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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
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.
Absolutely fantastic meal. Friday night dinner with two good friends and all three of us were thrilled with the dining experience at Provence. We were seated promptly, and enjoyed listening to the quartet playing music at the front of the restaurant. We were seated in the rear section, ordered a nice bottle of pinot grigio. One friend started with escargot and loved how it was prepared. I ordered the special tuna dish which was so yummy I cannot wait to return to order it again. My other friend had the salmon which she said was fantastic. The three of us shared the beignet dessert - divine. Our server was friendly, and efficient. Two thumbs up!
We started with entrees of goat cheese salad and a charcuterie plate. Both were stunning as were the mains of duck and scallops. The scallops are big and succulent and cooked too perfection. The duck was confit. The dark meat was included in a cassoulet as a side dish that was soooo memorable. In fact the highlight of a 10day tour of New England. Jamie our waitress was informed and friendly and gave us great tips on forward travel plans.
The old blokes playing jazz in the foyer topped off a great night along with the single malt poured by an entertaining barman.
Ambiance and food are always wonderful. But there was a 5 person musical group in the entranceway which was too loud for that small place. We were thankfully seated at the back of the restaurant, so it wasn't a serious problem. But it is off-putting when you expect a quiet date night with your spouse.
Sorry to say the food at this restaurant has gone downhill over the past couple of years. It's not terrible, but it's not particularly good either. There are better places to eat. The decor is beginning to seem dowdy and dated as well. Server did a very good job given how many tables she had--no complaints there. It's not likely that we'll be going back.
We went there because it the place we would have preferred was booked late and this was a last minute reservation, Open Table recommended this restaurant based on our first choice. The food and service was excellent. The only qualifier was that we rated the noise level as quiet because we chose to sit as far from the live trio as possible. That's not a knock on the trio. It's just that my wife and I wanted to be in a place where we could converse.
This is the second time I've been to Provence and I had the same experience both times. The food is exquisite! I had the lamb rack and it may be one of the tastiest entrees I've ever had. I had truffle fries for an app and they were delicious as well.
Here's the bad news: For being a higher end restaurant, I'd expect to have higher end service. Both times I went (and I had different servers) it took close to 20 minutes to get my first cocktail. Another 15 minutes passed without even seeing our server. It was so bad I had to get up and ask the host. (Which I never do!)
Overall: I would recommend it and I would go again simply for the food! But beware of very slow service! When I go again I will get a bottle of wine so I do not have to try and flag my server for a new drink. I expect to wait for good food, not for drinks.
Provence did not have the chardonnay listed in the wine list on their website. The replacement chardonnay was nowhere near its equal, and the waiter made me wait an inordinately long period for it. He wound up not charging me for it. I had a rack of lamb that was okay, but it was the smallest portion (four small ribs) I have ever seen in any restaurant.
Food was good. Barman was completely unsmiling, and failed to acknowledge or apologize after splashing my date's dress while making a drink, even though I'm pretty sure he saw her react. Having said that, he was prompt, and made a good cocktail. Hostess was pleasant and prompt also, but inexplicably attempted to seat us at about the worst table, near to where the wait staff take their orders, despite the restaurant being nearly empty; though she did suggest a nice table after I asked for a better one. On the whole the experience might have been better if the staff were more "on". I may give it another try and see if this was just an off night.
We have been going to Provence for many years. The food was and continues to be excellent, including the presentation. The service during our last visit was substantially below par. It took about 2:45 from seating to leaving. We could watch our courses sit on the counter of the kitchen area, and it was not busy. The server broke the cork in the wine bottle, blaming an issue with the wine cooler. She was clearly not using the corkscrew properly. This occurred with the second bottle, as well. The server did not bring a clean wine glass for tasting the second bottle, and had to be stopped from pouring and instructed to get one. The table was not cleared in a timely fashion after courses. The server also felt it was appropriate to refer to female guests as "dear" or "love." Clearly some orientation and training is needed. While the front of the restaurant/bar area was refreshed, the main dining area is looking tired.
Very friendly and efficient service on the lovely patio. Our party of four all enjoyed well prepared and nicely presented dishes. We did notice some variation in portion sizes in - some were quite large and some were on the small side . But overall a nice experience and we will return.
I really want to go again before deciding how to rate them. Service was very good, the venue is nicely done but some misses on the food side. first desert was excellent. The Banana Begniet was just too good. Freshly made and enough for two. The salad special with fresh figs was tasty and not drowned in dressing. The main course was a risotto special with scallops. The serving was small, but that would have been OK if it was good and it was not. The risotto was bland and too few scallops. I tried a special app. of pate. It was way overpriced and I did not care for the texture of the pate at all. I wish I had tried the various tapas instead. The drinks we had were made right and delivered promptly.
Our meal was a major disappointment. The duck was so tough, despite being cooked to the chef's recommendation. The sea bass was so poorly presented, I was a bit taken aback. The salmon was also very basic. The entrees in general, lacked imagination and presentation. We could have cooked far better meals at home. The server seemed focused on driving up the cost of the meal, vs attending to our needs. We don't mind spending more for a great meal with great ambiance and great service. We enjoy being offered a new creative approach to an entree. While the ambiance was ok, the server seemed unprofessional and the food was just blah. I would not go back.
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