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Anyone tried the Julius Castle recently? All reviews older here [San Francisco]

mtm Apr 1, 2008 02:38 PM

Got a recommendation for this place for my mom's 85th.
I ate here 20 yrs ago, but have read mostly negative reviews since.

It did close & re-open. Just wondering if things might have
improved lately? Would love a recent review.

Also, considering Greens for a view....
and not sure where else for views, but did receive some
nice recommendations for non-view places. Thanks! :-)

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    hyperbowler Oct 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    A small fire was extinguished during renovations. No description on what's planned for the kitchen or when it'll open:


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      soupçon Oct 30, 2013 07:55 AM

      Yesterday's Inside Scoop quotes the owner as saying he wants to “keep the [food] tradition to the greatest extent possible, and hopefully bring the food to a new level at the same time.”


      The restaurant's website has nothing on food plans, but interestingly has a .pdf of of the as-built plans for you architecture buffs.


      1. re: soupçon
        Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2013 08:33 AM

        Per the Inside Scoop article, he's going to fully restore the place before choosing a "restaurant operator," which makes it sound like maybe he will just be a landlord.

    2. Melanie Wong Sep 17, 2013 02:22 AM

      Walked down the Greenwich steps from Coit Tower on Sunday and saw a notice of hearing (October 2) posted on Julius Castle. The domain name juliuscastlesf.com was registered last month. Wonder what's afoot.

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        Fig Newton Apr 1, 2008 04:11 PM

        I think JC has been closed for a couple months?

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        1. re: Fig Newton
          Robert Lauriston Apr 1, 2008 04:25 PM

          Again? Wow. That was fast.

          The Shadows, which used to be in that same block, has been converted back into a residence.

          Julius' Castle (CLOSED)
          1541 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        2. Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2008 03:44 PM

          I think Julius's Castle is the kind of place that locals avoid, which is why there aren't a lot of reports. I might risk it for brunch -- that's when the view is best, and how badly can you mess up brunch? -- but not for dinner.

          A couple of other places with views you might look at are Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse -- both are new, both have had mixed reviews, but if you're dead set on a view, they might be some of the better choices.

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