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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Garric S.
    Garric SullivanSeptember 22, 2016
    Wow this place is fantastic. Great French atmosphere. Try the French toast with chocolate hazelnut spread. Wonderfully sweet.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Anne M.
    Anne M6 days ago
    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
  • 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.
  • Niki G.
    Niki GJanuary 19, 2015
    The flavored steamed milk, pastries, and any of the pan purdu things are amazing!
  • 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.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJanuary 16, 2014
    Have always enjoyed their dinner more than the brunch food here. Flat iron steak!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Avery P.
    Avery PursellJune 15, 2012
    The Ratatouille Madame is awesome and the Corque Madame damn good also!
  • 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.
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouFebruary 15, 2016
    The pain perdu was awesome and the lattes come in bowl. So adorable.
  • ryan
    ryanAugust 6, 2014
    Put up with the wait time to get a seat in the back garden. Beautiful!
  • 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!!!!:)
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2, 2016
    This brunch was sooooo good, and a cute little eclectic building. Pancakes FTW!
  • Luis David S.
    The potatoes were very good. The eggs and sausage are also a favorite of mine
  • 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.
  • Vicky W.
    Vicky WatsonAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Cote Est - Creme Fraiche Pancake with Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
  • KarenEliana S.
    This place is very busy! The food sounds great! Coffee was delicious.
  • 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)
  • Amy G.
    Amy GoldenJanuary 15, 2014
    The single creme fresh pancake is a good choice for young kids.
  • Bambi Lynn W.
    Bambi Lynn WareDecember 27, 2014
    Wonderful food and delightful outdoor patio in the back.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJuly 10, 2012
    GREAT little French brunch place. Fantastic mochas and eggs.
  • 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.
  • Maddie C.
    Maddie CallahanJanuary 20, 2013
    Love this place the food was great and poetry is very cute!
  • Mo - Marco R.
    Mo - Marco RiedlApril 8, 2013
    Try the Chocolate French Toast !! Yummy !
  • 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!
  • 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
  • John B.
    John BeelerJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    best breakfast potatoes you'll find in this country
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KotowskiOctober 24, 2015
    The brioche French toast and the double mocha are amaze balls!
  • Sterling L.
    Sterling LynchNovember 6, 2013
    The sausage that comes with the Cote Sud is remarkable.
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