Julia's Restaurant

4.5
938 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Built and designed by celebrated architect Julia Morgan, the ambiance of Julia's Restaurant 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Join us for Berkeley Restaurant Week, January 17-27, 2019!

Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Morgan's Bar & Lounge Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 280-1547
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fabrice Marcon, MCF
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ellsworth Street
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Parking details
There a no on-site guest parking at the Club. There is plenty of paid street parking and lots/garages within walking distance.
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Public transit
2nd Floor of the Berkeley City Club, 11 Minute Walk from Downtown Berkeley BART Station, 1 Minute Walk from AC Transit Durant Ave-Ellsworth St Station
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Special events & promotions
Thanksgiving Eve Dinner | Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 938 People Are Saying
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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Berkeley city club is an architectural treasure, and it is wonderful that a high-quality resterant is inside! This is a wonderful place for a special occasion as the noise level is very subdued. We ordered the two vegetarian lunches, small scrumptious salads, delectable small desserts. Great place!

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MR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious lunch in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Well done!

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant for it's French authentic cuisine while also incorporating local, delicious ingredients. It's a place my father would love being Alsatian. I always have a fantastic meal and the service and scenery is perfect. It stands out to me in a city that goes too fast and furious.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Set in the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club, the restaurant is quiet, very elegant, with attentive service and several choices of perfectly flavored dishes (including a few vegetarian choices) and even a prix-fix dinner (3 courses) for $38. There is a full bar next door and a nice (slightly pricey) wine list. Reservations suggested for weekends. We dined here before the theater and the server made sure we could get out in plenty of time: Everything was lovely!

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MR
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy lunch at the City Club. Limited menu, but what they produce is well made. This time I had the Croque Monsieur, one of my favorites on the menu.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tries too hard to be gourmet! Overly rich food in strange combinations.

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M
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Special 70 th birthday luncheon at a real grown up restaurant. I love this place so much that I held my 70th birthday party there. The ambiance is lovely and the staff so sweet! The food is delicious and the architecture just amazing

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JG
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a birthday dinner. We ordered Mojitos “up” which took almost a half an hour to come to tha table. Had to send them back as too tart. The fixed drink was still too tart and after sending back again the bartender said that he did not have the right ingredients for the drink so end of cocktails! For being such a small space the service was spotty. The food was good so with a little direction I think this place could be great in all categories.

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KL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Julia's many times. My food was very good but my companion was very disappointed with the salad she ordered, she liked the salad verte and pasta main course I ordered, more. So for whatever reason the food was not entirely up to previous visits. Regardless I would go there and try it again . The Berkeley City Club where Julia's is located is a beautiful historic building.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very good food. sightly older crowd-- not quite "cool" atmosphere, but the food over rode everything else

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B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Lovely place but they NEED to address their lighting problems. It's harsh, ugly LED lighting. It's all bare-bulb lighting from a few fixtures. Even within the restrictions of a historic building they can still find ways to address this. It's such a big deal.

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BT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable ambience, excellent service, delicious food from appetizers and entrees all the way to dessert!
Excellent service! We will be back.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Julia's Restaurant remains one of my favorite restaurants. I continue to enjoy the food and ambience, but I think that the noise level is high, often too high.

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J
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

dinner before watching the show in zellerbach hall parking was quick they seated us for 25 minutes we got settled and order quick food arrived quick n hot. good service and very attentive, neighborhood gem. will comeback sooon

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MN
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous building, lovely dining room, and excellent service. Potato-leek soup with truffle creme fraiche tasted more like broth than any of those things. Salad was over-dressed. Desserts were a bit better. Definitely worth a visit for the ambiance, but I was hoping for more from the food.

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DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress and food/wine were perfect!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Of all the places we considered for a birthday dinner, Julia's had by far the best atmosphere; not only is it in an attractive room in a beautiful historic building, it is the least crowded restaurant room we've been to, with plenty of space between tables. The service was very good, and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food we were served (one dish of sole, one of pasta, which we shared, plus servings of soup, extra vegetables and two desserts, a dark chocolate pot de creme with nicely caramelized banana slices and a surprisingly interesting white chocolate pudding). The only slight disappointment was the pinot noir, which was drinkable but not very good (it's always hard to find a good pinot noir). We might not go there soon again, because there are so many excellent special occasion restaurants in Berkeley, but we would definitely consider it and recommend it to friends.

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D
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant in every way.

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RS
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed dining at Julia's. The food and service do not disappoint and the setting is elegant. We often go before our concerts at Zellerbach (Cal Performances). This meal kept that tradition alive. The food and service were good and it was a really nice dining experience.

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great place to take your loved ones to surprise them with an incredible environment

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This old charming setting is always lovely to visit. It’s quiet, the food is always reliably good and there are always creative new dishes to try. Excellent Pinot Noir with a wintery pasta dish. Ask we could easily hear each others’ conversation without noise around us. It is a quiet place for dinner which we greatly appreciate. The service is always courteous, friendly and unobtrusive.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Open the front door to the City Club and you step back in time to an era of civility and grace. We enjoyed our experience once again dining at Julia’s. A lovely setting unlike any other in Berkeley. Chef has been impressing us with delicious dinners. Always a vegetarian option. An experience to treasure for sure. Can’t wait to come back!

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K
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Thanksgiving Eve Buffet. Exquisite and creative food options. Quiet, cozy and warm atmosphere. Our server was attentive and right there when we needed her. Overall a wonderful experience for me and my folks!

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DS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the delightful Beaujolais Day menu and wonderful Beaujolais Nouveau!

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GM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food at Julia's will satisfy those who long for truly French cuisine of days gone by — updated and California-ized a bit, but still très française. The setting, in one of the early 20th century architect Julia Morgan's most iconic buildings, her "little castle," the Berkeley City Club (which should be on every architectural tour of the Bay Area), is romantic and formal to an extent rarely found on the West Coast. Service is friendly but somewhat chaotic and slow (slow enough that we didn't get to try the classic French dessert menu, alas).

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julia’s does a lot of things well for a premier restaurant amongst the greats of Berkeley like Chez Panisse or Rivoli, but their menu selection leaves me wanting more. Their seasonal menu items with seasonal meats and vegetables are promising. So much so I had my wedding reception here.

Excellent wine selections. The mushroom pate is worth it.

I would never select their small plates. The nuts aren’t worth being on the menu.

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i
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a great place with a nice ambiance that makes you feel at home. The food is delicious and flavorful without a heavy palette. Perfect for a more intimate dinner with a small group.

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BM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful, quiet setting with fresh and healthful, tasty food. I love this place when I want a relaxed meal with friends.

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was good but the service was very slow. The dining room is spacious, tables are not pushed right up next to each other, and it's quiet enough to carry on a conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous venue at Julia Morgan's 'castle' with good food for very reasonable prices. Lovely for a special date.

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MR
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we had a great dinner at Julia’s. I had the sole and my wife had beef stew, both perfectly prepared. The chef even came by to introduce himself. A lovely evening.

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent fish and duck entrees, also vegan/veg choice. Good wine and beer selection. Also adjacent cocktail/small plate lounge. Quiet and intimate.

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love dining there prior to seeing a Central Works theater production.

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V
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another delightful dining experience at Julia’s. Our server, Saroeun, was highly professional, very knowledgeable, and attentive without being intrusive. Also, warm and personable. We had a chance to chat with chef Fabrice Marcon, who is highly skilled and deeply familiar with the range of locally sourced ingedients which characterize his style of cuisine. His passion for cooking is contagious and is clearly reflected in all the dishes he so lovingly creates. Can’t wait for our next visit!

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m
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We came to Julia’s mostly to see the building and to celebrate with an anniversary lunch. I thought the service was slow and not very attentive and it was strange that I had to request ice in my room temperature water. I could barely eat half of my lunch - spinach/mushroom crepe - huge burrito size crepe of slimy spinach with wedge of iceberg lettuce smothered in very tart dressing. My husband had salmon tartine which he liked. There was nothing special about the very overpriced food.

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MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding/ Two of our party had the steak which was juicy and tender. One person had the salmon which was cooked to perfection. The desserts were also a hit. We will definitely return.

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NY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was top notch. Filet mignon was a true medium rare (not overcooked), which is a feat, even in the finest of eateries. My son's vegan dish was not short of spectacular - again a feat, as creating a "main course" like dish with visual splendor, fresh flavors and novel textures is challenging with the restrictions of the vegan diet. Wine (Educated Guess), cheese platter appetizer and dessert were also excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our Anniversary dinner received complimentary champagne. Two Starters were delicious- beet salad and escargot. Filet mignon was cooked perfectly with wonderful mashed potatoes and haricots verts. Lamb was also tasty. Le financier for dessert was pretty and brought to the table with a candle! Lovely decor and excellent service. Our first time to Julia’s was enjoyable and relaxing.

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OT
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A professional server should know about every item that is on the plate s/he is serving.

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