I have mixed emotions about this restaurant. We arrived at our reserved time of 7:30 and were promptly seated. It wasn’t very busy in there - maybe about 20 other diners. The waitress immediately brought us water & menus and then asked if we would like to order a cocktail. Both my husband and I ordered off of their specialty cocktail menu. Ten minutes later our waitress came back to see if we were ready to place our order. We inquired about our drink orders and she said that they would be out soon, that the bar was backed up. We thought that was strange because no one was sitting at the bar and there really wasn’t very many people in the restaurant. We placed our orders for appetizers and our meals. Five minutes later the waitress informs us that they can’t find the calamari in the freezer and asks if we would like something else. We reply “just our drinks that we’ve been waiting for”. At this point we were pretty close to giving up on the place! But then our waitress brings us a complimentary bowl of clam chowder as a way to apologize for the delay and the fact that there wasn’t any calamari. That was super nice of her and it was delicious. We finally got our drinks - 25 minutes after we sat down. Both drinks were very small. My husband’s was watered down and mine was just ok. Definitely not worth the wait. I can tell you that our meals were very good and that the serving size was plentiful. But our waitress never checked back to see if we needed anything else while we were eating (perhaps a glass of wine?) so we had to flag her down to request it. So in summary, extremely horrible bar service, great food, generous food portions, a bit pricey for a subpar experience.
This is the 3rd time we have visited as we live over an hour away so we only visit on special occasions. Even though I made a reservation, our group of 4 was shunted to 2 of the worst tables in the restaurant. I've been in the restaurant business for years so I know where the bad tables are. And to make matters worse, all of the best tables were empty for the entire time we were there. It absolutely ruined the evening. And the pouting, angry hostess made it even worse.I don't understand what we do to always be shunted to the worst tables, even when better ones are available. I don't understand when we ask for a better table why the hostess gets angry and just shunts us to another crummy one. I won't be back. Sorry Cafe Provence, but you have lost my business.
As always, this restaurant was superb. All the choices varied and everyone was happy. My husband declared his NE Clam Chowder to be the best he's ever had and is mad about the bread pudding.
Exceptional food. Goat cheese pizza appetizer was awesome. Makes for a great date location, and save room for dessert.
Cafe Provence never fails to deliver a superb dining experience. Our friends from out of town were really impressed too.
When visiting Family in Vermont, it’s always on our list to dine at Cafe Provence. Food is always exceptional.
I went here for my anniversary and enjoyed every last bite!! I plan to revisit in the future :)
Wow! We have dined at Cafe Provence several times, always excellent and a good value, but last Thursday for their Thanksgiving Buffet was exceptional. Frankly, I wasn't expecting to be impressed, I'm not a big fan of buffets. I make an exception for Cafe Provence! Their selections were varied enough to provide something for everyone and all were prepared with care. Their turkey was tender and very well flavored, the filet sliced to order and cooked to a turn, the side dishes of root vegetables and dressing still make me salivate just a bit when I think of them! I won't rave too much about the desserts but let me just say that the pecan pie (from Gourmet Provence) was the best I have ever had and I am from the South! All of this was accomplished efficiently by a very friendly restaurant staff.
I can't wait for the holidays to come next year so we can repeat this new Thanksgiving tradition!
As always excellent food, and ambience, would recommend to anyone anytime!!
Cafe Provence is our absolute favorite special restaurant. The food is always so fabulous. We went for Thanksgiving, and it was fantastic. We were there last year as well. The main meal was scrumptious. The extra dishes were amazing. The desert choices were incredible. We really enjoyed our meal. Our waitress was so nice, and we never felt rushed. It our new holiday tradition, and my favorite restaurant for lunch with friends. Brandon is a lovely town as well. It is a little bit of a drive as we live in Vergennes, but well worth it. Thank you Cafe Provence, we love you!!!