La Note Restaurant Provencal
La Note Restaurant Provencal

La Note Restaurant Provencal

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.lanoterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5108431525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 8:00AM - 11:00AM; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 2:30PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM; Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: The entire patio is also available for private events of 25 and over. We offer Provencal platters in the spirit of our a la carte menu selections, beautifully presented for large groups. Delivery is not available unless special arrangements are made.
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire patio is also available for private events of 18 or more for private events (seasonally). The entire restaurant is available to rent Mondays-Wednesdays. Thursdays-Saturdays, large dinner groups are available during main service (not a private event) for parties up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Dorothée 5108431517
  • Entertainment: Live Guitarist on Thursday evenings. Accordion on Friday evenings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Durant Ave
  • Public Transit: Downtown Berkeley Bart station 4 blocks away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: http://www.downtownberkeley.org/index.php?option=com_directory&page=viewcat&catid=27&Itemid=39
A word from La Note Restaurant Provencal
La Note is an authentic Provençal restaurant in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Traditional breakfast and lunch bistro fare are combined with rustic Provençal dinners in a warm and charming atmosphere. The restaurant's owner won an award in excellence in 1998 for "outstanding storefront improvements" and rehabilitation of its beautiful 1875 building. The stunning interior patio is open April - October.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
La Note Restaurant Provencal reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)great for brunch (64)fit for foodies (54)great for lunch (53)great for outdoor dining (40)romantic (36)special occasion (25)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delightful Dinner
    DaberkVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bistro classics (with some admirable amendments) at very moderate prices. Special requests were handled graciously. House red a bit rough - just as one often encounters in Provence. Too bad dinner days are limited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Midnight in Paris
    DZalez578
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, it threw me back in France 1920 everything is just mezmerising. It made me miss France so much it felt very cottagey . The food on the other hand is AMAZING my goal is to try every thing on the menu it's that amazing. I don't know how after living in Berkeley for a year not gone here
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatsrus
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I intended to order the jambon buerre but was glad to be seduced by the fabulous daily pasta special penne, Niman beef,tomatoes, and more. Terrific blood orange sorbet. Terrific service. Very pleasant, delightful staff who unobtrusively noticed every thing we needed and provided it without fanfare. Unfortunately, chair seats are small and not particularly comfortable, even for 3 small people. A bit crowded when full but perhaps this is alleviated when the garden patio is available. Am eager to return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Highly recommended and lived up to it's reputation. Can't wait to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is a cute little restaurant with very good food. Our server was friendly and experienced. Unfortunately, the restaurant was packed, with people waiting outside. Because I had a reservation, my party was seated fairly quickly. However, the restaurant was so crowded and noisy, that we we elected to sit outside and the weather was a bit chilly. Great menu, great food, but we waited a long time for it to be served. I would definitely return and would try to find a less busy time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    RJlovesfood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was exquisite, as it has been for me in the past. Great atmosphere in the outside back patio. Unfortunately, the service was pretty slow for simple (and should be quick) things such as a mimosa (or five!) or condiments. But that did not dampen the mood at all. Still a great time, would definitely recommend it to a friend. Definitely sit in the back patio if there is availability! Inside was a bit stuffy but the back was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very nice and quaint feel. Our table was ready. I am not familiar with French cuisine, to me the dishes were a little on the bland side. But the ingredients were all so fresh, specially the bouillabaisse. The broth was so delicious at the end. Perfect for dipping your bread at the end. Love the profiteroles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the food & the ambience
    WhymeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had not been to La Note for some time. The food was very good, and the noise level low enough that the four of us could talk to each other without having to raise our voices. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so great
    bayfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    this place used to be very good - hadn't been there for years and this time the food was just so-so. If it's French food you expect delicious. But not so much. The service was slow while friendly, good wine recommendation. However, the worn wicked cafe chairs were a bit hard on the derrier. Really they need to switch out their chairs! - they are sagging and uncomfortable - and unsteady. I did switch mine for one of newer more sturdy ones. And no my derrier is normal sized. I've heard that brunch is wonderful - but they need to get somebody else cooking in the kitchen who knows French cuisine for dinner. I will try them again because I love the ambience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    La Note is a beloved Berkeley institution. It delivers so reliably. I have never been disappointed by anything I have gotten there. Tonight I had the salade Nicoise--magnificent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • go early (to brunch) for fruit
    foodlackyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    They only have a limited number of fruit bowls, though they serve them until 11, they usually run out well before then. If you have your heart set on it (like we usually do) you should try for a res for before 10am.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved the whole experience
    Frep
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delightful! Food is great as was the service. The whole place is charming. I look forward to returning next time I'm in that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Dinner
    BarbiVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We shared the delicious spinach salad. The bread should have had a crunchier crust. My husband enjoyed the lasagne. My ravioli was actually too rich for me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Very nice outdoor seating and service with good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • friendlyface
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Three of us enjoyed our food but the fourth found his couscous meal too bland. Service was good, but noise level made it hard to listen across the table. It was a Sat. night between 6 and 8pm.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best salad nicoise in the world
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been going here for years. Really great food and generous servings. Travel a lot and often order a French salad to compare--still the best--beats the French options
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and filling
    MAmom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Eggs and ginger pear pancakes for a late morning brunch - yum! With a reservation on a weekday morning, we didn't feel too rushed; food, friends and conversation made La Note a great meeting place. Love their jams and little water pitchers on the table - welcoming, thoughtful touches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    FredUno
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As always the food here is quite good, the prices reasonable for the quality and quantity, and...the service is slow. Don't go when you are in a hurry, but do go when you can spend lots of time over a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Duomi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been going to La Note for years and the quality of the food is as good as ever. There are some vegetarian options, which made it much easier for me to book a group dinner. My one complaint is the beer selection is very limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice brunch location
    rph8
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Looks authentically French and is usually full. Have been there only once, but liked the pancakes with blueberries and peach.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the garden
    CaseyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fantastic, even on a foggy day. The food is good enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bmcleod
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time. Walked by a couple weeks before and it looked interesting. Great place, nice staff, loved the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Bagnat au Thon Grille was very disappointing. The tuna was strong-tasting and dry. I was expecting the accompanying "fries" to be pommes frites; instead they were fried potato wedges. It was a lovely summer evening, and we had requested to sit on La Note's lovely patio. EVen though we were in line before the restaurant opened at 6:00 pm, this request was not honored.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Provence in my backyard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Don't know how this place stayed under our radar all these years. It's modest menu done right ought to be a lesson to the growing number of over priced mediocre, trendy restaurants and cafes in the East Bay. The charcuterie and cheese plate was well done and very reasonable. Each of our salads was perfect. The sandwiches were more than a lunch meal for our crowd. The staff was attractive, patient and pleasant. We travel to France a couple of times a year for business and to stay with friends. This would be one of our favorite cafes in Aix if it were there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Call First!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to dinner for our anniversary, and expected that the food on the website's menu would be available. In fact, if you want something specific as we did, check first, because they never, seem to have the Charlotte. It was noisy, so not romantic, but we were okay with that. But the lack of oxygen in the dining room was uncomfortable. (We blew out our candle which was burning up valuable oxygen. ) The waitress did recognize that we were uncomfortable, and opened the windows and doors, so we give her credit for that. The lemon ricotta ravioli were great, but the halved grapes seemed to be just tossed in, not cooked into the sauce. The spinach salad was good, as was the baked camembert appetizer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We felt like we were on holiday
    diningdiva
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our table was in the middle of the restaurant and we enjoyed the feel, the food, the service, the diversity of people dining... and did I mention the food? My breakfast was delicious and it came with a gingerbread-lemon pancake topped with pears and blueberries, so delicious. My daughter's breakfast was also excellent, she added the sour cream cinnamon swirl coffee cake; wow. The tables were small and set with such lovely attention to detail, it felt like we were special guests. It turned out that everyone was. We plan to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Interlude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The back garden patio is so lovely, you feel like you have been transported to the S. of France. The food, ambiance and service are excellent. A Salad Nicoise, pate, ratatouille, bread were all authentic French cuisine. The prices are reasonable and the overall experience is priceless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STLeater
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent food, ambiance, vibe. Definitely will return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KaplanPrime
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The breakfast here was excellent! Everything was extremely flavorful. The lavender honey was the perfect accompaniment to the toasted cinnamon brioche, and the roasted tomatoes that came with my 'Cote est' meal (pancake and eggs) were the best I've ever had. Really quite noteworthy. Be sure to get a cafe au leit, as it's served in the traditional french style and quite delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    KarenTVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I'm addicted to their baguette au brie. I only get one every 6 months. (Otherwise I'd look like a baguette au brie LOL), but it's worth the wait. My only complaint this time was getting only one garlic clove in my potatoes. The rest was perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lunch at La Note was delicious. Breakfast is served until 2:30 with traditional French cuisine. The Provençal tomatoes are wonderful. The only challenge was the number of people waiting for tables and the noise volume, making it difficult to hear.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    klbofthewest
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great service, great food and a lovely outdoor patio. I met a client for lunch and we sat outside. We enjoyed the attention from the wait staff. They kept checking on us and were very prompt with our food. We asked about the food and the waitress wasn't afraid to help us through the menu. I had the ratatouille with spicy lamb sausage. It was delicious. It was just the right amount of food. My client and I shared a fruit and french cheese platter and that was deliciously decadent. For dessert I had the blood orange sorbet, just the right amount of sweet and a definite palate cleanser. My client was very happy with her brioche french toast breakfast and she delighted in looking at the garden with a variety of plants and flowers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun food, decor, people-watching
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    In La Note gather a wide assortment of Berkeley types, from professors to tourists. Crossing the threshold feels like being transported to Provence. Definitely order the lemon-ginger pancakes with poached pear. The merguez lamb sausage also a must. Love their coffee [dark roast].
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Provençal-Style Resto
    go2resto
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've dined at La Note before but never in the rear garden area. During nice weather, the garden area can't be beat. The food was unpretentious but nicely presented. I've been to France many times; the outdoor experience made me feel almost in the Southern French countryside. We had a very nice lunch and our group of 5 adults and 3 1/2 month old baby were easily accomodated. Great service, good food and nice surroundings make this resto one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We four were all happy with our orders. This was our first time here for dinner and we loved the extensive menu choices and everything was delicious and well priced. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like being in France
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Nice atmosphere--friendly and helpful staff. Love the menu-- especially breakfast. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 86 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 538 reviews are from the La Note Restaurant Provencal reviews archive.
  • A Patio in Berkeley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The patio in back of La Note is truly a beautiful place to eat and hang out. The food is good, not great; as wonderful as pancakes made of lemon-ginger or oatmeal-raspberry sound, they are only "good." The "special berry coulis" is dry, sparse and definitely not worth ordering. Service is friendly and gracious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Brunchbunch
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Took a friend for birthday breakfast. We had a wonderful time. The food and service was exceptional. I would recommend La Note to my friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found the food rather bland (despite ordering what sounded like 3 unique and flavorful combinations) but staff and ambiance was pleasant. Nice decor. Wouldn't go again, though it's considered a long-time Berkeley gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Felt like I was in the Prevence. The food was great. Will be back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate