Chef Marcon will be offering a variety of Mexican menu additions!
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Join us for our annual Mother's Day brunch at Julia's! Chef Fabrice Marcon and his team are creating a fabulous menu for all mothers to enjoy on their special day.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Food is good but not memorable.
Service is good but not "warm".
Price is reasonable.
The building is exceptional; visiting the swimming pool is a highlight.
Always the best service and innovative dishes. One of the most pleasant places for dinner in the East Bay!!
ALL THREE OF US ORDERED THE DUCK BREAST: WE WERE ALL BLOWN AWAY BY THE DELICIOUS SAUCE AND DEPTH OF FLAVOR. GREAT STARTER SALAD TOO. AND A LIGHT, LEMON TART TO FINISH UP. A CLASSIC MENU, AND FINE EXECUTION. IT IS IN THE JULIA MORGAN GEM OF A BUILDING ON DURANT IN THE BERKELEY CITY CLUB. SO YOU DO NOT DINE THERE WEARING YOUR ZORRIES AND TEA SHIRT.
Great but expensive. Especially high splitting fees
I came for the architecture (Julia Morgan) and will return for the excellent cuisine. Our table was unavailable because an earlier reservation was dawdling over dessert, but they accommodated us in the bar next door and provided outstanding service to provide relaxed but efficient service that got us fed and out the door in time for our show at Zellerbach.
This has been a favorite for years. BUT, we were glad we made a 5:45 reservation before an 8PM performance at Zellerbach. There was a member movie night and the bar was so understaffed that we waited 35 minutes for our cocktail order. The food arrived first. While there seemed to be plenty of help in the dining room, they no longer seem to work as the well coordinated team that used to be here. Both appetizers and entrees were delicious. We were not sorry that we did not have time for dessert since the creative choices have seemed to give way to a much more prosaic menu.
Julia's has delicious food, is very quiet and entirely enjoyable.
I had never been to Julia's so to find it in a magnificent building (Berkeley City Club) designed by Julia Morgan in 1929 was quite the surprise. Ambiance gets multiple stars! We arrived at 5 (opening and one 1 person seated)and had a CalPerformance (easy walking) at 7pm. The hostess greeted us and was aware of our timing (on our OT res.). At 610 we tried to get our waiter and by 625 finally ordered dessert, alerting the waiter we had about 20 minutes. At 645 with no dessert (these didn't seem to be made to order either) we cancelled the order and paid the bill. The dessert arrived and was put on the table; we declined and it was removed. We never got a full copy of receipt so we only hoped the desserts were removed. As we were leaving he offered to box it (comping it for us) but we declined. Service was slow. When we literally ran out at 650 the place was packed. One of the waiters, Liam I think, made some great suggestions and we were all happy with our meals.
This is the first time ever that I’ve ever had anything negative to say about the food at Julia’s, and I eat there at least once a month. We decided to take advantage of the special menu for Passover and were quite disappointed. The matzoh ball soup was good enough except for the fact that it was hugely over salted, by orders of magnitude. The brisket also was OK, but also had a bit too much salt, and a big chunk of the piece that was served was just solid fat. Finally the Petrale sole while also otherwise OK, just seemed to have too much salt as well. You can see a common theme here regarding the salt and I should add that we are not super-sensitive to salt and have never had this complaint with Julia’s food before. But based on the selections we had that night, the chef really needs to reconsider how much salt he is putting into the food.
The restaurant is interesting and feels very European. Two of my guests had the duck and one a fish dish; all of which appeared to be excellent; however I had the brisket which was not to my liking. It was a first time visit for all of us and I would give it a second chance.
New chef for Julia's and another mixed bag. Starters of chicken liver spread and a beet salad were delightful, but entrees a mixed bag at best. Fish was sort of a 'meh' dish. Beef brisket (special Passover menu) was tasty but quite fatty; I like fatty beef but I know many people do not. Duck was excellent BUT berry sauce too sweet and way too much on the plate; chefs really have to STOP drowning dishes in sauce. Meyer tart was lovely and semolina cake served warm and moist with berries was a winner. Service very good as always as Julia's - they actually make the effort to train their staff properly. Beautiful dining room adds to a great ambiance, but we really wish they could retain a good chef and make the food more consistent. This is our 5th visit since 2015 and every time there has been a different chef!
We stayed overnight at the Berkeley City Club where Julia's restaurant is located on Durant. The 1930's building designed by Julia Morgan, architect, is gorgeous with a beautiful dining room in which to enjoy a splendid dinner. Delicious food, very nice wine, excellent service and fair pricing. Plus an especially good complimentary Continental breakfast for guests. We can't wait to go back!
Generally, the food is quite bland and not very interesting. It takes a while to arrive - sometimes a long while - and when it does, it seems overcooked. Balances are off - either too much or too little vegetable. Dinners have come with no starch at all, or a pool of very liquid polenta. Soups are very bland, and the cauliflower soup had that tang that overcooked vegetables acquire, sort of sulfurous. It annoys me when food decorations are listed in the menu as ingredients - salad with "peaches" or "radishes" that turn out to be micro-slices. Bread is good. Service is generally impeccable. So why eat here? Mainly to use up our monthly allowance.
Maybe I, a single diner, got lost in the shuffle of having a party of 14 in front of me. Maybe it was the early hour (6:30) and the kitchen hadn't ramped-up to full production speed yet. Maybe there was something else going on --- new wait staff, a middle-of-the-week "off night," or something else. Nonetheless, I think using the term "slow-paced" in a positive sense of a relaxed but steady progression to describe the evening really isn't appropriate given the time that elapsed between order in, salad out, and entrée arrival.
I arrived promptly at my reservation time, with the assumption that an hour-and-a-half would be more than an adequate time frame for a simple solo dinner. Though I was quickly seated, and my beverage and water service was prompt, there was a definite lull before my order was taken. Moreover, there was scant check back as to how I was doing from any of the various servers I encountered over the course of the evening. Had that opportunity been provided, I would have mentioned a pending 8:00 show time and the 10 minute walk to the theater I had before me... As it was, the main arrived at the table at 7:25, a full half-hour after I had finished my rather straightforward salad. While delicious, I felt compelled to practically wolf it down to have time to make the performance starting time. Then, to add insult to injury, there was another ten minutes spent waiting for the check I, given the lateness of the hour by that time, had asked to be expedited .
While I have nothing negative to say about the quality and quantity of the fare, if this is Julia's typical tempo, I would caution diners to make any time sensitivity known upfront and advocate for yourself as needed so that you're not rushing out the door at the end of the meal.
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.
Our second time to Julia's and it was not a disappointment. The food is simply wonderful, as is the setting. The service was just a tad bit slow (and they weren't busy), but since the setting was so pleasant we were ok with that. I would highly recommend Julia's for a special date or special occasion - it's very impressive.
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.