Giulia Restaurant

4.8
1039 reviews
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Giulia is a chef-owned regional Italian restaurant located between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge. It is the first restaurant of award-winning Chef Michael Pagliarini (check out sister restaurant Benedetto in Harvard Square at the Charles Hotel). It’s reputation has spread nationally with frequent out of town guests as well as Boston area locals.

Giulia puts a particular emphasis on hand-crafted pastas, made each day on our custom-built chef's table adjacent to the open kitchen. Reserve the Pasta Table for a special event for up to 12 people!

Best of Boston Italian Restaurant. All Italian wine list with unique Italian varietals. Local purveyors, dry aged local beef, burrata di puglia, stone milled flours, vegetarian options. Chef’s tasting menu. House baked bread, gelato and dolci.
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M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in the Cambridge/Boston area.

KC
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Giulia. The dishes were imaginative and the ingredients well sourced. The food was truly many levels above any other Italian food I’ve had in Boston and I live in the North End where it is bountiful. Our night was capped off by a table side chat with the chef. I couldn’t recommend Giulia more.

MO
New England
46 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They served the best beef tartare I have ever had, and I've had it a lot! Despite the tastiness of the main dishes, the pasta still remains the best in the city. The salad was terrific, as well. There is also a wonderful selection of wine.

ST
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality food, lovely and cozy ambience, superior quality service. They did a good job to accommodate a vegan meal even though there aren't many options on the menu. It's the type of place I would take someone to impress them :)

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The wait is to long. Keep dishes simple - freshly made pastas, but simple.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Giulia! The food, the service, the ambiance! Everything was fantastic. This is likely going to become our new favorite neighborhood spot. ;)

d
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every star is deserved! The food, service and surroundings were great. It's clearly a much-loved place for regulars (which we are not since we live in Dorchester almost to Milton). But what was truly great about this meal was how welcoming they were even though we missed our reservation time by quite a bit.

I was meeting my wife on Friday night. She was coming on the Red Line and had left what we thought was more than enough time (1 1/2 hours), even with the delays that are now part of traveling on that train. It was not enough, as it turned out, and she was 20 minutes late. No matter -- they cheerfully seated me before she got there, gave me a glass of wine and came back when she arrived to go through the menu with us. They didn't rush us at all, just the opposite, they made us feel completely at home. It's a great place!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as usual. The chocolate dessert was mind blowing.

l
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, great wine and enjoyed all the food particularly the pasta dishes.

B
New England
74 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress provided an excellent wine recommendation and responded warmly to our questions. The pasta is sublime—varied and creative, with subtle use of local fresh vegetables. Giulia’s has provided exceptional fare from the outset and seems only to get better over time.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Basically food is overrated and overpriced. Tried the bucatini and the wild boar dishes. Both were ok but nothing to rave about. Bucatini was also too salty. Glass of wine also overpriced. Pasta not as good as in Italy.

FL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent per usual

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! What a great night. The owner stopped by and chatted with us for a while. It felt like we were on vacation for a few hours.

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, but very poor service. We asked for a few more minutes to look at the menu and the waitress came back after 20 minutes, only after we hailed her down, and she was a little rude and inattentive for the rest of our night. The rest of the restaurant staff (those who filled our water, etc.) were attentive and friendly.

PT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never fails to please. Very knowledgable waitress and food is excellent

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. We waited a long time to schedule this reservation and the food was worth the wait

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

m
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Giulia. It’s an amazing place. It’s like going on a vacation for the evening. Great food. Spectacular wait staff. Not at all pretentious yet it it is a sublime experience

s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I heard great things about Giulia - I suspect if you go for the pasta, you will be in good shape, but I ordered the steak which was tough and the greens were overly dressed and salty. the service was also very slow.

LA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Giulia. Food was creative and delicious. Wines were paired well. Desserts were excellent. Highly recommend! Reserve early.

JH
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One tip about getting a reservation, keep checking Open Table every morning. It took me a while, but it’s worth it. We had a great meal, everything was fresh, perfectly cooked, locally sourced. The menu changes, but whatever they serve, you’ll like, I’m a picky person so you can trust me!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time visiting Giulia and we are big fans! We went for a birthday dinner , we were able to sit at the bar which is our preference so that we can share several plates. Everything we ate was delicious from the homemade pasta to the fresh striped bass. The yellowtail crudo is one of our absolute favorite crudos we’ve had! The bartenders were fantastic, they had recommendations on wine and were very knowledgeable about the items on the menu. They were friendly and made the evening that much more special. We will definitely be returning.

PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my wife and my favorite date night spot. It’s calm, fun, and the food is insanely delicious. The homemade pasta is delectable and the recipes are unique, memorable, and always changing. If you like having meals that you remember years later, while you spend only nominally more than what you’d spend at a boring restaurant, go to Giulia. This is a restaurant where you can tell that the chefs are having fun. Your tastebuds will beg you to make another reservation.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Giulia. It was superb from the moment we walked through the door. The menu selections were unusual, creative, beautifully presented and served, and utterly delicious. The setting was subtle upscale Cambridge, yet unpretentious and welcoming. This restaurant justifies all the buzz about it. Of course we’ll return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious appetizers, pastas, and desserts! Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

c
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love at first bite. Best restaurant I've eaten at this year. Every dish, from the marinated olives to the chocolate terrine was perfection. Easily the best pasta I've had in Boston area. Incredibly well-trained waitstaff only added to the pleasure of discovering an innovative kitchen.

d
New England
50 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Deserves all the wonderful accolades! Already booked another reservation!

a
New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kept hearing about how creative yet authentic Giulia was so i had to try it out! Was true to its word! Ambitious cleverly thought out menus..pastas are one of the specialties but they are a bit pricey so i opted for a small bowl so i could sample other things too..i got a seasonal pasta that was a perfect melding of flavors..delicious and not overdone..

Our server recommended a specialty bone-in meat that could be shared but we were disappointed as portion size was not for 2 and it was mostly fatty with not much meat in addition to being pricey..it was tasty though..

Nevertheless had a great experience here and would like to come back and try more pastas!

a
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Giulias many times and the food and the service is always outstanding! Planning another visit soon.

DA
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative food. Don’t think it is something you shouldn’t try because you should. Wines you never heard of from Italy that are nevertheless quite good and reasonably priced. Waitstaff is very knowledgeable and their advice is good.

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but even more important, our server did not miss a beat.
It was a wonderful experience and sets the bar for future meals.

BF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is great here, but the service could be significantly improved. Of the couple of times I've been here, restaurant hostesses have been consistently unfriendly and short with customers. That should not come with fine dining. I hope next time I come the service matches the quality of the food, because it hasn't.

I
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been trying to make a reservation for months and finally got one. Worth the wait. Will be back.

SN
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Music is too loud. The best music is no music so people can have a conversation. Pasta dish was too salty. Fresh ingredients and tasty special sauce.

DW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

yes without question--- hope not tp wait another 2 yrs

c
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy, and the rest of the wait staff , were pleasant and helpful, and
the maitre d accomodated quickly a request to shut redirect the a.c. from blowing down upon my wife- all by way of saying that the service is prompt and professional.

the bolognese was superb as was the Nebbiolo suggested by Amy

JB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent, not spectacular. An appetizer of halibut crudo was well done, extremely fresh fish served with a cilantro "broth", lemon, olive oil and a radish/onion or shallot garnish. The pasta dish special was a bolognese finished with chicken liver mousse was very good, pasta perfectly cooked and the bolognese was very tasty with a nice depth to it. Fun. A warning to less adventurous diners - you are not going to find typical Italian dishes here.

AM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to Giulia specifically for the tasting menu, which had been highly recommended. We were told it was not available. There was no explanation and no one could tell us when it would be available. I was very disappointed.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alwas a great meal

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