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Provence - Albany
Provence - Albany

Provence - Albany Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.provence-restaurant.net
  • Phone: (518) 689-7777
  • 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: French, Mediterranean
  • 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 (518) 689-7777 x11
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "good food, especially good pepper steak, a very good wine list and attentive servers."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I eat frequently at Provence. The food is consistently good and the service is cordial."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "nice terrace dining in a trendy shopping venue. french classics with nice little wine list. friendly waitstaff."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "service can be spotty, inattention to details about the wine, about the bill, seem to be recurring issues. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Have added new items. Tapas are outstanding, as was the kurobuta pork."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "When you come here you have high expectations, and Provence delivers. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Provence never disappoints - from the atmosphere, the food, the service - always a great spot for a romantic evening as well as a place to bring guests."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was very gourmet and delicious and our server, Bill, was just wonderful and very attentive. No complaints at all!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "There is an attempt to offer the French classics and they are executed to a better than average standard."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was very good. Food good. The pace was slow giving us time to enjoy each other"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Their website listed brunch as going until 3 pm when actually closing it at 2 pm (our reservation). Have had great dinners here at not unreasonable prices, but this buffet was massively overpriced for mediocre food. Hostess had a problem with us wanting to sit outside (where there were already a number of people) due to lack of wait staff (for a buffet). They also imposed a mandatory 20% gratuity on the Buffet (10 is considered the norm) when the wait staff only brought 2 waters, one drink and the check (which we waited 10 minutes for). Also, the drink was served in a tall glass that blew over while we were at the buffet (with no offer to replace). My wife's comment was simply "I wanted to try their brunch, but never again.""
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Mother's Day brunch here - there were 7 of us so we were seated at a large round table in the room where the buffet was set. It was very cold - probably because of the food being set up there - but we were shivering. The waiter was nice enough to try to turn it off, but I think then it became a problem for the meat carvers and the food sitting there. Overall, the food was so-so. We have been to other Mother's Day brunch where the food was much better. I don't think it was a great value for the money. I wouldn't go back for this event, but I can't really evaluate the restaurant overall as this was a special event"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The staff seemed overwhelmed, service was slow, meals did not arrive simultaneously, food was OK but not as good as we have had previously at this same restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I brought my out-of-town family here for a special occasion dinner. The next day, when they needed to be on their own for lunch, they opted to return to Provence because they had so enjoyed the dining experience the evening before. A happy outcome for me as host!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Unfortunately while the food is consistently very good, the service is not equal to that rating and in fact is far below it. Our waiter on this particular evening was supposedly "having a bad night" which impacted our anticipated lovely evening, and he should have been sent home. It was so bad that the hostess actually noticed our table being ignored and sent the manager over towards the end of the evening. While her apology seemed sincere, her offer of explanation fell flat, and there was no gesture from her or the restaurant to demonstrate their appreciation for our patronage despite the bad experience. This one is off my list for dinners and for all those business lunches I have arranged there. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our dining experience at Provence was mixed: excellent fried artichokes; very good escargot; two nice glasses of wine; very, very good and generous serving of canard; very disappointing rack of lamb--- medium was ordered and rare was delivered with 3 ribs on the plate (the smallest, most precious serving of the dish I've ever been served), and the plate splattered with a mix of potatoes and vegetables--- i.e. very poorly presented. For a final disappointment: the hostess of the night was as unwelcoming and brusk to get us to our table (which was not what we requested as "quiet") as one could be."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Perfect place for our mid-week birthday celebration. Our waiter was excellent, providing good advice and helpful descriptions; he was attentive without being intrusive. Both food and wine were excellent!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014