A new spin on Mother’s Day Brunch

Flowers in Julia's - David Bunnell

Floral centerpiece at Julia’s   Photography by David Bunnell

Mother’s Day Brunch takes on a new twist this year!

Just in case you did not know, the Berkeley City Club is a bustling “Little Castle.” On any given day, Club members, hotel guests,  a bride and groom,  and various Cal students are likely walking the spacious hallways of our beautiful historic landmark.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 will be another busy day for us at the Club; as the Mother’s Day Brunch will be coupled with a wedding party celebrating their nuptials at the Club.  We take a departure from our traditional buffet in the Ballroom and have a more intimate affair inside Julia’s.   Chef Alaun has an amazing a la carte menu planned with favorites for every palate – from a smoked salmon plate and prawn cocktail to steak & eggs and cinnamon & raisin french toast, bacon and grits and more – plan to feel satisfied and pampered, as with any visit to Julia’s!

We have very limited seating for this special day.  Book now to secure your special meal with your mom or mom to be!  It is a celebration for all!

Please call us at 510.280.1547 to book or visit us on Open Table to book your reservation online.

And, just in case time slipped you by this year, we still have room for any last minute Easter Buffet Brunch reservations.  Don’t hesitate to give us a ring to book your outing to the Club this Sunday, April 20th.

Julia’s receives nod for “Best Service”

The word is getting out that Chef Alaun’s cuisine is some of the very best and people are sashaying in to try it out.  Julia’s was a hit with our Prix Fixe Lunch and Dinner menus for Berkeley Restaurant Week and of course, Valentine’s Day diners earlier this month.

Reviews on Open Table say it loud and proud that Julia’s is the new best-kept secret of Berkeley.

“Besides the fresh and beautifully presented menu items it was a pleasure to take a friend from London to this very special location. The restaurant is in the very room where my parents wedding reception was held in 1938. Berkeley certainly needs and deserves an elegant and refined eating establishment and this is it.”

I love to read reviews like the one above, especially ones where the diners are appreciative to the history of our building (did you know that the ceilings pictured below are made to look like wood, but are actually concrete?).  Such rave reviews gave us the accolades to be a Diners’ Choice Award Winner for “Best Service” on Open Table.

Now, that’s cause for celebration!  Cheers!

Julia's at lunchtime

Julia’s at lunchtime | Anna Wu Photography

a little love from Yelp


Julia’s receives positive accolades via “The Weekly Yelp”

It’s like “dining in a European chateau,” says Audie B. There are “fresh flowers everywhere, and beautiful places to visit,” like the library and “gorgeous indoor pool.” But don’t let these classy Berkeley City Club digs deter you from a casual cocktail! Julia’s Lounge is mixology central from 4:30pm–8pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Come by and see us at Julia’s and experience what everyone is raving about. Make your reservation on Open Table or by calling us at 510.280.1547.

Wine glasses explained

The next time you are relaxing at Julia’s Lounge, your favorite restaurant or enjoying a glass of wine with friends, you may be able to share knowledge of types of glasses after reading this post.

The best and most practical wine glass will be made with crystal or a thin glass.  Thicker glass has been thought to affect the taste of your wine and possibly making it difficult to sip your wine.

For the average wine drinker, four basic types of wine glasses (red, white, sparkling, dessert) may be all you need. For those who wish to expand their enjoyment, appreciation and knowledge of wine, you may want to invest in the more specific types of wine glasses.

Red wine


red wine glass bowl will be full and round with a large opening to allow you to dip your nose into the glass to detect aroma. The complex aromas and flavors of red wine demand a glass with a larger surface area so the wine comes in contact with more air.

White wine


white wine glass bowl will be more U shaped and upright allowing the aromas to be released while also maintaining a cooler temperature.

The wine glass for younger whites has a slightly larger opening directing the wine to the tip and sides of the tongue to taste its sweetness.

The glass for more mature whites will be straighter and taller to dispense the wine to the back and sides of the tongue to taste its bolder flavors.

Sparkling wine


sparkling wine glass (or flute) will be upright and more narrow to retain the carbonation and capture the flavor.

Dessert wine


dessert wine glass should be smaller to direct the wine to the back of the mouth so the sweetness does not overwhelm the drinker. Dessert wines generally have a higher alcohol content, thus making the small glass perfect for a smaller serving.

Now, come and test your knowledge of wine glasses on your next visit to Julia’s or The Lounge at Julia’s, open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

Call us:  510.280.1547

Email us:  julia’s@berkeleycityclub.com

Lounge Hours at Julia’s

Lounge Hours


Needing to unwind after a long day, or just want to relax with wine and a nibble?

If you love Chef Alaun’s creations for Lunch and Dinner, you will thoroughly enjoy the tapas we are offering again during Lounge Hours.  Some of the options we have available are warm marinated olives, a classic tortilla espanola, garlic fries served with a romesco aioli and salt cod croquets with lemon aioli.

Our featured cocktails change seasonally and our talented bartenders can concoct beverages to your liking – be it a martini, a side car or gimlet – or a simple glass of wine or beer.

Come and join us during our newly extended Lounge Hours from 4:30pm to 8:00pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.  You will be glad you did!  Don’t forget – for Members, your discount applies to tapas and beverages!

Julia’s Grand Opening


After a whirlwind month of hiring new staff, ordering beautiful new dishes, glassware and flatware, Julia’s at the Berkeley City Club opened our doors to the public on December 1, 2012.  The room previously known as a member-exclusive Dining Room received a facelift with the carpet removed and the beautiful, original floors exposed in all their glory.  The architectural genius of Julia Morgan shined through in this miraculous feat achieved by the Berkeley City Club Maintenance Team.

Julia’s is a modern, American restaurant, led by Chef Alaun Grimaud, and influenced by French and Spanish culinary traditions. The inspiration at Julia’s begins with the bounty of seasonal produce and artisan products available to us in the Bay Area. Combined with the beautiful atmosphere of the building’s architecture and refined, polished service, Julia’s looks to create a memorable dining experience for all of our guests.

The Grand Opening was attended by Berkeley City Club members, Bay Area foodies and wine-lovers of all ages.  It was a truly lovely evening for all who attended