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
136 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)great for brunch (71)great for lunch (56)fit for foodies (55)romantic (39)great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (27)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (7)hot spot (7)scenic view (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Delightful unique restaurant.
    KKKP
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    Delightful unique restaurant. Food, drinks, and desserts all delicious. It's noisy when full, but don't let that keep you away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I found it very noisy with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2011
    I found it very noisy with tables set too close together. The food, while fine, was nothing special - albeit we only had a light fare. The service was average, with some confusion as to who was actually our server. Overall - just OK.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our visit to La
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    We enjoyed our visit to La Note. The decor - very French, with the faded decor and all the servers in black. Our crostini were delicious and the Dijon dressing on the salad was perfect. We both ordered the mussels and found them tasty but not really special. The menu mentioned saffron and tomato, and both were present but unfortunately outnumbered and overpowered by the celery. The meal ended well though, as my cafe creme was very well made. The dessert menu looked really delicious, but we had no time for it, as we were headed to a concert. We might have had time, as we were seated at 6 pm, but it took 45 minutes to receive our appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I don't think anybody wants
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    I don't think anybody wants to go to a restaurant where the entertainment finishes playing and than comes around with a hat for tips in the middle of your dinner. Also when you sit down it would be great if someone who works there would give you a menu and perhaps even open your wine before 15-20 minutes goes by. The reviews on this restaurant touched on the poor service and its true.
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  • La Note to a syphony
    theSALTYdog
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    a SUPER evening was had here as a precourse to a Berkeley Rep performance. The ambiance, delightful waitress, and food were all right on with attention, flavor, and french fervor. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Note is very charming and
    Babbyjo1VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    La Note is very charming and the food is authentic casual French food. Very enjoyable. The wine special was inexpensive and excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fantastic local restaurant
    Libby
    Dined on 1/14/2011
    A Fantastic local restaurant that feels like France! Plus, a wonderful accordion player on Friday nights--what a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table was lovely -- a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/14/2011
    Our table was lovely -- a little two-top in a tiny, quiet corner (most of the rest of the tables were in more open spaces). The food is wonderful. I had a lemon zest-ricotta-basil ravioli with a carmelized onion and grape sauce that was so good that it'll be hard to branch out to try something new next time. My companion had the La Note version of a hamburger -- Niman Ranch beef, hache, with carmelized onions and grilled tomatoes, as well as big, terrific frites on the side. The profiteroles we had for dessert were very good. I'd come back in a heartbeat and can't wait to try their weekend brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Note is a crowded restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2011
    La Note is a crowded restaurant with a limited menu. That said, if you can get a reservation (far more possible for dinner than for brunch), it's certainly worth the trip. I've eaten there several times and never been disappointed with my meal, brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very homey little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2011
    A very homey little place - great for brunch. The water is served in a very cute and small pitcher and glasses used are small. Pancakes are really moist and sides also delicious. Just a very cute spot to stop by.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Got there without my full
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2010
    Got there without my full party, but they were nice enough to seat us when 2/4 were there. Towards the end of the meal, there were only two tables left and we had some trouble getting the waitress's attention (staff was eating, which I understand, but wish she'd kept an eye out). Because it was a short business week for them, they did not have the bouillabaisse (restaurant did not order the seafood that goes in it), which was a bit disappointing. Been there numerous times before for brunch and it's ALWAYS great, despite any wait. Would probably return for dinner dining in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French bistro, large
    Andy
    Dined on 12/11/2010
    Great French bistro, large portions, very reasonable prices. The noise level is quite high, which made it difficult to hear someone across the table once the place filled up.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little loud and the service
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2010
    A little loud and the service was a bit slow but the food was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff go out of their way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/9/2010
    Staff go out of their way to let you know they don't care. One spilled water all over the table, then walked away, we had to ask for napkins. Food took forever, and another party nearby who arrived before us were just getting served as we left. Food, when it finally arrived, was uneven at best. Have no idea why this place gets good reviews.
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  • This is one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/2/2010
    This is one of my favorite Berkeley restaurants, especially for brunch. I do recommend avoiding the crowds on Sunday mornings though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was not memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    The food was not memorable but it is a cute place. If you find yourself there for dinner the appetizers are large enough for two and these dishes were the highlight of the meal. The entrees (me muscles, him chicken) were under-seasoned and a bit bland. (breakfast must be better since those are the better reviews!)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a very nice meal. Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    Had a very nice meal. Only complaint is that table was very small for four people. Asked to be moved but said other larger table was reserved for five. However only 3 sat at it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prices were economical for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    Prices were economical for the area but my salmon was overcooked. Table rocked back & forth. Chairs uncomfortable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent pasteries.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    Great food, excellent pasteries. Try the blueberry oatmeal. Mocha is fantastic. Great placed for breakfast meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a bit noisy but great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2010
    a bit noisy but great service and all of the 4 people enjoyed the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place near empty and quiet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/15/2010
    The place near empty and quiet. Nver have seen it that way. Food was tasty and generous. servive was crisp and correct.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a wonderful cozy restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    This is a wonderful cozy restaurant that serves provencal dishes and some of the best bouillbaisse I've ever had. The food is always good. The service is only fair, as the wait staff are young, a bit too casual in their response to customers, and seem to lack experience, but are friendly and welcoming. The selling point for this restaurant is that the food is consistently good and some dishes, are exceptional. It's a great place to eat, either before a performance at The Marsh or Berkeley Rep, which are right down the street. Bob Appetite !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I know everyone was raving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    I know everyone was raving about the brunch, although the food at dinner was good as well. The waiter helped my date find a suitable wine accomodating her tastes. The portions of the food didn't quite match the price, however the bleu cheese filled hamburger was so good that we vowed to visit there again. We arrived there at 7:00pm on a Friday night, and the room wasn't filled whatsoever. Pros: Awesome accordian player, great food and desert, good for dates, great atmosphere. Cons: Prices didn't match the portions served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is a fun place for lunch,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    It is a fun place for lunch, although a bit hard to hear across the table. Re; Open Table, I tried to modify the number of people on the reservation online, and couldn't accomplish that, so I had to call the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cooking great breakfasts,
    PeppermentVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    Cooking great breakfasts, doesn't translate into a dinner restaurant. The food was horrible! The soup du jour-and the only one available- (roasted cauliflower) tasted like gravy with 5 cloves of garlic. The salade nicoise was made with canned tuna mixed in with a prepared salad which included bottled beets. The waiter was quite responsive and fast given our theatre timing: but we went hungry b/c the food was inedible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much Too noisy to talk. Tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2010
    Much Too noisy to talk. Tables much too close together.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a large group (7) and
    Willy
    Dined on 10/28/2010
    We had a large group (7) and came at different times- and we were accomodated beautifully! The menu had a large variety of cuisines and the portions were large and nicely presented. It had an intimate atmosphere- but families also enjoyed this spot. We had to rush to the Berkeley Rep but would have enjoyed a longer stay in such a pleasant place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very satisfying. Good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2010
    Very satisfying. Good service to accomodate our going to the theater
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm really glad I discovered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2010
    I'm really glad I discovered this restaurant. I had the vegetarian lasagna, which I believe was the special of the night, and it was so good. I didn't try my friends' food, but I know they enjoyed it, and I do have the leftovers of one of their chicken sandwiches in my fridge and I'm looking forward to eating it. The desserts were yummy - we got the creme brulee (which was a bit runny but tasted good), the pastry puffs with ice cream and chocolate sauce (big! probably good to share) and the blackberry crumble with ice cream, which was probably the best of the three. Also share-able. We went on a Friday, when they have an accordion player, which I really liked. I ended up buying one of his CDs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really slow, unwelcoming service.
    foodlackyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2010
    Really slow, unwelcoming service. If the food wasn't so delightful I would never go to La Note. Their fruit bowl (now only served M-F) at breakfast is great, as are the egg dishes. Coffee drinks are served in a big bowl like cup but often arrive cold. The staff loves to chat... with each other. The patrons are often ignored which can be nice for a romantic brunch, but not so great for how long it can delay your food. Once food comes to the pass, it should go out to the tables without delay, esp. egg dishes. The breakfast is the reason to go. In the summer the patio in the back can be great, but the issue of service is even bigger. Inside, plan for a 75 minute breakfast (not including queue), outside plan for 90 minutes.
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  • The food was good. Not amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    The food was good. Not amazing. I have been for lunch and liked it better. The decor is pleasant although the lighting is not in harmony with the place. It could be soften and less bright if they replaced the track lighting with something a little more subtle. The bread and butter are delicious and overall the ambience is nice. I think I would go back for brunch or lunch. It works well for a pre or post-movie bite.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice food and ambiance but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    nice food and ambiance but too loud for comfortable conversation. My suggestion is to install some ceiling sound panels - they will make a terrific difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were not seated. The host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2010
    We were not seated. The host explained that she only had the name and number of guests in the party. My note via OpenTable about one guest being in a wheelchair was ignored so there was no room for us and she was unable to estimate wait time. We went to another restaurant nearby where we were treated with respect despite the crowd.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a roasted chicken salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2010
    We had a roasted chicken salad and a baguette with Brie for lunch. Both were excellent: the ingredients were fresh, the baguette had a nice crust (as it should!). One of us had a beverage (Pagnol) made with cranberry and citrus juice in sparkling water: very refreshing. We ate outside behind the restaurant away from the traffic noise on Shattuck. The service was very friendly. We will return and recommend this restaurant.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • I've been away for two years
    HelpthoseinneedVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2010
    I've been away for two years but ALWAYS have a perfect meal here!! I had lunch here, and sat in the back open air area---you should too! The mushroom stuffed raviolis were wonderful--that's all I had. Yummy, nice servers, they have a very nice wine and beer (thank goodness) selection...NEVER had a bad meal or time there!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ended up dining somewhere
    Urbane
    Dined on 9/10/2010
    We ended up dining somewhere else. This restaurant is listed in Zagat as having Outdoor Dining, however once we arrived we learned that only weekend brunch is served on the patio. We were able to find a venue to our liking on Bancroft Avenue, where the food and wine were quite satisfying. And it was quiet enough for conversation!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy. Crowded with narrow
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2010
    Noisy. Crowded with narrow aisles. Uncomfortable chairs. But...the FOOD! Incredible salads (even the small is generously sized) and soups. Bouillabaise was terrific, one of the best we've had anywhere. Ratatouille with couscous, poached eggs, and merguez sausage was superb; the ratatouille was as good as I make at home. Decent coffee and the moderate prices make it clear why this restaurant is deservedly popular. We've put this on our "A" list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Certain things on the menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2010
    Certain things on the menu are really good, but others fall flat -- the roasted tomatoes are great and the breakfasts are better than the sandwiches for lunch. Patio is great place to sit when warm
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice experience. Enjoyed
    InveterateVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2010
    Very nice experience. Enjoyed the food. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate