Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg
Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg

Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafe-provencal.com/
  • Phone: 7579410310x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ika Zaken
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The King Alfred Room offers private dinning for up to 28 people. Its medieval decor complete with wood burning fireplace offer guests and elegant setting for any occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: John O'Connor 757 941-0317x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Powell Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Wedmore Place has plenty of guest parking for both hotel and Cafe Provencal guests.
A word from Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg
Cafe Provencal offers guests fine, creative cuisine with friendly service and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Chef Ika Zaken prepares each selection using fresh local and quality ingredients making every main dish the perfect combination. The signature dishes have become the special meats that are slowly smoked using cured grape vines following the traditional southern France style of cooking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)romantic (41)fit for foodies (39)notable wine list (33)neighborhood gem (16)scenic view (9)good for groups (8)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great
    Burton35
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The best of any restaurant or Cafe any where on the Peninsula. Should be rated in Zagat. and other rating services. I do not know what else I could say about this Cafe. This requirement of some many characters is a bit much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Williamsburg Winery
    2fudeez
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Drive into the Café Provencal is through the Williamsburg Winery grounds. There are signs but they can be hard to see after dark. Once you enter the lobby, take the elevator down to the restaurant. At that point, you should be in good hands. Great food, staff, & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • felt rushed...
    foodfella
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The meal started off very good with duck gnocchi and beet salad. Unfortunately it took a wrong turn when our main course came out 30 seconds after our first course plates were taken away. This ruined the experience for us since we did not have time to rest between courses. Overall the food was not on par with what we had there a few years ago. The tagliatelle was mushy and stuck together in one blob...even after 2 attempts it wasn't quite right. The Shrimp and grits which had been my wife's favorite dish on the menu was bland and skimpy on the bacon this time. Also noticeable was a lack of attention to detail on the table setting. Salt & pepper shakers were visibly worn....waitress was friendly and helped offset kitchen fails.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't wait for next visit
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I marked down ambiance because the decor was a tad clinical, lots of white wood and not much soft furnishing. We think it would have been very noisy with more clients - only three tables occupied during our visit. We ate from the $39 mid week special menu and were thrilled with our choices. Everything was cooked to perfection and very well presented. We tried the Hendrick Martini which was delicious. The featured wines complemented the food. Service was top notch. If we lived in the area we would make this a regular haunt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, Wonderful Evening
    Smilten
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was incredible. Our server Justin was incredibly respectful and prompt. Really great atmosphere, very beautiful. Attention to detail is exceptional. Perfect place for an anniversary dinner or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dianne K
    DianneKVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Café Provencal is always a treat. The ambiance is French country and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third Time and Keeps Getting Better
    Oats
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Been to Cafe Provencal three times in the past 8 months for special occasions (birthdays, anniversary), and we couldn't be happier. The service, food, wine list, and ambiance are all outstanding. The seating on the windowed veranda is most appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Small hotel and restaurant atmosphere. Used quality ingredients. Waiter knew what was in foods. There were 3 of us with a variety of foods all done well. Blue crab used without too many ingredients used in crab cake which I consider a mark of good tidewater cooking. The scallops appetizer with Meyer lemon seemed a little salty to me but I don't use much salt. Molten lava cake used good chocolate and creme brûlée with vanilla and I think lemon grass were nice finishers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite New Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Just had our annual 'girls' weekend in Williamsburg -- this year a group of six. We unanimously agree that Cafe Provencal is our new favorite place for dinner in the Williamsburg area. Everything was excellent, and we WILL return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our best meals in Williamsburg. Everything tasted fresh. We had crab cakes , grouper special, steak special-all were very good. It was dark when we arrived, but will come back in daylight next time to see the vineyards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Wally
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Service and management are top notch. Wines recommended are perfectly matched with the food. Food is simply outstanding. All in the Wedmore setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lack of atmosphere
    foodie2VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant is not that inviting, you walk in straight to a very high top bar where you are greeted. All I could see was the greeters head. The atmosphere has no theme and mixed matched. The main dining area is blah (all white) and feels like the restaurant is an after thought. However the food and service was fantastic. The restaurant is small overlooks the pool. For a restaurant this expensive, it should have the full package of food, service, atmosphere. We will probably go again at some point.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Service both top-notch
    Sharyn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We chose the restaurant for dinner with a group of eight. We were treated wonderfully, the service was absolutely first-class and the food was outstanding. This is a real gem in the Williamsburg area and we will go back again. The prices were what you would expect for a top notch dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. Table next to us was very noisy, and hostess was loud. Not an enjoyable anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was exceptional as was the service. We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. This was our first time there but it will definitely not be the last. A hidden gem !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Ambiance, Exquisite
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at the Cafe Provencal last weekend. What a great find! Located on the grounds of a winery it is not surprising that it has an extensive wine list. The headwaiter, John, was very knowledgeable as to wine paring, taking note of our stated tastes and made an excellent recommendation to compliment our meal. (John deftly made us entirely comfortable with the selection process. Whew!) The menu is quite distinctive and very appetizing. My wife found the salmon filet irresistible (she insists that it is the best she's ever had!) I chose my perennial favorite - filet mignon. I don't know where the chef finds this beef, but it almost melts in my mouth. It's in a class by itself! Just delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic
    DonKris
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second visit to the cafe Provençal and it didn't disappoint. My wife and I spent the night at Wedmore place and walked downstairs to dinner. The food and service were phenomenal. Thanks again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • akumal2
    akumal2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I met two other couples there for a first-time experience. It is a beautiful restaurant at the Williamsburg Winery which is a lovely setting for the restaurant. We were greeted warmly and quickly and shown to our table. Our waiter, David, was marvelous! The food choices were interesting and everything we ordered was delicious! We would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food, wonderful service in a lovely setting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of best in Williamsburg Area
    SpiceGirl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We moved to Williamsburg a year ago and were decrying the dearth of good restaurants. So glad we saw the ad for Cafe Provencal in the local magazine and decided to give it a try. Now I no longer HAVE to drive to Wash DC to get great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GlenMalVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Attentive and timely service and excellent food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice
    greatchoice
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a great spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food and service were excellent. very enjoyable wine for a region of Otaly not often found here in the US.. Complimentary glass of champagne was a treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    TiHammer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My daughter is a senior at William & Mary, and we have eaten at many restaurants in the area. This is definitely one of the better ones. Very nice setting at The Williamsburg Winery and only 10 minutes from CW- less from the college I started with tomato soup with blue cheese, a special. Great flavors and the homemade croutons were crisp on the outside and the inside melted in my mouth with the soup. Great flavor in crab cakes which were full of crab and not a single piece of shell. My wife raved about here steak being done perfectly and with great flavor. Her salad was fresh and crisp with cheese, nuts, and dried cranberries. My daughter's food disappeared quickly. Broad wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a special occasion
    Hokie72
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We came to celebrate my wife's birthday and surprised by the ambiance, great food, and good service. We had a great time at Cafe Provencal. When the staff overheard that we were celebrating a birthday, they brought the whole party a glass of champagne. The reservations were at 0700 pm and the resturant was not crowded.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Provençal
    Lovefinefood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Cafe Provençal was fantastic from start to finish. Before dining, we did the wine tour and tasting at the Williamsburg Winery on the property. We then went next door where the restaurant is located and we were escorted to the elevator. The service was impeccable from start. Food was great. We had the scallops and burrata appetizers and chose the lamb and duck entrees- all were delicious and perfectly cooked. My one small critique is the wines offered by the glass- the only options are the local wines from the winery, which are fine, just would have liked a few other options as well. They do however offer a special- a white and a red from another region by the glass, which was nice. We are looking forward to dining at Cafe Provençal again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a lovely experience. Prior to dinner, we took the winery tour which enhanced the overall experience. We would definitely bring out of town guests to dine with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    ArtInHistoricTriangle
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Cafe Provencal is the romantic place for a couple's night out and also has a quiet atmosphere that makes it a perfect place for two friends to chat and catch up. I hosted my husband's 70th birthday here in a private room (15 guests.) I have also enjoyed Christmas Day lunch here with my family. The food has been perfect every time. Wine choices are interesting and the bar also makes a great cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    date2night
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best duck I have had on a long time, cooked perfectly. Also had the crab & corn chowder, it was super. The special Capri salad was unforgettable! Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I went here for our Anniversary and had an amazing time. It is very intimate and quiet, and the food is delicious! This restaurant and experience made our Anniversary special. Also, the Molten Chocolate Cake was AMAZING!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Bromed
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been hear twice and the food and wine is always fantastic. It is a great place to enjoy good wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We are Williamsburg residents and this was not our first time at Café Provencal. Our reservation was for my husband's birthday dinner. We were greeted by name when we arrived. Everything about the evening was wonderful, the ambiance, the service and of course the food was exceptional. Every course was prepared exactly as we had requested. All of the staff at one time or another during the evening wished my husband a personal "happy birthday". We will definitely return, this is our most favorite restaurant in all of Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable meal with good service
    dcintheburg
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to Cafe Provencal for our anniversary. It was wonderful food along with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • corks
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Outstanding from arrival until departure. We were there for our 55th wedding anniversary. We were greeted very pleasantly and in awe of our 55 years of marriage, then we were treated to a complementary glass of champagne. Following, the appetizer was out of this world , and the entrees were equally outstanding. The ambience was such that we will consider returning in the future, with the intentions of staying at the inn and touring the winery, having lunch there, etc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    canman56
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service and food were perfect. We had a great time. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I toke a couple out to dinner on Tuesday, 7/22/14, to celebrate the woman's 70th birthday. Everything was perfect. The waiter helped to keep the sun out of our eyes as the sun went down over the patio. He pulled the shades down twice. He was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic restaurant and hotel
    Curt
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Located in Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery, it has excellent food and service. On this visit we only dined at the restaurant, but it the past we have stayed at the hotel for a romantic getaway. The evening's special rib eye steak was grilled perfectly and my wife said the sauteed chicken breast was moist and tender. Thinking I was going to order the salmon filet I ordered white wine, but when my steak arrived at the table the waiter brought a sample of red wine; a very nice gesture. Will definitely go back. We also enjoy lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern located at the winery when we visit Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoeMc
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Celebrated my wife's 75th birthday and it was a really pleasant surprise to have such a great evening at a really fine restaurant. Everything was outstanding....the European ambience....the excellent food and wine..........a real winner of an evening. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special time
    DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    If you are ready for a great, quiet, well served meal this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 447 reviews are from the Cafe Provencal - Williamsburg reviews archive.
  • Perfect Weekend
    FishVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We recently stayed the weekend at Wedmore Place so we had dinner there both Friday and Saturday night. The food is out of this world. The crab ravioli is a treat (I won't give away the surprise). It was so good, I had it both nights. The tuna special was exceptional. The crabcakes entree was just perfect with the polenta cakes. The desserts were delicious. All in all, a wonderful weekend with wonderful food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food; Worth the price!
    Joseph
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had an amazing dinner here. It is a great hidden gem! Everything was prepared to perfection and served with the utmost hospitality. I only live 35 minutes from here and will be making it a point to dine here again. Great special occasion place. The menu items are pricey, but for a special occasion, it is worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.