Newbie Brunch: La Note (Berkeley)

  • September 7, 2013 · 10:30 AM

"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 Dorothée Mitrani-Bell, a graduate from UC Berkeley's Environment design program (1994), won an award in excellence in 1998 for "outstanding storefront improvements" and rehabilitation of it's beautiful 1875 building. Her daily goal is to raise her children all the while exposing them and the community to the convivial experience of sharing a wholesome fun and colorful meal reminiscent of her childhood."

This is one of my favorite brunch spots and it's been a little while since I've been so here we go! They're known for their lemon gingerbread and oatmeal creme fraiche pancakes, and garlic roasted rosemary potatoes & tomatoes that accompany most dishes. Hope you can join me for some classic French Provencal fare!

This popular local eatery is usually crowded, and they don't accept reservations for weekend brunch, so I'll get there early to put my name on the list. Be prepared for a short wait. La Note Brunch MenuYelp Reviews

This event is open to NEW MEMBERS ONLY. When you're new to a meetup group, it can sometimes be intimidating to attend an event by yourself. These special monthly meals are intended to welcome you to the Bay Area Gastronomers, introduce you to fellow foodies, and help you feel comfortable at our dinners.

Who's a newbie, you ask? Anyone who's recently joined BAGs in the last 2 months, or anyone who's never attended one of our events. You can fit either category. If you're not sure, drop me a line. Since you're new to our group, please read through the FAQ and Ground Rules beforehand.


  • When RSVPing, include your cell number when prompted.
  • Bring cash to expedite paying the bill.
  • Please be on time so that we can all be seated at our reservation time. (consult for help with directions and public transportation).
  • Public Transportation: Downtown Berkeley BART station 4 blocks away.
  • Parking: Metered parking (90-min) on Shattuck Ave (x Durant Ave) and 2-hr zoned parking on side streets in residential neighborhood.

Note: If there is space still available 48 hours before the event, then I will open the RSVPS to the entire membership.

Attendance Note: if you sign up to attend, you will be expected to show up. Please keep your RSVP up to date to reflect your intentions to join us. All members who do not show up or cancel at the last minute will be recorded as a NO SHOW in the system (and a star will be added to your profile). Members with 3 No Shows/Late Cancellations will be removed from the group.

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