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About 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 combined with stunning French cuisine.
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 wines carefully selected from regions 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.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: T-F 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: T-Sa 5pm - 8:30pm
Lounge Hours: T-Sa 4:30pm - 8pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
AC Transit, 1 mi. from Downtown berkeley BART
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Julia's at the Berkeley City Club Ratings and Reviews
We were celebrating our anniversary. I found a 2 hour spot right in front of the Berkeley City Club at 5:45. The décor of this updated historic building is fantastic from the front door thru the lobby and into the elevator. Once up on the 2nd floor Julia's shows as a well appointed cozy dinning area seating maybe 30. We were welcomed upon our arrival. The Beverage manager and our server both introduced themselves. After a cocktail Jennifer went through the specials and answered our questions about the various items on the menu. She also helped select the wine, a fine choice by the way. The appetizers were unique and delicious and the main course, Caramelized Sea Bass for my wife and Tagliatelle with lamb for me, was fantastic. Throughout the meal the service was excellent. They really made us feel a though our experience and satisfaction were their primary concern. We will return soon.
We infinitely prefer Julia's to any other Berkeley restaurant. It is quiet, elegant, in a magnificent historic building, and has the best service, hands-down, in the entire EBay. Chef Grimaud is back and his gnocchi with lamb was exquisite. The chilled tomato soup was summer in a bowl, rich with ripe tomato flavors. The NY steak with porcini sauce was amazing; its accompanying spinach gratin was simple and utterly perfect - not too rich, just the right amount of Gruyere to flavor but not overwhelm. Two errors in the meal: butter lettuce salad had way too much Dijon dressing; it was awash in dressing which overwhelmed everything in the bowl. Salmon was beautifully fresh but the beurre rouge was unexpectedly awful. It tasted like red wine vinegar instead of red wine; harsh and sour instead of piquant and subtle. Accompaniment of fresh yellow corn kernels and Romano beans were lovely but drowned with sauteed leeks and butter - a little is good; too much is NOT better. Dessert of Kadota fig cake, however, got the meal back on track. It was outstanding, and we are glad to hear that Julia's will be reinstalling an espresso machine. Can't wait!
This restaurant was in a very different venue, situated in an old hotel that looks like a castle inside. The menu is very limited, which almost presented a problem for two of the guests. However, the server was accomodating and upgraded an appetizer as a main meal. We enjoyed our time there, but I doubt I would return due to the menu. The food was good but not great.
The reception was less than gracious and very slow. The turkey club sandwich was processed meat which was disappointing although the french fries were good. The avocado was very meager. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing for lunch. The ambiance is always lovely. If the service was as gracious as the surroundings it would help the food being somewhat ordinary.
Everything was very good. The menu had a number of good offerings. Everything we ordered was well prepared and good.
Our server was exceptionally good. Professional, knowledgeable, personable.
The setting was also very pleasant--older building, historic sense.
Easy access ($8 self service parking lot at First Church right across the street)
Wow did I love this lunch. I eat out often. All I want most is that the chef cares. The food was absolutely fantastic. We ordered a simple lunch, the sole and the flat-iron steak, so not fancy. The meals were artfully presented, the portions were good and the flavors were heavenly. I asked if they had blue cheese dressing to dip my fries in. They did not. The chef made his own blue cheese/aioli creation though for me and it was great! The fact that he understood what I was hoping for and made that effort meant a lot to me. It is in an old building and the architecture [Julia Morgan, hence the name "Julia's"] is intriguing. I recently ate a Chez Panisse This lunch was better! The Chef here truly cares and the food put out shows it. Go here today!
The special occasion was Julia's first-ever Bastille Day Dinner, featuring a Francophile three-course menu with a choice of accompanying wine flights, a wonderful combination offered at an affordable price. I had the Provencal vegetable soup with a Pistou spicy garlic-basil sauce, followed by a very tender and flavorful Boeuf Bourguignon with mashed potatoes, and topped off by a summery Tarte au Framboise. Hope this event will be repeated next year.
The roasted beet salad was beautifully presented and also tasted as good as it looked;
the Croque Monsieur was one of the best I've ever had anywhere, I think primarily because
of the carmelized onions. My companions also very much enjoyed their meals. We shared two
desserts: the chocolate cake was mediocre and the panna cotta was much too salty, but the
basil ice cream was inspired. We had good service, but since we had tickets to Berkeley Rep,
we were a little concerned timewise, and I would suggest advising the server ahead of time
as we should have done.
The atmosphere in this beautiful building is wonderful. We will definitely return.
Perfect birthday celebration. Feeling like eating in the dining room of a castle--Julia Morgan design. Quiet tables, attentive knowledgeable and accomodating wait staff. Petrale sole and duck breat entrees carefully prepared. Bread deliciois shipped from La Brea Bakery in L A. Chef very particular. Desserts made in house. Lovely evening.
A sweet find in downtown Berkeley- one that is nowhere else in this town.
Julia's offers excellent and delicious offerings, and situated in a European-style
setting. Its uniqueness is unrivaled in the East Bay, given the architectural setting
( a Julia Morgan bldg), the intimate dining room that truly allows for conversation
( unlike most other eateries), and good value. So glad the original Chef and owner of
Julia's has returned from his culinary expansion in Europe, and back to his Julia's!
Julia's is the restaurant on the second floor of an architectural marvel -- a beautiful 1920's Julia Morgan. The restaurant itself is in a lovely quiet room with elegant flowers and high ceilings. Service is great; food is very good and interesting. I highly recommend it for lunches with old friends and romantic evenings with long-term partners.
Julia's is located in the Berkeley City Club -- the Julia Morgan architectural gem just south of the Berkeley campus. Several theater companies use one of the large ground floor rooms for their productions -- and dinner at Julia's before the play is convenient, elegant, delicious, and reasonably priced.
The Berkeley City Club is Berkeley's best kept secret, but with the restaurant, Julia's, now open to the public, it probably won't remain a secret for long. This historic building, which Julia Morgan was constructing at the same time she was building Hearst Castle, is worth a visit just to see what beauty this amazing woman created. The dinner was as delicious as Julia Morgan's "Little Castle" is fabulous.
Julia Morgan's famous style is noticeable everywhere. The beautiful ambience coupled with the delicious food makes for a great dining experience. Portions are just right and the service impeccable -one never feels rushed, just well taken care of. The wine selection offers good choices as well. We will definitely return!
Julia's is located in a remarkable Julia Morgan designed building in Berkeley. We were able to roam about many of the rooms and take a peek at that iconic art deco swimming pool of what was once the Berkeley Women's City Club after dinner. Incredible! Most importantly, the food was absolutely stellar, especially the rack of lamb. The service was excellent. This was a last minute choice for a wedding anniversary dinner and we could not have been more happy. We will definitely return and would not hesitate to bring out of town visitors for a special meal.
What a pleasant looking place but the main course was a bit of disappointment. It was way too salty. It could be a place to celebrate a special occasion but ambiance alone. After all it is a restaurant. People expect quality food. Not too salty, not too sweet, not too burnt.
We love the place. The buulding is an architecrural landmark and the restaurant is in a beautiful old-style room. The service is exceptional: friendly and efficient. The food is very creative but there may be dishes that do not rise above "adequate". For our last dinner the appetizer burrito and the crusty halibut were exceptional and so was the wine recommended by the charming waitress. The other main dish, quail, would have been great but it was in the oven a little long. Desserts were very nice and we appreciated being greeted with champaign on the house, given the occasion.
Of course, reviews are very individual, but we found some dishes to be outstanding (I would return to the restaurant just for these dishes):
rice pudding (subtle and simple but divine).
We also ordered the summer squash soup, pasta with fava beans, lamb chops, and panna cotta, which were all very good.
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