MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH

Greetings. If you live in Southern California or are planning a visit, I want to share with you my absolute favorite place to have lunch. It’s called Julienne and it’s located on a lovely, quiet street in beautiful San Marino. Named and modeled after the owner’s favorite restaurant in Paris, it refers to the culinary term, “julienne”.

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Open for breakfast and lunch only, it’s the kind of “ladies-who-lunch” restaurant that only an old-money area like San Marino can deliver successfully. And it’s been doing it successfully for over 30 years now. That kind of history speaks volumes in the restaurant industry, and is a testament to the loyalty and enthusiasm of Julienne’s customers who just keep coming back. But in truth, while you’ll see plenty of girlfriends, and mothers & daughters enjoying this place, it’s not just for ladies. It’s a favorite of my dear ole dad and husband as well.

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That’s because Julienne delivers great food in a super charming, european-esque setting that makes one want to linger as long as possible in their intimate, gilt and wood paneled dining rooms. Or, if you prefer to dine alfresco, their seen-and-be-seen front patio is the place to be. This was our table on a recent visit.

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Because Julienne’s does not take reservations (except for large parties) you will likely have to wait to be seated at this always-busy establishment. But I assure you the wait will be worth it.

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Everywhere you look is a sight to behold, with gorgeous flower arrangements and lovely artwork and decor ornamenting each of several dining areas.

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MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The food is delicious, artfully plated, and the wine list is good too. Julienne’s menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees prepared from recipes that have been perfected over their decades in business. Below are photos of what my dining companions and I enjoyed on a recent visit.

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MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I ordered Spinach Cannelloni, the special of the day, and received a portion so large I enjoyed it for lunch the following day as well.

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They offer lovely desserts too, if you saved room.

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Once you finally tear yourself away from the table you’ll find yourself lingering in their equally adorable gourmet market and gift shop. Or, pass the time waiting for your table ogling over their lovely wares.

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Many of the delicacies they serve in the restaurant (and more) are on display in the market and are available for takeout. It’s perfect for those too busy to cook, those looking for fantastic picnic fixing, or you’ll find pastries and desserts of every description to tempt your palate. If I lived closer I’d make this my go-to market for sure!

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In addition to both fresh, bottled or frozen delights, the market also has a wonderful selection of kitchen and tableware, books and gifts.

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH | Julienne's | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Julienne’s is my absolute favorite place to have lunch, and it’s a darn good place to have a great breakfast as well! They are open Monday through Saturday and are closed on Sunday. If you’re from out of town, Julienne’s is the perfect place to have breakfast or lunch while visiting the beautiful and nearby Huntington Library. Or, pop in if you’re staying at the Langham Huntington Hotel, the wonderful place where we spent Easter Sunday. I also shared this magnificent hotel with you in my blog post entitled, How To Host a Very Impressive Cocktail Party.

But if you can’t visit Julienne’s you could prepare some of the famous recipes available in their cookbook, “Celebrating With Julienne“. Here’s what’s being said about the book:

This award-winning cookbook is flat-out gorgeous. And the food is amazing, too. Author Susan Campoy spent thirty years as one of Los Angeles’ most in-demand caterers, and her Julienne bistro in San Marino hasn’t had an empty seat in two decades. Completed just before Campoy died of breast cancer in 2009, Celebrating with Julienne showcases the most beloved recipes from her career: Crème Brûlée French Toast, Carrot Ginger Soup, Beef Daube, Lemon Coconut Bars, and so much more, including holiday, party, and picnic menus. All royalties go to City of Hope.

Since last week was Cancer Survivor Week, I think I’ll pick up a copy of this lovely book in support of such a good cause. Click here if you’d like a copy too.

So there you have it: MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE LUNCH

This was not a sponsored post and the folks at Julienne’s don’t know me from Adam. I just like sharing the places I enjoy with you.

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Comments

  • Maureen Stratton

    I love this place! I used to go there frequently years ago, and this reminds me to go back soon!

  • Oh this post put a smile on my face. I adore Julienne’s and was there not too long ago celebrating a co-worker’s birthday. It’s turned into our “special occasion” lunch place.

    However, my favorite memory is when many years ago my best treated me to lunch there one day. I was rushing out when she informed me that I didn’t have to go back to work. Apparently, she had arragned with my boss ahead of time for me to have the afternoon off. So instead of going back to work we headed to the spa (actually at Langham…but was then the Ritz Carlton). Lunch at Julienne’s followed by an afternoon of spa treatments was fabulous! I definitely felt like one of those “ladies who lunch”!

  • I should make the trek to Los Angeles more often. This looks wonderful. Our oldest son lived in Santa Monica and then Los Feliz before his move to Austin. We used to enjoy lunches at really fun restaurants, such as this. As you know, Orange County leaves those of us with an appreciation for unique dining spots wanting.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Karen

  • Luis Lopez

    My opinion of Julienne’s is even higher than my daughter’s!

  • Juliet Russell

    What a charming restaurant. I love everything about it! Adding to my list of places to see-go-do on my next trip south. Note to self – do not read blogs about food when hungry. 🙁

  • I know what you mean, it’s best not to go to the grocery store when you’re hungry as well! But every calorie at Julienne’s is worth it!

  • 🙂

  • You are very welcome Karen! Santa Monica & the Los Feliz area are dining meccas. I used to go there a lot when I took my child-actor son on auditions. It was what made the journey tolerable and was something we looked forward to. It’s so nice to “do” lunch when you have a great place like Julienne’s to “do” it at!

  • Yes Mo, we will have to have lunch there together one day soon!

  • Boy, you must be one very special woman to have such a thoughtful friend! I’m so glad I could bring back a special memory for you. I tell ya, Julienne’s is just one of those memory-making places!

  • Annette Lilypad

    I cannot wait to go!! I am going to surprise my friend’s mom, who’s turning 90…a Laguna transplant, originally from Pasadena/Hastings Ranch…I’m sure she has not been there in a long time 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, how sweet is that!!?? Please tell her I said Happy, Happy Birthday. I’m sure you will love it, as Julienne’s could not be a better place to celebrate a special occasion.

  • Mary

    I’m a transplant from Org. City to Nebraska. I have wonderful memories of Julienne, shopping, eating usually in the fall. Enjoying your blog! Thinking of starting one of my life in Nebraska!

  • penelopebi@me.com

    Hi! My very close friend, Sue Campoy started this restaurant years ago. She was the most creative and wonderful girl…..you could ever ever know! anyway……she started it when she had all these daughters to educate! And it grew…….and grew. It started in the smallest space….10 feet wide…..and kept expanding!
    The food is the absolute best……now they have take-out….(20years ago I stopped cooking because of it!!!) And her daughter, Julie keeps it running just as it always has. Sadly, Sue died a few years ago…..after many years after she was supposed to! And she lives on in this most divine cafe! I moved to Santa Barbara 20 years ago……(she gave a few cooking classes in my kitchen!) It is my favorite place for lunch in the entire world! She would be so proud (I believe she is so proud!) to hear us say that!
    I think she is up there listening! and has an email address!!! Hi SUE!!!