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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend reservations as the food is wonderful. Tried the smoked fish appetizer with pickled vegetables and everything was very flavorful. Also shared a chicken with a polenta like fontina cheese, which was great.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed February 19, 2022 via mobile

As always, fantastic drinks. The best fish sandwich around - I lived on the New England coast, and this is just as good. We are never disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 28, 2021

Always impeccable food and the staff are always attentive. Fresh ingredients, delicious drinks and good wine list.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 20, 2021 via mobile

This is casual, low key restaurant in downtown Apex. It has a relaxed vibe, along with excellent food. We ate upstairs (there are two levels, with bars on each) and had excellent food and service. We had Asian chicken wings, fish tacos, hanger steak, with...a light, flavorful carrot cake for dessert. Not a huge menu, but everything was delicious and the service was great. This is the kind of place you hope is in your town, and you come back to. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 6, 2021

Had been here several times in the past, but pre-pandemic. Our recent meal was just as excellent as we had come to expect. Smoked fish spread and toasted goat cheese salad were generous and delicious. NC Swordfish was perfectly prepared: hot, juicy and wonderfully seasoned....Truffled potatoes were crisp with just a hint of truffle oil, which was great because it can be overwhelming. Short rib was tender and flavorful. We split an apple crisp dessert, which was sweet, crunchy and topped with rich ice cream. So glad The Provincial is still here, and as good as ever!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed March 20, 2021

Situated on the adorable Salem St in little downtown Apex, The Provincial is relaxed, fine dining with a menu that changes daily. We loved the fish tacos with yellow fin sashimi tuna, the pork chops, hangar steak, carrot cake dessert, and the artichoke dip appetizer....Perfection!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

The last 3 times we have been there has always been one issue or another. When you get apologized to over 4 times an evening something is amiss. Slow beverage service seems to be the most common, 15-20 minutes for a cocktail is too long....They always are out of something even when the item has been on the menu for some time. I understand its a farm to fork place but when you only have 6 entree's and are out of 3 of them at 7:30 that's a problem. It also seems that a reservation is just a suggested time for you table to be ready. the last 3 times it has been 20 minutes, then 30 minutes than the last time 45 minutes wait. The saving grace is the food has always been excellent.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 13, 2020

The menu here changes often, but they always have a variety of choices. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent. We were seated outside but it started to rain so they brought us inside immediately. We will definitely return.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed December 31, 2019

Smallish restaurant with limited seating. If you're lucky enough to be seated, food was very good. Service seemed a bit on the slow side. As per some previous reviews, also were told they were out of some of their selections by an early lunch.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

Outstanding new addition to Apex. Our first time there last night and we were extremely pleased with this newer restaurant to our town. The food was outstanding, service was excellent, and the prices are fair given the overall experience. Great drinks from the bar as...well. We will be going there regularly now.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

We’ve been to Provincial many times and the food never disappoints! The food is always interesting, different and I love that they purchase locally when they can. The only negative is that it is very loud to the point it’s hard to hear the people...you are with.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed our time together,though it was a bit loud. It was a bit before we were informed they were out of everything we ordered. Regardless of this , we ate and drank well :Good cider, great calamari with guacamole and pickled cukes, lovely sourdough bread...and nice green salad with goat cheese. Also indoor and outdoor dining available.Nice bistro pub atmosphere.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner last night at Provincial. Smoked fish appetizer was awesome. Blackened swordfish was superb. Vanilla panna cotta was perfect. If I could give service a "6" out of 5 I would do! Great place in Apex. (The walls...would benefit from a little more sound deadening.)More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019 via mobile

Food was delicious, salmon and steaks cooked to perfection! Service both at bar and table was great. If you haven’t been to downtown Apex, you must go! Cutest little town with shops and restaurants. Highly recommend The Provincial. Will be back.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

Everything about the food and service is 5 star. We would come here more often if it weren't for the noise level. Hard to converse on a busy night. But otherwise superb.

Date of visit: May 2019
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The Provincial is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4