Giulia Restaurant

4.9
871 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Giulia is a chef-owned Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. Award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini and the team at Giulia focus on inspired food and great service with true Italian vigor. We put a particular emphasis on our hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef"s table adjacent to the open kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 441-2800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Pagliarini
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 20 hours ago

I booked this restaurant almost a month in advance on OpenTable and it was well worth the wait. The pasta dishes

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was first rate - innovative but not annoying. The waitstaff were fantastic. I would however urge the greeters / host people to also convey a warm welcome rather than a frosty gatekeeper mien.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

I was really looking forward to dinner here but the hostess

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

First I have to say the a/c was not working and it was 90+ degrees outside! It would have been nice to have a heads up about this or been offered a complimentary cooling option. While I'm sure the staff were sweating like crazy (and I do feel bad for that), the servie was great - very friendly. Food was tasty and I love eating a filled pasta that doesn't make you feel like you just ate a bag of sand. Everything tasted fresh!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston! The Chef continues to deliver above expectations and it was nice to have my parents over to experience the tasting menu. What a pleasant experience. On another note the service at the restaurant is amazing. Amy our experience guide, makes enjoyable our time and it is tremendous the way she speaks about food. Definitely, a well-marked moment in my families stay in Boston.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Waitress was fantastic offering suggestions and descriptions of choices. The appetizers and main course were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Incredible meal. Get the pasta with boar and the pistachio gelato! <3 <3

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Guilia is my all time favorite restaurant!!!!!It is soo hard to get a reservation, but very worth the wait!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

One of the nicest dining experiences we have had in a very long time. Food was delicious- service was outstanding (thanks Jess).
Love every minute

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We came from SF to Giulia for dinner, my second annual visit before a week at the beach. From the wee semolina cakes with fava bean purée and white truffles to my agnolotti and morels I was delighted. Seasonings were deft, the flavors rich, textures and finish of each bite satisfying. Timing of food, excellent delivery and recommendations by our server for a wine that was less “spendy” but a better pairing convinced me of her dedication to our dining experience. I know when I continue to think of a dinner that I am beyond satisfied. This whole review could be about the pistachio ice cream with the dark cherry sauce sparingly nestled underneath the cream. Most likely it will be wait until next year but if you are in town I couldn’t recommend it higher.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Spectacular as always!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Found out about Giulia's a couple of years ago. We love this place. All dishes are wonderful! From the sfiizzi to dessert, everything is so flavorful! Our 2 adult sons love it as well.

This has also led us to its sister restaurant a few times, when we couldn't get a reservation, at Giulia's, with the same experience.

My only criticism of Giulia's was how hot the restaurant was this last visit.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Unbelievable restuarant.. Food excellent.. Service excellent.. Reasonable price.. will be going back.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner with my husband! Food was spectacular!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Literally the best pasta around!! If you have not been here you need to go! There is a reason why they are hard to get a reservation with and it is totally justified by their service and food quality!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We found our favorite restaurant finally. Both the service and food were fantastic. Next time, we will try prix fixe course paired with wines. Strongly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Everything was good from the drinks to the main course. The Wild Boar pasta was simply amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

True Foodies are safe here. Amazing

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Tasty food, though a bit rich. I wish the wait person had told me that both my appetizer and my main dish were topped with burrata. Also, the starters came almost too quickly once we made our choices. Still, we had a pleasant evening and I would go back again. I would just be more careful checking the ingredients of the food I ordered.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great service. Great food.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were seated in a corner of the restaurant where it was extremely hot. I told the waitress twice and was just told that that’s the way it is and that the kitchen staff is hotter than us so they didn’t care to hear the complaint. I was extremely disappointed in the attitude I got and there was no effort to change our seats even though the pasta table was half empty. I loved Giulia’s but I was extremely disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Honestly the food was amazing. I did the tasting menu with the paired wine. We got 6 different courses and 6 different glasses of wine. Everything was paired wonderfully and really complimented each other. The potato crudo with lardo is the best thing I have ever eaten. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Incredible in every way. Service is outstanding, attentive, and knowledgable. The entire meal, from sfizi to dessert is out of this world--made with the best seasonal ingredients, every bite is to be savored. The semolina cakes and chicken liver mousse toast are a must. The pistachio gelato (made in-house) was the perfect way to end an outstanding meal. Great for everyday dining and special occasions. Why it is my favorite restaurant in the city.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The staff was great and awesome! I think the cocktail that is started my night off with didn’t sit well in my stomach so I wasn’t up to eating. Our waiter was kind enough to pack up my portion. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Always fantastic in every way. For a casual and top rated food experience. Best for unhurried conversation with focus on the food. Lively but not frantic or noisy. For mature appreciators.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food at Giulia’s is simply delicious. The waiter recommended several dishes — the octopus antipasti and the wild boar pasta — both of which were outstanding. We will definitely be returning to Giulia in the future.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Excellent and creative pasta dishes. We started with the pesto flatbread and semolina cakes - both flavorful, but light. My husband got the bucatini and I got the lobster tortelli. The tortelli had a blend of citrus and truffle flavors and the pasta was amazing. Finished the night with some of the creamiest gelato I've ever had. Definitely worth the money!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We had the semolina cakes, small bites, very fine. And the anchovies pasta. It was an explosion of flavor.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything was delicious and efficient. Our waiter was incredible knowledgeable and attentive! Great night. Can’t wait to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

What a lovely restaurant, amazing food and very friendly waitress

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food at Giulia is always spectacularly good. The service is friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. There’s just a really good vibe at this restaurant. One almost understands why it is SO hard to get reservations!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The bagna cauda and the pasta were both remarkable--I can't imagine better versions of either (even in Italy).

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Everything about our experience was great! The service was engaging and helpful - and every recommended bite was incredible!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Giulia is booked every day with all reasonable times taken for a month, but I understand why. I stayed up past midnight to wait for the 30 day booking window to open up so I could get a 7:30 reservation and it was worth the effort. It reminds me of being back in Italy with the care and attention to detail in the fresh food. We ordered the staple homemade pasta dishes and were not disappointed. The pappardelle with wild boar was insanely delicious. At a foodie place like this where the staff can tell you the unique story behind a dessert wine, there are no wrong choices - just take a leap of faith and try something new, fun and different!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Had a truly delicious meal at Giulia the other night. Can’t wait to go back. The place was hopping on a Tuesday night. Clearly a popular spot!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Amazing food and fabulous service. Our window seat was a little hot and stuffy due to the weather and lack of breeze from air con but we made due. Overall had an amazing time

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

As always, we had another great meal at Giulia's! LOVE the food!!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Ordered two dishes - one (boar pappardelle) was fantastic, the other was good but not amazing. The papparadelle dish has a great depth of flavor to it -- apparently is a favorite there so I am probably not telling anyone anything that isn't well known.

I would definitely give this place a try if you are in the area.

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