poor atmosphere. The noise level was absolute pandemonium. Loud, shrieking, yelling voices, crashing plates and silverware. I couldn't hear folks at my table and they couldn't hear me. We left angry, hoarse, and with ears ringing. What a way to start the day. Oh, and apparently they're out of certain menu items - which we only learned after we had ordered them.
Did someone say chocolate?. I have been coming here for about 5 years now and I have since to find a better place. It all started with the mouth watering chocolate croissants mmmmmm. It turned into an addiction when the staff started to recognize me. I have been in the restaurant a few times and was never let down either. All in all this is my favorite restaurant of all time. I think every one here on happy pills.....wait I know it must be the chocolate. If your in the neighborhood this place is a must.
Lacking. The last two times I have dined here have not been pleasant. Today when I went to La Provence, the hostess gave me a breakfast menu. It was 2:30pm, so I had to ask for the correct menu. Mind you, there were only two other tables being served. She sat me at a table and it was quite cold so I asked to be moved. After I ordered, the hostess started mopping the floor with a strong bleach. I don't know about you, but I don't want to have lunch with a strong bleach odor in the air. So I asked to be moved again, this time to the other side of the restaurant. My salad came and it was decent, but I just could'nt enjoy it with all the commotion going on. The staff was clearly in a hurry to leave, forget about the client's needs, just let me get off work. If the owner was there today I suggest he retrains his staff. I won't go back, there are too many other great restaurants in Portland. Especially if looking for a french bistro, try St. Honore. It at least reminds me of Paris with a french chef. St. Honore's product is A+, infact why did I even give La Provence another chance. Won't happen again!
Why is anyone eating here?.
This place is bogus all the way around. They have coffee, and no real cream (just the funny stuff in plastic capsules). That doesn't matter anyway, because you must have to have a note from home to get a cup of coffee here. Ditto for a glass of water. In fact I had to ask for EVERYTHING....and that was after sitting at my table for 15 minutes before ordering. Also, no bread plates for the bread on the table. My meal arrived WITH the tomatoes I had asked to NOT have. The waitress told me she sometimes can't read the orders she writes because her eyes are bad. Honest perhaps....but not helpful. The food was soggy and lukewarm when it arrived...the second time. The place is NOISEY and the floor needs to be cleaned. And..there is nothing even remotely French about this place. I didn't even see a Croissant in the bakery case.
That being said....the Hashbrown Potatoes were excellent, Marionberry Muffin was A+, and Salsa quite good.
Our Favorite Breakfast Place. My husband and I have been eating at La Provence for a while now. Their food is consistently excellent and the atmosphere makes us feel like we are back in Paris. We even have a favorite server, Alicia. She's friendly, attentive and has a great sense of humor. I always get the same thing-- the Tuscan Omlette. It is absolutely mouthwatering with mozarella cheese, chicken, roasted garlic and sundried tomatoes. I just drooled on my keyboard thinking about it. Also they have to-die-for muffins (my favorite is the apple with real apples baked in) and a wide array of baked goods, desserts and other goodies. My husband's favorite dish is the Chorizo Hash but he also loves their French Toast. Good coffee too! Check'em out, chances are you won't be disappointed.
Best Brunch Around!. My husband and I were looking for a new breakfast spot when we came upon La Provence. It was the weekend so we had brunch I had the most amazing sandwich. It had turkey and bacon with melted cheese mmmm! My husband had the french toast, talk about generous portions we were stuffed when we left and still had a doggy bag to take home. The service was fast and friendly and the food was great. We will be back.
The best breakfast around. my husband and I eat at la provence all the time,he likes the basic breakfast .... bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs and grilled potatoes.he loves it. I on the other hand will try just about anything ... one of my faves is the la provence omelette with feta cheese yummy.... when we bring our kids they usually have the berry crepes with whip cream... they can also get a mickey pancake how fun.The staff and servers are great,always there to help...
Best breakfast in the Portland area, MUST TRY THE OATMEAL. Can you imagine people actually call and put a reservation on the oatmeal there? It really is that good. I have been bringing my family to Sunday breakfast there for over 10 years. The portions are huge and the french pastries and bread are the best in Portland. They are packed on the weekend, but even though they are busy, the staff always try their best to give great service and lots of smiles. It is always so great to see the same waitresses there for years, there is hardly a turnover with the staff, they must really like working there. A little tip is to go there right when they open on the weekends to avoid the huge crowd.
Worst service ever!. This place had horrible service. My friend and I decided to go there for lunch since we had to buy desserts and they had a bakery on the site as well. Two other groups of people were seated after us and immediately had water and menu's. We on the other hand had to sit for about 10 minutes until a waitress finally came to our table. The food was good, but the bad service made it a waste. Every other table was being attended to and we were ignored. My friend and I concluded that maybe they discriminated against is because we were the youngest ones in the room. Not sure what the reason, but I will not go back there. I'm a pretty good tipper, but not when I'm ignored.
Nothing to do with French. Dirty..
This place is no better than any third-grade chain restaurant. In some things it's actually worse. We've been there once and we will never go there again. We visit different breakfast places and we can really say what is better and what is worse. This one is the worse one... First: it was dirty under the tables. Second: I accidentally looked into the kitchen and didn't like what I saw (dirty again). Third: all 3 of us had very uncomfortable felling in stomach the whole day after the breakfast. The ingredients they use are clearly not super fresh or good.
Why does this place has a French name? Why do they play French music? This place is not a French bistro, ok... It's just a standard place where they serve hashbrowns. Go there only if you want to have a huge serving of chip breakfast.
I rate it 2 out of 5
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