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.