Julia's Restaurant

4.7
1257 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Curbside Pick-Up
Tuesday - Saturday | 11:30am-5:30pm

Urban Picnic
Wednesday | 4pm-7pm

Outdoor Dining
Thursday - Saturday | 12pm-2pm

Indoor Dining
Thursday - Saturday | 5pm-7:30pm

Executive Chef Fabrice Marcon

Located on the second floor of the Berkeley City Club, a Julia Morgan Historic Hotel, Julia's boasts a beautiful over-sized fireplace, and ornate details true to Morgan's iconic Moorish Gothic architectural design.

Julia's offers an innovative, creative, contemporary approach to your dining experience and is inspired by local, organic, and seasonal ingredients.

Our diverse wine list complements our menu featuring wines carefully selected from regions around the world.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1257 people are saying
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SaraO
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We are members of the City Club so eat there frequently. Last night, after I ordered the steak medium rare, it came gray all the way through. After a second try, it was barely pink and the potatoes came back cold. I was very disappointed in the main course. The service, however was excellent and our waitress did her best to accommodate my disappointment. Based on this experience, I would not recommend the restaurant, although this is the first time I have been disappointed in the food.

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vipRebeccaP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service is always attentive and timely. Food is very good. And the restaurant location feels like a old world elegant dining room

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Enjoysfinefood
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both fish dishes were creative, nice presentation, tasty.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was amazing! You have to go if you have never been.

Beautiful architecture, staff was great and the food was delicious. Recommend the duck! Wow. Best meal out in a long time.

SM
vipSheilaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia’s is one of the outstanding
Dining experiences in the Bay Area!

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KennethW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sauces that Chef Marcon prepared were especially delicious.
The setting is beautiful and calming. The tables are far apart and the
staff are very careful with precautions. A great choice in these troubled
times.

RP
vipRebeccaP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, both fish dishes had the perfect sauce. Ceviche was so good.

JC
vipJoanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open terrace lunch was wonderful, delicious, and above all safe for everyone!

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vipverx
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh ingredients. Simple prep and presentation. Friendly and competent service. Very limited menu on Wed evening but still enough variety. Very pleasant experience in an architectural gem. Not your average dinner out.

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started out with the tomato, carrot and corn soup and our entree was the wild salmon entree with fresh tomatoes and cooked green beans. To say the least the meal was delicious. The service was impeccible and eating on the outside terrace was a lovely treat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed the food, service and the ambience, excellent value for a very fine evening eat -out with the love one !

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viptoms
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful French food from a classically trained French born chef. Hard to find this type of food today. Good prices.

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Augie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It feels like the place is just getting its bearings back after a long COVID isolation. New staff (at least to us), somewhat under-experienced, but very well-intended and make up for any lacks with great attitude. The food was surprisingly so-so: things were rather bland. Perhaps that was us. But, again, compared to pre-COVID, we were disappointed. The ambience is elegant and quiet and so I would go there even just for that, and hope things bump up to previous levels.

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Claudia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch on the Terrace of this beautiful historic building. The food was excellent and service exemplary.

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vipwilma
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food delicious and nice outdoor setting. The service was friendly by a bit slow and amateurish. She never refilled our wine glasses and never asked if we wanted dessert.

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

the food continues to be fabulous but the service is a bit slow; felt safe at the urban picnic with lots of space between tables. will continue to be patrons there.

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victorial
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful building. Definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best duck breast I have ever had in a restaurant.

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JanetR
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lassen fish lacked flavor ; I think a sauce accompanying it may have been forgotten by the server. The salad was perfect !

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Randall
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty. Portions were adequate. Waitress was pleasant & very helpful in dish selections. Her service added to the dinner's ambiance. Tables were sufficiently spaced apart. I appreciated them adding a birthday candle with the dessert.

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SaraO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outdoor picnic dinner at Julia's is socially distanced, with a limited menu. The atmosphere is pleasant (Berkeley City Club upper terrace) and the food is very good. It can be chilly of a Berkeley evening.

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MariyaD
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way! Great service, great food, great location

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vipVictoria
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since start of the pandemic. Delighted to see some old friends and to find the excellent fare still excellent.

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KennethW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Marcon at Julia's at the City Club prepares elegant French
dishes, rare in Berkeley, and the wine selection is excellent.
I enjoyed the duck breast followed by panna cotta, with a glass of
Chateau Saint Sulpice merlot -- a small French winery near Bordeaux.

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vipDave
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a historic and architecturally-significant building.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed with the quality of the food. The steak was chewy and tasted like the meat was old. The panacotta was a little too firm. Most food was under seasoned. The ambience & surroundings were nice but the food was not up to the standard I expected

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VisitingBerkeley
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

French cuisine; food was a bit too rich for our pallette; we needed to be more discriminating with our choices.

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UniqueM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable. Although the weather was cold the temperature on the terrace was quite comfortable. The service could be improved by more effectively deploying everyone on duty.

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ElenaF
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was out first time to dine in this historic building. The food was delicious and the staff is very friendly and attentive to every detail to make us feel welcome! A 5 stars experience! Thank you

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MarkW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a most excellent and delightful place to eat.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Like all post-Covid restaurants, Julia’s is working to reopen. I could not tell from the quality of the food that they had ever shut down. The meal was excellent from beginning to end. We started with the smoked salmon appetizer and it was creamy and delicious and presented beautifully on a platter that included endive leaves. The gem lettuce salad was colorful, fresh and perfectly dressed. The hanger steak entree was a huge portion of deliciousness and came with grilled fingerling potatoes and green beans. The Mt. Lassen steelhead trout was fresh and expertly prepared. The trout was done to perfect and was not too dry nor was it undercooked and I have always found preparing fish to be challenging. For dessert we had the delicious lemon brûlée tart and it left me wondering if the brûlée sugar on top increased the intensity of the lemon flavor that was outstanding. The only sad thing was to see the dining room barely occupied due to ongoing covid restrictions. The building itself it and architectural gem and you should dine at Julia’s when you are in Berkeley.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love everything about Julia’s- food, ambiance, service. Such a fabulous restaurant!

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RebeccaL
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, not stellar. The service was fine and friendly. The ambience was nice. The wine list was limited and they didn't show the vintage.

OpenTable is annoying for harassing me to write a review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The terrace dining will transport you to another country. It felt like we were dining in Europe! Great service, delicious food, lovely space. Julia’s is a special place that never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, service, and food were exceptional. Maria and Abbas made our dining experience very memorable. Thank you!

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vipDave
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant in the Julia Morgan Berkeley City Club. Great food!

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Dana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They continue to provide an excellent food service while observing Covid care.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just adore this restaurant, which is old-school classy with marvelous gorgeous farm-to-table food prepared to perfection & served by the most thoughtful and warm, friendly staff. What a treat this place is- I continue to bring my friends and family as much as possible.

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vipGweasley
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went here for our anniversary. Very friendly service but quite slow. The architecture was lovely and the food was good but not extraordinary. The menu is filled with classic dishes from flat iron steak, to duck breast.

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vipMary
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was magical. I felt like I crawled out of a cave and found nirvana
This was our first dinning inside experience since 13 months ago

The food was spectacular. The setting calm and relaxing. We could hear each other speak and the service was excellent

I celebrated my 70 th birthday at this location and plan to celebrate there again. At 75 !

FAQs

Julia's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 848-7800.

Julia's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.