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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Giulia Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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