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About 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.
Albany, NY 12203
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz & Blues on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00-9:00.
Unique catering: corporate, private, bridal showers and weddings, please call 518-783-3334.
Well maintained, safe private lot and on premise.
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 ext. 10
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Provence - Albany Ratings and Reviews
Provence is clearly a very good pick for date night. Service was great, the food choices were varied and beautifully presented with outstanding taste. We were there on a Saturday, so it was busy . There was live music ( frankly, the little combo performance was not very good, but it was ok for background noise) and my husband’s water glass didn’t get filled enough, but other than those minor things our experience was very pleasant. From appetizers to dessert, we were very happy with the food.
This is one of our favorite restaurants when we want to have a nice dinner without worrying about the cost. Previous dinners have bern pn morecquiet evenings but even so the service is always top notch and the menu has a wide range of choices from tapas salads great soups & apps to full course meals. Cocktails are always perfect and the wine selection is excellent. This particular evening the restaurant was totally booked. We had a cozy booth table in the back of the restaurant and a great waiter. My husband ordered the special risotto and I had risotto with filet. It is one of my favorite dishes and the chef is kind enough to prepare it for me with filet as I do not eat seafood. Saturday night I was very disappointed to find that my green beans were ice cold, risotto Lukewarm, steak was cooked perfectly but not hot enough. Our waiter offered to warm it up for me but I did not want my steak to be overcooked or the risotto to soggy or my husband feel he had to wait for my meal to come back as his was prepared perfectly and served hot – so I declined. He did speak to the chef and the manager apologized several times and gave us free desserts. In our opinion the meal should’ve been free as that was what was not prepared properly. I realize they were busy -I expressed to our waiter perhaps that was the reason my dinner was set aside and allow to cool off too much. Although he agreed with me we both know that’s not an excuse for a fine dining restaurant. I was going to speak to the manager however I did not want to make a scene as they were very busy when we left at 8:30. We highly recommend provence - this was one time in a dozen dinners we have enjoyed there that things did not turn out perfectly. Try it out by sitting at the bar or bar area, have a little something to eat, cocktail or fine wine and listen to the quartet and singer-very enjoyable.
The food was great - especially the Scallop Risotto & the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Service (Karen) was a fantastic waitress. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Would definitely return. There were 2 large groups near by, but overall it was still quiet enough the 2 of us could talk & hear each other without a problem. Highly recommend.
Service was terrible - waited a long time just to order a drink. We ended up placing our meal order with the drink order. We would have sent back food which was luke warm but our server never stopped to see how our meals were. We were very disappointed and will probably not return to this restaurant.
Regular spot for special meals
Seafood chowder is excellent, salad special was exceptional value must have had $20 of salmon on it and seabass special was excellent. Wife’s meal of onion soup and homage de portuguese was excellent
New chef has done well. Will return
Lunch for my dear friend could not have been more perfect! We were pleased by the varied and creative predominantly French menu. She opted for the quiche while I chose a sald - hard choice as there were several that are my favorites (especially the Nicoise!) Hard to resist the onion soup too.
We both selected desserts - something I rarely do - but the lemon tarte was tart and delicious! My friend enjoyed the apple cake as well. Our waitress could not have been warmer or more responsive to our needs - we enjoyed a thoroughly wonderful lunch.
The food wasn't bad, although it felt very pre-made and was missing any subtlety or depth; it was basically the equivalent of Olive Garden. Our waiter was excellent. We could barely hear each other over a large party that was nearby. Overpriced for what was essentially a mediocre meal. The manchego wedges were maybe the highlight of the meal - fried, breaded cheese wedges - could easily have been an Olive Garden specialty. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great. There must be a better option for good French food than this strip-mall experience. It's directly across the parking lot from TGIF - this was a step up, but barely.
Everything but one dish was good. The pricing seems a bit high for the quality. The crab cake small plate was ridiculously small. One entree was not good but they waiter was quite nice and got okay from manager to delete from the bill. The food was good, the quality was good- but for the price it really should have been great.
This was my first time there for dinner and I picked Thanksgiving Day for it. There was a prix fixe menu with a good variety of options for those not wishing turkey. The food was imaginatively prepared and the service was first rate. Our server was very knowledgeable. There was a jazz combo in the bar.
Provence has been a favorite dining place for all my family. However I know from experience that dining on a holiday is iffy meaning a limited menu. I enjoyed what I ordered but the duck was a bit "chewy" and the sweet potatoes not quite cooked through. I understand the holiday kitchen is a bit hectic and chaotic and I think overbooked which explains that but we still enjoyed the day.
Nice atmosphere and very well arranged. However, the cost for the serving size of food was way out of proportion. Maximum cost for minimum portions, dressed up in 'larger than average' serving bowls and plates to create an illusion that portions were larger than they actually were. Food was good, but not memorable. Probably not likely to return due to pricing.
Friends and I often choose Provence for special occasions. It is such an elegant restaurant, it's great for celebrating. Seems special. We hadn't been there is a while and were glad to find that the standards were still as high and the food quality was really great. Everyone was delighted with their choices. Thanks to Provence for maintaining their high standards and being so accommodating. A lovely evening. And thanks for properly training the wait staff to be unobtrusive! Just right!
For our annual birthday fete, we chose Provence for food, location and ambiance. All were very satisfied with menu selections and preparation. L'agneau perfect, poisson delectable, salmon and Coqulles St. Jacques very delicious. Service was very personable. Excellent wine suggestions As well. We had some fun with a little conversation 'en francais' during the meal. A lovely time.
Service was really slow and we were not in any hurry. I always think they need to learn to bring drinks quickly as one is always thirsty upon arrival. The food had some really great flavor combinations but the lobster was overcooked and the duck had that rubbery skin that you don't get in France. The dessert pastry was not cooked and the lemon curd was out of a jar for sure. I also think it is unnecessary to charge 4 times the going rate for wine. Wish there was a real
French restaurant in Albany!
Nice atmosphere for a date. Service was excellent, possibly because there were only a few other tables being served at the time we were there. Waiter was very friendly and attentive without hovering around us. Entree was tasteful and presented well, but sides (mashed potatoes and veggies) were almost cold, as if they had been on the plate a long time before the entree was added.
Provence consistently provides fine dining. Food is nicely prepared and plated attractively. Service is attentive without being annoying. Noise can be a problem when the restaurant is crowded. On the night we ate there a party of seven was seated near us as we were finishing our meal. This party of seven was already pretty loud when they were seated because they had been drinking. They only got louder after they were seated as they continued drinking.
I have previously dined at Provence over a year ago and had a positive dining experience. I will not be returning after my recent visit. The wine I wanted was not available. A similar wine was substituted. I ordered a shellfish dish and half of my clams and mussels were not open and I had to send my dish back. The waiter removed the bread from the table when I wanted it to dip into the broth from my meal. There were multiple flies around the table. The dessert was to be desired. I wish I hadn’t bothered. The waiter was very nice and attentive but overall not happy with the dining experience.
Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. It was so warm, we were able to sit outside, where it is much quieter. On a Saturday night in October, no less! Our only gripe is that although we told them beforehand it was our 40th wedding anniversary, they didn't do anything special to mark it.
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