In the trendy Yaletown district where Davie street meets False Creek, Provence Marinaside is a great place to meet your friends on the patio or at our bar and watch the action in the marina or on the seawall. Fresh local seafood, raw oysters, extensive wine list, takeout, gourmet picnic baskets.
I am getting increasingly irritated with the overly family friendly nature of restaurants in Vancouver. I was sorely disappointed by my experience at Provence for lunch. I went there to celebrate a friend's birthday and we were seated near a large obviously wealthy extended family with numerous children. They may have had lots of cash, but certainly no class. The children were out of control and very noisy. The adults in the group were no better. They had virtually taken over the restaurant and didn't care about other patrons. We were persistently ignored by the wait staff who were bending over backwards to please the rich folks. When we asked to be moved to a quieter location, we were greeted by a shrug. When we asked the waiter to talk to the group, he refused. We ate in silence as we could not be heard over the mind numbing noise, paid a great deal for food we could not enjoy. While they refused to accomodate our wish to have a nice companiable lunch, they certainly did not hesitate to take more of our money than they deserved.
Went here for NYE dinner with GF. Arrived late and was informed the kitchen was going to close in 1/2 hr. After a quick shot of CR, I decided to order the veal oso bucco. Waiter came back and say's were all out. Then I went with the beef tenderloin. Cooked to perfection. Creme Brule for desert. GF ordered the 3 course dinner and said it was really good. We will be returning again.
Yesterday, October 26th, we had a group of 12 that came and ate at Provence. Bill came up to over $1000. It took them 45 minutes to give us a bill that was miscalulated by $300 initially then $200, then $100 and constantly telling us how much we owned. Bad service and gave us a hard time.
Manager offered no compensation, No gift certicates Just a simple Sorry. They screwed up and a high class restuarant SHOULD be able to think of better ways to please the customer.
Worse customer service ever..
Great spot to take out of town guests. The location is perfect and the service is always attentive but not fawning. All the seafood dishes are recommended. I especially like the steamed clams. Top notch wine list. One of Vancouver's best.
The service was the worst ever and food wasn't fresh. This place is totally overrated. The server never asked us if we wanted to drink anything. She came to us after waiting 20 minutes. The service was so unfriendly. Save your money and dine somewhere else.
The title says it all. We love the eggs benni here. Our mistake was staying for dinner. What a rip off! My lamb was in a severe state of annorexia, and for the money I paid, no thanx! What a rip off! Am I repeating myself? Well, that goes for my partner's meal as well. He had the canneloni. Chef Boyardee could have done just as well. Enough said! Go brunch. Dinner never!
Service is excellent. good view, good atmosphere. really good for causal dinner but not good for candle dinner cause a little bit noisy inside.
Food is ok but not really surprise. I went there for dine out. Maybe that's the reason.
Yummmm I love Provence!
The decor is very classy but not pretentionous at all! There are a lot of regulars from the area who just come down for a bite in jeans, sweats or baseball hats.
And even though the servers are very professional the atmosphere is super relaxed.
They are always packed for weekend brunch but do their best to accomidate the crowds.
The patio is amazing in summertime, even in other seasons since it is covered and heated.
Any menu choice will surely be good, if you are a french toast or waffle fan then you must try them!
The waffles are frozen from a local bakery but are still sooooo good and the french toast is cut from a baguette and dipped in cinnamon sugar, a nice change from regular bread.
Lobster omlette is great, made with fresh lobster and herbs. Actually they use fresh herbs in pretty much all their savoury items which I love!
A few really good vegetarian options too, I find vegetarian options to usually be bland but the veggie benny and omlette are both full of flavour!
Keep Provence in mind for a gourmet meal on the go too! They have a little take out counter with awesome daily made anti pasto items and delicious baked goods.
They serve Illy coffee too and make great lattes!
Its a little more higher priced but you get what you pay for!
Finally, a brunch that makes sense.
All it took really to bring this avid diner the “brunch of brunches” was to literally walk across the street? Some would say, “..no, it can’t be...” but I assure you, although incredibly simple, the edibles satisfied my Sunday morning craving.
Provence Marinaside, brought to you by chefs Jean-Francis and Alessandra Quaglia, lies at the bottom of Davie St, just around the corner from the Yaletown Urban Fare. The decor is a little “hotel-continental”, but it worked to predict the kind of simple “hotel-like” foods that would soon be streaming through the kitchen doors. It was bang on.
The abundance of choice, meat-lover and vegetarian options alike, was astounding! How did we find a menu to cater to all of us?
To our backs, the glorious views of False Creek, and in front of us, we found our table littered with polished cutlery and china; rich dark coffee; lamb sausages & pork sausages - a sampling was required; toast, egg entrees, and salad.
Our brunch was not over the top by any means, like strawberry and squid parfait, but it certainly hit the spot, and restored our faith in brunch. It’s a true story, simple, reasonable yet satisfying brunch does exist, especially in Yaletown - with a nice view.
Went for the DOV event. We were seated almost right in frong to the entrance. The table seemed to be just added because of the event to ease the crowd. The waitress was rather mechanical as if she just wanted to get her job done. Took our order, delivered the food, that's it, no enthusiasm at all. She didn't come by to ask how was the dinner. The appy was good. We picked the seafood salad and red snapper. They were very nasty. The mahi mahi was good. But the lamb stew was just too salty. I was thirsty the whole night. The dessert was just average, you can get it almost everywhere.
I've only been here for brunch, so this review might not be credible. The menu didn't look too french. More west coast if you ask me.
They do, however, have a great take-out stand. Lots of antipasto and greasy salads, at very reasonable prices.
Great menu and very tasty food. The servers are all very friendly and know there stuff!! The patio and view are incredible overlooking the marina on False Creek.
If you have never been here before, you must try there brunchs. Very busy on weekends but worth the wait. Its one of the best spots in Yaletown.
I went to provence marinaside about 3 weeks ago for brunch. The food was great, but I got really poor service. The server almost never checked on our table, didn't ask how we were doing. It always took forever to look for her. I heard that the food was worth the wait, but I did not wait 45 minutes to receive this kind of service.
I went to the afternoon tea with my boyfriend again just yesterday. I knew that the restaurant wasn't in afternoon tea, but the food was simply not good. I've had a lot of afternoon tea experience and this one is the worst yet. The scones were flat, and the savory section was poorly done as well. Even though there was a nice view, the tables around us were not cleaned up. I expected more from this restaurant. I don't thing i'll come back again for a very long time.
Provence Marinaside has one of the most delightful patios in Vancouver; minimal traffic on the adjacent road, spectacular water views and some of the most entertaining peoplewatching (the tiny expensive dogs! the enormous expensive cleavage!). Unfortunately, the restaurant seems content to rest on the laurels of these considerable assets and allow the food to slide into inoffensive but uninspired blandness. The service, too, left much to be desired on the night my friend and I had dinner there. We had made reservations for a patio table but were seated by our palpably disinterested host at a table for two that was overshadowed by a dense and oppressive topiary that completely obscured the view. I was put in mind of Charlie Brown's kite-eating tree. When we asked the bus-person if we could move to another table, he told us to ask our server when we saw her. Why couldn't he have notified her of our request himself? We waited half an hour for our meal, which, on a balmy, sunlit evening is no hardship, but doesn't speak well of the service. And our server was replaced halfway through our meal without having done us the courtesy of letting us know she was going off-shift.
The crab cakes were not bad, although they were served with a sauce that, despite its exotic pistachio green hue, tasted like mayonnaise. My friend ordered the special, a striped bass that was described as being served whole, with head and tail intact; however, our server returned a few minutes later to announce that it was now being served as a fillet instead. Unsettling. I ordered the vegetarian platter, which comprised a medley of roasted vegetables, asparagus, zucchini "spaghetti" (angel-hair strips of steamed zucchini), chickpea patties and millet pilaf. We both agreed that our meals, though adequate, were quite oily and oddly flavourless. My pilaf, in particular, was an ice-cold concoction of diced tomato and slightly undercooked grain that had no discernible dressing or flavouring--something along the lines of an unsuccessful Capers deli item. My friend was similarly disappointed in his bass (which arrived headless, tailless and ruthlessly dismembered into small chunks) and roasted fennel, both of which were oily and flavourless. We ordered a double chocolate cake to share and agreed that it could have come out of an Easy-Bake oven--two gritty, gluey layers cemented together with frosting made of icing sugar and brown crayon. (Forgive the bitterness, but I am passionate about cake.)
It was still wonderful to sit outdoors, sip wine and watch the sun set on our beautiful city but, oh, why can't we have all this AND a competent meal?
I've been to Provence Marinaside few times and their food and services are very consistent so I never border to write a review in the past. But I thought that I should let everyone know that it's a very good restaurant in False Creek / Yaletown area.
I love seafood and they have lots of seafood selections - mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp provencal, bouillabaise - they are all well prepared, very consistent, never too salty. It's better than a lot of restaurants in DT / Yaletown area in my opinion.
Used to come here often since I live in the area... but after a few disappointing experiences, stopped going altogether!
It is grossly overpriced for the portion, quality and presentation. Not very consistent either.
I'll never forget the one time a female server came to our table w/ mayo on the corner of her lips. EEEW!! and so unprofessional. You're nor gonna get a good service here.
me and my girlfriend recently decided to try provence marinaside as part of dine out vancouver, and we were pleased! we were greeted by the hostess, who immediately took our coats, and took us to our seats by the window... the room was nice and romantic, dimly lit, but with enough lighting to still see the menus! the appy's were very flavorful.. i had the lamb sausage, and my girlfriend had risotto and mozzarella balls... for dinner, i had the steak and prawns, which was cooked to perfection, and my girlfriend had the mushroom ravioli. I must say, her dish was actually better than mine! for desert we had caramel cheesecake and boy was it awesome! i could go on and on, but i must say, we'd definitely go back...
Went here during DOV. I think when we didnt order any alcoholic beverages they decided to just pump us through and ignore us. I guess here if you arent drinking you arent important.
The waiter took our orders, our food came. We asked several times for refills on our pops and never got any. I understand they dont make money on pop, but just because we werent drinking tonight doesnt mean ignore us and treat us like crap. For all they know we could be going out and drinking the next night, and we wont be going back to their place now, because they dont treat us well.
You should not treat nondrinkers worse than drinkers. Apart from possibly hurting future business, its just not right.
Food is ok, nothing special. Room is fine. I will not return, there was nothing here to grab my attention other than the lack of attention.
My boyfriend and i were late arriving to Provence because the traffic sucked. Anyways, we were seated within a few minutes after arriving. I ordered the seafood salad and my boyfriend ordered the herring for our antipasto, it was yummy. We shared both the lamb stew and the mahi mahi prawns plate the servings were a little small, but delicious. I had the sorbet and boyfriend had the pecan tart... i LOVED it! it was great!!! Will definitely come again!
I went there to celebrate my partner's birthday and were escorted to a window seat, as requested. It was a good start. Things started going downhill as the server, a 40-ish year old lady approached. She addressed her conversation to my partner completely and ignored me. Not wanting to spoil the evening, I kept quiet. To be fair, I tried to look for other aspects of the dining experience I could enjoy. Unfortunately, the mashed olive paste for spreading on the hard thin toast was salty, and so was the ciabatta bread that came along with it. I became increasingly irritated when the server kept on asking my partner how the food was and was oblivious to my presence again. I decided to assert myself and make my voice heard by asking for more bread (hoping that the next batch would be less salty but it still was). We ordered clams and mussels as starters. Although they were fresh, we bit into sand on a few occasions--suffice to say that it was horrible to be crunching on sand while eating shellfish. I liked the seafood bits on my linguini but the sauce had too much tomato paste for my liking. I must say that I prefer the seafood linguini served at another chain of restaurants (and which was less expensive too). My partner had nothing to say about about his steak dish although he commended on the fries that came along with it. The server still persisted in ignoring me and addressed her questions about the food etc to my partner. She even presented the bill assumingly to my partner, and a look of surprise showed on her face when I paid for it! Overall, it was a disappointing dining experience, and much less redeemed by an unprofessional server who is insensitive about her partial treatment of her diners--clearly underlining a training need to be educated on proper customer service in this restaurant.