I was there on a night when the Resturant was empty, totally empty w/the exception of a party in their back room. It took over 2 hours to eat; service took forever and that was just to get a drink. Severs pretty much ignored us. Service in short was terrible. I ordered a Steak/Frites Med Rare; it came Medium. When a restaurant charges $30 for a steak and can't cook it to the right temperature, that is a sign of a poorly trained kitchen. I will not be returning to dine there again.
I had not been to Provence in years. I recently read and heard that it was still the place to go for a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere. I was not disappointed. I was dining with friends with much to catch up on. We were not rushed or felt that we should leave.
Been coming here for years. Always a good meal but this time something was off.
A colleague from France once told me that Provence actually felt like a real French bistro. The food is good, with a Gallic twist. The service is friendly. The wine list is extensive, and fairly priced. And the entire experience is utterly lacking in pretense. I always enjoy dinner. It's also a good choice for lunch - but it's a shame to waste that wine list on a non-alcoholic working lunch!
Excellent ambiance and food, attentive service. Recommend for lunch or dinner, very good drinks and wine
Friday lunch hour was fairly quiet. Restaurant about half full.
Overall a fine meal. Service could have been better. Especially given the smallish crowd.
I had the mussels after being told the sauce was their speciality. They came in a bowl that was too small for them with very little of the afamed sauce. And no bowl in which to place them once eaten. I requested this and five minutes later it came with the appropriate seafood fork. This should have been a given and much faster.
We also had to wait to get seconds on our beverages. Again at least five minutes in a restaurant that was quite empty.
Overall it was a pleasant ambiance for a lunch where I wanted to be able to hear my companion. We were not rushed out. It just wasn’t very memorable except for the average service. And the mussels were fine. Also not memorable. The fries with them were soggy. Not the frites I had hoped for. I’d recommend Cafe Bistro for mussels instead.
Provence is our "go-to" p;ace for special occasions, and it never disappoints. This was their prix fixe Easter dinner, three courses with several excellent choices for each course. All four of us were delighted with what we ordered. Service was so good, with Lee, our waiter, acting fast to catch the wine I dumped!!! No muss, no fuss, and no shaming. (Thank you, Lee!) Why wait for a special occasion? Provence seems to get better and better!
We went here for Easter brunch. Our server was fun, the food was different from your normal brunch foods but it was very good. There was something for every appetite in our group. The restaurant very large, so you could comfortably walk through with your plate. The dessert table was very nice! We would like to go back for a regular meal because the regular menu sounds interesting!
We met friends we hadn't seen in a very long time here and had a beautiful, leisurely dinner. There was live music on this Saturday evening. Wait staff was very attentive and we stayed til closing, without any hint from staff that we should "move along." I've been here many times and always enjoyed my experience, including the last Christmas dinner I had with my Mom here before she passed. Thanks so much to Provence and their hard working, capable staff.
Provence is one of our favorite restaurants in the Albany area. The food is excellent, the French ambiance is perfect - comfortable but still elegant.
Todd, or server, did a great job and I will continue to come back for business lunches as well as the weekend dinners that my wife and I always enjoy!
Excellent meal and very authentic menu. We lived in France for several years so we were pleased to find this gem right here in the Capital district! Good wine list, great service, and not too crowded or noisy. On my list of best restaurants in the area - we will be back.
We were looking for a place that could easily accommodate our party of 11 for a birthday. This fit the bill. All of the food was great. It is nice that many entrees have a small and regular portion size / price. However having said that, it did seem that two of the regular size salmon plates were the same size as the small portions, but we paid the regular price. Just something to watch at any restaurant. Everyone enjoyed their food and the waitstaff were friendly. We would definitely recommend this for dinner.
Great place, I have always been happy with the wine, food and service. I would like if the Chef would make the duck gluten free again....it was one of my favorites!!!
La cena estuvo exquisite. El foie gras spectacular. El guiso de mariscos excelente. Los medallones de cerdo con frutas, fenomenal. El martini de pera estaba fuerte, pero delicioso y refrescante. El servicio no fue excelente, pero si muy bueno y para nada de mal gusto. El tiempo de espera fue bien razonable. Las bananas de postre cerraron la cena de manera perfecta. 2 amaretto para cerrar con broche de oro. Fui un poco consternada ya que el restaurant queda en una plaza de tiendas, pero no se dejen enganar. Dentro del restaurant, la atmosfera es totalmente distinta y acogedora. Romantico. Porciones razonables en relacion al costo.
Fabulous wine list, fantastic special items like fried artichokes and wild bass, and live music which was certainly lively. We were lucky to have expert service by Dave Eramo.
Soon to return!
When spending the night visiting the Albany area, we like to make part our get away, dinner at Provence. Service was very good, food was great, nice relaxing evening. After visiting this restaurant four or five times, it may be time for them to change up their menu a little and start adding some new items.
Valentine’s Day dinner
Despite that the restaurant was very crowded our service and meal was excellent! Our server was very organized and attentive.
Valentine's Day dinner with special menu and very nice atmosphere (jazz trio). They do special occasions well. Good but rather standard menu, more generally continental than French bistro.
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.
Everything from food to service was terrific.
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.
My husbands strip steak was delicious but my risotto had zero taste to it. My meal was taken off the bill so in my eyes they made it right and I will be back to hopefully have a better meal.
Great overall service and food. One of our go to spots.
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
I always like going to dinner at Provence. I like the setting and the food. It is nicely decorated with a clam atmosphere.
The food was delicious and our server Bruce was ver attentive
Usually like this place. But the fixed Christmas menu was tasteless and overpriced. Big disappointment.
Outstanding food - creative presentation - professional service - elegance in a relaxed atmosphere - nothing could be improved!
We were seated promptly.
Food was delicious and service was great.
Very enjoyable. One of top fine dining restaurants in the Capitol District.
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.
I was a little disappointed in The bread basket. Bread was cold. Otherwise food was decent, excellent service and ambiance, however a tad pricey for portion sizes
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.
really superb. the kitchen seems to have survived the change in chefs marvelously.
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.
Very disappointing. I will not return for Sunday Brunch!