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La Note

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(24 Reviews)

2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 843-1525

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Today: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tomorrow: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
22
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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Wed:
Thu - Sat:
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Payment method
check, amex, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Downtown Berkeley
Categories
French Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Family Style, French, European, Continental

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Damaris N.

07/26/2015

Overall

Food was really good! I love the service we got. Lonnie was so nice and chill. He kept checking on us and how we were doing. I will totally go back to them again!

Tu N.

11/29/2012

Overall
Delicious brunch! My fiance a...

Delicious brunch! My fiance and I came here on a trip. They have delicious brunch options. I had a potato, cheese, and onion omelet with Provencal tomatoes on the side. And of course, an order of bacon. My fiance had a cinnamon brioche french toast with some orange flavor in it. Both dishes were fabulous and our latte and cappucino was perfect. Parking is easy on the street and is metered.

berkeleybartender

01/12/2008

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Overall
Food too sugary and fly in pancake

First off, the menu is very hard to read and navigate, because I do not know French. Even with that, the choices are few and bland. I ordered french toast, and creme fraiche pancakes. The french toast was not what I was expecting and tasted too eggy and sugary. They sprinkled the entire dish with powdered sugar. Later, I was left with a disgusting egg, sugar and maple syrup after-taste that managed to survive until I went to bed. I was reminded of my mistaken adventure to La Note throughout the day as I fought back the regurgitating egg mixed with maple syrup and powdered sugar. The french toast tasted too ""eggy"" for my taste. The pancakes also had lots of powdered sugar on them and tasted pretty bland, except for the sugar. Later, we discovered a dead fly lying on the pancakes. The people of La Note were kind enough though to not charge us for that one dish. The total for just the french toast was $11. I thought that going to La Note, I would be getting a unique and French take on breakfast, but I don't think I did. On the good side, the food was nicely displayed, and the decor was pretty.

Robin F.

12/06/2007

Overall
Splendid Breakfast in Berkeley

Are you looking for a special place for breakfast? This little cafe serves authentic french entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be there early or else you will have at least a 15 minute wait. Enjoy!!!

andy261

09/29/2007

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Overall
delicious food and friendly service!

I'm not a morning person, but La Note was worth getting up early for. We started out with the bread basket, which was really good in itself, but when my oatmeal raspberry pancakes came I seriously couldn't put my fork down. Although the wait can be quite long (30-45 minutes isn't unusual), if you have the time, it's well worth a visit!

versailles79

08/27/2007

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Overall
Charming, fun and delicious food

Went to La Note for the first time recently and LOVED IT! Food was excellent, delicious, and wholesome (cranberry oatmeal pancakes, lavendar honey, fresh apple juice). The outdoor patio is gorgeous, with overhanging fruit trees, cute tablecloths, and intimidate setting. We waited for about 30 mins for a party of 4 for Sunday brunch. Prices are high, but decent for the quality of food ($60 for 4 ppl). The entire restaurant is just fun and reminds me a French cafe. The servers there even speak french to each other.

n8fig1

04/24/2007

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Overall
Awesome brunch

Me and some friends came to eat at La Note on a Saturday morning (we went early because we heard about the crowds). We were seated immediately by a beautiful hostess with dark hair who let us sit at the big family table in the middle of the restaurant. Our server was prompt and efficient, she took our order and returned almost immedieatley with our drinks and appetizer (the toasted brioche is sooooo good with butter and lavender honey). I had the creme fraiche pancakes, they were pretty normal, but the creme fraiche made them somehow creamy and rich. My partner had the Cote Sud, with these spicy lamb sausages that were to die for! Our server was french, she was pretty and funny in this really blunt french way, tres authentic. She showed us the patio as well, although it wasn't open at the time. I plan to come back in the summer to sit out there and pretend I am in Provence.

chickenbone

04/14/2007

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Overall
Good Food, bad service

I have been to La Note twice for breakfast. The first experience two weeks ago was so-so. I had the pancakes which were OK. (Everyone else I was with made better choices.) The service was a bit slow but tolerable. We went again today at 8:30. We waited an hour to be seated. Granted, we had a party of 9 and it was unusually crowded for that time but table/seating management was horrible. There were at least two instances where tables could have been put together for us but the hostess was waiting for one specific table. (Those people had walked in right before us.) Ordinarily I am a patient man but since our party had two pregnant women and three toddlers who were melting down because they were hungry, I found this to be unacceptable. I had to keep asking the hostess what was going on and felt like I had to help her do her job. We had to be seated in shifts so the kids and mom's could eat. They ordered a croissant to tide over the (crying) kids and that took to a while to arrive. (At lease she brought extra napkins in the meantime) Once we were seated, it took 15+ minutes to get coffee (isn't it already roasted?), and only after I had to remind the waitress. Once our food came, our waitress didn't come to check on us. I tried in vain to flag her down two times for coffee. However, when it was time to pay the bill, that was handled expediently. The food was good (eggs, potatoes and bacon) but the wait and poor service greatly detracted from the dining experience. I advise going only if you have lots of time and are extremely patient.

hotcakes

03/08/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
great atmosphere, poor service

This really feels like France and the food is tasty and creative. However, the lines are very long, the service is slow and doesn't know how to properly keep their waiting list. It's also more expensive than other Berkeley breakfast spots. I'll keep going back once in a while though, just for the atmosphere.

cuisinenoi

12/04/2006

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Overall
Good breakfast but bad service

Good breakfast but bad service. This was our first time there so we've only tried their French toast and ham omelette. The French toast was good but only 3 slices of that and didnt come with any sides. The omelette was light and fluffy and you can substitute their potatoes for tomatoes provencale which is better. Food is good but service was very unattentive, mainly our waittress. Took awhile before she would even drop by and take our order. Never once did she check in on us, had to try really hard to catch her attention just to get the bill. However, the hostess was nice and friendly and she even brought us our water and actually checked in on us. The waitress could sure take a lesson from the hostess. As for the atmosphere, it's got a rustic look-n-feel, however, they could sure use a sweeping of their floors and you can see dropped utensils and lots of dust and dirt.

ebayfoodie

11/16/2006

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Overall
Excellent for any meal

The first few times I ate at La Note, I came to enjoy their fabulous breakast items. Several meals later I returned for lunch and dinner and discovered that all of their dishes - no matter what time of day - are delicious. I've tried at least half of their menu items during my visits and can say that you will never be disappointed. My favorites are their gingerbread pancakes w/poached pears and their open-face bleu cheese stuffed ""burger"" served with roasted potatoes and whole garlic cloves. If you go early when they open for dinner on the weekends, you'll be seated quickly, but once 7pm rolls around expect a wait. Service is always friendly and professional and the setting is cozy enough for a solo breakfast on a weekday, but also fitting for a romantic dinner.

carstruck

10/21/2006

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Overall
When Homesick for French Food from the Provence Region

Coming back from France and missing it tres tres - my friend told me about this incredible restaurant to check out for Sunday brunch. All the food was incredibly done - all fresh ingredients, great coffee. Tres bon! Expect lines but the wait is WORTH every minute.

pualemi

10/21/2006

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Overall
Viva La France!

J'adore La Note! When the financial gods are kind (yes, you won't find the cheap prices of an IHOP breakfast sampler), my family and I trek over to Berkeley from San Lorenzo for a great breakfast. My boys (6 & 4) love the the Oeufs a la Coque while my husband opts for the Thon Grille sandwich. Hands down, we all LOVE the Creme Fraiche pancakes! Though we've experienced the pains of an hour-long wait, we usually grace the place between the 8-9am or 12-2p (that way the hubbie gets his sandwich) and are seated promptly. The wait staff is wonderful and friendly. When the weather permits, the outside patio area makes a charming backdrop to a great meal.

frozenyogirl

08/24/2006

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Overall
Quaint Breakfast Nook

This cafe oozes with french country comfort, yet still carries a streak of elegance as well. The menu is inventive including 3 different kinds of pancakes like lemon gingerbread topped with poached pears. I had the oatmeal raspberry ones, which were hearty (I was full until late afternoon). Green table tops, hanging wicker baskets and giant bouquets of fresh flowers create a cozy atmosphere.

noams2000

08/21/2006

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Overall
French style breakfast in Berkeley..

I wanted to share with you a recent breakfast that I had.
I'm a busy business man (from Israel) that traveling alot around the world. As a person who's visiting so many spots around the globe i think i can recomend you about many places around the world that you should go too... The thing is that always when i have some time off from work i'm taking my wife and going around the bay to visit a restaurant that friends of mind recomended. Few days ago i had that opportunity in La Note, and i thought it would be nice to share it with you.
I entered to the restaurant and the atmosphere inside took me back to france with the smells and the people and the colors... We order sausage and french toast and we had a great time, the breakfast was delicious and the service is wonderful that we forgot that we are in the Bay and not in France. I just wanted to share that with you and to tell you that if you are looking for place for dining with decent prices and have a lovely breakfast you must visit La Note in Berkeley to understand what i was talking about...
Bon apetit

periwcarebear

04/07/2006

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Overall
ANGERING experience, used to like them...

i made reservations for a graduation lunch well in advance. about a week before my graduation, they called me several times to remind me rather tactlessly that if i wanted to be served lunch, i MUST arrive before 1.

the day of my graduation arrives, and la note called me TWICE in the morning, again to remind me that i must be there by 1. not only that, they called three times DURING THE CEREMONY. i told them i would be coming as soon as the graduation ended, so they knew i would be in the ceremony when they called.

once i arrived there with my family at 12:30, they were extremely rude and most menu items were not available. towards the end of the meal, the wait staff started to completely ignore us (la note was not closed yet) because they were having their staff meal next to us.

tuffcrackerj

04/03/2006

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Overall
Fantastic Brunch Spot in Berkeley!

La Note is a cozy French bistro. The restaurant gets awfully crowded for weekend brunch, but it's well worth the wait! Practically everything I've tasted on the brunch menu has been simply delicious. The ham and cheese omelet is hearty accompanied by seasoned potatoes and toast. The coffee is good & lattes and cappuccinos are served French style in a bowl! As opposed to other reviewers, I found the service to be excellent despite the restaurant being extremely busy. If you plan to visit La Note on a weekend, make sure you're prepared for a long wait (30+ minutes minimum).

ucechch

04/02/2006

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Overall
Used to be great but going downhill

Pretentious and insufferable. Coincidence?

The last three times we've gone, the food has been just average, and the service downright shameful. This used to be our favorite brunch spot, for what used to be fabulous pancakes and excellent omelettes. Success must have gone to their head though. After this morning's two hour wait, an uncalled for admonishment from the staff, and squished in seating arrangement, I'm over this place.

badcatholicgirl

02/09/2006

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User review by badcatholicgirl

I think my husband is in love with the French hostess, which I put up with because I'm equally enamored with the food at La Note.

I'll put up with darned near anything to keep my guy coming with me to this quaint Provencal bistro in Berkeley. You have to check out the pretty bathrooms, and I promise to sit in the touted outside courtyard next chance I get.""

younameit

06/11/2004

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Overall
A rare find

A rare find these days - a cozy, lively place that makes you want to be a ""regular."" La Note truly feels like a French bistro, down to the charming garden patio. Soft yellow, green, and lavendar decor recall the warmth of Southern France, and the unpretentious, hearty cuisine is the ultimate comfort food. Weekend waits can be long, but the food is well worth it.