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La Note

La Note

Breakfast Spot and French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley
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  • Gem V.
    "Cinnamon brioche with lavender honey and their pancakes!"(3 Tips)
    Frank K.
    "Try the Ratatouille With Lamb Sausage"(4 Tips)
    Malcolm G.
    "Pancakes, cider, coffee and espresso, sausages!"(20 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Shirley L.
    I love the pancakes here like everyone else, but their dinner is what keeps me coming back. Go with the iron steak!
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkerSeptember 25, 2009
    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!
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allen H.
    Allen HammockJune 9, 2013
    The chicken apple sausage is spot on. The semolina pain perdu is fantastic. Wish I could get a side of ratatouille on any order.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trey P.
    Trey PearceOctober 16, 2009
    For breakfast, try the "east coast" with a raspberry oatmeal pancake. the sparkling apple cider is great to share.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJanuary 16, 2014
    Have always enjoyed their dinner more than the brunch food here. Flat iron steak!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 8
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avery P.
    Avery PursellJune 15, 2012
    The Ratatouille Madame is awesome and the Corque Madame damn good also!
  • Niki G.
    Niki GJanuary 19, 2015
    The flavored steamed milk, pastries, and any of the pan purdu things are amazing!
  • Melissa Z.
    Melissa ZhangMay 11, 2014
    Raspberry oatmeal pancakes, caramelized potato and onion omelette, and strawberry steamed milk. Period.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy ChouMarch 3, 2013
    The omelette de pommes de terre was extremely underwhelming and bland, but the sugar cubes were amazing.
  • guliz
    gulizFebruary 17, 2010
    Scrambled eggs with goat cheese is my favorite and you can order roasted tomatoes instead of patatoes!
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouFebruary 15
    The pain perdu was awesome and the lattes come in bowl. So adorable.
  • Luis David S.
    The potatoes were very good. The eggs and sausage are also a favorite of mine
  • Melody 🎶 A.
    Melody 🎶 AkhtariFebruary 15, 2010
    Order yourself a couple coffees and pastries while you wait for your main dish to come out.
  • Sarah S.
    This brunch was sooooo good, and a cute little eclectic building. Pancakes FTW!
  • Prathyusha
    PrathyushaNovember 2, 2015
    The cinnamon brioche Pain perdu is amazing a must try !
  • Alexandrea S.
    Alexandrea ShermanApril 26, 2014
    Try the Conte Nord! The eggs with cream cheese is surprisingly delicious!!!!:)
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LocknerOctober 25, 2015
    Anything is amazing here from the Brioche to the Omelette Fromage et Jambun
  • Aneilia M.
    Great food! Cute interior. Long wait- get there before you are hungry :)
  • 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.
  • ryan
    ryanAugust 6, 2014
    Put up with the wait time to get a seat in the back garden. Beautiful!
  • Ally M.
    Ally MSeptember 12, 2015
    The pancakes and waffles are divine. Very nice atmosphere too.
  • KarenEliana S.
    This place is very busy! The food sounds great! Coffee was delicious.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourSeptember 15, 2014
    Need to try the French toast with Nutella (only available M-F)
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Cote Est - Creme Fraiche Pancake with Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
  • Amy G.
    Amy GoldenJanuary 15, 2014
    The single creme fresh pancake is a good choice for young kids.
  • Sara A.
    Sara AlShakerFebruary 16, 2015
    Out-of-this-world scrambled eggs with goat cheese and a side of roasted tomatoes!
  • Luis C.
    Luis ChaconFebruary 6, 2011
    Get the Cote Nord with goat cheese and an extra plate of tomatoes.
  • Julianne C.
    Julianne ChaiMay 18, 2009
    Darn it they're only open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays!
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