La Fable
La Fable

La Fable

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 5108499995
  • Hours of Operation:


    Daily: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday and Saturday evening

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vine Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
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A French Restaurant located in Berkeley, California.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
La Fable reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)special occasion (3)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great for brunch and lunch
    alex
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Was there for FATHER'S day. It was packed and service was a bit slow but it's understandable. Food is great, portions are generous and it is very affordable for brunch/lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    main dining room is fine - the upstairs where we ended up is very funky and not pleasant also ignored by staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    Happy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Charming location and decor. Wonderful music. Aromas and flavors were enjoyable. We arrived on time for our reservation yet waited to be greeted and seated. Table was not prepared. Once seated, we waited 35 minutes for anyone to speak to us. We tried eye contact and flailing arms only to be ignored. The guests at the next table were given their bill and they directed the server to assist us! Once food and drink were ordered it was another long wait to be served. If I were to return, I'd call in advance to verify if they are sufficiently staffed. I'll advise my friends accordingly. Lastly, a neighboring shop owner and his 2 kids used the area around and INSIDE the restaurant as a playground. Not pleasant. Overall, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Fable needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Despite the classical French offerings, the food was just mediocre and in one case terrible. However, they were terribly understaffed and we had to wait for our food (which was cold) and we had to wait for our check 15 minutes. I would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a very lovely dinner
    cedarandeuclid
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    La Fable was the perfect place for a mother-daughter dinner last weekend. Not too crowded, quiet and sweet, delicious food, and personable staff all contributed to an excellent experience. It seems like La Fable hasn't made a big enough name for themselves yet, because we had no trouble getting a reservation on a Saturday night, so go before it gets discovered. We asked for the scallops without the tomato sauce and they came in a perfect balsamic reduction, and the salmon salad looked and tasted beautiful. Nice wine, good coffee, hearty bread in the basket... everything was just what I hoped. highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Folksy friendly French dining
    SerendipityUppity
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have been here several times, often to see our friends play jazz (BabShad Jazzz usually plays once a month on a Friday evening). This is a great neighborhood restaurant; there's an outside deck upstairs and a small bar scene downstairs. The food is delicious and typical French fare but served in an unpretentious way. The setting is fairly plain and not at all fussy; families can bring children here without fear of wrecking the "atmosphere". The original Peets is just a few doors down and Walnut Square, which is where the restaurant is located, offers a small selection of charming shops. A great addition to the 'gourmet ghetto' scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service suffers with crowd
    PandDSnip
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food and service really suffer with a large crowd. Mother's Day was quite bad, although we stuck it out. We never heard an apology for the long waits: 15 minutes to be seated; over 1 hour for food at the table. Most people had not been served. A couple left saying they had waited 1 hour.15 minutes. But at least we weren't any worse off than ALL the others seated on the top floor outside. The food is good, but the service awful when they're overwhelmed. We were served over 1 hour and 15 minutes after our reservation time. It's a hard business, so we appreciate the problems they suffer. BUT, a few apologies, especially from the proprietors, would go a long way to reduce customer anger & irritation. Our overworked waitress did apologize.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to like it
    Redbonemo
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Had a dinner with friends. When the onion soup came out I was worried about the rest of the meal. The cheese on the soup was not melted and the onion in the soup not carmelized. The salads where ok probably the best part of our meal. We ordered the beef stew served on puréed potato , the potatoes must have been instant so sad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the La Fable reviews archive.
  • surprisingly good
    Elliot
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    i couldn't get into the well known brunch places in berkeley, la note, venus cafe, etc.; was able to get in here, to my surprise. it was actually my surprise because the ambiance was great, the menu very good; as good as any of the other well known spots. the only down spot was that their service is spread too thin. they need more help. if they had that, their service would be better and i would have given them a 5 star rating
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little spot
    Connoisseur48
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is becoming more and more popular for good authentic French food at good prices, nice atmosphere, friendly owners and staff, nice light though the windows, cheery, above average food on top of that. Go there often, one of those "go to" places.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I had my girlfriend over, and we loved it! There were not that many people eating on a Saturday night, so it was really pleasant and quiet, we had a great, romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall food was great, except
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Overall food was great, except certain sauces for the food was not served with the food ( I think they just forgot it). I love the caesar's salad, just perfect. The entrees were great too and so goes with dessert --- great macaroons and profitoles. I would surely go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Very very slow service. It seemed that they are extremely understaffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem tucked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    A neighborhood gem tucked away off the beaten path. There are very few quality brunch places in the area that take online reservations, luckily this is one of them. The food is always wonderful. The service is a touch slow, but it's because they are always busy. The food is top notch, and not very expensive. It's a nice open space, my group got to enjoy watching the rain while we drank hot coffee. The city parking meters outside are weird, they only seem to give you about 20 minutes a time (yes, I pushed all the buttons). We'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely ambience
    offtheboard
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    this is a welcoming space with great outdoor seating on upstairs deck as well as downstairs in the shared courtyard. Service was attentive and there was none of the loud music others have mentioned. The salad (Caesar) was very good, just the right amount of dressing, crisp romaine (though cut, not torn); boeuf bourguinon was tasty and a satisfying portion. It was also served at the right temperature (hot). The rack of lamb was somewhat disappointing as it was lukewarm,, verging on cold, by the time it arrived at the table. Also, at the price, I had expected the chops to be a little more substantial. Would love to return and try for lunch or breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for making an excellent
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Thanks for making an excellent croque monsieur! It's something that is difficult to find these days in the Bay Area. In addition, theEeggs Benedict were also quite good. We'll return for brunch in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Kid on the Block - Keep Trying
    Urbane
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This open spacious and friendly venue was a pleasing destination on a rainy night. There weren't many other diners, which says either people hadn't discovered it yet, or the neighbors expect more. The bar was lively with patrons watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The penne pasta with pesto, sun dried tomatoes and a few prawns was good comfort food. My dining partner's entree was scallops with tomato sauce, but it was more like tomato paste without the seasoning. The vegetable gratin was very good though. The wine list descriptions gave a grape and region of France - in French, but the French don't use a single grape in their wines and the only thing the waiter could tell me was that he likes red with everything - obnoxious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A keeper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Fresh and delicious salad,tasty satisfying pasta. very pleasant ambience and thoughtful service. a real find in a neighborhood that has lots of good places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming, light filled spaced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Charming, light filled spaced with great food. If you're looking for an authentic croque monsieur, look no further. This one's terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major disappointment!
    Essie
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    If you must go to this restaurant, be sure to find out if music is on the menu.....deafening live music that ruined an already dubious dinner. We were seated promptly but it took 45 minutes for bread to appear and a hour and 15 minutes for our food to arrive. And when it did arrive, it was only mediocre. The setting is very attractive, the prices are modest and our waiter was apologetic, but the evening was not a hit. I regret having to give such a negative review but we regretted setting foot in La Fable.
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  • Classic French Bistro
    Jazmine
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Oh la lah, the lamb chops were perfect, the zucchini side was fabulously light, the drinks were of a good size, and the music and posters gave a warm ambiance to a girls night out at the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just gets better
    FoodieLes
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    La Fable revamped their menu and improved many items...the File Mignon has 2 options for butter (yummy). The lamb chops are served with couscous and on the night that we attended, they served an excellent zucchini gratin. I also tried the goat cheese salad - excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group dinner
    Antonio
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    We had a group dinner of 20 people. Every meal and drink arrived on time, very attentive staff and the food was very delicious. Will come back here for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pet Friendly Brunch Spot!
    Elles26
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I loved their roof top patio area and the food was great! The location is a bit further from the main Berkeley craziness so that was also really refreshing. We will definitely be back here with our pup and for more of the bread basket! Good coffee too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best small restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Have eaten here multiple times. Great food. Attentive service, and great atmosphere. Also kid friendly!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tasty change
    Plum
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    La Fable is a much more pleasant restaurant than its predecessor. It's bright, clean, and inviting. I had a tasty filet mignon with peppercorn sauce, delicious zucchini gratin, and a nicely-dressed salad of baby greens for a very reasonable price. My partner had a salad of baby greens (which could have had a bit more dressing, but less is better than overdressed), shrimp with a lovely pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood & delicious
    BerkeleyHIll
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Relatively newly opened, it's a neighborhood gem. In one week I went for lunch and for dinner (different days.) The cheese plate had very 5 generous servings of ripe and tasty cheese choices. We easily shared the Cesar salad. The onion soup was rich and delicious. Beef Bourguigon super tender with just about the best mashed potatoes I've tasted. Good wait staff. Moderately priced for repeat business. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks like a new fun spot
    farpointdive
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Looks like a new fun spot for brunches...excellent French style omelets and cheese...the only way I like omelets and cheese. =Looking forward to other experiences, like lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Fable is an intimate spot
    Gotrock49
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    La Fable is an intimate spot with a sound level that will allow quiet conversation. The food was very good and the prices were reasonable. My wife and I shared the cheese plate, which was excellent. This would be a great place for a romantic meal in North Berkeley. Service was excellent, without being overbearing. A great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood place
    charlie
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    downstairs had music, upstairs quieter and great deck. Staff quite nice and attentive. Lobster bisque delicious, good cold Macon Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant can be good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    This restaurant can be good and it can be mediocre. The owner is very nice and it is close to our home, which is nice. We have had a couple of mediocre to bad food there and will try it again as we would like to see it exceed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    ninav364
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Very intimate atmosphere, with music on the background and very attentive staff. Several options for sitting - by the bar, in the main dining room on the bench with pillows ,or low chairs around a coffee table; outside under umbrellas, or upstairs. We came early and did not get to listen to the full music program, only listen to the group rehearsal. Next time, will get the music schedule. Food was great, no long pauses between the dishes. I asked for a horseradish with my lamb chops, and our waiter gladly found it. They will gladly accommodate your choice of side dish or way of cooking your order. Friendly, non-starch environment on a quiet street (easy parking). Will be back to explore the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Had a great evening at La Fable on Saturday night. Service was perfect--didn't feel rushed through the meal. My filet mignon was perfectly cooked and the french onion soup was delicious. My partner had the beef bourguignon with a salad to start and he said both were very good. There was an excellent jazz trio that really made the evening for us. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Saturday evening outing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food was great, the staff friendly and the band was excellent. This place has become one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place For Lunch
    VocalPelican
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Loved the hot tea presentation! Service was a bit slow, but it could have been an exception -- not the rule. Definately a chick restaurant -- a fabulous place to meet a friend or two for lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would give it another chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    This was our first dinner at La Fable, and our experience was mixed. My husband and I shared a charcuterie and cheese plate: we both enjoyed the cheeses, but my husband, while enjoying some of the charcuterie, missed having some mustard, and couldn't get the waitress' attention to request some. I enjoyed the goat cheese and greens salad I selected as an entree, but my husband said that his steak, while cooked to his liking, was only lukewarm, and his fries were barely done. He did however particularly enjoy a glass of 2009 cabernet which he said was perfect with the steak. We'll definitely try this restaurant again, and will probably order from the pasta menu, which they have been serving longer than the meat entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    This is a lovely new place that we've been to 3x now. Really loved the French onion soup. Varied menu provides happy choices for all. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Moxe
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Service with a smile, but incompetent.Food was mediocre,especially for the price. Had to send a dish back, the beef stew was super dry. It took 20 minutes for pasta to be served while we waited, not too bad, but was disappointed when, after only eating half of my meal, as everyone else had finished theirs, I asked for it to be wrapped to go...and they accidentally threw it out. I was charged for it anyway. That should never have happened.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great if you know what to order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We happily discovered that we can still order items that are not on the menu: 1) Sweet Cheese Crepes, and 2) Eggs Benedict. However, the availability of these off-menu items depends on which chef works that day (only Modesto knows how to make these items really well), and which waitress works that day (only Alma knows exactly how to order the items, and how to serve them best). This means we have to always call ahead of time to check on availability, and I wish those items were just put on the regular menu since they are the reason we come to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch Spot with Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Made a reservation for a Sunday at 10am for our monthly ladies brunch (read: gossip session ;). We arrived early and were seated right away, even though one was running late. The menu was great; a nice selection of both standard breakfast and lunch entrees, as well as some specialty items. I had Eggs Florentine and was very happy. The mimosas were made with fresh squeezed orange juice and the coffee was great too; just strong enough, nice & hot, and my cup was never empty. The other ladies all ordered breakfast as well and were also happy with their meals. The real star here was the service. Always there when you needed something but never hovering. Even on a Sunday morning, they didn't rush us out and we were able to sit and gab away!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.