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Giulia Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1456 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 andria, stone milled flours, vegetarian options.

Giulia is currently open for indoor dining and limited outdoor dining. We accept reservations up to two weeks in advance. To reserve a patio table, please call us at 617-441-2800. All reservations made online are for indoors only. Kindly note that our patio is uncovered so reservations there are weather dependent and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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

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

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

  • Boston

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. Amazing food, great service and really nice experience.
  2. NM

    NMDM

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding ++ experience. Awesome food; warm and wonderful wait staff and cozy atmosphere. We have dined at Giulia on a number occasions in the past. Post Covid, this was first dine-out opportunity in over two years. And the restaurant did not disappoint. Same high standards in food and beverage as in the past. Can't wait for another opportunity soon to dine there yet again.
  3. 2

    2mangoesahead

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giulia's food and wine are always delicious, and they are careful in dealing with my celiac disease. I have never had a bad celiac reaction from what I was served.
  4. p

    pomiane

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought friends and everyone enjoyed all their courses, as we always do. The staff was superbly responsive to all requests. We are so excited that you will be opening a new restaurant around the corner! Benedetto was one of our favorites as well as Giulia. We often went there for a light supper after Sunday-afternoon concerts. Ruth McElheny
  5. P

    Pastramiqueen

    London

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is fabulous here. This time I shared each course with my dinner companion so we got to taste more dishes. The semolina cakes were divine.Thanks for always serving such wonderful and creative food.
  6. l

    luv2dine

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    During our stay in Boston, we ate at Guilia one night. We fell in love with this restaurant. We loved the exciting vibe of this restaurant. We loved the uniqueness of each dish that we selected. From our cocktails and appetizer choices to our main entrées everything we had delicious. The wait staff here was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would not hesitate to eat here again when back in Boston.
  7. SS

    StephanieS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing experience. The attention to detail in the service and unique options on the menu made for a great night.
  8. DS

    DSdfe

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Appetizers and pastas were solid, but lacked the attention to detail that I'd expect at a restaurant with its reputation and price point. Lamb special came out basically raw, or medium-rare at best when no warning was given about this being how it was prepared. Dessert cherry cobbler was cold instead of warm, and gelato/ice cream was not very unique. Finally, we were at the restaurant at 7pm on a Saturday and it was pretty empty, though filled up later, so the ambiance wasn't as vibrant as we expected. Overall, a nice choice for a quiet pasta dinner, but don't expect too much beyond that.
  9. Y

    Yuni

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent homemade style pasta. Antipasti, fishes and desserts were wonderful as well.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was one of my favorite in Boston. The ambiance was on point, with the brick mixed with modern furniture. Our server, Cassandra, was professional and attentive. The food was the highlight! Served on nice flatware, each dish had a unique flavor or scent. The drinks were tasty. I highly recommend this for a special occasion.
  11. K

    Kats

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been to, and certainly the best in Boston.
  12. s

    scottw

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great pasta and great food very nice to have that open kitchen and really relaxing place
  13. S

    Soum

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fourth time coming here and it was fantastic. They cannot miss!
  14. F

    Foodies

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner. Interesting menu. Friendly wait staff. Indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations recommended. We ordered a few different desserts. The desserts were a huge disappointment and not worth the price. The rest of our meal was delicious.
  15. NB

    NedB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our best dishes were the chicken liver crostini and two pastas, the spelt fazzoletti and the goat milk cheese agnolotti. Both were superb.
  16. SB

    StevenB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, and was matched by the friendly and knowledgable service.
  17. WF

    WilliamF

    Naples

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Feeling that you are on the clock. Very rushed service. Hostess checked on the table multiple times. Only 3 entrees with two being fish and the other a lamb sausage was very limited
  18. r

    richards

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always delicious. never disappoints. Highly recommend
  19. N

    Nicholas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant - great service, staff, menu, food and ambiance. We loved the romantic atmosphere and our server was fantastic. Food was excellent and even though we had to wait to be seated for our reservation, the chef sent a complimentary appetizer to our table. Hidden gem!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Giulia is spectacular. Food, drinks, and service are great! And I love that it is quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation. Only thing that sucks is how hard it is to get a reservation.
  21. JN

    JessicaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! It was very hard to get a reservation but it was well worth the wait.
  22. BD

    BostonDiner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always our first choice when we want a special meal.
  23. C

    Cooksnightout

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    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.
  24. BW

    BrentW

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    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.
  25. MM

    MattM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Giulia is truly special. Well worth it. I just wish getting reservations was easier but the popularity is well deserved.
  26. m

    mnh1

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner. Inventive dishes. Great tastes.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server. Excellent food. Warm atmosphere
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 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
  32. 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).
  33. 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!
  34. 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!
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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 1456 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Giulia Restaurant

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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