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'm originally from Europe and have lived in Germany, France, Switzerland among other countries and would consider myself a foodie that both loves to cook at home as well as venture out and sample the great cuisine this wonderful city has to offer.
I moved here in 2007 and have eaten at Provence at least 30 times since then. Many Brunches, Dinners and in-betweens. Lately, I've even tested them during the Olympics. I continue to be impressed by the quality of their food and the above average service.
Even during the most busiest times, the service is prompt and I've never waited longer than 20mins for a dish. Maybe some of the recent negative reviews have high expectations, but I would say this, along with Bistro Pastis in the Kits, Provence is the best value in French Bistro eating in Vancouver.
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Our friends love coming here for brunch...we aren't really sure why...each time we've been there, we keep thinking we should have gone to Nu. The food is decent here, but sitting along a sidewalk with people staring as they stroll by just isn't our thing I suppose. Had the savoury chicken crepe and it was very tasty, but really, I was still hungry after and I'm not generally a big eater. Might have to give this one another try, but definitely not hurrying back anytime soon.
Went here for brunch and I loved it. The service was wonderful. It really impressed me that our waitress was on top of everything being that the restaurant was so busy. The food was outstanding. Too bad I didn't have enough room in my tummy to try everything on the menu. Even more reason for me to return soon.
Came here last night for Vancouver Dine out.
It was meh. I didn't absolutely hate it or like it. Food was decent but i guess i expected more.
Service was kinda slow i would say. But i guess it's cause we had a table of 7 and there were 2 other tables as big as our. So, im guessing that's y our service wasn't as great as it could of been.
I probably wouldn't come back here other than if it was for Vancouver Dine Out.
The place has a Mediterranean feel but it's kind of noisy mainly due to its tile floors & brick walls. Food was tasty & fresh, took 35 minutes to come. We had rack of lambs, salmon & free-run chicken, my only complaint was there were not enough vegetables came with the mains. Food was a bit overpriced considering its portion & the setting.
Read a review and decided to go. The service was great, and food choices are inventive. Had the shrimp benedict and chicken crepes. My partner had salmon bagel and veggie benedict. The chicken crepes were the only let down.. But the other three dishes are worth a try. The coffee is great. It's right by the marina and aquabus, If you are going to granville island, stop here for breakfast before you hop the aquabus.
Being from the region of Provence myself I was really looking forward to our experience there. However there is nothing provencale about this place. The food is not bad, it just isn't the real thing, more West-Coast than anything else. The ambiance is so so and the waiting staff could pay a little bit more attention to the customers. We had to call him over to get menus and again to order our drinks.
The setting is nice and that is about the best thing about this overpriced place.
I took my lady to lunch on a nice sunny weekday wanted to find a nice patio. Decided to give Provence a shot.
Straight to the point, calamari salad - A sloppy pile mix greens straight out the the box with a simple dressing. At lease show a little effort to add something else to JUST BOX GREENS ? Crikey, throw in some cucumber or tomatoes for god sake. Just show a LITTLE love please?
Next to the bare bone salad was another sloppy pile of fried calamari next to it. Oddly enough was coated with a bread crumb mixture which was more like a bland shake n' bake compared to the standard crispy corn meal flour mix that one would come to expect.
Next we had a bouillbasse, A classic dish. With a name like provence who does mainly seafood, you would expect them to bang it out with no problems. Sadly mistaken, Broth was weak and slightly fishy (not fresh), all the protiens were all way overcooked (to the point of rubbery)- maybe they need to do so in order to pasturized the old fish to make it safe to eat??? The Fatty farmed salmon turned out to be the most palatable fish because with the high fat content, it was most susceptable to being over cooked. And Boiled ahi Tuna in a boubillase ? Rubber ball scallopes ? WTF ? enough said .... At lease they made their own Mayo for red pepper Aioli, I'll give you that much.
After the lunch service, I saw most of the kitchen staff walking in and out freely from the front main entrence of the resturant with cigarettes in their hands. To me, not very professional. Service wise, most of the guys have their aprons 1/2 falling down. Again, not very professional.
Conclusion - when it saids calamarie salad on the menu, they mean just salad, and just calamarie, nothing more, nothing less. As for Bouillbaise, if a real michellen star chef saw what I saw, he would put his foot in someone's ass quicker than a bunny.
Oh and did I meantion they meduim rare (1/2 baked) bread then used for panini ???
This restaurant was recommend to us, however, it was a great disappointment. The service was basically one up from a cafeteria. After being seated the waiter never welcomed us or asked if we would like a drink. The menus were brought to us, still never asked if we would like a drink. When the waiter next appeared he asked if we had decided what we wanted and at that time we told him we would like a drink and had to give him our order for everything, drinks, appetizers, wine, mains, everything but the dessert.
The food came quickly however it was basically just thrown down at us with no thought to service.
No one ever came to ask us how the food was or did we need anything.
The food itself is very poor. There is absolutely no flavouring. The selections we choose from the deli, or their showcase as they like to call it, seemed stale. One of our party ordered the stuffed tomato which turn out to be a very small tomato cut in half with bread crumbs on top, nothing else.
The restaurant itself lacks in ambience. Although the restaurant was full there wasn't the feeling of laughter and everyone having a good time. Even the smells of a good restaurant were missing.
Although we were never asked if we wanted dessert, the dessert menu was slapped down in front of us. We disliked it so much we asked to have out bill and went next door to The Quay to have our dessert and coffee - it was wonderful!