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
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.
Giulia is very difficult to get a reservation on through Open Table. I don't know if all of their tables are available through Open table, but when a new set of days open up, you need to reserve right away (Friday's and Saturday's) or you will be eating at 10:30 PM.
But the food was terrific. My wife had the pasta and I had the scallops. Both were fantastic. My wife loved my dish so much she stole more than a bite to "sample". The only complaint was that the bread was a little slow in coming at the start. We'd go again in a heartbeat.
Top rate, genuine bent Italian Food. This is not your "spaghetti and meatballs/Chicken Parmesan" kind of place, but a restaurant with a well thought out, creative-yet authentic menu. Very comprehensive wine list that is too much of a stretch on one's wallet. The Pistachio Gelato for desert was worth the trip all on it's own. The restaurant carries a very nice, casualesque vibe with very good service...Fancy without the pretentiousness of fancy dress.
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