Giulia Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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 to12 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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New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alwas a great meal

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KR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience! The food was creative and delicious! All four of us were beyond satisfied with our culinary experience! The semolina cakes, the insalata di agretti, the buratta di andria, as well as the homemade pastas, were pure taste treats! Jessie, our waitress, took excellent care of us; she performed her job with remarkable professionalism and grace!!!
I highly recommend the experience!

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CE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As foodies there is usually one or two dishes that disappoints. Not the case at Giulia! Everything we had had depth of flavor with perfectly matched herbs, spices, textures, and temperatures. Definitely do not miss the goat milk agnolotti and the bagna cauda. It was also surprisingly quiet for a small place which made it feel more cozy and makes conversation easier. Our server gave us advice on what to order and suggestions for wine. My only complaint is that it is so hard to get a reservation because it's so well-loved!

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TC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service with excellent food. Felt lucky to get a last minute reservation. We will be back.

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T
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were quite surprised the fish option (halibut) was totally sold out by 6:45 pm!! All four in our party were going to order it. Also, it took forever to have bread brought to our table. However, the servers were very friendly and professional.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and restaurant team. Will return again soon!

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KE
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both AMAZING

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious — unique dishes that you wouldn’t necessarily see elsewhere. The bigoli en salsa pasta was excellent and the meatballs and pesto flatbread we had as appetisers were as well. The waiter was very knowledgable and friendly, overall a great experience!

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DH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my friend to Giulia for her birthday. It was wonderful! Great service and delicious food.

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HL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation on the later side and the ambience was still great. Food was predictably amazing!

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RS
New England
39 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, attentive but not pushy service. Truly a delightful experience.

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ND
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've had in Boston area. The food is excellent quality - I highly recommend trying their tasting menu with wine pairing.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and wine were super! This is creative, balanced and always tasty food. Giulia showcases very solid proficiency in the craft of pasta and creation of beautiful plates, and the warm atmosphere of this small restaurant helps the food, stellar ingredients and wine shine all the more.

The only downside is the number of people standing about the bar area, and those standing and waiting for a spot. It feels a bit crowded.

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CK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta in all of the Boston area. A dining experience worth waiting for. Outstanding, creative cooking from appetizers through desert. Wish it was not so hard to get a reservation!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! The only place we go to celebrate a special occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! Our baby sitter cancelled and they were very accommodating finding a larger table for us! Food is delicious, service is amazing, highly recommend it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love Giulia, but tonight the food was just ok. Service- great. The food, not “next level,”

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PC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and especially excellent service! A+

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food.

The server kindly had the music turned down for us!

Superb pasta.

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c
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant hands down!!!!!

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JB
New England
95 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service excellent as usual.
Food and ambiance are quite nice.
Chicken liver pate and octopus appetizers are very good.
The wild boar pasta is also a must.
As a frequent favorite place to dine the menu gets a bit boring, as it’s not changed often.

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ES
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely ladies night out meal with excellent food and service to celebrate a birthday. Thanks for a very memorable evening. Can’t wait to revisit!

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RP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Giulia, FINALLY! It was excellent! REAL Italian...not the huge American dishes with red sauce. We could easily have been in Italy, the ambiance helped with that.

The service was EXCELLENT, she (I think Jess, Jessica) was very patient with questions and indecisions. Having been in the restaurant industry this goes a long way for me and it should.

Thank you for a great experience!

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SB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful meal here. We especially liked the chicken liver crostini appetizer and the duck confit tortellinis. My only quibble is that I was hoping for a more romantic atmosphere. It is rustic and quite bustling if that is what you like!

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h
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The pasta dishes were very comparable to the ones that we had in Italy. The appetizers were nothing short of amazing as well, especially the chicken liver crostini! It’s a must try! Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a lover of Italian food that is full of flavor!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say that hasn’t been said. We’ve gone from Giulia being our special occasion place to our monthly staple. Trevor and all of his staff orchestrate perfectly with the back of the house. We can’t wait for our next reservation. Book early and often.

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f
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. We loved every dish of our tasting menu! Superb service!

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Very good value for the quality of food you get. Pasta was amazing. Both of us got venison which was tender and delicious. Already ready to go back

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c
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good from beginning to end. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. The pasta is a multi sensory experience; tender, flavorful, and unique. We have always enjoyed dining here ( when we can get a reservation).

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The squash and ricotta agnolotti were simply INCREDIBLE!

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e
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite restaurants in Cambridge, indeed in the Boston area. Creative dishes, friendly and attentive service, cozy neighborhood ambience. Very different from Benedetto.

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Boston and surrounding area. It's worth the wait to get a reservation.

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For four people, delicious choices that we shared. Noise is loud, but with only four it was OK. Service was outstanding. Food so tasty and beautiful.

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IG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and attentive waiter

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c
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in the Boston area!!! Hard to get a reservation, but so so amazing and worth the wait!!!!!

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l
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Our server, Michael,was terrific. He made suggestions as well as chit chat and was always there to pour our glasses with wine when they were nearly empty. The food was simply delicious. I had The bolognese and my husband had the lamb sausage dish. It took one month to get our reservations (on a Monday night, I might add) and it was worth it. First come, first serve at the bar. We will try that next time.

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Guilia is one of those places that you should go at least once. The food is pretty good, the ambiance is nice (unless you're right by the door and there are people waiting for bar seats), and it's overall a nice night out. "Nice" is the word.
My guy and I made a reservation 30 days in advance for our anniversary because that is when they open reservations. Our options were 5 pm or 9 pm. We went with 9 pm, totally cool, place has gotta be great, right? Got there, our table was ready. Our server was awesome, super down to earth and enjoyable. We got the burrata, and something else I can't remember, and pastas for our main. Everything was good. Was it great? No. Do I think it was worth the wait and the price? No. Would I go again? Only if someone else I was with really wanted to try it. Otherwise I'd say, Let's go to the Abbey instead. Cost less and the food is better. I guess, we're just not fancy enough for Giulia.

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PG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Giulia and there are insufficient words to describe the amazing experience of that night. When I called reluctantly on Friday, February 22, to cancel a reservation for Monday, February 25, which was made a month in advance, I explained that my daughter-in-law was unexpectedly scheduled to deliver a baby on the day of our reservation and how disappointed we were, a very nice young woman was so accommodating and gave us a reservation for the very next night. To say that everything was superb is an understatement, from the ambiance and service to the outstanding food. Our waitress was extremely pleasant and patient, as it was our first visit and we were unfamiliar with the menu, and she was so knowledgeable and gave good suggestions. We then ordered four different meals, monk fish, venison, buccatini, and sausage. The octopus and goat cheese flatbread appetizers were indescribably delicious. Wines and desserts were excellent also. We have dined at many excellent restaurants but we all agreed, this was the very best and cannot wait to return. Thank you.

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IL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and interesting food with always surprising combinations that work. Great service. Recommend going.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Trevor and his staff are all top notch and perform like a symphony of service. The chef and his crew continue to impress us after three years of being our go to date place. May we suggest prosciutto di’ parma starter, Bucatini Ameritriciana and Wild Boar with Parpadelle for your entree. These will not disappoint anyone who enjoys quality, fresh Italian food at its finest.

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