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La Note

La Note

Breakfast Spot and French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley
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  • Frank K.
    "Try the Ratatouille With Lamb Sausage"(5 Tips)
    Gem V.
    "Cinnamon brioche with lavender honey and their pancakes!"(22 Tips)
    ScottySauce
    "This is one of the best versions of a french toast I have ever had."(13 Tips)
    Ally M.
    "The best place to get breakfast or brunch in Berkeley."(2 Tips)
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  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaSeptember 21, 2014
    Fabulous brunch spot and everyone knows it. Get here early or wait forever. Try goat cheese scrambled eggs with a side of spicy merguez sausages. Skip the gingerbread pancakes; too dense and doughy.
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'HoraSeptember 19
    Great spot for Brunch! Brioche Pain Perdu with honey was fantastic. However, there was a surcharge added to the bill which made paying the check a little confusing, but the delicious food was worth it
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Lovely French breakfast; good to pair with a day trip to Berkeley, but not quite worth the trip on its own. Go when it's warm to sit in the courtyard out back. Get there early or wait for hours.
  • Reuben P.
    Reuben PrichardSeptember 21, 2014
    Atmosphere, service, and food are great! Serving pancakes with corn syrup makes them non-descript. Would recommend adding a bit of real maple syrup to the corn syrup or just use pure maple syrup.
  • Hyun-Ae K.
    Hyun-Ae KuhSeptember 29, 2016
    Come here for the pancakes & french toast! Croissants are large, dry, & not buttery or soft enough. While eggs & goat cheese are good separately on their own, their combination may not be your thing.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 15, 2011
    Get the BRIOCHE PAIN PERDU- Three generous slices of cinnamon brioche soaked in orange water batter sprinkled with lavender honey. This is one of the best versions of a french toast I have ever had.
  • Garric S.
    Garric SullivanSeptember 22, 2016
    Wow this place is fantastic. Great French atmosphere. Try the French toast with chocolate hazelnut spread. Wonderfully sweet.
  • Katy
    KatyMarch 28, 2015
    One of my favorite restaurants in Berkeley! Bring your close friends for quintessential European ambiance, music from the heart of Paris, and amazing food!
  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarJune 9, 2012
    Get a reservation. Lovely French cafe,unlimited coffee refills,OJ not freshly squeezed,batard w/goat cheese/basil/tomatoes was a home-run. S/W's awesome.Outdoor seating… (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • The Taste Sheriff
    Excellent. Authentic French fares, reasonable prices. Sandwiches are fantastic but never pass on their specials, they're really good. Portions are European!
  • Danny T.
    Be sure to get here early, this is a very popular brunch spot. Worth the wait. Checkout the book store next door while you wait.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 9, 2014
    Enjoy the summer weather at lunch today at La Note's outside garden patio with a cappuccino and their delicious lemon gingerbread pancakes. Read more
  • Anne M.
    Anne MMarch 17
    Cute spot, great service, delicious coffee. Not sure it's worth the massive lines outside, but a pretty good place if you can time it right
  • Allen H.
    Allen HammockJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken apple sausage is spot on. The semolina pain perdu is fantastic. Wish I could get a side of ratatouille on any order.
  • Matthew S.
    Try the burger- great flavor, with huge tomatoes, onions and cheese. Also recommend starting with one of the cheese appetizers
  • Nabeel H.
    Nabeel HyattAugust 7, 2014
    Sit outdoors, get a latte in a bowl like it's supposed to be served and escape for an hour. All the food is good, except gingerbread pancakes which were too sweet for me.
  • Ally M.
    Ally MJuly 22, 2015
    The best place to get breakfast or brunch in Berkeley. Wonderful atmosphere. Be ready to wait in line on the weekends.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMay 10, 2015
    Your lengthy wait at brunch will be rewarded with perfect scrambled eggs. Get the merguez sausage to go with.
  • Niki G.
    Niki GJanuary 19, 2015
    The flavored steamed milk, pastries, and any of the pan purdu things are amazing!
  • Sushrut P.
    Sushrut PavanaskarFebruary 16, 2015
    Best brunch in Berkeley which already is, u know, Berkeley!!! Bread basket is a must with any order on any table.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJanuary 16, 2014
    Have always enjoyed their dinner more than the brunch food here. Flat iron steak!
  • Emma H.
    Emma HackerJune 21, 2014
    La Note is small and very busy, which does lead to slow service. The tea was not strong enough for my taste but otherwise everything was excellent. I would come back for the french toast.
  • Reem A.
    Reem ASeptember 14, 2014
    Great place to get French brunch in the Bay Area. Good for groups. Make sure you sit in the back patio.
  • Olivia G.
    Olivia GingoldDecember 17, 2016
    The pancakes are beautiful but the ratatouille is where it's at. If you ask for baguette they give you a large half!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrJanuary 30, 2015
    Be ready to wait, but so worth it. Order the Lucas eggs, super fluffy and creamy! Big latte bowls.
  • ryan
    ryanAugust 6, 2014
    Put up with the wait time to get a seat in the back garden. Beautiful!
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaOctober 5, 2016
    Famous for brunch, but there's dinner three days a week, and it's very good. Try the vegetarian ravioli.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MederosApril 16
    Weekend brunch is fabulous. Loved the Cote Sud w/ roasted tomatoes.
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouFebruary 15, 2016
    The pain perdu was awesome and the lattes come in bowl. So adorable.
  • Avery P.
    Avery PursellJune 15, 2012
    The Ratatouille Madame is awesome and the Corque Madame damn good also!
  • Melissa Z.
    Melissa ZhangMay 11, 2014
    Raspberry oatmeal pancakes, caramelized potato and onion omelette, and strawberry steamed milk. Period.
  • Prathyusha
    PrathyushaNovember 2, 2015
    The cinnamon brioche Pain perdu is amazing a must try !
  • Aneilia M.
    Aneilia McDermottMarch 25, 2016
    Great food! Cute interior. Long wait- get there before you are hungry :)
  • Alexandrea S.
    Alexandrea ShermanApril 26, 2014
    Try the Conte Nord! The eggs with cream cheese is surprisingly delicious!!!!:)
  • Luis David S.
    The potatoes were very good. The eggs and sausage are also a favorite of mine
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2, 2016
    This brunch was sooooo good, and a cute little eclectic building. Pancakes FTW!
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LocknerOctober 25, 2015
    Anything is amazing here from the Brioche to the Omelette Fromage et Jambun
  • Sara A.
    Sara AlShakerFebruary 16, 2015
    Out-of-this-world scrambled eggs with goat cheese and a side of roasted tomatoes!
  • Marina L.
    Marina LadudaAugust 18, 2012
    Expect to wait in line, always busy. Good selection of French Inspired dishes. Large hot chocolates, but not the best. Have a coffee instead.
  • KarenEliana S.
    This place is very busy! The food sounds great! Coffee was delicious.
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Cote Est - Creme Fraiche Pancake with Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
  • Ally M.
    Ally MSeptember 12, 2015
    The pancakes and waffles are divine. Very nice atmosphere too.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourSeptember 15, 2014
    Need to try the French toast with Nutella (only available M-F)
  • Bambi Lynn W.
    Bambi Lynn WareDecember 27, 2014
    Wonderful food and delightful outdoor patio in the back.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GoldenJanuary 15, 2014
    The single creme fresh pancake is a good choice for young kids.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJuly 10, 2012
    GREAT little French brunch place. Fantastic mochas and eggs.
  • Maddie C.
    Maddie CallahanJanuary 20, 2013
    Love this place the food was great and poetry is very cute!
  • Nabeel H.
    Nabeel HyattSeptember 13, 2014
    Don't believe their wait times, they always overestimate. Just say yes to 40 mins, walk over to Pegesus Books for 20 mins.
  • John B.
    John BeelerJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    best breakfast potatoes you'll find in this country
  • Mo - Marco R.
    Mo - Marco RiedlApril 8, 2013
    Try the Chocolate French Toast !! Yummy !
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KotowskiOctober 24, 2015
    The brioche French toast and the double mocha are amaze balls!
  • cnelson ︻.
    Come on a weekday to beat the crowds.
  • Sterling L.
    Sterling LynchNovember 6, 2013
    The sausage that comes with the Cote Sud is remarkable.
  • Jibong K.
    Jibong KooNovember 11, 2016
    awesome place to have rich breakfast or brunch!
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy ChouMarch 3, 2013
    The omelette de pommes de terre was extremely underwhelming and bland, but the sugar cubes were amazing.
  • Langston M.
    Langston MercierJuly 8, 2010
    must try the lemon gingerbread pancakes, and the oj mimosa w/ raspberry syrup. also sit on the back patio if possible
  • Rob P.
    Rob PhillipsOctober 25, 2015
    Americanized French food... Croissants were more like a brioche, pain perdu had a heavy dose of orange blossom flower that killed it and merguez was not merguez. Warning all French customers to not go
  • Mariko T.
    Mariko TamakiMarch 23, 2013
    Dinner is yummy but loud w accordion player. Not great for quiet intimate dinners. But yummy.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GrusdAugust 7, 2012
    On the weekends, especially on Sunday's, be prepared to wait a while for a table. Stupidly, though, they don't take AMEX
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkerSeptember 25, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for late brunch (Sat & Sun closes at 3:00 p.m.) I recommend the oatmeal raspberry pancakes and a side of chicken apple sausage. M'm...m'm!
  • Malcolm G.
    Malcolm GinMarch 24, 2015
    Pancakes, cider, coffee and espresso, sausages!
  • Carolyn F.
    Carolyn FAugust 29, 2015
    Both breakfast and lunch are great!
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangAugust 10, 2016
    Such a cute place! Home fries are on point
  • John Mark A.
    John Mark AgostaAugust 12, 2013
    On Sundays get there before 3pm for brunch.
  • Nemr B.
    Nemr BogariJanuary 13, 2015
    Les Oeufs Maison, a breakfast with a French feeling...
  • Luis C.
    Luis ChaconFebruary 6, 2011
    Get the Cote Nord with goat cheese and an extra plate of tomatoes.
  • the N.
    the NishanFebruary 17, 2016
    Brunch is awesome and back patio are fantastic!
  • Toland H.
    Toland HonMarch 21, 2015
    One of the few reasons I go over to the east bay.
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldAugust 11, 2014
    The oatmeal is the one thing here I really don't like. Heads up that it will be like a loose soup infused with fruit.
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Le Panier de Boulanger - Heaven in a basket
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SicolaFebruary 11, 2010
    It's often a long wait (30-45 minutes) but oh, so worth it. Sit on the patio, it's just like the south of France.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle ShermanMay 26, 2014
    Best sandwich of my life: Poulet Grille!
  • Gem V.
    Gem VMarch 18, 2016
    Cinnamon brioche with lavender honey and their pancakes!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • guliz
    gulizFebruary 17, 2010
    Scrambled eggs with goat cheese is my favorite and you can order roasted tomatoes instead of patatoes!
  • Jessica
    JessicaApril 23, 2011
    It's a wonderful spot, just service is slow. Best to come as soon as they open!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MunguiaNovember 8, 2014
    Everything
  • Erin Y.
    Erin YeldaFebruary 9, 2010
    Bring on diabetes in the best of ways... start the day off with Pain Perdu au Chocolat, also known as a french toast nutella sandwich.
  • Carol P.
    Carol ParkSeptember 16, 2013
    Underwhelming at best. OJ was not freshly squeezed and $1.50 for "lavender honey" that was nothing special. Slow service and a lot of hype for an average brunch experience
  • Trey P.
    Trey PearceOctober 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    For breakfast, try the "east coast" with a raspberry oatmeal pancake. the sparkling apple cider is great to share.
  • Brendon M.
    Brendon McNicholasJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Service could be better, but the French toast is incredible!
  • Davy Z.
    Davy ZoneraichAugust 20, 2016
    Pancakes and French toast are amazing
  • Dillon C.
    Dillon ComptonApril 21, 2013
    Expect a 45-60 minute wait for brunch on Sundays!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJanuary 13, 2013
    Try the Ratatouille With Lamb Sausage
  • Melanie
    MelanieFebruary 23, 2011
    My favorite brunch place ever! niçoise was delicious
  • Kelley Y.
    Kelley YSeptember 28, 2014
    Good brunch food
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithApril 12, 2016
    Long line, but worth it for the pancakes.
  • Ariana
    ArianaFebruary 14, 2014
    Pancakes with Creme fresh yum
  • Melody 🎶 A.
    Melody 🎶 AkhtariFebruary 15, 2010
    Order yourself a couple coffees and pastries while you wait for your main dish to come out.
  • Sharon P.
    Sharon PithawallaFebruary 21, 2016
    Cote Nord! All the way!
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela ErazoFebruary 17, 2016
    Bread basket and egg dishes!
  • David H.
    David HwangOctober 9, 2013
    Sit outside, and definitely order the specials.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MattesonJune 12, 2015
    Back patio for the win.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorMay 31, 2016
    Sit on the patio, order an omelette.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SuhOctober 4, 2014
    Atmosphere?
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LotanJune 23, 2012
    Accordion musician plays live Friday nights!
  • Mari
    MariApril 11, 2016
    Brunch with amazing baguettes!
  • Irene P.
    Irene PercialiFebruary 7, 2010
    Try the spicy merguez sausage - you can get it as a side, too.
  • Marcia M.
    Marcia McLeanJanuary 26, 2016
    Breakfast fries. Pancakes
  • Akvile
    AkvileJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy brunch out in their backyard garden patio!
  • Hemang
    HemangOctober 15, 2011
    French toast. Pancakes. Done!
  • Marcia M.
    Marcia McLeanJanuary 26, 2016
    Pancakes. Home fries
  • Ruth S.
    Ruth StormOctober 22, 2011
    Hmmm...maybe I would get seated faster if I fake an accent.
  • Cecilia Z.
    Lunch is even better than dinner
  • Thor Anders A.
    Thor Anders AarhaugNovember 28, 2015
    Cool cafe at Berkeley
  • Sean G.
    Sean GrusdAugust 7, 2012
    Omelets are awesome.
  • Ted S.
    Ted SheltonDecember 6, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderful breakfast but also stop by for a great lunch menu
  • Annamarie
    AnnamarieNovember 10, 2011
    LOVE. my new favorite french bistro!
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CoughlinFebruary 7, 2012
    Lavender honey, yum!
  • Basil S.
    Basil SiddiquiMarch 15, 2014
    good breakfast foods
  • MissJax
    MissJaxMarch 17, 2013
    Tasty hot chocolate.
  • Cengiz K.
    Cengiz KayaOctober 25, 2015
    French toast
  • Merve A.
    Merve AFebruary 22
    The food is good but not worth the waiting outside for an hour in a rainy day.
  • Phillip B.
    Phillip BollingerNovember 22, 2010
    The lamb sausage was great, slightly spicy.
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LiDecember 13, 2012
    Best hangover cure.
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaFebruary 18, 2015
    Great food!
  • Tasha Mini
    Tasha MiniMarch 15, 2013
    Lavender honey....
  • Ilya S.
    You know what order
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JermanNovember 21, 2015
    Ratatouille
  • Manuela M.
    Manuela MurilloMarch 5, 2011
    Try the lavender honey!!!
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline TopeteJanuary 11, 2015
    Super long wait!!
  • Gian P.
    Gian PepeOctober 16, 2011
    French Toast
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 4, 2015
    Underwhelmed. Long wait, cramped quarters, pretentious neighbors.
  • Julianne C.
    Julianne ChaiMay 18, 2009
    Darn it they're only open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays!
  • Dan R.
    Dan ReganOctober 22, 2009
    be prepared to wait for your food.
  • Chain U.
    Chain U.January 25, 2015
    อาหารเช้า อร่อยสุดยอดทุกเมนู
  • Antonio F.
    Antonio FiuzaMarch 31, 2012
    Try espresso coffee. Delicious!!!
  • Dora M.
    Dora ManzoFebruary 29, 2016
    Excelente desayuni Frances
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