Not just because it's the highest rating "Insiderpages" offers - but Julienne truly is world class. It's right around the corner from my house, so - it's a favorite of ours.GREAT breakfasts!! Superb lunches and sandwiches.BEST breakfast? If you like salmon - try the salmon hash and eggs!
What to do when you're having a dinner party or a luncheon and want to knock everyone's socks off? Easy breezy. Just zip on over to Julienne's Fine Foods-- it's the little shop right next to the famous restaurant of the same name. Nearly all of the lovely salads and dishes that they serve in the fancy schmancy resto are available for sale here, along with their luscious deserts and nummy chocolate truffles. They also have lovely teas and gouremt coffees and a few gifty items too (party favors, perhaps?) I guess the real question becomes... should you tell?
I've found unique honey, oil, soap, bread, sauces, and soup here at this small but full shop. You can buy freshly prepared sides and entrees like their delicious cumin carrots with cilantro or fingerling potatoes and herbs or packaged to go sandwiches, brownies, and salads. Their frozen section carries larger version of soups, lasagna and pastas. I enjoy the salmon terrine, various aoilis, coulis, and cream sauces and the imported chocolates. Choices vary but you can purchase a fresh three course meal that looks and tastes like you took hours to make. The service is good.
PROS: variety, quality
The paradigm for the Ladies Who Lunch restaurant. This one has fantastic food, and a world-class bakery. The best English style scones -- (not too sweet, and only good when fresh IMHO). Handmade caramel. Lamb sandwich on a roll with carmelized onions. Perfect eggs for breakfast. Wonderful coffee. Incredible cookies. Just go.
This is such a wonderful place. I particularly enjoy eating outside here. The food is delicious, beautifully prepared, and the atmosphere is terrific. I try to go as often as I can. I recently went to Italy, and Julienne actually reminds me of that European cafe feel. Sometimes a bit of a wait, but well worth it.
i must say, julienne has the best service we've ever experienced at a breakfast spot. i never saw the bottom of my water glass or my coffee cup. the staff is ever present but never hovering, the perfect balance. i ordered the chilaquiles with bacon (my favorite favorite favorite brunch meal and hangover cure, haha) and the first order didn't have bacon like i asked but i ate it anyway cuz it was so good! when we brought it to the attention of our server, he was apologetic, quickly took my plate away, and brought me another chilaquiles with the bacon in it in less than ten minutes. i pretty much ate 2 plates of chilaquiles! the chips were crispy and the topping of sour cream, cheese, and avocado was delish. oh! the rosemary toast was divine, too! we each got a loaf for our moms, plus the strawberry jelly. we went again for breakfast and the fiance got the creme brulee french toast and wow! we couldn't place it at first, but it tasted just like pineapple upside down cake (a good thing!). we should try julienne for lunch sometime, but for now, their brunch hits the spot!
Pros: superb service!
Cons: not open on sundays!
This place is packed all the time but it is definitely one of those restaurants that you have to try.
Excellent atmosphere for lunch, relaxing spot and pretty sceneries.
I come here once a month. It's one of my favorite places to have brunch. I always enjoy my meal here but I think I come here more because of the ambiance. I just ove its rustic and charming decor. Dont forget to visit their gourmet store just next door while you're there!
the decor is lovely and the food quite nice, but for those of you "of color," rethink this establishment. i (japanese) brought a friend (chinese) for a birthday breakfast one weekday morning. there was a Caucasian group ahead of us that was seated. the hostess or owner saw us standing behind (we both made eye contact with her) them when she passed us to take them to their seats. when she came back to seat the next party (us, i imagined) another Caucasian group of ladies walked in. she looked passed us to seat them next. this act was so blatant that my and my friend's mouth dropped open in disbelief. there happened to be 2 Latino waiters that happened to have been standing at the register with her. they looked a little startled and the 4 of looked at each other for a few seconds. then one of the waiters said, "i think they were here first." the woman looked indignant, said, "oh." and took us to be seated. there was no apology or excuse. the only word she spoke to us was, "oh."
Pros: great if you're Caucasian and wealthy
This place is great. It's almost like you're not in the city. Delicious food, but make sure you have a reservation. Waiting 45 minutes for brunch is NOT worth it.
what a way to start the day. Having grown up close by my mother still frequents Julienne's on her early A.M. walks and loves it when I can join her after my early gym workout. I was pleasantly surprised they opened as early as 7:00am during the weekday. Had my favorite huevos julienne(huevos rancheros) declicious and decadent. My mother love's their oatmeal with the yummy baked apple slices on top. The ambience of botanicals and music playing in the backround make for a lovely setting breakfast or lunch time. Love the staff they cater to us.
I guess ambience can make people see things that aren't there. Went to this restaurant upon the other reviews written here and unfortunately we were really let down. The staff trys hard under what appears to be one tough owner to work for. In fact some of the interaction between the owner and staff that we unfortunatley overheard really put cold water on the experience.
One of us ordered the "Beet" salad, 3 little beets, guess we didn't get the magnifing reading glasses to make it look like what you would expect. Save your money and your TIME, in Los Angeles, their are thousands better. I guess when the owner projects such a negative and "special" attitude you can't expect greatness.
This must be the Pasadena area's best kept secret! Julienne is located on a nice tree-lined street in San Marino. They have sidewalk dining with little foot traffic so no one is peering over your shoulder at your food as they walk by. And you can actually smell your food since this restaurant is not located on a bus route! I don't think I have had one bad item on their menu here! And I have been here a lot! So be adventureous! Try something new if you return! And if this will be your first time then be rest assured you will leave happy! But before you go home, stop by their little gourmet shop inside for some frozen food items, gourmet cracker spreads, sandwiches, or to go items from the menu. They are wonderful and enough to fool your friends into thinking you are a fabulous cook and you didn't have to break a sweat to do it! And for those of you who enjoy the Hollywood Bowl or want a decent meal for your next airplane trip, their "Lunch" boxes will make any neighbor sitting by you jealous! So indulge! You are worth it!
Pros: free street parking, food, gourmet food shop
Cons: no reservations accepted unless you are a large party
Such an adorable little restaurant. I scored very big with my girlfriend when I decided to take her there! The service is great, the food is really, really good, and the atmosphere I'd have to say is by far one of the things that makes this little hideaway so very special. I literally felt like I was in Europe!
Pros: Service, Food, Ambiance
I walked into Julienne and instantly fell in love. The whole ambiance of the place was so 'French' and beautiful. You walk in sit down, and you feel like you are in a little cafe in France, but then the food arrives. The chicken/bacon baguette sandwhich I ordered was soggy and chewy. I don't mind paying for good food, but good food is not what you'll get here. I would not recommend.
Pros: ambiance, quiet place, great neighborhood
Cons: food taste, overpriced
I have been a customer since they first opened and have been know to eat there 2-3x per week. I have never had a complaint, everything is the best (ergo, prices are compatile with what you are getting). Excellent breakfasts and lunches and an absolutely wonderful take out store attached. I have taken many friends and family to Julliene's over the many years and everyone has been delighted. A place for a romantic tryst, a quiet solo breakfast with the newspaper or a great place for a small business lunch. Try taking the food out and having a picnic at nearby Lacy park. Overall, a true treasure.
Pros: Everything is, first class
Cons: Lunch crowds
This place is popular for good reasons -- great food and great ambience make for a winning restaurant formula.
I almost don't want to talk about this place, as if it's not already popular enough with the Pasadena/San Marino folks who congregate at this fabulous brunch/lunch spot. Everything I have tasted here is fantastic... the rosemary raison bread, the creme brulee french toast, the cobb salad with filet of beef... I took some friends there today for lunch and after my girlfriend ate her sandwich, she turned to me and said "this is one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten!" Their deli is out of sight, with frozen and fresh entrees, salads, soups and desserts. There isn't a single thing in this place that I don't want to try on my next visit. I just wish I lived closer.
Pros: Food, Food, Food!
I'd certainly recommend Julienne for a nice weekend brunch. They've done a good job of offering interesting items on their limited menu. If you're a steak and eggs type of person, this place isn't for you. Their roasted potatoes, and french creme brule french toast are great.
Pros: Good parking
Finally, this place is serving dinner three nights a week.
Many really good things to offer:
The charming space is even nicer at dusk. A nice wine list, with most bottles under $40. Among the entrees, the meat loaf is great, with the rib eye and the lamb chops pretty darn spiffy, too. But don't forget to save room for desert!
As always, it's great for breakfast or lunch, and the gourmet shop is terrific for take home--try the Chicken Pot Pie.
Pros: take-out, french toast, pot pie
I love breakfast and lunch-the french toast is yummy-very rich. I also love the raisin rosemary toast. Great service all in a french cafe feeling.
Breakfast and brunch are the reasons to go to Julienne's -- shirred eggs are my favorite. The wait on weekends can be long, shorter if you take a seat at the bar. But a sidewalk table is worth the wait. They also prepare bistro classics -- leg of lamb, roast chicken and fries. They also offer good sandwiches, salads and side dishes at the take-out counter and condiment store on the premises.