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About 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.

2377 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
French, Provencal

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

Cross Street:
Durant Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 843-1525

Website:
http://www.lanoterestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Guitarist on Thursday evenings. Accordion on Friday evenings

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.

Parking Details:
http://www.downtownberkeley.org/index.php?option=com_directory&page=viewcat&catid=27&Itemid=39

Public Transit:
Downtown Berkeley Bart station 4 blocks away

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Note Restaurant Provencal Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Authentic (6)
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Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Went with girlfriend for dinner before a movie. A little pricier than usual for me, but definitely worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

La Note is a real gem. Ambiance enhanced by an accordian player playing romantic music in the background, great wait staff, scrumptious food, reasonable prices. Great for a date or to share a meal with friends of family.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delightful place with very authentic French food. The mussels were amazing and my date highly recommended the “steak frites”. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

First time at La Note, chosen for its convenient location near Cal Performances at Zellerbach! Very good food indeed by the standards of the south campus restaurants. Seems to be a 'hang out' for local people a little older than students. Friendly and prompt service. Comfortably scruffy. When we arrived, the noise level was moderate despite the tuneless strumming of a guitarist at the side of the room. However, by the time we were actually eating, the noise was somewhat distressing; we could converse only by speaking very loudly as everybody else was doing. Restaurant noise is destroying the restaurant dining experience in the USA; we've just come home from three weeks in Spain and Italy, and we can testify that even crowded restaurants do not need to be painfully noisy.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Bouillabaisse didn't have very much flavor although it was packed with plenty of seafood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is one of THE best restaurants in the East Bay. Worth the wait...but I recommend making reservations.

Steak frites is over the top every time.
Ratatouille is beautiful and mouth watering.
House wines are perfect and affordable.
Brunch is always good. Get the basket of baked goods with your coffee.

Friendly staff and appreciative kitchen.

Go show your love of local and dine here.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Fun, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food at La Note is exceptional! It is not "haute" in presentation or fussy in any way, but it is very very good. I had one of the best bouillabaisses ever and my husband's Bolognese spinach pasta was also very good, as was the salade d'endives. The house wine by the carafe was a good value. The menu is large and diverse, with numerous appetizer, sandwich, pasta, and entree choices and a variety of French wines (yes!). The only problem was the noise. The ambient noise is beyond energetic and La Note adds an accordionist, which delivers the decibel coup de gras. It was impossible to carry on a conversation. The overall energy level induced a coughing fit that took me fifteen minutes, a full glass of water, and another of wine to overcome. What to do? My husband is reluctant to return, despite the great food (and he loves French restaurants), because of the noise. Maybe we'll try booking for a night when there is no music and see how that goes. If loud noise doesn't bother you while you're eating, you will find a great meal here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have enjoyed breakfast at La Note but when my friend suggested La Note for dinner ,I was interested.A musician playing French tunes was lovely.I enjoyed tasty mussels with French fries.The prices were higher than expected but service was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fondant au chocolate was so good!!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very disappointed. Food was fair. Dessert inedible. Service good. I was upset however that a hidden surcharge of 20% was added to the bill. Like the bag and seat charges airlines stick you with. The manager explained it was to pay for employee minimum wages and health care which of course should be paid but not with hidden surcharges. Increase your prices to cover your costs and profits. I won’t be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything was fantastic. The coctails, the meal, the ambiance! What more can I say??

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I love La Note, however, the staff made several errors related to the order, beginning with bringing an incorrect entree to forgetting to add on entree to our bill. Service seemed confused and inexperienced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food-average, service-nice, wine- not so good, price- too expensive for what they offer. Go instead to Manresa, Los Gatos, for the same price but better experience !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

La Note is one of my very favorite restaurants in the East Bay. The atmosphere is very French Bistro with country French decor and food. It is usually very busy, especially on weekends so make a reservation. It's loud but a good loud, people engrossed in conversation and having a nice time.

My date had the bouillabaisse which was brimming with fresh seafood - very large shrimp and scallops among other things - in a succulent tomato broth. I had my usual steak and frites - can't help it, I love the dish so much. We split an endive salad with walnuts and Gorgonzola, excellent. The salads are large so one split between two for a first course is perfect.

I don't know how we had room but we both ordered dessert. He had the profiteroles, stuffed with vanilla ice cream, drenched in homemade chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Be forewarned, two or three people could split this one dessert, it's huge . I ordered the chocolate fondant with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. It was stupid good and so rich I brought most of it home.

Note: a $9 the desserts look pricey, but they are seriously built for two. Bon Appetit!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I like the atmosphere inside of the restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food is always top notch. Although, I'd avoid during a heat wave, as they have no AC and apparently no fans either.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The live guitar music really makes for a nice vibe and experience. Service was a little slow. It was a hot day outside, so it was unfortunate to learn that there's no air conditioning. They do an automatic addition of 20% gratuity split by the restaurant staff, so don't be surprised when you see the check.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

La Note has a consistent menu and with that a consistent quality of meals served. The quality of service varies somewhat but generally is friendly and timely. Their "special dish" does vary somewhat in the quality of the meal served.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Love this place. Wonderful and affordable food in a pleasant room with attentive staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

First time visit for wife and I; the mussels were superb. The wife's salmon dish was good, just not as creative or flavorful. Ambiance is a sort of a neighborhood eatery if the neighborhood were Paris' Marais district. Unpretentious vibe, very good service, an acoustic guitarist and the relatively small size of the room make for a noise level on the high side of moderate but not bad at all (and I do not like loud restaurants). Look forward to a second visit.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food is delicious. Having grown up in Provence eating the Provencal food made by my very Provencal grand mother and great grand mother, this is a slice of home I am always eager to share. The food is as authentic as can be, down to the north African influences which are also found in southern French cuisine. (Best mergez of the Bay Area!)

Things are a bit loud and getting the staff's attention is sometimes a bit more difficult than would be ideal, but that is also quite authentic. ;-)

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The raviolis are bomb.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We met at la note for dinner with a friend from out of town. Since neither of us lived in the area I look for a restaurant near Bart in Berkeley. The restaurant pretty much disappointed us. The food was nothing exceptional and the decor was a bit tired. I've had much better French food in other local restaurants. We were sitting near the musician and could barely hear ourselves talk. The music was certainly not worth listening to and verged on annoying . However,it was bustling and people seem to be enjoying themselves so it is appealing to many diners, just not this group. If in the vicinity we will not be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Do NOT sit in the front windows on a summer evening. You will bake and become very uncomfortable. They do NOT have outdoor patio seating for dinner even in the summer; too bad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

La Note is a lovely restaurant with good food. The service is friendly, but it's slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I had heard great things about the restaurant for breakfast. Went for dinner to check it out. I think it was just ok....nothing special. Very basic french fare. We ordered the Camembert cheese appetizer and I thought it would be gooey and great....nah...weird consistency. The rest of the food was solid but as I said nothing really stood out. Wouldn't make a special trip here. That said the customer service was good and everybody was nice. This was a good thing because they automatically add 20% gratuity to your bill (as a general rule don't love this).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Fabulous food and great ambience! A bit noisy on a busy Saturday dinner time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

30 protestors were allowed in by the manager, followed by much shouting about animal rights. Manager never called police. 20% mandatory service charge not waived, because the manager did not see anything wrong with the ambience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 25, 2017

as always, la note provides an incredible meat coupled with exquisite service and an excellent atmosphere.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We have been going here for years. The breakfasts are outstanding - best omelet ever. Dinners are very good as well. Very popular with the locals. It is always busy. It is a fun place to go.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

So French! Relaxed, casual, comfortable atmosphere, reasonable prices, good service. I noticed there weren't many on the wait staff. Daria seemed to be the only one there but we had all the attention we needed. I loved my food and the wine was especially good. They had a really nice acoustic guitar person there, it was perfect!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I love that one can get breakfast / brunch here as well as lunch every day! This was my first time here but definitely will not be my last!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Very nice restaurant, good ambiance, very good service, but prices considerably higher than comfortable, and that before 20% service charge is added. A simple sandwich and a glass of tap water should not cost $20 for one person.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Lovely spot for casual dining with distinctive, delicious food. Service was excellent, prices reasonable. Would certainly recommend La Note Provencal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good food and fun. Service is friendly but a bit slow

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Has the feel of the perfect neighborhood bistro. So comfortable, great service, great food. I'll be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I want to give all 5s but the waitress forgot one of our orders completely, leaving one in our party with no food. She did, however, generously comp us a dessert. The food was great and the ambiance delightful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

No cocktails available but ample wine list. A few choices for vegetarians, which is always nice.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Lovely restaurant with outdoor seating as well, unusual breakfast combos and delicious freshly squeezed orange juice.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Very authentic French cuisine

Mussels were delicious. So was the boulliabaisse.
We had profiteroles for dessert which was perfect to share.

Great value and very pleasant room. Table was a little small for 3.

Tags: Casual
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