Julia's Restaurant

4.5
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$31 to $50
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French
*Make your dinner reservations early for Fri & Sat, 3/13 & 14! We're hosting two winemaker pop-ups featuring a prix fixe wine pairing menu and dedicated wine list with wines from Viano Winery & Vineyards (Fri) and Hearst Ranch Winery (Sat).

A rep from each winery will be on-hand during dinner service to answer any questions you may have and offer helpful information on tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

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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.

Serving Lunch, Dinner, and Saturday Brunch/Afternoon Tea, the culinary staff 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.
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c
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegan option!

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DL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful Julia Morgan building alone makes this a special place

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

Excellent crepes

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful environment and delicious food

AE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
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.

f
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
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.

b
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.

CL
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.

GC
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

TK
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.

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

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

TG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia's had a lovely old world feel. Food was delicious and the service was quite attentive.

V
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not surprisingly, our evening at Julia’s was a hit all around. It started with the warm and professional greeting from Fe, the Maitresse D’, who all evening displayed a commitment to her role as a member of a smoothly functioning team of servers and others. Then, of course, there was our server, Serouen, who did not disappoint. She is consistently attentive without intruding, amusing with out over-stepping, efficient without rushing the diners. A true gem. And the entire team in that room were remarkable as we observed them attending to the dozen or so tables of diners with smoothness and decorum. Finally, Chef Marcon’s Berkeley Restaurant Week’s Prix Fixe menu was remarkable. Every course was delicious, from the leek and potato soup (smooth, creamy, but not overly so), to the steak frites and pork tenderloin (both of them cooked to perfection), and finally to the chocolate mousse (be still my heart!) and the lemon tarte (and be still MY heart, too!). The accompanying libations were right on target. This restaurant continues to do everything right!! We’ll be back very soon!

F
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Eating at Julia’s is worth it for the ambiance and the fabulous setting.

S
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff attentive, all food excellent, and good, substantial portions, which impressed me too; we go to restaurant week every year, to a different restaurant, and this was the best one yet.

DI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with small group– wanted a quiet place that facilitated conversation in a special environment with good food and beverage...

v
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I expect Restaurant Week to feature GOOD food at an enticing price. Last year, it was so good I went 3 times, bringing my friends. This year the special menu had nothing worth eating, so I had a steak - ok, but the fries were cold. The bread was nicely heated with good butter. My friend also found nothing worthwhile on the special menu. Disappointing.

m
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really delicious three course meal in an amazing historic building. For us, it doesn’t get any better than that.

HT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Julia's Restaurant is one of best restaurant in Berkeley in terms of setting, ambiance and decor. This is one of the reasons mu husband and I like to dine there. There food good but the selection is a bit too limited.

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Have been at Julia's many times before and service and food was excellent. Maybe the chef has changed, but its not the french touch it used to have.

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a a treat to eat at Julia’s. The food is always excellent and the surroundings majestic.

S
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brunch! Definitely will stop by again for tea. Beautiful restaurant, excellent service, and a great brunch!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A quiet ambiance with very good food that is not overly spiced. The service was also very good. I would definitely recommend this gastronomically conservative venue to my fellow seniors.

PD
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Julia's is a wonderful place to take visitors -- the history of Julia Morgan, the furnishings that complement the architecture are stunning and provide a look into the big money days of that era.

Food is good, service is very consistent. We were at lunch on a very quiet day and it was just a pleasure.

AB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very delicious and creative. The ambiance is perfect for conversation! There is nothing that
compares to enjoying the architecture of Julia Morgan while dining!

LB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia's is the perfect for a luncheon or dinner with a friend you'd like to share special time and conversation with. The staff makes sure we have uninterrupted time as we enjoy the delicious food, atmosphere and company.

MR
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think the sole is the best item on the menu, though the duck is also outstanding.

v
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Julia’s is in a lovely space and the food is excellent. You can hear yourselves talk! The service was attentive. We had a wonderful dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the high tea

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous Settings . Great ambiance and service. Lunch menu is restrictive and food quality is average. But still recommend for meeting with friends.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great. Enjoyed the dinner with great friends

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its like eating the best classic french food in a Hearst Castle setting
love the food!

V
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the entire experience was wonderful. We were there with two friends and were seated, at my request, at a table that would be served by Seroeun. As usual, she was wonderful. The quality of the food and the presentation of the dishes is lovely. We were disappointed that, although it was a Friday, there was no piano music from the bar. But that didn’t mean that we and our friends couldn’t spend several hours talking and laughing uninterrupted. Will return soon!!

MR
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good brunch - the french toast is excellent but the spinach omelette is just their previous lunch crepe filling wrapped in egg beaters instead of being wrapped in a crepe. Service this time was a bit slower than usual.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings - the room and spaces throughout building are lovely. The wait staff is excellent. The food was good but not outstanding. The choices were limited. The space is very quiet and affords good conversation.

RT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a step back in time to an elegant dining room with beautiful ambiance. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great.

SD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Julia's. Our service Thursday was outstanding, and the food, as usual, was as tasty and beautiful as the surroundings.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy Julia's Restaurant -- good food, nice ambience. Also, I often take a friend there or meet up with friends.