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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c
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Giulia is one of my favorite restaurants!!!!! Hard to get a reservation, but oh so worth the wait!!!!!

OT
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian fare. Crowded. Service is fine. I wouldn’t say it’s perfection. In fact I thought I had entered a pizza parlor at first. But the place was rocking and is obviously a destination. Wine lust could be better.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian food in town

CM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my local favorite. The food never disappoints. The wait staff is amazing. Hats off to Jess? for not only dealing with our food allergies, but navigating us through such an incredible menu. Everything was outstanding as always. Thanks chef.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This was my 2nd time dining at Giulia, and the food is phenomenal. After my 1st time, I wanted to introduce couple of my girlfriends to Giulia experience, and let them taste the delicious food. My only concern was service. One of my girlfriends was late but I called the restaurant several weeks ago to let them know that this happening. My reservation was at 5:30 pm, and they told me that we can arrive whenever but we have a table until 8:15 pm. On the day of the dinner, I called again to confirm and was told that they would hold a table until 7:45 pm and I had to remind them about prior call, which they quickly agreed to. This was 1st point in the service that I noted but quickly dismissed as it was remedied. But the 2nd one was not great. Once my girlfriend arrived late, she decided to order a bottle of champagne for the table. She asked the waiter if she can taste it, and his response was that he cannot open the bottle just for her, and what he will do with an open bottle if she does not like it, yanking the drink menu out of her hands to show wines by the glasses section on the other side. He could have just said that they don't have an open bottle for tasting. Period. Many restaurants will have open bottles so their guests could try wines, and some restaurants don't but I don't think this was such an unreasonable question to ask. And certainly the waiter did not have to get the menu out of my friend's hands to refer her to the right section of the menu as if we did not see it. The waiter seemed anxious and was somewhat rude. Otherwise, the food was great, and we were out by 8:30 -8:40 pm. I was closely watching the entrance to make sure there are no guests waiting for our table.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally got the reservation at Giulia! Me and my friend were planning this visit for a long time and it is definitely worth it!! We got the chicken liver, semolina cake, burrata, and tagliolini matsutake. Everything is just fantastic! The portion is right and the flavor is absolutely gorgeous!

NB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS!
In ALL ways - Many thanks!

Nancy Bean
Executive Director
Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

DF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal for our party of 4, the restaurant was lively on a Wednesday evening. The service was outstanding and the courses were timed flawlessly. The menu selections we ordered were varied and all so delicious. This was a top tier dining experience.

P
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great cocktail, we had a sbagliato. Sfizzi are ok but nothing special. Burrata was not the best one I ever had. Tagliatelle with mushrooms amazing. Culurgiones were good but too much onion. Good choice of wine. Service was good but too pushy, mainly because the kitchen closes at 10 and they accepted reservation at 9.15. Also they split the pastas but we didn’t ask for it. But overall the lady who was serving our table was very very nice and would recommend her

l
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and fine food.
The pasta selections were outstanding.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered pasta, fish, and an appetizer- everything was delicious and cooked perfectly. The service staff was friendly, helpful, and prompt. We will visit again!

GU
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. It is always a treat to eat pasta as good as what you get at Giulia. Our server, Jess, was +. And the warm almond torta was delicious.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giulia never disappoints, just a perfect experience.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Fine as a neighborhood spot to have a meal, but not fine cuisine and not authentically Italian.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Second time at Giulia, First time was 5 star. This time after very nice starters and prosciutto we ordered pasta. Both were good but very disappointing compared with our first visit. They were heavy, too much food, flavors you would find in an ordinary Italian restaurant. Just not special. But the service was special.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Giulia is always fantastic, and the food rarely disappoints. It was an excellent dinner to celebrate my birthday.

ER
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lives up to the hype. Outstanding food and service.

HD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food

F
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
106 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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c
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our granddaughter for a special dinner

RL
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, my favorite restaurant - exceptional every time!

HT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food preparation and wine selection. Unrushed.

PB
Dublin
38 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food5service3ambience1

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!