Giulia Restaurant

4.8
1179 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1179 people are saying
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ZevM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was very good, they really wanted to make sure you liked the food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience !

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RichardM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for my wife’s 60th. They did a great job making us feel Covid safe. The service was excellent. Food was great but portion size was a bit on the small size and they can use some simple choices for teenage kids. I would go again!

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CambridgeResident
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you don't go out often, and want to make your night out really special, this is a perfect place. Slightly pricey, but worth it. The cooks and servers put a lot of care in what they do.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service

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SamH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went to Giulia for a special occasion and really enjoyed it. Food was fantastic for the most part - the only exception was that one of the pasta dishes we ordered seemed a bit off. The staff was very responsive and kindly offered to replace it with a delicious dish at no charge.

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SeanC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so pleased to return to Giulia. The safety protocols put me at ease, allowing me to enjoy my meal all the more. Giulia still possesses the best pasta in the Greater Boston area.

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ShariL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt wonderful to back in the warm and welcoming space.
Felt very safe re covid precautions.
Food fantastic as always!!

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IrenaH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Great covid precautions

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vipChris
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic food delivered by friendly and efficient staff in a relaxed and warm environment. Nice wine list too.

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HaileyB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I have had in my life! I got the papardelle with boar's head and my boyfriend got the bolognese. They were so delicious we ended up ordering a third pasta dish to share. Wine selection and cocktails were also amazing, and our server was extremely helpful with both our food and beverage choices! I would highly recommend for a date night or special occasion (since it is a bit on the pricier side).

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Incha
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Doing a great job making everyone feel comfortable and safe. Great food, as always

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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
9 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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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably our favorite meal in Boston hands down. Can’t recommend it to people enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 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
2 reviews
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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Giulia Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1179 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.