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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mediocre menu. Weak service.
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.
Lovely evening. We have been here several times and it always is delicious and authentic.
I love La Note for brunch , but dinner was a real pleasure. The Safran Rice was wonderful.
Excellent food, service, wine and live music. Quiet and confort place to eat a great food and talk.
Good food; good service
La Note has gone downhill as far as I'm concerned. The menu has changed to try to please too many tastes. Curried chicken dish? Pasta selections? What happened to the predominately French menu? I had the porcini ravioli. Very disappointing. Not much rich flavor you'd expect from porcini and the dough was pasty. "Wild mushrooms" in the bland sauce were hard to locate. My partner had the steak frittes. Steak of not very good quality. Frittes were mediocre. The server was friendly and competent, however. We used to go on occasion for Friday night dinner. We won't be going back.
Had my reservation but they seated other people claiming to have a reservation that La note didn’t have & couldn’t seat us.
Great restaurant! The French cuisine, the house red wine, and the ambience were all so delicious and such a complete experience!
Son home from college - a favorite spot
La Note Never ceases to amazing me whenever I come here. Thi is the first time I have been here for dinner, and it blew my boyfriend and me away. we started with the
Crotin De Fromage De Chevre Cuits Aux Noix which is terrific and I would highly recommend as a starting plate because of it light but fantastic to taste. For vegetarians, I recommend Ravioles Au Safran as an entree course and for meat eaters Steak Frites Persillade. Last for dessert; all the desserts are so good I would not recommend just one.
The design and atmosphere are perfect for a date night, and the service is excellent. 10/10 for everything this place has to offer.
My wife and I met a couple of friends here for dinner. We all enjoyed our meals, the ambience was good and the waitress was friendly and helpful.
There was a problem with the bill, which we only discovered after we'd left the restaurant (we'd been charged for an extra entree). This was quickly sorted out when we returned to show them the error. They even refunded the cost of one of the desserts for goodwill.
Overall, it was a good experience for everyone, although parking can be a problem in that area of Berkeley.
This was my second time at La Note. Each time the food, service and total experience was excellent. We also liked the live musician playing Flamenco guitar.
my reserved table was given away. my entree arrived with the appetizers despite specifically mentioning dish was being ordered ahead of time because of long prep time req'd and my date had not even arrived when I first ordered. Seafood stew was completely overcooked. Perhaps La Note should not pool all tips and the waitstaff would be more motivated to listen to the diners requests.
I've eaten here for breakfast and was quite impressed. I am said to say that I was left somewhat underwhelmed by the dinner food.
We had another amazing meal at La Note. The menu is always a delight and there are specials on the chalk board. The service was very good and attentive.
Horrible manager- very rude and sarcastic when we requested for a small accommodation on the bright spotlight lighting on our dinner table
I recently had the Daube Provencal entree at La Note; the dish was outstanding - a beef stew that was moist, tender and tasty. It was not a surprise since I have dined there numerous times, and the experience always merits repeating.
Authentic Provencal cuisine in a friendly and casual French cafe.
Food is well priced. Kind of French/Italian provincial.
Flavor is great. This place is simple home food fare.
This restaurant has excellent food with many tasty dishes available. It is also located right in the heart of Berkeley. We plan to go back again soon.
My husband liked his beef stew order but I hated my scallop and shrimp in crusty pastry. Large service fee of 20% which included only a partial tip was unexpected, but I was told many restaurants are doing that. Service was great and it has a nice ambiance. I just ordered wrong thing. Breakfasts are outstanding here.
Such a charming and delicious spot. It felt like we were in paris
Wonderful spot and wonderful experience! Great service, delightful ambiance, yummy food. This is the most charming, lovely little bistro. I live in the food mecca that is wine country and would give anything for a spot like this close to home!
Chicken dish was rather dry & butternut, sausage, veg lasagne had mashed potatoe texture. Otherwise, appetizer & pasta dishes were good. Very tentative service.
Food was fine. Service was fine. Owner was incredibly rude. She aggressively wanted us to change tables 2/3 of the way through our meal to accommodate a group of her friends. It left a really bad taste. Very impolite.
Went with girlfriend for dinner before a movie. A little pricier than usual for me, but definitely worth it.
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.
Delightful place with very authentic French food. The mussels were amazing and my date highly recommended the “steak frites”. Will definitely return.
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.
The Bouillabaisse didn't have very much flavor although it was packed with plenty of seafood.
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.
Fondant au chocolate was so good!!