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La Note Restaurant Provencal
La Note Restaurant Provencal

La Note Restaurant Provencal Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.lanoterestaurant.com
  • Email: info@lanoterestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 843-1525
  • 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: French, Provencal
  • 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 (510) 843-1517
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "a most delicious lasagna!!! a very pleasant surprise...."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! The French style food is excellent, fresh, and unique. I enjoy bringing friends and out of town visitors here for lunch or dinner. We have never failed to have a good experience at La Note.. Guests like the cozy rustic atmosphere inside. (I have not been outside). The décor makes one feel like being in a French country cottage. The service is just right, attentive, and timely. The menu is perfect, not huge, but with plenty of interesting choices. The noise level is a bit on the high side, but that seems to be normal these days. The price is moderate and the dress is casual."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It is nice to be able to find decent French food in town. Once the preferred cuisine of the cultured palate, it seems since to have been left behind in Berkeley as its denizens pursue their perpetual race to be trendy. La Note does a reasonable facsimile of a French cafe/bistro. It is classic, comfortable and comforting."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My staff and I have tried most places downtown for breakfast. La Note is our all time favorite. The breakfast "sud" with the Merghez sausages rocks!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One of my favorite Berkeley restaurants. Excellent French cuisine! Check the hours before assuming they're open."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This wonderful little restaurant is a find. Food is very good, atmosphere feels very homey and intimate and decor is welcoming and creates a European ambiance."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is a delightful place to have lunch or dinner and feel like you are in the French countryside. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and on a Friday night the place was packed and fairly noisy."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good for lunch, but nothing special as it's not authentic french food. It's a lot better than the food in the rest of Berkeley, so it's good to mix it up every once in a while. Cute spot for a date or outing with friends, but you pay for the atmosphere, not the food itself."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We were there at noon, they were out of the staple salmon. My guest the ordered the Daily Special of salad with prawns. Waitress took order, returned 5 minutes later with "No prawns, that should not have been a daily special." Not a good way to begin a meal. This is the only time we have had a problem. Food is always very good!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "It is a lovely restaurant, size is nice, and the menu was imaginative using fresh ingredients"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been to La Note a few times for dinner. The menu feels limited and a bit uncharacteristic for a place that has such a French atmosphere. Too many sandwiches for dinner...But my main complaint was the Ratatoullie which was on a bed of cous cous so heavy w rosemary it tasted almost molding. There wasn't much eggplant either it seemed. Our waitress was great and replaced my entree w the chicken which was adorned with a dozen barely cooked garlic cloves. After pushing the garlic aside, I did enjoy the dish. I do enjoy garlic and the green beans were perfectly cooked w garlic. I have heard brunch is good, so we will give it one more try."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Always a favorite. Authentic Provencal food. Could easily be any cafe in Aix en Provence"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Once again, we enjoyed a very delicious, reasonably priced meal at La Note. We began our meal with our favorite appetizer -- the baked brie with roasted pears and toast points -- always perfect! My husband seems to always order the steak, which is reliably tender, flavorful and perfectly prepared. I tried the ravioli, this time filled with goat cheese covered in a rich, creamy béchamel sauce. We finished with another of our favorites -- the profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream and drowned in a rich chocolate sauce -- magnificent!! To accompany our special dinner, my husband ordered a bottle of bubbly -- not from Champagne, but still fun to enjoy! Our server was friendly and efficient, much appreciated since we had an 8 pm concert."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Although the tables are a little snug, this cute little brunch place remains one of my favorites! The food is absolutely delicious, especially the brunch specials (tip: try the lemon gingerbread pancake!), the whole atmosphere is very laid back and it feels like you get a glimpse of what brunch in Paris would be like. Everything from the cute little water jug to the sweet complementary jam they serve is well thought out! Definitely would recommend this place to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to La Note many times and the experience has always been positive. The food is consistently good and service generally quite rapid. We plan to go back many times."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Arrived Thursday at 6:25 and told server that we had an 8 PM show. The place was not crowded. It took way too long to get food; we reminded our waitress of our time constraints. Two of us ordered salads for mains which should have been ready in minutes. By 7:20 hadn't received entrees, although I did get soup (tasteless) & they put bread on the table. Food arrived 7:30, we had 10 minutes to eat. Immediately asked for check and "to-go" cartons. Waitress said kitchen was doing it's best but considering it was 25% occupied when we arrived (to be fair it did fill up quite a bit during the next 45 minutes) the 4 of us felt the service was unacceptable. My husband's butternut squash lasagna was swimming in white sauce which he found inedible."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We were impressed with the waiter's professional yet friendly service. The frisee salad was a hit, as were the coq a vin and seafood stew (very similar to bouillabaisse, but a bit richer). Also pleased at reasonable mark ups on wines, such as a bottle of Roderer Estate sparking wine for $45. Desserts devoured quickly!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went for dinner with some friends. We had a pretty mixed view of the mains across the table, some were great (mixed seafood in pastry and steak) though other mains (pasta options) were not as good. Dessert was great, as was the coffee. Difficult to get attention of waitresses at times during the evening, but they were friendly."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "La Note was recommended by a coworker of mine as a good brunch spot in the downtown Berkeley. My GF and I decided to try it out Saturday for brunch. It is conveniently located near Berkeley BART and is near campus. Anyways, we were expecting a long wait and as we checked in we were glad to hear that its approx. 35 minute wait. Long story short, we waited only 10 minutes to be seated because a lot of the people waiting decided to leave. The pastries are awesome, order those. the eggs and bacon are wonk wonk. I recommend to indulge in the assorted pastry basket and forget the eggs and bacon. It is Parisian not IHOP."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "La Note has always been one of my favorite SF Bay Area restaurants. It oozes charm and cozy welcoming as well as having authentic provencal French cuisine. I always love to bring a friend and introduce them, as they are always surprised and pleased by the experience. I love any of the stews, roasted chicken, fish, any of the eggs dishes, superb salads and all of the great espresso coffees. La Note is an authentic French Cafe experience. In nice weather, when backyard patio is open, there is no place better in Berkeley to have a delightful meal!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was a terrific find for pre- Berkeley Rep dinner. More extensive menu than I thought, great food and nice wines. Dessert was soooo yummy"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This is a real go-to place for dinner before Berkeley Rep or the Freight and Salvage!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We came here for Saturday dinner before a play and loved the food. Dishes: CROTIN DE FROMAGE DE CHEVRE CUITS AUX NOIX, BAGUETTE A LA MERGUEZ, RAVIOLES AUX CHAMPIGNONS ET AUX BLETTES, plus a side of ratatouille. All were excellent. Service was good too."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I would not return to this restaurant,we had reservations for 7:30 pm and had to wait 15 mins for our table, the food was ordinary and not well presented didn't seem French at all to me , I had the slow cook chicken and it was very dry the pastry seafood dish lack sea food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Small restaurant, extremely busy place. Small tables with somewhat uncomfortable chairs. However, excellent service and wonderful food "a la Provençale". Deserts are just over the top."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a lovely and popular restaurant. I have had breakfast here on three different occasions and the food was wonderful each time. It is incredibly crowded and there is often a 40 minute wait on the weekend at brunch time. During the week, you should reserve through Open Table to ensure you don't have to wait, What a wonderful place!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I LOVE this place and have taken out of towners here to experience a litle of France in the ambience and food.. service is pleasant, country french food is excellent and nicely presented.. and I like the fact that they serve breakfast dishes until 2:30pm! Will keep going back here ."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "If you haven't eaten and experienced this gem.....make your reservation and go.."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I have been here many times and like the food but the last experience of keeping tables too close makes me think if I should come again. The tables are too close it gives a feeling like I am dining while waiting for a train or bus to catch."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went to this place during Berkeley Restaurant Week. Had my (fairly well-behaved) 15 month old with me. The staff was friendly, the food was nice and affordable (though I was not super-impressed with the menu a prix fix choices - main courses were pasta, sausage and ratatouille) and the ambiance was nice. I liked that they have the demi-carafe of house wine choice, we split it (and it was nice wine!). Felt like being back on the ol' continent for an evening."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Loved it. Food portions and quality were excellent, as was the service and ambiance. Had the hot tuna sandwich on a soft bun and it was generous and delicious. Ordered the bread basket, which was wonderful and fresh."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I like La Note's ambience and food very much, but the noise level was so extreme when I last went for lunch that I will be going less often. My friend and I are seniors (healthy, active) and we couldn't converse without shouting."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I had only been at the restaurant for breakfast, many years ago. We enjoyed our dinners, the shared dessert and glass of wine. A musician was playing acoustic guitar but the noise of the young children right beside us and the size of the restaurant made the music more of an annoyance than pleasure. I like that the restaurant is child friendly but I now know that, if looking for a quiet, romantic French style restaurant to dine, I'd go elsewhere. If looking for an informal country French place to dine that is reasonably priced, with tasty food and good service, then this is definitely the place to be! A simple bistro with good food and affordable prices. Thanks."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This is South France's homestyle cooking at its best. Think comfort food, not uppity French food. Went for dinner, and loved the atmosphere. The food was delicious-ratatouille tasted bettered leftovers though once the flavors soaked in. Service, however, was extremely slow and we were pretty much ignored for most of the night (I think it was just our table for some reason). Sounds like they have a great brunch too!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This is sincerely one of my favorite places in the bay. I usually go for brunch because their creme fraiche pancakes are the best! This last time, I went to dinner to celebrate my birthday. They made it so special, it was amazing."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "La Note is the essence of good, practical, and delicious country French cooking. Nothing pretentious, just very good. The place is quite comfortable, and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. I would go back anytime and try more of their specials."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We have been going to La Note for several years now. We like the food, but sometimes is very crowded."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food was fabulous. Good prices. Wine list is quite limited. Moderate noise, tables close together, but for price reasonable."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I and my friend both flt the steak and frits were terrible.She did not even eat her steak after it was sent back and it came out the second time. Not only was it not cooked right, but it tasted funny.Th service and ambiance was very good. but if you cannot eat your food what good is a restaurant?/"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The reservation experience was not a good one. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table even though I had made a reservation."
    Dined on 12/18/2013