Providence Restaurant

3.9
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Providence Restaurant is a farm-to-fork New American concept with a unique social mission. Established as a program of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC's Providence Culinary School, this restaurant's mission is to serve the finest cuisine while empowering our community, our staff, and our guests.
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PA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service front to back! Atmosphere fabulous & chic! Will be back with friends.

LC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful meal. Cam was awesome and so welcoming. I was the only customer when I went but it was such a beautiful space.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

the food is very good. Need more staff on hand for a large event like GNO. And number toppers for tables for staff severing the food order.

BH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Visited Providence for a private party
Girls Night Out sponsored by Forsyth Woman magazine.
The restaurant was not prepared for the crowd. We were not told to get our own drinks at the bar. Had to ask another diner. Waited at our table with no menu and no silverware for 45 minutes before our order was taken. Very warm in room we were in.
After ordering food arrived shortly.
Food here is always excellent and it was that night.
I will definitely eat there again but not for a similar event.
I do not fault the restaurant or staff. The event was poorly planned.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Poor management as evidenced by severe understaffing of the restaurant for a special night. It was literally like one server per 50 people. It took two hours to get food. There was no effort made by management to accommodate customers. We only got a concession on the food because we demanded it. Your business is only as good as your management and wait staff. Shame on you Providence

JK
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing! Poor waitress was fairly new and was overwhelmed with the amount of tables she had. The table next to us never did get their food until after over an hour wait. Then she was struggling with collecting her checks. She had a beautiful personality and handled things with a pretty level head. Restaurant was clean and well lit, but noise level was high.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and quiet enough to actually carry on a conversation without shouting. That was a delight and very uncommon these days.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful farm to table food.

k
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with two friends who had never been. They were impressed by food and service and will return with other friends. Everyone was attentive and professional. The low noise level is a plus as well as the pleasant atmosphere.

EH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three friends and I went to Providence Restaurant. Two of us had the scallops, one had fried chicken, and the last had the shrimp and grits. All were excellent, as was our waiter. We'll be back.

K
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a great evening outing. I am so glad I took a chance to attend the Low County Crab Boil. The only negative was it took a little time for them to get started. Happily, the food was worth the wait. I plan to dine with them again.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

"I have been to Providence 3 times now. Staff was very been very attentive. Dining area tables were not over-crowded. The food was delicious and well constructed and presented. I’ve enjoyed your fresh-made dishes, such as the Harvest Salad, Mahi fish with Pineapple Salsa, and Key Lime Pie. The last visit we brought a party of 7 and all of us enjoyed our meals at Providence. It is refreshing to enjoy exceptional food, so different from the repetitive chain restaurants.

JY
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a steady great! Always interesting menu options and cool events. Great service, super nice place!

BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor was so incredible. The Host was amazing. The server was great. Food was just outstanding. Although this is not a complaint at all, the only thing that was off-putting was a guest at the bar - way to loud and she was by herself - she was talking on the phone and it was a bit un-nerving

SA
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good and we will go back. Understand the pricing and the training issues, and the mission. Good to have this info available for your guests. I believe I had seen that you highlight local wines, but did not see much of a selection. Please consider Shelton Wines from Dobson—they are excellent!

K
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Providence. They had catered our son's wedding reception and did an amazing job! The restaurant did not disappoint. Our service was wonderful as the waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu choices. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will definitely return soon!

MS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We stayed at the Doubletree and decided it was easy enough to just grab dinner from the "hotel restaurant
. We were pleasantly surprised! This is not your typical hotel restaurant. The food is farm to table and incredibly fresh. The chef thoughtfully created his specials and signature dishes. He even came out to talk to us and see if we needed anything. Our server, I think his name was Marcus, was wonderful. He was attentive, informative and personable. I will be craving the pink snapper special I dined on for a long time to come as my daughter will be dreaming of the shrimp and grits she had. We highly recommend!

RK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall the experience we had was good but not great. The appetizers were excellent and the best part of our meal. The entrees again we're good but not great. The restaurant did not have a lot of people in it but service was quite slow at times.

EK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was okay, but a little pricey for what we got.

c
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE, NO ONE HAD A CLUE AS TO HOW TO SERVE, DISCUSS OR HANDLE FOOD. THEY NEED A COMPLETE OVERHAUL. BAD EXPERIENCE. SERVICE UNTRAINED, FOOD LUKE WARM, MANAGER IGNORED EVERYONE. JUST ODD !

B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The entire experience as a Mother's Day dinner was a vast disappointment. I was embarrased that my mother had such a horrible time. The food was overcooked and cold. I will not return there or recommended it to anyone

CC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great but I just wish it had been warmer. Most of the food was cold and I felt it would have tasted much better if it had been hot.

JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We visited this restaurant for the Mother's Day Buffet near the end of service time. The food at the buffet was mostly cold even though the heat pods were on. The waffles were tough. We had to ask multiple times for cups and glasses. When we were seated we were left at the table and no one told us where to go for the buffet. We were sat at a table that was far too small for our party even though we had reservations and there were empty tables. Our bill had to be rerun 3 times before it was correct. No one came by to check on us and we had to chase people down or go to the front. The desserts and prime rib were good but nothing justifies the 29.95 price per person. This restaurant is supposed to be for training future restaurant runners, but they obviously need to do a better job.

JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The experience was not a good one for a special occasion Mother's Day!! We arrived and was seated promptly but we waited for 10 minutes for someone to tell us how the buffet worked.

The the cost of the meal the food was not worth the cost. I do believe that the meal at K&W would have been much better and less expensive. The food was not seasoned well at all and the Huevos Rancheros was not fit to eat, the eggs had harden on top of the dish.

The cost is outlandish especially for children under 9 the amount of food that my grandchildren ate was not worth the high cost.

I do understand what you are doing with First Harvest and this is great but have the cost to reflect the quality of food. I will not recommend or go back to this restaurant again.

Pamela Tuttle

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Staff was completely overwhelmed by Mother’s Day crowd. Had to wait an unbelievable year long time for a server to even recognize we were there. Thankfully it was a buffet and we could serve ourselves. Food was mediocre at best. Not the Mothers Day lunch we were anticipating. Won’t be back.

LW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The event was for Mother’s Day - we had to flag down a server to order drinks, and the atmosphere was much like a cafeteria. The food was very good, except for the shrimp pasta (shrimp barely cooked). But no salad or fruit. Only two dessert options not counting ice cream. We will not be back.

RW
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lunch there and everything was good, but menu is a bit strange. Employees need to refrain from coming through dining room yelling when people are dining. Not professional. Otherwise, good place and we appreciate their charitable donations to such a worthy organization. That alone would encourage us to return.

JM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

No one ever came to our table. We finally decided to go get food and then they took our silverware and napkins, so I had to take from another table, new ones. Then when I went to go get desert they took my silverware and napkins but left other people’s dirty dishes and glasses at our table. Then when we were done someone said you want your ticket. Horrible and expensive for what they offered.

EP
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a very enjoyable experience at the Providence for Easter Brunch! The food was delicious and the price was very resonable for a holiday brunch menu. My favorite was the lamb and horseradish mashed potatoes! Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. We would come back again and recommend to our friends!

w
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of five enjoyed an Easter buffet lunch at Providence. Excellent variety and delicious food. Highlights were shrimp and grits, bread pudding, roast beef and horseradish mashed potatoes. The restaurant was full and the service was great. Very friendly staff! We look forward to returning!

MA
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to Providence was a pleasant occasion. The wait time was acceptable given the date (Easter); the food was tasty and the table service was commendable. The only downside was the pricing at $30 per seat unless part of the price was a donation to Providence. Being provided with our checkout - without directions - was too long; no ticket was provided for 20 minutes after plates were taken. The goals established by Providence is not only fitting but consistent with Second Harvest's overall mission to lift up those in need of food & skills.

M
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Probably fine for a dinner but the special event brunch was disappointing

G
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very dissappointed, very limited menu,not close to worth thirty dollars a person. The items on the buffet were not even warm.Clearly there is a good safety issue at this restaurant.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Easter buffet with a lot of variety and exceptional service.

AH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I made reservations for Easter Brunch. My family was very disappointed. I had asked on the phone the menu and the person didn’t have the menu. I asked if there was breakfast items and she thought there were. When we arrived we were sent to our assigned table with no instructions. We sat there a few minutes and no one approached us to explain the procedure. We wandered to the buffet to see what was being served. I should have left then. No breakfast items were on the buffet. We went ahead and made a plate. I had called the restaurant several different times during the week to find out the cost. I got the answering machine each time. I should have asked before I made a plate but I didn’t. When the bill did come I was shocked. It made me sick to my stomach. The food wasn’t that good and it wasn’t worth it. I wasted $96 for three people to eat a terrible meal. I will not return.

LV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great interaction with LeBron & Protocol😊 We’ll return to enjoy as well as support this effort !

OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent . The waitress very friendly and knowledgeable the menu. The service was a little slow though. One of our party was dissatisfied with part of her meal and the manager and chef immediately came to the table. The entire party was comped dessert. The price was high but we agreed it would be a great place for a “special “ meal.

MC
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The mission is laudable and the menu ambitious, but our meal was uneven. The staff seemed "not-quite-ready-for-Prime-Time," with limited knowledge of the menu and drinks served. Our salads took some 20 minutes to be served, and then our entrees arrived only about five minutes after that. Worse yet, both the sides and proteins were cold. Again, I can appreciate that the staff is training, but if you're going to charge what they do, I think it is fair to expect better.

P
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I would like to try this restaurant again but my first time here was awful. The person who seated us insinuated that we were a bother since they were having a wine dinner and would be full. (They never got full while we were there.) It took 25 minutes before our drink order was taken. The waiter said that he doesn't like to pour wine so the bartender came over. She rudely commented that a bottle is only for 4 people so she may not be able to spread it 5 ways. The waiter seemed very unsure of himself or very confused each time he was at our table. If we asked for more than one thing, he had to stop and tell us that he needs to write it down. There were 5 of us and our meals were delivered widely spaced out. The first two people were halfway done by the time the 3rd person was served. We had encouraged them to eat since everything else was so slow and we had a play to go to. A couple of us received our meat cold or room temperature but we just dealt with it. The restaurant is beautiful but smelled strongly of fish. None of the staff were welcoming.

MB
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!
And such a wonderful program
A feast for the eyes, stomach, and spirit!
The chef came to our table and he was delightful!

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