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Giulia Restaurant, Cambridge, MA
Giulia Restaurant, Cambridge, MA
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Giulia Restaurant, Cambridge, MA
Giulia Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Giulia Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1634 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. Its 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

7:30 PM


Booked 28 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

What 1,634 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Italian

1,634 Reviews
  1. ArtGirl

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful, delicious meal. The food is exquisite without being fussy. The portions are perfectly sized. A gem.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was absolutely phenomenal and well worth the price point. Reese was very helpful in pre arranging a birthday dessert for our meal which was very appreciated!! We hope to come back. We interacted with and witnessed interactions with several waitstaff during our meal. The majority were spectacular. Notably, the server to the table next to us was rude and gave off-putting replies to our neighbors’ questions about the menu when they were making selections, including a simple “what would you recommend?” that most guests probably ask. We nearly spoke up due to our shock at his snobby attitude but did not want to cause discomfort to the other guests who had just started their meal as we were wrapping up ours. Overall the staff were friendly with us but this was concerning to witness.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lovely restaurant with a great ambience. Good wine selection. Food was good, but I wish they had a gluten free pasta option. Waiter informed us that they hadn’t served gluten free pasta since the pandemic, which was a bummer. Next time I will probably choose an Italian restaurant with gluten free pasta over Giulia, but overall a good experience and an excellent one for those who don’t need to avoid gluten.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect dinner and service in every way, plus an impeccable Manhattan. I dreamed about the chopped liver crostini, burrata salad, pappardelle w/boar, branzino and blackberry upside down cake with blackberry gelato. Quite simply, and consistently, the best restaurant in the Boston area.

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  5. elifs

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Entrees were delicious. Appetizers need a little work, e.g. the eggplant app had very little eggplant and and incredible amount of capers.

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  6. Foodlover

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food but small portions. Server was very nice

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  7. NishaK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    giulia is always a hit, especially for celebrating special occassions

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  8. Zw3l

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, perfect ambiance, really attentive and friendly service. Do not pass up on dessert either

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  9. TSPEatsItALL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Genuinely exceptional hospitality from the moment I stepped into the vestibule. The host (Manager?) was engaging and warm. What a delightful presence! Our server made us feel welcome, taken care of, and helped guide our decision when it came to choosing a wine. This meal was one of my most beloved and enjoyable in a year full of dining at great restaurants. EVERY SINGLE BITE was delicious, balanced, and thoughtfully executed. YUM. Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner! Special shout out to the Pastry Chef-As a fellow PC I really enjoyed the pistachio gelato. Dreamy texture and flavor combo with the praline. The subtle pepperiness in the cookie was a stroke of genius. I hope I can get back in time to try the others before the menu change, they all looked so alluring!

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  10. dpam

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a lovely time at Giulia's restaurant. All 4 of us ordered pasta and were very pleased with our meals. Prices felt a little expensive for pasta, but that's probably reflected in the quality of the ingredients (wild mushrooms, board, grated truffles, etc.). Our waiter was very friendly!

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  11. PF234

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Incredible pasta. Cute and casual neighborhood spot!

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  12. Marnie

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was awful, food was just ok. I have had a lot of Italian food from all of the world. I expected a lot for how they are hyped up and hard to get reservations. It was just ok….

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  13. LdC17

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was creative and delicious. Service was efficient and charming. Only wish we lived in Boston!

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  14. ezachos

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rarely do we have a restaurant experience where every single element rates 5 stars. Giulia always does. The food is so good, inventive yet not experimental, and always always delicious. The service especially stands out this way, their staff must be very happy, because they're clearly very experienced and the restaurant knows how to keep them!

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  15. BenH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lives up to the hype - would love to try some of the meat mains in the future but was too enticed by the pasta which was phenomenal. Can’t wait to come back.

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  16. JulieW

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    great pasta, great service, very noisy, tight spaces

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers were all great !

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  18. MaryT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and the staff attentive. A bit noisy and felt a little cramped, but these were nothing compared to the food and the overall experience.

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  19. Boston

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    overall5food5service1ambience4
    The food is delicious! We love dining at Giulia for a comforting bowl of pasta. The appetizers are also delicious and feature the season’s freshest vegetables and local seafoods. The homemade focaccia bread is also delicious. The bar stretching the entirety of the room adds a lively scene to the restaurant and often can be a great option for walk-ins, but definitely come right at opening to score a seat, as it fills up fast. Great place for locals, and also worth a drive if you don’t love local to the area.

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  20. Cooksnightout

    Greater Boston

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another outstanding meal at Guilia. Wonderful semolina cakes, prosciutto and peaches and two pasta dishes- the boar papparadelle and the agnolotti with asparagus. The pistachio gelato was the best we’ve ever had. Just a small issue- the pasta dishes could have been hotter but we were too hungry to send them back.

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  21. Artemus

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    One dish of was returned due to poor quality/ preparation. Another diner did not finish his-- unsatisfactory. Tensing eso dishes were good.

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  22. edjan

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    food was devine, but portions somewhat small compared to the price

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  23. Amrita

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful gathering of friends at Giulia. The food was exceptional, each cocktail was delicious and unique, and the coursing was delightful. I highly recommend getting a variety of appetizers to share, and all the pastas were wonderful. Thank you Amy for the wonderful experience!

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  24. AnnaM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Boston.

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  25. KatharinaK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! The wild boar pasta dish is incredible!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely atmosphere, fantastic service. Can’t wait to go back.

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  27. GrahamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Italian cuisine at a reasonable price. Hard to beat.

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  28. AddieC

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We received outstanding service when we dined here for a celebratory dinner. Our server was extremely helpful in navigating food choices for members of our party who have severe food allergies. Lively atmosphere, even at 8:30 on a Tuesday night. However, the food was just OK, in our opinion; it didn't live up to the hype. As others have mentioned, the portions are smaller, and we didn't like that they charge $1 per piece of focaccia bread.

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  29. SomervilleAnnie

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails and food. The atmosphere is cozy and the noise level was low -- great for conversation. Difficult to get a reservation, but worth it!

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  30. CaseyS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What an excellent dinner we had! Staff were knowledgeable, menu was interesting and delicious, and we finished up with a wide selection of after-dinner drinks. We'll be back!

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  31. traveler

    Greater Boston

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The rave about this restaurant and despite the difficulty of getting a table, I looked forward to to sampling their culinary creations.  The space felt crowded, the waiter, a bit frazzled and dulled. This combined with the noise level had us looking forward to our home setting for dessert. Dishes were well constructed, flavorful combinations but our table lacked adequate lighting. Take out another time?

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  32. Jenn

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is probably the best Italian restaurant in Massachusetts.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Giulia never disappoints! Every dish was fantastic. Service was attentive but not pushy. Menu is a great mix of seasonal dishes and consistent favorites. Great bar as well! Nice selection of by the glass wines, and the cocktails are interesting and really well executed.

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  34. Isto

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative pasta dishes. Outstanding fish—a wonderful surprise. Attentive, skilled service.

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  35. Italianfoodie

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I felt the pasta dishes were great - very well made and on point. The appetizers were small and overpriced and I did not appreciate the server telling me to buy two apps of one kind (got three different apps) so that everyone would have enough.

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  36. UyenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The food was really good. Those hand-made pasta were the bomb, and their deserts left no doubt on the table. We will be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and our server was very nice and knowledgeable! Very excited to go again

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pastas! Friendly efficient service, highly recommend!

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  39. RyanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giulia is hands down the best restaurant in Cambridge. The food is always incredible and the drinks and wine are perfectly paired. The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly and will help guide you to the perfect meal / wine pairing with ease. We dine here regularly and are always so happy with our night out. When you dine at Guilia you know you are going to have a delicious meal and a fabulous time.

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  40. Kate

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giulia is a favorite. Great food, great service. Worth the wait and the price!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Giulia Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1634 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
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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