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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JM
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s very deceptive. The opening photo of the restaurant on Open Table is NOT of Giulia Restaurant. The atmosphere is quite pub like and not an elegant restaurant with white table clothes.The food was a B+ but not worth the cost. Service was exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience5

The fixed price menu was not disclosed on opentable. This information is critical. Dinner was much more expensive than expected as a result

KD
New England
136 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience1

This Has to be the most unwelcoming restaurant I have ever been to! If any of the bartenders smiled I’m quite sure their faces would’ve cracked! The food is good but I won’t go back because of the service. The ambience is not that great either and the chairs terribly uncomfortable.

B
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary food, extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful service. An extraordinary dining experience.

SI
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserve WAY in advance ! Food is fantastic, space intimate, wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. Wine and drink selection excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kerri was one of the best waiters I’ve ever had at any restaurant, highly recommend requesting her!

C
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the pasta, but thought the apps were going to steal the show after having a taste. They didn't. The pasta was even better. Probably could have cut back on the salt by about 15-20%, but still one of the absolute best restaurants we've been to in Boston.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First, everything was perfectly cooked ... to the point where the smoked octopus/squid was in my top 3 ever. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and added to our overall experience.
We thought that, given the difficulty of getting 6 pm to 8 pm reservations, that the food would be more “memorable” .... undoubtedly an expectation that is somewhat unfair.

I would return, but would limit myself to octopus and pasta, the two strength areas, which would also keep the tab at a more reasonable level. Wines were delicious and worth the price ..... particularly liked the aglianico and nebbiolo.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful as always!

AK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The food was off, rosemary in all the dishes, food salty and not edible/

FC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic appetizers and a bit too greasy and heavy entrees. Anyway that’s is the best restaurant in Boston (so far)

GS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! My boyfriend LOVED absolutely everything on their menu, and even though I have some dietary restrictions, our waitress kindly offered an adjusted dairy-free version of the dish I wanted. The starters, the mains and the desserts were delicious. It is one of our favorite spots in Boston, and we are definitely coming back there again!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizer, entrees and dessert. Wine selection is great but expensive per glass. Great service. Difficult to get a table without reservations.

JL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This the second time we have eaten here and it did not disappoint. The drinks, food and service were amazing.

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, as ever. My husband and I struggled to narrow down our choices of tempting offers and were helped by our terrific server to choose a pasta and the Branzino with some apps. That paired with cocktails and the trebbiano wine was the perfect meal. Guilia's always hits it out of the park!

GT
New England
50 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our third visit at the restaurant. The food quality is well above the North End Italian restaurant. I had the celery root gnocchi and it was very rich with seafood and the souse was very tasty. My spouse ordered the whole grilled branzino and this was a very generous portion and made very well. the sfizzi and antipasti portion on the other hand were relatively small. We will return.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I wish the initial question above had an “insure” option. The appetizer and antipasto options were great but I thought the main entrees or the secondi section had only one vegetarian option. Also the wines understanding were all Italian wines but it would have been quite useful to have better descriptions to those less familiar with Italian wines.
Also it was a bit of a tease to hear a one minute plus description of the special entree only to discover the price of the dish was $65 inflated by the addition of truffles.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

TD
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our food was absolutely delicious! Our venison appetizer was so fresh and clean tasting. We both ordered pasta and I don’t know whose tastes better — they were both incredible. For dessert we got the chocolate terrine and the chocolate gelato was so creamy! Service was very attentive. Would definitely come back for other special occasions.

R
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Giulia has been on my list to try for awhile, as one of the top Italian restaurants in Greater Boston. It lives up to the hype. This was a pre-theater dinner for 2 couples. We tried the flatbread, scallops, and prosciutto appetizers all of which were terrific. Then we all ordered different pasta dishes. The pasts was all perfectly prepared, with interesting and complex flavors well-balanced. Desserts were also delicious. The only hiccup was when the kitchen missed our dessert order, and our server had to intervene to get desserts to us before we had to go to theater - in the end we were a little rushed. No big deal. We will definitely return, and Giulia is an excellent value!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally got a reservation and were not disappointed! Service was great, everyone warm, welcoming and funny. Food from appys through dessert was awesome. There is a reason this place is extremely hard to get a reservation. Don't let that stop you it's worth the effort. For those who like to eat at the bar, it's first come first served.

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I wanted to go for a very long time but the place is so "famous" that it only happened a couple days ago and it was definitively worth it!
I do recommend!

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible. I am not a fan of iyali3and they blew my mind away!! I already booked reservations again after the first app came out. Chicken liver crostini

RD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generally Giulia lives up to its high reputation; among other points, it is an entirely successful Italian substitute for the sort of high-quality classic French cuisine that has more or less vanished from Boston in the last decade. Our octopus starter with Umbrian lentils was delicious, but outmatched both by the pasta and steak, both of which my partner and I shared. Although everything was done to perfection, the mushroom and kale elements in the pasta sauce and the aioli accompanying the steak were particularly superb. The selection of Italian wines by the glass was slightly narrow but excellent.
In reviewing a restaurant of Giulia's quality, it is surely not churlish to cavil at minor slips. Prosecco was rather too close to room temperature. More seriously, the pudding selection was unambitious and strikingly Americanized: no proper Italian pastry was on offer, nor was a cheese option, which by definition requires comparatively little preparation. Nonetheless we found the evening entirely satisfying.

KJ
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food in a setting with a neighbourhood feel. Hard to understand menu but really good simple Italian food. Do ask if there are any off menu additions like truffles - unfortunately, my rather disinterested waiter failed to volunteer any information.

MG
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta can't be beat. Amatriciana is perfect. Wine recommendations always spot on.

TC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waiter and sommelier. We will go back.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three of us got 4 pastas to share and a glass of wine each for about $50 per person. Everything was perfectly delicious. We left happy and full

CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As great of a restaurant as you get in town! Amazing service, intimate and a quality of food that hasn't dipped since day one. Hands down my favorite spot for pasta locally!

d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a special culinary experience.
You won't be disappointed!

D
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Food, drinks, waiter exceptional!

SS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and delicious!

P
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and they graciously found a way to accommodate us. The ambience is very personal and warm. The impression is of many repeat customers known to the staff and everyone is glad to be there. We ate at the bar and the barman was engaging, friendly, personable. We started with the flatbread with whipped goat cheese. Light and excellent. Followed with the sweet potato mezzaluna and the boar with pappadelle. Accompanied by the warm winter greens.

Exceptional meal and experience.

c
New England
31 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!!!!!

NN
New York Area
135 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 list 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