Julia's Restaurant

4.5
1026 reviews
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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.
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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stay and dine here when we visit. We would highly suggest this facility to any parents and family visiting their students.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place in a great location. Loved being able to sit and talk with friends and not deal with a noisy restaurant. Very elegant!

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s
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

lovely setting in main dining room, excellent food and fairly quiet for talking

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Q
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Julia's is an excellent place to dine. We've been here many times. Food, service and ambiance are wonderful.

However, next time we will request that be be seated far from the kitchen door: Every time it opened we were greeted with a blast of cold air.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julia's is a great choice for a romantic evening out. I loved the corn soup, which was velvety and bright with fresh corn flavor. My friends and I enjoyed our entrees. The lamb tenderloin was perfectly cooked and came with a luscious sauce and pureed vegetable garnish. I really appreciated the tiny dessert option. I chose the marquise, which was dense and chocolatey with a beautiful custardy sauce.

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t
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaibly excellent. Decent serving sizes, too. An entirely pleasant experience, start to finish.

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H
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Went to their advertised Cinco de Mayo dining event. Our first stop was at Morgan’s bar next to the restaurant on the second floor. One ‘bartender’ was behind the bar and it wasn’t very busy. Oh my. He had no idea what he was doing. A customer had to point out where the bitters were located. Not sure why he was there, he had to look up how to make a cosmopolitan and then he thought he should put an olive in it! For cocktails with a $16 price tag, one would expect a knowledgeable bartender behind the bar.

Next was dinner. The dining room is a lovely historic room dating back to the 1920’s. There was annoying ‘boogie-woogie’ 40’s trumpet music with a tinny sound that came from two little speakers over the door to the kitchen. The music was not an enhancement to the experience and needs to be re-thought. The price fixe meal was delicious. My partner and I ordered different appetizers and entrees and shared them. However, for a ‘Cinco de Mayo’ event the food seemed like it was interpreted by a French chef, so while delicious there was nothing ‘Mexican’ or Cinco de Mayo about it. Wait service in the dining room was excellent, as was the coffee.

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PR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully prepared and presented. It was great to be able to enjoy the excellent service and beautiful ambiance- and enjoy the conversation at our table.

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f
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Beautiful Julia Morgan building and room. Old-style and feel, with quiet, older crowd. We enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo menu; poblano soup was lovely, ceviche very fresh but bland; sole was OK, Veg Chile Verde excellent. Very convenient before events at Zellerbach Hall.

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D
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious. A little under salted and no salt on the table. We requested water— it took about 20 min to arrive. The waiter offered bread and that took a little longer to arrive. Detracted from an otherwise delightful dining experience.

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TJ
Detroit
51 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

The building is great and the dining room looked nice though the bar area for overflows not so much. The service was amiable but mixed-up and very slow--we arrived at 6:30 for an 8pm concert around the corner, but had to order our coffee while still eating entrees and then gulp it down. As for the food, the best dish was actually the corn soup they brought for free presumably because our order took so long. Lamb was ok; sole would have been ok in a fish taco; other stuff on the plates unappealing; market vegetable dish blah at best; asparagus salad good. No cherries for my old fashioned. So we were disappointed--and it wasn't cheap.

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JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Green salad over the top.
Market vegetables broccoli was delicious
Enjoyed all vegetarian selections

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i
Indiana
61 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good not fancy but good flavors and portions. Service was a bit slow. Julia Morgan setting is a plus.

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JQ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great selection for the Easter Brunch buffet. Highly recommended for any of the brunch buffets on special occasions/holidays.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a beautiful space and ambience. Highly recommend Julia's Restaurant for indeed a unique setting and very good food.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The spread of food for Easter Brunch was plentiful and delicious. The Chef outdid himself. Our family had a lovely time!

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G
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck was delicious and cote de Rhone recommended by a wonderful waiter, Liam. Dining room
feels like a European hotel. And quiet so we could converse!

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice to sit in a restaurant these days and have a conversation without straining to be hear and be heard. The service was fine. But the entrees and appetizers we ordered all lacked the subtleties and complexities of flavor you expect from truly good French cuisine. The hanger steak's sauce tasted of little other than balsamic vinegar and the duck was similarly a one-note thing: sweet and little else. The appetizer salads were similarly disappointing. The haricots vert (accompanying the steak) were great. But at a place like this, everything on your plate should compel you to say to whomever you're with, "Oh, my god, you've got to taste this!" Just didn't happen.

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SO
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As we are members of Berkeley City Club we dine at Julia's at least once a month. Friday's dinner was exceptional. My lamb sirloin was juicy and medium-rare. My husband's duck breast was as he likes it, also a bit rare. The service was excellent, affording us plenty of time to get to a concert just around the corner from the Club.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The salmon and dessert (almond citrus cake) on the chef's new spring menu were fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary celebration. The new-to-us chef provided a varied menu with fish, gluten-free and vegan entree choices that were delectable.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the good fortune to order from the "new" menu. One member in our party who has dined at Julia's since it opened, felt the menu was one of the best so far. As foodies , we were delighted to experience the new, creative, delicious lunch entrees. The Julia Morgan dining room elegance enhanced our already positive mood. Lastly, our attentive wait person was knowledgeable about the menu and the entree ingredients. We plan to check out the Saturday Brunch next time.

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting with some creative dishes on the menu.

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OH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julia’s is a class act—great food and wonderful ambiance with no annoying EDM/techno sound track that interrupts your conversation. All in all, a wonderful dining experience! Recommended!

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M
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really happy to see many new additions to the menu!

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great & delicious experience. Ambiance perfect. Can’t believe it took so long for me to get there. Will be back!

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SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Sad to say our experience wasn't good. I took an old friend to lunch there for her 70th birthday, having read good reviews about their French chef and I love that building. However, once we got there, we waited quite a long time for the young hostess who was located right next to our table in a not very busy dining room to get off her cell phone and give us menus which she finally did after I got up and asked her to. We ordered caesar salads with medium rare flank steak. I didn't eat my steak because it smelled bad, like it should have been cooked a few days earlier. Also, I had ordered a cup, not a bowl, of mushroom soup and mentioned it to the server who apologized, but still charged me for the bowl on my bill. We asked that we be charged just for the cup of soup and also not for the bad tasting flank steak. The second bill came back with only the soup part of the bill adjusted, still charging me for the flank steak. I left without asking why as my parking meter was about to run out, but felt underwhelmed by both the service and quality of the food which is very unfortunate as it would be a nice location for a special meal otherwise.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and unique setting, good food and impeccable service.

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, attentive service, excellent food. Yum!

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely hidden gem in the middle of Berkeley! Full of old world European charm and decor
Would highly recommend it , we are considering holding a milestone birthday party there as well. We've been back twice since.
However would like to see them change their menu more often than seasonally that being said we will continue to enjoy the great service, food and atmosphere

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no more elegant restaurant in Berkeley. Julia's is the place to celebrate any special occasion.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Julia’s. It is our place to go for special occasions and to treat friends to a lovely place and dinner.
One comment: time for new desserts. Variety is the spice of life.

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OT
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 enjoyed the lamb sirloins and sea bass entrees. We especially liked the design and decor of the room - very stately and inviting. We could converse without having to shout and the tables are not close together. Our server was attentive, professional and helpful with recommendations. We would definitely return to try other dishes.

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SS
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This was our first visit to Julia's even though I've lived in the area for most of my life; I wouldn't have known it existed w/out the Open Table recommendation. We went for my birthday and overall it was a pleasant experience. I would say that the food seemed to be hit-or-miss (thus the 3-stars), because my wife's duck was disappointing (overwhelming sauce spread across the plate), but my sea bass was very good. The thing that would bring me back is the atmosphere and setting of the restaurant in a Julia Morgan designed, turn of the century building that was amazing to walk around in and check out.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Felt very special because the building and space is so pretty. You feel like you've discovered something. The room is pretty in a handsome sort of way. The food seemed a bit expensive. The salads really stood out. And I absolutely loved the wine list. Not too much and super well curated. I'll definitely be back. If it wasn't so expensive I'd be back even more! Bar looks like a nice little spot for a drink too. All in all very special.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

In a lovely historic building, it is delightful to enjoy a delicious meal in quiet surroundings.

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MR
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch as always. Two of our party ordered the steak and really loved it.

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with dear friends. Super special building and delicious cuisine!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All around pleasurable, a bit rushed for 8 pm concert, so seating at 6:30 was our error. Food was very good and beautifully presented. Minor issues such as ultra salty pork or wish for crust on duck. But all dishes were prepared to individual's request. Great respect for wishes and excellent sense of good service. Superb prix fixe menu with amazing salad!

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a
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved Julia's. It is such a civilized setting! We will go back any time we have an event in Berkeley. My dining companion enjoyed the sea bass and I loved the duck (could have been a tad more on the rare side). but was fine. My dining companion had the beets parfait which was very tasty, only he couldn't figure out why it was called parfait. I had the smoked herring. While I love herring in any form, preparing smoked herring in a creamy (mayo and whipped cream?) dressing is not how I would have ordered the dish. Simple vinaigrette would have been fine - with sliced onions, but the toasted quinoa was a nice touch. The restaurant is well worth a trip from the city!

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