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Julia's Restaurant

4.6
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1201 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Curbside Pick-Up
Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Outdoor Dining
Tuesday - Thursday | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday - Saturday | 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1201 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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vipZasaSwanson
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with enough quiet to have a conversation.

Julia’s is one of the must “go to” places in Northern California and Berkeley.

There is socially distanced dining.

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vipMichaelS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and setting. We loved it. Will be back.

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LizB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, services and quality food. Really appreciate the observance and instilling the pandemic requirements.

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BarbaraK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always wonderful to visit Julia's and the amazing Julia Morgan. And especially fine at this time of pandemic when it is a real treat to be served a delicious meal in lovely surroundings!

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vipYummster
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant worked hard to offer an elite dining experience despite Covid-related restrictions. Food was terrific and service was exemplary. I happily sampled from a nice list of wines by the glass. As one of only three occupied tables in the entire outdoor dining area any lack of ambiance was not the restaurant’s fault. I look forward to returning when Julia’s is back in her full pomp.

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vipLinB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia’s is doing a beautiful job during this time of COVID social distancing. The service, food and attention to every detail is there and we are SO GRATEFUL!!! ❤️

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CathleenB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I drove two hours to have lunch at Julia's. Our expectations were high, especially since my friend is a marvelous cook. We were very happy with our experience. Julian Morgan, the architect, created a hotel atmosphere that is a delicious mix of Gothic, Frank Lloyd Wright, and old school club. For those who need a change from sidewalk dining, what a pleasure to bask in the open second floor ambiance of this unique setting looking down on an interior garden. The chef is a MCF and Abbas, our server, is attentive to your every desire. The menu changes regularly. Don't miss out on this chef's imaginative creations that taste as wonderful as they appear when brought to the table.

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CSLCA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Fabrice really stepped up to the plate with his golden beet goat cheese salad with apple and radishes. The presentation brought smiles around the table.

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vipRebeccaP
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world service and delicious food. Our table was on the terrace overlooking the garden below. Lovely

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Quacky
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and attentive service. I especially liked the beet parfait and the berry sorbet with meringue and madeleines.

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Wineprincess4
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have hardly left the house in 4 months and our take out has been mostly from McDonald. I could not cook another meal and my husband knew it. Then we found out that Julia's terrace had started service. Joy! From the moment we arrived at Julia's everything was wonderful. There was breeze on the terrace and every dish was magnificent (yummy)! And we can't say enough about the outstanding service. It was a perfect night. We can't wait to go back. Alice in El Cerrito.

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dtngrl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that we were able to dine outdoors in Berkeley for the first time. We enjoyed the duck breast and sea bass dishes. Would return again to try other items on the menu soon.

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vipSenorREX
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service. All Covid precautions were taken, tables were well-spaced and we had a fantastic and interesting meal of seasonal specialties. Can’t wait to return here.

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MsNanners
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved the stately ambiance of the place. And appreciated the distance between tables. The food was very good as was the service. Definitely a place we'll revisit for special occasions.

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vipRosemaryshitake
London
29 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We had visited Julia's just a few months ago and had a wonderful dinner. Once again I ordered the duck. This time i was disappointed. The pieces were overcooked (I asked for medium with pinkish centers) and thick, instead of the nice fanned serving with pinkish centers as before.
I'm wondering if there is a new chef?

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BillS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very French cooking. Wines by the glass are good with range of cost. Expensive.

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CindyG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with beautiful ambiance very special spot to be for a special leap year birthday.
Thank you.

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vippprinter
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Much as I like “old-fashioned” restaurants, and, as good as the food was on our first visit here, it is a tad seedy and out of date.

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vipdransel
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful setting / ambiance. Excellent service. In our party of 4 one of us was quite happy with the pork loin but the 3 others were underwhelmed with their meals (salmon special, mushroom soup, veggie entree).

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The tea got quite bitter after it sat int the teapot for over 15 minute. There should be tea pots that you can take the tea out of the teapot so it can steep properly.

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AnnG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The room was beautiful. The food was terrific, and the service was excellent.

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sfreader
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Julia's offers a truly lovely experience: the tables are widely separated for easy conversation; the room is lovely and peaceful, in keeping with the Julia Cameron aesthetic; the service is exceptional -- we had to be out by a certain time, and our courses were delivered accordingly. The whole experience felt like an oasis between two busy sessions at the theatre.

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vipSusiQ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very interesting place for lunch in Berkeley. Chairs are uncomfortable, but the wait staff is very well trained and attentive. The menu is a bit limited for lunch, but the ingredients were very fresh and tasty.

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EastBayOldLady
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We like Julia's because it is a relatively quiet restaurant where we can hear each other talk. The old building is interesting and creates a very nice ambiance. My partner liked his duck but I found my chicken on the dry side and even with a slightly spicy sauce, it wasn't particularly interesting.
The location is convenient for going to Cal Performances and there is parking. Our server was nice but slow to followup--such as, at first, when we were read to order and then again when we asked for the check.
To repeat: we could hear each other! It was wonderful not having to shout over the din of other people shouting because back ground music was loud.

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vipRodM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and varied menu, a very classy setting. Our server was wonderful. The food preparation was excellent.

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vipLinB
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Superb. Went with friend & wanted to be pampered. We were. Food, service, and of course ambiance by Julia Morgan- all flawless. Thanks to all staff for carrying on the tradition of fine dining @ The Berkeley City Club!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! A must visit in SF! We enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. Great wine selection.

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vipcgc94705
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegan option!

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DavidL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful Julia Morgan building alone makes this a special place

Food is good, not life-changing, as was service.

Excellent crepes

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful environment and delicious food

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AdrianaE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to dine. Quiet, delicious food and lovely atmosphere.

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Martina
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We chose Julia's because it was reported to be quiet, and we wanted a venue for quiet conversation. Julia's filled the bill very well, in a lovely room with excellent traditional French cuisine food.

Guests should be told that for admission to the restaurant itself, it is necessary to ring the bell outside the entry door to the Berkeley Club.

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vipfoodluver
San Francisco
189 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

An older-style place, Julia's is a lovely spot for a pre-show dinner near UC campus. Salads were fresh and interesting; the fish entree (halibut?) was lovely; cauliflower cake entree interesting and satisfying. Wine list is good. Service a bit slow but gets the job done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super ambiance and food. Very elegant yet warm and friendly atmosphere.

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vipSsaky
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Julia's just gets better and better each time we go there. I ti now our go to French restaurant in the East Bay. Beautiful setting and quite which is a rarity in the Bay Area these days. Try the chicken liver pate. Delicious! I could live on it alone.

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vipbonnefourchette
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The dinner was bizarre, and we see no reason ever to return to Julia's. We'd been attracted to this restaurant because its head chef is a Maître Cuisinier de France, an elite association that numbers a couple of hundred top chefs in France and, here in the U.S., such luminaries as Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert in New York and Gerald Hirigoyen and Roland Passot in SF. The menu, however, immediately struck us as composed of unimaginative standard dishes, not really restaurant food but more bistro food. We were also dumbfounded and somewhat amused by the spelling errors in the French names of a couple of items. (Did the French head chef bother to read the printed menus?) One first course, with tiny ravioli, was actually tasty; the other was an uninspiring salad of the sort one could quickly assemble oneself. The main courses were disappointing, halfway between what might be served in a decent but undistinguished brasserie and what might be served in a French school cafeteria. The pork loin was not only unevenly cooked but also slightly overcooked (undoubtedly not done slowly sous vide), with the outer parts somewhat tough and chewy. The steak was OK but its sauce had an off-taste; it was supposed to be served with a persillade but that component was overwhelmed by addition of a third-rate bordelaise, seemingly thickened with flour. One chocolate dessert could have been by Danone, from a refrigerated supermarket shelf; the other was a lemon tart with a slightly overcooked pastry shell and a slightly undercooked and runny lemony crème anglaise. It was hard for us to believe that a Maître Cuisinier de France had anything to do with this food; it was in no way worthy of this association. Service was friendly, reasonably attentive, but not particularly knowledgeable. The Julia Morgan building is indeed worth seeing, but the ambiance of the restaurant reminded us of one in an assisted-living institution.

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CalL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our party of four loved our dinner here. It is a very cozy space in a beautiful historic building, very atmospheric, but with slightly uncomfortable chairs. The food was beautifully prepared and presented - 4 different main courses all were winners. I was a little let down by dessert - my pot de creme was intensely chocolately but its texture was a little grainy. The service was well-timed, not intrusive, and they let us linger and talk without guilt. We plan to return.

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GeoffreyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Well prepared, nice presentation but TOO MUCH SALT was used. ugh. and it's unhealthy

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TimK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

If old school style dining in a castle is your thing then this is the place to be. We checked in for the restaurant week prix fixe menu and thought it was pretty good. The steak frites was perfectly cooked, the pot de creme was the perfect texture, while the crisp lettuce salad was a poorly composed creation.

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bowpisacha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with beautiful interior design. The food was solid but a little overpriced

FAQs

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

Julia's Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1201 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.