Julia's Restaurant

4.6
924 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
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 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 924 People Are Saying
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J
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress and food/wine were perfect!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
102 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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M
New York Area
33 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
9 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
26 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
58 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
56 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
115 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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ND
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

we've heard a lot about Julia's being a fine restaurant on a par with Chez Panisse. We took visiting friends. The building is remarkable and beautifully restored. The restaurant is charming and elegant.
The food was great. And a fabulous vvalue--a tasty price fixe 3 course menu with choices for $27.
The only problem we had was the chairs-- surprisingly short in the seat. If we go back, we'll ask for chairs from another room . I'm told they have many.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Variety in meal choices for dinner. Would love more variety in the lunch menu which has been the same for a long time. We always love we eating at Julia’s

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V
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant for celebrations, because we are guaranteed a fantastic meal, superb service, and a memorable ambiance. This time was no different. We requested a table that would be attended to by Saroeun, because she is one of the very best servers we have ever had, anywhere. We were delighted to see her and happy to see that she was training a new server that evening. Sudeep, the young man in question, was fortunate to have such a good teacher. And he brings to the job a lovely attitude of attentiveness and humility. We thoroughly enjoyed beginning to get to know him as he navigated our wine and dinner orders seamlessly. We relished the white corn soup and tomato salad as starters. Both were beautifully presented and delicately seasoned. For main courses we could not have picked better than the roasted local sole with summer beans, accompanied by a delicious light sauce and the always exceptional filet mignon with mousseline potatoes and haricots verts. This time the green peppercorn sauce gave the whole dish a wonderful, suprising kick. For desserts: chocolate pot de creme and strawberry meringue. The wines that accompanied these dishes were delightful. Thank you to everyone at Julia’s for continuing to make this one of our all time top restaurants!

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was fair. Dessert was apple tart which was quiet cold from refrigeration. Uninspired dining. But service excellent and lovely ambience.

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RS
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals at Julia's. The service is exceptional, the food is first class, and the experience is always positive. We had a meal with the phenomenal rack of lamb (tender, well seasoned, perfection!), the sole and the prix fixe meal with the pork cutlets. The split pea with sausage soup was great, my husband had a salad that he thoroughly enjoyed. We all ate the dessert from the prix fixe menu together. It was another good meal. One of the people had never been to Julia's, I am sure she will return. It was an outstanding meal and we are happy to come back for another concert at Cal Performances.

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AF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Berkley City Clus is always worth the drive !
Never disappointing .
The restaurant is the perfect mix between homey and luxury .
Perfect ambiance for lunch and conversation , the way lunch should be !
Food was very good !
Service is very individual tailored and professional .
Parking is a problem , but again it’s totally worth the drive !

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FF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, creative twists on traditional french fare, upscale, quiet, white table cloth dining in a castle. What more can you ask for?

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is an unusual gem with a beautiful dining room in an historic building. The food was excellent but being able to actually talk enhanced the experience immensely.

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OT
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This has been our go to restaurant for years now, but it was definitely off the mark this week. The duck and lamb and the wild mushroom pate were very good. The escargot and the usually reliable filet were not. We did not recognize any of the previously competent staff and, although the new people were very sweet and attentive, they definitely lacked training.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place to eat. It's definitely tucked away. Enter the building by clicking the outside buzzer and letting them know you have a reservation at Julia's. Then they will let you in and you head up the stairs to the 2nd floor restaurant. Food was excellent. Cool ambiance - it's in a large room in a historical building (with Gothic type architecture)

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EG
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious! Nuts, tomato salad and vegetable main course.

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V
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit to Julia’s did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in and were greeted with warmth and professionalism by the Maitre D, to the moment, a couple of hours later, we walked out to the sweet smiles and good wishes on the part of the staff, we had a spectacular time. This included, of course, the food. Who could fault the fabulous Escargots in Garlic Parsley Butter, or the Wild Mushroom Pate, both starters we chose! The main courses were just as delectable: Filet Mignon (a perfect medium rare) and Pan Roasted Sole (yummy and beautifully presented) were each accompanied by well-selected and perfectly cooked vegetables. The evening marked my wife’s birthday, so dessert for her (including a lovely lit candle) was a Chocolate Pot de Creme. I enjoyed an assortment of small bites, tantalizingly announcing other dessert possibilities for our next visit. What capped the enjoyment, taking it beyond the food, was our lovely interaction with Chef Fabrice Marcon, who graciously left his kitchen to chat with me about his Escargots dish and the local regulations which forbid restaurants from serving the creatures in their shells. And we have to end with a most heart-felt shout-out to our wonderful server, Saroeun. She is highly professional and at the same time remarkably warm and friendly. And oh-so bright and curious. It was a pleasure being served by her and even more of a pleasure talking with her about a number of subjects. We will be back!!

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BJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday and my sister wanted to treat me and my GF. I picked the spot since other places weren’t open. Julia’s is in the historic Berkeley City Club, a Julia Morgan designed building. Food wasn’t a remarkable as I hoped but we had a good time.

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g
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice evening and dining (we came again) which profit from a experienced french chef from the old school and nice service due to self confident staff and good working environment

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