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Giulia Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1504 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. 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.

Best of Boston Italian Restaurant. All Italian wine list with unique Italian varietals. Local purveyors, dry aged local beef, burrata di andria, stone milled flours, vegetarian options.

Giulia is currently open for indoor dining and limited outdoor dining. We accept reservations up to two weeks in advance. To reserve a patio table, please call us at 617-441-2800. All reservations made online are for indoors only. Kindly note that our patio is uncovered so reservations there are weather dependent and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 441-2800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Pagliarini

  • Private party facilities

    You can book our Chef’s Pasta Table for a semi-private, celebratory dinner for up to 12 people. Both early and late seatings available.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,504 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Italian

  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

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  • Boston

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  1. S

    Saya

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, went far above and beyond to take care of us. The food was outstanding.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular and service was first class.
  3. S

    Stephie

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Giulia's multiple times. For special events and whenever we want just a really good meal with excellent service. I was there this past Saturday for a celebration of two birthdays, and as usual, it did not disappoint. Do yourself a favor and try it. You'll enjoy it as much as my family and I do.
  4. v

    vinpayne

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal right in the heart of Cambridge. Michael was an excellent server, very knowledgeable, made all the perfect reconditions.
  5. H

    Hannah

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food! Had a great time. It was for a birthday and they brought out the dessert with a candle, which was very nice.
  6. M

    Matt

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Mindful service with a casual approach. Loud, casual atmosphere. But the food. Oh, the food. There’s a reason it’s impossible to get a reservation here. Hands down the best meal I’ve had in Boston, and rivals some I’ve had at Michelin-star restaurants. Keep an eye on their reservation book, this place is can’t miss.
  7. y

    yuris

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giulia provides consistently attractive and well-made dishes. They also have a good selection of cocktails.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The semolina cakes and burrata were excellent. The lamb sausage was a miss. Sausage seemed over worked and chewy. Tagliatelle was one-dimensional and aggressively seasoned.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal in every way.
  10. V

    Violet

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first return to this wonderful restaurant since the pandemic - the food is as delicious as we remembered - smoked duck pappardelle was scrumptious! The staff are super warm and helpful. Everything about the evening was great.
  11. M

    Mondol

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Huckleberry crostata with frangipanni gelato was wondrous. Tagglliattli (sp?) with mushrooms good, Emmer Fussilli very cheesy, almost too cheesy, but very good to excellent. Featured Negroni was excellent. I must add that I am making these judgments based on previous visits to Giulia which are always a very satisfying culinary experience. These same dishes at most other restaurants would rate as excellent.
  12. B

    Btc1953

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and our party of 4 were all very happy!
  13. T

    Twentysomethin

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredibly unique dishes. Great for a celebratory dinner. Highly recommend the chicken liver crostini and any pasta dish.
  14. F

    Foodie2

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our experience was not as good as last time. The food was quite good, though we weren't tempted to order any of the pastas. The service fell down a bit from last time.
  15. TA

    ThomasA

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my wife and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary Monday Night. Food was and always is fantastic! Service was great. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a small quaint place.....
  16. OR

    OmarR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent especially the tautog en brodetto. Service was very responsive. Ambience was very mellow. The cocktails were interesting and had this intriguing ice that didn’t melt. The desserts were very refreshing and not cloyingly sweet. Overall a marvelous experience.
  17. p

    petrock2013

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. Highly recommend Giulia.
  18. n

    nyceater

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fresh pasta and ambiance! Vegetarian friendly.
  19. k

    kar824

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great meal last night and will definitely be back! Cocktails, octopus, tagliatelle and bolo were incredible. Thank you so much for a great evening!
  20. MJ

    MichaelJ

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about Giulia... we had a terrific experience and everything was simply excellent.
  21. FW

    FoodieWhoCares

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently on top of their game. Never disappoints.
  22. PH

    PamelaH

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ferragosto
  23. c

    cantabrigian1

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bite-size appetizers and wonderful rich pasta choices with homemade pasta. Always a treat.
  24. CC

    CarolinaC

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and cocktails. Ambiance it’s awesome. Fantastic experience overall.
  25. CL

    CLARISAE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Very attentive personnel. Would definitively go back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giulia is a wonderful restaurant. Food is superb. Always difficult to get a reservation except in the summer.
  27. A

    Ang19

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks here are always exceptional! And the food is just special, it feels like an intimate experience dining here. Loved the beets and the summer fruit salad and the pasta is just a star. The service elevates the entire meal, I love dining here.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Some of the worst food we’ve ever eaten. Hate to say this because we wanted to love it. The pasta was heavy and sauces bland. The truffle Brodo with pasta pillows was down right horrible. The broth was way too acidic and the pasta stuffed with ricotta was tasteless. We left not understanding what all the hype is about. Not even an adequate meal. As for our waiter, I think he’s possibly not suited for this type of work. We weren’t there to make him feel better, just eat!
  29. C

    Cici

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always delicious with unique ingredient/flavor combinations. Truly a favorite
  30. J

    Jodi

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative, thoughtful, incredibly fresh dishes in a wonderful neighborhood location. Top-notch service. Perfect for a special occasion.
  31. GK

    GeorgeK

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess greeting was gracious, the service was knowledgeable, informative, and friendly, and the food …was, as always, superb, delicious, with beautifully presentation. Of course we’ll return again and again and … George Klavens
  32. CD

    ClementD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Staff + Fabulous cuisine = Fabulous evening
  33. n

    nick

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner out to celebrate an anniversary. Had a wonderful meal and a nice time.
  34. M

    Marmoura

    New England

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Giulia is always totally satisfying, though it's tough to find a table at the last minute! No complaints, we'll be back...
  35. b

    buddy

    New England

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely, interesting food in a fun setting. I appreciated the art and quality of the food however the portions are tiny.
  36. JE

    JeanE

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    We were seated outside, so the noise level evaluation had to do with the street. I've eaten at Giulia any number of times; the food is always excellent. But the service was horrible, in part, I believe, because we were outside and in part because we were two older women and therefore, to some people--I can't say for sure in this case--invisible. They mixed up the wine order; brought bread with no olive oil and said, when we asked, that the oil was sprinkled on top, which it wasn't; and twice we had to go inside to ask for service. I left a 10% tip, and I always leave 20%.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious
  38. S

    Sean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, and excellent food and drinks! A bit expensive, though.
  39. MA

    MichaelA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and the service was excellent, would definitely recommend.
  40. t

    tina

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish I had was amazing but really did love the bigoli pasta dish the most. Service was really great and I can't wait to return to just grab a drink + snack at the bar during the week.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Giulia Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1504 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Giulia Restaurant

1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Pagliarini

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 441-2800

  • Private party facilities

    You can book our Chef’s Pasta Table for a semi-private, celebratory dinner for up to 12 people. Both early and late seatings available.

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