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Trattoria Pulcinella

4.5
4.5
531 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Trattoria Pulcinella is a nice family run business; we offer a lot of specials from our native homeland of Naples, Italy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 491-6336

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Giovanni Oliva

  • Private party facilities

    We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.

  • Private party contact

    Giovanni: (617) 851-0371

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    From Harvard Sq. take the 72 bus or the 75 and stopped in the corner of Concord Ave. and Huron Ave. We are next to CITGO gasoline station

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 531 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. I

    Ijay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a very nice and aesthetic place to have dinner on any occasion. Very homey and the staff are excellent hosts.
  2. ER

    EasternReader

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For several decades, Pulcinella’s reliably delicious offerings, together with a quiet and friendly atmosphere, and warm, competent service have engendered a loyal following - - we recognize the same diners whenever we visit.
  3. M

    Martha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice experience but unfortunately noisy because of two large groups that were there at the same time. Not the fault of Pulcinella though.
  4. JW

    JWLa

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Didn't even do basic red sauce Italian well. Service was... odd. We were told there was no dessert, then observed the server bringing what looked like tiramisu to another table half an hour later. The one server was plating all the dishes himself. Made for a long lag time between when different people at our table's entrees came out. No way would I return. The prices were right up there with some excellent modern local restaurants, but the food was a lousy holdover from 30 years ago.
  5. A

    Ambaleshwar

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was undercooked. It was way overpriced. Portion-size was insanely small. Staff was rude. Most of the people didnt finish their food.
  6. MM

    MikeM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They accepted our party of 20 and provided us a very nice dining experience. It went perfectly.
  7. NP

    NicholasP

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal. The Polipetti (Octopus) as an antipasto was spectacular. The place was busy and the noise level a bit higher than usual but the service was still first rate.
  8. M

    Mymerc

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A sweet, local “go to” place when you just want to get out relax and have a nice meal
  9. LA

    LACF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were wonderful accommodating the number of guests and our vegan order. A really lovely evening
  10. E

    Ellen

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We hadn't been here in years; I don't know why. Their menu online was not the same as the one at the restaurant which had far fewer options. Everything was tasty. We will return much sooner.
  11. NP

    NicholasP

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Cambridge eatery. I really like the intimate atmosphere and the food is great. Menu is a little limited but that's OK.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and attentive service
  13. MH

    ManyHappyReturns

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, every time! The chefs must love what they do because each dish is prepared expertly. Mario, the owner, knows many of us by name and we've developed a great neighborly relationship over the years. We always trust his recommendations, ever since the first time he introduced us to some wonderful Italian wines. Looking around the dining room it's clear everyone, including Mario and his chefs, are enjoying the evening. Even if you just want a traditional dish you will want to have it here since this is where you know it will be the best version you've ever had.
  14. F

    Finbec

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, great pastas and specials: fresh fish and Burrata among others.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Great service. Very pricey.
  16. C

    Categal

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A treasure. Very small — 10-ish tables, exquisite, attentive service and the food! Oh, the food. Once is not enough.
  17. W

    Wemedge77

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a cozy spot with wonderful, handcrafted food lovingly prepared and beautifully presented in a quiet but friendly atmosphere. The wine list was small but impressive. The owner's attentive service was a real plus. The swordfish with homemade pasta and puttanesca sauce was memorable. Great bread baked on site. A perfect dining experience.
  18. j

    jeffrey

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food per usual. The caring, attentive staff make you feel at home. We love this restaurant.
  19. O

    Owill1

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience. Sbsbbamsns. Sjehebabwjebwnbs she snaps and sbbwhehe shavsjabsb
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant for friends dinner! Strong recommend!
  21. FE

    FredE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Lovely location and nice atmosphere, but the food was lackluster. Tried 2 of just about a dozen entre's, and neither was particularly good. The place has been better in the past. I think they need a new chef
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of seven. The owner was very nice and served us well. The food was fantastic (lamb chops and staffed mushrooms ravioli were unbelievably delicious. We’ll definitely be back Avi
  23. SB

    SamB

    New England

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Took my 2 adult children to celebrate their birthday. The food was good but portions were very small especially appetizers. Also the menu shown online is not the menu that is presented to you when you arrive at the restaurant. They have a much smaller menu than what is online.
  24. SH

    SamH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very warming and welcoming experience. Had an amazing time celebrating my 21st there, and would definitely go back for my 22nd and 23nd.
  25. IS

    IanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the real deal—feels like an actual Italian Trattoria
  26. ZZ

    ZacharyZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Was good. Not amazing. Chicken was not particularly juicy. Was like decent home cooking. Not bad by any means.
  27. M

    Monique

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good Italian food with a nice variety. We were seated next to the window and it was a bit chilly in February there so that impacted the ambience for us. Also, it felt a bit packed in with not much space between tables so you could hear other conversations pretty easily and it was a little bit difficult to have a conversation without raising your voice. It might be helpful if in the winter they added some rugs or something just to warm things up a little bit. However, it was a really nice evening out and I would not change the food or anything else. Maybe add a chocolate dessert to the menu :-)? But that may not be very Italian I guess.
  28. CD

    CambridgeDiner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trattoria Pulcinella is one of my fave spots! Pasta made in-house, chocolate lava cake made in-house, and even the most affordable wine on the menu is great. Mwah, chef's kiss! The restaurant was very quiet this visit and I hope that's just because of the cold weather, because I would hate to lose this wonderful place.
  29. c

    chrism

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve family dinner. Perfect. Food, wine, service.
  30. C

    Clance

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love this place. The ambiance is warm and cozy. The food is wonderful and authentic, and the service is excellent. I also like the out-of-the-way location.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I discovered this restaurant during a trip to Boston. The food was absolutely the best Italian we’ve ever had. The service was fantastic. Would definitely recommend.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! the carbonara is my favorite
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed the old school feel and the ambiance of the place. The staff was friendly and the food was good. I noted on OpenTable that it was my mom’s birthday and they signaled to me if I wanted a candle in the dessert. We did and the whole restaurant joined in the singing which was a treat. They don’t make you feel rushed and they seem to really care about what they do. Looking forward to going back!
  34. AJ

    AlanaJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! Thank you!!
  35. BH

    BlueHill

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant in Cambridge and boston
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely meughbirhood restaurant. Thet are very responsvive to requests; the food is good; the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
  37. K

    Knurxth

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent!
  38. j

    jeffrey

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent!
  39. C

    Cantabridgian

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I had an excellent meal. The small lamb chops were first-rate, as was the appetizer Caprese salad. Pulcinella is one of our favorite restaurants.
  40. D

    Disappointment

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    A quiet, romantic little place. Manager (owner?) seemed a little overwhelmed since about 8 people arrived all at once. My fish was a huge portion - swordfish. I think it was swimming in putanesca sauce - hard to say for sure. Quite decent. Huge portion of ziti with it. Hubby had chicken scalopini - maybe in same sauce? He asked for a white wine, was served red. Delish dessert - frozen sorbet - tart and refreshing. I had a view of the kitchen which did not entice.

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Trattoria Pulcinella is rated 4.5 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Trattoria Pulcinella

147 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    From Harvard Sq. take the 72 bus or the 75 and stopped in the corner of Concord Ave. and Huron Ave. We are next to CITGO gasoline station

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Giovanni Oliva

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 491-6336

  • Private party facilities

    We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.

  • Private party contact

    Giovanni: (617) 851-0371

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