I encountered some highly irritating seating favoritism at La Note on Saturday. I arrived with my teenage daughter at around 1:00, and there was a line, as you'd expect. I signed in, the hostess wrote my name down along with everyone else. We both waited there the whole time.
We waited a surprisingly long time given the number of people in the restaurant (declining). Then we started noticing that parties the same size as ours (two people), sitting in the same place (inside) were being seated before us. I looked on the list, and sure enough names below ours were crossed out. After this happened at least three times, I spoke to the hostess, who hurriedly apologized and seated us. The food was good, the service was fine, but it was hard to enjoy after that (no "comps" were requested or offered).
I found this to be pretty inexplicable and very annoying. I was really surprised to see it at La Note (which we'd been going to for years), not at some white hot trendy place--not that it's acceptable anywhere. I don't know what was going on, but I couldn't help noticing that I was older than almost everybody there, while my daughter was younger.
I sent an e-mail to La Note about this right away but they have not responded.
I like La Note but there are plenty of breakfast/brunch places in Berkeley and the East Bay.