Join us for our annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Guests will be treated to an extensive brunch buffet by Executive Chef, Fabrice Marcon, and his team.
Bring the whole family to this fun event, including face painting, an Easter Egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Sunday, April 1, 2018
I sent my husband and cousin here and they can not stop raving about the architecture and food. They thought it fantastic on all levels!
On the second floor of the Berkeley Club, this restaurant exudes a sense of history and decorum. We split an entree (delicious sole) and each ordered a salad. Both of these were also outstanding, as was the creme brulee we shared for dessert. Wait staff were very helpful in describing menu items, friendly, and attentive. My friend loved the ambiance so much she said she would like to book a room on her next trip, just to enjoy the building as well as the restaurant.
Just being inside the Berkeley City Club and admiring the architecture is always a treat for me. Julia's is an especially good choice for dinner when you're taking a date to see a play downstairs. The restaurant is quiet, with a feeling of genuine old fashion elegance. It's not phony or pretentious - it's the real deal - a throwback to a more gracious era. I must confess that I'm no gourmet, and wasn't even sure what a few of the things on my plate were. But they all tasted great.
My husband and I were surprised to find ourselves in Berkeley during a rain storm, so we walked in to Julia's wet and very scruffy. The staff was kind and courteous even though we had appeared at an unusual time between lunch and dinner. We were seated with an hour an half (!) time table for their dinner guests, but we were never treated like anything but important guests. The food was just as it was promised to be and we ate all of our over order, having thought we would bring some back to our hotel. Good times!!!
Great food in a historic setting. Duck breast was awesome and beet salad and cauliflower soup were also great. Parking can be difficult. Convenient lot across the street.
The petrale sole was among the best I've ever eaten. The duck breast was tender and the sauce flavorful. The appetizers--herring and beets--were delicious. The ambiance is French formal, the building itself rather austere, but perfectly in keeping with Julia Morgan's architectural style.
We had another wonderful dinner at Julia's - a hidden gem in Berkeley. It's so great to be able to take a trip back in time while enjoying the delicious meal choices and outstanding wine list. Don't miss it.
Very impressed by the quality of the foo, the service and the building is beautiful.
I had booked a table for two for lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. The Julia Morgan building is so lovely that nothing else mattered much. Lunch was good but so mild that it seemed the kitchen might be shy of salt, pepper, garlic, herbs, and spices. The service was friendly but reserved, thank goodness, but: it was so very slow that asking for anything became a bit of a private giggle between my friend and me. Even salt and pepper required asking twice and a long wait while the soup cooled, yet the dining room was not at all busy. So: food -- good enough; service -- amusing (because we weren't in a hurry); ambiance -- worth it.
poor food, dull and stodgy atmosphere, slow service
Amazing space in the Berkeley City Club - Julia Morgan designed masterpiece. Elegant, but welcoming, and perfect for quiet conversation. The food and service matched the ambience. Our crepe was delicious, and with the accompanying salad, enough to fully satisfy any hungry eater! Most of the patrons were “seniors”, with a few singles mixed in. I felt totally pampered, and look forward to returning soon!
I took my husband here for our anniversary. I had the beef tenderloin which was cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. They brought us dessert with candles on it. We had the lemon tart. The food was delicious. But I especially appreciated the ambience. It felt like walking into a 1940s movie. The architecture is lovely the ceilings were high, there is a bar next-door that feels like Casablanca. And this created a very low level of noise which I found very relaxing with the fantastic food.
The beet salad was delicious - but not large enough to share, even at the steep price of $14. We did not care for the pork tenderloin with very sour red cabbage at all. Cauliflower soup was good. Whole wheat rolls were the high point of the meal.
Very expensive for what you get.
Julia's is inside historic Berkeley City Club (boutique hotel and private club). Beautiful setting. Small number of tables. Excellent wine, food, and service. We were visiting Calif for a reunion and stayed at the hotel. Very satisfied with both.
Very good food, quite pricey for the first courses though.
A very unique experience even in Berkeley. Felt like you were dining in Europe at a castle. Food was exceptional. Lovely experience for a special occasion.
The duck confit appetizer was too salty. The pork tenderloin was surprisingly dry. Beets were very tasty, and assorted. Smoky spiced almonds were smoky and spicy, as advertised. Dining room is exceedingly understated. A redesign of the seating arrangement and lighting could turn this room into a romantic venue. Service was very good.
The restaurant is located in a classic, beautiful building (designed by pioneering architect Julia Morgan). The food was excellent, and very nicely presented. Overall, a real treat.
Another time, another more gentle world... Julia's transports you to a place where you can converse with friends over a good meal. The architecture is wonderful. The food is good and the atmosphere makes you slow down. Definitely not for the hip crowd. You can actually hear each other at the table.
The charm and history of this wonderful location is carried forward in the furnishing and layout of this thoroughly enjoyable restaurant. We appreciated that tables did not crowd each other, dining was a very comfortable and a bit luxurious experience. Service was great --- not pushy but very timely and attentive. One of us needed a vegan meal, and a very tasty one was provided by the chef!
This is close to the university and so is convenient for business dinners. The meal started out fine, but our waiter disappeared for 20 minutes when he should have taken our dinner order and then another 20 minutes when he should have taken our dessert order. The noise level also became too much at about 6:45 pm, which meant that during the meal it became very hard to hear anyone.
Good food and service in a lovely architecturally significant setting.
Julia’s is a wonderful environment, a comfortable room in an historic buikding. We have been there several times, a out once a year, this time to treat ourselves for Valentines Day. We have always been satisfied with the quality and inventiveness of the cooking. This time, however only two of the four dishes ordered hit the mark. We heard that the chef was relatively new, i.e. there for only six months. The old chef was excellent. Also, the wine list is on the expensive side.
The Julia Moran architecture and decor would be enough to make this place worth a visit. That it also has very good food makes it an easy recommendation.
disorganized, seated at table nearly 30 minutes after reserved time, unresponsive to time constraints, very slow in bringing out the bill, food not as good as previous experience. used to love this place.
Everything about our birthday-celebration meal at Julia's was outstanding. The building itself is a Julia Morgan gem; it's as if you have stepped into Hearst Castle on a block mid-way between Shattuck BART and the Cal campus. The beauty of the dining room, as you sight it on the second floor, is just the first of the many wonderful treats you will experience, which include the abject Frenchness of the food, without being too refined or stuffy or heavy, the quality and professionalism of the service, without being pretentious, and just the whole civilized feeling that comes from dining well in such gorgeous settings.
I ate at Chez Panisse not so long ago, a splurge and a treat I would save for once a year; Julia's was so delightful, and so affordable, that I would go back every month.
My 11-yr old daughter chose this as a special date night restaurant for the two of us. (She loves escargot). Located in the Berkeley City Club building... A wonderful piece of Julia Morgan architecture. We had a great time exploring the building and had an elegant and yummy dinner as well. The wait staff and service were lovely. An all-around fabulous experience.
If you want an outstanding meal, perfect dining experience with one of the most with ambience then this is the place that will have your partner going WOW! Why didn't we find this Gem of a place sooner!
Great spot for a relatively quiet lunch in a Julia Morgan designed space. Both the croque madame and beet salad were excellent.
Wonderful night at Julia’s - a special place
The building is gorgeous and the dining area was exquisite ! We loved the food too - very flavorful and the service was also top notch as expected. The only down side was the college party happening next door which was super loud and ruined the ambience for us. We would recommend coming on a weekday when hopefully there is no neighboring college event
I'm tired of the same menu. Steak, sole, pasta, duck, pork chop every time we go. This chef is supposed to be special. Do something special already!
Three of us went for Restaurant Week and ate there for the first time but it won't be the last. The ambience was so special and it felt exciting to be in such a period building which has been maintained so well. We were all delighted by our meals--delicious and generous- and the service was warm and welcoming.
BEWARE . . . Julia's Berkeley Restaurant Week menu both on-line and on their menu, clearly states to "choose one" from three different courses. $20. However, when we arrived for lunch, first the hostess and then the waitperson said that we could choose two items from the menu. Still $20. When questioned about the discrepancy, the explanation was "it wasn't cost effective." Later, I said that I was confused about the advertised $20/3 courses vs. the actual $20/2 courses, and we'd accept one dessert to share instead of each receiving a dessert. Server said she would check with management, but when she returned, management was (conveniently) "at a meeting."
This did color our experience. For a restaurant that has been our "go to" place for special occasions, this time was a huge disappointment
What a gorgeous building, and beautifully plated courses! I went for restaurant week and it was a wonderful, low stakes way to try them out before putting this restaurant near the top of my favorite places to go in Berkeley :) I will definitely be having future date nights there, or lunch if I'm feeling fancy :)
Authentic French Bistro foods. Enjoyed the elegant yet heartwarming atmosphere of Julia Morgan's work.
I had a delicious lunch here. Food is delicious and service is impeccable. It is a cozy restaurant inside a lovely and romantic Historic Building. You should ask for a table close the window and try its creme brûlée.
We love Julia's. The food is excellent and tentative service. The Restaurant is a hidden Gem on Berkeley. You are taken back ink time in the beautiful building designed by Architect Julia Morgan.
We went for Berkeley Restaurant week, 2 courses for $20. Without the deal, the restaurant would be considered pricey. Servers were very kind but not very attentive, ie we had to ask for bread. Small dining area but very cute!
The restaurant is located in an architectural gem built by Julia Morgan. Loved the decor and building. We didn't feel rushed, enjoyed how quiet it was.