A friend who moved to Berkeley recently was asking about hardcore French restaurants in the area. All I could come up with were Liaison, Rendez-Vous, Chez Simone, Nizza, and La Note. Also La Bedaine for takeout.
Am I forgetting anything? There are lots of Cal-whatever places with some French touches, such as BayWolf, À Côté, Rivoli, and Gregoire, and depending on the night you might get a very French meal downstairs at Chez Panisse.
La Note Restaurant Provencal
2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Nizza La Bella
827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706
1849 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
4125 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro
1111 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706