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Julia's Restaurant

4.5
780 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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: T-F 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Lounge Hours: T-Sa 4:30pm - 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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ellsworth Street
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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
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 780 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLunara (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

I need a couple of extra stars to add for Julia's--five isn't enough. The food, service and ambiance were spectacular. I came home and simply pondered the deliciousness of the meal for an hour. A beet salad with blue cheese mousse was truly memorable. Beef tenderloin! Duck breast! Desserts were understated and not overly sweet, so rare. The only challenge was a party with loud music in the next room which affected the otherwise lovely calm and peaceful atmosphere. Still, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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HIlary (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

situated inside a 1930's Julia Morgan building with beautiful architecture. New chef makes some very good modern choices.

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AlamoLovesLaSen (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

The hostess was so pleasant and helpful, ensuring we received our ideal table. The bartender was equally accommodating. Server seemed a bit overwhelmed/rushed. That was the only negative of the evening. Food was delicious. Ambiance perfect. Overall the special event dinner for two I was hoping to have.

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Teens (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful meal! We are still talking about it as if it were a great movie we saw. We ordered the pork and the duck and both portions were generous, perfectly cooked and presented with classic French reduction sauces that were sublime. The salmon appetizer was so delicious and creative.
Thank you, Chef! Grimaud!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

My fish was excellent as usual. Wife had pork tenderloin prepared in a new, special, tender, but with a crispy top. Tenderloin had been marinated in a wonderful blend of French and German flavors. Chef is French. Dessert was de-constructed French Toast, a little too fancy for me but unique flavors. Good for dates, or a quiet meal in a peaceful setting. Highly recommended.

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happyfan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious diner. I had the pork tenderloin which was accompanied by quince- a lovely combination.

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SuziS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

Had the appetizer with Persimmon & Goat cheese with a truffle vinaigrette and a side of spring greens. The truffle played well with both the persimmon and the goat cheese. It was a great bite.

For an entrée, I ate the most delectable petrole sole. It had red grapes and a beautiful light citrus sauce and collard green. It was power punched with flavor but was not too rich, making it a perfect choice for lunch (not a heavy meal, rather light and tasty)!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

wonderful setting and respite from the throngs on the Berkeley streets...

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kmmiller (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Extraordinary setting, exceptional food and incredible service. First time there and I can’t wait to go back.

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taster (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

this is a quiet, pleasant restaurant with quiet, unobrusive service and unassuming, tasty food. The atmosphere is reserved and sedate. Tables are nicely spaced well apart, so it's a great place to have a serious conversation. The food is good. Not spectacular, but well prepared and excellent ingredients. We had an absolutely delicious corn soup and crepe with spinach and mushrooms. I prefer my crepes a bit thinner, but the mixture was delicious and the portion quite large. With a glass of wine the bill was $40 - not cheap, but very reasonable.

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vipLanie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent meal in an historic setting - beautiful dining room. Friendly, attentive server.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was delicious and the architecture was beautiful. I highly recommend Julia's for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a great time celebrating with a birthday dinner. Made a reservation for 8:30pm. The restaurant info indicated it will be closed at 8:30. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Didn’t rush us at all. For a good period, we had the entire dining room for just the two of us. Enjoyed both the food and the historical design of the space.

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MichaelR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

The Club has recently hired a new chef who is slowly changing the menu. I had the Petrale sole which was excellent, nicely seasoned, over a bed of vegetables. My wife had the beef, which was melt-in-your-mouth tender. We eat at the Club once or twice per month and always enjoy it, but now it seems like the quality of the food may have gone up another step.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

This has been a favorite of ours for 2+ years. At lunch on Thursday, there were many diners but only one waitress. While she truly did the best she could, the service left much to be desired. I have always enjoyed the salad appetizers. This week, the ham served with the persimmon and burrata salad tasted like deli sliced meat.

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MichaelR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

I eat here often but now they have a new chef who is making some changes to the menu. On this occasion I had the flatbread chicken for the first time and it was very good. Actually two of us ordered it and we both enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

I took two friends to lunch at Julia's. They had never been there before and loved it. Service and ambience are exceptional, and food is very good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Bar service was slow, and messed up our drinks and took for ever to get them
then starters at the bar was the same, the time they came our table was ready.
Food is very good but servers were slow.

Price right

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vipSaraO (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

We (my husband and I) are members of the City Club and have been waiting to be excited by the new chef. Our last visit was on a weekday evening at 6:30. Our service was slow and apathetic. The food was good but not great and not very imaginative. Since food is one of the reasons we keep our membership, this was disappointing.

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vipreviewer (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

I am sorry, but after reading so many positive reviews, we were quite disappointed with the food. The gnocchi was most unusual, but not in a good way. The fish was dry. The duck was pretty good. The service was lovely as is, of course, the setting in a grand old fashioned way. But it was expensive and mediocre. Julia's, you can do better!

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KCCali (San Joaquin)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Lovely building and great food. They were very careless with the credit card and charged us for the wrong bill. It was a 45 minute hullabaloo getting it straightened out, which ruined the evening. I was with my 85-year old mother who was exhausted by the fuss. What a shame. The place is otherwise nice.

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vipwilma (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was very good, the beef tenderloin was fantastic. The service was awful, staff untrained and amateurish.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Chef is excellent! French...he knows quality food and fresh ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I decided to try out Julia's for a Saturday date night. The place was absolutely beautiful and quite historic. The only downside I saw was that with my boyfriend and I only being 23, the waitress staff I felt like they kept laughing at us thinking we were too young to be eating at such a nice restaurant. Otherwise, the food was delicious and combined unique flavors that complemented each other very well. I'd definitely go back, but now I'll just expect to get a little side eye.

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Mkay (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Come to Julia's for the architecture, stay for a lovely meal. I had the duck, which was delicious. My date had the sole, also extremely tasty. Next time I will be ordering the corn soup. Definitely tour the grounds while you're there. Hidden surprises behind every corner. Do yourself a favor and wiki Julia Morgan before arriving. You'll be glad you did.

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vipMaMiMy (Mississippi)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

We chose Julia's for the setting in an historic building. The building was lovely and interesting and the food was good too! Nice evening in Berkeley.

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Mimi (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Our entrees--sole and tenderloin--were so good we had to compliment the chef. Best sole I've every had. Beautiful flower arrangements, lovely table settings. It's a bit quiet, could use more life. And greeter at door could be more welcoming and charming. Can't tell if she's snooty or just shy -- someone with more warmth and good cheer is needed. Maybe give the '20s music a rest and include some classical and/or jazz.
It's not a kids' restaurant, but I've taken my granddaughter, now 11, there twice. She loves the food! It's very pricey, but worth the treat to take her at least once a year.

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vipSteve (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

Hidden in the dramatic Julia Morgan City Club is this delightful classic retreat. The duck with berry compote and figs was spectacular as was the beet salad. Can't wait to go back

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TuesdayDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by both the quality of the food and the excellent service we received at Julia's. The server and chef went out of their ways to accommodate the no-salt restrictions of one in our party of three. Not only did they find a way to meet her needs, but came up with a creative way to enhance her meal with alternative ingredients.
I started with the beet salad which was excellent.
My wife and I ordered the roast breast of duck, which came on a bed of greens with a very delicious sauce and three poached figs on the side.
The portions were more than generous. We ended up taking home much of the duck breast. Unfortunately, we did not have room for dessert which included several gluten free options. Any one of them would have been a winner, based upon the quality of the rest of our meals.

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RickF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

Julia's is the gem of Berkeley restaurants. It is hidden in the Berkeley City Club , a building designed by Julia Morgan. Dining there is a throwback to a hundred years ago when dining was elegant and food was superbly prepared and presented. The menu is limited but every dish is to die for. Service was over the top, attentive but not distracting. If you enjoy eating good food go to Julia's.

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