachio Gelato for desert was worth the trip all on it's own. The restaurant carries a very nice, casualesque vibe with very good service...Fancy without the pretentiousness of fancy dress.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great, but not excellent! We had an appetizer and split two pasta dishes that were very good. I've heard people rave about this place. We would go back, but it wasn't a meal that made me say I have to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious food. My favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Highly recommend the wild boar pasta, the steak, and the small cakes they serve as an appetizer. The brussel sprouts were just okay-- they didn't go well with the rest of the food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fantastic pappardelle with wild boar, all great courses

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was great and the waiter was funny, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I had high expectations and Giulia did not disappoint. Every dish was excellent.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent all around. Especially the bagna calda! Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food, very creative and delicious pastas. Would recommend this wholeheartedly for a special occasion or a date night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Hidden Gem. Forget any Italian in Boston, Giulia in Cambridge is the best of the best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food is delicious. Portion sizes are perfect. I would highly recommend making reservations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

I have been to Giulia many times over the years, and I would put it as consistently one of the best (if not the best) restaurants in Boston area. Service is polite, but relaxed as is the atmosphere. The food is fenomenal. In short, we always had a great time going there.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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