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: 5102801547x
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (52)romantic (44)great for lunch (27)good for groups (19)notable wine list (14)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Julia's in Berkley City Club
    judyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our dinner was perfectly delicious. I had the Paperadelle pasta with Duck appetizer, with a peach/ hazelnut salad with the best vinegatette I have ever had -it was so good! My husband had the Roasted Chicken, which was perfectly seasoned with roasted vegetables. We were all delghted with our food and the service is very good also. The building by Julia Moegan is a site to see. So much attention to detail. Reminded us if Hearst Castle which she alsk designed. This is a must go, eat and see. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance and great food
    koshiVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Beautiful room in Julia Morgan's Berkeley City Club Castle; elegant presentation; excellent food. A wonderful place for a gracious lunch or dinner where it's quiet enough to talk with ease and feel pampered. Very special experience. Will recommend to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went to Julia's with my wife for a night out. We had the corn soup and grilled squid appetizers and shared the risotto and peach empanada for our entree and dessert. Everything was excellent, with the risotto and soup as particular standouts. The server was friendly and helpful, and the wine list was good but very reasonably priced. We had drinks, a bottle of wine, and went home stuffed for less than $100. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Experience
    lucydina42
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a wonderful surprise - discovering this historic Julia Morgan building AND enjoying a delicious dinner in its restaurant. The food was excellent, as was the wait staff, especially our server. The restaurant maintains a great ambiance: the staff is very attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere has an old-world formality without being stuffy and embraces a casualness without sacrificing elegance. I look forward to future visits.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stunning Ambiance, Fabulous Food
    justcallmepj
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My daughter and her boyfriend moved to Berkeley recently, so I booked a stay the Berkeley City Club and made a dinner reservation at Julia's to treat them. This historic dining room is absolutely gorgeous, and the drinks and dining were first rate. The service was very good. All in all a wonderful experience, and I plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem in Berkeley
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is in the beautiful Berkeley City Club, designed by Julia Morgan. The atmosphere is elegant, the food well-prepared, and the staff friendly. We had gone some weeks ago, and really wanted to go back. Both visits we went with friends, and everyone was impressed with the menu and loved their meals. I loved that they had a whole section on the wine menu of half bottles. We will definitely return, and so will the people who came with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • larmsVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Julia's at the Berkeley City Club is a Berkeley gem in a beautifully restored Julia Morgan building. Atmosphere is relaxing and service and food are outstanding. larms
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Terrace Lunches are a Summer Find
    CH39VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I can recommend all the lunch items I and my guests have tried at Julia's so far but the prix fixe three course lunches on the shaded terrace (only on Wednesdays during the summer) are an especially good bargain in a wonderful setting at $26 (for BCC non-members) or 30% less for club members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful peaceful evening
    ilovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our visit was on a slow night; July 3. The four of us took BART to downtown Berkeley and walked 6 blocks to the Berkeley City Club (Julia's is located inside). The building alone is worth visiting. Julia Morgan designed this building to be pleasing to the eye in every direction. Looking out a window one sees art in every form. The bar and separate restaurant are intimate, quiet, and peaceful. Meals we ordered were excellently prepared for taste and visual. Liked the fact that the food was not covered in salt. Seasoning was subtle and flavorful. If there was background music I wasn't aware of it. It was nice to chat with good friends and not have to scream. The service was impeccable. Hardly new the wait staff was there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Chez Panisse League
    BobS
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A great surprise to find such excellence in a historic setting not previously known for fine dining. I have been there three times for lunch and dinner and found the food now worthy of this classic setting. Julia would have been pleased and I suspect Alice would as well. Most of all this is a gorgeous work of architecture now graced with the prospect of fine dining all worthy of much public support.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Convivo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Terrific food, great service, beautiful presentation. And super attentive to our needs, worrying about us getting out for our show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 225 reviews are from the Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews archive.
  • Interesting, excellent!
    sally
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This was a really nice place in the middle of Berkeley that I didn't even know existed although I live two miles away. The soup was the best-- portions are fairly large, so share things to save room for desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    RTurner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This was a perfect spot for my recent business lunch/meeting. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. I've found a home for my local meetings!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Berkeley City Club's Dining:Julia's
    Nadine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    With the new chef this restaurant has become top rate. On 21 June I had the best halibut I've ever eaten anywhere - exquisitely cooked and delicately, flavorfully seasoned - outstanding! And what could be beter than to eat in a Julia Morgan designed dining room in a historic Morgan building?!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Hypoxia
    Hypoxia
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    What a find, located in a medieval castle! Quiet, perfect for conversation. Excellent, creative food. Interesting blends of flavors. We had duck ad risotto. Jessica was a perfect, attentive waitress. Unique experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • BerkeleyDiner1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Service not to the standards of previous times we've eaten here. When I order a bottle of wine, I expect it to be chilled if a white wine - ours came to the table quite warm. I expect the wine to be presented at the table to confirm it is the wine I ordered, opened at the table and for me to be given an opportunity to taste the wine - ours came already opened and was unceremoniously poured full throttle into our glasses. Since we are being charged an 18% service fee, then the service has to be at that level of cost - and it's not. When the check was brought to the table, the empty plates were not even removed. If I'd had discretion in tipping, it would have been more towards 10%.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food and atmosphere at Julia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I had our private anniversary dinner at Julia's and were quite pleased. Nice selection of appetizers, entrees and deserts. Well presented, attentive (but not overbearing) service. Not our normal type of venue and being in Julia Morgan's historical building made it indeed a special occasion
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    lolliLUNA
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was a college graduation celebration for my daughter, which included her fiance, my son and daughter-in-law (who flew in from DC) , my husband and me. We had driven 300 miles for the weekend and wanted this dinner to be special. I wanted the food to be amazing, the location to be significant, the service warm but unobtrusive and the surroundings quiet enough to have a long conversation. Julia's was everything that I had hoped. My daughter was thrilled and the rest of the family was impressed. The dessert menu was so enticing that we decided to order one of everything and share. The entire meal was prepared with care and presented with attention to the aesthetic. We truly enjoyed the evening and would highly recommend.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pre-theater meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We like the plays that are held at the city club; the restaurant in the same building is really good for the quality of the menu presentation and the environment. The food is very good, innovative and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Historic architecture, quality food
    Culturevulture
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This restaurant is located in a beautiful building designed by Julia Morgan, the same architect who designed the Hearst Castle. It is stunning setting, combining Moorish and European elements in an imaginative Art Deco format, with vintage lighting fixtures and lovely fresh flowers. The food is elegantly and simply prepared, and lives up to the setting. Very romantic and appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food review
    MariniteVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Nicely presented, but lamb was disappointing because too much fat and little meat.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find in Berkeley
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have lived in Berkeley for many years and had once visited the Berkeley City Club, but this was the first time I had eaten at the restaurant. It is really lovely, and the four of us were charmed by the room and pleased with our meal. Service was friendly and gracious, and we enjoyed the whole experience. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lovely space
    anno
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very good food in an elegantly restored Julia Morgan building. Perfect place to get away from hustle and bustle.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous setting
    Britlass
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was good - well prepared and nicely presented but not knock your socks off. The staff were attentive. The atmosphere is the real draw - gracious and lovely and quite romantic. The flower arrangements are particularly lovely.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic!
    Patientlee
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Lovely dining experience; beautiful surroundings, historic, and worth a return trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting - Very Good food
    Binky
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This restaurant is set in The Berkeley City Club so just going there is a treat to explore the Julia Morgan designed building. Our waiter was extremely nice and helpful, bringing us a sample of two wines when we couldn't make up our minds as well as providing information about the events at the Club. The food was Very Good (I have yet to use Outstanding for any food rating so Very Good really is)- our table had the lamb chops and the salmon both cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julia's
    alp02001
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Beautiful, tucked away spot perfect for a romantic meal. Excellent service and classic food. Great gluten free rolls for those who request them ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Heritage setting delicious food
    larmsVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The Berkeley City Club's Julia Restaurant is in a beautiful Julia Morgan designed building, Berkeley City Club. Always a treat to eat there. larms
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food-Great Architectural Gem
    Nancy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    For a special evening out, put this one on your list. You can't beat the ambiance, so don't go if you are in a hurry. We especially enjoyed the short-rib gnocchi. All the dishes were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My "special" go to place
    Sigi
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Recently had an occasion to celebrate my friend's 65th Birthday with a lunch at Julia's. Despite almost a full restaurant with one server - our lunch arrived timely and was beautifully presented, hot and delicious .The wild mushroom/pea risotto was cooked perfectly. The rolls were steaming hot with a generous portion of butter. The grande finale was a lovely banana cake with a candle presented to my friend complimentary from the Chef. I could not have asked for more, Thank you !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • It was aas if the wait staff could
    Ceelia
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    not wait to get us out. They kept rushing to and by our table , took our plates while food was still there. Then we wanted to sit back for just a bit with coffee and tea. Mind you not forever, but just a wee bit after our meal. Oh the scowls they gave us. The restaurant had said they were completely booked. However the restaurant was filled with empty tables. Only a fourth of it was filled. The ambiance cannot be beat, but the service, if that is the norm would keep me from going back. The food was okay, but the eggs on my Benedict were over cooked. The yellow was hard. So sad it turned out like this as I was really looking forward to Mother's day at Julia's.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The entire dining experience at Julia's was exceptional. The food was perfectly prepared. Service was exceptional. We were especially pleased with complete willingness for us to split two appetizers and the entre' with no charge and not a blink. The result was a dining experience that was just right.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julia Morgan at her best
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The building is a masterpiece amd the service excellent. The food is standard American fare with interesting appetizers and sides seasonably chosen to add interest and flavor.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place to go near Cal - Zellerbach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great restaurant only 2 blocks from Cal (Haas and Zellerbach). Friendly and un-rushed service. Interesting building. Food was tasty too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Perhaps dinner is better?
    Patricia
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Lunch menu was unimaginative. The dining room is gorgeous and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • professoremeritus
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Julia's continues to expand their creative talents: delicious food & wine, excellent presentation, friendly & timely service. Historic architecture provides a wonderful ambiance. It's no wonder so many weddings take place there. Be sure to check the Berkeley City Club activities & entertainments that are available in the same building as well. We have dined there at least twice a year for a number of years & have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Beat Chez Panisse,absolutely SUPERB
    selectivdiner
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Small. hidden in Berkeley City Club. No signage, entrance limited; think reservatn will admit U. Menu varies & was limited to 7 entrees, plus. All sounded intersting & made in-house by chef Alaun Grimaud. My friends said better than experience at Chez Panisse. We raved of all our dishes, as Grilled Lamb rack with farro, fennel, & picholine olive relish. Glazed snap peas, Roasted beets with hazelnut picada/currants/, Broccoli w calabrian chilies, Grilled asparagus, Rhubarb turnovers. Entrees ranged $22 - 35. Full bar. Such a discovery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter-eggs benedict at Julias
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter brunch at Julia's could not possibly have been more splendid. What better setting could there be than a ballroom in a Julia Morgan treasure? Lavish bouquets, beautiful linen, twenty-foot high ceilings, incomparable architecture. Prime rib, ham, salmon, lamb...not a choice of, but all. Eggs Benedict. Every single dish was exciting. Imagine mashed potatoes with prime rib jus! Sign me up for Thanksgiving!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue and delicious food
    WhymeVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Julia's is in the Berkeley City Club, a building designed by the famous Berkeley architect Julia Morgan. The dining room is classic Julia Morgan. You sort of feel that you are in a Harry Potter movie. The food and service were great.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good corner of the food world.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was surprisingly good, better than the last time we ate here. Perhaps a new chef? Crisp and tasty salads, halibut was perfect. Wine list is modestly priced but the selection was excellent. The waitress was very accommodating and attentive. An overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.