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La Note Restaurant Provencal

957 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Home Style
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French, Provencal
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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
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Phone number
(510) 843-1525
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Dorothée: (510) 843-1517
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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.
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Cross street
Durant Ave
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Parking details
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Public transit
Downtown Berkeley Bart station 4 blocks away
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Live Guitarist on Thursday evenings. Accordion on Friday evenings
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 957 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLinda (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 26, 2016

LaNote has been a favorite in the past and I want to keep going there because of its charm. Unfortunately the last couple of times have been disappointing, starting with their running out of croissants while still breakfast-time! The waiter even said this is a repeated problem and he has to be the bearer of bad news. Why not just correct this by ordering more? Croissants are not the most expensive thing to have left over if that were to happen.

Also, the food was luke-warm when served. No patio-service on a beautiful warm day -- last year patio was open by this time. This is one of the key reasons that I like to go there, so another major disappointment.

LaNote is so successful and I want to support their success, but it seems like they are becoming a little indifferent to maintaining customer satisfaction.

ebertANDernie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

If you're looking for savory French or delicious baked goods, this is the place to go. This place has a heavy hand on everything, from butter to the sauces and dressing. I enjoyed the bakery items. I ordered the croque madame, and it was swimming in it's sauce. I would have like a bit less. I'll know for next time to ask for less.

hereusement (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

We had a reservation through Open Table which we made several days in advance. When we arrived, the restaurant wasn't open yet. When it opened, we had to wait in line while others who may or may not have had a reservation pushed their way in. I requested a different table from the one the hostess showed us. She said they had to divide that table into two tables of two - it wasn't available for a table of four. We were placed near the door at a small table. It was drafty and one in our party had to wear sunglasses because the sun was coming through the door into his eyes. A table next to us, where one guest had pushed her way in ahead of everyone in line to secure it, was very noisy which affected our ability to hold a conversation. I noticed that after we were seated another party of 4 arrived and sat at the table I had requested.

We have been to this restaurant several times before. The food and the Provencal atmosphere are wonderful which is why we come back. This experience diminished my view.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

Great food. I always have a great experience here. The patio is great during spring, summer, and fall

mel13b (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2016

Enjoyed brunch on the patio this time, great outdoor space!

Mike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Great place for a special occasion, or just because. Unique menu, great service, and excellent atmosphere/ambiance. Small dining room with décor that makes you feel that you are in a French bistro. After 4 or 5 visits here, I've had an opportunity to try different menu items and have never been disappointed.

Lauren707 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

I've Dined at La Note twice now and found both experiences to be most enjoyable all around.

Highly recommend,

~ Lauren

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

The food was outstanding and our server very attentive and knowledgeable. We enjoyed every dish we ordered. Seafood sausage was amazing.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

This place is the best. I've eaten brunch and dinner here and everything is delicious!

vipDanC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Most of the times I've been to La Note have been before theater performances, which we did again last weekend. And this is too bad! They do a good job getting the theater crowd served and out the door in time, but the food is so good, it's a shame not to linger with it! The menu is interesting and varied, and everything was yummy. But we didn't have time for dessert! Next time we'll go when we don't have a deadline.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

La Note is easily one of my all-time favorite restaurants. The La Ouefs Lucas is to die for! I always order a baguette in lieu of the toast and a mocha. Can't really get much better than that. This sweet Provençal French place is wonderful for brunch and breakfast. On a nice day ask to be seated outside. French conform food. Truly great.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

The restaurant was pretty quiet on a random weekday, food was delicious and our server was very attentive and amazing!

Celia (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

Every time I eat here I'm so happy that I decided to come to La Note. They do something that is so rare in Berkeley, land of overwrought cooking: they make simple, traditional French dishes and make them very well. I often get the ham sandwich with cornichons, which is wonderfully plain but incredibly flavorful and delicious. It is generous, too; I usually eat one half when I'm there for lunch, and the other half for dinner that night. They make lovely salads and soups as well. Because they aren't trying to be incredibly posh and cutting edge, they don't toss in a bunch of differently flavored ingredients and then talk about the muddled mishmash of tastes that produces as if it were a complex work of art. They just focus on enhancing the flavor of whatever the main ingredient of a dish might be, so that the diner's experience is one of clarity rather than muddle, focused intensity rather than sensory saturation. I would eat there every day if I could.

happy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

whenever I think of where to have a nice brunch/lunch with hubby or friend, i think of la note.. always consistently good food, nice choices, very cute country french atmosphere. Ideal for 2 people

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

The flavors were very home style on the dishes we tried. However, the poulet (chicken) portion was rather small. The over all plate was a good amount of food despite that. The Ratatouille was a little lacking in flavor. The desserts were a little disappointing but still not bad. Overall you could get a worse meal but you can do better as well. Its a safe choice if you're in the mood for French.