Let me start by saying, yes, I realize it was Valentines and maybe not the best time to be reviewing a restaurant, therefore, I gave them an average rating instead of poor.
Starting from the beginning, wife, daughters and I were seated at a nice table in the rear of the restaurant. Nice atmosphere and I was happy that the tables weren't all pushed together. Lighting maybe a little bright for a restaurant trying to be "romantic", but the noise levels were appropriate.
We were quickly served drinks, bread and butter. Why would you serve your guests cold bread that tasted like it came from the local supermarket? This is your first impression and in this case, a very poor one. Aren't the French supposed to be known for their bread?
Prix fixe meal for $75 included a starter, entree, and dessert. Wife and kids had salads which were nice and I had duck which was overcooked and a bit gamey. Main course was swordfish, also cooked to death, and for the wife and kids, a filet that ranged from medium to well done all within the same piece of meat. A lobster topper was an additional $15. All meals served with mashed potatoes and some nice veggies. "Uninspired" comes to mind.
Wife had creme brulee which could have been named "creme bru-soup" as the custard had not set properly and was basically liquid. I had the chocolate dessert which was a mousse straight out of the freezer -- 30 minutes of defrost would have done it wonders.
I realize that because of the holiday, I would be overpaying for food that might not be the kitchen's best work, but I expected something better that what we got. Too many nice places to eat in Sacramento to spend money at La Provence again :(