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About Giulia Restaurant

Giulia is a chef-owned Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. This is the first restaurant of award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini. Our focus is on inspired food and great service with true Italian vigor. We put a particular focus on our hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef"s table adjacent to the open kitchen.

1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 441-2800

Website:
http://www.giuliarestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops

Executive Chef:
Michael Pagliarini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Giulia Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (9)
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great all around

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was the single greatest dining experience of my life.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

This is arguably the most difficult place in town to get a reservation... You wait about a month. Maybe that sets up unreasonable expectations, since you think, shoot I had to wait a month, everything has to be completely flawless, and everything better knock my socks off! While overall we liked things, was it worth a month's wait? Well, no. Everything overall tasted good, but was it the best Italian we've ever had? No, not even close. Maybe it is individual tastes, but we felt the pasta had some slight texture and flavor issues, and the portion size was pretty small, compared to everywhere else. Maybe if we had tried an entree we would think differently? I will say the chocolate terrine desert, while also very small, was one of the more interesting and delectable chocolate desserts we've had in a while. The server was excellent though... He was very warm, easy going, and present without being over present, certainly one of the better servers we've interacted with in a while. I would love to be able to try more dishes here, but since it's so hard to get in, with much advanced planning required, I'm not sure it's really worth it. The seating is very tight, like many restaurants around town, so just be prepared for that.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Guilin lived up to the hype. The food and service were outstanding.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I loved the food and service, it was a bit too expensive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. Our waiter was one of the best we've ever experienced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We had a reservation at 5:30, but had to wait outside the door as they did not open on time. I had been there before, unfortunately the portions are now significantly smaller., while the price has increased. The food was very good, but I am unlikely to go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

This is the third time that my husband and I have dined at Guilia, and yet again we weren't disappointed! The pasta was fresh and delicate, the barrata appetizer was out of this world, and the wine and drink selection was creative and extensive. At the end of the meal we were satisfied, but not stuffed. The waitstaff was attentive, but we never felt rushed at all. We will no doubt return again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

every dish was fantastic fresh and tasty. great evening with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I was so excited to visit Giulia as I had heard such great things (and had to book the reservation months in advance due to limited availability), however it definitely did not live up to its hype. We ordered the semolina cakes which were pretty good, but everything after was not. The burrata appetizer was covered in oil and not even that flavorful (how can you go wrong with burrata!). The olives and assorted Salami were fine, nothing to be impressed by. The Bucatini pasta was good, but again swimming in oil. Lastly I ordered the swordfish main course and it was under seasoned and everything on the plate, again, was swimming in oil. I didn't finish anything on any of my plates (which never happens at restaurants I love.) I was very disappointed with Giulia and would not go back or recommend to a friend!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We all agreed it was the best meal we'd had in a long time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the Boston area does a wonderful job again. The food and service are first rate and the value is one of the best in the area. Very hard to get a reservation, but always worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Giulia was a disappointing experience after the reviews I had read. The food was good but not memorable. The pasta was better than average but in no way equal to pasta I've had at comparable, and less expensive, restaurants in New York where the chef is known for making homemade pasta. My pasta was described as whole wheat taglierini which I expected to be a quite thin pasta similar to spaghetti. Instead it looked like tagliatelle, was not the color of whole wheat and had zero taste of whole wheat. When we asked the server about it, she said that the whole wheat flour was special and "not starchy" and therefore tasted different than whole wheat pasta, and that the chef called this pasta taglierini even though it was almost identical to tagliatelle. The sfizi of semolina cakes with rhubarb pickled in spruce sap, if I understood the description correctly, were delicious, but I saw and tasted no rhubarb and there was no hint of spruce sap which I imagine to taste resinous. When we saw our dessert, rhubarb tarte Tatin, we were very surprised. It was not a pastry, there was no rhubarb but there were strawberries, and we were expecting vanilla gelato instead of whipped cream. When I suggested to the server that we got the wrong dessert because a tarte Tatin was a pastry, she said a tarte Tatin was like a cake, but she would ask the pastry chef . She came back with the answer "The pastry c hef says a tarte Tatin is an upside down cake." It's hard to believe a pastry chef doesn't know the definition of a classic pastry, therefore I can only conclude that the pastry chef is not very good, or is a liar.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

First off, I work at Community Servings and I want to thank you guys at Giulia for supporting our LifeSavor event. Second, the food was amazing and I will definitely be back. Totally lived up to the hype.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and a new move. We had an absolutely fantastic time - the food was incredible and service was perfect. From wine options to dessert we enjoyed every course immensely. This is one or our absolute favorite restaurants and we can't wait to come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Wonderful restaurant, worth every penny!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

simply the best restaurant in Boston metro, hands down

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was great. The wine was superb and very good price. The atmosphere was very nice and service was good too. Highlights, chef came to the table at end of our meal to ask how everything was. Very nice of him.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Sfizzi appetizers were definitely small bites -- semolina cakes were excellent but Sicilian flatbread was mediocre at best. Pasta dishes were excellent; would definitely come back for the pasta alone. Only negative was server; annoyijng and inattentive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 14, 2017

One of the best meals we've had in Boston. Great food, cooked perfectly, a wonderful meal. Service was to notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Giulia is probably our favorite restaurant in Boston. Superb food at a reasonable price. Of you can gwt a reservation, you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We loved everything about our dinner at Giulia's! It was my second visit and, although the menu had changed , the offerings were once more excellent and all three of us savored our choices. I offer my highest recommendation for the ambience, cuisine, drinks and service.
Fantastico!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing!! We went in the winter and loved the menu, then went back in the summer and they added more vegetarian options which we absolutely loved!! Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Guilia is our favorite restaurant in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. Most notable were the semolina cake appetizers and the almond torte dessert. Well worth the wait for reservations!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2017

From the chicken liver crostini and bucatini through to the salted caramel and black pepper gelato-- wow, everything was delicious and well presented. Terrific service and advice from our waitress on our first visit. Will definitely try to come back, maybe sitting at the bar if we have as much of a challenge getting a reservation next time. Highly recommended.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The dinner was the best Italian food we have ever had. Topped being in Italy! Marisa was our waitress and she was the greatest. Every dish was special, creative and delicious.
Thank you, Giulia. We'll be back, someday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Really enjoyed Giulia. But so hard to get a reservation in prime-time. Had to go at first seating but just glad that I could get in! Pastas are, of course, the star of the menu. They are the ideal showcase for other seasonal ingredients. Try a pasta milled from a less common flour, like spelt, or farro. The entrees are solid. The desserts are well conceived and executed. They are not 10-component works of modern art, but the flavors are accurate and paired well. (E.g. affogato + hazelnut, strawberry/rhubarb + lavender)

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Spectacular, as always! And our server was excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Wonderful creative Italian and knowledgeable waiters. Among the very best of its kind

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Recently my eleven year-old grandson asked me what was the best restaurant in which I'd eaten. I couldn't come up with an answer: so many restaurants. But after eating at Giulia I could say it's the best restaurant I've eaten at in the past year. My husband and I shared the bread, an appetizer of semolina cakes (2 little ones), I had pappardelle with wild boar and mushrooms and a glass of prosecco, he had halibut, we shared a dessert. All were excellent. Service is friendly. Tables are close together, but it's not too noisy. Reservations are hard to come by. There is only street parking but when we went, there were spaces on Mass. Ave. at parking meters that need quarters until 8 pm. Cost with tip about $100.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Overpriced. Because I have food allergies, I asked for a side order of pasta with butter and cheese only. They charged me $18. Ridiculous. I would never go back there.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Went out for a birthday/first night without baby and couldn't have been more impressed. We have wanted to go since it opened, but reservations are tough to come by! Finally made it and the staff (especially manager, Trevor) went above and beyond to make the night fun and special for us. Food was outstanding and we can't wait to go fill out bellies again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

A great meal. Everything was delicious, especially the halibut. Save room for the wonderful desserts.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Cambridge restaurants are generally the best in Boston and Giulia is no exception to that rule. They have the best pasta dishes I've ever had in Boston--my date and I split three--way better than anything I've had in the North End. Service was spectacular--attentive, friendly, good recommendations. Music was great and the prices weren't ludicrous!
What more could you ask for?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Our experience was amazing in every way, as always!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Amazing. Perfect for a date

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Giulia continues to be in my top three for Boston-area restaurants. Everything we ordered was perfect, and our server coursed our meal out very thoughtfully. Started with anchovies that were delicious with a glass of brut rosé, moved on to the inimitable bucatini and a spelt cassarecce that was so flavorful and complex, finished with the rainbow trout (one of the most perfectly cooked pieces of fish I've ever had) and the trottole. A glass of Piedmontese Sauvignon Blanc rounded out our mid and main courses superbly. Finished with the carrot mascarpone cake with saffron ice cream with a cup of Rooibos (love the tea service there as well, pretty set-up). Thanks for another impeccable experience, Giulia!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Excellent food, knowledgable wait staff, great daily special

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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