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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (35)
Special Occasion (30)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Romantic (21)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Casual (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Dublin)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Felt rushed by server

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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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 (London)·Dined 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).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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!).

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My first meal here . Lovely atmosphere , limited menu though - good service , lovely ambiance , tasty food a tad on the salty side

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A perfect dinner! Everything was delicious. And it's very reasonably priced for the high quality of the meal. Pastas were al dente and wonderful. Whole flounder was incredible. Dessert was homemade pistachio gelato and very tasty!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I rarely leave feedback, but Giulia is a true gem! Absolutely delicious dishes! My top pasta place in town, hands down.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

By far my favorite Italian restaurant in Boston. While it's tough to get a reservation, it's worth the wait. The dishes are flavorful, inventive, and oh so fresh. You definitely can tell they make the pasta in house. Everything my husband and I have tried at Giulia, pasta and beyond, has been perfect. It makes us feel like we're back in Italy, but dare I say better?

In addition to the phenomenal food - the experience is top notch. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive and the atmosphere is cozy and romantic. Perfect for any occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Nothing special

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Incredible dining experience! Trevor, the manager was so hospitable and had the most incredible recommendations. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very interesting, tasty food. Very attentive, but not hovering, waiter with excellent recommendations for wine. AND if you get in line to be one of the first in the door at opening time, you can sit at the bar and get the same menu but not have to wait 3 weeks for
a reservation. Service is great at the bar. Go for it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Third time eating here and it continues to impress me--a major statement from a self-described food snob. I eat pescetarian--no shellfish--and am abled to make things work--although I do wish there were more options that didn't require removing ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent all round; the best Italian in Boston. You will not be disappointed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

One of the best meals EVER, and I'm 62 years old. Wonderful service, very detailed menu, food was scrumptious. We enjoyed every bite. Be careful not to over order - everything sounds great and it's easy to over order. Everything we ordered was out of this world delish. The duck confit pasta in some kind of creamy mushroom sauce was my favorite. CAn't recall what others at our table had but everyone was enthusiastic about their own meal. Am happy to recommend this wonderful place to one and all.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a really outstanding dinner here. Every dish was unique and marvelous; especially loved the anchovies and the tagliatelli. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. The only downside was the gusts of freezing air blowing in every time someone opened the front door.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the most memorable dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Great quality food and very knowledgeable servers.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great as always. This time we did the chef's tasting. It was so much food. We had to take home some duck we just couldn't finish. It was so good though! They've mastered comfort food with incredibly balanced and nuanced flavors. Giulia is definitely a favorite restaurant of ours.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We've been to Giulia a few times now, usually for an anniversary or birthday. We always get wine, a small plate, two pastas, and cappuccinos. Pastas, wine, and dessert were great this time but Brussels sprouts left something to be desired (good but not "wow"). The service is always excellent - just attentive enough. Nice ambiance although the bathrooms aren't as nice as you'd hope.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Giulia’s never disappoints! The food is fresh and beautifully presented. The tuna crudo, antipasti, pasta dishes are delicious. They do a great job preparing fish. Do not miss the pistachio gelato. Jane

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date
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