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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
The food is good and made very well. The service is attentive but the waiter is not friendly at all. We ask for a picture taken from a certain direction, but she insists on taking it from a direction most convenient to her. The restaurant is not even full or busy. She forgot our request for birthday dessert, and only after I made a comment about it, she comes with a scoop of ice cream and a candle.
I have been to. Julia's many times over the past 4 years, but it seems to be getting better each time I do, especially on the food quality standard. This past week, our party of 4 had 3 great dishes: roasted duck, sautéed sole, and pork tenderloin. Each was perfectly cooked and surrounded by fantastic accompaniments.
And I don't think there is a more romantic setting (in the old Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club. Classic neo-classical architecture.
We go to Julia's for each of our birthdays and occasionally when we have out of town guests. As I say, better and better.
Tony is the consummate waiter, knowledgeable, and professional! After we shared some of our Chateau Monbousquet with Chef Marcon he came out and chatted with us about his exciting plans for more classic French dishes in the coming months--just like a Michelin star restaurant!
We love Julia's and usually have a great experience there. This time it was my wife's 50th birthday. I called the day before because she is dairy and gluten sensitive. They said I could bring a dessert for her, since they did not have anything. When we got there, the hostess was nice and took the dessert back to the kitchen. Our waiter came out a bit later and told me he could not serve it since the chef said it was a liability! I told him I called the day before and they approved, since they did not have a dessert she could eat. He ended up bringing out the dessert after dinner, but it was still in the packaging. Very disappointing service overall. Seemed like our waiter was just unhappy to have to serve us.
I can’t give Julia’s a bad review because of the location. The food is terrible, but the ambience is so wonderful that it is worth going there. The chef (cook) really should be ashamed. The Croque Monsieur sandwich was two very thin slices of Very Bad Bread (shocking in the Bay Area), accompanied by a small, vinegary salad. It was insulting, really. More like food you would encounter in an assisted living facility and quite overpriced for a Wonder bread sandwich. What a shame. Also, the prices on the website don’t match the menus.
Still, no one can deny the charm of the Berkeley City Club. I suppose it’s just safer to go there for drinks or else eat first.
This was my second visit to Julia's and it did not disappoint. The service was exceptional at every level, hostess, table crew, and wait staff. They kept our water glasses full, were courteous and friendly, and attentive to all of our needs. The food was great; well prepared, well seasoned, tender and delicious. It was a wonderful dinner in an elegant, comfortable setting. There were floral arrangements at every table and it was very inviting and is definitely luring us to come back soon for another memorable meal.
Good food in lovely surroundings. In fact, two outstanding features are the architecture of the restaurant and the entire building and the fact that you're able to have a conversation because the noise level is low. In addition the food is interesting and well prepared, and the service is very good. I look forward to going here again.
As always, Julia's did not disappoint. Everything was top-drawer: from the unique Julia Morgan medieval-style ambiance straight trough to the perfectly prepared and presented dishes. Attentive and super-competent wait-staff. A perfect evening! (Generous cocktails and superb wines as well.)
After living for many years in Berkeley, Oakland and various Contra Costa communities, we finally discovered Julia's. It was perfect for people (like us) who enjoy a quiet, charming setting while dining on great food. The menu isn't extensive but is sufficiently varied to please many tastes. Terrific service helps as did the fact that my wife could get gluten-free bread!
Too many mistakes to recommend - wrong drink, wrong main course, loud music from the fraternity party at the other end of the building, uncomfortable chairs, dark room. On the plus- beautiful building, the waiter fixed the mistakes, most of the food was good (skip the mushroom pappardelle).
I need a couple of extra stars to add for Julia's--five isn't enough. The food, service and ambiance were spectacular. I came home and simply pondered the deliciousness of the meal for an hour. A beet salad with blue cheese mousse was truly memorable. Beef tenderloin! Duck breast! Desserts were understated and not overly sweet, so rare. The only challenge was a party with loud music in the next room which affected the otherwise lovely calm and peaceful atmosphere. Still, I'd go back in a heartbeat.
The hostess was so pleasant and helpful, ensuring we received our ideal table. The bartender was equally accommodating. Server seemed a bit overwhelmed/rushed. That was the only negative of the evening. Food was delicious. Ambiance perfect. Overall the special event dinner for two I was hoping to have.
Wonderful meal! We are still talking about it as if it were a great movie we saw. We ordered the pork and the duck and both portions were generous, perfectly cooked and presented with classic French reduction sauces that were sublime. The salmon appetizer was so delicious and creative.
Thank you, Chef! Grimaud!
My fish was excellent as usual. Wife had pork tenderloin prepared in a new, special, tender, but with a crispy top. Tenderloin had been marinated in a wonderful blend of French and German flavors. Chef is French. Dessert was de-constructed French Toast, a little too fancy for me but unique flavors. Good for dates, or a quiet meal in a peaceful setting. Highly recommended.
Had the appetizer with Persimmon & Goat cheese with a truffle vinaigrette and a side of spring greens. The truffle played well with both the persimmon and the goat cheese. It was a great bite.
For an entrée, I ate the most delectable petrole sole. It had red grapes and a beautiful light citrus sauce and collard green. It was power punched with flavor but was not too rich, making it a perfect choice for lunch (not a heavy meal, rather light and tasty)!
this is a quiet, pleasant restaurant with quiet, unobrusive service and unassuming, tasty food. The atmosphere is reserved and sedate. Tables are nicely spaced well apart, so it's a great place to have a serious conversation. The food is good. Not spectacular, but well prepared and excellent ingredients. We had an absolutely delicious corn soup and crepe with spinach and mushrooms. I prefer my crepes a bit thinner, but the mixture was delicious and the portion quite large. With a glass of wine the bill was $40 - not cheap, but very reasonable.
We had a great time celebrating with a birthday dinner. Made a reservation for 8:30pm. The restaurant info indicated it will be closed at 8:30. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Didn’t rush us at all. For a good period, we had the entire dining room for just the two of us. Enjoyed both the food and the historical design of the space.
The Club has recently hired a new chef who is slowly changing the menu. I had the Petrale sole which was excellent, nicely seasoned, over a bed of vegetables. My wife had the beef, which was melt-in-your-mouth tender. We eat at the Club once or twice per month and always enjoy it, but now it seems like the quality of the food may have gone up another step.
This has been a favorite of ours for 2+ years. At lunch on Thursday, there were many diners but only one waitress. While she truly did the best she could, the service left much to be desired. I have always enjoyed the salad appetizers. This week, the ham served with the persimmon and burrata salad tasted like deli sliced meat.
We (my husband and I) are members of the City Club and have been waiting to be excited by the new chef. Our last visit was on a weekday evening at 6:30. Our service was slow and apathetic. The food was good but not great and not very imaginative. Since food is one of the reasons we keep our membership, this was disappointing.
I am sorry, but after reading so many positive reviews, we were quite disappointed with the food. The gnocchi was most unusual, but not in a good way. The fish was dry. The duck was pretty good. The service was lovely as is, of course, the setting in a grand old fashioned way. But it was expensive and mediocre. Julia's, you can do better!
Lovely building and great food. They were very careless with the credit card and charged us for the wrong bill. It was a 45 minute hullabaloo getting it straightened out, which ruined the evening. I was with my 85-year old mother who was exhausted by the fuss. What a shame. The place is otherwise nice.
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