Giulia Restaurant

4.8
916 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Giulia is a chef-owned Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. Award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini and the team at Giulia focus on inspired food and great service with true Italian vigor. We put a particular emphasis 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, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 916 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'll keep this short and sweet.

I cannot recommend Giulia enough.

Food from start to finish (even the starting free bread + olive oil) was stellar and service was on point. They even included a (trick!) candle with dessert to celebrate an anniversary (indicated when I reserved it). Very nice ambiance. The chicken liver and pappardelle with wild boar were definitely highlights of the meal (and pictures don't do it justice).

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Most dishes were very tasty. There were 5 of us. Three of us loved our food, one was okay last was not that great. For the price, the value wasn’t too good

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B
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for my spouse s birthday. Had the tasting menu with wine accord. Sublime. Thank you .

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and knowledgeable server. The food was excellent... super fresh and had amazing combinations and complex flavor layerings. It’s the kind of food that gives you goosebumps and reminds you to slow down and enjoy life.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Over all it was great, just not quite what we expected. Very energetic bar scene and was anticipating more of a low key quiet environment.

Pasta was amazing, tried the lamb sausage and it wasn't quite our taste.

Very friendly wait staff, who took care of us very well.

Would definitely go back, just for a more casual occasion.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars on everything. The food sang. Amazing and yummy.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

wow !

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b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extraordinary and creative cuisine. Worth the wait.
Our party who rates all the restaurants we go to rated this as one of our top choices for 2018.
Excellent libations
Excellent food
Excellent service
Only opportunity for improvement
Create some gluten free options
Have some salads.

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W
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been here many times. The food is consistently great!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional.

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G
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was my first time here after months of trying to get a reservation. The hostess was kind and approachable, our server - very knowledgeable and efficient. The food was really good - we all ordered different pastas followed by the chocolate tarrine I think it was called for dessert - all delicious. The only addition I would make to the experience would be to add tablecloths - it's a great place, but somehow I felt they were missing.

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JB
New England
87 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian restuarant. Great service and amazing food.
Chopped liver and grilled octopus appetizers are great.
Swordfish with cilantro sauce and veggies was very light and tasty dish.
Special pasta of the day was amazing.
Almond torta dessert was good.

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JS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, exceptional pasta dishes, service friendly yet unobtrusive, atmosphere friendly upbeat and warm

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MF
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent (and interesting) food and service. But they really need to take reservations further in advance than only one month ahead of time, as reservations are too hard to get with their current policy. With it, they are losing out on new customers so their customer base is guaranteed to dwindle over time.

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J
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service. Worth waiting a month for a reservation.

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LS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, the best ever! Worth every penny and planning ahead.

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NN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal and fantastic service. Totally lived up to the hype.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place lives up to its reputation. One of the best dining experiences I have had in Boston in years. Can’t wait to go back.

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VK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gem of a find that was recommended by a wine bar in downtown Boston. Every dish was delicious!

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AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food we've had in Boston - very rich and flavorful food, and even better service. Hard to get a reservation but well worth the wait.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food. Great hand-made pasta with local ingredients. Highly recommended.

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MT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Cannot emphasize how happy I was with the experience.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Worth the planning ahead to get that reservation. Everything is yummy - feels like you are in Italy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great meal, small portions, not worth the high price. Gonto Scampo for best Italian in Boston.

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was highly anticipated and the appetizer of Octopus was excellent with a complex sauce and the bread and olive oil was also quite fabulous. The octopus grilling was authentic and the only thing I would suggest is put it on top of the sauce. We then had pasta and my wife loved her mushroom and truffle dish. Mine was OK. Too rich. Dessert was also very nice. Very good but not sure for a special occasion as a hard reservation apparently.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect meal.

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DA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice dinner celebrating our anniversary. The quality of food is excellent, portions are a little small on some items. The manager and staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. This is my second time visiting, it is almost impossible to get a decent reservation online through open table however when we were there it appear there were several available tables during most of our meal. I will call the restaurant directly next time. I would recommend Giulia and will return, parking is a little difficult.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always!!

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New England
149 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food, and a well-curated wine list. We go out a ton, and our bar for Italian is set high (we frequent Erbaluce). Giulia knocks our socks off! My steak (listed as “beef” on the menu this week) was of quality on par with the best steakhouses, but the set and presentation was far more inspired. Our crudo and octopus apps were really balanced and interesting. My boyfriend enjoyed what looked like a very labor-intensive lasagna. We ordered a really beautiful wine (IL Georgioni, bonarda —very different from South American ones) that I’m still thinking about days later. Loved everything about it. Oh-and I have food allergies, and they handled it with grace and caution; I feel safe eating there.

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r
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic, creative Italian cuisine! Our server was very knowledgeable and helped us make great choices. The bagna cauda was outstanding and we also loved the chicken liver crostini. House made pastas and gelato are not to be missed.

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SZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it, the appetizers pasta and fish.. there wasn’t anything we didn’t like. Server was amazing to match the excellent food. Already thinking of going back!

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was a flavor explosion. I could have stopped with the exquisite chicken liver crostini and died happy. If you are a fan of pate, this will amaze. The culurgiones, feather light and bursting with creamy potato and salt cod, kissed by a bold sauce of fresh tomato, garlic, olives and capers will transport you to a fishing village on the Sardinian coast. My dining partners loved the almond torta dessert. Service was impeccable and unobtrusive. If I lived in the area, I would try every dish on the menu. Thanks for a great evening!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Giulia. They should teach seminars on how to run a proper restaurant. Trevor and all his staff are as top notch as the dishes they serve. I haven’t been to Italy yet but I’ve never had better Italian food anywhere ever. We’ve been 6x and I’ve ordered the The Bucatini with Pancetta each and every time. We just got home and I miss the food already! Go now even if the only reservation is at 5:45 p.m.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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LM
New England
75 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and two friends enjoyed a fabulous meal at Giulia. The food and cocktails are delicious, and the service is perfection!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Will be back!

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L
New England
67 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even in a city full of outstanding restaurants, Giulia stands out. The atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly and well informed, the wine list full of distinguished wines you've never tried and the food--oh, my goodness. The food is amazing. Three of us shared appetizers: small, soft semolina cakes crowned in truffle shavings, a crisp flatbread with pesto and pine nuts and a rangy, rich preparation of octopus. My companions then had the pappardelle with wild boar and raved about it. I chose the agnolotti stuffed with slightly sweet parsnips and ricotta, surrounded by chanterelle mushrooms, arugula and a buttery lemon sauce. It was divine. If you can't manage a dessert on your own, share one. They are too good to be missed. Plan your visit well in advance. We are not the only ones who think this is the best restaurant in Cambridge.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was my second time at Giulia. The food is really the star. The waitstaff was informative and fine. But the hostess who "greeted" us with a scowl and pointed to our table (without walking us there) really set a bad tone. Not a good way to start the night!

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New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, wonderful service! I have wanted to eat here for a year, could never get a red at a convenient time. But FINALLY! Loved it!

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t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely superb. Service wonderful; food outstanding. Not cheap, but tremendous value.

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