Giulia Restaurant

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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 to 12 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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ER
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is always amazing, but this past experience, we had to deal with a very rude hostess.

AL
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to the hype. Outstanding food and service.

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

The food and wine choices are exceptional, and the wait staff very well informed about both. We enjoyed fresh shaved truffles on several dishes. The fresh pasta choices are not to be missed, but deciding which one is a challenge. They work very well with seafood and seasonal vegetable offerings. My largest problems eating here is that I want to try everything, and never have room for dessert!

A
New England
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was terrific. Superb food, as good as it has ever been. Attentive, friendly service

Makes sense it’s always hard to get a reservation...but worth the persistence

BA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great variety on the menu and we'll executed. Would definitely return.
Thanks to Trevor for finding a place for us to sit since I mistakenly reserved the table for the next night instead of when we showed up.

LD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! Reservations are a must, good luck getting one!
The menu is creative, lots of delicious options from multiple Italian regions, expertly presented. Service is attentive and friendly, never intrusive. Pasta is housemade and fabulous. The wine list is short and in my opinion, overpriced. Desserts are scrumtious. Vegetarian friendly. Overall, a wonderful evening, highly recommend.

y
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

F
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole experience was excellent. We ended up adding a third person and we were seated at the ‘common’ table but at the end so it worked really well. Our server was knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu and the wine and she made some excellent recommendations. The striped bass in broth was tasty and beautiful to look at, the lamb sausage delicious. Our desserts, pistachio ice cream and almond torts were both top class. A memorable experience from start to finish.

JB
New England
104 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great creative italian cuisine.
Service is always outstanding.
The food is fresh, tasty and creative.
Chicken liver crostini is the best. Always a great appetizer.
The sardinian flatbread with basil pesto was very tasty.
Yellow fish Crudo had different textures and flavors.
Pappardelle with wild boar is always a must.
The swordfish with eggplant, squash, capers and hush cherries was popping with flavor. It was an amazing dish.

AR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Flavors seemed mashed together. Very good cocktail. I would like to go back and order differently.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great meal, you will not be disappointed!!

SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very good. Birthday meal. My slight criticism is that my meal as a bit on the salty side.. everything is so fresh and simple - not really necessary to overpower a dish.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid, NY-esque Italian restaurant on Cambridge/Somerville line.

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c
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. It never fails to be vibrant and innovative without leaving the tradition of great Italian food made with great ingredients. Service matches the kitchen in excellence. Brava Guilia

d
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our granddaughter for a special dinner

RL
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to Guilia’s for years and have enjoyed, Service continues to be absolutely outstanding! However, the food was variable this time. While some of the dishes we ordered were fabulous (chicken liver crostini and all the pastas) some were very disappointing (lamb sausage and bass entrees). We’re hoping it’s just a little glitch.

BS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole menu, cocktail program, plus wine and beer list are outstanding.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food tends to be slightly too fussy-- a good chef accommodating a clientele that prizes invention over excellence. The relatively private spaces and relative quiet and excellent service make this worth returning to.

GS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, my favorite restaurant - exceptional every time!

HT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giulia was the best restaurant experience my husband and I have ever had. The atmosphere, the service, the wine selection and the food...amazing! The waitress was incredibly knowledgeable and kind. The food was so fresh. Each bite and flavor combination was just perfect. I would go back here again in a heartbeat.

S
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food preparation and wine selection. Unrushed.

PB
Dublin
38 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful night at Giulia. Food and drinks were excellent and the value is great. One the best restaurants in the Boston area.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

The hostess was extremely disrespectful. I couldn’t believe such a thing would happen at a place I like so much like Guilia. The hostess went out of her way to embarrass me. food was great, but we felt very uncomfortable eating

AS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance inside Giulia-so romantic! The small bite to start was very small but used interesting and unique ingredients. The semolina cakes are not something I have seen on other Italian menus. The homemade pasta was very good but portions were small and we finished without leftovers to take home, as is usually a perk of dining Italian. However, the smaller portions do prevent overeating! The dessert was by far the best part! The chocolate terrine with fresh berries and tart berry sauce was to die for!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in the Cambridge/Boston area.

KC
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Giulia. The dishes were imaginative and the ingredients well sourced. The food was truly many levels above any other Italian food I’ve had in Boston and I live in the North End where it is bountiful. Our night was capped off by a table side chat with the chef. I couldn’t recommend Giulia more.

MO
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They served the best beef tartare I have ever had, and I've had it a lot! Despite the tastiness of the main dishes, the pasta still remains the best in the city. The salad was terrific, as well. There is also a wonderful selection of wine.

ST
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality food, lovely and cozy ambience, superior quality service. They did a good job to accommodate a vegan meal even though there aren't many options on the menu. It's the type of place I would take someone to impress them :)

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The wait is to long. Keep dishes simple - freshly made pastas, but simple.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Giulia! The food, the service, the ambiance! Everything was fantastic. This is likely going to become our new favorite neighborhood spot. ;)

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

Every star is deserved! The food, service and surroundings were great. It's clearly a much-loved place for regulars (which we are not since we live in Dorchester almost to Milton). But what was truly great about this meal was how welcoming they were even though we missed our reservation time by quite a bit.

I was meeting my wife on Friday night. She was coming on the Red Line and had left what we thought was more than enough time (1 1/2 hours), even with the delays that are now part of traveling on that train. It was not enough, as it turned out, and she was 20 minutes late. No matter -- they cheerfully seated me before she got there, gave me a glass of wine and came back when she arrived to go through the menu with us. They didn't rush us at all, just the opposite, they made us feel completely at home. It's a great place!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as usual. The chocolate dessert was mind blowing.

l
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, great wine and enjoyed all the food particularly the pasta dishes.

B
New England
76 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress provided an excellent wine recommendation and responded warmly to our questions. The pasta is sublime—varied and creative, with subtle use of local fresh vegetables. Giulia’s has provided exceptional fare from the outset and seems only to get better over time.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Basically food is overrated and overpriced. Tried the bucatini and the wild boar dishes. Both were ok but nothing to rave about. Bucatini was also too salty. Glass of wine also overpriced. Pasta not as good as in Italy.

FL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent per usual

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! What a great night. The owner stopped by and chatted with us for a while. It felt like we were on vacation for a few hours.

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, but very poor service. We asked for a few more minutes to look at the menu and the waitress came back after 20 minutes, only after we hailed her down, and she was a little rude and inattentive for the rest of our night. The rest of the restaurant staff (those who filled our water, etc.) were attentive and friendly.

PT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never fails to please. Very knowledgable waitress and food is excellent