I organized a birthday lunch for a small group of friends here, thanks to the birthday girl's recommendation. Five of us shared a cheese plate, each had a small sandwich or large salad, and the bill was under $65 including tip! When they realized there was a birthday, they gave her a plate with small cookies and pastries and candles and sang "Happy Birthday" in French. While the atmosphere is a little more casual than the great food, it is a charming place, and I would definitely go back.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Comfortable French Bistro
My husband and I wanted to try out this restaurant as we used to frequent the old Chester's, primarily for the weekend music. We took advantage of the fact that one of our favorite groups was playing last Friday night. Our experience was very satisfying. I had the La Ferme salad, composed of grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese and avocado over greens. It was delicious and perfectly dressed. My husband had a special of grilled salmon with fennel risotto which was sensational and well-priced. I have read a number of reviews that commented negatively on the service, but we had very good service. A couple of minor errors were resolved immediately. I hope this restaurant succeeds. We intend to go back for the food, not just the music.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new favorite local restaurant
With the closing of Venezia I was lost but moving from Italian to French is the answer. Loved the food and location - very tasty...I recommend the filet mignon and french onion soup...Also, the cheese plate is authentic - very french.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for dinner and the
We went for dinner and the food was amazing! The Filet mignon tasted great, the service was a little slow, but it's good to take a step back from the busyness of life and actually enjoy your food! The desserts were also to die for. They were sold out of some but the chocolate mousse came in its own chocolate cup which was perfect. Not to sweet, not too bitter.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A miraculous find
We looked for a restaurant that offered a quiet noise level; we hoped for good food. Oh,did we luck out!
La Fable offered tranqiilty AND truly excellent food, plus a well-chosen list of wines. My husband's baked mussels were another success, and so was our guest's salmon. The excellent wine list allowed each of us to choose a different wine, the generous glass lasted through our entrees; we were enjoying the quiet conversation we had wanted so to have possible.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
La Fable review
We dined there last Saturday night when they had a great singer. As a result the ambiance was amazing. Our Irish waitress was very friendly as were the owners. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced and the desserts, tarte tatin/chocolate fondant/macarons/strawberry tarts were simply delicious!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Brunch Spot with Great Service
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!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
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.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Place For Lunch
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.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Saturday evening outing
The food was great, the staff friendly and the band was excellent. This place has become one of our favorites!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good neighborhood place
downstairs had music, upstairs quieter and great deck. Staff quite nice and attentive. Lobster bisque delicious, good cold Macon Village.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Fable is an intimate spot
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.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looks like a new fun spot
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.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Neighborhood & delicious
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.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A tasty change
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.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best small restaurant
Have eaten here multiple times. Great food. Attentive service, and great atmosphere. Also kid friendly!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Pet Friendly Brunch Spot!
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!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM