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Julia's at the Berkeley City Club
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Ranked #18 of 739 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, French, Spanish
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ellsworth Street
Transit: AC Transit, 1 mi. from Downtown berkeley BART
Description: Julia's at the Berkeley City Club is a French restaurant located in Berkeley, CA, led by Executive Chef, Fabrice Marcon. Our inspiration at Julia's begins with the bounty of seasonal produce and artisan products available to us in the Bay Area and highlighting those products with classic and modern techniques. Combined with our beautiful atmosphere and refined service, we look to create a memorable dining experience to all of our guests. Lunch: Tuesday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5pm - 8:30pm Lounge Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 4:30pm - 8pm
Reviewed 12 June 2014

I have lived in Berkeley for a very long time, and had no idea this place was there. I had been in the Berkeley City Club once before years ago, and it is a bit of California history in itself. But the restaurant was a real surprise; elegant, quiet, and the food and service were really lovely. We went with friends who are a bit hard to please, and even they were delighted by Julia's. Starters of burrata with spring vegetables (favas and asparagus) and a velvety duck liver mousse. Gnocchi that were light and flavorful. Good wine list. I look forward to going back and taking friends with us to enjoy an unusual experience.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

The space is elegant, in the beautiful Julia Morgan designed Berkeley City Club, with service that matched. We started with the butter lettuce salad and the corn chowder; both were excellent. The rolls were hot from the oven (and the basket was graciously refilled after we ate them all.) The halibut was modest in size but perfectly prepared; the pork chop was huge, a bit salty for my taste, but excellent (we really didn't need the side dish of grilled asparagus.) The house wines were only $22 per bottle, and the Chardonnay was very good.

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1  Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was a fabulous dinner. Menu varies & was limited to 7 entrees, plus. All sounded intersting & made in-house by chef Alaun Grimaud. My friends said better than their experience at Chez Panisse. We raved of all our dishes, as Grilled Lamb rack with farro, fennel, & picholine olive relish. Glazed snap peas, Roasted beets with hazelnut picada/currants/, Broccoli w calabrian chilies, Grilled asparagus, Rhubarb turnovers. Entrees ranged $22 - 35. Full bar. Staff will make you feel special, as is their food and service. This is a small, very quiet venue. Such a discovery; we were thrilled. It is hidden in the Berkeley City Club, which is a combination of private club, and small hotel, and event venue. No signage, entrance limited; think reservatn will admit U.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

The food could have been marginal and this still would have been a great dining experience. But, the food was great!

We had an appetizer based on gnocchi ... With small pieces of short ribs so tender they cut with a fork. Our main course was a halibut with a unique combination of corn, onions, mushrooms and lentils. Most excellent!

Service was first class - staff are friendly and know their craft. These are polished people serving great food and they know it.

But, that's not all. The ambience is classic late art deco... In perfectly preserved condition. This is a dining experience that should not be missed.

2  Thank Ed R
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Food was fantastic. Especially impressed that they offered gluten free rolls since my husband usually cannot eat bread in restaurants because he has wheat & corn allergies.

2  Thank maryjean1214
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