Provender Kitchen + Bar
I made my reservation early on purpose 5:15 PM. I am seasoned in the food industry as I personally served tables for 4 years. I know what to expect on holidays & when general rush's come. 5:15 was on purpose to avoid this.
We sat at 5:15. There was 2-3 tables already seated in the restaurant & possibly 1 couple at the bar. Not busy. We ordered our drinks ~5:20. The server jetted off & put our order in. We were actually quite hungry & hoping to throw an order of their fries in to start but she was gone before we got a word out. No big. ~ 5:30 she returned with our drinks - not awful. They are craft cocktails, so the timing is to be expected. At this point we put our order in. We asked for an order of fries to start - we asked for them to come first. We also ordered 2 separate apps, the fried manchego & calamari, entrees of pork shanks & rib eye. We waited quite a while, but were enjoying our drinks when the fried manchego came out (not the fries). We thought it was odd that we asked for fries first - but hey, it happens. Then the other 2 apps come & we are asked if we need anything else & we said not at the moment. This was ~6:00? Not entirely sure on the time. Then we sat. & we sat & we sat. Nobody checked on us. drinks empty. at 6:45 I asked if our entrees had been fired because we were considering leaving - the server said yup & kept going, didn't ask if we needed anything. @ 6:55 the entrees finally came. We immediately asked for a box & checks. We had been there for 1hr 45 min. She asked why we wanted it to go & we said we had been waiting a long time, she immediately came back & said 'I only put your entrée in 1 hour & 15 minutes ago'. I then said 'We are pretty bummed we have been sitting with empty drinks for so long'. She leaned over & said 'they don't look empty to me'....they were all melted ice for an hour & 30 min. That part was the most shocking response to us. Then we realized the ribeye came with absolutely nothing. Very disappointing
Your table was brought to my attention at the end of the night. Correct me if I'm wrong, you ordered 3 courses we timed appropriately . We brought the fries cleared the fries brought Manchego cleared the manchego, why didn't you just ask for another drink while we visited your table 3 times on a sold out holiday night ? We plated your entrees in a little over an hour on a 3 course meal. The timing was spot on. if you read the menu you would know what the steak came with ! its called ALACARTE
Our favorite destination in Eastern Maine. I admire there perseverance and creativity as they have navigated Covid 2020. They deserve our support and my wife and I are committed to doing our part. The focus on creative food wonderfully prepared is a joy to behold.
The drinks, food, and service were awesome! The truffle fries are amazing!
Creative delicious food, really spiffy cocktails and friendly cordial staff.
One our go-to dining places having just moved to the area. Yum!
SurLars, Thank you for joining us for dinner and we are thrilled you enjoyed everything . Thank you for taking the time for this great review. Please follow us on our social media pages to stay up to date on all our winter happenings and don't forget we do Sunday Brunch even week for dine in and take out. Again, thank you for taking the time , hope to see you soon. Best, Daron + Joy
We enjoyed a very special birthday brunch at Provender's. Thank you for your care and attention to protecting your patrons during this health crisis. We felt comfortable and even like we had just found a wonderful escape from this hectic world. Delicious and delightful.
Mari, Thank you for noticing all of our covid protocols. We pride ourselves on being the pinnacle of safety during these times. Our guests saftey always has been and will be our first priority . Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you soon. with great appreciation, Daron Joy
Hands down best meal and experience my wife and I have had. The flavors were amazing from the duck, lamb and ny strip. We will be back for sure thank you
MaRCUSF, Thank you for joining us for dinner and we couldn't be more thrilled you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time . best, Daron + Joy
We had clam chowder to start and it was out of this world good! It had plenty of clams and potatoes and was served hot. The burgers are the best in town and cooked to the customers request as far as doneness. The servers are attentive and work as a team so whenever something is needed, there is someone to provide it.
RebbeccaS, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time ! So glad you enjoyed everything, hope to see you soon. Best, Daron Joy
Loved Brunch As Always! The breakfast egg rolls were incredible
We had a great experience and enjoyed the food and atmosphere! We will definitely return!
Obxlady, Thank you for joining us we are t thrilled you enjoyed everything . We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for taking the time. Daron + Joy
Wonderful, attentive brunch service with fabulous flavors. Would return!!
Great food well served....7:30 reservation seated after 8. Diners in the booth finished before 7:30, were politely told it was needed for a 7:30 diners and just sat there until after 8. With Covid, seating restrictions options are limited...
You can’t fix rude!!!
Had a fantastic supper out. Coursed perfectly without feeling rushed. Everything from appetizers to dessert was outstanding. Will definitely be returning.
KristenN, Thank you for the great review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your experiance at Provender. We are looking forward to your next visit. That you for taking the time, Daron +Joy
Hell Night 2020 - second annual. A wonderful night with delicious spicy dishes from around the world. The regular menu was available as well. Service, food, ambiance.....it was all there! Thank you so much. We’ll definitely be back!
KellyP Thank you for coming out to Hell NIGHT hope to see you for HN3 :)
Provender Kitchen is always a delight. Daron, Joy, and the staff put together a truly wonderful dining experience. The food is delicious and comes from local providers where possible. Daron rotates the menu, always bringing in unique and flavorful options. The service staff is friendly and accommodating and really add to the dining experience. The bar service is varied with many items to choose from. Truly this is one of the best dining experiences in Downeast Maine. This trip we celebrated my wife’s birthday. I was able to have a florist deliver flowers to the restaurant and the flowers were waiting on our table when we got there. The staff all wished her a happy birthday without going over the top and embarrassing her. I really appreciated how everything came together. Also good to note is that Provender does a great job with social distancing and clean up between customers to help keep everyone safe.
WOW! Thank you for the great review and for taking the time. We truly try to put out the best possible product in the best possible environment. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you guys soon. With great appreciation, Daron + Joy
Delicious dinner! I had the Dover Sole and it was excellent - I would def go back! Salad was tasty and interesting... so good.
Debk, We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Provender . The Dover Sole is definitely one of the most popular dishes this fall, we agree it is great. We look forward to your next visit. Thank you for taking the time . Warmly, Daron + Joy
The food was amazing. We loved the fois and the duck breast meal. This chef is amazing and very creative.
Loved our meal from start to finish! Delicious.
SarahK, Thank you for the great review, so glad everyone enjoyed their dinner . Thank you for taking the time. with great appreciation, Daron + Joy
Lovely dinner for a friends birthday celebration. The ambiance was perfect, menu was tasty, original and eclectic.
Cocktails were delicious!!
The burger is a cult favorite, the pastas are always inventive, and we diners appreciate Provender's careful adherence to covid protocols.
Just amazing!! Such unique combinations! Do not pass up the Maine Mussels appetizer- the best I have ever had. The preserved lemon in the sauce is key! All entrees were stellar. Save room for dessert.. Coconut cornbread was just the icing on the cake!! Darren We lived speaking with you- wishing you health and success!!
Delicious unique food! I wanted to lick the plate of my roasted figs.
Drinks were very good! Pork chop was unbelievably good. Duck was also excellent! Highly recommend
Not what we were expecting after reading all the great reviews. Small portions for high prices. Flavors were not complimentary overall. The only thing that we truly enjoyed was the tamarind/bourbon cocktail. My boys enjoyed their burgers and fries for $16, but I could have taken them to mcDonalds and save a lot of money.
Lepetite, i am at a loss with this review and really give it no merit. Lets discuss your complaints. When you say "small portions" are you referring to the 14oz pork chop? 9oz duck breast, 8oz veal tenderloin or the 2 huge pasta entrees? And which flavors don't go together? the sweet potato and apple ? Cherry sauce and duck? Parsnip and veal? And if you are seriously comparing the the PKB burger ( '19 '20 best burger down east Maine) to mcdonalds you are literally in a world of your own!
The atmosphere is great and the food is absolutely magnificent! It was such a lovely experience and we will definitely go back!
CarrieS, Thank you for the great review so glad you enjoyed everything at Provender. We look forward to your next visit! Warmly, Daron + Joy
The menu here is a joy. BUT, I can't read it any more because I tried the hamburger about 5 visits ago and have not been able to order anything else since. Two small patties with great toppings and terrific fries. As I write this, I am resolving to go more often and discipline myself to explore the menu every other visit. I hope they are able to expand into the now vacant space in the building. They deserve the success that would imply.
Jay, thanks for the great review its greatly appreciated . If i had a nickel for every time i heard that about the burger haha. I'm thrilled you love the burger thank you. We're constantly changing the menu up so expect new and exciting things when you return. And yes, stay tuned for next door we have some amazing things happening there by next summer. Now lets talk about how we can turn those 4 stars into 5 on your next visit ;) Thanks for taking the time, Daron + Joy
Amazing food! Veal was perfect!
Thank you for the 5 stars , we greatly appreciate it !
We love the unique twists the chef uses on 'traditional' foods, drinks are always great and unexpected and the service is always awesome.
Unique, Thank you for joining us for dinner so glad you enjoyed everything . Don't forget about our Sunday brunch as Well ! I think you will really enjoy the twists we do on some of those breakfast items. Thank you for taking the time for this great review. Best, Daron + Joy
We happened upon this when looking on Open Table while vacationing in Maine. We had the most amazing dining experience and a phenomenal meal. The craft cocktails were unique and yummy, the chef’s dinner special was superb. This was more than just dinner...it was a culinary escape. Will definitely dine here again when we visit Maine next.
My husband I enjoyed everything from the yummy cocktails, delicious Wagyu beef skewers, the fig appetizer will be in our dreams for a long time to come. We enjoyed our entrees which were very good portions. Save room for the cornbread coconut dessert. This is worth feeling full for!
JeniferS, Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to write this great review. The wagyu and the figs , great choices! Two seasonally and super fresh appetizers. And the coconut cornbread is the only dessert still not he menu from day 1 and we agree its definitely worth it. Again, thank you for taking the time and we look forward to seeing you again at Provender. with great appreciation , Daron + Joy
Such a fun meal in Hancock! Food was delicious and innovative. The staff was really friendly. I have a gluten allergy and they were very helpful in figuring out what I can and cannot eat on the menu and making substitutions where needed. Will definitely be back!
HI, Thank you for taking the time to write this great 5 star review. We pride ourselves in making sure that anyone, no matter the allergy or dietary restrictions will be able to eat at Provender. We're thrilled you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you soon. Again, thank you for taking the time. Best, Don + Joy
It's not so much the entree itself but everything around it that makes Provender such an outstanding dining experience. I'm not always sure what I am eating but it is invariably unusual and delicious. Provender is one of the best restaurants that I have ever experienced, anywhere.
Barbara, Wow! what a great review of your dining experience at Provender, Thank you ! And thank you for your continued support. We will continue to work hard to earn your business. With great appreciation, Daron + Joy
We return to this fantastic restaurant each year, and it never disappoints! We felt very safe due to the Covid precautions taken by the staff.
Don’t miss this dining experience!
We love Provender. The service, food and the people are excellent!
Impromptu dinner en route Downeast. Due to COVID we sat outside, next to a heat lamp. The cocktails were delicious. The appetizers and entrees were seasonal, delicious and the portions were generous. Everyone was super nice and we took the wine cork with us to try to find the Barolo on our own. Looking forward to visiting again!!
Dmbfan29, Thank you for the great review were so happy you enjoyed your experience at Provender. We are open year round and we also do Brunch every Sunday so we hope to see you again. If you need any other information on the Barolo please don't hesitate to give me a call and we would be happy to help. Again, Thank you for taking the time . Best, Daron + Joy
Simply the best dining in eastern Maine..maybe all of Maine. Have dined here before and its easy, approachable menu, great quality food and service make this a great choice. A small venue on Maine street in Ellsworth, PKB has character and a sense of what's right with food and beverage. This visit, enjoyed the steak and partner had the fettucini-both were excellent. Excellent and interesting wine list, but this time tried the Thai and The Family Stone mocktail for a change at the server's (Jen) recommendation was very pleasantly surprised. Another great visit at PKB in Ellsworth. Just wish it were closer.
Dave, Thank you for all your support and the kind words. We truly care about everyone's experience who dines with us. So glad you enjoyed everything, hopefully see you again soon. Daron + Joy
Very very pleasantly surprised. Food, service, presentation, quality were EXCELLENT! Going back Sunday for brunch. Owner Joy is wonderful. Everything the 4 of us had was great.
Wow! Thank you for the great review, We ALWAYS try to put out the best possible food in the best possible environment. I promise you won't be disappointed for brunch its Amazing. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Thank you for taking the time . p.s. The Nutella stuffed brioche on the brunch menu is worth the trip alone ! with great appreciation, Daron + Joy
We went for brunch and the food was wonderful!
the food was outstanding! as a Vegetarian/Vegan we appreciates having so many options, and our waitress was very nice and very attentive. Thank you for a lovely evening out!
Great service and reliably creative menu. Safe and careful sanitation precautions.
Very nice experience! A great treat!
Thank you so much!
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OpenTable ダイナー275名によるProvender Kitchen + Barの評価は4.8☆です。