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About Julia's Restaurant
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.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Julia's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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 :)
Before seeing a performance of Shen Yuan at Zellerbach, we made reservations for an early dinner at Julia’s inside the Berkeley City Club. It’s known as Julia Morgan’s “Little Castle” as she designed and constructed this six story landmarked building which opened in 1930. The dining room is elegant with high ceilings, leaded glass windows, large floral arrangements, a big fireplace (it was not lit on our evening), soft lighting and white tablecloths. Our server, Saren, was lovely and efficient, kindly explaining the preparation of the dishes. My herring appetizer was unique, beautiful, and scrumptious as was my duck entrée. My husband had the winter squash soup and homemade pasta. We gave our compliments to the chef along with ½ bottle of wine as we were so pleased with our meal. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet dining experience where you can dress up a bit and actually have a conversation with your dinner partners, book a table at Julia’s. Although every table was filled, the room still felt serene and upscale.
We visited in late December for a birthday dinner. The atmosphere was warm in feeling with a sense of stature. The architecture of Julia Morgan influenced the experience. My wife and I waited in the adjoining library for the rest of our party. We were seated on time with courtesy and respectfulness. Our dinner was excellently prepared. The service was timely and sensitive to our needs. Following our meal we leisurely enjoyed desserts and beverages.
Although we had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated for our reservation, the food was terrific and the service good. It's refreshing to eat in a quiet spot where conversation can be held at a normal volume. If anything, portions could be smaller. Overall, it was a fine experience.
We eat here at least once a month as we are members of the City Club and do this or pay not to do it. Usually we are pleased. Since the current chef has returned from another engagement, the food is the same, the same, the same all of the time--good but no surprises. Last Saturday we waited one hour for our entree. No excuses.
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