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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.

2315 Durant Ave.
2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Ellsworth Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 280-1547

Website:
http://berkeleycityclub.com/restaurant/

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

Executive Chef:
Fabrice Marcon

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Julia's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (45)
Special Occasion (40)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
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Neighborhood Gem (31)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Romantic (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Cozy (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Business Meals (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Seasonal (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Organic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and service in a lovely architecturally significant setting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great spot for a relatively quiet lunch in a Julia Morgan designed space. Both the croque madame and beet salad were excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful night at Julia’s - a special place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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 :)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Authentic French Bistro foods. Enjoyed the elegant yet heartwarming atmosphere of Julia Morgan's work.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

My favorite restaurant when I am in Berkeley. Can't beat the Julia Morgan ambiance -- a throw-back to elegant dining with a limited but superb menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Julia's is s lovely restaurant in the beautiful old Julia Morgan dining room of the Beekeley City Club. The food is excellent and the service is very good: An elegant Berkrley experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This Julia Morgan building is a Berkeley treasure. Both food and service were very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We came here with my fiance and his mother, we all enjoyed a very hearty, traditional-feeling nice European-inflected meal. Lovely, traditional, absolutely perfect for older family visiting from out of town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We have always enjoyed our dining experience at the club, but this time it was marred by a loud business luncheon group at the next table. Not your fault, but I didn’t think you encouraged that.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Stunningly beautiful space, delicious food (with emphasis on high-quality, fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients), welcoming staff, excellent service—it is always a great pleasure to dine at Julia’s!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely quite restaurant. Food and wine are 5 Star.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Simple and elegant dining room. One can visit the first two floors of this historical building. The menu is not elaborate but the food is quite good. I had the crepe and my friend had the petrale sole. Both were very good and generous.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Impressive room but enormous space, chilly because of high ceilings and not particularly intimate.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I always enjoy eating at Julia’s. However the menu choices are limited, so it’s not a place that I go to very often. I would recommend that the new chef change the menu seasonally if he is going to continue with a short menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food, service and relatively quiet for seniors!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food, even better wine list but best of all is the ambiance. Julia Morgan architecture beauty next to the CAL campus. Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A lovely experience to share with friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Vegan, Scenic View, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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