Provence - Albany
Provence - Albany

Provence - Albany

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.provence-restaurant.net/
  • Phone: 5186897777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm, Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cunningham
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Unique catering: corporate, private, bridal showers and weddings, please call 518-783-3334.
  • Private Party Facilities: We now have a fully private dining room available for private parties, dinner meetings, or for whatever needs you may have. The room holds up to 65 guests. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Sara Inman 5186897777x11
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz solo artists and duos Thursday nights 6:30-9:30, and Live Jazz combos with vocals on Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00-10:00.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fuller Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Well maintained, safe private lot and on premise.
A word from Provence - Albany
Serving the finest traditional and contemporary southern French and Mediterranean cuisine. Experience dining in true French Bistro style with classic dishes such as Bouillabaisse, Duck and Steak Frites. Enjoy professional friendly service, an open kitchen featuring daily specials, a full custom made zinc bar, and an award winning wine list in our beautiful, casually elegant French setting. Patio dining May through October.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Provence - Albany reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)special occasion (34)romantic (27)notable wine list (27)great for lunch (23)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (21)good for groups (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Amazing experience!
    Locals
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Provence is located in a strip mall, so we really weren't sure what the restaurant would look like on the inside, but we were blown away! We walked in the entrance under the big blue awning past some modest outdoor patio seating with lighting, a spacious piano bar, into a dining room that had a warm and inviting ambience and beautiful decor. The food was outstanding, especially the lamb loin special and the duck, and portions were decent. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable about the food, and friendly. We neither felt rushed nor ignored, and we had the most enjoyable time! We would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed my 5 apps!
    MarcoNVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I had 5 appetizers/tapas for dinner and they were all wonderful as was the service. Very well priced for the portions. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely birthday lunch
    sligo58
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband, brother-in-law, and I had lunch at Provence recently. The food and service were, as usual, excellent; we love the French décor as well. My husband is in a wheelchair, and the staff is always considerate and helpful. It's one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for special party
    RatingByMax
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Both the food and service were excellent. The server's recommendations were very accurate, appreciated and resulted in an excellent dining experience. Having asked for a quite location to accommodate a patron with a hearing impairment, we were very pleased with the seating arrangement provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambitious and Pleasing Menu
    Catie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I really enjoyed my food. I had a croque monsieur which is basically a glorified grilled cheese, ham and tomato sandwich, but it was delicious. There were many other things to try that looked very promising. I will want to go back. I ordered the frites and although they were delicious, I was sorry I couldn't stop until every last one was gone! I also liked our our server. She was very pleasant and helpful. She was very knowledgeable about the menu. I like the ambiance in Provence and like it best when it is not too crowded, yet lively, which it was on the day I had lunch there. My companion had several complaints, all of which were handled swiftly and graciously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Whenever we return to the Albany area we make a reservation at Provence. The menu offers something for everyone--and in several portions that allow you to sample the excellent and varying selections. The presentation is always lovely to look at and the tastes never disappoint. Our waiter provided excellent service--attentive without being intrusive--and he seemed to really enjoy his position, as did the maitress d'. Don't overlook the desserts--especially the chocolate mousse with whipped cream on top. Enough for 2, it won't make you feel guilty if you share:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Dining Experience
    ChiefRon
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife and i went to celebrate our Anniversery and was extremely satisfied with the service, food preparation and the wine selected by the bar tender. It is a ritual for to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary at a fine restaurant in the Albany area. Would highly recommend Provance to all who would enjoy a top notch dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with Friends
    Ruthie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been to Provence many times and this is one of the few times when I was disappointed. The food was fine, but hardly memorable. And while the service is usually attentive, our server was lackluster. Again, a satisfactory visit but harly outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super surprise in a strip mall!
    Susan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I were staying overnight in Albany on our way to the Adirondacks. Our home is in the NY/Philadelphia metro area and were skeptical about French food in Albany. When we saw the strip mall location we wondered again about what the meal would be like. We were totally wrong to be skeptical. The food was authentic, delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. The wine list was sizable and well priced. I wish we lived nearby or had a Provence restaurant near our home - I would be a regular!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nate
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is the kind of restaurant you take out of town guests to for a great meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent 5 star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were first impressed with all the different menu choices. The service was great, food excellent and we also thought the prices were right. My wife especially liked her wine choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Always Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food at Provence is always topnotch and beautifully presented. The menu includes a wide varietry of items and the small portions give you a chance to sample more choices. The reduced price on bottles of wine Sundays and Mondays was wonderful for us since we were there on Sunday evening. Our servers did the best that they could this particular night as more people walked in than expected and there weren't quite enough servers to handle the overflow. We recommend Provence to all our friends who either live in the Capital District area or are visiting there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A surprise find in a shopping plaza
    married43yrs
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I visited on a Thursday night, the outside patio area overlooking the parking lot of Stuyvesant Plaza was very busy on a pleasant summer evening so we chose to sit inside. We shared a bottle of wine and my wife sampled a couple of items from the tapas menu while I ordered the seafood chowder and the rack of lamb, which was excellent. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food very much and definitely plan to return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but good
    chipjo
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went here knowing it would be pricey and it is. It was a Monday evening and therefore quiet in the restaurant. The food is really good, portions not large but adequate. The menu selections were interesting, varied and appealing. Overall, for a special occasion, this is a nice place to go and have a unique dining experience. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very pleasant
    maullusa
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    good food, especially good pepper steak, a very good wine list and attentive servers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sledge
    sledge
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had an outdoor Sunday brunch. Food and service both excellent. View was of the Sty Plaza parking lot, but there's not much they can do about that. Still, it was fairly quiet on this mid-day Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No record of reservation
    BeenAroundAlbany
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We booked our reservation through Open Table for our One Year Anniversary the other night, specifically requesting in the reservation a quiet table. Other reservations were made and all of the open tables we saw were taken. So we begrudgingly accepted a table in the bar area because it was quiet. We ordered a bottle of wine, a couple tapas and apps and the waiter didn't return to take our entrée order. When he delivered the starters, I told him we were ready to order more. I ordered the special scallop entrée for $25 and it included 2 scallops. Two. And some risotto and sauce. My husband's filet mignon was ok. We hoped for more of the delicious bread and pesto sauce, but as our meal progressed, the server didn't return early enough
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Open Table requests were honored and we had a lovely lunch, nicely paced and speeded up as we needed to leave. Cocktail requests, though unique, were well executed and service was given with pleasant professionalism.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, knowledgeable staff
    ObliqueAngles
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This was my 2nd trip to Provence in two weeks. The previous week was my 1st time at the restaurant. I was so impressed & enjoyed the food so much that I returned this week with 2 daughters. The duck with tart cherries was so delicious & perfectly prepared that I had it both times, as did one daughter who also thought it was heavenly. Other daughter, not so adventurous, ordered the chicken and said it was the best chicken she ever had. Portions were good-sized and filling. Appetizers & desserts were also delicious. Service was excellent both times. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable about the menu & great with recommendations. Prices are a bit higher than average, but worth it. Weeknights are quiet, at least during the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • another good meal
    RonnieH
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I eat frequently at Provence. The food is consistently good and the service is cordial.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good
    gooutalbany
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We go to Provence about once a month, always with another couple. Its a consistently good experience. Comfortable, can book at the last minute except for major dates (e.g., Valentine's Day) because its such a large space, easy to have conversations and relax over a multi-course meal. Attentive, knowledgable wait staff who remember clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    14alnjan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We dined with my cousin and wife on a Sunday late afternoon. Our second time here and my cousin's first. Shared 2 appetizers (fried greenbeans and Pita chips) which were delicious. Bouillabaisse de Provence was my dinner selection and it was excellent. Glad I got the small portion as it was just the right amount of food. Service was excellent and all were quite satisfied. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dreadnought
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a superb dinner at Provence. My wife and I had wanted to take my father and step mom someplace elegant, and Provence fit the bill. It was not an inexpensive dinner, but the restaurant more than justified the cost with outstanding service and quality of the food. The setting is classically elegant and traditional - and we loved it I would thoroughly recommend Provence for any special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, service slow,
    Halloween13
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was very very good. Outstanding menu choices. The staff service seemed slow and not very attentive. We saw one couple leave due to slow service. I believe American's want everything fast, however we are willing to wait for great food. My wife and I were celebrating our second wedding anniversary and even though I had asked on open table for a romantic seat, they sat us in a non-private area. I would return because the food is very good as well as the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite French Restaurant - Albany
    YummyWahVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every visit to Provence has been graced with tasty traditional French dishes and professional yet friendly service. The seared Fois Gras is like butter! It may be a vanishing species so enjoy it while you can. One of the specials on our most recent visit was halibut and it was the best preparation of the fish I've ever had -- moist and flavorful. The restaurant is in a mixed use mall but it is the star attraction in our minds. We've been to Provence, France, twice and going to Provence, the restaurant, reminds us of our travels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of my favorites
    RonnieH
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I like eating at Provence during the summer. The noise level is impossible for me indoors, but sitting outside is very pleasant. The food is excellent and the service is excellent, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Escoffier
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I were looking forward to a good dinner following a long day on the road. We have dined here several times in years past when we have passed through Albany, and we have always enjoyed it. The service was excellent, but the food was lacking. The Tuscan bean soup was very good, but the foie gras preparation with duck confit was, on balance, awful. The confit was delicious, but the foie gras was sparse - perhaps a half ounce portion, which was supplemented by tiny discs of another kind of liver that had been re-fried, and was not edible. Very disappointing for a $23 dish. My husband had an appetizer of smoked salmon with salad. Again, the smoked salmon portion was minuscule, although the salad was fresh and bountiful.
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  • Great food:-)
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    My family and I dined there the other night, the food was great, waiter was friendly and helpful, would recommend to anyone who likes fine dining at a great price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ParisatStuy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a lovely early supper at Provence - we dined outside - the food was good - the service was great - and I would certainly want to repeat the experience. It isl be my favorite place to dine with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    firstexperience
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was my first visit and I was very pleased. The food was great and so was the service. I would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • c'est bon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    nice terrace dining in a trendy shopping venue. french classics with nice little wine list. friendly waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit of France in Albany
    JoePVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Provence was quite a nice surprise. It is not often you find an excellent restaurant in a shopping center. This is that rare occasion, and should be no surprise given the location. Our waiter was impeccable with his service, offering good suggestions and frequent checks on us. Our meal, Bouillabaisse was excellent including the appetizers and salad. Atmosphere is beautiful with soft lighting and chandeliers. While we did not get to it this visit, the bar is classic and beautiful. C'est bon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • manivelleVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    service can be spotty, inattention to details about the wine, about the bill, seem to be recurring issues.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • charlemagne
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Have added new items. Tapas are outstanding, as was the kurobuta pork.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 413 reviews are from the Provence - Albany reviews archive.
  • Big Disappointment
    Justlookingforadecentmeal
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Provence for the past 14 years, though it's been almost a year. Until our last visit, every meal we've had there has been almost flawless. Not so this last time (5/23/14). The charcuterie appetizer, which we've had and enjoyed several time before, was served on a cutting board (?), featured supermarket-grade salamis, and no cornichons. I ordered steak frites for dinner. In the past, the steak frites at Provence has been the best I've ever had; this last one was the worst. The meat was tough and flavorless, the bernaise was thin and equally flavorless, and the frites were soggy. I assume the restaurant is under new management. Whoever it is is not maintaining the establishment's former high standards.
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  • spotty
    manivelleVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Overly energetic Friday night band suggests resto is eager for a younger clientele. Resto has good bread at times, so if a couple of nondescript rolls are dumped on your table, ask for better. If you call yourself "Provence," after all,.... Had a very entertaining striped bass special, and a decent rosé. Provence has been active on the LivingSocial scene.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was lackluster, service was slow waitress forgot to place our wine order so we did not get our wine until after we had finished our appetizers, live music was so loud we could not have a conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok but not as good as usual
    gooutalbany
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The salmon (not as good quality as usual) and risotto (too much cheese) weren't up to par on our most recent visit. We visit 2-3 times a month and really like the service, the availability and most important the nice dining atmosphere. We hope it was just an off night for the chef.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Always
    Mike
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    When you come here you have high expectations, and Provence delivers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Merci!
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Michael was our cheerful and attentive waiter. The menu is full of seafood, which we favor, but there are many other red-meat options too. We chose halibut with kale & fiddlehead ferns from the specials menu and also a nice salmon w/risotto entrée. Soups are excellent, esp. the seafood chowder special that we selected. Salads are varietal, from the basic to more inspired. Friday night entertainment adds to the atmosphere. We promise to save room for dessert next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.