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Giulia Restaurant

4.7
819 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 441-2800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Pagliarini
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 819 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We came here for a date and ordered off the regular menu. Our favorites dishes were the chicken liver crostini and creamy white corn polenta antipasti. Our server Jessica S was so friendly and helpful. She really added positively to our experience. Would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always consistent quality, creative takes on standards, best manhattans 😀

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was terrific and our server was perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent!!!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The restaurant was dirty (stale bread and receipts on the floot) and the service was slow.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Not a first time! superb pasta. Attentive staff. Deeply satisfying dining experience

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It was hard to find a reservation here so I was ready to think it was over-hyped, but we had a great meal. The tasting menu was a great value and each course was interesting and well-executed. I was especially impressed at how unpretentious yet incredibly helpful the staff were. They went out of their way to make dining there feel personal and were very accommodating to any dietary requests.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Giulia's was a great experience! The food was so good, even the vegan options were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and helped make the restaurant experience excellent. I recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants fresh Italian food!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

What a wonderful restaurant! Delicious food, and everyone cares about the food! Helpful staff to help you choose. Flavors to remember!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Very very good pasta dishes

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We had never been to Giulia's and we received a gift certificate for Christmas so we finally went.
It was delicious and the place has a very nice ambience. For, me, having a daughter and friend who are gluten free and a husband who is type 2 diabetic, we felt that many items were served with or on crostini. I'd like to see them expand their menu to include more offerings in the appetizers (all of which were delicious) and main courses that people can choose if they are looking for delicious fare that is low on carbs. Still the ambience, service and food was excellent. I recommend Giulia's!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I could not compliment this place more! The only possible complaint is that it is so popular so their phone line is always busy, but the experience was wonderful! I went with 4 other friends and every item we had was wonderful. Everyone said that Giulia is now a new favorite restaurant at the end of the night. Don’t miss the desserts! They are totally worth the cost (and I usually don’t think $8-$10 desserts are worth it). They threw in an extra dessert for our party and it may have been the best one!

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Overhyped and overpriced. The food was elaborate but poorly executed (one dish was very salty, another was extremely sour, etc). The only good part was the dessert, though I'm not a dessert person.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Went a few years ago and loved it then. Have had a hard time getting back there because it's tough to get a reservation but I think this place is worth it. Took a friend (who is vegetarian) for her birthday and at first glance the menu didn't offer that many vegetarian dishes. But when we asked the waitperson, many items could be prepared without meat so my friend was more than satisfied with the choice. We each had a nice glass of wine and shared a bean puree appetizer that was beautifully prepared and luscious, served with grilled homemade bread. We each had a pasta dish, I the pappardelle and she the agnolotti and they both were excellent. Topped this off with the chocolate terrine - again a shared dessert, and just terrific. Will hunt for reservations and get them when I can.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Fantastic food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The four of us ordered the 5-course tasting menu to celebrate a birthday. We had a fantastic evening, and our dinner was absolutely fabulous! Thank you, Giulia!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Pretty overrated. Food was B/B+, service friendly but unsophisticated and somewhat juvenile. Average value for the price, if you are looking to explore Boston fine dining try others first.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Did not appreciate a pre fix menu without options to choose from the main menu. Wish we had known ahead of time. Very expensive ! I love this place but will not be going on special occasions again if forced to order from a fixed high priced menu.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Very good food.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The flounder really should have been deboned. The fish was very large and dealing with the bones was awkward and made a mess of the dish such that the presentation was compromised.

The board head was excellent.

Cumulatively, the dishes were all very rich, and I wish the waitress had steered us to some lighter fare

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Good italian food, but I don't understand the hype. It's good but not better than many other Cambridge restaurants. Yet, I had to reserve about 30 days in advance to be sure we got a seat. crazy.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Giulia is hands down my favorite restaurant!!!! Every time we are lucky enough to get a reservation We always have a memorable experience!!!!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

This restaurant was at 90% capacity on a Monday night, a sign of a loyal clientele.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Honestly, I’ve heard so much about this place, and given how hard it is to get a reservation, I assumed this would be one of the best places in Boston. While the service and ambiance was great, the food is not good. Not worth it at all. Won’t be going back. Started with the semolina cakes, which are apparently famous there. They were super average. We also got the salt cod which was gross. Entrees were a pasta, which was terrible, and the flounder which was doused in an extremely sweet Hawaiian tasting sauce. The best part of the meal was the kale side, which was sautéed kale with olive oil. For dessert we got almond cake and a Chocolate thing. Almond cake was very dry and chocolate thing was decent. My wife loves dessert (especially anything almond) and was really angry she wasted the calories.

There are so many better places to go if you are looking for a good or even decent meal. I’m really disappointed, I’ve heard this place was so good, but it is not. At all.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Was great! One of the best italian meals (esp pasta) I’ve had whe living in Boston. Great service and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Felt rushed by server

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The wait to get a table at Giulia is worth it. Excellent service from Kerry-she answered all of our questions and even suggested a delicious wine to drink at dinner. Food is very delicious and it is the perfect portion! The drinks are absolutely delicious as well. You can't go wrong by dining at Giulia!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Overpriced and underwhelmed. Too much fat -butter, cream & cheese -- anyone can make food taste good that way - but it's heavy and unhealthy. Their fare pales beside the great taste yet lighter sauces that we ate in Italy.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I dined with my family which is a group of 4. We shared 2 appetizers and each tried one another's dishes. Overall the food was mediocre at best. Some of the dishes tasted outright bad and others were pretty good, but nothing about it was exceptionally good. I kind of expected more so it was a disappointment and I don't think we'll come back.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Lovely evening all around everything was exceptional. A really special evening

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Finally made it here after trying to go a year before for my birthday and I was not disappointed. The pasta was great and the portion sizes are just enough to leaving you feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. Great ambiance and service too!

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

WORTH THE HYPE. We had an amazing meal with an amazing server, great specials, and a wonderful evening. Fully lives up to its hard-to-attain reservation status.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

My group enjoyed our drinks, wine, appetizers, small plates, and dessert but the entrees were way below our expectations and quite off the mark from everything else we dined on. I was told this was 'the' restaurant in Cambridge but it missed the mark for me.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Creative tasteful and varied menu, well executed, with pleasant staff. Great good but with causal ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Exceptional dining experience!

My sweet potato agnolotti was to die for!
My husband loved his octopus and squid dish.
Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Once again this gem exceeded expectations. We came for a birthday celebration, which they observed without creating a huge fuss--just perfect. Our meals were extraordinary. I am vegetarian, but no one else in our party is, which means we need both good veg options and your usual meat eater delights. Everything was spot on from the wine to the appetizers all the way to the exceptional desserts. Service is low key, attentive but not intrusive. It's hard to maintain excellence over time, but they are doing it. We were there on one of this winter's coldest nights, and frankly were concerned it might be cold. It was both literally and figuratively warm inside.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Best meal I’ve had in ages. A special place.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

The food at Giulia never disappoints -- fresh, flavorful, complex, delicious. Everything we ordered was tasty -- semolina cakes, burrata, gnocchi with lobster, pappardelle with wild boar -- and the wine was excellent. This servers are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, but never pretentious. The atmosphere is relaxed but festive. It's our favorite restaurant in Cambridge (where there are now a number of excellent places to choose from).

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1.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Really Bad experience at Giulia. The only redeeming quality of the restaurant was our waitress who was kind and professional. Though the rest of the staff that we interacted with were rude, unprofessional and offensive. I had a special request due to physical limitations and the staff seemed so put out, annoyed and frustrated by my request that I actually over heard them complaining and poking fun about it. Needless to say the service was horrible and I would not pay an average of $30 a plate to be made feel like I’m an inconvenience. There are plenty of good restaurants in Boston and the service would be 100 times better than this place. On a sidenote, genuinely did not like the food and didn’t even finish what I was eating. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Really.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

I usually give Giulia 5 stars for everything, but this last time we went the service was not as good as usual (e.g., wine glasses taken away before our bottle of wine was finished!).

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