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“Valentine's prix fixe dinner, not very good”
Review of La Provence

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Ranked #35 of 442 Restaurants in Roseville
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Oak
Description: La Provence offers 4-Star cuisine with an emphasis on quality fresh seasonal and locally grown ingredients combining the flavors of France and the Mediterranean Regions. Truly unique settings which suggest a European country estate with numerous rooms and creekside terrace seating. Surrounded by 51 acres of parks and open space, the perfect location for special events or wedding celebrations. Specialize in accommodating groups and events, from an all day meeting to corporate dinners and presentations.
Northern CA
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Valentine's prix fixe dinner, not very good”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

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 :(

  • Visited February 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
“Very Nice Special Occasion Restaurant”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great atmosphere. Food is good but not stellar. Service is decent. Did I say the place has great atmosphere. Great for a special occassion when you don't want to leave Roseville and are willing to pay a bit more. I am glad West Roseville has such a nice place

  • Visited November 2012
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Northern California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, great food, great value.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

When you step into La Provence, you feel like you're in a classy country French restaurant. The atmosphere is very inviting, and the tables are well spaced apart. We like the rear of the restaurant, where there is a nice fireplace, and looks out to their patio. We most recently went to their Sunday brunch. I had their steak & eggs, with roasted potatoes. The steak was a fairly large filet, very tender & flavorful. The price was only $13.00. They have a nice 3 course meal on the menu which is $18.00 I believe. We've never had a bad meal here, and the service is very attentive also.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Dononlake
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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Pretension and Pricey”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Although this restaurant tries to identify itself as an upscale French Restaurant, it comes off as pretentious, overpriced and snobby. As a frequent traveler to France, I've been to many French restaurants with a lot more reason to be this way but aren't and really make an effort to treat their customers well. Here, many of the staff act like they're doing you a favor by waiting on you, the prices are too high and there's nothing special about their food. Summary, low value, wrong attitude - take your business elsewhere. There are some other very good French restaurants in the area.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Warren B
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“Nice ambience, but I expected better food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is supposedly the best French restaurant in the region. It has a nice location in a park-like setting, and the building reminds one of a provincial location. We all had different dishes, but no one was pleased with what they got. My lamb shank should have been cooked longer, and the Bouillabaisse was a very meager offering. I did enjoy the spinach salad though.

  • Visited November 2012
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