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Thu, 6/21
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11:00 PM
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La Note Restaurant Provencal

4.2
975 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Durant Ave
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Parking details
http://www.downtownberkeley.org/index.php?option=com_directory&page=viewcat&catid=27&Itemid=39
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Public transit
Downtown Berkeley Bart station 4 blocks away
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Entertainment
Live Guitarist on Thursday evenings. Accordion on Friday evenings
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 975 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mediocre menu. Weak service.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I love La Note for brunch , but dinner was a real pleasure. The Safran Rice was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent food, service, wine and live music. Quiet and confort place to eat a great food and talk.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Good food; good service

(Birthday celebration)

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had my reservation but they seated other people claiming to have a reservation that La note didn’t have & couldn’t seat us.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great restaurant! The French cuisine, the house red wine, and the ambience were all so delicious and such a complete experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Son home from college - a favorite spot

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Horrible manager- very rude and sarcastic when we requested for a small accommodation on the bright spotlight lighting on our dinner table

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Authentic Provencal cuisine in a friendly and casual French cafe.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food is well priced. Kind of French/Italian provincial.
Flavor is great. This place is simple home food fare.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Such a charming and delicious spot. It felt like we were in paris

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Terrible service.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Chicken dish was rather dry & butternut, sausage, veg lasagne had mashed potatoe texture. Otherwise, appetizer & pasta dishes were good. Very tentative service.

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 9, 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.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 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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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Fondant au chocolate was so good!!

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