Julia's at the Berkeley City Club
History updatedDining in a room & building designed by Julia Morgan is a thrill. The restaurant has had a food makeover and is now open to the public. Certainly worth a visit. It is now a place where we feel comfortable taking out of towners. One of Berkeley's better experiences and you can have a quiet conversation.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGracious fine diningA rare find in dining with dignified charming setting. Ease of conversation with four close friends over fine cuisine is refreshing. The service is friendly, competent and not the slightest overreaching. My steak was done to perfection, Other choices were
prepared and presented beautifully and all were happy about choices. We will be back.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMQuiet scene, beautiful building!I don't really FEEL like one of the older, cranky generation, but the volume of noise in most of the current restaurants is really turning me into a curmudgeon. I do like to hear the conversation of my dinner partners. And I also appreciate the historic Julia Morgan architecture of Berkeley. Add that to quite decent food, some of it interestingly modern; friendly staff (their serving timing needs to
be improved;) and the lush gardens and interesting patios and art deco decor in every corner, and you find yourself in a delightful spot for lunch. I have not tried the dinner menu or scene, but I suspect it is still an oasis of calm compared to a "vibrant" (read: you can't hear yourself think) scene. Go for the quiet, food, and ambience!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMbest dining experience in BerkeleyI came to dinner with two friends visiting from out of town. We were all blown away with the quality of the food. Everything we ordered was delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was professional and attentive. The dining room is beautiful. I am definately coming back.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMdinner with benefitsi went because I like architecture, especially julia morgan hill's work. it's a classic building. its a castle; elements reminded me of san simeon and the Century Club of California which she also designed. we spent 30 mins touring the place and noticing all the details before being seated for dinner. the food was excellent though for me the highlight was the building and its history. i'd go back again for the food and service.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique dining experienceThe venue is an architectural star with excellent food. Limited menu with fresh ingredients especially prepared for the day.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for lunch or a quiet dinnerI always love this place. Courteous service, really good food, and ambience that is tough to beat. Found the parking on site was limited to members only. Need to park on the street or in garage up the street.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOld world charmOn the second floor of a buidling designed by Julia Morgan, just a block or two from U.C. Berkeley campus, this is a lovely restaurant and ideally located for anyone attending events on campus or downtown. The food, wine and service were excellent.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat early dinner before the showJulia is located in one of Berkeley's most beautiful building designed by Julia Morgan court yard architecture. Kept in its old fashion character, the restaurant serves excellent food, with a great affordable wine list. From the braised rib with house made gnocchi (for those who like meat) to the succulent perfectly cooked risotto (for vegetarians) everything was perfect. And the salads are especially good, perfectly seasoned. We were served by courteous, amicable and knowledgeable people. It was a very enjoyable dinner.
Don't be fooled by the bar happy hour tapas which need some improvement. The restaurant is top notch.
I high recommend it especially if planning to see a play at Central Works.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!Came for a graduation dinner with my family. Nice staff and location and kitchen was able to come up with something for my picky little sister (pasta). Had a great time.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat fid in BerkeleyGreat food and wonderful ambiance right next to UC Berkeley campus!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food in a beautifulWonderful food in a beautiful Julia Morgan building.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMClassy, good service, a goodClassy, good service, a good restuarant for conversation.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a beautiful place toWhat 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!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMQuite good and an absolutelyQuite good and an absolutely lovely setting. Also, perfect location if you are attending a performance at Zellerbach.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAttentive service, unusualAttentive service, unusual vegetables, historic setting.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe shared a nice green salad,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.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my favorite ladiesThis 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 .4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a beautiful place! IWhat a beautiful place! I just loved it. They make a good martini, too!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dining experience.Wonderful dining experience. Very nice atmosphere. Only issue is finding parking.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA Berkely oasisWhat 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.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner was amazing and fitDinner 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.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI kept reliving my experienceI 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.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe spend the night at theWe 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.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI finally found a great restaurantI 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!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely, lovely, lovely! NotLovely, lovely, lovely! Not cutting edge, but lovely and modern yet safe food. We enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI phoned ahead to say thatI 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.2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM