I treated a friend to a birthday lunch. I called ahead to let them know it was her birthday and said I wanted it to be special. Lunch was nice. My guest was wished a happy birthday by our waiter, as he handed us the menu. That was it.
When we asked about desserts, we were informed that there would be no special complimentary birthday dessert (not that we asked ).That was pretty embarrassing. We ordered a cranberry crème brûlée. It was cold, as if it had just been removed from the freezer. It had a strange taste, not a good one. We sent it back.
Lunch was very good. We had the crab cake appetizer and a plate of fried green tomatoes. For our entrée we had the Florida salad with a petite fillet mignon on the side. It was delicious! We were charged extra for a basket of bread and butter. I was not expecting that.
The ambience was quiet and tasteful. As for a special birthday lunch, there was nothing special about it. You would think they could at least have a place card/memo board wishing the honoree a happy birthday. That would cost nothing. A complementary birthday dessert would go a long way in making the recipient want to come back to that restaurant in the future.
It will be a long while before either of us return to A La Provence.
It would also be nice if the manager or chef would come out to meet his patrons and ask how lunch was. Give it that personal touch.
The occasion was "Everyday Dining," but it was Valentine's day, so things were a little busy. The food is always pretty good at A La Provence (try the lobster bisque). The service is generally prompt and attentive. Since we are "regulars" there, some of the staff know our drink order in advance as well as some of my wife's peccadilloes about how she likes her dishes prepared. They are always very accommodating. The place is generally quiet enough to have a business or personal conversation and they have a nice meeting room that seats twenty-five or thirty should it be needed. The chocolate mousse always tops off the day.........
Great service and food. We will be back again. I recommend if you haven’t try it you need to see what you are missing.
A La Provence never disappoints. Love dining there lunch and dinner.
Fantastic dinner. Always a favorite. Best steak in Tallahassee
This is a quality restaurant with excellent food. I would recommend it to anyone.
Fantastic place for a business lunch. Always a favorite.
This restaurant is amazing! We love it! The atmosphere is relaxing and upscale. The staff are professional and welcoming. The food is the best in Tallahassee! The crab cake is beyond delicious and their filet mignon is the best I have ever had! It’s a bit pricey but completely worth it! When they say you get what you pay for in this case you truly do.
Food was very good though I had to settle for my third choice of entrees. Service was very slow.
Had the Parpalle with scallops, fish, shrimp and lobster. The noodles and sauce were excellent. Under the noodles and sauce were a few dime-sized scallops and not much else ... I felt cheated... a $31 entree should “wow” the diner ... it did no such thing!