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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)fit for foodies (52)romantic (51)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (23)notable wine list (17)good for groups (16)scenic view (7)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food review
    MariniteVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Nicely presented, but lamb was disappointing because too much fat and little meat.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 208 reviews are from the Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • What's not to like in this
    pcs1
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    What's not to like in this glorious building and dining room designed by Julia Morgan - you can even pretend your a guest at San Simeon if you're into that sort of thing. (Julia Morgan was working on San Simeon at the same time she was designed and overseeing the construction of the City Club)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    gardengirl
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Special evening with excellent service. Like eating in Hearst Castle! Very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at "Julia's"
    gourmette
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    the unique setting in the magnificent Berkeley City Club sets this restaurant apart. The tables are well spaced and beautifully set with fresh flowers. There is always a huge decorative bouquet in the center of the room. The menu is always seasonal and features a nice variety of offerings. The food is carefully prepared and well presented. It is a gourmet dining experience. Wine list is good, with plenty of well priced items. My one complaint is that service tends to be slow if one is trying to finish in time for a concert or theater. A shame, because the desserts are fantastic and last time I was there, there wasn't time to get dessert and be at the concert on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around a hidden treasure.
    Kenwood
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    All around a hidden treasure. What a great setting for a quiet lunch. Food was well presented and flavorful. Staff gets an A+.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its about the place
    kurtd
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Set in the beautiful City Club its a wonderful experience, especially if you have no other occasion to attend events there. The dining room is gorgeous with spectacular wooden beams, concrete arches, and leaded windows. It feels like going out to dinner in an earlier age. After dinner be sure to explore the magnificent rooms and library and certainly don't miss what must be the most beautiful indoor pool north of san simeon. The food is solid if not spectacular and it fits in perfectly with the surroundings. A really nice dinning experience in berkeley.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & Feynman's play
    ali12
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A little on the pricy side but quality of food and service are not to disappoint. The beet and goat cheese appetizer was really flavorful, as well as the pea & mushroom risotto with mint in it, that was interesting! and deserts: rhubarb strawberry 'empanadas' with crème fraîche ice cream, yummy! I have to say that I wouldn't call the main dish I had a risotto, not sticky enough! But it was still delicious! Accompanying cocktail and wine made for a great evening followed by the play at Indra's theatre right downstairs in the Berkeley City Club. When will a combo dinner+theatre ticket be available?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy find
    theatergoer
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were a party of four out for pre-theater dinner. We liked the ambience, we thought the food from appetizers to dessert was very good, nicely presented without being overly fussy, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. In short, we will probably be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful building, delicious food
    foodie123
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Such a great building! We thought about having our wedding here a while back, but at the time the food didn't have a great reputation. But now, the food is fabulous, to judge by our recent dinner. Entree was best I've had in a long time; appetizer and dessert were excellent. A very special place. If I was getting married this year, I would seriously consider the Berkeley City Club. And I definitely plan to return to the restaurant for more delicious food. It is too bad that the entrance is so unwelcoming at street level, with no indication of a restaurant, but an ugly intercom button and forbidding looking hidden reception area until you turn the corner after entering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Meal and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I looked for a restaurant that would be close to Zellerbach and found Julia's. I am a foodie from the get go and was more than pleasantly surprised at the service and food. The salad was dressed perfectly - always looking forward to another bite...And the flat Iron Steak was beyond my expectation. The presentation was beautiful and playful and the steak was both seasoned and cooked to perfection. I am frequently disappointed at how it shows up when I ask for rare - Not here! My waiter (Stephani) was pleasant and attentive. I was there early so I really don't know about the noise level when the dining room is full. ....the place has the feel of an old time women's tea room.....quite a delightful place! I look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    sailorett
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    we seem to come back for special intimate lunch or brunch events. We enjoy a table for four as its easy to have conversations while enjoying the fresh and carefully prepared foods - without any feeling of being rushed. The ability to take in the history of the building by being able to walk about before or after the meal adds a special touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very wonderful find
    savvycowgirl
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    In a town that is filled with incredible restaurants and tough food critics, Julia's is a gem. The ambience is incredible, you are surrounded by Julia Morgans beautiful designs, which were very elegant, but comfortable as well, The service was old school and very professional and they went out of their way to make my birthday dinner one to remember. The food was premier, all the dishes we ordered were delectable. My 13 year old daughter enjoyed it too, especially the fabulous "pom-frites"! The only thing I could say that was negative at all is that it was a bit chilly in the lofty dining room. I would recommend Julia's to anyone for any occasion or just for a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An exceptional Foodie experience
    Cookra
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    An exceptional Foodie experience with great service. The historical building is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful
    martyd
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    food excellent, staff friendly and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Berkeley's treasure
    larmsVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Julia's is in the historic Berkeley City Club, a Julia Morgan building. Food is delicious and service is superb. Also a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a Berkeley gem!
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Julia's is lovely!! Wonderful meal, innovative preparations and presentations. And what a gorgeous setting - an historic Julia Morgan building rich with history. I plan to come back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    philip
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was a lovely surprise. We had read about the restaurant and the chef and decided to give it a try. First, when making the Rs over the phone, the woman was extremely nice. When we got there, the woman turned out to be the manager. Ryoko was gracious and made us feel comfortable and welcome. The food was very good, in all aspects. My wife had the duck and I had the pork chop, both were excellent. Nothing overdone, just tastefully prepared, plentiful and delicious. Our guests had the swordfish and chicken, which both said were also delicious. Our waiter was attentive and friendly, no complaints. My only complaint was that their espresso machine was down. Regular coffee was quite good, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.