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Giulia Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1436 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 puglia, stone milled flours, vegetarian options. Chef’s tasting menu. House baked bread, gelato and dolci.

Giulia is currently open for indoor dining and limited outdoor dining. We accept reservations up to two weeks in advance. For a patio reservation, please call us at 617-441-2800

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Booked 20 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Sfizzi

  • Chicken Liver Crostini*$8.00

    with green tomato marmellata

    • Warm Semolina Cakes*$12.00

      with sweet corn and black truffles

      • Potato Focaccia*$8.00

        with ossabaw pork lardo and fennel pollen

        • Warm Olives$9.00

          with almonds and black garlic

          • Mackerel 'Alla Scapece'*$8.00

            with roasted peppers

            Antipasti

            • Chilled Octopus*$18.00

              with parsley, potato, smoked onion and orange

              • Canederli 'In Brodo'*$15.00

                foraged mushrooms, leeks, kale

                • Burrata di Andria*$19.00

                  with delicata sott'olio, lentils, radicchio and walnuts

                  • Prosciutto di Parma*$19.00

                    with aged parmigiano, fresh pears and pine nuts

                    • Assorted Salumi$18.00

                      with giardiniera vegetables and provolone piccante

                      • Insalata di Radicchio*$16.00

                        with brown butter vinaigrette, apple and lardo

                        • Erbazzone*$14.00

                          braised greens, ricotta, chanterelle sugo

                          • Ivory Silo Lettuce$16.00

                            with leek vinaigrette, pumpkin seed and whipped gorgonzola

                            • Nostrale$14.00

                              local farm pick of the day

                              Pasta 'Dalla Nostra Tavola'

                              • Bucatini All'Amatriciana*$26.00

                                house-cured pancetta, tomato, pecorino

                                • Buckwheat Pizzoccheri*$26.00

                                  cabbage, potato, fontina

                                  • Paccheri 'Alla Bolognese'*$27.00

                                    beef, pork, parmigiano

                                    • Strozzapreti*$26.00

                                      with mushroom conserva (leeks, egg yolk, parmigiano)

                                      • Rye Orecchiette*$25.00

                                        broccoli, stewed peppers, lamb sausage

                                        • Fusilli*$25.00

                                          with escarole (broad bean, garlic, caprino lentischio)

                                          • Pappardelle*$28.00

                                            with wild boar (black trumpets, juniper, parmigiano)

                                            Secondi

                                            • Monkfish 'Alla Piccata'$31.00

                                              meyer lemon, cauliflower, capers

                                              • Black Cod 'En Brodetto di Coriandolo'*$29.00

                                                cilantro broth, local vegetables

                                                • Lamb Sausage*$27.00

                                                  with broad bean, escarole and nardello crisp

                                                  • Half Chicken*$32.00

                                                    with broccoli, confit garlic, n'duja and lemon

                                                    Dolci

                                                    • Pistachio Gelato$14.00

                                                      with dark chocolate and sbrisolona

                                                      • Pumpkin Bomboloni$14.00

                                                        with miso caramel, pumpkin seed brittle

                                                        • Dark Chocolate Budino*$14.00

                                                          with blackcurrant and caffè latte gelato

                                                          • Brown Butter Zeppole*$14.00

                                                            with concord grape sorbetto and cinnamon pastry cream

                                                            • Apple Crostata$14.00

                                                              with frangipane, graham streusel and anise chantilly

                                                              Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                                              What 1,436 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                              4.9
                                                              4.9 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.9Food
                                                              • 4.8Service
                                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                                              • 4.5Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                BostonDiner

                                                                New England

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                Dined today

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Always our first choice when we want a special meal.

                                                              2. C

                                                                Cooksnightout

                                                                New England

                                                                47 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                47 reviews

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great meal. We had the semolina cakes ( not to be missed), prosciutto and pears, and two pasta dishes- one with asparagus, artichokes and fontina and the other with a bolognese sauce. Dessert was a shared dark chocolate cake. The food was uniformly outstanding. Our server, Kelly was excellent. The space is small and somewhat noisy.

                                                              3. BW

                                                                BrentW

                                                                Vancouver

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Crazy good, out of the way little gem, food was 5 star, ambiance was relaxed but perfect for a romantic date. Service was stellar. Wish I could pick it up and land it my neighbourhood, I would be there once a week.

                                                              4. MM

                                                                MattM

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The food at Giulia is truly special. Well worth it. I just wish getting reservations was easier but the popularity is well deserved.

                                                              5. m

                                                                mnh1

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Lovely dinner. Inventive dishes. Great tastes.

                                                              6. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent server. Excellent food. Warm atmosphere

                                                              7. l

                                                                lucy

                                                                Vancouver

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Five star quality food in an unpretentious setting. Cassy and Michael were wonderful

                                                              8. JT

                                                                JamesT

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent as always. Every dish is an adventure in creativity -- an entire meal is a journey.

                                                              9. ML

                                                                MariaL

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                We had a wonderful meal on Saturday. Everything was prepared so thoughtfully and deliciously, and our server was friendly and efficient. One member in our party is vegetarian and felt confident that he was being taken care of and happy with his selections. Everyone in our party was surprised and delighted by the various dishes. My mother raved about the annelloni, to the point that she would only allow us to dip our bread in the divine sauce to taste. The asparagus with kumquat and lemon torta were to die for. We will definitely make this our special occasion spot from now on. This restaurant is a true gem!

                                                              10. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Anniversary - which the restaurant acknowledged with a nice celebration during desert

                                                              11. SC

                                                                SCCB

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Jess served our table and was extraordinary and spot-on helpful — a true professional. Antipasti we most enjoyed: salt roasted beets; the nostrale, which was chard wrapped in biscuit dough. Also had octopus and burrata. Favorite pasta hands down: potato culurgiones (also had bucatini and papperdelle).

                                                              12. KB

                                                                KarenB

                                                                Greensboro

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Simply superb meal! Three diners with 7 selections (3 antipasti, 3 prime and 1 dolce), each better than the next!

                                                              13. P

                                                                Puddlejumpett

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Terrific food and wine as always, and a knowledgeable and engaging waiter from Tunisia—great evening!

                                                              14. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Amy is a fabulous server! Dinner was great

                                                              15. AJ

                                                                AJMB

                                                                New York Area

                                                                54 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                54 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Sensational from start to finish. Giulia doesn't miss a beat when it comes to providing the complete dining sensation. It is unquestionably the finest Italian fine-dining in the Boston area.

                                                              16. DL

                                                                DLGood

                                                                New England

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Warm and attentive service combined with spectacular food made for a wonderful evening!

                                                              17. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                Tremenda cena. Excelente comida italiana. Buenos vinos por copa. Solo conseguí mesa para 5:30 pm y cuando llegue había una larga cola de gente esperando por una chance para comer en la barra. Y vale el esfuerzo. Está despegado de las otras opciones que conozco en Cambridge.

                                                              18. TT

                                                                TanyaT

                                                                New England

                                                                17 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                17 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent food, we literally had all our plates wiped clean after each course. The service was great too. Definitely recommend for dates and family dinners.

                                                              19. AM

                                                                AMSBoston

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was amazing and staff was even better. Our waitress, Kelley, was the absolute best. Knew the menu inside out and made the perfect recommendations. Can't wait to come back!

                                                              20. JS

                                                                JudyS

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Family was in town so we made reservations at Giulia’s as it has always been a wonderful dining experience. The food, the service, the wine list and the ambiance are exemplary.

                                                              21. TM

                                                                TerryM

                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent food and service. My only complaint is that the menu makes it difficult to choose- it all sounds fantastic. Everything we ordered was superb.

                                                              22. KR

                                                                KatherineR

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Delicious! We Can not wait to return. Very lovely all around.

                                                              23. JA

                                                                JakeA

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                Really nice place, excellent pasta. Great appetizers as well!

                                                              24. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fantastic flavor combinations and exceptional service.

                                                              25. NS

                                                                NicoS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Everything we had was so good. Our server was so knowledgeable and was spot on with recommendations. The pushing daisy cocktail was so good and the chicken liver mousse was one of the best I’ve ever had. Oh gosh and the gelato that came with the chocolate cake was so good! The only thing I’d change if I could was the size of the espresso. It was far too big for an after dinner espresso.

                                                              26. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                Good food, but we both left thinking Giulia was a bit overrated compared to other top restaurants in the Boston area. The monkfish especially was a disappointment. It came out smelling very fishy (and very tough), and tasted fishy too (though the sauce and cauliflower with it was great!). The totelli with smoked beef was really tasty but a small portion for a $30 dish. Overall fun place with good food, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to anyone and probably won’t return.

                                                              27. GY

                                                                GerryY

                                                                New England

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great meal. Split three apps (salad and special "pie") were great. Split 4 pastas -- can't go wrong and also shared brisket special. Will recommend and return. Only issue was the vax requirement on entry. One of our party did not have card on phone so caused a lot of anxiety. Suggest that Giulia remind people of this requirement via text or phone. Retort to "read our website" does not work for me since we are from suburbs and there is NO vax card requirement in our local restaurants, so not on our radar screen.

                                                              28. C

                                                                Caren

                                                                New York Area

                                                                47 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                47 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wonderful experience Loved everything about it Difficult reservation to get I made it one minute past midnight 2 weeks to the day By 9 am only 2 tables were available for that night

                                                              29. JV

                                                                JonathanV

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                Unique food options with very good service. Hosts and waiters are well knowledged in their menu and able to explain in detail each option is. Noise level is a little bit too high due to the small restaurant size and food on the pricy level. Overall a great experience.

                                                              30. LC

                                                                LisaC

                                                                New York Area

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, with fresh ingredients and creative choices. The octopus starter was wonderful and the buckwheat pasta, with asparagus and fontina cheese, worth returning for.

                                                              31. V

                                                                Victor

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                One of greater Boston's best restaurants undoubtedly

                                                              32. w

                                                                westonmom

                                                                New England

                                                                112 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                112 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                Interesting flavors - we need to come again. The dessert was excellent.

                                                              33. C

                                                                Cambridger

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I've never had a bad dish at Giulia. Every item, from bread to dessert, is beautifully conceived and executed.

                                                              34. ET

                                                                EmilyT

                                                                Pittsburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                One of our favorite meals ever! The food was incredible, the wait staff was amazing and so helpful in recommending choices, and the owner even came out to see what we thought. I stalked OpenTable for 2 weeks to try and get a reservation and lucked upon one the day we were looking for! So worth all the effort trying to get it! The combinations of flavors and attention to detail were perfect and this is a meal we will not forget. Thank you!

                                                              35. JM

                                                                JoelM

                                                                New York Area

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The service and food were spectacular. We came with high expectations but it excelled.

                                                              36. j

                                                                jcg07

                                                                Atlanta

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                Great evening with incredible pasta

                                                              37. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Exceptional experience. One of the best restaurants in Boston.

                                                              38. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Unfortunately my favorite dish wild boar papardelle is off the menu. But this is still a quite good restaurant.

                                                              39. g

                                                                gdome

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 21, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Best food in Cambridge and amazing service. Tried 3 pasta dishes and they were all great.

                                                              40. FM

                                                                FotineM

                                                                New England

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Been living in Cambridge for a year and can’t believe this was our first time there. Incredibly delicious food and wine. Easily best restaurant we’ve been to around here. Staff was amazing, including Jess our waitress who chatted with us. Overall amazing experience.

                                                              Safety precautions

                                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • Protective equipment

                                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                              • Screening

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

                                                              FAQs

                                                              Giulia Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1436 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                              Booked 20 times today
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                                                              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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