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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.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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
$30 and under
Live Guitarist on Thursday evenings. Accordion on Friday evenings
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.
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
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
La Note Restaurant Provencal Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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).
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.
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!
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