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“Eat at the bar for great food for a casual treat”
Review of Provence - Albany

Provence - Albany
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Ranked #63 of 687 Restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, French
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fuller Road
New York
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39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Eat at the bar for great food for a casual treat”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Great food. This is a formal French restaurant, which is nice for special occasions. However, if you want to forego formal dining, you can get the same great food at the bar.

Visited May 2012
Thank radlil
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Mastic Beach, New York
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120 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
“Unfortunate ending to a pleasant experience”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We visited Provence on July 5th as part of my birthday celebration. My daughter, who lives in the area, knows I like French food and made 7:30 reservations. We arrived a little early, but we seated right away. The atmosphere was attractive and there was a piano player, which was very nice. (We enjoyed the music, but were glad we were seated on the upper level a little ways back from it, otherwise we felt it would have obstructed conversation.) We had a nice meal, though I wouldn't say any dish stood out as exceptional. I've had better escargot, but my Coquille St. Jacques was very good.

About the time we were getting our entrees, the woman at the table next to us got excited thinking she'd seen a mouse behind her husband's shoulder. (They were sitting at the end table in a row of banquet seating, and I was sitting next to her husband.) Since none of us saw it, including her husband, we chalked it up to a trick of the light or something and went on with our meal. As we were about to have dessert, my daughter suddenly lifted her feet off the floor and said, "She was right! There's a mouse!" My husband saw it scurry across the floor too. Needless to say, the rest of the meal was no longer relaxed. Since we'd been having such a nice time, we didn't want to end it with a big argument, so we joked about "dinner and a show," but honestly, I thought the restaurant's reaction when we told them what had happened was sorely lacking in terms of customer service.

When we told the waiter what had happened, he shrugged it off, offering to move our seats, saying, "I apologize, but in old buildings like this, this happens sometimes... blah, blah." He never called the manager over to apologize as one would expect at a nice restaurant, and nothing was taken off the bill as a way of trying to make amends. The more we thought about it, the more angry we became because we could've made a big public stink about it and/or called the department of health. I mean, while a random field mouse can get into any building, how do we know the restaurant was infested with them? For that alone, I would not go return or recommend that anyone I know go there.

  • Visited July 2012
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Albany, New York, United States
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cosy French Bistro”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you like French food, this is a great place for lunch or dinner. The French Fries are authentic and served in a paper cone -- truly tasty! My favorite dish is the crab cakes.

Visited April 2012
Thank Nancy P
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Kinderhook, New York
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Never fails”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

I have been to Provence countless times over the years and it consistently very good. The atmosphere is warm and the outdoor patio lovely in good weather. The roast chicken is wonderful and the steak frites is always a treat.
You can't go wrong here - one of your best choices in Albany.

  • Visited June 2012
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Albany, NY
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

This resto has some interesting dishes (french but some portuguese choices also). Always have tasty food here.

Thank rphmandy
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