La Note Restaurant Provencal

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1008 reviews
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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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D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This provincial French restaurant serves a delightful menu. The service can be a bit sleepy. However, the food is delicious. I had a puff pastry filed with seafood that surpassed my expectations.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend from my improvisation troupe and my daughter went there, coincidentally, on international women's day. Great food, service, conversation, ambience, and even the other diners were fun.

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LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a Valentine's day-after dinner! Less rushed than Valentine's Day itself would have been, and since I had to work Thursday night it was the perfect romantic, cozy spot for excellent Italian dining, complete with a terrific and yet not overwhelming accordian player!

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f
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Delightful bistro atmosphere. Full with pre-theatre crowd on a Friday night - servers and kitchen make sure we finish in time for curtain. Lovely green salad for 2 to share; beef Daube was not great but tasty; mussels were great. Wine list ok; the La Bastide Vacquerras was smooth but bland. Overall, La Note works well for pre -performance meal.

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BK
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a charming small restaurant and it would feel like a European bistro if the noise level were managed better. Perhaps older buildings (much older!) absorb sound better. The food is classic French bistro fare done very well, service is good. I will continue to have it as a fall-back for Berkeley nights out as I have for many years, but not if I want to have much in the way of a conversation.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being European I have been looking for a dinner place which reminded me of home. I have been to La Note for brunch and have always been extremely satisfied. However, dinner at this restaurant was an unforgettable experience! The service was excellent and my friend and I were not rushed at all while we were consuming our meals (like in Europe). The service and ambiance of the restaurant only made the delicious dinner even more enjoyable. I recommend this place 100% especially the warm goat cheese (starter) and the creme brûlée as a dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. The salmon was melt in your mouth good.

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been here many times and have never been disappointed. Start with the delicious bread! Every entry is fabulous.
Enjoy.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been to La Note several times and always enjoyed it. This time, we sat in the window and split a wonderful bouillabaisse and salad nicoise. Both were very well prepared -- the bouillabaisse was particularly flavorful and full of seafood that had been cooked just the right amount. We also had "front row" seats for the accordion player who came in to play during the meal. And the wait staff were friendly, attentive and and knowledgeable. All in all, an outstanding dining experience.

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d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A notable casual French cafe, with nice service, good food, and an inexpensive but nicely selected wine listed.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very comfortable, low-key, good value, quality casual restaurant in downtown Berkeley.

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PS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

La Note's breakfasts are excellent. Only one out of five dinners I have had there have been excellent, and that was the bouillabaisse. All the rest have been mediocre (mussels, crudite, lasagna, poullet).

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We came for my wife's birthday. The fours of us, two adults, two teenagers has wonderful, authentic French Bistro fare. Everyone was delighted and satisfied with their meals.

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DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed when we arrived. Very inconvenient and unprofessional.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet restaurant, with authentic down to earth French cuisine. Really tasty!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre at best, certainly not quality French food. Very little seasoning

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FH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Larger wine list, although house wine was good. Additional aperitifs would be fun.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good provincial french cuisine. Layers of flavor in the food. Not too fancy, not overpriced for dinner. We were going to an event, so only had a glass of wine with the meal and it was a very generous pour of good quality wine. Excellent quality food that you just cannot get at many places even in the Bay Area. Staff is attentive without hovering. No complaints at all

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AK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal and the ambience of the restaurant. The food was fine, not outstanding, but good basic bistro fare. Our server was attentive.

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Note. Wonderful food and ambience for a great price. Will go again and again and again!!!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed guitar music during delightful dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it when they have either acoustic guitar or the accordion. La Note is one of my favorite restaurants in the bay. The food and service is always consistent. Portions are nice, greens salad with goat cheese delectable, and pasta always has such a homey but classic taste. Wine selection also solid.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is awesome, as usual. But the tables are just way too close to each other.

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RF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a luscious dinner before the theater. Both the service and food were great. House wine wasn’t good. Creme Brûlée and beef stew were lovely.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was OK, except the carbonara sauce - too thick with pieces of egg, it wasn't consistent. Tasted like an undercooked, congealed omelette on pasta. I hope they can improve this dish, otherwise a good place to eat, but we won't be returning.

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b
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. We were hoping the patio would be open at night but it wasn't. There was a shade that needs to be fixed so the light was in my eyes. We shared crostini with olive tapenade and eggplant. We also shared crudités of various salads. I had the puff pastry with seafood. My husband had bouillabaisse. He enjoyed it very much but it did require some work. It came out in a glass salad bowl and the crab took up a bunch of space. It would have been a little easier to eat had it been in a large wide bowl. But again the flavor was excellent. We were too full for dessert. The place has an authentic French bistro vibe.

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WD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several tempting dinners on the menu but I just cannot pass up an opportunity to enjoy their ratatouille. And now topped with salmon – my two favorite dinners are available here as one entrée. With a salad and a carafe of their house red, it was one of those rare meals I just didn’t want to end.

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PC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good but not great. Not a great value. Authentic menu, but so-so execution.

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IT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Mediocre food at dinner. I’d heard great things about th breakfast menu and was very disappointed with the curry chicken.

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EB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Romantic birthday celebration. Had a seat by the window which was perfect for the occasion. My favorite restaurant in Berkeley that maintains its charm.

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b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wanted a laid back casual dinner. Nicely done French comfort food. Too much pasta on the menu and not enough other bistro standards, but generally satisfying.

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We never made it having a meal since when seated, there was a notice on the table advising us that La Note is charging a MANDATORY 20% service fee/tip.
Nobody is telling me how much I have to tip! I tip on performance, not ahead of time.
The story that the waiter/waitresses are depending on the tips of the consumers, is a bit obsolete: the authorities have mandatory upgraded their wages and a lot of restaurants are also contributing to health insurance (in some cases also by the authorities which is now reflected in the bill as an added tax!), so increased salaries plus mandatory increased (20%!) tips is double and therefore overdone.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We dined here with our two teenagers on a recent Saturday night. Very cozy restaurant with a lot of character and charm. The place was packed, so we were definitely glad to have reservations. They had live music - an accordion player, which just seemed so French. All of our food was delicious. Unfortunately they were out of a few things by the time we ordered, but there were other good options on the menu. The mushroom ravioli and lasagna of the day were particularly flavorful, but the chicken curry and penne pasta were also very good. Service was a little hit and miss. Our waitress was very sweet, but she could have been a little more attentive. Took forever to get our drinks, and she was hard to find when we were ready for refills. But, the food and other service made up for it. We will definitely return when we're in the area again.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was marvelously surprised to find a French bistro so close to my sister's that reminded me of Paris. The menu was extensive and unique at the same time. The service was delightful. Dinner for me was a green salad with the half cheese half charcuterie plate. My wife had the steak frites followed by divine ice cream choices.

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BJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure--for us it's dinner or nice-weather brunch/lunch in the lovely outdoor courtyard. Excellent (and delicious) menu, small but meets all needs and desires and always a few specials.
Charming efficient staff.

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TS
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we enjoyed for an anniversary at La Note. The restaurant is charming with baskets hanging from the ceiling and touches of France everywhere. The pomme frites are crunchy and perfect served with aioli if you like it. Delicious! The endive salad is a must have. It tasted as great as the ones I’ve had in France and the large size is perfect to share. For my main course I order the mussels in a rich creamy saffron sauce with celery and herbs. Usually mussels can be bland but these were first rate fabulous. Our friend ordered the chicken curry and sopped up every last bite with the hearty brown Acme bread. Two people enjoyed the pasta Provencal. For dessert, don’t miss the profiteroles: two large ice cream filled cream puffs with warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Our waitress, Lindsey, was adorable and attentive, making our special occasion truly an evening to remember. Merci!
C’etait fantastique!

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CA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

La Note never disappoints. And one of the few places one can find an outstanding Salade Nicoise. (Get the small, unless you're feeding a group!) Also, going on a night when the accordion player is there is always good, atmospheric fun.

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KK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre menu. Weak service.

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IP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Disappointed - all the entrees and appetizers were brought to the table at the same time in a rush to turn over tables quickly to accommodate the people waiting for tables, and presumably to maximize profits. Sad for us as we had a long standing reservation and had planned for a nice long dinner celebrating our daughter's UC Berkeley graduation. The food was also disappointing.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. We have been here several times and it always is delicious and authentic.
Merci beaucoup

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