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
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Julia's at the Berkeley City Club reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)fit for foodies (52)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (45)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
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for celebrating special event
    veep
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Four of us met for a holiday lunch. The service was very good and the food was excellent. What a nice change from the normal chaotic restaurant experience one finds within walking distance of campus. Definitely will return. A great place to celebrate a special occasion and not much can beat the elegance of a Julia Morgan building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a wonderful place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    What a wonderful place to have a special lunch. The building is absolutely gorgeous, very interesting to boot, and the food and service are among the very good places in Berkeley. How did we miss this for so long?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Close to UC. Same service issues.
    TrnrmomVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Julia's has just opened to the general public and is located in the historic Julia Morgan designed Berkeley City Club. It is ideally located a block from UC Berkelty and we hope they get their service and menu issues worked out since it would be ideal before or after events. The food was well prepared with a good selection of starters. The three different salads (beet, endive & Caesar) we ordered were all excellent and were on the larger. Our party had the oven roasted filet of sole which was ok, but the pork tenderloin was excellent. These were served with no vegetables. The chocolate ganache which was excellent and presented artfully. Service got slower as the meal progressed and we had to ask for the check three times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find. They are
    kato94602VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    What a great find. They are in their "soft" opening phase right now and working out some of the kinks, but the food was great and we loved the small intimate dining room. Service was very good, only two waiters with no bus people... and while we had to wait abit, we really didn't mind. Food was very good and they were able to make slight adjustments to the salad and main course for us. Go before everyone finds out about it and it will be impossible to make a reservation~ Only downside - we parked via the valet and after 10:00 pm they were gone. We found our car, but that was after searching a bit, the front desk didn't tell us where they had parked the car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the new chef is a huge step
    foodie
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    the new chef is a huge step up for julia's at the berkeley city club... it's a great place for a quiet and lovely meal in one of the prettiest dining rooms...not to mention incredible buildings...around. give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Being new to the East Bay,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Being new to the East Bay, we were delighted to find Julia's in Berkeley. We arrived early and had a very leisure dinner and walked to our destination afterward. A gem in this busy neighborhood. Lovely food and lovely service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming Spot in Heart of Berkeley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    What a great find! We've been to the Berkeley City Club on occasion but didn't know that lovely Julia's had opened recently We met the Chef after our meal and found he's cooked at a number of well known venues including Boulevard. The dining room with a large fireplace and concrete ceilings made to look like wood is lovely, reflecting many of the beautiful architectural features Julia Morgan used in her buildings. Our charming and friendly server was efficient and knew the menu. My husband's high quality flat iron steak was cooked perfectly. My wild salmon was also cooked to perfection and was accompanied by savory trumpeteer mushrooms and white asparagus. We shared a glass of French white and a Rioja - both very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Julia's is a new find!
    CH39VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    My wife and I enjoyed a fine meal on the opening night when the restyled restaurant offered free bar snacks while we relaxed and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to diners in the handsome dining room of the City Club. We ordered a couple of seafood appetizers (crab bisque and an outstanding dish of grilled scallops,) and shared an order of rich and flavorful butternut squash risotto, finishing off with a very nice dessert of warm fall persimmon cake with spiced gelato. A couple of glasses of wines selected from the decent list of wines by the glass helped fuel the feast: a Spanish white and a Tempranillo, both only $7 for a generous pour. Service was friendly and efficient. Our only recommendation is to add vegetables to entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet