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 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (73)neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (56)great for lunch (54)romantic (40)great for outdoor dining (39)special occasion (28)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (7)scenic view (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • I keep coming back!
    happy
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic....a little bit of Paris
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    If you haven't eaten and experienced this gem.....make your reservation and go..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but too crowded
    RaKi
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with nice European vibe
    Buburuza
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, too-loud La Note
    JaneWEllis
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern french gem
    CaraVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner before show
    Singah114
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it. Food portions and
    none
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Country Food
    mlleaimee
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nicely Done, Well Presented
    golfkatVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to eat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We have been going to La Note for several years now. We like the food, but sometimes is very crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Ellenk
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food was fabulous. Good prices. Wine list is quite limited. Moderate noise, tables close together, but for price reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very poor food
    richardVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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?/
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Holiday lunch
    Toast
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The reservation experience was not a good one. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table even though I had made a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I realize it is impossible to make a great bouillabaisse here because we do not have the same fish here than in Marseille. Also in Marseille they charge at least $100 for a bouillabaisse. You charge a lot less. But perhaps you could improve on the spices you use and give a bit more rouille. In any event it is tough to find restaurants offering bouillabaisse in the Bay Area. I know only another restaurant in San Francisco. Yours is much better than theirs. I would come more often if it was not for parking which is tough on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meals
    Bob1VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Loved our dining experience here. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Note is an excellent value
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    La Note is an excellent value and really the best restaurant in its geographic area. On the weekends, reservations are a must. The only drawback is that it does not open until 6pm so it is a little tight time wise when one is trying to get to a performance by 8pm. The wait staff sometimes gets overwhelmed, although we have found one waitress who has worked there for decades and able to manage all her tables extremely well. The menu rarely changes; we have our favorites, but it is fun to try the specials, as well. This time I enjoyed the mushroom ravioli, and my husband had the sausage with fries. We split an appetizer plate of charcuterie with fruit and various cheeses and a dessert of profiteroles with ice cream, covered in chocolate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable, but dated and lacking
    MarioRVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had dinner at La Note, looking for a low key and quick neighborhood spot before an event at Cal. I enjoyed the ambiance, complete with live accordion music. The service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Where La Note fell down was in its food quality and menu. The dishes were heavy, cheese covered and not particularly flavorful. The house wine was also cheap and overly sweet. It was a serviceable restaurant, but I'm not sure if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken dish did not have
    MangebienVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Chicken dish did not have enough flavor (most flavor was in the prunes and there were very few) and dark meat was moist but both of us sent back the dry over-cooked breasts. Waitress was accommodating. Substitute dish of ratatouille was like mush and not much flavor.
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  • Given the average quality
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Given the average quality of the restaurants in the area, we think La Note is one of the best. The place is always packed on the weekends so it is imperative to have a reservation. The menu never changes, but two of our favorite entres are the steak with fries and the fish in the puff pastry. The steak is always prepared perfectly, very tender, and nicely seasoned, although the fries are nothing unusual. The puff pastry is large enough for two people and comes filled with lots of salmon, small scallops, and other types of fish. The baked camenbere comes with roasted pear slices, fresh greens and small toasts and is a delicious appetizer. We often skip dessert because we can't eat it and pay in time to get to an 8:00 pm show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Berkeley Rep
    Bucker
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We made reservations for 6pm but got stuck in horrible SF traffic, so were running late. When we called to see if the Restaurant would hold our table and let them know that we 'd be going to an 8pm play, they could not have been more gracious and accommodating. When we arrived, they seated us immediately and were so efficient, that we were still able to have a relaxing dinner and make the play with time to spare. The staff were fantastic in every way. We'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Jillian
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We loved the food and atmosphere! All around an wonderful experience (very reasonable cost too)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the ratatouille with
    psw123VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Loved the ratatouille with merguez (or egg!) and the very French light salad. My dinner companions had moule, ravioli and beef stew and all enjoyed it. The service is pleasant, but nerve-wrackingly slow and we didn't have time for dessert before the theater. Other than improving service, their system of opening the doors at 6 and having tons of reservations at the time is a bit silly. you end up standing on the street for 10 minutes which isn't great if it's cold or raining and is just poor planning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner before Berkley Rep
    BenGordon
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Doors do not open until 6 PM so be prepared to wait outside. The soupe de jour - Tomato Basil -was a perfect blend of texture, sweetness, and ripe tomatoes. The Flat Iron Steak was delicious; the Beef stew over paparedell was soft and flavorful. Service was excellent. La Note feels like a comfy and cozy neighborhood dining place. The house red and white wines were $7 and most of the main dishes were $20 or less. Great food and reasonable prices. You don't have to wait for a special occasion to dine here. This was our first time here and plan to return the next time we go to the Berkeley Rep, and hope to try it out for weekend Brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • breakfast at la note
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    service was very good, food is always outstanding. I would like to go back more often but a little out of the way for me , it is not a lot of money but you have to pay to park.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and quaint
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    this little place on Shattuck is quite friendly and neighborly. The food was delicious and a musician played for the evening. Very delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No garden seating
    SeonVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I was really looking forward to their beautiful garden. Instead, we were all crammed inside around tiny tables and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Apparently they close the garden during fall/winter even on a sunny day. What a disappointment!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    FDexplorer
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I found this restaurant off of yelp, read the reviews and was really pleased to have the ability to reserve a table for the same night online. I was surprised to find this lovely, Provence styled restaurant on busy Shattuck Ave. The atmosphere was very warm and relaxing, the servers were beyond friendly and gracious, and for your buck the quantity of food was appreciated. We enjoyed the french wine although the daily special (organic beef stew) seemed like it could have used a bit more stew time (the meat was quite chewy) overall the flavors were comforting and reminded one of eating in a quaint country restaurant somewhere in a medium sized town in France. I would have like to have tried the mousse desert, but they were out - next time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice small venue with fresh,
    vssjns
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    A nice small venue with fresh, simple dishes. Great ambiance. Many local residents frequent La Note, which is a good indicator of the quality of food it offers. A woman and I chatted about restaurants and theater in Berkeley while waiting for the doors to open (6 p.m. sharp, and not before!). When the hostess let us in the restaurant, the woman invited me to dine with her and her husband — a very friendly gesture and a good reflection on restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm coming back for more!
    balds
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    This place was recommended to me by my daughter when I was looking for an outdoor or patio seating for brunch so of course I was disappointed that this was not available at this time of year on weekdays. The place had a homey atmosphere - gives you and your guest a feeling of comfort and ease right away. The people are very helpful especially with choosing the menu (its french, right?). We noticed that there were people like us who used this place as a meeting ground. The food was very good to excellent! All in all, I don't regret that I followed the recommendation of my daughter -- my guests/friends and I had a nice time, we were happy and we had a very good breakfast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only bad thing about it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    The only bad thing about it is that the tables are too close to each other and there is no space to move around and also a lot of privacy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Original concept
    KKKP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I know of no other restaurant in the area with anything like La Note's ambience and menu. We always enjoy our visit's there, especially the latte's in the extra-large cups and the ratatouille. I recommend La Note to anyone looking for a unique, low-key dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls' Night
    JRose
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Some friends and I had to change our dinner plans at the last minute since our first choice booked up sooner than expected. However, La Note was an excellent alternative (all possible because of Open Table, of course!). We were pleasantly surprised to find that they do dinner on F,Sat and Sun, and we'll likely come back again for dinner. Although the place was busy, our waitress allowed us to split the check four ways at the end of the meal--thanks for being flexible! Perfect way to start a night at the ballet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ratatouille with
    psw123VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Excellent ratatouille with merguez sausage- i always eat the same thing- so i can't review the rest of the food!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    First time in La Note Provencal. Very pleased with our waitress who knew the menu well and easily answered our questions. My wife had the chicken entree which was very tasty. Have eaten many ravioli dishes in the past but this was the very best with an incredible sauce. Will definitely return in the future when we attend another Berkley Rep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Nice Spot for Lunch
    BarbiVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I had lunch here with 3 friends. We all thought that the food was tasty and nicely presented. This a comfortable place to go for lunch, breakfast or brunch. There are vegetarian options available. The restaurant is within walking distance of the UC Berkeley campus, 3 movie theaters and Berkeley Rep.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice service, lovely place
    BerkeleyGal
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    I was delighted to sit at the table near the window, so I felt that I was somewhat outdoors and a bit away from the noise of the busy room. I wanted to sit outside at the patio as I had in previous visits but it was not open at this time of year, so the window seat was a good substitute. A nice place to meet my friend and have a very enjoyable lunch. We share ratatouille and brie sandwich. Food was good. Cute decor. Nice service. We had a reservation and showed up almost half an hour late, and they were fine about that, which was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting Find
    Izzy
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    We were walking in the area and saw people standing in line outside the door waiting to get in. Obviously this is the sign of a really good restaurant. So we came back and were not dsappointed. We were delighted in every way. Their excellent food, good service and ambience will have us returning soon to try other dishes. I highly recommend La Note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but too small a table
    r4963
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I've eaten a La Note several times. This past weekend was the first time it was for a group of four people. I made reservations weeks in advance to secure a table at 6:30pm on Saturday evening. As usual, the food at atmosphere were good, as my francophile friends would agree. However, we were disappointed that we had to eat at a table for two. That is, La Note has several tables for four that have been converted from two person tables. This is something to be considered, especially if you are planning a special dinner ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate