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Giulia Restaurant

4.8
1166 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 (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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1166 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipMichaelW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, the quality of the food was very high (as always) with ingenious flavor combinations that elevate classics. Will definitely go again.

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MargoH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to a restaurant since the lockdown. We had a lovely table that was fully protected, almost like a private room. The menu was varied and creative. We'll go back!

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Fern
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and excellent service!

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JoanneH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Giulia Restaurant when we visit the Bostin area. Will definitely return. Service is exceptional.

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Eliyahulevi
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in greater Boston, if not the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, great food and service. Highly recommended!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh.. if you haven’t been to Giulias, you’re missing out. It was my first time and they exceeded my expectations! Everything was beyond delicious! So delicious that I couldn’t hide the smile between each bite! Amazing - will be returning(:

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girlfriend’s birthday dinner.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing all around - great food and great service

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vipRogerM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, very flavorful. Service was excellent. Only negative is parking in Cambridge... their street parking availability and system is horrendous and the reason we don’t dine in the area more often.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! As usual.

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Autrice
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, clear explanations, delicious food.
The buckwheat pasta was outstanding, as was the in-house lamb sausage and the pappardelle.
Be sure to try some of the Sfizzi, too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The depth to the dishes was incredible. Too 5 meals I’ve ever had in Boston. I’ll be back very soon.

Ask your server for recommendations.

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Julia
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A LOVELY experience for my boyfriend and my anniversary! We picked it because he’s Italian, and Giulia is the Italian spelling of my name. :)
Normally extremely difficult to get reservations, but we lucked out bc they’re less busy during the COVID pandemic. Sat outside, which was safer but a bit noisy, and they were extremely cautious in terms of social distancing.
The food was amazing, especially the prosciutto di parma with figs (!!!!!!!!). Our pastas were both a bit salty, but delicious nevertheless. Polenta dessert was amazing — perfect mix of sweet and salty. Our server also let us sample multiple wines, including their Passito dessert wine!
Would love to come again, if we can beat their competitive waitlist!

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vipminimalist
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and bread. Fun staff

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vipgjwb
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was welcoming. They practice COVID standards. Our server was wonderful. The food was more than exceptional. Will definitely return

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DavidB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and outstanding food. A very creative approach to Italian food.

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JuliaR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly executed dishes as always. Amazing combination of creative flavors and ingredients without being pretentious.

Very happy to see them back in business.

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Paul
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were amazing. The lamb sausage was especially good!

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vipScout65
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is outstanding. Service also very good - they are taking steps to be very cautious, but in a more friendly way the some. We were seated inside which is a little bit dark, but with front windows and doors open has a bit airiness to it. Next time I may try to snag one of the few outdoor tables. We will be returning soon while the weather is still on our side.

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Sara
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious here. They are farm-to-table Italian and so the menu constantly is tweaked to include the freshest ingredients available. Not to mention the flavors are always unique and dynamic. The bartenders are true industry professionals; always remember a face and make a fantastic cocktail! Love this hidden gem. They also own Benedetto which is another favorite.

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KellyL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston. I hesitate to write this review because I already have a difficult time getting a reservation and don't want to make it even more difficult for myself. With social distancing, the ambiance wasn't quite what it usually is, but they still are making the most of a difficult situation and it doesn't get more professional than this. It's the next best thing to being in Italy! The food and service here is the best.

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Robodot
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice inside ambiance, but temp and humidity too high for comfortable dining. It was during a heat wave, so probably just a summer thing. Food exceptional with attention to culinary detail like a drizzle of pine bud syrup (Mugolio) on prosciutto and black trumpet mushrooms with the shredded wild boar outstanding. Shredding the boar worked great as it soaked up the sauce... Staff very attentive and bar tender actually came over and took cocktail order at our table. We received drinks quickly and the food pacing was perfect. 2 main course and 1 appetizer for 2 adults - more than enough and no room for dessert. Good value for money.

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RanaV
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, nice and warm ambience and very good service 👍🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My one and only complaint, is every time I have been there he has always offered the most delicious local nostrale, a seasonal vegetable. They had nothing to offer that night.
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I don’t know how he does it, but he makes panseared greens taste better than any food I have EVER had in my life!!! I have never had a bad meal, always exceptional! Even during Covid, we got takeout, and we were not disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. However, their AC is not working, which made dinner slightly uncomfortable given that we’ve had many 90+ degree days. Would highly recommend for food!!

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Vicky
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a wonderful dining experience only marred by the absence of outdoor seating in spite of the barriers clearly available for that purpose.

Still, it was wonderful to at last fine at this restaurant.

Giulia Restaurant
Responded on July 25, 2020

Thank you for review and for dining with us at Giulia! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner experience. We are currently in the final steps of getting our patio permit to be approved so we hope to be putting those barriers to use very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent refined food with a comfortable neighborhood feel. We love this place. They did an excellent job with safety and health measures. So glad this was our first indoor dining experience in 5 months.

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vipShawnaS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! They did a great job at making us feel like we were not taking a risk i dining out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious except the bucatini was a little overdone. The sauce was very good and you can tell it was made in-house. Drinks were well-made. Service was great and everyone was very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Probably the best dinner we’ve had in Cambridge since Covid hit
Michael the chef and Trevor the host do an amazing job
Don and Diana

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vipExpensive
New England
102 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Normally not so quiet but we enjoyed it. Food as always is terrific but due to fewer patrons we enjoyed a relaxing dinner with great food and service.

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johnb
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

No air conditioning made it uncomfortable. Won't return until that is resolved.

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viponespeed63
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great to see Giulia back on its feet during pandemic. Missing some of the staples, like bartenders, but food fantastic as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ambiance was a 3 only because the AC wasn’t working. The food and service were amazing!!!

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runnunglode
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Professional service. Really enjoyed the meal.

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vipDavidL
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shockingly delicious. Still talking about some of the dishes days later.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal as usual!

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WesleyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing! Such a fan of Giulia. Kinda, friendly serving staff. Amazing food. Lives up to the hype, and well worth the money.

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vipJanet
Dallas
143 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good dinner here our server was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about wines and the food. Gem of a place on Mass Avenue. We will go back.!

FAQs

Giulia Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.