Julia's at the Berkeley City Club
Julia's at the Berkeley City Club

Julia's at the Berkeley City Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.berkeleycityclubhotel.com/
  • Phone: (510) 280-1547
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm-8:30pm

    Lounge Hours: T-Sa 4:30pm-8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alaun Grimaud
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Originally designed by Julia Morgan in 1929 as a private social club for 4500 female members to gather with friends and share lively communication, this magnificent building, known as the “Little Castle”, is now open for corporate and social events.
    The Berkeley City Club features over 8500 square feet of meeting and event venues to include an elegant ballroom, courtyards and colorful terraces that can accommodate groups and meetings from 5 to 425 people. The entire club can be rented exclusively, utilizing all venues and public spaces for up to 800 guests. Creative wine tasting events and culinary team-building activities can be arranged upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Gregory Frasier 5102801541x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ellsworth Street
  • Public Transit: AC Transit, 1 mi. from Downtown berkeley BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Julia's at the Berkeley City Club
Built and designed by celebrated architect Julia Morgan, the ambiance of Julia's at Berkeley City Club is reminiscent of the grace and elegance of the 1930’s.

Serving Lunch and Dinner, the culinary staff is innovative, creative, and offers a contemporary approach to your dining experience, inspired by local, fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Our diverse wine list complements our menu featuring local California wines and carefully selected wine regions from around the world. The staff’s warm, attentive and flexible service allows us to accommodate almost every type and size event for corporate and social gatherings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (64)romantic (54)great for lunch (31)good for groups (22)notable wine list (18)scenic view (8)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • What a beautiful place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    What a beautiful place to enjoy a very delicious and delightful (romantic) dinner! The architecture is breathtaking! The food is outstanding - the Halibut melted in my mouth!
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  • Quite good and an absolutely
    Susie
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Quite good and an absolutely lovely setting. Also, perfect location if you are attending a performance at Zellerbach.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The restaurant was empty,
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    The restaurant was empty, which was nice for our conversation ... but kinda eerie having. The service was slow - which was odd, since there were only two parties in the entire restaurant. The food was inconsistent. Two of the five people in our party enjoyed their meals, while the other three thought the food was either poor or fair... "definitely not worth the $$$$". The lamb was just OK, the suckling pig was flavorless, the fish was small, but yummy. The house-made pasta was not worth the calories - it was drowning in a flavorless rich cream sauce (even though we requested a light sauce - no cream!)
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  • Attentive service, unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Attentive service, unusual vegetables, historic setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We shared a nice green salad,
    CH39VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    We shared a nice green salad, potato-leek soup, pasta appetizer, and rack of lamb plus two desserts. Everything was very good but the lamb, ordered medium, arrived rare, though still tasty. A glass of nice syrah seemed a bit skimpy in the pour. If not for these disappointments I would give five stars across the board.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my favorite ladies
    Sigi
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    This is my favorite ladies lunch destination . Julia's reflects the luxury and ambiance of 1930's. The food and service is impeccable. The desserts are out of this world in presentation and taste. I have brought girlfriends to lunch who are grieving a loss parent , one who is leaving her marital nest and another who entered into retirement. Great sorrow or great joy should bring intense hunger - not abstinence from food, as our novelists would have it. This place will amaze you .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • What a beautiful place! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    What a beautiful place! I just loved it. They make a good martini, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    jdnoVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Wonderful dining experience. Very nice atmosphere. Only issue is finding parking.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Berkely oasis
    NancyleeVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    What an oasis in Berkeley! It's lovely old world setting and overall graciousness are just special. The food was seasonal, beautifully prepared Julia's inside of the Berkeley City Club is open to the public now, so go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was amazing and fit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Dinner was amazing and fit for Foodies. The food is prepared with care and creativity. Scott was our waiter, he was very helpful. Small but excellent wine list. Julia's is located in an elegant, historic gem. Leisurely dinner, must have reservations. We live out of town but we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I kept reliving my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    I kept reliving my experience at Julie's the next day - the meal there was just wonderful. I had a fava bean salad as my appetizer and the swordfish with pesto and spinach as my main. They were both extraordinary! I want to return to Julie's soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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  • We spend the night at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    We spend the night at the Berkeley City Club and had a 6:30 reservation for dinner for 2. We got there early and they were very accomadating and allowed us to sit early. The waitress was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. The food was fabulous! We started with the grilled sardines and scallops for appetizers. The main dishes of beef tenderloin and lemon ricotta cheese raviolis were outstanding. We finished we Lavender ice cream which was a perfect end to the eveningWe went back to meet the chef, Chef Aloun, who was very friendly and gracious. I have already recommended Julia's to my family and friends and can"t wait to get back to see what other creative and delicious items will be on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I finally found a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    I finally found a great restaurant at Julia's where I don't have to compromise between good food, wine, and atmosphere. The food is worthy of Berkeley, the wines are a quality mix of Californian and European (from Kermit Lynch, you can't go wrong), and the location is not like anything else in the Bay Area. If you are an architecture fan then you must go to the restaurant named after Julia Morgan, located in one of her charming buildings. This is a place where you can actually hear the people talk at your table and the staff is friendly and relaxed. I'll be back often!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Very good place for dinner
    sueb
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Very good place for dinner before an event at the City Club. Service is good, but quite slow to provide water and meal.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sitting in Julia's beautiful
    fussyfoodie
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Sitting in Julia's beautiful dining room is transporting. My Petrale sole and my partner's lamb chops were each cooked to perfection and delicious with great visual appeal on the plate. The service was solicitous and warm without being invasive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Lovely restaurant in a lovely
    Speranza
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Lovely restaurant in a lovely building. A bit pricey, but worth it .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    JCohenVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    We were so pleasantly surprised by the amazing meal we had at Julia's. It was our first time dining there and weren't really sure what to expect since the banquet food at the Club used to be pretty bad but this new chef has really turned things around. It's our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Julia's is the new restaurant
    TuxcooterVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Julia's is the new restaurant in the Berkeley City Club. It is not the typical club dining room it used to be, with brown food, stumbling service, and hours set by the staff's desire, but instead has become a truly fine place to dine before the theater in downtown Berkeley or Cal Performances on the UC campus. The food is imaginative, delicious, fresh, and beautifully presented, and the service is professional without sacrificing friendliness. The club has retained the decor decreed by Julia Morgan when she designed the City Club and continues to feature elegant flower arrangements. Best of all, the tables are set far enough apart to facilitate civilized conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food was very nice, presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Food was very nice, presentation visually appealing. Portions on the small side. Acoustics a bit difficult, with so many hard surfaces in the room. Just right for having a meal before a show at CalPerformances. Staff need a brush-up on the history of dining at the Berkeley City Club. On the whole, Julia Morgan would surely approve.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensational
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I am a foodie and I was so impressed. We were four and we ordered eleven different items off of the menu and each one gave us a new experience. The waitress was delightful and so proud of the opening of this restaurant just a few months before. Located in the historical Berkeley City Club, Julia's is not named after Juila Child but after the first female CA architect, Julia Morgan. She was the architect who designed the building in 1929 and it is now open finally to the public, The foresight to put a wonderful chef in a unique space is a gift to the culinary enthusiasts. The wine list was perfect with many lovely wines by the glass also. Creative food and sensational sensations on the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Food was good, portions really
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food was good, portions really too small for the price, especially in the vegetable department. 8 peas? Limited selection. All that said, it is a lovely place to dine, once inside the building.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Not excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I felt compelled to write a review because I was disappointed. We were handed a "special" menu with little choice and much cost at $60 per person. Final bill was $180 which I don't mind paying as long as it is worth it. The portions were tiny. It was a 3 course meal and each dish was "a la carte". We were surprised that gratuity was automatically added to the bill... aren't we supposed to decide how much we liked the service? If this place wants to have repeat customers, they need to change their business practices and be extra careful with menus and their billing.
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  • Lovely, lovely, lovely! Not
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Not cutting edge, but lovely and modern yet safe food. We enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Both the food and the buildling
    Nancy
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Both the food and the buildling were a big hit. We really went to see the Julia Morgan building but were greatly surprised by the delicious food. We were very pleased. PLEASE DO NOT PUT ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST. THANK YOU
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The building and dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    The building and dining room are stunning. Chef prepared salmon (not on the menu) for my friend who only eats salmon. Food was terrific and our party of six had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I phoned ahead to say that
    moveablefeastVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    I phoned ahead to say that we had one guest who was gluten intolerant. He was served his own bread basket with warm gluten free rolls! Dinner was excellent as was the service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A first-rate experience all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    A first-rate experience all around; beautiful room, excellent food and service, in a historic building!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Julia's, in a beautiful historic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Julia's, in a beautiful historic hotel designed by Julia Morgan, is in its "soft opening" phase. Enter the building, and time stops for awhile. The restaurant itself is romantic; tables are set with with bouquets, ceilings are high, and lights are low. The waitstaff are charming and decidedly in-stuffy. The olive bread, in a warm assortment sent to the table, was addictive, and the salads were excellent. Mushroom risotto was flavorful, signifying a good broth, but needed a bit less stove time. A scallop dish was impeccable, and the trio of desserts we sampled revealed the chef's apparent passion for, (and skill at), the pastry station. A wonderful change-up from the buzzy, small-plate feeding-frenzied Bay Area eateries.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Watch out for the inluded 18% tip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The elegant room and the delicious food is a plus but please be warned that the tip of 18% is included in the price! There were 2 of us and we missed this fact so we tipped our waiter 38% in error! Our waiter was good but it made the dinner too expensive. I called the restaurant in hopes that they would fix this for us but they did not even have the courtesy of returning our call. Such a shame that the customer service did not match the rest of our experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • It's an elegant room on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    It's an elegant room on the second floor of the wonderful Julia Morgan building. We (there were 3 of us) loved our appetizers - the scallops are done perfectly, the endive salad was excellent, as was the squash soup. I had the steak for a main dish - not a usual choice for me, but I'm so glad I chose it. Really excellent beef. My partner had the squash risotto. The service was excellent - a good balance between hovering too close and not paying attention to us. After dessert, we wandered over to gawk at the swimming pool in the building. Not a typical restaurant feature, but Julia Morgan was an extraordinary architect and that pool is amazing.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Forgettable menu but lovely food
    LPitman
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    This beautiful little architectural gem is a great spot for dinner before a performance at Zellerbach. The wait staff was fabulous. Unfortunately the food was pretty forgettable -- nice food, quite good, in fact, but I've already forgotten the menu. Hardly any vegetarian fare. I asked for a plate of vegetables for my main course (after a tasty orange and fennel salad, with a lovely light dressing) which was good, but much more butter and salt than I like . . . but delicious nonetheless. I wish the menu offerings had been a bit more adventurous, but the dinner was perfectly acceptable. The wine list wasn't huge, but some nice offerings -- but only 4 by-the-glass choices. It could be so much more!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vintage location in Berkeley.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Vintage location in Berkeley. Club like atmosphere. Great for business discussion. Excellent food and service.
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    great for lunch
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  • Attentive but unobtrusive
    alp02001
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Attentive but unobtrusive service in a beautiful, quiet space. Staff was very accommodating to the celiac disease/gluten sensitivities in our party. Cod was perfectly cooked and risotto was very tasty. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Only in Berkeley!
    BioSciCharlie
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    It's a stodgy old club gone modern. The building is usual turn of the last century period, Julia Morgan designed. The service is fabulous. The food pricey, wine and dinner ran about $70 per person. Some of the best duck breast I've had over the past 35 years. The soup and salads great. The service very adequate and excellent. This is a newly opened venue that's almost an oddity amongst the East Bay restaurant collection, both formal and wonderful amongst the nearby hodgepodge of Telegraph Avenue and campus life. It's reminiscent of the faculty club on campus, but the food is way beyond better. Attention to detail shows across the operation. Definitely worth a visit for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The historic aspect of the
    pamelaVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The historic aspect of the BCC and the beautifully restored dining area should have been, on it's own, the highlight of the lunch I ate there. But the big bonus is the cuisine and presentation, staff, what a delight! The frisee salad with pears and a most wonderfully light lemon vinagrette and the mushroom risotto were on par with any 5-star eatery in San Francisco. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great location and great food!
    natashaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    What a great location. There is no dining venue that matches Julia's dining room for ambiance. The food is a match for the physical surroundings. Great presentation and great flavors in the entrees that we had. The wine list has a great variety of selections at very favorable prices. Service is friendly and professional. Go once and you will go twice!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant has a relaxed
    RickBVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    The restaurant has a relaxed feel and is quiet and comfortable. The food was outstanding, wine list was good, desserts were all fantastic and seasonally appropriate. We understood the restaurant is fairly new so we didn't mind any timing issues related to service. I'd return again for the quality of the food alone.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A great start
    BMACVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    We had dinner here while they were in their "soft opening" period. The restaurant is in a gorgeous building built by Julia Morgan - a mini Hearst Castle - and the dining room has a medieval aesthetic to it, as grand Craftsman style buildings do. Chairs are a bit shallow for average person. A downside is that they have spectacular fireplaces that aren't in use yet. They need to get that part of the room figured out. Food: very inconsistent sized portions but very, very good. The gnocchi was light and flavorful, the duck was incredibly tender and served with unique accompaniments, the mushroom risotto was exceptional and clearly finished to order although way too rich with the finish of additional cheese. We will go back. Menu changes nightly
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Excellent food. Limited menu but thatis not a problem if what is offered is so goo.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • I am so pleased that the Berkeley
    KRWINEVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    I am so pleased that the Berkeley City Club is taking new advantage of the prettiest dining room in the City. Over the years I have had several very quiet, very lonely, very ho-hum meals in this room. This new incarnation is promising to change all that. The place was full (albeit that still isn't very many people in a room with very high ceilings), the service was exceptional (I think the waiter's name was Carl) and the food was absolutely superb superb The salads were interesting and perfectly balanced. The sole was well cooked and well presented. The steak was good, the mushroom ravioli was very tasty. Desserts were great...especially the persimmon cake. Wine list is small, but well chosen and growing. Yeah!!!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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