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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.

2315 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: T-F 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: T-Sa 5pm - 8:30pm

Lounge Hours: T-Sa 4:30pm - 8pm

Cross Street:
Ellsworth Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 280-1547

Website:
http://berkeleycityclub.com/restaurant/

Public Transit:
AC Transit, 1 mi. from Downtown berkeley BART

Executive Chef:
Fabrice Marcon

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Local Ingredients (12)
Business Meals (11)
Seasonal (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
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Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

My favorite restaurant when I am in Berkeley. Can't beat the Julia Morgan ambiance -- a throw-back to elegant dining with a limited but superb menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Julia's is s lovely restaurant in the beautiful old Julia Morgan dining room of the Beekeley City Club. The food is excellent and the service is very good: An elegant Berkrley experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This Julia Morgan building is a Berkeley treasure. Both food and service were very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We came here with my fiance and his mother, we all enjoyed a very hearty, traditional-feeling nice European-inflected meal. Lovely, traditional, absolutely perfect for older family visiting from out of town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We have always enjoyed our dining experience at the club, but this time it was marred by a loud business luncheon group at the next table. Not your fault, but I didn’t think you encouraged that.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Stunningly beautiful space, delicious food (with emphasis on high-quality, fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients), welcoming staff, excellent service—it is always a great pleasure to dine at Julia’s!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We visited in late December for a birthday dinner. The atmosphere was warm in feeling with a sense of stature. The architecture of Julia Morgan influenced the experience. My wife and I waited in the adjoining library for the rest of our party. We were seated on time with courtesy and respectfulness. Our dinner was excellently prepared. The service was timely and sensitive to our needs. Following our meal we leisurely enjoyed desserts and beverages.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lovely quite restaurant. Food and wine are 5 Star.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Simple and elegant dining room. One can visit the first two floors of this historical building. The menu is not elaborate but the food is quite good. I had the crepe and my friend had the petrale sole. Both were very good and generous.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Impressive room but enormous space, chilly because of high ceilings and not particularly intimate.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Although we had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated for our reservation, the food was terrific and the service good. It's refreshing to eat in a quiet spot where conversation can be held at a normal volume. If anything, portions could be smaller. Overall, it was a fine experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I always enjoy eating at Julia’s. However the menu choices are limited, so it’s not a place that I go to very often. I would recommend that the new chef change the menu seasonally if he is going to continue with a short menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food, service and relatively quiet for seniors!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Authentic
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, even better wine list but best of all is the ambiance. Julia Morgan architecture beauty next to the CAL campus. Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We eat here at least once a month as we are members of the City Club and do this or pay not to do it. Usually we are pleased. Since the current chef has returned from another engagement, the food is the same, the same, the same all of the time--good but no surprises. Last Saturday we waited one hour for our entree. No excuses.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

A lovely experience to share with friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Vegan, Scenic View, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was our second visit to Julia's and this time we brought friends. So far, this is the best place we've found for an delicious dinner in an environment where you can have a quiet conversation. The servings are large and the service is absolutely excellent!!

The Julia Morgan building in which Julia's is located serves as a vehicle for time travel to a calmer era.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Hidden gem with loads of amazing sauces and fresh vegetables. I'm telling everyone I know to check it out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Lovely ambiance. I've taken my friends here one by one for their birthdays and they are always impressed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Two friends and I met at Julia's for our holiday get together. We were in agreement about the lovely setting, wonderful staff and great food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Enjoyable meal at Julia’s. The pasta was a bit heavy on the oil, but the pumpkin creme brûlée was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I always enjoy lunch or dinner at the City Club. One comment, however, is that even with the new chef there has been no significant change in the lunch menu, which is pretty limited. Maybe it's time to introduce some new items to the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The persimmon goat cheese salad was amazing and seasonal. Great lunch, as usual, thanks!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely old world charm, delightful room. Pappardelle was sensational. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.)

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My two friends and I had the most delicious lunch! Crepes and a grilled chicken on flatbread were enjoyed by all of us. The dessert of French toast was so delicious we asked to see the chef to have him tell us how he made it! Definitely will go again.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

situated inside a 1930's Julia Morgan building with beautiful architecture. New chef makes some very good modern choices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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